A package from France arrived. It was not a long wait and the red box was intact. However the bonus Tarot de Paris with it arrived without the cellophane on it and missing a title card. Of course I will not be sending it back to Sivilixi Editions … but I was a bit disappointed.
The cards are for study and historical value. They are beautifully made though after seeing the coloring of modern decks a bit dull. I glanced through the book by Patrick Coq and was delighted with the content. As soon as we all get acquainted and the deck is opened up, I will post a more detailed review.
Here is the Fool from the Jacques Vieville deck circa 1650. It follows an anonymous Tarot of Paris of unknown date which also faces left. What is important to notice is that there is NO NUMBER on the card as well as the direction the Fool faces. In the Vieville decks the majors bear no titles and the numbering is different than the Marseilles, which is different than the modern RWS Tarot.
The first acknowledged Marseille deck is the Jean Noblet of 1659. The Florney edition does a modern revisioning of the original Vieville deck and goes one step further by presenting 44 cards with a reversed card in the all majors edition turned to “match” Marseille style decks.
Since the Vieville is older, and faces left wii see this style of card as a remnant of an earlier Gnosis now forgotten. Left to us means the Fool is making an exit from space time.
The right facing Fool as shown in the Marseille style editions wii interpret as the Fool entering and/or re-entering the labyrinth of the Cosmos as tabula rasa to walk its circular path of sequential eternal return.
Remember that the Zero or Cipher is a modern addition to this card. Also the Tarot de Vieville is a unique style of Tarot, just as is the Marseille deck. Below is the all majors double version produced by Editions Le Tarot drawn by the late J.C. Florney.
Many practitioners of initiatory ATR’s such as Ocha, Haiti’s Rada Rite, and Candomble are often reminded that these are religions anchored in community settings. In other words they are not solitary practices. ATR’s are based on the family structure just as Christianity is.
Today, the religions which came to America with various tribes are TIED to Christian theology by traditions. Originally, it is said this was done as a cover, but now it is an embedded tradition which is clung to. Religion doesn’t have updates.
The High Priest of a religious community is a shepherd of that flock. He may be a diviner, teacher or a counselor but he is also a representative of a priestly lineage and or a higher power.
The Pope or Hierophant card is shown with the symbols of the higher power (his scepter). He is an intermediary between heaven (his 3 tiered crown) and the lower realms. The Pope is positioned between the visible and invisible worlds (the pillars). He passes on his knowledge and raises up those who will follow him. This is why he is shown with disciples or acolytes.
The Tarot card which represents the solitary practitioner is the Magician. This is obvious in the card. Here is an ordinary man. He has assumed a firm stance on the earth. His tools are simple. The table before him has on it common items. His hat shows he works with the seasons or cycles of Nature. There is no pomp or ceremonial bling in his working. He holds a simple wooden wand and he looks away from it – off to the opposite direction of the Pope.
The Magician may also disguise what he does but this is done to make sure his message reaches the people. Entertainment is often a Magician’s ruse. They are tellers of tales, showmen, tricksters or even at times charismatic runners of a confidence game. The Magician doesn’t give his work fancy titles. As the Kikongo saying goes: “Ndoki can’t say what they are,” more than likely he or she will assume many different aliases on their journey.
Though the Magician seems to work solo he/she is not bereft of community. While the community of the Magician is not obvious, they are ever present. His or her relationship is with Spirits or Daemons. It is familial as well, it is just beyond 3D and corporal forms.
In terms of inquiries about the ATR’s the Magician card would appear with individuals whose practices are not as closely linked to Christian principles such as Palo Mayombe, the Congo & Petro Rites of Haiti or Brazilian Quimbanda. So when looking for the cause and effect of certain phenomena or what a person really is “into” or using, keep the graphics of these two Major Arcana cards in mind.
“Have a care, will you? ” An old line from a time of black and white mysteries comes to mind when wii think of the year 20 and 20. The front and the back of it, the Light and its Shadow, Judgment as the 20th Trump or Major Arcana is called in Tarotic notation.
Gabriel’s Horn is being blown. The Dead jump up from the crypt as the Horn and the Prayers of their anxious descendants disturb their long naps. Once again it seems nothing is right with the world.
Judgement as a year doubled is a time of back and forth finger pointing, of accusing and being accused. It literally is like an old “whodunit.” Who is wrong and who is right is all a matter of perspective and how much cake is in your bag!
However, when you bump into someone in the street, “have a care” and say pardon me. Take at least some responsibility for your actions. It is a start – if you want to survive.
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:
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.
The Kipper Connection cards are 03- State of Marriage, 04 Convene and 30 Court Official and 31 Short Illness.
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 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 either ILLNESS (31) or PAIN(14). 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, a short illness which requires bed rest. The condition should be diagnosed by a physician and may require medication. When Card 14 is involved with the MC however it indicate a chronic already known condition which is aggravated or acute. Card 14 can indicate tears being shed because of the pain.
The meanings for pain are found in the standard Kipper-Karten Band II by Leiding. I experience them as having these particular meaning only when making contact with the MC card in the basic spread below. Other Kipper interpretations or cards 14 and 31 are general or based on the specific spread used.
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.
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!