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How to interpret the meaning of the card?

How should you consider a card? First, you should examine the image. Ask yourself about the larger image that is formed by this visible fragment. Try to imagine and think of something that is beyond the sight of the card, what is happening in this situation, what kind of story is in the background. Pay attention to the questions raised by this image. Once your imagination to processes the image well, read the words written on card back. Try to feel your first internal response to these words. Try to keep the image that occurred to your head when reading these words. Compare your mental image with one represented by the card. Try to associate the words and the image represented by the card. Already association itself becomes your unique association.

How should you associate a card with your inner world? Your association may be a direct one, for example, the “render and accept help” card recollects cooperativeness and thoughts about self rendering and accepting some help. The association may be a backward one. The “Have Good Health” card may cast such vision like “I am healthy” for some persons and “I am unhealthy (sick)” for others. One person says that discipline helps him in his life and the other says that he cannot imagine himself being disciplined when they draw one and the same “Be Disciplined” card. “It has nothing to do with me” response also demonstrates connection with your own experience.

Sometimes image and words mean different things for you when you draw a card. Then it is up to you to decide about the way you make your association – relative to the image or verbally expressed notion. You may ignore wrong association and keep your mind on things that affect you, for example, choose a card relative only to image when ignoring the words, or vice versa, choose the notion when ignoring the image that is insignificant at the moment.

Some cards of “Hedgehog’s Tales” deck
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What is the peculiarity of metaphorical associative cards games?

The feature of this games is that they are interesting, informative, and useful. They may be used for self-coaching, individual and group coaching, psychotherapy, training, and psychological counseling. These games may be used in a pair for sincere, sound, open and linking communion of, creating a feeling of true intimacy other than for the purposes of coaching, personal and general development, decision-making, goal-setting and planning. Ultimately, they may be used for entertainment by any friendly team as any other game.

Unlike other known card games, associative cards suppose neither winners nor losers, neither competition as such nor need to suppress true feelings and current state of affairs. The purpose of the game is to understand yourself and others better, clarify own perception, reach a higher level of awareness, acceptance and responsibility. It features no specified values and an interpretation of cards like it occurs relative to a Tarot deck; only subjective associative array of a player really matters. Different people may find completely different clues judging upon the same card and have different impressions of images. Moreover, one and the same person at different periods of his life and in different situations considers the same card differently, and his associative insight will be unique every time.

Some cards of “Once Upon a Time” deck