The seven soul types: what do they look like?

I’ve been adding some pictures to my pages about the seven soul types (as described in the Michael teachings). Specifically, I’ve done seven facial caricatures to show what each one tends to look like (at least to me), highlighting and exaggerating the main features — the Scholar’s prominent brow, for example, and the Priest’s intense eyes.

Below I’m showing them all together on one page, with a number of famous faces as representative examples in each case.

Now, I’ll readily admit that it’s quite easy to find exceptions to the rule. Yes, you can probably point to a famous Priest soul incarnation who looks nothing like the Priest ‘stereotype’ shown below. Fair cop. Not all Priests have definite almond-shaped heads. But I see this is as a general approximation, a pattern, not a hard-and-fast rule.

And of course, head/face shapes will vary according to body size. Going by shape alone, for example, a Sage who is small in stature like Miley Cyrus looks a bit like an Artisan. But that’s just the shape. You can still spot the Sage in Miley Cyrus because a Sage’s face has also a firm, elastic and shiny quality (as it’s always on the move) while an Artisan’s tends to be soft and very ‘composed’. You have to look at the whole package — not just shapes but also tones and movements. And in the Sage’s case, the motormouth is also a dead giveaway!

See what you think.

A d v e r t i s e m e n t


Servers are gentle, genial souls. Facially, they often characterised by a rounded head, sometimes potato-shaped, with soft, sagging features and smallish, tired-looking eyes. Rounded shoulders are also typical.

The Server’s baseline expression varies between one of sorrowful pity (when they focus on the common woes of life, like Mother Teresa) and sweet, innocent cheerfulness (when they focus on the common good, like the Dalai Lama). But either way, there is a basic vibe of harmlessness.

Typical traits: accommodating, caring, modest, dedicated, unassuming, homely, downtrodden, melancholic.

Desmond Tutu
Florence Nightingale Albert Schweizer


Artisans tend to have heart-shaped or cup-shaped faces, together with a dreamy, unfocused, faraway look in their eyes. Where Sages have a starry twinkle in the eyes, Artisans have mysterious portals into their inner worlds.

Their facial expression tends to look very composed, as though they were sitting for a portrait (indeed, many models are Artisans). The mood of the expression can vary between a childlike playfulness and a very broody look of being lost in deep thought, as though contemplating some tricky arithmetic (which I suppose Einstein frequently was).

Artisans have a habit of creating a striking image for themselves which both attracts attention and at the same time serves as an outer façade behind which they can hide. This includes a tendency to go for distinctive hairstyles and clothes.

Typical traits: inventive, imaginative, innovative, idiosyncratic, flaky, ditzy.

Albert Einstein
Jackie Chan Michael Jackson
Woody Allen Naomi Campbell


Warriors look distinctly solid and physical, tough, firm-skinned, perhaps leathery, and very much at home in their bodies. The head-shape can be quite straight, a bit like a jar.

Like Kings, Warriors tend to be hard and angular, but the telling features are the low eyebrows and the ready-for-action expression which varies between “Yeah, let’s do this!” and “Nobody screw with me!”

Typical traits: forceful, assertive, loyal, protective, determined, ruthless, vicious.

Judi Dench Benito Mussolini


Scholars tend to look intelligent but somewhat unexpressive and socially detached. They usually have a large, flat forehead and relatively hollow, deadpan features. The mouth is naturally shut rather than open. In contrast to the Sage, the Scholar’s face looks like it isn’t used much for expressiveness.

The eyes can look deep-set, partly because the Scholar’s attention is usually somewhere inside their brain rather than out there where the action is, and partly because the prominent brow can overhang the eyes, adding to the Scholar’s observing-rather-than-participating look.

With Scholars, it’s all happening inside the head; their mind is always busy processing, absorbing, learning. Overall, I would say Scholars have a look of benign detachment.

Typical traits: curious, knowledgeable, analytical, dry, pedantic, detached, neutral, aloof.

Charles Darwin
Margaret Thatcher
Ho Chi Minh Marlee Matlin


Sages’ facial features are often unusually big, open and elongated or elasticated, perhaps even cartoon-like. In addition, they often have a twinkle of mischievous merriment in the eyes, as though itching to tell a joke or share some scandalous gossip.

The face is a key means of expression and the Sage’s face is always ‘on’. Their cheeks tend to be a prominent feature, rounded from lots of smiling and joking. The whole face is like an inflated balloon.

Young-soul Sages are all all eyes and teeth with their big, sparkly smiles. Old-soul sages like Osho are more mellow and look like, well, happy sages.

Typical traits: eloquent, witty, gregarious, flamboyant, effusive, attention-seeking, loud, verbose.

Mariah Carey


Priests tend to have almond-shaped heads, and cat-like eyes that point forwards very directly. I’ve also noticed that the eyes can sometimes seem ‘upside-down’, with the upper lid being more open than the lower. Also with Priests, the corners of the mouth often look sharply pointed.

The Priestly facial expression suggests a strongly felt desire to make things right or better. This typically varies between one of stern disapproval (when they focus on what’s presently wrong with the world as they see it) and rapturous enthusiasm (as they focus on realising some higher potential).

The Priest’s gaze often has an inflamed, hypnotic intensity which can look strikingly beautiful — or strikingly sinister, depending on where the Priest is coming from.

Typical traits: fervent, visionary, hope-inspiring, earnest, uplifting, preachy, fanatical.

Christopher Walken

Uri Gellar

Carl Jung


Kings tend to be distinguished by a solid-looking block-like head with ‘meaty’ or ‘granite’ features. There is often a broad, muscular, well-defined jawline.

The face reveals a self-assured, commanding expression with a very masculine look of authority that says “I know exactly what I’m doing,” — the flip-side of which is a withering look that says “You don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”

Typical traits: commanding, masterful, self-assured, decisive, harsh, imperious.

Sean Connery
Sandra Day O'Conner
Katherine Hepburn

And finally…

See if you can guess the soul type of this handsome psychologist and blog writer:

Further reading

If you’d like to read more about the seven soul types and how each one operates at home, at work and in relationships, I can strongly recommend this book –

7 PERSONALITY TYPES by sociologist/counsellor Elizabeth Puttick, Ph.D. (Hay House, 2009).

Amazon link

161 Responses to “The seven soul types: what do they look like?”

  1. 1 Audrey 23 Jun 2010 at 8:12 pm

    This is very fascinating! I will have to look into this further. You might also enjoy another great read on spirituality by Carol Marleigh Kline called, “Streetwise Spirituality,” which incorporates many common-sense insights from psychology to help you get a handle on what may hold you back. I found it to be very inspiring and unlike any other book I’ve read on the subject.

    • 2 barry 23 Jun 2010 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip Audrey. I’ll look into it.

  2. 3 Cass 23 Jun 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Great post. Very interesting. Let me guess, are you a priest? Perhaps with a scholar casting? I could be partial because I’m a priest :)

    • 4 barry 24 Jun 2010 at 6:23 am

      Ha! I wondered if that mysterious light and shadow made me look a bit too enigmatic.
      I am drawn to some Priestly things, like spirituality, but basically … let’s just say I would rather study Priests than be one.


  3. 5 La Quishia N. 24 Jun 2010 at 1:05 am

    Christopher Walken is a perfect example. Now I’m confused as to if I’m a Scholar or Artisan ever since I read your article about MJ being a possible incarnation of Bach (large, childlike eyes, etc).

    Your prototypes are interesting, and a bit creepy. The King looks sooo mean.

    • 6 barry 24 Jun 2010 at 6:16 am

      You mean Mozart (MJ reincarnation).
      Bach was a Scholar and looks like one – big brain, dry expression.


      • 7 La Quishia N. 05 Jul 2010 at 5:24 am

        Ah, you’re correct. I still can’t get over that Christopher Walken picture!

        • 8 barry 05 Jul 2010 at 6:14 am

          For Priests there’s a fine line between looking intense and looking a bit crazy. I came across someone’s blog post on “The 8 Strangest Looking Actors in Hollywood” and most of them look like Priests to me: Christppher Walken, Jackie Earle Haley, Robert Knepper, Steve Buscemi?, Willem Dafoe?, definitely William Fichtner


          • 9 La Quishia N. 10 Aug 2010 at 7:28 am

            I just saw your response. Yes, they are all creepy. Steve Buscemi is one of my favorites and so is Walken.

