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A new twist on wisdom

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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There are plenty of self-help and spiritual books out there, but when you’re looking for a quick intuitive hit, it’s often easier to turn to wisdom cards, a tool that became popular almost two decades ago (longer, if you’re not of the mind that Tarot cards are evil, like my childhood religion taught!).

Tori Hartman puts a new twist on wisdom cards by presenting 51 cards (a bit larger than a regular deck of playing cards) that tell fables and fairy tales.

Hartman, having the touch of a psychic, experienced a near-death experience in 1998, and these stories unfolded in her consciousness. Of course, she knew better than to tell her New York City doctor she was hearing voices, lest she end up in Bellvue. But, she did listen to “spirits who recited to me what I believed to be simple children’s stories, but some of them were too sophisticated for children, so I was confused as to what they were,” she writes in her introduction of the 385-page book, which accompanies the cards.

She wrote the stories down, then hid them in a desk drawer for 10 years. When a friend visited her distraught because he needed $2,000 immediately, she pulled out the fables to inspire him. They told him not to give up. Two days later, a client he hadn’t heard from in more than a year called him, asking him to do a rush freelance job, which would pay $2,000 the following day. As Hartman continued to work with the fables with her friends, she noticed change. Finally, she packaged her work into “Color Wisdom Cards.”

In the beginning of the companion book, she explains how to set intentions, specifically around personal goals, money and artistic endeavors. She also talks about envisioning the next 12 months, as well as starting groups and meditating with the cards. The back of the book portrays various card layouts to use, much like Tarot cards.

The refreshing thing about these cards are that they have a touch of the unfamiliar, which allows readers to approach the stories like a blank page. Hartman says that through reading the stories, an insight may come, or a blockage may dissolve.

Each fable is connected with a color (and definition of the color’s energy), which furthers the path of discovery. For example, the red and orange in the “Geranium” card signify movement and birth. The story tells of a geranium that gets plucked out of her pot and wonders “what’s going on?” She soon finds a new beginning.

Once Hartman tells the fable, she follows it with sparks of inspiration (Geranium says, “let go of the past and trust that whatever is coming is better than what you have known to this point”). Then a meditation and a couple paragraphs under the heading “connect with yourself” guide readers into deeper relationship with the card. If people wish to use the cards in a group setting, “connect with others” gives ideas to talk about.

The two downsides of the package are 1) the cards aren’t as thick and glossy as you might desire, and 2) the book is large and a bit awkward to work with – for one thing, the cards don’t list a page number in the book, and the names of the cards are not listed in alphabetical order in the table of contents, so it takes a bit of hunting and pecking to find the fable.

However, each card portrays interesting art, and the tales give readers an opportunity to view their particular situation through both imagination and practical steps.


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