Tarot is intimately associated with the Kabalah and Western occultism. The lodges used Tarot in conjunction with their rites. Any good mapping or tracking device has a legend which tells the meaning of the symbols and the scale used on that map.
With Tarot the” legend” is the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life shows how Tarot is used. The four worlds, the four elemental powers or suits all relate to the Minor Arcana, the pip cards relate to each of the Sephira on the Tree. 4 x 10 is 40. The Court cards are 4 x 4 or 16 and are an aspect of the Tree as well. The 22 Major Arcana are aligned with the lines or paths joining the Sephira on the front face of the Tree.
The function of the Tarot as divination can show where a person is in terms of energy by referring back to the Tree of Life. Divination deals with energy of the Body, Mind, Emotions, and Awareness. It is not a means to evaluate romantic relationships or to predict future happening- that is fortune telling which is better handled, i.e. more detailed when using a 36 card or decan deck or a modern set of the Minor Arcana with Court Cards aka a standard deck of 52 “playing” cards not the full 78 card initiatory tool that is the “book” of Thoth.
I first began to read Kipperkarten and blog about it while on a break from Lenormand studies in early 2012. It was then I came across the Master Card method on a YT video. I did not further investigate or incorporate it into my readings.
Later in the Fall of 2016 I took a course with Toni Puhle, the Stop Card method was mentioned as specific to a style of reading and layout she taught. The Stop Card is like the period in a sentence, it ends the line and no more cards are placed after it falls.
Both the Master Card and the Stop Card sound somewhat similar in function. However, if one is reading the full deck or Das Grosse Blatt neither are needed as the borders of the reading are already defined. The Nine Card Block which is the core used to investigate person & situation cards is a major key unpacking the information in a 9 X 4 layout.
I often use the Stop Card Reading Toni Puhle taught as it is usually a smaller and faster layout, but it can grow in size when the additional movements of certain cards in the method are taken into consideration.
Kipperkarten when learned from German sources is the most accurate fortune telling deck I’ve encountered. Celebrating ten years with Kipperkarten and still loving it!
In the using of the Kipper deck whether in the full layout or with smaller ones often the column associations of the card placements are overlooked. The basic image below shows the cards in numerical order. Take for example the third row which contains the “person card” or card 12 Rich Girl on the second horizontal line.
Over the head of card 12 is card 3 relationship which says that she is thinking about a relationship and below her is card 21 which is The Living Room which can mean the Rich Girl is involved in a living together relationship. Beneath card 21 in the layout shown is card 30 The Court Person which can indicate arguments or differences being discussed or aired out in that living situation. Card 21 also contains a timing element, which is very helpful to the Reader. All of this is shown in the four cards of the vertical line. A reader looking for the Rich Girl as a daughter, younger sister or close younger female friend of the Querent can get all of the details about her on the vertical line. Life situations which are depicted on the non- person cards can be given depth as well when read on the vertical columns in Kipper.
The horizontal line of a person card is interpreted based on the way the person card faces to show the progression of events. What is behind the person card are prior causes and what goes before it is what will soon manifest as effects. Since the Rich Girl is flanked by money cards- finances are the cause & effects which lead to an exodus (10 travel).
Line three across : 10-Travel; 11 Lots of Money – 12 RICH GIRL – followed by 13 Rich Guy. The Rich Girl facing 11 Lots of Money as a secondary meaning may also indicate large expenditures while the 13 Rich Guy behind card 12 can represent incoming monies being diminished as that card faces in an opposite direction. Rich Guy, card 13 represents finances or securities – and is not a “person card”. The male counterpart to Rich Girl is actually card 22, The Military Person, who appears firstly as son, brother, or a close in age male friend.
THE DECK SHOWN BELOW IS REVERSED AS THE ORIGINAL WAS IN FIRST PRINTING!!!
The insert shows T: The New Tarot (Cooke) above and the Thoth Tarot (Crowley) below. In Tarot notation there are 22 Trumps but the Fool card is unnumbered. It starts and ends a cycle or sequence in the Trumps. Thus it can be the 22nd card since traditional ranking in Tarot makes the World the 21st card.
Judgment is the 20th card and represents the first two numerals of the calendar year or 20 which is actually the 21st century. In Cooke’s deck all the Trumps are unnumbered. Judgment in the New Tarot deck is named the Knower, the part of us that functions as the Essential Self. For others this aspect is the Observer.
The Nameless One is the equivalent of the Fool, the aspect of humanity which comes into an incarnation to experience sentience in 3D existence.
Judgment or Trump 20 according to Crowley is the current Aeon or timeframe. It a convergence of sentient beings upon the Earth for a chance to be 1) raised up or resurrected to a higher energy frequency; (2) be changed or enter sentient into a different type of vehicle or vessel (3) or to simply live in the flesh again. The end of a cycle or era is when everyone wants to be present at the Big Game whether in the stands or out on the field.
