Kipper Meets the Hipsters

The invasion of Kipper has geared up! I am currently translating some German Kipper texts during a lull with online classes sponsored by the World Kipper Association. I enjoy the translation process and the chance to add the perspective of various meanings attributed to the cards by Susan Zitzl, Hildegard Leidig-Heinz, Regula Elizabeth Fiechter, I.M. Simeon and  Zeljiko Schreiner.  I also have a current membership at Waldfee for Kipperkarten to help me practice combinations. Yes, Kipper has combos just as lenormand does.

While I do not keep a journal of dailies as I did with Lenormand, I do keep a dated record of all Kipper reads in a spiral notebook. I find Kipper more descriptive than the lennies. The element of direction which  is present in all German school approaches is especially helpful and revealing when using the Original Kipper deck.

A large 400 page journal  holds my translated card interpetations, combinations and the details of the various Kipper spreads. There is more variety for smaller Kipper reads than there was in the traditional lenormand method.

While I use my lenormand cards on a daily basis to check on my praxis, I do not see the Lenormand deck as functioning in the same way or at the same level as Kipperkarten in terms of fortune telling for clients. Kipper will win the battle of details in painting a picture of the future- every time!

Divination: Talking To The Invisibles


Most people use divination for clients these days or as a way to build online businesses. Was that the original purpose of divining? No! The word itself says there is a divine component in the process.

Oracles were the human representatives of “divine” or unseen energies. They did not use tools to divine but allowed the energies to flow through their bodies.

Using tools to divine such as bird feathers, shells, rocks is ancient. Cards are modern as they are made of paper. However before cards were of paper there were tooled leather, stamped metals, and other materials used to represent the sacred symbols and patterns of the subconscious.

Therefore, divination is not just for client work. It also has a purpose as a diagnostic tool in self-development. One can also use it to speak to invisible entities, the dead, the genius loci, the planets and to Souls.





Review: The Dreaming Way Lenormand


The Dreaming Way Lenormand is a 36 card lenormand style deck by artist Kwon Shina.  It comes in a sturdy two part box with a 90 page LWB written by  Lynn Araujo. It was released in 2016 by US Games.

I first saw the Dreaming Way Lenormand in a Facebook forum placed in a Square of Nine. I was captivated by the soft pastel colors and simple designs. I immediately ordered the deck.

The Dreaming Way Lenorand does not have full playing card inserts but it does have a notation of the association next to the title of the card on the bottom. The number of the card is in a circle on the top. The cards are borderless which is a reason to love them in my opinion. The card stock is substantial and shuffles smoothly.

The changes to the traditional lenormand style are modern and whimsical almost childish in presentation but their simplicity is deceptive. The directions of the symbols are  crystal clear in linear spreads,  the Square of Nine as well as the larger Grand Tableau. Some of my favorite cards in the deck are Tower, Fox and Fish; my least favorites are Ring and Coffin.

Since I received the DWL the box has not been fully closed. I keep the box top tilted and at the ready on my nightstand next to my journal and pen for before bed questions.

This is a sweet and responsive deck. I highly recommend it for new readers especially the younger ones. Makes a great “first lennie” gift.


When Variety Isn’t A Spice

The “Wanderer” Card from the Canadian TV show “Lost Girl”

Cartomancy is a big top circus tent which houses many systems. In each card system are a multitude of deck variations, from Tarot to playing cards, from European oracle decks to the five symbol Zener cards used to test psychics. All one needs is a card in Cartomancy with something written on it, or not.

However, each card system is different. It has been my experience in learning multiple systems that one fares best by concentrating or focusing on them – one at a time. The process is helped along by using one learning deck exclusively. Deck collecting is tempting, but is a distraction for the serious Cartomancy student.  

The idea of conversions or comparing one card to another in a different system is dangerous. It is best to drop all prior knowledge of other systems one has encountered when beginning to learn a new methodology.

Multiple courses taken at the same time also hinder the learning process.  One will wander throughout  the diverse systems of Cartomancy forever the dilettante if one cannot curb the impulse of the mind to chase “shiny new things” long enough to dig deep and go below the surface meaning or face values of the cards.

Immersion works best. If you are learning Lenormand which is labor intensive for Tarot readers, stick to it solo until you reach the intermediate stage. This is not judged by courses taken but by an ability to actually read the cards smoothly for oneself.   It took me five years to be comfortable in reading and speaking the Lenormand language.

Multiple courses juggled  at the same time for example Lenormand and Kipper or Kipper and Gypsy do not give one’s subconscious mind the selective repetition it needs to absorb the symbol language of a deck . Though some decks may be historically, culturally and geographically connected the skilled use of them requires some initial separation.

