“She’s got a great personality.” We’ve been trained to shudder at those words, as if inner beauty were not real. But it is. With Pisces Mercury in the 7th house I see it in others. In fact, I see it all the time, whether or not the person can see it in themselves. I think sometimes we’re led to believe it’s some kind of metaphor and not “real” beauty, but that’s wrong. I also have a secret I want to share.
Over years of doing hair I’ve noticed something. There are parts of ourselves we’ve never seen directly, that is we’ve seen them reflected back as in a mirror but never with our own eyes. Have you seen your face, your actual face, the back of your head? Have you ever seen your own eyes? No. We take it on faith that what we see in the mirror reflects reality. And it does, of a sort.
I do hair. When I cut someone’s hair they see the results in the mirror. I also hand them a mirror and turn them so that they can see in the hand mirror the reflection of the back of their hair in the reflection of the second mirror. I look in the mirror and see what they are seeing, and let me tell you what they are seeing is not as beautiful as what I am seeing in front of me. There is a deep beauty that is not visible in any mirror. There is a phrase, “a pale reflection,” and it is so true. You can look at the nuts and bolts of what you look like in a mirror, but the real beauty of your appearance is far greater. It truly is.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is supposedly not literal. I posit that it IS. There are days I look in the mirror and think, “OUCH.” I try to remember that what I see there is not all there is. We are illuminated from within, really, physically. There is a beauty in life, a real, physical beauty. You are more beautiful than you can see.
Do you see that inner light, that extra something, physically in other people?