The New Heavens

T: The New Tarot

Solstice means “Sun stands still.” Because the earth’s axis of rotation was tilted 23 ½ degrees to its orbit around the sun, the sun appears to move north and south during the year causing the seasons to change. Thousands of years ago the sun was in the constellation Cancer at summer solstice in June and in the constellation Capricornus at midwinter’s night or the winter solstice in December.

But not anymore. The Gregorian calendar is long overdue for  replacement.  The precession of the equinoxes describes the movement of  the zodiac signs on the ecliptic  1 degree every 72 years.  Now the summer solstice occurs in Gemini and the winter solstice is in Sagittarius. The Virgin card shown above from T: The New Tarot by John Starr Cooke is the equivalent of the World card in traditional Tarot. Cooke shows the current placement of the Equinoxes and Solstices in the Mutable zodiac signs of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces using a new notation. While Gemini and Sagittarius are  straightforward  Virgo is the apple and the inverted cup is Pisces in his corner stations.
The starting dates of traditional zodiac signs (plus one) on the ecliptic are now different:
Sagittarius: Dec. 18 to Jan. 20
Capricorn: Jan. 21 to Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 17 to March 11
Pisces: March 12 to April 18
Aries: April 19 to May 13
Taurus: May 14 to June 21
Gemini: June 22 to July 20
Cancer: July 21 to Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 11 to Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 17 to Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 31 to Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 24 to Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 30 to Dec. 17

The Kipper Oracle

I have had this book on Kipper for quite a while. It is large about 300 pages and heavily illustrated  with the Original Kipper cards. It was released in 2012 by Susan Zitzl.

Her fifth chapter  is about  Kipper card combinations in  all the possible permutations. It is the largest chapter taking up approximately 150 pages or half of the book.

Ms. Zitzl’s focus on card combinations will fill in a gap which was left in my Kipper course studies. While combinations seem like they are not as important in the smaller spreads which are more position oriented than in  the full 36 Card  layout, they still give details- and a reader can never have too many of those!

Yes, the translation from German to English takes time, but it also helps one learn the way the root language of English works and that helps to understand how the Kipper cards work as well.



Kipper Connections

The Kipper Connection cards are  03- State of Marriage, 04 Convene and 30 Court Official and 31 Short Illness.

Connection Cards

These cards help one to make combinations and function as a plus sign.  The main meaning of a connection card is not dropped. It remains the topic of the combo, so  cards flanking 03 speak of a specific relationship; those flanking 04 Convene speak of an association or a group with which the MC is involved. The cards next to 30 Court Official/Officer give details of two elements involved in a conflict, just as the cards next to 31 describe a short illness or an affair depending on the  cards connected and of course the query of one’s client!

Connecting  cards form links/combos and provide more details.

The key to Kipperkarten is the same as other Oracular systems, the reader works with the cards on a daily basis as a self-diagnostic tool (mirror) until they’ve made a strong connection with the “current” or the Spirit of the deck.

It helps to journal the process along the way as it takes a couple of turns of the Wheel before things click or the Spirit of the deck acknowledges your demonstrated commitment and chimes in on reads for yourself and clients.

I have been acquainted with Kipper cards for a while. I first blogged about them in the form of the Mystical Kippers in 2013, when taking a break from Lenormand  studies. When I took three  courses for certification  from the World Kipper Association in 2016-2017  the Original Kipperkarten deck was used. From Spring 2017 until the present I have made it a habit to use that deck daily.

Kippers are  the best Oracle deck I’ve used and I have handled many forms of Cartomancy in 55 years of reading.

The Pain Cards 14 and 31

The two cards shown below are often referred to as directional (14) and connecting (31) cards. In practice with the core Kipper read where the MC1 or MC2 is the center point of a four card read, cards 14 and 31  function differently in proximity, i.e. touching the MC card.

My daily reads use the 5 card spread which is the base of the STOP CARD METHOD (see bottom picture).  When these  cards 31 & 14 fall in them the meaning is always PAIN. In essence the two cards are read the same way  when they appear in the spread above, below, before and behind the  Main Person card.