            I find this soo interesting (especially since you added more pictures). I’ll be stopping by the bookstore tomorrow on my way home after class.

      • 10 rachel 04 Jan 2012 at 12:16 am

        I saw on the blog that Prince William was labeled a mature Scholar and I do agree with that! Kate Middleton, according to her facial features, lifestyle,reputation etc., definitely seems to me like a mature King soul:)

        She is a really fascinating person(since King soul is rare, especially in women) my intuition was confirmed when I compared her not-smiling pictures with the King face-shape.

        • 11 barry 04 Jan 2012 at 6:53 am

          I can’t tell yet if she’s king or scholar. Seems to have both the firmness of one and the dryness of the other. Should become clearer as she gets older.

  4. 12 Valnea 04 Jul 2010 at 7:25 am

    I guess the writer of blog is ARTISAN.
    Very nice soul.

    • 13 barry 04 Jul 2010 at 7:36 am

      Interesting. You’re right about me being very nice but not about me being an Artisan, though I do have a creative flair and I’m married to one.

      Maybe it’s a poor picture, so here are some clues.

      I’m generally quiet and introspective.
      My prominent facial feature is my forehead.
      My house is full of books (non-fiction).
      I’m more of a thinker than a doer.

      • 14 Xenon 19 Dec 2010 at 4:11 pm

        You’re a Priest and a scholar. You have a burning passion that’s for sure.

        • 15 Deladem Eric Kofi Tsa 28 Mar 2013 at 2:32 am


          • 16 Deladem Eric Kofi Tsa 28 Mar 2013 at 2:38 am


      • 17 Gabriella 27 Mar 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Scholar! yeah!!!! Gave it away with your in-depth research and writings on these topics.

        • 18 barry 27 Mar 2012 at 10:36 pm


  5. 19 Valnea 04 Jul 2010 at 3:22 pm

    The most important one is that you are nice.
    Well, I´m not 100% sure but I think you are server. :=)

  6. 20 Jenny 04 Jul 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I picked up on you as a Scholar straight away! =)

    • 21 barry 05 Jul 2010 at 5:02 am

      Yay! Once you know, it’s pretty obvious.

      • 22 rachel 04 Jan 2012 at 12:10 am

        that is true,it is obvious that the writer of the blog is a Scholar, Priest also, I think. thanks for ur blog by the way, it is very interesting,I’ve learned through it that I am an Artisan King(i’m a girl) and maybe because of that I might be considering now to start an art-oriented business empire on the real world or the internet.I didnt know b4 that I could be a leader in art:) Inside me there is always a battle between confidence and self-doubt.

  7. 23 Kat 20 Sep 2010 at 4:54 pm
    Can you tell me what kind I am? I think I’m artisan.

    • 24 barry 20 Sep 2010 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Katerina

      Yes, I would definitely say Artisan. Aside from the eyes and facial expression, the hairstyle is a giveaway!



  8. 25 Kat 20 Sep 2010 at 4:56 pm

    And I think you are a scholar :)

    • 26 barry 20 Sep 2010 at 5:05 pm

      Yep :)

  9. 27 Kat 20 Sep 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I knew it! :D and do you think i’m artisan? Still not sure if I am because I could be priest (since I want help other people by inspiring them with animation or novel).

    • 28 barry 20 Sep 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Well, you could be a Priestly Artisan. There are subtypes as well as the seven main types. I’m a Sage-type Scholar, for example. I’m a typically quiet Scholar, but in a room full of Scholars I’m the gregarious one. My wife is a Priest-type Artisan and she feels driven to apply her imagination and inventive impulse in an inspiring way. And her expression is similar to yours!

  10. 29 JamesBey 09 Oct 2010 at 8:09 am

    Barry, thanks for this clearly-written explanation of the Michael teaching – very valuable, great graphics.

    an old soul artisan with priestly leanings

    • 30 barry 09 Oct 2010 at 8:16 am

      Thanks JamesBey :)

  11. 31 Wyatt 06 Nov 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Great information! Although, I would definitely pick you barry as a priest. Your eyes do have an intensity to them at first glace but upon second impression I do see the sense of detachment and neutrality. I want you to take a look at my mug shot, and see if you can guess mine. I was channeled, and I agree with my overleaves but my role however doesn’t seem right. ((hint sage ET, much bleed through, and scholar casting, with warrior secondaries))

    • 32 barry 06 Nov 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Wyatt. Hmm.. Difficult to get someone from a single shot as it’s hard to tell what’s consistently “you” and what’s just accidental in this photo. The photo seems to have been taken with the camera pointing to the ceiling and you directly over it, which could mean that your face is hanging in a slightly unusual (uncharacteristic) way. But for what it’s worth… My first thought when I saw the eyes and cheeks was Artisan. But … the more I look at it, the more I see Priest. But if I saw a few other photos I might have a different sense.

      - barry

  12. 33 Wyatt 14 Nov 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Here’s a few more that will help you out.

    • 34 barry 14 Nov 2010 at 11:55 pm

      My sense is Priestly (6th cast) Warrior. I don’t see any Scholar, Sage or Server. King is a possibility but the eyes are missing a certain firmness. So I’m leaning to Warrior with Priest or possibly Artisan overtones. And goal of growth?

      • 35 Wyatt 15 Nov 2010 at 3:26 am

        I was channeled a server, but my inclination is priest. I love giving therapy, and advice, and the more I age the more I just seem to fit the mold a priestly figure. I have a goal of acceptance and I’ve been told I was very easy to talk too, and very accepting of others.
        I have heavy martial(Aries) influence in my astrology(moon&mars) as well as a secondary casting giving me a strong warrior aura I believe but I’m a bit soft and sensitive with too much compassion to have a bigger influence then that. My thirst for knowledge is what makes it clear to me that I have a primary scholar casting though.

  13. 36 Ivo 23 Jan 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I would say Barry that you are a artisan and a scholar…. these two are the first two words that came into me..

    Personal I’m a seventh stage old soul priest/warrior.

  14. 37 Ivo 23 Jan 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Sorry, I mean fifth stage… There is no seventh stage….. xd

  15. 38 Simon 01 Mar 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I’m so glad i’ve found this website! I have read several books by Newton on the subject and am fascinated by the subject! I would very much like to know my past previous to this lifetime and this site is a good tool in identifying the ‘wheat from the chaff’ to a certain degree! Thank you!

    • 39 barry 01 Mar 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Simon!

  16. 40 Achan 10 Apr 2011 at 3:12 am

    Would you be able to identify my caste or role? I think I’m a priest, but I suspect I might be caste as an artisan or sage.

    At first glance, I thought you looked more like a artisan just because of your features and the shape of your face (boyish and heart-shaped), but looking into your eyes I definitely see the neutral gaze of a scholar!

    Maybe mode of Observation, attitude of Realist? Ten previous grande cycles?

    • 41 barry 10 Apr 2011 at 6:33 am

      Hi Achan

      I get nervous whenever I’m asked to do this – so easy to get it wrong from a single photo. So, assume all the usual caveats….

      Given your tapered jaw-line, tapered eyes, tapered mouth, lively expression, I would assume Priest. In fact you remind me of a young Marianne Williamson.

      And possibly a Sagey-Priest?

      I’m actually an Idealist, which probably accounts for the childlike look about me. Here is my full set:
      5th-level Mature Scholar, 5th cast, 1st Cadence, 3rd Entity, Attitude of Idealist, Goal of Growth, Mode of Perseverance, Primary Centre = Emotional (2ndary = Moving) Chief Feature = Impatience (2ndary = Self-Deprecation). Essence Twin = Scholar (I think it’s my son), Task Companion = Artisan (no plans to meet up). Life task = “To accumulate knowledge in a spirit of joy, and share it in the guise of play”.

      - barry

      • 42 Achan 12 Apr 2011 at 5:39 am

        Ok, maybe I saw “Observation” because you are a scholar…and I got “Realist” wrong, too. lol Oh, well.

