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This card, therefore, signifies peace and contentment, and freedom from anxiety. It reveals recovery from ill health, and long life. It indicates peace of mind - although it does not necessarily mean that troubles will be over; it may mean that one has come to terms with a difficult situation, so suggesting a compromise has been achieved. Associated with Water (6 Bamboo) it signifies wisdom, a long journey or continuing correspondence.
In any cases where the question concerns travel, correspondence or documentation, examine the adjoining cards to determine what other factors are liable to exert an influence on the situation.
The Tortoise is one of the four great Chinese astrological constellations, covering the northern part of the sky, and so is associated with the North, Winter and Water - the element of the North. It is regarded as very fortunate if the Tortoise is found in the North sector of the board, next to the North card, or combined with Water (6 Bamboo).
The intriguing nature of the Mushroom - a plant lacking flowers or leaves and yet resembling both - led to its being a symbol of the bizarre. This card, depicting the fungus of immortality, is therefore a sign of something out of the ordinary course of events. It is a sign of something remarkable, or curious, which causes people to wonder. This may be the result of an unexpected turn of events, or someone's behaviour suddenly becoming completely out of character. It often reveals a highly individual personality who is not afraid of being unconventional, perhaps making a bold decision to break with tradition.
In general terms, it may refer to some future occurrence, as yet unknown, but so extraordinary that the querent will be obliged to recall the oracle's foreknowledge of a remarkable event. Whether or not the event is favourable is immaterial, for the circumstances are entirely unexpected.
The Willow also has healing powers - aspirin is actually a synthetic preparation of a natural medicament found in the bark of the Willow tree. This is perhaps the reason why the Willow is associated with mourning - it helps to soothe the troubled heart.
To the Chinese, pearls indicate refinement - but it is the refinement of the connoisseur, so suggesting luxury and wealth. In a fortunate position, it refers to the acquirement of honour: when unfavourably placed it indicates thoughtless extravagance.
It is the symbol of the Red Bird of Summer, one of the four great Chinese astrological constellations, and the most appropriate place for it to be found is therefore in the South, when it signifies a joyous event.
Where the querent is a young man, the Peach most often represents his loved one. If the querent is a young girl and, because of the disposition of the other cards, the 6 Circles is not thought to represent the querent herself, the Peach may mean a rival. In the case of older querents, the Peach often represents a daughter or younger sister.
Because ladies of the Emperor's court led an idle and pampered life, by extension the Peach has come to mean extravagance and indolence. Additionally, when appearing in the first position, it shows interest in the creative arts, and matters of feminine interest.
The Insect card is the counterpart of Jade (4 Circles), Whereas Jade represents sustained effort bringing lasting reward, the Insect card reveals bustling activity over a short period, perhaps for no eventual purpose, but sometimes for some temporary achievement.
The frailty of the Insect also symbolizes weakness; it may therefore indicate that a situation is not as weighty as imagined. The character 'insect' together with that for 'water' form the combination meaning Rainbow, again suggesting something transient - a nine-day wonder.
The White Tiger is the constellation of Autumn, and it is particularly auspicious if the Tiger replaces one of the Autumn Guardians, or appears next to its associated direction, West.
The meaning of Earth as an element is stability. With the House (5 Wan) it presents a picture of a building standing in its own land. When it follows any card representing travel (such as Water, 6 Bamboo) it shows travel to another country over water.
If the Sword (2 Wan) is close by, then the meaning is at once apparent: a knot has to be severed. But with the Duck (2 Bamboo) which represents a partnership, the Knot is obviously being tied. The Knot is a sign of problems and anxieties. When it appears in the East, representing the querent, it reveals indecision. If it appears in the first or third positions, it shows other people get the impression that the querent is not sufficiently determined If in the middle (second) position it shows inner fears and nagging doubts.
The South is therefore considered the most fortunate direction, and always indicates success. The appearance of the South card is therefore regarded as extremely propitious, since it promises a favourable outcome for any affair represented by the cards next to it.
It is associated with the Summer, the colour red, the astrological constellation of the Phoenix (3 Circles) and the element Fire.
Whenever the querent asks a question on behalf of another, the West will represent the other person.
The West's associated season is the Autumn, its colour white, its astrological constellation is the Tiger (8 Circles), and its element Metal.
The North is associated with Winter and the colour black; its astrological constellation is the Tortoise (7 Bamboo) and its element Water.
The Centre is the fixed point of the five directions, associated with the element Earth, and the colour yellow. Its astrological constellation consists of the stars which rotate round the Pole Star and is represented by the Seven Stars (7 Wan).
This card shows the achievement of objectives, success, fame, and the realizations of ambitions.
The White card frequently appears more than once in readings given to those who are deeply interested in spiritual or religious matters, and is a sign of mystical involvement. To the Chinese, white is frequently associated with departed spirits. In cases where there has recently been a bereavement, this card can be interpreted as a sign of comfort. Associated cards which stress the spiritual side of White are the eight Guardian cards and Heaven (9 Wan).
