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Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg Hardcover – 1 Sep 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Salem House Pub (Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088162246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881622461
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,119,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Derek Walters is the author of several books on Chinese astrology, feng shui, and other aspects of Chinese philosophy. He is a recognised authority on Chinese astrology and was recently invited to speak at an international conference at the Purple Mountain Observatory in China. He now lives in Morecambe, Lancashire, commuting regularly between England and Germany to lecture on Chinese astrology and feng shui. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I've used various oracles over the years like Ralph Blum's Runes (very good), or Tarot Cards (The Arthurian Tarot). But Derek Walter's The Fortune Teller's Mah Jong is perhaps the best for giving an all-around guide to one's current situation, and advising thereon. Other than prayer and meditation, oracles like this are the best guide through the waters of life! They help to geive you a clearer picture of where you are in your life. For this type of oracle Derek Walter's the Fortune Tellers Mah Jong is definatley my favorite...
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By Sassy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2011
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Derek Walters clearly explains what each card represents and how to read and relate their answers to a question either you or the querent may have. I found once I got past the idea of 'East' actually being geographically West (since the Earth is a mirror image of the Heavens), the understanding of the layout and the order each card became easier to interpret. Something this book taught me to understand better than any other. The original Chinese oracle, from which the Mah Jongg game evolved, is thousands of years old and like other ancient forms of divination such as The I-Ching, can get extremely complex for the reader if not handled correctly by the author. Luckily, reading the Mah Johngg Cards is much easier with Mr. Walters help and I successfully read the cards, which came out with an uncannily accurate predictions. The cards themselves are beautifully drawn in the traditional Chinese design. A great set of which I thoroughly recommend.
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There are no cards with it so it is useless, there is no point having the book without the cards
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If you want to be a fortune teller, this is the product. It has everything you need to know to read cards. Mah Jong cards are the Chinese equivalent of Tarot. They work as well or better. Most anyone can learn the system, which is explained in the book. Also, the cards are lovely.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed26294) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3a39c0) out of 5 stars Big Wow! 23 July 2000
By Matthew Kies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been an avid student of fortune telling, particularly Chinese fortune telling, for a number of years. I had also spent MANY hours enjoying a good game of Mahjongg before. Rumors abounded about the tiles being used as a means of divination, but I had never been able to find a codified source. For those interested in Chinese esotera, or in cartomancy, this is a wonderful source.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f21d54c) out of 5 stars Rare find for fortune tellers 27 May 2000
By Haley Hagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of those rare books that grows with you. As you become accostomed to it's design and function, you find that your developing abilities you never knew you had. This book has a logic and sence of serenity that other oracle books lack, and you can learn the game of Mah Jongg! A great tool for people who are bored with the average tarot type readings.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed79c90) out of 5 stars One of the Best Divination Systems, Enhanced with Beautiful Cards 11 Aug. 2012
By shantidevi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The cards for this set are gorgeous. It was reprinted in 2011 and can't be found at a reasonable price, but is in a new print for very little as a mini Book-in-a-Box(ISBN-13: 9781607103905). The book for that set is tiny and hard to use, so buying an older book separately is well worth a few dollars.

There is an earlier book recommended at the back of the hardcover version called Fortune Telling By Mah Jongg from 1987(ISBN-13: 978-0850305715). This book is much more detailed and describes the meaning of the cards in each position. It is an essential text for those who like this system, as it is much more in depth. It was written before the cards were illustrated for use with Mah Jongg tiles. Some of the meanings are more difficult, and there is extensive information on combinations.

Beautiful cards, outstanding system, and reliable information from Derek Walters. As the years pass many systems become simplified for the mass market. Get the 1987 book for a real gem, and the cards for the great artwork. Accessible to those without a prior experience in Chinese metaphysics, and of great use value to those with roots or interests in it.

I cannot recommend this system highly enough.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3a3a14) out of 5 stars delightful 24 Jun. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd been intrigued by this set for years before deciding to hunt it down. My advise is only buy a new copy because the used is often sepearted from the actual cards. There are also two editions it seems, one in paperback and the other hard bound.

The book itself is very readable. Slightly less than 1/4 of it goes over history, symbolism, and the basics of a reading (i.e. the card spread). Each card is given a page of description/meaning often with a note regarding added meanings should it come up in a spread that it naturally aligns with in meanings. The last quarter of the book covers a dozen of real readings. Each case goes over the querrents questions and how the placement of cards combines for more in depth gleening.

I'm not sure if anyone can say enough about the lovely cards. They are rather small compared to other divination deck, but obviously larger than a mah jongg tile. About 3.5 by 1.75 inches (9 by 4.5 if you use metric). The card stock has been treated with a very light surfacting to aid in their handling. The only thing that one could wish for is that the card stock had been heavier, thicker. I worry about how wear and tear will affect them over time. Once you stack the cards in a deck, it's nearly as tall as the cards are wide since there are 144 of them.

And I simply love the illustration! They are so evocative of the cards name, such as duck, carp, tortoise, willow. They do not depart from what you expect of age chinese art, either in the landscapes, trees, or people garbed in historical wear. All the flavor of china is there. A small key is on the right of every card with thier number, the original tile, the chinese character, and page number if you need to check the book. There are 3 blank cards included as well for creating a replacement if a couple get lost.

If you have any interest (be it curiosity or your interest in divination) you should order now that you've found it. Otherwise you will be like me and regret missing the chance and hunting it down at a later date
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecf3120) out of 5 stars Glad it is still available 23 Jun. 2014
By Mari Bergen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been using the Mah Jongg cards for over 20 years. I've worn out two sets and am on my third set. Instructions and guidelines are easy to follow - make sure you purchase a full set (cards and book) as the books are sometimes sold without the cards.
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