        I believe I’m a 6th level Mature Priest. I actually bumped up a level in this lifetime! My interests changed, even my taste in music. I went from liking interesting, off-beat songs to more harmonious, romantic tunes. I also chose my current major in college after this shift.

        My chief features are the same–Primary feature of Impatience and Secondary of Self-Deprecation. Ironically, I get very impatient with myself and my life, but because I’ve become convinced that I won’t be very good at whatever I apply myself to, I’ve developed a bad habit of procrastinating and then frantically doing the work at the last minute. I’m grateful for discovering this through the Michael Teachings so that I can take steps to change it. I’m trying to be more proud of myself and my accomplishments. Do you find that your impatience and self-deprecation ever overlap as well?

        I have a goal of Flow and I believe my Essence Twin is another Priest. Not sure about the other overleaves. A medium told me that I was a priest, and I’ve figured out the rest through muscle testing and my own intuition, seeing what “fit.”

        • 43 barry 12 Apr 2011 at 10:12 am

          My goal is Growth – I yearn to move into new experiences the whole time. My CF of Impatience causes me to resent any delay, anything that holds me in the present instead of cruising into the next experience of my choosing. I have a particularly hard time with inanimate objects like cups and saucers which refuse to obey my will and won’t simply fly into their proper places on the shelves – instead they obey the law of gravity and fall crashing to the floor. My Self-Deprecation tells me – internally, constantly – that it’s all because I’m not good enough. If I was a better person, nothing would ever hold me up!
          Yeah, it’s a pretty horrible combination – but aren’t they all!?!
          - barry

  17. 44 Achan 14 Apr 2011 at 11:50 am

    Yes, it’s strange how Impatience and Self Deprecation seem to go so well together. It’s hard not to beat ourselves up if things don’t turn out exactly how we wanted, and as quickly as possible, at that!

    Thank you so much for interpreting my role! I wasn’t sure what my caste was…I had the feeling that I was a Sage, but I took your quiz and the second most ticky-ed boxes were for the Artisan role. And it’s nice to hear confirmation that I am a Priest!

  18. 45 Mollie 30 Apr 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Greetings Barry, I’ve recently discovered this site and I must say, in my case, it’s practically revolutionary – I’ve held beliefs akin to those summarised on this site throughout the entirety of my life yet I’ve never come across anything to explain it or back it up. I’ve always been a highly spiritual person, however. It’s such a fulfilling way of life, set of beliefs etc. and I thank you on behalf of thousands including myself for expanding so many peoples’ knowledge on that.

    I so look forward to deepening my spiritual understanding and exploring my own consciousness and using the information I discover to better my own life and the lives of others. :)

    Aaaaanywho, you’re a dead-set scholar, very obvious that one. :P

    I however am a tad confused as to what I may be. I see a few different elements of each type in my face (except I see nothing priestly, scholarly or warrior-like). I feel like I’m dominantly Artisan. Do you think I might be right?

    Any reply is greatly appreciated! :)

    • 46 barry 30 Apr 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Mollie and thanks so much for those kind words. I’m always glad when people get something from my website.

      Hmm, yes you are tricky one to get from those photos. I am leaning in two directions: (1) Artisan, though admittedly that’s based largely on the variety of clothes! (2) Scholar, judging by the relatively neutral expression (at least in pics 1 and 3) plus i get a sense of solid weight or density behind the eyes (pic 1) that is typical of Scholars. It’s always bard to judge from face alone, however, and i wouldn’t want to misdirect you with wrong information, so I would recommend you take my soul type quick test at


  19. 47 Mollie 01 May 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thanks a bunch Barry! I had taken the test prior to my asking you and got Artisan, and while I overlooked the Scholarly aspects of my facial composition, I found I do posess in my personality, and intellectually speaking, many qualities found in Scholars, such as having an analytical, pragmatic and never-stopping mind while still being highly creative and expressive (and emotional, heh). A Scholarly Artisan, haha :)

    My boyfriend’s definitely a sage. He has bright, expressive eyes, a dazzling pearly-toothed smile and chubby chipmunk cheeks and his mouth makes it appear like he constantly has the pout of a 5 year old that didn’t get the toy he wanted at Toys R’ Us. That and his nature is very Sagely. Some people are definitely easier to pick than others, huh?

    As for finding out what stage you’re at, well that’s a lot harder to figure out for yourself, I’d definitely be interested in contacting a medium in time in regards to information of that ilk and that of overleaves. It’s all highly fascinating.

    Your website’s now found a position among my coveted favourites. Kudos! :D

    • 48 barry 01 May 2011 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Mollie.

      Interestingly, my wife and I figured out that our 9 year old must be either a Scholarly Artisan or an Artisanly Scholar bases on his looks and interests. We then got a reading from a Michael channel (Terri Benning in this case) and it came back as Artisanly Scholar. Good verification. The surprise was that he’s 3rd level old, making him easily the oldest soul in our family!



  20. 49 Mollie 01 May 2011 at 11:07 am

    That’s really interesting, did you have any inklings that he may be an old soul?

    • 50 barry 01 May 2011 at 11:14 am

      Not at first – he was very anxious when born. But by about 3 or 4 he started to surprise us with his ability to look us straight in the eyes and meaningfully express love. Now, he is more emotionally mature and self-assured at 9 going on 10 than I was in my twenties!

  21. 51 Krysta Roy 05 Oct 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hello Barry,
    Your website is really awesome and has kept me thinking ever since I had laid my eyes on it.
    Can you please help me figure out what soul type I am or my face looks like? Here is a snap:
    Not trying to manipulate, but I think my personality matches with the king type. But I could not figure out which category my face falls in.
    Your kind assistance will be highly appreciated.Thanks.

    • 52 barry 13 Oct 2011 at 5:56 am

      Hi Krysta!

      I replied by email but not sure if you received it. Anyway, I’m really glad you like the website.

      I have to start with the usual caveat – face structure is one type of information, and often it isn’t even the best one. Some people are obvious, some are more “average” and hard to make out. With young people it’s additionally hard because often the face is not yet fully showing the true character.

      The photo you link to is not the easiest one to see you with – it’s quite grainy and obscured by text! Ideally I would prefer to see a few. I have also looked at your (very nice) profile shot on Facebook and it’s tempting to say that I see a solidity to you that could suggest King. On the other hand, the faraway look in your eyes and the creativity you put into your photos are usually clear signs of an Artisan. For a King, I would expect to see more of a focused, determined look. But as I said, it’s not so easy with a couple of photos like this. Do you have any others – clear shots of your head/face, preferably not posed?

      • 53 Krysta Roy 21 Oct 2011 at 2:43 pm

        Hey Barry,
        Thanks for your response. Here is another snap: for you. Hope this will be more helpful.

        I understand snaps are not an easy way to judge one’s soul type. Let me be of some help by describing some of my facial features. I have a pointed face which is sort of oblong-shaped. My forehead has horizontal thought-lines, which is not quite usual for a teenager, eyebrows slope inwards most of the time, somewhat prominent jaw-lines,sometimes dreamy eyes(when being introspective) and sometimes don’t-mess-with-me look when situation demands.

        I am mostly oblivious, stick to being myself to such an extent that people do actually wonder(some have told me) whether I am from another planet. I defy most rules of society only when logic fails them and not to just be a rebel like most teenagers do. I sure love knowledge and usually remain peaceful unless people violate my principles of life. I tend to get arrogant and short-tempered, and love to control people by playing with their predictable psychological actions. I love pondering on abstract ideas- like origin of universe, validity of existence of god, afterlife etc etc. I catch a lot of attention wherever I go, but do not intend that. And I feel lies are for cowards and consider myself brave and straightforward enough to be honest and truthful.

        That’s all for now. Does that, in any minute way, confuse things up more?

        • 54 barry 27 Oct 2011 at 12:13 pm

          Hi Krysta, and sorry it has taken me a while to get back.
          That’s a pretty rich description you give, and while some of it may point to this or that soul or personality type, other bits could probably apply to just about any average teenager. So here are my thoughts…
          Your creativity is very Artisan, but there is a hard edge or thrust to your face and behaviour which do suggest either King or Warrior (OR that you are an Artisan with a goal of Dominance). Not many people would say “I love to control people”. Defying illogical rules… Peaceful unless… Brave and straightforward… These are key attributes of a Warrior. Hmmm… How do resonate with Warrior, maybe with Artisan as secondary? Probably Mature or Old. Sorry I can’t be more specific!

