Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg Hardcover – 1 Sep 1988
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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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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.
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