Psycards are a system of figurative pictures in card form that can help a person to know her or himself better. Personal development can be a tedious process and sometimes a very complex one to grasp. Psycards present certain psychological qualities and human experiences in a direct and clear way.
In the Psycards instruction booklet, the first sentence illustrates how the deck serves almost the same function as the tarot. The cards are separated into groups: seven fundamentals, the Inquirer card (you), seven archetypes, four directions, seven symbols, seven happenings, and seven characters.
Some of the cards represent similar themes as those in the tarot, like Sun, Death, and Fool, while others in the deck are unique. The instruction booklet gives card meanings, guidelines, and spreads, but you can also use Tarot techniques together with these cards.
Psycards was born in the 1980s at a time when Nick Hobson worked as a copywriter. Nick had a dream in which he witnessed each element that constituted his life extend in front of him like a field.
When he woke up, instead of feeling anxious because of seeing this disorder in his life, he opted to share this personal dream to help other people to navigate their lives. Therefore he came up with the Psycards with its system of removable symbols that could be linked to create a larger picture, an alternative Tarot.
The Psycards system is based on Jungian psychology, poetry, folk wisdom, and on myths. Psycards (like Tarot cards) are meant to empower and assist readers. Psycards are not mysterious. They are designed to be direct, accessible, and easy to read. They use rich symbols as great tools to channel the reader’s psychic energy.
The deck consists of 40 cards. The art is very good. The first three cards; The Inquirer, No, and Yes are patterned intricately, but do not have scenes. The following two cards are also patterned intricately, but contain a small scene in the lower half of the pattern. All the remaining cards have scenes.
They are deeply hued and well detailed. The cards are allotted to different groupings. As earlier stated the first card symbolizes the Inquirer. The second all the way to the fifth card are referred to as “The Four Direction cards” since they point to or from an action’s course. They are the Later, Now, Yes, and No Cards. The remaining cards are separated into the following groups of seven cards each:
· Group 1 is The Seven Fundamentals – This group describes the parts of a person’s life that is similar to everybody else’s. Some of the cards in this group include The Home, The Body, and Money.
· Group 2 is The Seven Archetypes – Some of the cards in this group include The Libido, The Mother, and The Father.
· Group 3 is The Seven Symbols – This group portrays symbols that represent the important qualities that are needed in different situations. It has cards that are extremely similar to Tarot cards including The Tower, The Wheel, The Stars, The Scales, and The Tree.
· Group 4 is The Seven Characters – This group characterizes aspects of a person’s personality as well as the people around him or her. Here we have the people cards, such and also a few Tarot-like cards like The Sage, The Stranger, The Beauty, and The Fool.
· Group 5 is The Seven Happenings – These are the incidents that unexpectedly transform a person’s life. Some of the cards in this group include The Voyage, The Prison, and The Message.
As one can deduce from the names of the cards and the groups, this deck of cards gives a new method of meditation and divination. The cards are not specific to any one religion as they draw on general themes from Christian, Celtic, and other mythologies, on representations from the world of various fairytales, and on the ideas of the Jungian archetypes to make it possible for the user to get deeper insights into different characteristics and situations.
This deck of cards is very user friendly, in that every card can contain a personal implication for the subject or for the inquirer of the reading. Every card might also contain a ‘face value’ connotation or represent its opposite.
All through the pack of cards there is the clear theme of the duality of human nature (dark and light, female and male, unconscious and conscious). Psycards are a brilliant tool for ‘psychic workouts.’ For example, the deck called “The Great Game of the Human Heart” can help you to gain emotional insight into him or herself, and to find inner peace. It can also help to appreciate your own motivations, to make decisions, to see the many factors that govern your inner life.
Some of the benefits of using Psycards:
Every card has a personal significance for the topic of the reading or for the inquirer. Reading Psycards helps a person to journey into his/her own psyches, and therefore the start of each reading is a person’s inner selves.
Every Psycard points at a different decision. However, what they all basically say is “Seize the day!” Psycards are tools for examining the psyche: Every person’s mind is intimately connected to their body and therefore mental health is connected to our physical health.
Psycards also remind us of our duties and obligations at work, to the people that rely on us, to those we love, to our community and to the planet and mankind. Psycards reminds us of the fundamental human need to always grow our own strengths and abilities so that we can realize our full potential and recognize an elevated state of being, both unconscious and conscious.
Psycards remind us of the simple truth that we are incapable of knowing what financial surprises, bad or good, await us. The best one can do is to do the best you can. Psycards can help a person to channel his/her natural energy, and not to suppress it. Psycards encourage the inquirer to evaluate his/her assumptions and preconceptions because more often than not something is blinding them to it. Psycards reminds us to constantly draw on trusted authorities and experiences.
The aim of Psycards is to achieve a better consciousness of your own feelings. Essentially, they are a tool for personal development. The cards are of excellent quality. The pictures appear to speak for themselves as beautiful artwork and are vibrant. The extra benefit of this system of figurative pictures is that it also helps to understand or gain some insights into the people around us. If you have wanted a tarot deck, begin with the Psycards (you could always move onto a standard tarot deck afterwards if you so choose).