If you’ve been reading my postings for some time, you might recall that I’ve written about my on-again off-again relationship with Kipper. Kipper and I were off-again, as I’ve been spending time with playing cards and Gypsy Witch cards most of this year.
You might have noticed I said “were,” as in past tense—and that’s because something very interesting took place recently that changed our relationship status to on-again.
It started with a couple of Kipper videos I made for my YouTube channel receiving a number of comments in the span of a week. What made this stand out was that one of the videos was a year old, and the second about 7-8 months old.
That got my attention, given that I hadn’t done anything with Kipper for at least 6 months, if not more.
And following that, I received an e-mail from a young woman, expressing interest in cartomancy coaching (my newest service offering) with me. The interesting thing about her interest is that she wanted to work with Kipper specifically.
You might be asking why this was interesting. It’s because Tarot and Lenormand are the only systems mentioned in the text on the service page.
It was as if the Kipper-geist (the energy I refer to when it comes to Kipper) was saying to me, “James, it’s time to get back into Kipper.”
And with that, I turned to the cards to shed light on the possibility of working with this prospective student. Taking my favorite Kipper deck, the Fin de Siècle (but, in all honesty, I only have two Kipper decks at the moment), in hand, I asked the cards, “What do I need to know about possibly working with this student, reading/studying Kipper?”
The cards I drew, in a Line of 5, were Privileged Lady, High Honor, Occupation, Marriage, and Journey.
Occupation also talks about hobbies, and this aspect would fit with my prospective student.
Occupation can also indicate hands-on activity and working with one’s hand, which would fit for both of us, and we’d be handling the cards during our future sessions together.
It’s interesting to note Privileged Lady’s direction (Kipper relies heavily on directional cues); she’s walking away from the cards behind her toward an undetermined future (no cards in front of her).
High Honor, the card closest to Privileged Lady, can suggest something she’s struggling with (again, because the card is behind her).
With that in mind, High Honor is a card of advancement and achievement, indicating that the student has been struggling with advancing her ability to read Kipper.
High Honor is also a card of recognition; with that, Privileged Lady + High Honor + Occupation could be read to say, “A young woman recognizes/praises work.”
On the other side of Occupation sits Marriage, a card of a serious, committed relationship, again fitting with the context of the situation.
Occupation + Marriage talks about the relationship being connected (Marriage is a “connector” card) to work and/or a hobby.
For me, the pair could also be read to say, “Work that leads to a partnership,” the implication being that we would work together in the future.
The train in the card’s image serves two functions: First, as a symbol, I read it as a pun for “training,” again, referencing the nature of the work we’d be doing together.
Second, the train leans toward Marriage, suggesting that the journey is connected (remember that Marriage is a “connector” card) with making a commitment.
As a result of the insights gained from the cards in this reading, I reached out again to the young woman, and I’m happy to say that we’re now working together to become better students of Kipper.