Tuesday 17 June 2014

Review: Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards

I do like to take a divination set away with me when I go on holiday. My copy of the new Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cardsarrived in the post just as I was about to set off for Scotland so I popped the boxed set in my luggage.

It turned out to be quite a good test of durability for the box, because my luggage was just a squashy bag that got crammed into the back of the car with several other people's bags on top. At the other end of the journey it looked as pristine as when I started. I'm now back home again and it survived the return trip just as well.

Of course, one doesn't buy a divination set just because it comes in nice packaging. So on to the cards themselves.

The subtitle for the oracle cards is The Complete Spiritual Toolkit for Transforming Your Life.I'm normally skeptical about anything that offers spiritual transformation in a box, but having used these cards for a couple of weeks I can see how the Chakra Wisdom cards could be a very useful tool for personal development.

What I particularly like about the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards is that they tackle difficult issues in a way that is gentle, yet to the point. They do this by using fables, which are teaching stories in the form of fairytale-like allegories.

The deck's creator, Tori Hartman, says that she got inspiration for these new fables while she was ill in hospital. She felt an insistence to write the fables down, but only much later found an artist who could paint the illustrations.

The chakra theme comes from the way the cards are divided into seven coloured suits based on what chakras are often associated with. These are basic drives, emotions, thoughts, the heart, communication, the senses and spirit.

You can use the cards just by drawing one or two and using your own intuition to read them, or you can look them up in the book. That gives the fable for the image as well as an inspirational phrase, things to think about and a meditation to do. There are suggested layouts for specific things such as love, money, career and to help remove blocks.

Watkins Publishing, which produces the set, offers this description on its website: "Set your intentions, break through blockages and learn ways to manifest your dreams using the 49 cards and guidebook of this extraordinary divination system! Each original card connects with a major chakra and represents one of the mystical fables revealed by angels to psychic Tori Hartman over 25 years ago following a near-death experience."

The RRP for the boxed set is only £14.99, which means it is highly affordable as well as unusual and useful.

Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards: The Complete Spiritual Toolkit for Transforming Your Life

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