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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Feb 18, 2000  3:39 pm
Subject:  Re: Claw Hand or the Cupped Hand?

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February 18, 2000

Another question regarding the Claw or Cupped Hands. Please see the
attached file.

The Claw and Cupped Handshapes are not "visually perfect" when the
fingers touch the chest. They either look like they are dipping down
or up...that can't be avoided...but they are read correctly if you
know the rules ;-)

The symbol has a "white palm", which means the palm is facing the
chest. So when reading these positions, you first place your palm
facing the chest, and then you know it is contacting the chest
because of the contact star, plus the addition of the Shoulder Line
can help, although it is not mandatory....

So you can dip the fingers down or up..and just as long as the palm
is white, it is written correctly...
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