The more commonplace interpretation of White is to be found when the question posed is of a more material nature, while the relevance of the associated cards should also be taken into account. The Earth card (3 Wan) is a clear direction that spiritual matters are not under consideration, while the Pine (2 Circles) represents the ink waiting to be put on the paper.
The Plum Blossom Guardian card is in its most appropriate position in the East, or when near to an East card. Because the East also represents the querent, the Plum Blossom card refers back to the querent's personal situation, providing mental and physical protection, but guarding particularly against emotional stresses.
This is, therefore, a welcome card when there are inner anxieties, unexplained depression, problems which the querent is afraid to face, or an apparent sense of unwelcome personal obligation which is difficult to define. In such cases, the card taken to replace the Plum Blossom Guardian should be seen as the clue to the unravelling of those problems; once the situation is faced squarely, the nagging feelings of doubt and unease will be dismissed. This response will be doubly underlined if the card drawn to replace the Plum Blossom Guardian is the Knot (8 Wan), while the Sword (2 Wan) is a remonstration to cut oneself off from an involvement which is proving to be a wasteful drain on one's resources.
The essence of refinement is a contInual process of improvement until absolute perfection is reached, and this quality is indicated when the card drawn to cover the Orchid is Jade (4 Circles). These cards then reveal that great honours are in store as the reward for continually striving to attain the highest standards.
The more material sense of precious treasure is revealed when the Orchid is replaced by the Pearl (1 Circles) or the Peach (6 Circles), when the Orchid indicates that something - or someone - of great value is being protected. The Orchid Guardian protects young girls, and if it appears in response to a question about a daughter or younger female relative, it serves to allay any anxieties regarding their welfare.
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Being the flower representing the Summer season, it is appropriate for this card to appear in the South sector, or next to one of the South cards; in such a case it indicates future prosperity.
When it appears with a card said to be in an unfavourable position, it offers protection against the difficulties shown by the replacement card.
Chosen by a mature lady, this card reveals grace, charm, and kindness - qualities which this card lends to the Peacock ( 1 Bamboo) which also represents a matron. If the querent is obviously not intended, this combination of Chrysanthemum and Peacock will represent an older female relative, revealing her to be contented with her life and surrounded by the joys which a happy family brings.
The Autumn season is the time of harvest and wine making. Its ancient astrological symbol, a wine flask, signifies merriment, jollity, retirement and leisure.
The Chrysanthemum Guardian represents pleasure, social activities, holidays and entertainment. The most appropriate cards to be drawn to replace it are the Lute (4 Wan) and the West, which is the symbol of Autumn.
It is not so surprising therefore, that the Bamboo Guardian is associated with writing, learning and scholarship. Thus, it indicates help in the form of a communication or document, particularly the announcement of success in examinations.
The strength of the Bamboo, and the fact that it grows upright, are both symbols of the desired qualities in a young man, and it is sometimes held to be the model of virtuous behaviour. If the Pine (2 Circles) is drawn to replace the Bamboo Guardian, then it affirms the Pine's symbolism of a youth, but also affirms that the person is honest and true.
Even so, it can be considered an especially favourable sign when the card drawn to replace the Bamboo is, appropriately, one of the Bamboo suit, for then it underlines the sense of the written word in interpreting the cards. For example, with 5 Bamboo (Lotus, also meaning a child) it brings news of a birth, while with 6 Bamboo (Water, also meaning communication) it represents fortunate news with regards to a document. It frequently represents recovery from illness.
The other associated card is North, the direction of Winter. If this is drawn, it means that there will be help and protection through a difficult period.
The Fisherman is one of the two Guardians of Spring; it is associated with the direction East, the colour green, and the element Wood. Consequently, it is appropriate for this card to appear in the East sector, when it refers to the querent, or next to an East card, in which case it refers to someone (rather than a situation) very close. When the Fisherman Guardian appears, it often indicates that dealing with other people will proceed more smoothly by practising greater tolerance. It suggests that everything is proceeding along the right path, although this may not be evident at the moment.
If the Fisherman Guardian card appears in an unfavourable position, or the card drawn to replace the Fisherman seems to indicate adverse circumstances, then the Fisherman suggests that it would be wisest to wait until a more opportune moment arrives before taking any steps that may be necessary.
The Fire represented by the Woodcutter Guardian reveals all the positive influences of vitality, drive, ambition and industry. It also shows someone holding the balance of power in a conflict. Here is the help needed to get a project underway. It reveals leadership, teamwork, and success through activity. The season Summer and the element Fire belong to the direction South, so it is appropriate for the Woodcutter to appear in the South, or with the South card, when it is a sign of great prosperity.
The appearance of the Woodcutter, although always a fortunate sign, is nevertheless an incentive to greater effort, for the rewards will be great - if not materially, then through promotion, greater recognition, or increased satisfaction. Indeed, if the woodcutter appears in an unfavourable position, or with a card that has an adverse interpretation for the querent's present situation, its message is dearly that the querent should make every effort to hack a way clear through the present entanglements. This will be stressed if the Knot (8 Wan) or the Sword (2 Wan) are present anywhere.
