How to read Kipper cards: Card combinations

As we have already mentioned in the previous post, Kipper largely relies on storyboarding to tell its tale. This is something that sets this system apart from that of Lenormand. What however makes them quite similar is the emphasis on card combinations to achieve their full effect. Individual images are rarely interpreted as such but are instead observed as a part of a much larger whole. This creates an entire kaleidoscope of meanings and gives Kipper a wealth of possibilities rarely found in other methods of divination.

In essence, the way to join cards together is purely semantic. It relies on patterns of language and is thus comparatively easy to get a grasp of. To put it in simple terms – a card is treated as a word, a string of cards a sentence, a succession of sentences a story. In its most basic form, the first card in line is taken as a noun, as the core of the sentence. The one following is then used to modify or rather to describe the one that came before. The third can then be considered a verb, the image following an adverb etc. Of course, this is just a very basic blueprint for the way Kipper (and Lenormand) works but should give you a pretty clear idea and a template on which to base your initial practice with the cards.

If we have the Rich girl followed by Living room, it will give us a mental image of a young woman aiming to become an interior decorator. If the Journey card is followed by the Long road, it more than obviously signals long-distance travel or slow-paced movement towards your destination. Good lord coupled with (or rather described by) Gloomy thoughts would normally denote a depressed older gentleman or perhaps even one suffering from a mild mental illness.

It is important to bear in mind that combining symbols is not limited to just two cards. In fact, it can stretch to five or six at least, if not more. Much like a longer sentence, it gives us more variables to juggle but also more room for creativity. Having the Woman card followed by a Pleasant letter, then Win lots of money and Court of law would mean that the female querent we are reading for is about to receive a notification of some monetary gain brought about either through legal matters (e.g. an inheritance) or perhaps dealings with a corporate institution of some sort (as the Court of law can and often does stand for a large company or other such institution). Thus, Win lots of money and the Court of law are used to describe the sort of news the woman is about to be informed of – each card essentially modifying the one that came before.

Much like in language itself, especially for a beginner, the possibilities can be overwhelming. Still, the semantics of Kipper are something that you are more than likely to get the hang of through diligent practice.