Soul Types Photo StudyBy DAVID GREGG & SHEPHERD HOODWIN
Learn to Recognize the Seven Types of Souls
Learning to recognize the seven Soul Types or roles (and their secondaries) is a valuable skill that any Michael student can develop. In the past, most students relied solely on channeling to learn the roles of family members and friends, and when the results were confusing or difficult to validate, no good alternatives were available other than shopping for another channel. Of course, a study such as this cannot replace what an accurately channeled Michael chart provides, but this tool can help validate if the primary role and secondary roles of a person are channeled correctly.
This study has undergone several revisions over the years, and in this incarnation, we decided to exclusively use Shepherd Hoodwin's channeling for the role information provided. This also helped maintain an internal consistency in the material that was easier to track and validate.
Possible benefits of studying soul type photos:
1) Seeing the visual consistency of the role photos, from one role group to another, helps validate the claims of the Michael teachings.
2) Controversies surrounding certain celebrities channeled with multiple role types (Hillary Clinton was channeled as a warrior, artisan, scholar) could finally get cleared up.
3) Students can use the photo comparisons to validate their own role and secondaries.
Studying Role Photos
The idea for this study first came to me as I examined countless numbers of role photos. I had assumed the influences of casting and the essence twin were on an equal footing with the primary role, but I noticed only two of the energies were predominantly showing in the photos, largely dependent on if the essence twin was discarnate or not. Although there's always a little casting in the mix.
At first, I thought this was mere coincidence, but as I examined more photos I saw a distinct pattern emerge that I could not ignore. It then became clear to me that each role had individual types (or variations) that could be visually identified.
An Artisan, for example, has seven distinct types: Artisan/Server, Artisan/Artisan, Artisan/Warrior, Artisan/Scholar, Artisan/Sage, Artisan/Priest, and Artisan/King.
It is important to point out that the seven role variations are not just a primary role/essence twin combination. If the essence twin is incarnate during a lifetime -- and as the theory goes, less noticeable visually -- the dominant look in a photo may be the result of the primary role and its casting. As far as I know, these visual cues have never been organized this way before, where distinct soul types are presented based on a predominance of either the essence twin or casting.
That said, start this study by simply looking at all the photos. You learn how to visually identify a particular role by repeatedly examining the facial expression around the eyes of another person ("the windows of the soul"). In the photos collected throughout this project, study the eyes of each role group and try to see the commonalities they share, as well as obvious distinctions. With practice, energetic themes in the expressions of each role will gradually reveal themselves.
Essence Twin Bleedthrough
Pay attention to the influence the essence twin and casting have on the appearance of the role. Generally, the presence of casting is static and always visible, but the essence twin may manifest in variable ways. For example, when the ET is incarnate, the casting may show more prominently in the appearance, whereas if the ET is discarnate, there is more bleedthrough from the essence twin.
Bleedthrough is the actual visceral energy of the role coming in as a secondary from the ET, which you can feel as well as see. Primary casting can be equally influential, when bleedthrough is less due to an incarnate ET, but not as visceral: it's more about how one behaves, *how* and *where* one directs one's essence energies. It colors/flavors the appearance to some degree, but not as much as bleedthrough.
A notable exception is scholar energy, which is neutral and diffuse. Scholar bleeding through from the essence twin may not be as striking as king or sage casting, for example.
Scholars with a strong secondary influence from either essence twin bleedthrough and/or casting may look like a watered-down version of the secondary role; if you just can't decide the role after you've gotten pretty good at spotting them, the person may be a scholar. With anyone, casting may jump out at you first, but if you persevere and study the eyes, the role should become clear unless the person has strong opposite influences. Some people are hard to figure out, and some are easy.
It's All About The Eyes
Although the shapes of the eyes are occasionally considered when discerning the roles, they are not a consistent marker and can actually lead one astray if the intention is to apply a one-size-fits-all template to this study. The deciding factor will always be the expression coming from the eyes: are they bluntly focused or warm and compassionate? Is there a prevailing neutrality or a mischievous twinkle?
The expression in the eyes provides telling clues to the identity of a particular role. Look, for example, at the obvious mirth coming from the sage twinkle of George Clooney's eyes. The expression is quite distinct when compared to the look of other soul types.
Inspiration axis roles' eyes are warm,
expression axis medium, action axis cool, and assimilation axis neutral or clear. The cardinal roles' eyes are more focused, and
ordinal are more diffuse. Even though warriors' eyes are very strong, there's a
blunt quality to their look, as opposed to the "pointiness" of kings'.
The two most intense roles and eyes are warrior and priest. Warriors are the most earthy, and priests are the most astral or spiritual: lowest and highest in frequency, two ends of one stick.
This is different from most ordinal (server) to most cardinal (king), which is a different "stick": least to most concentrated energy, in the sense that kings have the most energy "packed" into their soul, so they're highly pressurized. Servers have the least pressurized, compelling feeling about them, making them easy to be around. Kings command just by their presence, and servers comfort. This characterizes all cardinality and ordinality to some extent.