The Autumn is associated with the West, the colour white, and the element Metal. Accordingly, it is appropriate for this card to appear with a West card or in the West sector. As West often refers to one's objectives, the Farmer shows that difficulties will be surmounted through physical effort. Note that this card stresses that bodily effort is required - this is not an oblique reference to perseverance or patience. It is a blunt command to get up and put one's back into a job.
The appearance of the Earth card (3 Wan) makes an obvious connection between the Farmer and the land, and can be interpreted at its face value for those who have land or are considering buying it; it might also refer to a legacy involving land ready for development.
Broadly speaking, however, the Farmer represents physical effort, a meaning underlined when Jade (4 Circles) or the Insect (7 Circles) appears in the spread.
This card is associated with Winter a time when there is little that can be successfully achieved outdoors: farming, hunting. and building must all wait for the better weather. During this fallow period, however those of a cultured mind can turn their attentions to the creation of works of literary or artistic merit. For the manual worker, the Scholar stresses that paperwork must not be neglected.
The Scholar and the Bamboo Guardians both pertain to the North, the colour black, and the element Water (represented by 6 Bamboo). Water itself symbolizes communication - either through speech, literature, or travel - but when the Scholar Guardian appears, it is the teaching and learning aspect of communication which is emphasized. Thus the appearance of this card is a good sign for all those connected with counselling and education. If the Scholar appears in the North it indicates literary and scholarly merit, success in examinations, and recognition in the educational fields. Those who believe that their practical experience is sufficient for their success are warned that they may be putting themselves at a disadvantage because their theoretical knowledge is insufficient.
The Scholar often stresses the need to attend to correspondence, particularly if the Pine (2 Circles). representing ink, is close by. A spread which contaIns a high proportion of Bamboo suit cards also underlines the Importance of the written word.
All credits for this page go to Derek Walters and Amanda Barlow, who are both responsable for the book 'The fortune teller's Mah jongg', which was published in 1988 by Eddison Sadd. ISBN 0 88162 246-X
Omeida Chinese academy organized a culture class teaching our Chinese students all about the game Mahjong. Mahjong tiles (Chinese: 麻將牌 or 麻雀牌; pinyin: májiàngpái; Japanese: 麻雀牌; rōmaji: mājampai) are tiles of Chinese origin that are used to play mahjong as well as mahjong solitaire and other games. Although they are most commonly tiles, they may also refer to playing cards with similar contents as well.
Some say that in order to be good at Mahjong, the traditional Chinese form of dominoes, one must be familiar with Sun Tzu’s principles on warfare from his classic work, The Art of War, because the rules of Mahjong embody the essence of Chinese philosophy, strategy, and tactics. The history of Mahjong can be traced back to Ningpo, China, in the latter part of the 1890s. After its initial creation, the game quickly spread throughout the country amid sweeping popular appeal, with different regions of China adopting their own unique variations of the rules.
A set of Mah Jong tiles consists of 144 tiles typically around 30 x 20 x 15mm. Traditionally, they are made from bone or ivory but modern sets are usually plastic. 36 Circle tiles in 4 sets of 9 tiles numbered 1- 9. The picture on each shows the appropriate number of circles. 36 Character tiles in 4 sets of 9 tiles numbered 1- 9.
The picture shows the appropriate number of bamboos except for the One of Bamboos which often is denoted by a sparrow or rice-bird and doesn’t feature a bamboo at all. 1, 5, 7 and 9 of Bamboos are represented by a picture of both red and green bamboos. The other bamboo tiles are represented by green bamboos only. Circles, Characters and Bamboos are known as “suits”. The suit tiles numbered 2 – 8 are known as the “minor” tiles.
The remaining suit tiles, 1 and 9 are known as the “major” tiles. The Wind and Dragon tiles are known as “honour” tiles.Like many other traditional games, there are a wide variety of forms of Mah Jong which makes things somewhat difficult for anyone trying to find the definitive set of rules.
The first rules given here are based on the original Chinese game which is the simplest and probably the most skillful form. Also given are additional rules for the British game. This version differs slightly to the typical Chinese game because only one chow is allowed per hand and the Chinese game has fewer “special hands”. Some will find the British game more interesting than the Chinese game but the Chinese game is more elegant and traditional.
To begin, each player builds a two-tier wall of tiles in front of themselves with all tiles face down. Each player chooses 13 tiles from the wall to form their hand, and from their hands, players use tiles to assemble groupings, categorized as either “Pung,” “Sheung,” “Kong,” or “Gan,” to form a winning hand. “Pung” is a set of three identical tiles from any suit, while “Sheung” is a run of three tiles from the same suit. “Kong” is a set of four identical tiles from any suits, and “Gan” is a pair of identical tiles from the same suit, which is the last piece of a winning hand.
The popularity of Mahjong has spread past China’s own borders, and in 2005, the first Open European Mahjong Championship was held in the Netherlands with 108 players.
Despite rules and tile markings that can seem complicated or confusing, many foreigners have fallen in love with the game and its many variations, and the game’s popularity continues to grow in non-Chinese communities around the world.
If you come to China, try to find a Mahjong game and invite yourself in to play. Not only will it be a great chance to meet locals and add unique color to your experience of culture, the locals are likely to show you a trick or two!