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 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.
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.