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.
The Original Kippers as shown here, at first struck me as quite old-fashioned and frumpish. I had a hard time getting my eyes to focus on the scenarios. I put the cards away for a while and took a look at the Mystical Kippers a different style of Kipper deck. Coming back for a second pass with the originals I was reminded of the old style comics in the funny papers. This gave me a renewed interest in the artwork and allowed me to see each 3X3 reading like a page in a graphic novel. Applying this approach was how I stuck around long enough to learn the directional aspects of the cards.
In my second phase I removed the white borders on the cards which was akin to taking down a wall between rooms in a small house to open up the space and allow the energy to flow freely through it. In this way the dynamics of the Kipper deck came alive like the storyboard of a screenplay or movie!
The Kipper narrative in my favorite “Stop Card Method” is indeed a fun read. Regardless of the dated apparel and furnishings or perhaps even because of them these cards can tell the age old and modern stories of mankind’s folly. I highly recommend the Kipper deck but not for the Grand Tableau read. The beauty of the Original Kippers I have found, is in the smaller layouts. However, the Stop Card spread can take on a “largess” which rivals any GT on occasion.
Kipperkarten energy is not “like” the Lenormand deck even though they are both German in origin and have 36 cards. The Bavarian born Kippers are utterly and uniquely themselves. They have a blunt but playful punning both visual and language based to their presentation of truth. In working with them one will come to see the attributes of clothing, furniture, and hairstyles as props in the interior rooms and backdrops in the exterior scenes which adds a particular charm- lost when changing or updating the original Kipper deck.
Remember: Each variation or themed deck is a different world within the world of the original.