  22. 55 Krysta Roy 31 Oct 2011 at 7:59 am


    Umm, can you please provide me with a link that can quiz me or provide a more vivid description about “Warrior, maybe with Artisan as secondary”, “an Artisan with a goal of Dominance”, “Mature or Old”? It would help me to reach a proper conclusion if I had an idea what traits these categories of soul/personality have.Thanks again.

    • 56 barry 02 Nov 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Sure, just read through the relevant pages on this website and see what resonates. Let me know!





      OLD SOUL:

      • 57 Krysta Roy 04 Nov 2011 at 3:27 pm

        Except for this part,”Such souls tend to see life in terms of confrontations and rising to the challenge. There are causes to serve, struggles to be overcome, battles to be won. They like to be on the front line with their trusted comrades, and strongly value both courage and loyalty.” the Warrior traits hardly make any sense for me.

        In fact, after going through the articles, I am presently having a strong feeling that I look and act like none but an Artisan. With a goal of Growth. Perhaps that’s where the “Such souls tend to see life in terms of confrontations and rising to the challenge” comes in. Technically that’s exactly what the INTP-type from the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator describes ME to be. So logically (though to me, Soul= Cognitive Features/Ability) this conclusion is valid.

        And finally, about the soul age- that’s the only confusing thing in my mind. First, to me,my own perspective is the only right thing and my self-interest is all-important- both of which have been tagged as a trait of Young souls.

        But then I see this: “Mature souls can have sophisticated, avant-garde or post-modern sensibilities, but in private they may struggle with basic emotional issues. Because life is now all about optimising one’s relationships with anything and everything, mature souls can find life to be intensely complex and stressful, filled with emotional turmoil, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Inner conflict is very common.” True for me but guess what, that’s a Mature soul syndrome!

        And then this: “Doing their own thing, old souls end up pursuing nothing but their own path whilst allowing others to pursue theirs, just perfecting their own abilities, being themselves in life to the best that they can.”- Old soul trait.But so very me!

        Requesting immediate aid! :D

        • 58 barry 04 Nov 2011 at 10:25 pm

          :) Ha! Ok, this suggests to me that I need to clarify some of my descriptions.

          That said, it is probably worth mentioning a few other things.

          First, soul age traits blend into one another. There is no sudden jump from one stage to the next. For example, a soul at the beginning of the Mature stage will show a blend of mostly Young soul and fewer Mature soul traits – highly competitive / ambitious but also a little sensitive / introspective.

          The same is true of the soul types – you could, for instance, be primarily an Artisan but with a secondary essence of Warrior. Or vice versa. In my case, by way of example, I am primarily a Scholar (I love to study and learn stuff) but my secondary nature is Sage – I love to communicate what I have learned. An Artisan loves to design/create/invent; a Warrior-Artisan would do so with a forceful, challenging or confrontational flavour. A Warrior loves to confront and challenge; an Artisan-Warrior would do so in a creative, inventive way.

          BTW, have you tried my soul type quiz at Quibblo:

          Second, your personal age also comes into this. As we grow up, we “adopt” traits from those around us – our family, our school mates, our culture. For example, an Old soul growing up in a Young soul family in a predominantly Young soul town will tend to act similarly ambitious, competitive and materialistic at first. An Artisan who is born into a family of Warriors serving in the military and who is educated in a military school will tend to act more like a Warrior at first. (Although the real Warriors will probably spot some sort of difference, such as his/her wild imagination.)

          But around mid-life (35-40 ish) our true soul age and soul type start making themselves known quite forcibly. This is the process Jung called individuation – shedding our false personality traits, fully identifying with who we really are and becoming who we can be. It can be a difficult process – it can mean letting go of deeply ingrained habits and assumptions (3 or 4 decades of fitting in). An Artisan, for example, might quit the army to become a poet.

          What this all points to is simply that it can be hard to pinpoint yourself when you’re young in age. It takes considerable self-knowledge and being able to honestly distance yourself from your habits and assumptions.

          As a 20-year old, for example, I would have assumed that I was a Young Artisan because I was so fixated on being ruthlessly successful through some sort of creative medium. But that was what I was picking up from my culture. None of it was particularly true to who I really am. Only in my 30s and 40s did my Mature and Scholar nature come blatantly into the foreground of my self-awareness.

          Third, another thing I have noticed is that many people (myself included) will readily agree with the traits of a stage higher … in principle. For example, I totally resonate with the deep autonomy and wisdom of the Old soul, but really I only resonate with the fact that I understand it, not that I live it. I might be tempted to say, “Yes that resonates for me. Therefore I’m an Old soul.” Whereas in fact, I am not LIVING like an Old soul at all – I am 50 years old now, I have excellent self-knowledge, but I live very definitely as a later-stage Mature soul. So you can read about an upper stage and get it “in theory”, but living it “in practice” is a different matter. That’s where we are evolving to – that’s the challenge we each face.

          Finally, the Old soul trait of “doing your own thing” can sound a bit like Young soul independence AND teenage independence.
          Now I’m not saying any of this to try and convince you that you’re not an Old soul or whatever. I just mean that it is “normal” to recognise a variety of traits in yourself and it is hard to pinpoint yourself accurately until you really get to know yourself in action.

          OK, I’ve probably confused you even more now! I’ll just let you mull it over but do feel free to ask more questions.


          • 59 Krysta Roy 11 Nov 2011 at 11:07 am

            Lol. No more questions. Thanks for your responses. :)

  23. 60 Lin 23 Nov 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Barry,

    I just found your site; it’s excellent! Having been a graduate in psychology myself, and loving experiential psyc especially, I find the topics you cover on here to be immensely fascinating! I’ve always been a “spiritual” person, yet I very much dislike religion. I read through your descriptions of each type and had a good idea of which one I was. I even decided to take your test to confirm, too. Anyhow, with that said, I’ll ask you: Which type do you see me as? I uploaded a few pictures of myself and would love to have your expertise on the matter (forgive the photos where I didn’t shave! lol):

    I’m just really curious as to your opinion. :)

    • 61 barry 23 Nov 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Lin
      Glad you like the site.
      First impression: Warrior.
      (Confidence level: 30% – not great, I’m still learning to trust my first impressions!)

  24. 62 Leanna 16 Jan 2012 at 1:50 am

    Hi, Barry –

    I found your site today by way of a link someone posted to your article concerning the thirty-five steps of soul evolution. I’ve more or less been wandering around since I first arrived, taking in things a little at a time.

    I remember being told as a child that I am an “old soul”. Whether or not that is the case, I can certainly say there are days when I’m simply tired in ways that don’t have any words. I don’t really talk about it much; I figure since I’m here, tired or not, I have something to accomplish.

    I find the concept of roles intriguing. I don’t yet know whether I’ve an idea of my own. Your quiz suggests that I am an Artisan, which would fit in many respects; perhaps that is in fact the case. I have a variety of artistic interests: writing (21 years); singing (29 years); drawing (off and on for about… 16 years); photography (12 years… I guess); playing piano (9 years of lessons and off/on playing since); and fairly recent forays into wood carving/ burning and pottery/sculpting. I have varying knacks for each of these; my most prominent interest and means of communication is my writing. I think of it as my magic. That’s one of the reasons the “soul evolution” idea drew me, in fact — I have composed an essay detailing my own ideas which I started in my freshman year of college and finished seven years later. I called it “Evolution Through Vibration”.

    There are factors, however, which may or may not not so congruent –the most apparently significant of which is that I have chosen to make spiritual service my focus for this lifetime. I have felt so compelled since I can remember, and the trait is one I have actually seen pass down the maternal line through three successive generations of my current biological family (the third being to me, with the previous two being an aunt and my Nana).

