Lately, I’ve been feeling attracted to the traditional european methods of divination. It is being such an exciting journey, and given the fact that contrarily to other better known methods, there isn’t precisely a ton of information about them available out there, every piece of knowledge I am able to find feels like finding a treasure.
While Lenormand is becoming popular among the card readers and fortunately more and more information is getting available in english, we are not as lucky when it comes to Kipper cards, and this is what inspires me to share my little knowledge and experience on the matter, though I am just learning on the go!
Long story made short, Lenormand cards are awarded to Mlle. Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand, who claimed to have given cartomantic advice to several figures of importance during the Napoleonic era. After her death in 1843, several cartomancy decks wore her name, though the 36 cards Lenormand deck as we know it was based on a deck published around 1799 under the name “Game of Hope” which original design belonged to the german Johann Kaspar Hechtel.
Kipper cards seem to appear in the late 19th century, ascribed to a famous diviner called Susanne Kipper, probably from Berlin, though I couldn’t find anything else about her, and the cards were first sold in Munich around 1890.
So what’s the difference?
Both Lenormand and Kipper decks have 36 cards, though in the most recent version of a Kipper deck, Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Sieclè Kipper, there are 39 cards by decision of the author.
While both decks share the same amount of cards, their names and meanings are different. Here we can compare the names of both systems.
|1. Rider||1. Main person (Male)|
|2. Clover||2. Main person (Female)|
|3. Ship||3. Marriage|
|4. House||4. Get together|
|5. Tree||5. Good gentleman|
|6. Clouds||6. Good lady|
|7. Snake||7. Pleasant letter|
|8. Coffin||8. Wrong person|
|9. Bouquet||9. Change|
|10. Scythe||10. Journey|
|11. Whip||11. Winning big bucks|
|12. Birds||12. Rich girl|
|13. Child||13. Rich good lord|
|14. Fox||14. Sad news|
|15. Bear||15. Success in love|
|16. Stars||16. His thoughts|
|17. Stork||17. A gift|
|18. Dog||18. Small child|
|19. Tower||19. Death|
|20. Garden||20. House|
|21. Mountain||21. Living room|
|22. Crossroad||22. Military person|
|23. Mice||23. Court|
|24. Heart||24. Thievery|
|25. Ring||25. Receiving high honours|
|26. Book||26. Big luck|
|27. Letter||27. Unexpected money|
|28. Man||28. Expectations|
|29. Woman||29. Prison|
|30. Lilies||30. Court’s person (Magistrate)|
|31. Sun||31. Short Illness|
|32. Moon||32. Sorrow and tribulations|
|33. Key||33. Murky thoughts|
|34. Fish||34. Work|
|35. Anchor||35. A long way|
|36. Cross||36. The Hope (Big waters)|
Another difference is the amount of card showing people on each system. The table shows in bold the amount of cards in which people appear, nevertheless, we can see in italic the cards that can be read as people.
Both systems are great for gossiping! Unlike Tarot, both Lenormand and Kipper are focused on daily issues, and both make great counselors when we need to make a call. The reading system is pretty much similar, though in Kipper the cards surrounding a person card get very different nuances depending on their position, and top / bottom positions acquire different meanings.
Personally, I find Kipper to be more thorough in regard to personal motivations and expectations, character traits, while Lenormand widens about facts and happenings. Nevertheless, right now I’m talking with just some I months experience on Kipper.
There is not a huge difference between these decks, however, their little contrasts make each one unique and worth exploring. Their distinctiveness is subtle, but deep in their way, and I’m so much excited about sharing my Kipper journey with all of you!