32. Sorrow and unpleasantness (Kipper card meanings)

32. Sorrow and unpleasantness (Original Kipper Wahrsagekarten, Königsfurt-Urania, 2005)

Sometimes called Despair, this is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most challenging cards in the deck, perhaps more so than the Fatality itself. While the coffin card tends to stand for endings, Despair is more in the line of prolonged suffering, misery, sadness, worries and excessive stress. Its rule doesn’t end that easily and can produce long-term negative effects. It is like a cunning enemy or a disease creeping up on you to suddenly inflict most damage to your system. It is the symbol of dealing with excessive demands and being plagued by stage fright.

Despair stands for strife in your home, family problems, arguments and jealousy, or even violence and a truly abusive relationship you ought to get out of as soon as possible. It is something that will give you a lot of headache – even a migraine. It is the card of nightmares, hangovers and overall destructive (and self-destructive) behaviour.

As you can see, Kipper, much like Lenormand, does not mince words and has a couple of purely negative cards in its arsenal. These can only be counteracted through the agency of extremely auspicious symbols such as Great fortune.