    Another of these factors is my “empathic” ability. I don’t know how to articulate it completely. It’s not something that is limited to a sense of emotion, though I’ve had the experience of becoming physically ill when in proximity to someone suffering trauma. It’s also a matter of sensing… “essentials” about people, I guess, which enables me to gauge my approach to each individual I meet. I’ve had it absent for short periods of my life…. but on every so occasion, I feel as though I am seeing the world as though populated by paper dolls. It’s as though I am blind, and my surroundings somehow lack vitality. Yet it is not accompanied by any energetic visual, at least not historically — despite my aforementioned interests in photography and drawing, I have extreme difficulty with visualizing. I interpret and communicate patterns instead.

    I’ve included a link to a picture of myself, should you wish to make a guess as to my type. It’s a bit older than I like, but it’s the best closeup I have of myself. I hope it will be sufficient!



    • 63 barry 16 Jan 2012 at 9:03 am

      Hi Leanna

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes, you look like an Artisan to me. Possibly late Mature or early Old at a guess. And the determined expression suggests a goal of Dominance, though it is always hard to come to a valid conclusion from just one photo.

      Perhaps you are a Priestly Artisan, like my wife, given your orientation to spiritual service. (All of the seven main soul types have seven sub-types, which affect the emphasis of the main type. I am a Scholar, but my sub-type is Sage, so I gather together information but with an emphasis on sharing wit and wisdom.) My wife, an Artisan with Priest sub-type has a natural instinct for creating, but always with an emphasis on serving the higher good. Does that resonate for you?

      Evolution Through Vibration – I like the sound of that!


      • 64 Leanna 16 Jan 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Thanks, Barry. :)

        I will think on it and wander around a bit more, but I can readily agree that the sub-type appears likely. I’ve felt very resonant connections with individuals you list in both categories throughout my life — Einstein, Poe, Monroe, Christ, and Whitman are a few examples. As for the goal of Dominance…. I’ve just looked at in and am finding that I need to let it settle first, see if it fits. It either explains a lot I’m not yet ready to articulate or I need to post another photo. Of course, I *was* born on Julius Caesar’s birthday. :P

        In case of the latter, here’s my deviantART page. I don’t know whether that photo will stand as a useful addition, but I figure it’s worth a shot, if you’ll pardon the (lame) pun.

        The ID portion is located on the upper right of the page. It may not be the best picture to use; please let me know if you’d prefer something with a better angle/light/etc.

        Interestingly, that same section contains this quote from an essay I wrote a while ago:

        ” ‘Yet my mind, my proclivity to description, to delving the deepest and highest possibilities of language in order to make some small attempt, however inherently limited, at describing my daily life exists as something beyond the purely physical. It is not purely biological. Nor is it purely mental or emotional. Rather, it is spiritually driven in a way that I am spiritually driven to survive, to create, to give birth to things greater and more lasting than myself, to populate an entire world with words of my own design and, in so doing, allow and enable others to do the same without fear.’ ”

        Yeah, I think the Priest subtype fits. Given the last couple of lines, I could see the Dominance as well. I’ll mull over it, as I said.


        • 65 barry 19 Jan 2012 at 4:19 pm

          Hi Leanna – I couldn’t tell much from that photo, but the rest of the page is pure Artisan! :)

          • 66 Leanna 19 Jan 2012 at 11:35 pm

            Yes, well, there is that, too. ^_^ I was afraid you wouldn’t be able to tell much from the photo. :) Thank you!

    • 67 Gabriella 27 Mar 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Leanna – Reading your comment, I had to recount if I had written this ever because it sounded like I was reading about myself. I am artistic in that I sing, dance, learned piano, some stage work, wrote a book, but I have a priestly base to all that I do. I have to do something artistic in the performing arts, but it has to be for the greater good of mankind, healing and helping in some way. The arts seems to come from somewhere deep within the soul, and the spiritual seems to be more of this lifetime lessons and work. AND I, too, am empathic. I feel what others feel, I know things about others before they know. I feel, physically, and take on the energy of others and of environments. Very interesting to read your writing. I have an oval face… so fitting for a Priest. Peace.

  25. 68 PurpleViolet 12 Mar 2012 at 7:49 am

    oooh! i would love some feedback as well… it’s kinda hard trying to determine what i am, although so far i’ve been pretty accurate at guessing others.

    • 69 barry 12 Mar 2012 at 8:06 am

      Didn’t you just say you think you’re a King with a goal of Acceptance? Anyway, as usual it’s always hard to tell from one photo but in this one I’d have to say you look very much like a fun-loving, outgoing Sage! That could be the goal of Acceptance obscuring something else though.

      • 70 PurpleViolet 12 Mar 2012 at 8:46 am

        *hangs head* yes, lol. & see, you say Sage. i would NOT hav guessed thatat all! hmmm… i wonder if i am confusing the Sage personality w/Artisan. might have to think a bit on that. i will try to find more decent pics, usually my hair is in my face.

      • 71 PurpleViolet 12 Mar 2012 at 2:06 pm

        alright, 1 with an actual smile, & 1 with a… scowl, i suppose that is..

        • 72 barry 14 Mar 2012 at 10:36 am

          Ok, I’m going to go with Artisan with goal of Acceptance

  26. 73 Livvy Drysdale 24 Mar 2012 at 4:43 pm

    wow i found that amazing im a sage and i connected with that type as soon as i saw it andwhen i took the quiz and found my type i was surprised that the one i conneted with the most was what i was im still very young but i would like to think i am ver in touch with my soul and i am a preformer i play instremements write books and sing do drama ect. so im pleased i like i said would like to think im in touch with my soul i think im an older soul theres no way im young but wisdom of an older soul always comes at a price so i guess i must continue to learn and unlock the wisdom i have earned over these lives thank you though you have gven me allot to think about.

  27. 74 Senad 25 Apr 2012 at 9:44 am

    I seem to have King face shape! But I knew this before, I come from a military family, my father was commander in army (you could say like king)!

  28. 75 Hitesh S 09 Jun 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Hitesh S here from BANGALORE INDIA . Yes, this is really a knowledge provoking article , gained knowledge out of it as well as happy to read the book 7 PERSONALITY TYPES .
    Thank you
    Elizabeth puttick

  29. 76 angel 06 Jul 2012 at 12:14 am

    hello barry! i love the articles about the soul types… please help me figure out my soul type through my face… i’m not sure but i am juggling between sage, artisan, and priest… i’m not sure about the priest thing, i deny it but when i was young i really have priestly interests….. but my mom said that i am talker when i was young. i love humor and i love to create things too like drawing portraits (though not always because im more interested in writing).. please tell me what u think… i really appreciate help… here’s the link:

    • 77 barry 06 Jul 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Hi angel

      Well, to be honest I am torn between Sage and Artisan. If Artisan, you seem relatively outgoing and warm so I would probably assume that you have a goal of Acceptance too. But for the same reason, Sage is definitely a possibility. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but at least we’ve narrowed it down to two! As I have told a number of people, it actually becomes easier to figure out as you get older. Have you tried the test?


      • 78 angel 07 Jul 2012 at 1:17 am

        Oh! thank you so much for your reply… i tried the test but it is not always consistent… one time sage another time artisan… i am soo much in between the two. i guess it is the influence of the goals???…maybe i’ll just be wait and see till i get a little older.

        as for you… i guess you are a scholar… :D

        • 79 barry 08 Jul 2012 at 8:07 am

          Totally right!

  30. 80 Candi 02 Aug 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Is it possible to have more than one or two traits? Maybe I’m schizo??!!??

    • 81 barry 02 Aug 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Yes it is!
      No you’re not!

      You will have a primary type as your main type, plus a secondary that shapes how you express your primary nature. (In my case, i am essentially a Scholar but my secondary type is Sage – as Scholars go, I am rather witty and extravert.)

      You can also have personality traits that echo different types – the goal of dominance, for example, echoes the King role.

  31. 82 Jenny 15 Aug 2012 at 7:57 pm

    you look like a server to me Barry.. judging on mostly the eyes.

    • 83 barry 16 Aug 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I am rather sweet natured, but I think that’s due to me being a mature soul with emotional centering, and in a happy relationship. :)

  32. 84 Trizen Perl Monk 04 Sep 2012 at 6:35 am

    I love this article.

    I think I’m a scholar (70%) or a server (30%) or a mixture?! I’m not sure. Can you help me, please?

    Thank you.

