The 36-card Kipper deck came into being in Germany in the 1890s. Some place the appearance of the first Kipper deck circa 1890, and others say 1900, but whichever date is closer to the truth, it’s inspired by an 1890s sensibility. The Kipper deck has been mostly-used in Germany and its environs over the course of its history, but it’s been gaining popularity outside of Germany in recent years, possibly thanks to decks like Regula Elizabeth Fiechter’s Mystical Kipper, Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Siecle Kipper and the very modern-looking The Card Geek’s Kipper Deck. Given it is a 36-card deck, it’s possible the creator of the Kipper deck was inspired by the Lenormand, which itself may have been inspired by the ‘Game of Hope’ deck, which had been created by a German businessman for use as a family game around the year 1800. So I suppose, the Kipper cards could be considered a successor to these two earlier decks. Of course, it may also draw some of its inspiration from the Sibilla deck, but that deck will be covered in a future lesson.

The Kipper deck is not a card deck which has the capacity to address larger societal issues, like the Eighteenth Century cards. It’s more on a personal level, aimed at the everyday realities of people’s lives and it reflects both the highest and the lowest possibilities those lives can contain. The Kipper deck does not depict objects, like the Lenormand deck. It depicts people, societal-roles, and personal-states-of-being. Let’s just start going through the meanings of the cards and you’ll see what I mean.