Reading Shakespeare

Unsurprisingly, this reading comes with a lot of caveats.

Portraits of Shakespeare remain contested by academics and unverified, and even then portraits were painted to flatter the subject.

So I have to add, before we begin, that this reading takes the Cobbe portrait of Shakespeare (the one shown), takes that his plays were written by him and under one person, and uses his baptism date.

Babies at this time were shortly christened after birth, two to three days at most, because of the high infant mortality rate and a Christian belief – those who were not baptised would spend an eternity in hell. Neglecting your newborn’s baptism was not the right foot to start on as a new parent in these highly religious times.

Where the recorded baptism date falls in the calendar, does not affect the reading or the system that I use for it.

I also need to mention that my knowledge of Shakespeare and his work is minimal.


I can’t believe this man is a writer.


What his face is telling me, and his birthdate, is that he’s very quick and very fast, which means mental agility as well as a short attention span and a desire to be around people and have their attention.

We call this pattern in Chinese Medicine, the fire pattern – There’s a reddishness in his beard and his cheeks, his eyes are large and shallow set, the canthi are pointed, his mouth is small and the corners are pointed, and it looks as if his nose tip might be pointed as well. In a copy of the Cobbe portrait it shows this gentleman balding – another sign of the fire pattern.

Fire burns quickly, fire leaps, fire naturally attracts attention.

A pattern in his birthdate that heightens this agility is that of the wind – a thing which is ever-restless and moving.

Writing is a solitary activity and requires lots of tenacity and perseverance.

If this man is Shakespeare, I’d expect him to act on the stage as well. And if he did write, I’d expect him to write intermittently, in unusual places (such as using the kitchen table, or the floor, as a desk), have a wide and broad repertoire but have difficulty finishing things, or finish things very quickly. Speed and output are the names of his game

The primary goal of this man’s life is to find his voice and express himself – quite literally.

Chinese Medicine relates different patterns in nature to different organs. One of the organs associated with Shakespeare’s life purpose (in his birthdate) is the larynx, the voice box.

When someone has this as their destiny, we can find a lifelong pattern of them struggling to find their voice and use it. Once they’ve mastered knowing who they are and how to express it, they will then become an agent of change. (To learn more about this, please see the article I wrote on this:

His work in life, what he was created to do, was to express himself through entertainment and change lives through doing so.

That’s it for today, see you next week!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.