    • 85 barry 04 Sep 2012 at 6:39 am

      Yeah, I would totally agree with that mixture (primary = Scholar, secondary = Server). It’s interesting how some faces are much easier to get than others.

  33. 86 billawal 24 Sep 2012 at 3:48 pm

    you are atrisian no doubt about that

  34. 87 christinecastigliano (@c_castigliano) 16 Oct 2012 at 4:31 am

    Very much enjoying this site. As a Jung fan, I’ve explored the archetypes a lot, but the face typeology is fascinating! You are an insightful, creative and generous Scholar, helping others name their type.
    Am I a priestly artisan?

    • 88 barry 16 Oct 2012 at 6:04 am

      Thanks Christine, glad you like it.

      Having watched your video as well as studied your photos, I am actually thinking Artisanly Priest. It seems to me your primary thrust is uplifting others, and you are doing so with a very creative twist, rather than vice versa. The Priest’s dramatic presence in the eyes also struck me before any Artisan qualities.



  35. 89 Mona 17 Oct 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This is a great insight. What would be Mahatma Gandhi’s soul like?
    Would like to know your views.


    • 90 barry 17 Oct 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Gandhi is said to have been an Old Priest soul who had completed reincarnation but returned to manifest a still higher consciousness known as “Transcendental soul”.

  36. 91 She'Ra Hagans 05 Nov 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I’ve been reading the post for the past few days and I am still kind of unsure of whether or not I’m a Artisan or a King or both. Is it possible that I am both because I see myself in both soul types?

    • 92 barry 05 Nov 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hi there She’Ra

      Yes you can certainly identify with a combination of the two.

      In addition to our essential cosmic role or soul type, each of us brings additional energies into life. This is due to the way we are organised as souls, such that each of us has a unique “team role” as well as a primary essence role. This modifies how our primary essence operates in life.

      In my case, for example, I am a Scholar. That is, my primary role in the universe is the type that is objective, studious, bookish, dry, etc. However, within my “team” (soul group), I hold the Sage position, so along with my primary thrust as a Scholar I also bring a Sage-like energy of expressiveness. This means that as a Scholar I like to acquire and share knowledge with an attention-grabbing sense of wit and wisdom.

      Thus, we can sense more than one role within ourselves, though one will be predominant and the other will be secondary. Artisan primary with King secondary, perhaps?

      • 93 She'Ra Hagans 27 Nov 2012 at 3:11 pm

        Maybe? But I see the Artisan being the secondary and the King being primary. I am a artist who is dreamy but I have a strong face that looks stern most of the time.

  37. 94 Bindi 26 Nov 2012 at 2:41 pm

    It was very nice site I really liked it

  38. 95 xzanax 27 Nov 2012 at 5:48 pm

    can someone please tell me who am i? i think i m artisan but not sure…and what is my soul age? :D [IMG][/IMG]

    • 96 barry 27 Nov 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Hi xzanax
      Yep, I would definitely go with Artisan, and my wife (also an Artisan) definitely agrees.
      (PS – sorry you kept re-sending, it’s just that there’s a time delay for new comments as they need my approval.)

    • 97 barry 27 Nov 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Soul age is more tricky with a young person’s face, but something strongly tells me Mature soul.

      • 98 xzanax 27 Nov 2012 at 7:27 pm

        i also think i m artisan, i m more like artistic type pf person full with ideas and inovations and people always tell me i look cute and child like (which i btw hate :P)

        and i also have some feeling that i m mature or an old soul bcoz i was always way ahead of people my age and like i instinctlvely know that from inside i m just more older than young

        thanks :)

  39. 99 Chris 17 Dec 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Barry.

    I randomly stumbled upon your page here. VERy interesting stuff. I was just curious as to what you figure my soul type might be.

    Thank you for your time.

    • 100 barry 18 Dec 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Chris,
      I can’t access that page for some reason. Facebook says: “The page you requested cannot be displayed at the moment. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.” Perhaps it’s your privacy settings?

  40. 101 Chris Goode 18 Dec 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Hopefully it works now, Barry.

    • 102 barry 20 Dec 2012 at 9:01 am

      Hmm.. Afraid not. Maybe try tinypic or Flickr?

  41. 103 Allie 26 Jan 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hello Barry,
    Thank you so much for this informative website. I think you mentioned somewhere that the actor David Tennant is a Priest soul, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Could you please also tell his soul age and level? I am a big fan, and curious about him :).

    • 104 barry 26 Jan 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Allie,

      I can’t say for certain, but my guess is Mature Priest, with mode of passion (unless that was just how he played the Doctor).

  42. 105 Allie 26 Jan 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Barry,
    Thank you for your reply! That is exactly the impression I get of him, a Mature soul; both from the Doctor and from his other roles. I definitely agree about the Passion mode, as well :).

  43. 106 Melissa Thomas 21 Feb 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Barry, my dad sent me this link as I am very interested in this topic and do psychology based studies at college at the moment, We have been in a debate on what each others soul type is, could you notify us on what you think? thank you!

    Kinda regards


    Here is my dad

    and here is me

    • 107 barry 21 Feb 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Sorry, Melissa, but I can’t see the photos. I just get an error message from Facebook. I suspect they are inside your Facebook account which means that I can’t access them unless you publish them to “Everyone” rather than just “Friends”. Or you can email them to me via the Contact page.

  44. 108 Melissa Thomas 22 Feb 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I will email them :-) Hope that’s okay and not to much trouble!

  45. 109 Melissa Thomas 22 Feb 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Email not working so set pictures to public instead, hopefully will work for you now! sorry to be a pain! Thanks again!

    • 110 barry 28 Feb 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Sorry it took me a while to get back to this. I’m not sure about your dad from that photo, but in you I see either Priestly Scholar or Scholarly Priest – probably the latter. Which would suggest that you like to uplift and inspire others through the power of knowledge… Any resonance?

  46. 111 Melissa Thomas 02 Mar 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Barry :) Thanks for the reply! no worries about my dads photo, he’s sure he is a server
    My dad thought me as a scholar and I thought priest! so i guess we were both right :)

    thanks again :)

  47. 112 Cal 09 Mar 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I’m torn between whether I’m an artisan or priest personally, though i really do identify with priest on a bigger level. artisan cast priest possibly?
    Your opinion would be great


    • 113 barry 10 Mar 2013 at 12:27 am

      Hi Cal. Yep, I would have said either Artisan-cast Priest or Priest-cast Artisan, and if you identify more strongly with the latter, then that’s a good indicator. Provided, of course, what you’re identifying is how you feel within yourself as opposed to how you want/hope to be seen – but I don’t get that sense about you.
      Cheers :-)

  48. 114 Kenya 08 Apr 2013 at 6:17 am

    pretty weird that people have to guess what you are and most getting it wrong since you actually wrote (or typed) that you were a scholar. duh and who else would research and write things so the world can read.thanks

  49. 115 Hay_jasmeen 11 Apr 2013 at 12:28 am

    Marilyn Monroe and MJ’s eyes is similar to mine… I really am an Artisan!
    @ _ @

  50. 116 Loni 17 May 2013 at 3:17 am

    I was thinking you were either a priest or a scholar.

    What do you think I am?

    • 117 barry 17 May 2013 at 8:05 am

      Hi Loni,

      I’m a Scholar!

      My first impression of you based on your nice photos…
      Server type, + Sage subtype
      (Read about ‘casting’ for an explanation of subtypes –



      • 118 Loni 30 Jul 2013 at 4:40 am

        I tend to be an introvert but when needed I tend to be an extroverted person. I love helping animals and people in need but I also love to sing and dance. I’m definitely an outdoors girl, and find myself in a book a lot of the time.

      • 119 Loni 25 Oct 2013 at 3:10 am

        I was wondering if you could try to go more in depth of the casting. You said that I am a Server type and Sage subtype, and I would like to know more about it.
        Thank you.

