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The Marks of Wisdom and What They Mean Part II

This is the second blog post of the three-part series – The Marks of Wisdom and What They Mean. 

If you haven’t read the first blog in this series, I strongly recommend you read it first.

Lines between the eyes usually appear in the early to mid-30s and are frequently the first lines we notice on our own faces as well as on others. In Mien Shiang, we call this area the Seat of the Stamp, or Yin Tong, and issues with the father or the dominant parental figure are marked here.

Yin Tong Markings

Noticeable vertical lines in the Yin Tong are called Suspended Needles. Deeper lines are referred to as Suspended Swords, and very deep vertical lines are Suspended Daggers.

  •  a single, vertical line can mean that one has difficulty getting or staying appropriately angry.
  • a single, but stronger and deeper, vertical line indicates estrangement from the father
  • 2 vertical lines mean one tends to anger easily
  • 3 or more vertical lines suggest the ability to stand up for oneself and use anger appropriately.
  • horizontal lines also represent separation from father or son, or one’s own yang (male) side, as well as women who were never allowed to get angry
  • a dark mark, or discoloration indicates that one is backing off from their power. 

For more information on the Seat of the Stamp or Yin Tong, its impact on an individual, and how to address it email me at

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