Here is a study on the 'golden ratio' that determines the facial beauty of a woman.
Conducted by the researchers of University of California and the University of Toronto, the study has drawn its conclusions from the opinions given by people.
We have a complete book on anga sastra in India developed by astrologer- rishis for the ideal features for men and women from head to toe. I don't know what methodology they used for arriving at their conclusions. But they have connected the features to some predictions about the life and future. Anga sastra for both men and women therefore is part of predictive astrology.
Sometime ago we saw a similar study done by westerners on men – connecting the square face of men to aggressiveness. In that context I gave some outlines of anga sastra for men in my post Face shows the character of men?
In this post, I don't want to delve into the entire sastra for women but confine myself with some interesting points on face and marks on face of women.
The facial lakshana for women given in anga sastra is slightly different from what these researchers have found out.
Facial sastra says that the ideal female face has 3 equal divisions – the length of the forehead must be equal to the length of the nose which must be equal to the length from the tip of the nose to the end of the chin.
The beautiful eyebrow is that which is curved like a bow. We find comparison of eyebrow of women to a bow in many old texts. Or it must be like crescent moon.
The forehead must be like half moon.
Speaking on moles and marks on the face, it is said that a mole in the centre of the forehead will get a woman married to a rich person.
Similar is the prediction for one who has a mole at the tip of the nose.
If there is a mole on the left cheek, such a woman will be a contended woman. She will enjoy good food also.
Generally it is lucky to have moles in the left side of the body for women.
Connecting the facial feature to horoscopic indications, the first house indicates the face the looks of a person. For a woman to have the above said features of sanga sastra, the lagna must be one lorded or occupied by Venus. Benefics in Lagna makes one look beautiful. The lagna Drekkana falling in benefic houses also makes one look beautiful.
New `golden ratios' for female facial beauty
It is said that beautiful eyes make a woman attractive but according to a study distance between them and the mouth also hold the key to her looks. According to researchers from the University of California and the University of Toronto, the distance between a woman's two eyes and between her eyes and mouth are key factors in determining how attractive she is to others.
Pamela Pallett and Stephen Link of UC San Diego and Kang Lee of the University of Toronto tested the existence of an ideal facial feature arrangement and successfully identified the optimal relation between the eyes, the mouth and the edge of the face for individual beauty.
In four separate experiments, the team asked university students to make paired comparisons of attractiveness between female faces with identical facial features but different eye-mouth distances and different distances between the eyes.
They discovered two "golden ratios," one for length and one for width.
Female faces were judged more attractive when the vertical distance between their eyes and the mouth was approximately 36 per cent of the face's length, and the horizontal distance between their eyes was approximately 46 per cent of the face's width. Interestingly, these proportions correspond with those of an average face, the journal Vision Research said.
"The Greeks found what they believed was a `golden ratio' also known as `phi' or the `divine proportion' and used it in their architecture and art," Pallett said.