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Good Fortune and How to Attract it [Hardcover]

Titania Hardie
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5 Nov 2004
'As above, so below'; as in heaven, so on earth. So the old saying goes, and in this unique guide to making your own good fortune, heaven and earth mirror one another to show you both your current situation and how best to turn it to advantage for the future. Based on an ancient oriental system of divination but completely westernised and updated, this dazzling oracle takes any question you ask it and reflects back to you clearly how you should proceed. To make your findings even more personal, a look at your own personal profile will help you to make better use of the answers given to you. All you have to do is think of your question, throw 3 coins 6 times to form a symbolic number, and then look up your fortune...Once again, Titania uses her unerring psychic ability to see into the future of all who consult her fortune's wheel.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (5 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844001229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844001224
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Titania Hardie is the highly successful author of a range of distinctive books on folklore, magic and divination, and a series of children's books,. Titania is a serious student of esoteria. She has first-class honours degrees in psychology and English, and was awarded the Chatterton bursary for postgraduate study at Bristol University. Titania lives in Somerset with her husband and two daughters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!!!! 5 Aug 2012
By alice
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i have found titania hardie's products surprising.and good, and this book i would recommend. it's even better then the classic i ching...fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fortune and How to attract it 8 Nov 2011
By lez
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This was a present for my daughter for her birthday and she was immediately drawn to reading it and I didnt hear much from her for the rest of the evening. She is really enjoying the book and trying out the suggestions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book 30 April 2014
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The reason for my rating is because the coins were missing. Although you can use other coins it's not quite the same!
But the book itself is fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half, and an awesome tool! 7 April 2008
By Lupa - Published on Amazon.com
like creative reworkings of old systems (at least as long as they don't claim to be the original!). Good Fortune is just such a book. Titania Hardie offers her own modernization of the I Ching; she argues that as the original was created in an entirely different culture, including one in which women weren't even allowed to use it, a form friendly to both men and women was in order. I am pleased by this.

The first section of the book describes what the basic concept is, how to throw and read the coins, and the different personality types that affect the outcome of the reading. There's also some interesting elemental correspondence worked in there as well. It was a bit complex to understand at first, but a little closer study made it make sense. The readings rely on a grid with numbers on it; the way the coins fall in six throws, and the lines created on the grid by recording these throws, determines what the answer is. With a little practice, it's a wonderfully effective divination system.

I'm a bit on the fence about the personality types, specifically the element of birth order which is used to help determine what the dominant aspects of your personality are. According to The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman, one's sex isn't as important as Hardie makes it out to be; it's more about the interactions of the family members. Hardie covers that too, though, so it's a more thorough view. I'm not a big fan of rigid gender/sex dichotomy, and occasionally a bit of "female-nurturing, male-doing" sentiment got to me a bit, especially with the "Mother always equals Earth and Father always equals Sky" aspect. Overall, though, personal biases aside, it adds a useful dimension to one's reading and understanding of how who you are affects what may occur and how you react to it.

Quibbles and bits aside, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. It's quite possibly one of the prettiest books, with some spectacular layout and design work. Don't let the loveliness fool you, though-this is an effective system of divination suitable for anyone who resonates with it. Don't expect classic I Ching; you'll be disappointed. Instead, open yourself up to a new derivation that goes in some creative directions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Owning 13 April 2008
By bunnyrabbit4 - Published on Amazon.com
I just bought this and agree with much of what the reveiwer above has to say. I think there was a time when men and women were as different as cats and dogs and I can't think of one major school of philosophy that was written by a woman or man who had primary responsibility for children. That said it is easy to see why many spiritual philosophies see such divergence in the energy patterns of the sexes. Male is about reason and might and female is about emotion and submission. In a world where fighting was the norm, survival depended on everyone clinging to their role.

The old Iching was about winning, whether through holding back until the time was right, combing forces or using leadership as a tool. It did not offer much to a mother seeking to control her teenager or someone looking for a better love life. This version uses terms such as lonliness, and talks about what is "dearest" to you. It speaks to the emotions in a way that the old version did not. What is perhaps the best thing about this version is that it lives up to its title and tells you how to use each combination to create good fortune by structuring your response in a positive way. Most of the updated versions I've seen stress caution over joy, especially with the more negative combination. Here she tells us how to turn even lemons into ...Good Fortune!

The only criticism I have is that the nice heavy coins (displayed in cutouts on the front of the book) which are about an inch and a quarter across, are too large for small hands like mine to throw properly. This is easily remedied by substituting three coins of any denomination for the ones provided.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, I think this is out of print. 27 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been using divination systems a long time, so I am something of a collector of "divination toys", if you will. I was very happy to see an intact set at a good price, so I jumped on it.

This oracle set is based on the I Ching, and rather than be some kind of a fluffy, silly thing, which one might expect from the packaging, it is very closely based on its model and extremely well thought out and executed. Shortly after I got it, I did some divining with it, and was very pleased with the accuracy and how it seemed to apply to my life.

I got this used, and it came in a very timely manner from the seller, and was exactly as described, and in good condition. I was very pleased with the service.

As for the set itself, I would recommend anyone looking for a modern I Ching to watch the used ones here, check the seller's product descriptions to make sure it's a complete set, and jump on it when you see one. This is going to remain in my collection for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST KEEP 29 Dec 2009
By Mystickal Skyies - Published on Amazon.com
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Thsi fun book follows IChing, but in its own personal flavor of thsi particular author/artist. This is something that I liove to pull out for parties and even for a personal consultation. It carries words of wisdom that is unique, yet there are many common themes in the readings. I like this book and find it a personal favorite within my collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Approach to I-Ching 1 Aug 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
When I was asked to review this book I was very excited. The book is written using a more modern and updated form of I Ching. I have been intrigued with this form of divination for quite a while but could not connect with the traditional method. Included in the book are three coins - each with a sun on one side and a moon on the other.

There are 64 forecasts in the book but before you can throw the three coins readers need to do is determine their personal profile. In my example I happen to be WIND since I am a first daughter and since I am also a Mother I am also associated with EARTH. The next thing I did was find where my birthday fell. Since my birthday is in December I am Autumn Wind (for first daughter) and Autumn Earth (for Mother). Once my personal profile was complete I asked my first question. I was amazed with the accuracy of the answer.

I tried it several more times and was satisfied with the results. The information in the forecasts is well thought out and in depth. I like the way Ms. Hardie refers to the Elements and the Seasons in the personality profile and the forecasts. It makes the throws that much more personal. The graphics in the book are very pleasing and can be used to meditate on the forecast. The forecast pages are color coded with the Elements and Seasons. It makes it easier to determine the greater personal relevance of the forecast for the reader. This is determined if you have one or two aspects in a reading.

Although it is a small book it is full of a lot of good quality reading. I highly recommend it for anyone that would like to delve into the realm of I-Ching.
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