One will find readers  specialize in one particular system and generally will use one deck in said system. They are not Jacks of All Trades. However, Cartomancers do switch their primary reading system or deck over time because either the psychic environment or they themselves have changed.

*Second image is of the oil on canvas ” The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” painted by Caspar David Friedrich circa 1819 in Hamburg, Germany.  It is the source of “The Wanderer” card created for the TV series.

Welcome 2017!

A “Little Child” has been born. We put up the new calendar and we start fresh. Can you simply  look forward without carrying anything other than the prospect of new adventures on your back? The stork has landed and he wears boots.

Novelty is the trend. The element of the unexpected and the “jamais vu,” or the never seen are the predominant energies in the air.

Make some new different plans instead of those old 31 day resolutions. Okay?

Happy New Year!


Christmas Day 2016

The Mystical Kippers are great for notation of the function of cards in psychological and esoteric readings. In card 17, we find a Christmas tree is in the center with many gifts arranged beneath it. What is added is the feature of many open eyes in the background.

Perhaps this is a reference to the holidays themselves as being “observed” as often the tree is a gathering place for extended family.

The deeper message is one of being watched.  In this way of viewing the scene the gifts beneath the tree come with strings or cords which connect the recipient to their giver in ways not readily apparent. String and cords, ribbons and wrapping paper all have additional meanings in the “mystical” sense as boons. The archaic meaning of  a boon is a favor or a request. The gift is a favor or a request which is wrapped in or hidden under the paper.

So when “receiving a gift” beware the strings.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Part of the reason why the German oracles are so effective when they are used in the traditional way is that they are clear and to the point. The skilled reader uses the lenormand combinations or the Kipperkarten scenarios to answer the question. Simple as that!

In the dispersion of energy the Querent also plays a role. It is hard to get one focused question for a read. The question itself spreads over into two or three separate issues, a juggernaut which includes judgements, conclusions and accusations, a knot to be untied  before a wise reader spreads the cards.

The New Age tendency for readers to play the role of “Pollyanna” wearing rose tinted glasses is what defused Tarot rendering it practically useless! The mindset of the average 21st century card reader is one of intuitive meandering in a maze of tall hedges.

It is unfortunate but this attitude has already entered  full blown into the ranks of so-called Lenormand teachers and readers who say they “read intuitively” i.e. without taking the time to fully learn the method as they pluck  flowers in the garden of multiple decks not realizing each deck variation is a universe within the multiverse of  Lenormand or Kipperkarten-  a world within a world!

I am sure these ways will reach deep into Kipperkarten  before the attention of the online card community moves on to the next  trendy oracle deck to purchase, spread and posthaste dilute.


The Blue Owl deck is not the only Lenormand deck to show Owls but it is the European Standard Deck and has reached more hands than any other in this classification.

Owls are the quintessential night birds. In the lore of dark magic they are messengers with human like vocal intonations who sit, watch  and comment upon the nocturnal actions of  men and Spirits. Owls are predators, their night vision, sharp talons and quiet winged flight allows them to easily scoop up prey.

Owls in ancient times were a  totem of  Mother Wit or Feminine Wisdom, protectors and warners of  women who worked deep in the forests at night guided through the bush by the light of fireflies.

There is an element of shape shifting  associated with Owls, a mystery which blurs the line between feathers and skin under the Dark Moon.

In Dark Art combinations the Owls card brings a message of magic afoot and of masquerades, but beware how you treat these messengers – they are skilled assassins.

The Birch Rod

Shown is an image from The Game of Hope or the Primal Lenormand of Card 11. The Birch Rod is also titled as the Broom or the Whip. The Dondorf  image shows the Broom and the Whip. We will look at the original image for this discussion.

Of course the Birch Tree or Mama Betula as an Elder Tree has inherent magical qualities. It is the staff and  besom of the Wise Woman.  The gathered pieces of birch branches are decorated by red thread. It is not coincidence that the Birch rod on the Game of Hope card shows red flowers. A sturdy limb of Birch made into a staff can be effectively used by an Elder for purposes of exorcism or the banishing of storms. The parchment made from a birch tree is good for writing out sigils of protection.

The besom is hearth tool and broom a way to  sweep out and away accumulated negativity, and to disperse parasites which cling to the human aura. The most iconic image of the Birch Rod is of the Witch’s Broom. It is a symbol of nocturnal flight by the dark body of the Seer.

The metaphysical meaning of the Birch Rod is: CONTROL, FORCE OR DOMINATION. It represents actions which are repeated, over and over such as exercises, training and rituals. Its appearance in certain combinations with the Dark Art Cards alerts a reader -practitioner of Work being done against a Querent or Work needing to be done on the Querent’s behalf.