Winners and losers both will have experiences but will they remember them when all is said and done? The Fool or Nameless One carries the basic genetic codes in the scrolls of the Nameless One in Cooke’s deck and in the more traditional Tarot deck as a bag on a stick but the novice or the initiate has to develop their skills by walking the path of life to put the pieces together.
This is what the energy of 2022 shows -Man making moves on the physical plane; Man navigating the wetlands of the psyche in the Astral; Man holding on to hope for their team’s victory when the final buzzer or Trumpet sounds.
Are you ready for some football?
This is a page from an old notebook.
The reading of the New Year can be done on one’s Natal Birthday or it can be done on New Year’s day. The prep is no sexual contact for 24 hours prior; a thorough cleaning of the whole house; taking a ceremonial or herbal bath and donning all clean clothes.
Before shuffling take a moment to acknowledge and give thanks to one’s spiritual allies.
Shuffle and then lay out the center card which gives the general energetic theme for the incoming year
Starting at the first position in the diagram lay out 12 cards counter clockwise. Each card is the monthly adaptation of the theme card’s energy in the coming year. Your Theme Card is paired with the card of the month. These pairs will reveal an energetic tone.
This layout is to be done with a standard 78 card Tarot deck, in the RWS or Marseille style.
When it is time for a new Kipper deck, which is about every year-it is my process to trim the white borders off of the deck all the way to the black line which is removed as well, then round the corners.
After the cards are trimmed a stop card dot is applied to the deck. This is from the “Bavarian style” taught by Toni Puhle. Others may mark the “Master Cards” which is a different system. The dot is a memory device only.
The Kippers work better in the full deck 9X4 layout without borders for Wii as it allows the action to flow like a story board. The white borders break the flow of the eyes when reading and place the scenes into rooms or separate areas. When dealing with the house system this is well and good but not so when one is looking for directions in the big layout or when adding additional movements in the smaller stop card reading style.
Of course, only the traditional kippers have all the directions and codes attributed to Mrs. Kipper’s system. Card lore says the original cards at some point were reversed by the printer save one, card 22 The Military Person.
This mirroring effect works with the anchor of the one faithful card No. 22 to connect the now rare antique original Kipper cards to the traditional German deck, the only Kipper deck Wii use for fortune telling. Period!
After a considerable amount of handling card decks experience has shown when working with clients who want to know about what is coming down the pike, a decan style deck is the most effective tool. The term decan is from Egyptian astronomy but when used here simply refers to the number of cards in a fortune telling deck which is 36. Lenormand, Kipperkarten, Zigeuner are Wahrsagekarten or fortune telling cards. It is their purpose.
The 36 card decks seem to have an affinity with the interplay of the earth plane and the energies that affect it from the skies above the so-called “36 faces of heaven.” The number 36 is a number which relates to spirits & Daimons.* The astute reader will see the 72 spirits attributed to Solomonic Magic is simply the doubling of the number 36.
In fortune telling, two of the cards are the Querent and their significant other. Some decks show other persons or characters as well, the rest are symbols as in Lenormand, or scenarios as in the Kipperkarten and Zigeuner decks. Lenormand with its symbols does not have the same amount of predictive power because it depends upon a reader’s ability to interpret the symbols as if they were seen in a dream without real context. This of course will vary from reader to reader leaving a lot of room for “guessing”.
The Zigeuner or Gypsy deck combines symbols with scenes. It is not a deck of choice for me. It has an atmosphere or a vibration of the Old World which does not trigger any connection to the images. This is key to the use of any card deck -that there be personal affinity. However, the Kipper cards which depend on scenarios and not symbology do spark a link for me. They are in the what you see is what it is camp. The reader does not have to use mental gymnastics to tease out a meaning and they are not read by rote keywords but by placement and direction.
The German language puts many off but the scenes and the signs are in the universal language of imagery. If you want to tell what events are coming for clients, do investigate a 36 card fortune telling deck. You won’t be sorry.
*(See: Austin Coppock, 36 Faces, Three Hands Press, 2014)
The Temple of Abzu deck by Howler Dahlroth is my newest acquisition. It is an oracle deck which was made by a Swedish occultist originally for use within his order. Abzu is another word for the Abyss and this 99 card deck is rendered in black and white alone- no colors.
Each card has a number and a phrase on the top and bottom. Three cards are usually chosen from the deck and read across as two utterances or stanzas.
It is an accurate deck in that the words and images are much like a doorway which looks into another dimension. These are the scenes one sees just before dreaming or in darkened corners of a dimly lit room.
There is an energy that comes with the deck which is palatable. It is a specialized oracle for those who work with the darker energies. A “white lighter” would definitely find it a bit uncomfortable!