A student trying to guess the role, etc., without anchoring perceptions in what's right in front of him--eyes, facial expressions, energy, etc.--can go wildly off-base, using circumstantial evidence. The roles look and feel different from one another. If you jump to the conclusion that someone is a sage, for example, based just on behaviors, then you might assume that a theatrical scholar with sage imprinting is a sage, because you have nothing else to go on. Behavior results from many factors, including overleaves, body type, astrology, imprinting, and past lives, but your essence is what you *are*, not what you do. Behavior often but doesn't always reflect your essence, so you have to look deeper to see essence.
Occasionally, what stands out in someone's eyes is not essence but negative poles or trauma; for example, a depressed sage or a beaten-down king can be harder to spot.
Controversial Celebrity Roles
Some people are just hard to read and Scholars are the usual suspects -- especially when their back-lighting (secondary role energy) is cardinal and the bleedthrough from their ET partly obscures their scholarly appearance. At first glance, a Scholar/King may look like a King. Scholar energy tends to be transparent and strong back-lighting from cardinal roles can interfere with getting a good read.
A notable example is the actor, John Wayne. Circumstantial evidence (his western films, his swagger, his large, powerful body) leads most people to believe that he's an obvious warrior. Recent channeling, however, shows him to be a Scholar with a King ET and Warrior casting. Once again, the cardinal back-lighting prevails. A goal of Dominance (a King overleaf) just obscures his neutral role further.
Another factor that leads to controversy is a person channeled with the same ET and casting. A Warrior with an Artisan ET and casting (called an honorary artisan) can lead to considerable confusion when deciphering the primary role. Johnny Depp, known for his puppy-dog eyes and other artisan-like traits, is one such person and was channeled as a Warrior with honorary Artisan status. His greater casting numbers of 2/2/2 give him additional Artisan flavor, but in our profile on him, the photo comparisons show that the role energy from his eyes is better suited in the Warrior category. In fact, as he has aged his warrior traits have become more apparent. This is due to recent channeling that revealed his previously discarnate ET is now incarnate.
The best way to get started is to scroll through each soul type group below, follow the links, and learn how the roles look when combined with their secondary role energies. The energies are not hidden -- although some may be more difficult to decipher than others. It's not any different than hearing an unusual chord played on the piano. All the notes are clearly audible (there's no mystery) but it requires training the ear to accurately hear what's played. Some people hear it immediately while others will need to work at it. The same idea applies when discerning the variations in role energy.
It is also helpful when identifying a role to learn to spot cardinal or ordinal energy. With the exception of the warrior, the eyes of ordinal roles are soft and diaphanous, with no hard edges. Cardinal eyes are more solid, like two dark marbles charged with a magnetic energy that seems focused and penetrating. But as you might have guessed, words are not entirely adequate in describing the subtle distinctions between the roles, and in the final analysis, the best course of action is to simply study the photos.
The Role Photos
Server Photos (The Seven Types)
Server eyes are gentle and sweet. They convey a self-effacing quality that leaves the impression that this is a kind and sympathetic person. In fact, the server face often glows with a natural friendliness -- a neighborliness even -- that embraces one with the feeling that this is a face that could do no harm to anyone.
While servers thrive on throwing out the welcome mat to others, when poorly treated or taken advantage of, servers begin to look downtrodden and become their own living persona of the heavily-traveled doormat.
To help spot a server, look for a soft effusion of light that emanates from the server's eyes. That's inspiration axis energy. Priests have that quality, too, but their light is more intense. In a therapeutic sense, think of priestly energy as a hot and invigorating shower, whereas the server is a warm and soothing bath. Both energies are to your ultimate benefit.
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Artisan Photos (The Seven Types)
Artisan eyes are soft, childlike and a little dreamy -- the eyes appearing beautifully liquid, as if freshly filled with ink. With a gaze both radiant and in another world, the far-off look of the Artisan can seem as if they are viewing things from beyond the horizon.
An expressive role, Artisans are naturally playful but also prone to bouts of moodiness and introspection-- and this can manifest in their appearance.
Artisans are sometimes known for their puppy-dog eyes, and female Artisans may express an allure of refinement and quiet radiance. Since artisans are highly adaptive creatures, their chosen occupation may affect their overall look, be it as engineers or scientists, artists or actors, or professional athletes on a baseball diamond or tennis court. Regardless of their make-believe, their eyes will always gleam with an expressive light that's never cold, hard or fierce.
Artisan faces are typically round and softly textured and usually slow to wrinkle. The secondary influences of essence twin and casting do effect the look of the Artisan, but even an Artisan/King still has a muted, slightly unfocused look that lacks solidity. Artisans are natural daydreamers and despite their intellectual gifts, there is often a scattered look in their eyes, the product of a wandering mind.