The designations eliminate the need to change the meaning according to the way the MC faces. For example below the MC, the pain is well below the waist, behind  it indicates  back  pain.


In front of the MC is a coming stomach ache and over the head is a current headache or migraine. With Card 31 the pain is temporary. When Card  14 is involved with the MC however it can indicate a more severe pain or  a chronic already diagnosed illness. Card 14 can indicate tears being shed.

The meanings for pain are found in the standard Kipper-Karten Band II by Leiding. I  experience them as having these meaning only when making  contact with my MC2 card in the basic spread below.


Steppin’ Out & Up!

Kipper 9 card layout

No more Tarot for client reads, no more Lenormand either. The past twenty years have effectively wiped out the vibratory frequency of Tarot whether Marseilles style or Rider Waite as a public divination tool. Having grown up with a Tarot deck in  my hand I do not say this lightly.

Lenormand was quickly leveled by  Millennials to  base level fortune telling by intuitive readers- too busy burning sage to actually learn the system.  After  7 odd years of teaching myself Lenormand from German sources and  swimming in an Internet shark tank of cliquish, biased  New Age wanna be Cartomancy superstars, the glamour of reading those cards wore thin.

To be honest Tarot is best used for those who are actually walking and working on the Hermetic  Path. It is a great evaluation tool for initiates of the Golden Dawn,   Silver Star, and other lodges. It is not a system to be used for fortune telling at a psychic fair. Tarot is divination not fortune telling. There is a BIG difference.

Since  English is my Mother Tongue, working with a German oracle is a very comfortable energy. So I choose the Kippers, the Original Kippers to do fortune telling for clients and myself!

No 36 card Grand Tableau spread either. The 36 card layout doesn’t allow the free flow of energies which  the Stop Card method encourages. I use the 4 base card method around the Main card &  meanings as taught by Hildegard Leiding. From that starting position I then move into the  Stop Card layout which I  was introduced to by Toni Puhle.

The only downside is the small numbers on the Original Kippers which make notation of readings tedious as  even with  glasses on I still have to pick up the cards when I fail to remember their rank numbers.




When Fake is Real

In the modern world or so called”New Age,” occultism and metaphysics is commercialized.  Everything  the  60’s  promoted  as  cutting  edge  is  now  everyday  ordinary.  The  time  of  the Millenial’s grandparents  and  Gen Z’s  great-grands  has  not  been  relegated  to griot tales or folklore  but  become  grafted onto items one can purchase.

The level of incredulity from the past has been transformed into a blanket of superficiality that is the “real world” of the masses . Read a book and next day call yourself an expert. Conjure the dead, spirits, even the Gods from 5 thousand dollar grimoires. Join witch coven social clubs, initiate into African “secret sects” and Voodoo cults while on vacation,  make an art Tarot deck and publish it with go-fund me backing.

All of this has made the occult a circus with too many “ringmasters” who promote themselves as experts but can produce  no results for their clients.

The act of spending money has a cathartic effect in a commerce driven virtual world. Once purchased occult services are often psychological bandaids and/or blinders. 21st century metaphysical matters are 99.0% “smoke without any mirror.”

However, Caveat  Emptor!  Let both  buyers and sellers beware not only of empty purses and litigation but of the 1.0% in this “business” which  is 100% supernatural!

Black As Metaphysical Principle

Words are sounded shorthand or written notations. Behind each descriptive noun and adjective is the tree of which it is a leaf.  The Man in Black is a title which represents a metaphysical Principle, an entity who is not human.

This is not the “borrowed” costume of those who dress in black as a uniform, i.e. the priests of various religious orders to link to the energy of the metaphysical principle of unity

The Man in Black

The addition of horns, hooves and tails to the construct of  animus  of The Man in Black in myth code is a means of indicating the  principle is not part of the intellectual domain  and is older than the  consensus mind of  mankind.  What is not within  the heavenly grace aka   programming  of the species is referred  to as below;  or held within the human subconscious  or instinctive level  emotional drivers which are suppressed and denied.

