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Bodytypes

BY PHILLIP WITTMEYER

The twelfth row on the chart is the Aspect called "Bodytype". Bodytype is discussed in the three Michael Messages books, but not the revelation of the seven Bodytypes named after the seven visible planets. I have adopted, with my own modifications, some information given by Gurdjieff and embellished by others. Each Bodytype has a number of distinctive physical characteristics. These traits are adopted from the astrological and mythological attributes of the planets for which the Bodytypes are named. The traits apply to males and females both, although some bodytypes are more "masculine" and some more "feminine" according to cultural stereotypes. There are personality traits associated with each Bodytype, subdued versions of the seven Traits in the same Process as the Bodytype. For instance, a person with the Solar Bodytype will have the Evolution Process Traits in their nature: Growth, Passion, Arrogance, Priest, Spiritualist, Impressional, and Consonance. Most people are a mixture of various proportions of two or three Bodytypes.

 

MARTIAL (1D-): Named after the planet Mars (Aries), in mythology the god of war. This Bodytype corresponds to the Warrior Role. It is athletic, muscular, sinewy, hard, lean, dense and tough. The Martial body is built for action and endurance. It thrives on exercise and hard work. It can withstand a lot of pain and abuse. Even when the body is small, there is an aura of taut, intense, raw power ready to spring into action. It projects a "can do" energy. Red hair and freckled skin are Martial traits. The face has a rugged if not fierce look. The eyes, nose and lips are small. This is one of the three most masculine Bodytypes.

LUNAR (2D-): Named after the Moon (Luna, Selene), in mythology the goddess of the night. This Bodytype corresponds to the Server Role. It is usually plain and ordinary in body and facial appearance. The head is round and the chin is short. The torso is also round and the legs short and thin. The skin and hair are lackluster. In fact, there is often a dearth of hair. Of all the Bodytypes, the Lunar is most prone to roundness (like the moon) due to obesity. The Lunar is the most sensual type they love their food.

MERCURIAL (3D-): Named after Mercury (Hermes), in mythology the messenger god. Vulcan was the "smith" of the pantheon. This Bodytype corresponds to the Artisan Role. It is usually lean and short, as Mercury was said to be agile without being muscular. The body is energetic but is not geared for physical activity so much as for mental activity the creation and conveyance of ideas and words. They have a low pain threshold and a tendency to hypochondria. Male Mercurials are the most prone of the Bodytypes to wear a mustache or beard. The personality is perceptive, impulsive, and restless. Mercurials look boyish or girlish rather than mannish or womanish.

SATURNINE (PD=): Named after Saturn (Chronos), the god of time and agriculture. This Bodytype corresponds to the Scholar Role. The outermost visible planet encompasses all the others, as the Scholar Role encompasses all the others. The primary distinguishing characteristic here is the bone structure. The bones are large, but the body is nevertheless tall and thin, thus emphasizing the bonyness. The hands and feet are big and gnarled. The face is long, and the head is also chiseled and angular, with projecting cheekbones, prominent nose, square jaw and large teeth. They have a serious but gentle demeanor. They think and move slowly. This is one of the three most masculine Bodytypes.

VENUSIAN (3D+): Named after Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of love and fertility. This Bodytype corresponds to the Sage Role. Consequently this is a beautiful or handsome body. I don't just mean OK to look upon. I mean it is very pleasant to look upon, whether male or female. The skin is clear of blemishes, the hair is bountiful and lush, the features are attractive to the point of being distinguished, the body is well proportioned, tending to no extreme or irregularities. They eyes are large and dark. The skin is darker than usual. Venusians could be models. Some Venusians have a tendency to let their looks go to pot.

SOLAR (2D+): Named after the Sun (Sol, Helios). This Bodytype corresponds to the Priest Role. The body is medium to tall in height, and slight of build, perhaps even fragile in appearance. The hands and feet are also long and thin. This type is not built to withstand the rigors of physical activity, but their presence is distinctive and impressive, with a tendency to wide shoulders. The features are refined and delicate, and have a youthful appearance. The forehead is broad and the eyes are set widely. The skin seems transparent if not luminescent they almost shine with an inner light. The hair is silky and shiny. The overall impression is ethereal, otherworldly or angelic not of this earth. Their behavior is "airy" exuberant, graceful and childlike.

JOVIAL (1D+): Named after the planet Jove (Jupiter, Zeus), in mythology the king of the gods. This Bodytype corresponds to the King Role. It is large, usually tall, sometimes massive "beefy" may be the best single adjective. The bones and muscles are heavy-duty, but the body does not emphasize muscularity as does the Martial. Rather, it presents an imposing, regal bearing. The neck is short and thick. The trunk and limbs are heavy. Even when it is overweight, the excessive flesh is firm rather than sloppy. Abundant body hair is also a trait of Jovial men. This is one of the three most masculine Bodytypes

 
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Phil Wittmeyer is a longtime Michael student and scholar of the teachings.  He can be reached at: wittmeyer@hotmail.com

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