Find your hand shape in 3 steps!

The picture above serves to describes how to find your Elemental Hand Shape in just 3 steps.

The picture shows how each of the 4 elemental hand shapes tends to have a specific combination of proportional hand shape ratios.

In short: the Earth hand shape is featured with short fingers + short palm length, while the Fire hand shape is featured with short fingers + a long palm shape. 

And the Air hand shape is featured with long fingers + a short hand shape, and finally the Water hand shape is featured with long fingers + a long hand shape.

Now, how to find your hand shape in 3 steps?


Find your hand shape dimensions by measuring your finger length (fl), palm breadth (pb) and palm length (pl) as indicated by the hand at the top of the picture.


Calculate the three proportional RATIOS for your 3 hand shape dimensions as follows:

– RATIO 1: fl/pl = finger length versus palm length ratio
– RATIO 2: fl/pb = finger length versus palm breadth ratio
– RATIO 3: pl/pb = palm length versus palm breadth ratio

Then you can find the RATIO-SIGN (in terms of ‘+’ and ‘-‘ signs) for each ratio in the center-part of the picture.


The three RATIO-SIGNS together represent your ‘hand shape profile’: in the bottom part of the picture above you can find out in which category of the elemental hand shape types your hands are.

Suggestions for further reading about how to recognize & interpretate the Earth hand shape, Fire hand shape, Air hand shape & Water hand shape …


Finger length proportions & hand shapes!


Healing hands! 

Woman born without thumb and finger ‘sprouts’ phantom limb after amputation!

Neuroscientists say the case powerfully demonstrates the interaction of nature and nurture in creating and sustaining body image.

A study published in the journal Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition reports on a curious case about a woman who, following the amputation of her right hand, sprouted a phantom hand that contained five digits, including a new thumb and finger that had never been there in the first place.

Born without a thumb and finger on her right hand, the 57-year-old woman, nicknamed RN in the case study, had her whole hand amputated following a car accident at the age of 18. As generally happens to people following an amputation, RN experienced the sensation of a phantom limb — the vivid impression that the limb was still there. In some case, the phantom limb hurts as well.
“But here’s the interesting thing,” said Paul McGeoch at the University of California, San Diego. “Her phantom hand didn’t have three digits, it had five.”
Yet those double phantom digits were perceived to be only half-size, and they came with considerable “crushing and throbbing” pain. Three decades following the amputation, McGeoch and V.S Ramachandran (also from U.C. San Diego) managed to elongate her short phantom finger and thumb to normal size using mirror visual feedback via a box that creates the visual illusion of two hands. In the process, the pain was treated as well.
“Historically, phantom pain has been difficult to treat,” said McGeoch, explaining how traditional painkillers tended to fall short. “But the mirror box has shown to be effective by many trials over the years.”
Authors of the case study note that a hardwired representation of a complete hand had always been present in her brain, and once the entire hand was gone, what merged was a phantom hand with five fingers, which was then further enhanced by false visual feedback from a mirror. The case demonstrates the interaction of nature and nurture in creating and sustaining body image.
Matthew Longo at Birkbeck, University of London, told New Scientist magazine that it is a fascinating case study. “It contributes to a growing literature suggesting that our conscious experience of our body is, at least in part, dependent on the intrinsic organization of the brain, rather than a result of experience.”

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The Guardian, Aug 1 – People have started speaking with hashtags. Not often, and not, in most cases, people anyone really likes, but people nonetheless. And the problem – beyond the fact that this is happening at all – is that no one seems to be quite sure how to say, for example, #spokenhashtag.

Abruptly inserting the word “hashtag” mid-sentence just won’t do. It’s far too clunky, like having to shout out “inverted commas!” before and after a suspect sentence, instead of forming a pair of air-quote bunny rabbits.

An “air hashtag” also looks tricky: attempting to draw out the # symbol with a finger takes four time-consuming strokes, and makes you look as if you’ve paused mid-thought to bust out a hand-jive to the imaginary music in your head.

Trying it with two fingers and two quick strokes – one horizontal and one vertical – just looks like an effete mimed raptor attack, while going all-out with two slashes of both hands risks being mistaken for a bizarre attempt at semaphore without flags.

They would all also require you to say “hashtag” while doing them anyway. At least at first, until people caught on.

No, we need standardisation. We need – drumroll please – a hashtag tone of voice. Sarcasm, after all, has one. Why not the humble hashtag? It’s the new gesture-language, and it appears a matter of time before you’ll tweeting fingers everywhere!

Testing. Is it time to stop and scrounge for shelter or is it better to keep trekking? Use this simple trick to measure the remaining daylight. Remember to allow yourself at least two hours to set up camp before the sun goes down.

Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to fifteen minutes, with each hand totaling an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit. It’s time to search for a suitable campsite and assemble a shelter.

(A caveat: if you’re near the poles, the sun will hover over the horizon for a longer period of time, giving you an innaccurate reading)

Via: Groovy Matters.