The two sisters are the co-owners of Prosperity Corner—a
little shop in Kaimuki filled with magical tools for a conjuring
imagination. The shop is a product of imagination: “My
sister and I sell only the things we love and enjoy here,” Niki
Niki says she and her sister grew up in
a household that taught them to embrace their innate talents.
“I am a fourth
generation psychic,” Niki said. “I was taught to
use my abilities from a very young age.” Niki says all
people are psychic, but some are more in tune with their abilities
than others. She says that children have the most psychic abilities
and should be taught to embrace them.
Niki’s family taught her first to read tea leaves as
a child. She said that in a reading, a person drinks a mixture
of unfiltered tea and the particles remaining in the cup form
images that can be read by the psychic. She points to a small
white tea cup with thumbnail size images of a snake, apple,
church, broom, knife, plane, and tree along the inside rim.
She turns the cup and points to a small astrology chart painted
on the inside. “The pictures on the cup allows the child’s
imagination to run free,” Niki said. The pictures also
allow the child to form pictures of her own when looking at
the tea leaf particles.
While Niki has always been psychic, she has not always made
her living this way. Niki says she is a retired FBI negotiator.
About ten years ago, she recounts, “During a hostage
incident a very robust woman fell on top of me breaking my
back in nine places,” Niki said. As a result, Niki says
she had screws and coral implants placed all along her back
and lost nearly four inches in height. Niki retired and moved
to live with her sister DJ in Hawai‘i.
DJ was running a gift shop in Waikiki at the time. Niki and
DJ opened Prosperity Corner in Kaimuki nine years ago and began
catering it to the Wiccan community. “We wanted to open
a spiritual shop that reflected the faith we were raised in,” Niki
Vivianne Crowley, a Wiccan and religious author, says Wicca
is an earth-based religion celebrating the seasonal and life
cycles of the earth and using the cycles of nature as a metaphor
for human life. Wiccans sometimes refer to themselves as witches,
but they are not the version promoted by Hollywood and do not
worship evil or Satan. In fact, Wiccans don’t even believe
in Satan. Niki says Wicca is a religion of love and healing,
and she lives it daily.
With a smile on her face and one hand holding Theodore’s
leash, so he won’t run away, Niki slams an enormous black,
hard cover book entitled Witches on the table. Opening the
book, Niki points to a black and white picture of DJ and a
dozen other people, “There we are, the witches of Hawai‘i,” she
said. Hans Holzer’s book features Wiccan and pagan groups
from around the world and Niki displays her very own section
In the store, one display case is dedicated to a ritual dagger
collection. Niki says, each dagger has its own personality:
simple black-hilted, double-edged knives with straight triangular
blades, to elaborate curved bronze Egyptian daggers and even
swords, reminiscent of King Arthur and his knights, propped
up against large chunks of rose quartz.
Just a few feet away stands a long glass case displaying of
handmade jewelry: Sparkling handmade pendants adorned with
agates and quartz, rings etched with ritual writing and runes,
pentacles with remarkable detail, even crescent head gear for
the Wiccan priestess. Niki says the jewelry is made by Wiccan
and pagan artisans who ship to the store from all over the
world. The case also holds a large collection of handmade wands
fashioned from oak, elder, ebony and even jet.
Other magical items include ritual cloaks and capes, an enormous
Wiccan and spiritual book collection, cauldrons, crystals,
chimes and drums, chalices, and even feng shui items.
Prosperity Corner employs five psychic readers including Niki
and DJ. All the readers have 20 or more years experience. When
asked why her shop and readers have been successful, Niki said, “We
make it a point to demystify psychic readings.” Niki
said she wants her customers to understand that she and her
readers merely relay the messages that come to them; what to
do with the message is left up to the customer.
Niki says she and her readers commonly deal with issues such
as love, jobs, and family relationships. Their readings normally
have a lifecycle of six months, so there is no need for a person
to come in weekly or monthly for a reading. “We simply
provide our customer’s with a road map,” Niki said.
Judy Bacon, a frequent customer, says she stops in for a reading
about every three months. “It gives you insight into
what could happen, not necessarily what will happen. I believe
a person has to stay somewhat realistic and understand that
no matter what is said, people have the power to change, yet
there are forces completely out of our control. The readings
have helped me realize there are some things that need to be
left to fate,” she said.
While Niki says she is psychic and doesn’t need any tools,
such as crystal balls, tarot cards, or palmisty, she employs
them because they give the person being read a visual—an
image. “There are no mysteries in the tarot cards, it
is only paper. But the images allow the customer to see exactly
what I am trying to convey.”
Judy says she sees the readings as a form of advice. “This
is an outside force that uses spirituality as a way to show
you what could happen in your life depending on the different
choices you decide to make,” she said.
Niki is unimpressed by her critics or skeptics. “I don’t
play ‘test the psychic,’” she said. She doesn’t
feel the need to prove her abilities. Instead her dedicated
customers and a nine-year track record in Hawai‘i speak
volumes. “I have wonderful customers, and I love what
I do,” she said.
Prosperity Corner is at 1151 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816.
Niki Taittinger or DJ Colbert may be reached at (808) 732-8870.