        • 120 barry 25 Oct 2013 at 7:15 am

          Hi again

          Well, if that impression I have of you is valid (bearing in mind I’m not a psychic) … Essentially it means that your primary way of being in life (as a Server) is with a sense of serving humanity. That is, your core drive, or the main effect of your presence in the world, is to help, to heal, to relieve unnecessary suffering. Servers have a sort of magnetic attraction to others’ pain, so that they can be of assistance; it’s like a hole to be plugged. This could manifest as simply as taking care of an elderly relative or your own kids, or you could be more out in the world working in hospitals, for example, or, on grander scale, working for a disaster relief organisation in Africa. The focus of service is entirely up to you and your free will. Also, in any given life you don’t have to make it all about serving (you might want to be a pop star, say), but because it is your primary nature it will probably end up becoming the main focus anyway.

          The secondary aspect of Sage means that as a Server you have a distinctly extrovert, communicative side. The way you give your service to others is infused with good humour, wit, and occasionally wisdom. If you were to be put in a room with a bunch of other Servers, one of each subtype, you would all probably come across as basically humble, harmless and good people, but *you* would stand out as the fun-loving and chatty one of the pack.

          Hope that makes sense,


          • 121 Loni 26 Oct 2013 at 4:06 am

            It definitely does help. Thank you.

  51. 122 Rita 16 Jun 2013 at 12:41 am

    Hello, I was wondering if you could help me out in determining my type. I’m slightly confused. :)

    I would appreciate any feedback!


    • 123 barry 16 Jun 2013 at 8:54 am

      Hi Rita

      Not sure why this us, but I’ve noticed that those who get confused tend to be very clearly (to me at least) Artisans, and that is definitely how you strike me. Puppy dog eyes, random hair colours, composed look in the face… All 100% Artisan. But why the confusion?


  52. 124 Trina 17 Jun 2013 at 4:12 pm


    I have recentely started exploring the world of numerology & soul stages.

    I have a question, and thought I might ask you.

    With the different stages of soul… Does it coincide with numerology at all?

    If so, will an old soul be allocated/ or adapt a certain soul number in numerology ?

    And also I would guess you as a server.

    Please feel free to email me.

    Hope to hear from you soon

    • 125 barry 17 Jun 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Trina

      A lot of people ask me about numerology, but I’m afraid I don’t know the first thing about it. The numbers 1-7 are significant in the Michael teachings, though, as everything comes in sevens. For example, 1 = server, repression, stoicism, 2 = artisan, caution, skepticism, etc. In terms of soul age, numbers similarly come into it. For example, I am at level 5 of stage 4.


      Mature Scholar :-)

  53. 126 Paul 15 Sep 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I just found your site today when I put in the search engine ” warrior soul”. I did this because I feel so empowered and strong when I e,brace the sense in my body and mind of a warrior. Not only the warrior of how I live in the world, but a warrior who’s strong and wants to face himself and all of the stuff on the inside that I’ve been running from. Which is why I search ” warrior of the soul”. Also, I embrace the king when I want to remain level headed and able to have compassion for others, forgive others when needed, but at the same time remain strong in myself, so that I can be and sounding board and support for others without getting enmeshed. I think about this stuff all the time. Would you say that my personality is f the warrior, or can it be a little of another role as well? Thanks, I love your site and the things you address.

    • 127 barry 17 Sep 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Paul
      Warrior? Oh Yeah!
      Strong, brave, loyal, just, steadfast, valiant, solid, reliable…
      I suspect you can tick all the boxes!

      • 128 Paul 17 Sep 2013 at 5:42 pm

        Thanks Barry, again, this is a fascinating site!

  54. 129 Caitlynn 23 Sep 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I’m not sure if you’re still doing this, but if so, I would appreciate it if you could help me identify which one I am:

    Facially, I feel like I look most like a Sage (maybe Artisan). But personality-wise, I’m not sure if I feel the connection. So I was wondering if you might be able to see something in me that I don’t.


    • 130 barry 28 Sep 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Caitlynn

      My immediate reaction is/was Artisan, and a particularly warm and open one too, which suggests you have the goal of Acceptance. You look pretty unreserved with it too, so maybe mode of Passion. All making for a very heart-centred character, likely to be very popular.

      I can also see the possibility of Sage too… So maybe you’re a Sage-cast Artisan (like, for example, Michael Jackson), or possibly you’re an Artisan-cast Sage. So the thing now is to look at your behaviour patterns.

      Are you (a) generally a bit of a show-off, an attention-seeker, someone who loves being the centre of attention, chattering and telling stories (especially gossip), a crowd-pleaser, the bigger the audience the better?

      Or are you (b) not quite so full-on extrovert, maybe more in the middle between introvert and extrovert, with a playful and sometimes over-active imagination, with your attention rapidly switching all over the place, and with a special interest in how different things might look in new combinations (eg clothes)?

      You can probably relate to both to some extent, but which one is more predominant and ‘natural’ for you? If (a), then you’re most likely a Sage, if (b) then you’re most likely an Artisan.

      Hope that helps!!


      ~ Barry


      • 131 Caitlynn 29 Sep 2013 at 3:49 am

        Most definitely not A. haha. I actually don’t get along with that type of personality and the idea of being such causes anxiety within me. The only typical part of the Sage personality that I may connect with would be that I’ve been described as eloquent and witty by others.

        So between the two, I’m more partial to B. I’m not opposed to meeting new people and I’m friendly, though I’m shy around new people. Usually because I don’t know what to think of them yet, or whether a friendship with them is something I’d like to pursue (I don’t trust people easily). It also doesn’t help that my self-esteem isn’t very high. I’ve been told by my boyfriend that I have a tendency to put on a tough front, as well, (I get a little…catty, for lack of a better phrase) and he suspects that it’s because I’m trying to convey that I won’t be walked on. It surprised me to hear that because it seems accurate. I’m a lot more vulnerable than I like to admit and it causes a lot of problems for me (mentally).

        In terms of artisticness, I am and I’m not artsy. I’ve taken piano lessons, done Irish dancing, dabbled in art (mostly classes for school), theatre (also classes), and I have quite the urge to write a book. I love reading, mostly fictional.

        But I can never stick to anything. I didn’t pursue art because I’m bad at drawing and deadlines or theatre because being on stage nearly gives me a panic attack. My piano teacher moved, so that was out of my control. But I didn’t pester my dad about finding a new teacher because I hated recitals. I lost interest in Irish dancing mostly due to mandatory competitions, though I was good at it and I have the medals to prove it. And as for books, I’ve probably started and never finished 20 books in my 20 years.

        Speaking of books, I guess I can scratch that off with the response I’ve given! lol. I apologize for that. It can be easy to get carried away with things sometimes.

        • 132 barry 29 Sep 2013 at 5:13 pm

          Artisans aren’t usually in-your-face performers like Sages; instead, they are more often like background mood-setters. For example, one might know exactly where to place a vase of flowers to create the right party atmosphere. But they also have an urge to “create” at least one thing in life, before they die, that is uniquely their own – to have their life make a unique difference in the world.

          It might be worth noting that the Artisan creativity, imagination and “craft” are never limited to artistic things. Einstein, for example, put his Artisan mind into scientific thinking. Many turn their hands to practical problem-solving skills like plumbing. My own wife is a Mature Artisan who was born with a physical disability which has prevented her from ever making things with her hands in the usual artistic sense. She also has goal of Acceptance, so she has really channelled her creative/imaginative impulse into relationships, which is a key focus for Mature souls.


          • 133 Caitlynn 29 Sep 2013 at 7:15 pm

            Oh, yes. The arty things I listed off were things that I’ve done.

            Maybe writing a book is the thing I want to create.

            Do Artisan souls tend to be fickle or generally unsure about what they want to do with their life? Because it seems like I’ve gone from Zoologist, to lawyer, to chef, to psychology, to vet tech, to archaeology, to graphic designer and more over the past few years of my life and I’m still unsure about what career I want.

  55. 134 beach 10 Oct 2013 at 6:28 am

    How can i know which one i am? This is very intriguing to me

    • 135 barry 16 Oct 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Hi there

      You can:
      1. Read the descriptions and see which internally resonates the most for you.
      2. Check out the description of the “typical” faces and see if you recognise yourself.
      3. Send me one (or better several) photos, or links to photos. I can’t promise anything; some people seem obvious while some people I struggle to get.
      4. Get a personal profile reading from a Michael channel. There’s a list at the bottom of my page on The Michael Teachings.
      5. Take the mini-test I set up at Quibblo:



  56. 136 Rebecca Balgowan 09 Nov 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Can you help me with figuring out which one I am?
    Here’s a picture of what I look like:

    • 137 barry 09 Nov 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Rebecca

      My guess would be Artisan as primary (given the big puppy-dog eyes), Scholar as secondary.
      But it’s always tricky using just one photo…


  57. 138 Donovan 12 Jan 2014 at 10:29 am

    Is it possible that I am all 7 soul types at the same time. I am all those characters/ shapes/ expressions/ in one.