Men in Black is an archetype in the group mind, is a “switched code” a concept which reversed the old folklore  to erase the knowledge held in it. The cinematic Men in Black are represented as the “agents” in the Matrix movie  and as alien hunters in the MIB series.  The  worded concept of  Men in Black hails back to 1950’s paranormal and UFO research (see Bender, 1953 and Keel/Barker 1960’s)  as well as Malcolm X’s 1965 autobiography.

So designated “black” people worldwide are connected to the metaphysical principle of black as primal energy as well as the archetypal concept as concrete representatives of the same abstract “black” energy by association.

Black used in reference to a humanoid entity is a base code for a presumed preternatural, alien, wild or non- human origin which was formerly represented in both art and magical text as referring to djinn or demons.


From the Dark Moon Museum

In occultism there are matters which exclude so called “free will”, where u have to be recognized by your Essence. Some will INSIST: “everyone’s the same”.  Noooo…. not even on a basic biological level can that falsehood hold!!  Arrogant breachers believe they can make pacts, conjure, or contact any Entity and/or simply project their minds into restricted spaces. Again- doesn’t work like that!

First contact ALWAYS comes from the Invisible Dimensions. The failure of their aggressive approach is plain to see when reading intellectual smoke screen grimoires and observing the patchwork of imitative folkloric rites which function as self-made cages for modern “mages”.

Be aware: The Dark Moon is not a Necromancer’s moon, though it once may have benefited grave robbers and over time gained an association with the Dead.

The Dark Moon is an opening, an exit door from the planetary aura and the “group mind.” A reset or code switch can be made. The celestial laws or clockwork which bind flesh and mind to Time are taking a short break.

Law and Order


Law & order is found in the Celestial Realm. The positions of sun, moon, earth and the Stars create the angles (angels) which enforce the Word (i.e. the Laws of Physics/ Manifestation) and control the affairs on our plane in this solar system. Law and Order on this scale are shown in symbol and art as the “clockwork” of our Cosmos.

What we see happen in the world are not choices made by its rulers but the effects of  “higher law” causation which is indeed “over our heads.” It is an energy which connects to us via the group mind.

Mankind carries a pattern recognition program aka DNA which pushes them to “re-enact” both ancestral, cultural and planetary Karma. To “ascend” means to transcend both personal Karma and the limitations imposed on our system by the glass ceiling/sealing of Cosmic Law by becoming other than mankind.

The card shown in this post is the Star from the Vieville Marseille Tarot by J.C Flornoy.


Tarot as Notarikon

Etymology is the mind’s game. The roots of words are effects not the cause of meaning. Language is symbol based and culturally biased.  Words are tricky, the banana peels man’s intellect tosses away and later slips on, and the academic labyrinth  it fashions only to get trapped in.

Words cannot explain what is found above the mental plane, i.e.  free energy.  The mental plane in modern occult terminology is called causal. This is an error.

It is consciousness not cognitive brain function which is the Sole Cause.  The primordial emanations which predate existence  are vibratory, thus  deep study in Hermetic Arts requires one convert words into numbers or frequencies.

Revelation renders mankind  outside of his fleshly form  whether in the  dream body or energy double “dumbstruck.”  Above the mental plane  pictures and image streams are transferred in lieu of words. The words come later and the meaning, if it is to be had at all, must be wrested from  ones life experience.

Tarot as used in Hermeticism focuses on the Major Arcana as notarikon. The  descriptions of states and conditions  on the card’s face is approached as having another interpretation which goes beyond the images shown. Each trump is an Arcana, the holder of a secret or as they say in the  East a “terma” or concealed  treasure.

Let us dig!

*The word “notarikon” is borrowed  Greek language  which was derived from the  Latin word “notarius” meaning “shorthand writer.” Notarikon is one of  three  methods used by Kabbalists, the other two are Gematria and Temurah to rearrange words and sentences. These methods were used in order to derive and to hide the esoteric substratum and deeper spiritual meaning of the words in the sacred texts.  Notarikon was used in  Alchemy.

( *Info sourced from Wikipedia)