So, for this week’s reading, I’ll be working with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (while there’s now a mass-market edition of the deck by U. S. Games, I’m using my personally monogrammed copy of the first, self-published edition).
Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead.
The video below reveals the cards in the reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
Just like I do with Lenormand, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.
The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Court House, Bad Health, Marriage, Unexpected Income, and Journey.
Marriage is a card of commitment, so we’re being asked to consider the people and things we commit to throughout the week.
Marriage, as a ceremony, consists of the parties involved making pledges, promises, and vows to each other as a way of setting intentions for the relationship going forward.
So, while Marriage could imply an actual wedding ceremony or the married life of a couple, in the more general sense, Marriage sends the message that this is a week to keep our promises and honor commitments—both the ones we make to and for ourselves, as well as those we make to and for others (to the level best of our ability).
Looking at the Line
Looking at the cards immediately flanking Marriage, we have Bad Health and Unexpected Income.
Bad Health is a card that can suggest a time for healing, a time of recuperation, looking at it from a physical well-being perspective. Traditionally known as “Short Illness,” it can suggest the condition is temporary in nature, as “short” is short for “short-term” (I really couldn’t help myself with that).
Bad Health can also appear when it’s time to take a break from things, from your normal routine.
Coming before Marriage in the line, Bad Health can be asking us to be more committed to our physical well-being, or that the commitment to our physical well-being comes as a result of experiencing a temporary ailment.
If we consider Bad Health to be about taking a break (and, as I type these words, I’m hearing “Gimme a break, gimme a break,” the lead-in on those old Kit Kat bar commercials), then with Marriage, a possible message is that we may need to commit to our well-being by taking a temporary break from a long-standing or long-term commitment.
With a bed in the image on the card, I always consider the expression “putting an issue to read or to bed,” so we may need to commit (Marriage) to resolving an issue, even if it’s just a temporary measure at this stage.
Unexpected Income, on the other side of Marriage, is a card of financial transactions (I read it as “money changing hands”). The word “unexpected” can suggest the gain (income) comes as a surprise, possibly in the form of a raise, a bonus, or a tip.
Unexpected Income carries the implication that the person on the receiving end didn’t have to work for the money that’s coming in.
Since Marriage, a card of commitments, is right next to Unexpected Income, the pair can indicate a contractual agreement (and marriage is a contractual agreement), and the agreement requires the signatures of all involved parties.
If that aspect of the reading resonates with you, Bad Health + Marriage + Unexpected Income might suggest taking a break (Bad Health) to review the agreement (Marriage) before putting your signature on the dotted line (Unexpected Income) so you can be sure of an equitable exchange (Unexpected Income).
If we consider the health and recovery aspect of Bad Health, Bad Health + Unexpected Income might suggest one’s financial health and recovery; or that healing comes suddenly and unexpectedly.
Whether it’s our physical well-being or our finances, we’re being asked to make a commitment toward healing and recovery this week. It reminds me of the expression “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy,” as the cards tell us of the gain we receive from actively engaging in our healing process.
Moving to the outer cards, we have Court House and Journey.
With that, there may be the need to make a decision (a court house is where rulings are made). If that’s the case (again, I couldn’t help myself), the decision is made based on the information (facts and “evidence”) being presented. The intention is that it’s right and fair, and in the best and highest good for all involved (the idea of “justice for all”).
I’m looking at the image of Court House, seeing the man holding court papers with red wrapping around them, bringing to mind “red tape.”
This brings in Bad Health, which is right next to Court House. With Bad Health being a card of a temporary or forced break, it might come as a result of a legal matter and legal red tape. It might even suggest a legal matter in connection to a health-related situation.
With the other cards being about agreements (Marriage and Unexpected Income), there may be a situation involving health care and perhaps receiving a tax premium, which makes receiving the care surprisingly affordable.
If you’re no stranger to my readings, you’ll know that I also consider travel cards to be metaphorical, and in that sense, Journey can talk about progress being made and things moving right along.
Again, looking at the image, the train, being on a track can imply being “on the right track,” reinforcing the idea of things moving right along.
So, if Court House and Bad Health suggest a possible pause due to some red tape, Journey coming along suggests the situation begins to progress and things get going again.
The same can be said for Journey coming after Marriage and Unexpected Income, as the terms of the contract have been mutually agreed upon, and things are now on track.
If Bad Health is about physical well-being, Journey could suggest movement after a period of immobility (if you think bed rest).
If Bad Health + Unexpected Income is about possible financial health and recovery, Journey might suggest being “on the road” with that process.
Going with the image on the card, the first step might be “tracking” the money that comes in and goes out, so you can see your financial picture more clearly, and commit (Marriage) toward making some positive changes.
To that end, Unexpected Income + Journey could be a surprise monetary gain that gets things moving.
Whatever the scenario, Journey reminds me of this profound pearl of wisdom from Lao-Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
What will be your single step toward healing this week? Will you make the commitment?
And as you digest on that bit of food for thought, I’ll officially bring my Kipper card reading for the week to a close.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
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