    • 139 barry 15 Jan 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Donovan.

      I suspect it’s more likely the case that as well as sensing your deepest essence type you are also noticing aspects of your spiritual casting ( and your personal overleaves (

      For example, an Artisan who happens to be Priest-cast might notice that they have underlying desire to uplift and inspire, and overlook the fact that their bigger, core desire is to be or do something unique. And if this same Artisan happens to have a life goal of Dominance, then he might also wonder if he is actually a King.

      I tried to word the items carefully to go the heart of the matter (essence type), and on the whole it seems to work ok, but every now and then (maybe 1 in a thousand) someone ends up with an ambiguous result.

      Another snag with self-tests is that, when we are young at least, it is tempting to respond from our ideal or most “impressive” sense of self, rather than actually pay attention to our true nature. That’s a problem for all self-tests of personality, not just this one.



  58. 140 Nora 16 Jan 2014 at 12:55 am

    Can you help me find out which soul type and casting I may be based on these photos? I’m not sure about it.

    • 141 barry 19 Jan 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I’m having trouble accessing the Facebook pages. (“This content is unavailable”), but the photo at Photobucket is OK.
      And am I right in thinking that this “language genius” is you also in 2011:
      In which case, my best guess based on these 2 photos is Scholar, possibly a Sage-cast Scholar like me. :D

      • 142 Nora 20 Jan 2014 at 11:15 pm

        yes, that would be me in 2011 :) thanks!

  59. 143 Aaron de Monbrun 02 Feb 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve been reading up on a lot of your blogs as well as taking quizes… I’ve found out that from your quiz I’m a priest. I’m a Libra for starters, that hales from a military/christian family; I write poetry aimed to inspire and help others and give inspiration to those seeking it and needing it, a light in the dark you could say. I’m facinated by this information but just don’t know how to put it all together. Any suggestions? I’m 28, male, divorced. Not sure if that adds any insight at all.

    • 144 Awaken 13 Apr 2014 at 6:12 pm

      you better start a blog. Use your visualization and positive affirmation for all well-being, for your personal too. (just an opinion) :)

      • 145 Aaron de Monbrun 13 Apr 2014 at 6:40 pm

        I don’t have a blog but I do have this where people read and stay updated on my works:

  60. 146 Errin 07 Feb 2014 at 5:12 am

    You’re very handsome…

  61. 147 jessica 12 Mar 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This is so great. i just fiund out i am a scholar-cast priest, and before reading, i looked at the shapes and found the 2 that look most like me. crazy that it turns out that they were the scholar and priest. i find this so interesting. i am 15 and will continue to research this. its very interesting.

    and im guessing you are a scholar or a priest. anyways, this is awesome

    • 148 barry 19 Mar 2014 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Jessica – yeh, I’m a Scholar.

      • 149 Awaken 13 Apr 2014 at 6:05 pm

        i just love all and being scholar by your-self, it helped me as priest and of-course rest of all with unique significance. If all people start working friendly, our world can be in harmony. With regards, :) keep it up

  62. 150 A D 03 Apr 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Barry,
    Thank you for this fascinating and comprehensive site, and for sharing so succintly what many of us struggle to understand, however strong our intuition.
    I would really appreciate your expert opinion on what soul type I would appear to look most like.
    I am resonating most strongly with priest, followed by server, then sage – according to the personality type descriptions (not the face type descriptions).
    I work as a psychiatric nurse, and my main drive is to encourage people to love and accept and nurture themselves, (although I myself can either be paradoxically struggling with, or mastering the same basic concepts within the self) , if that adds any insight into my character type. ;)

    Sending love and light.

    • 151 barry 03 May 2014 at 8:56 am

      Hi A–

      Well what strikes me first is the clear, forward-looking luminosity in your eyes which is one of the obvious features of a Priest. I was finding it more difficult to pick put the casting influences while the words “Server then Sage” were stuck in my head! However, just by quietly dwelling on your image (to the extent that I can from a set of photos), I get that your joy is in giving. I suspect you’ve figured yourself out very accurately, though for me the third role is a toss-up between Sage and Artisan. Does this chime with your sense of self and purpose –

          In essence, I love to encourage others to adopt a better way (=Priest),
          …specifically, in a way that reduces personal pain and suffering (=Server),
          …and also in a way that is unique (=Artisan) or comprehensible (=Sage)

      The thing about struggling:
      They say “we teach that which we need to know”, which I think is better translated as “growth within ourselves goes hand-in-hand with serving others in the same way.” For example, a leader who is struggling to be a better leader will find a perfect way forward by teaching others how to lead; in the process, he finds himself discovering and mastering the essence of leadership. Likewise, encouraging others to accept and nurture themselves – with the heartfelt commitment you obviously have – will inevitably help you in doing the same within yourself.

      On a more speculative note, I wonder if you might gradually move from “encouraging self-love in others” to “teaching others how to encourage self-love in others.”

      :-) barry

  63. 152 Tammy Johnson 30 Apr 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Can you tell me what soul type I am? This picture was taken in 1998, when I was 31 .

    • 153 barry 03 May 2014 at 9:09 am

      Sorry, Tammy, but that’s a rather small, low-resolution pic. Do you have anything bigger/clearer? If you’re worried about linking publicly to pictures of yourself, you can email them to me privately via the Contact page:

  64. 154 N TA 01 May 2014 at 10:47 pm

    i don’t know what soul type i am.. i just can’t figure it out i think im a priest because of my warm and focused eyes but i LOVE sports.. im extremely compettive and have to be number one .. but other times im so selfless that i wanna give so much to everyone..

    these are some pictures of me >‘

    • 155 barry 03 May 2014 at 9:54 am

      Hi N

      Well my primary impression is Warrior, which would explain the sporty competitiveness (do you also have a strong co-operative team spirit?). I don’t see the luminous focus of a Priest so much, but yes, there is a gentleness to your eyes which suggests you’re aware of others’ needs. Selflessness can be interpreted in different ways: from pure altruism to neurotic martyrdom, but your urge to give sounds like a healthy and natural inspiration to serve.

      So I’m slightly stumped here… but at a guess maybe a Priest-cast or Server-cast Warrior. My confidence level on this one is pretty low, so I could be way off. :S



      • 156 N TA 04 May 2014 at 1:19 pm

        yes i also have a strong co-operative team spirit, my team has to win even if its just for fun haha.
        And since i was young i remember i always wanted to be in charge or atleast i thought i would know whats best for everyone and if i wasn’t in charge or people wouldn’t listen to me i had this rebellious attitude, one of the reasons i quit my football team but i stll have it i just toned it down a bit. maybe king-like? everytime i took the test i resonated most with Priest,King and warrior

  65. 157 Michele Powell 09 Jun 2014 at 1:48 am

    Mature, level 5, warrior… this is pretty damn cool!

  66. 158 Tom 13 Jun 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I belive i’ve been, and still can be nearly all types, I seem to channel all at various rates, I have also seen my face change to soft eyed, hard eyed, and my personality traits, behaviours and interests, also positive/negative polarities, at frightening rates. I don’t know what’s going on, but something is…

    • 159 Michele Powell 13 Jun 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I am quite the same, but I went with the one that I saw most often. The one that makes the biggest impact when I look in the mirror or at photos.

  67. 160 Louisa 13 Jul 2014 at 8:27 am

    Brilliant article that I keep coming back to. I’m an Astrologer and so fascinated by the inner motivations and patterns of people (i’m pretty sure I’m a priest too). If you’re interested in whether these patterns link up, I’d be happy to get involved. Though being a scholar, I’ll understand if astrology sounds a bit flakey! Thanks again

  68. 161 Dawn 23 Jul 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’m an artisan, priest, and server (:

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