I spent nine years studying physiognomy with Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn, and another fifty-some years applying the knowledge I acquired to help friends and acquaintances, particularly when they were in need. To share these experiences and, in equal measure, as a token of my gratitude to Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn, I have long wanted to write a book. After years of continuous efforts, I finally succeeded in making that wish a reality. I hope the book contributes modestly to the body of knowledge of physiognomy.


Although the technical part of this book only discusses the fundamentals of Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn’s physiognomy, it should cover sufficient ground to enable a reader to apply them in his/her daily life. After reading this book, the reader should be able to:

  • Observe and interpret the basic physiognomy features;
  • Piece different physiognomy features together in clusters or as a coherent whole;
  • Comprehend the subtle nature of form, color, voice and countenance in physiognomy;
  • Learn the methodology for reading physiognomy through 40 sample cases. Most of these focus on physiognomy features relating to life and death, success and failure, close friendships versus mortal enmities, romantic relationships, marital happiness, children’s futures, fame and fortune; and,
  • Understand the general usefulness of Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn’s physiognomy in all aspects of life.


The strength of Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn’s physiognomy lies in its clearly-defined laws. Once a person has mastered these, he/ she should be able to make predictions with a reasonable degree of accuracy. For the accuracy of his predictions, Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn was sometimes called ‘Angel’, ‘Saint’, or ‘Divine Master’. He politely dismissed any such exalted titles.


Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn generally believed future events could be changed or ameliorated by appropriate present actions. This idea is not new as a famous Vietnamese poet, Nguyễn Du in the 16th century, succinctly put it: “Ever since the beginning of time, man’s will has quite often triumphed over destiny.”  Similarly, in the context of physiognomy, Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn believed that given physiognomy features could be overridden by “what is in our hearts, or rather by what we actually do”. In this book, you will see how Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn showed, on several occasions, how fate or karma could be intervened, particularly to avert adverse outcomes. Furthermore, he cautioned: “The outcome obtained through intervention is precariously temporary. The only way to permanently change one’s karma is to constantly and continuously do charity work and good deeds. This will not only ameliorate the adversity but also create new karmic opportunities for the doer. Only these actions can produce lasting results. Otherwise, old karmas will not go away, in fact it will compound and multiply.”


In writing this book, I tried to present Mr. Ngô Hùng Diễn’s teachings as completely and accurately as possible. However, I am open to any suggestions the reader may have, with a view to improving and extending the scope of this fascinating subject.


I am most grateful to all my friends, particularly to Dr. Hai Bich Le, MD, Ms. Hoang-Phuoc Le, Miss. Bach – Thao Hoang, Dr. McDonald Benjamin, PhD, Messrs. Umnuay Sae-Hau, and Hoai-An Nguyen who proofread the draft of this book, and freely shared their valuable opinions and insights. Incidentally, I should note that the Vietnamese version of this book was published in the Spring of 2010. To the English version, I added new materials and a large number of new illustrations. I also made numerous stylistic changes to make it easier for readers to follow.


Quyen Quang Tran

Virginia, United States of America, July 2016