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Fortune Teller's Mah Jong - Book and card set

Updated on April 20, 2014

Fortune Teller's Mah Jong

Fortune Teller's Mah Jong is a set of divination cards based on the ancient Chinese game using tiles similar to dominoes. Each image represents a tile used in the game, each of which had its own meaning in Chinese culture.

This is my prefered deck when I am doing professional readings. Although I use a variety of tools, after 20 years experience, these are still my favored deck, because of the accuracy and detail in the readings.

Fortune Teller's Mah  Jong by Derek Walters
Fortune Teller's Mah Jong by Derek Walters

About Fortune Teller's Mah Jong

and why I like it.

I have been using these cards for almost 20 years because I find they give accuracy on timed readings I am unable to achieve with Tarot. There are several sets of fortune telling Mah Jong tiles available, but the set I use is The Fortune Teller's Mah Jong by Derek Walters.

This deck contains 144 cards. The art work is really detailed and pretty, as you can see from the main picture. I find that the details help me to remember the symbolism of each one.

There are 3 suits, each containing 36 tiles. The good news is that each tile is repeated 4 times, so there are only 9 to remember for each suit. This enables you to have the same tile in different positions in a spread.

The deck also contains 16 Honours (4 tiles for each direction of the winds, North, South, East and West) and 12 Dragon tiles (Each of the 3 dragons are repeated 4 times).

There are also 8 Guardian cards.

I find that this repetition makes it possible for me to identify at what stage in the timescale of the reading a certain issue will occur. When an issue is going to be of major importance, the relevant tiles appear more than once in the spread.

Each of the tiles has a slightly different interpretation depending on its position in the spread and the tiles surrounding it. I find this gives more possible ways to read the total spread for each client, making the read more personal.

The book that comes with the deck explains the meanings of the images and gives 12 sample readings on a variety of themes.

I found the samples to be a good way to learn to read the deck, practicing on friends using the examples given.

Over the years I have experimented, combining my knowledge of Tarot spreads with the symbolism of Mah Jong to create spreads of my own which are targeted at specific areas. One of my latest ventures has been to develop a reading that gives a Past Life Karmic Path reading, advising what issues from a past life a querrent may have brought with them into this life.

One thing some people have critized about this deck is that they are to small and thin, I prefer this as i struggle to handle large Tarot cards because of mobility in my fingers.

Fortune Teller's Mah  Jong by Derek Walters
Fortune Teller's Mah Jong by Derek Walters

The Origins of the Oracle

An exert from the introduction

The modern game of Mah Jongg is a direct descendant of an ancient oracle that was consulted by Chinese soothsayers thousands of years ago. When Chinese astronomers first began to record the progress of the Sun, Moon and planets they used a simple device — a divining board — to calculate the expected positions of the heavenly bodies. Their progress through the skies was recorded by moving counters round the divisions of the board. This primitive was adapted into a board game which would be readily recognizable today as ludo; later, the dice used in the game evolved into dominoes.

In the west the mystical origins of cards, dominoes and dice have been ail but forgotten, except by the Mah Jongg player who is constantly reminded of the game's dignified ancestry in the ritual preparation for play, the affectionate names for some of the pieces, and the technical terms used for strategies and tactics of the game.

Source: Walters, Derek, The Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg, Eddison Sadd Editions, 1988 ISBN 0-670-85640-1

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everything in my reading was spot on....(12 weeks on the timing) from work, to relationships, family...each area had a highlight that is exactly what I am going through....even the minor health stuff !!! thank you, amazing insite my friend xxoo. Perhaps you all should try a read, it's worth every penny ;))

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      juliebirch lm 

      7 years ago

      @catherinelovestv: to be honest, the books only give you basic information, the trick is to decided what each card symbolises to you and work from there.

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      7 years ago

      I have tried Tarot but the standard books don't give much info about each card, am yet to find a good one....


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