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Know Your Future: Thai Astrology Step by Step
by Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala
Published by Dodona Books, 2010

This book is about Thai astrology. You will learn how to predict your own future by following only ten planets. Astrology is not against free will. Events will still happen, but you can modify your behavior or increase the chances and the level of success or lessen the risks and the impact of failure. Thai astrology is based on Hindu Sidereal system. The lines dividing the Houses are fixed and are the same as the lines dividing the zodiac sign. However, Thai astrology is also different from Indian in many ways, particularly in how it uses the technique of Taksa (details in the book) which is unique to Thai astrology.

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a fortune-teller told meA Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East
by Tiziana Terzani
Published by Random House LLC, 2010

Traveling by foot, boat, bus, car, and train, he visited Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Geography expanded under his feet. He consulted soothsayers, sorcerers, and shamans and received much advice — some wise, some otherwise — about his future. With time to think, he learned to understand, respect, and fear for older ways of life and beliefs now threatened by the crasser forms of Western modernity. He rediscovered a place he had been reporting on for decades. And it reinvigorated him. The result is an immensely engaging, insightful, and idiosyncratic journey, filled with unexpected delights and strange encounters. A bestseller and major prizewinner in Italy, A Fortune-Teller Told Me is a powerful warning against the new missionaries of materialism.

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MaHaBote, the Little Key: A Manual For Burmese Astrology
by Barbara Cameron
Published by American Federation of Astrologers, 1982

MaHaBote is a Burmese Astrological System of Birthday Astrology, based on the Day of the Week birth, or cycles of 7 rather than 12. It is nicknamed “The Little Key” because you can quickly calculate and delineate a client’s personality very accurately, without the need of an ephemeris, book of tables, or computer program. to quote Barbara Cameron in her introduction in the book, “the system grew out of Burmese origins alone. Its creator is unknown today, but the method continues in daily use. It is taught in the hushed confines of the cool temples by shaved-headed monks in saffron robes.” Prior to Cameron being given the principles of the practice by her teacher, the knowledge has been kept in Burma by the Burmese, and a woman by the name of Daw Hla Than maintained the belief that you cannot learn MaHaBote if you are not Burmese. You will have to read and see whether Cameron’s guide is successful in countering that belief!

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calendrical sustems of mainland se asiaThe Calendrical Systems of Mainland South-East Asia
by J.C. Eade
Published by Brill Academic Pub, 1995

This Handbook is the first to study comprehensively how the Southeast Asian calendar was constructed and how positions for the sun, moon and planets were determined. It examines the differences that distinguish Burma from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, and those that distinguish Northern Thailand from the rest of that country. Explanation of such matters as ways of naming the years, differences between the types of lunar year, variations in methods used to mark times of day, constructing horoscopes, determining calendar dates, and many other technical matters are accompanied by worked examples from the literature. The intention of the study is to provide an apparatus whereby scholars will be able to analyse confidently for themselves the dates and other calendrical information to be found in abundance in their sources.

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Royal Thai Tarot
by Sungkom Horharin
Published by U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2005

The Royal Thai Tarot deck has been created for fortune-telling by Thai native Sungkom Horharin. The art and architecture in Thailand’s cities such as Sukhothai, Ayuddhaya, Bangkok, and in the Grand Palace, were the inspirations for the deck. Five years were spent researching and collecting information from Thai traditions, art, cultures, literature, Buddhism sects, history, and religion.

Sungkom, a self-proclaimed Tarot Master, was also the “first Tarot card fortune-teller in Thailand” in the 1980s. A Business Law lecturer by profession, he has his own Tarot prophecy hotline, is prominent in the Thai Tarot community, and is an avid Tarot deck collector. For the Royal Thai Tarot, he worked with two local artists, Wasan Kriengkomal and Verasak Sodsri, in order to combine a golden view of Thailand with the structure of Tarot cards, and create a unique fortune-telling deck.

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