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Warrior Photos (The Seven Types)
Warrior eyes are cold and bluntly focused. They seem to eschew all hints of delicacy, favoring a strong, stony-eyed gaze that seems impenetrable and weighty, like two steel girders jutting out of the sockets. In fact, the light coming from warrior eyes can appear steely and metallic, almost reaching the intensity of the priest, but backed with a facial expression that sports a short-fuse or inner fierceness.
Out of all the roles, warriors and priests are known for having the brightest and most intense looking eyes.
Depending on the mood, warrior eyes can easily pivot in expression from the glacial sneer to a more earthy look, with a steamy and lustful appearance in the eyes. Warriors are also naturally rowdy, and they could be the poster child for the shit-eating grin.
The warrior's head gets described as a battering-ram at times, good for punching through the offensive line of a football scrimmage or withstanding the battery of a drunken brawl. Not all warriors are rough-riders, though, and old soul warriors, in particular, may seem mild and gentle -- although they will never look breakable. Warriors at any age are tough and able-bodied, a role built to last.
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Scholar Photos (The Seven Types)
The usual description of scholar eyes is that they are neutral and emotionally detached. In extreme cases, the scholar's vacant, inscrutable gaze can almost seem lifeless, but it's not an icy stare as much as that of a clinical scrutiny. You are currently under their microscope and being carefully observed.
Scholars, of course, are not devoid of emotion -- and examples abound of scholars that can successfully mimic the look of their secondary role influences (such as a priest or a king) -- but still, their eyes never seem to radiate much light. Where other roles may reflect the light in a room to various degrees, scholars only seem to absorb it.
One of the solid roles (which includes warriors and kings), Scholars are generally of a sturdy build and may have high foreheads with premature wrinkles. They often appear older and more weathered than other roles of a similar age. Some scholars may have a pale, washed-out look across their faces -- another example of their neutrality -- but not all scholars look this way. As mentioned before, Scholars can be remarkably chameleon-like, blending in with their secondary role energies to the extent that their primary role almost disappears. The key to remember is their neutrality: watch for that expressionless gander.
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Sage Photos (The Seven Types)
Sage eyes are expressive and mischievous. They often look as if they are perpetually amused about something or possess a juicy secret they can't wait to fling into the nearest gossip mill.
Naturally fun-loving, if compared to the other roles, the eyes of the sage are the most likely to light-up first, especially when they encounter the prospect of laughter and good cheer.
Sages are not always merry pranksters, though, and can be quite serious when the situation demands, but they always give themselves away when they smile. When a sage smiles their eyes dance with an infectious playfulness -- sages know how to make-merry and are unashamed of it.
Since they are so expressive, sage faces may seem rubbery or springy, contorting into exaggerated gesticulations that distort the shape of the human face into every expression imaginable (think Jim Carrey). Sage faces may also be handsome or striking, but the ultimate goal is to get noticed and receive attention. This is easily accomplished by looking like George Clooney but can work equally well with outright hideousness, such as the grotesque mocking of the court jester or the menacing scowl of a Shakespearian villain. Perhaps the compromise is that the face of the sage will look seasoned and experienced -- even a little wise.
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Priest Photos (The Seven Types)
Priest eyes are bright and luminous. They may even seem fiery at times, but the intensity usually burns with a compassion that drives them to seek the greater good. In fact, Priests can have the most brilliantly lit eyes of all the roles, and they may scald you with their incandescence when lost in an overzealous crusade.
As a rule, the eyes of a priest will seem more serious when compared to a sage, and warmer when compared to a king.
Priests bring a dynamic energy to everything that they do, and their eyes may be aglow with this energy, lifting the spirits of others in an optimistic wave of benevolence. Since priests instinctively feel compassion for those they encounter, this kindheartedness can seem like a loving light that shimmers around their face.
In the negative poles, the priest's eyes may look judgmental and severe -- even crazy. But overall, the inspiring gaze of a priest is always lucent and never dull, two coruscating orbs of light that guide you to a better future.
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King Photos (The Seven Types)
The eyes of the king are cold and sharply focused, with a commanding look in the gaze that feels solid and grounded. The energy may seem imposing at first, even uncompromising, but that's because the regal look of the king is weighted with authority.
A king face is usually strong and unflinching, with hardened features that almost seem chiseled out of rock. The face is often gaunt, with a regal nose and prominent chin -- like a stately nutcracker or a Roman statue.
One key to identifying the kingly gaze -- or glare in some cases -- is to look for an expression that seems concentrated, focused, and self-assured. King eyes are generally pointed, fixed, and unwavering in their directness. This may be challenging to those unprepared for their imperial presence, but kings are natural leaders -- even if they're working at a gas station.
Female kings, depending on their secondaries, will soften the gaze -- and as the king becomes an older soul, the facial gestures will appear more magnanimous and postured toward serving others.
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