Kipper Card Meanings


The Kipper meanings below are based on the earliest deck instructions, they will give you the information you need to start reading your Kipper Cards. Please do not jump in Lenormand or Tarot style though, take time to check in on my "How to Read" section and if you still need more help, take a look at my YouTube Channel and of course buy my book! The Card information is best viewed on a desktop.


** Note ** The Card Geek's Kipper Deck illustrated here is based on the directional cues in the first Kipper deck in 1890 (I am lucky enough to own a copy) - if your deck differs to the directions shown below please use your directional cues - the information / core meanings of the cards are the same, the reading direction will differ i.e. your reading will take you in a different direction - all decks can be used as long as you consider their directional cues.



1. Main Character / 1. Hauptperson

The Querent - The Person asking the question or their partner

1. Main Character (MC1) will always be a person, there is no core meaning to this card other than it being the person the read is referring to or a "player" in their lives.​



2. Main Character / 2. Hauptperson

The Querent - The Person asking the question or their partner

2. Main Character (MC2) will always be a person, there is no core meaning to this card other than it being the person the read is referring to or a "player" in their lives.​



3. State of Marriage & 4. Convene


3. Marriage / 3. Ehestand

3. Marriage is a connector card, it connects the two flanking cards and explains the state of their connection. If positive cards are around and the card is ahead of the MC then we see a positive connection, however, behind the Main Character's back and with challenging cards it could mean separation.


4. Convene / 4. Zusammenkunft

4. Convene is a connector card, it connects the two flanking cards to explain when/where the Querent will be most at one with their fellow beings, coming together at a party or having a meeting with like-minded business peeps. Joy, happiness and harmony surround the querent when they are with their clan.



5. Good Gent and 6. Good Lady


5. Good Gent / 5. Guter Herr

5. Good Gent brings good news when nearby and not surrounded by ominous cards. Check the cards around for his nature. He can be a mentor, boss, father figure or just 6. Good Lady's partner in the spread.


6. Good Lady / 6. Gute Dame

6. Good Lady brings joy in relationships when falling ahead of, or above the MC, falling behind this is a relative, who means annoyance. Like our Good Gent she can be a mentor, boss, motherly figure or the 5. Good Gent's partner in the spread.



7. Letter 8. Dishonesty 7. Brief 8. Falsche Person

7. Letter / 7. Angenehmer Brief


7. Letter isn't always pleasant, as the German title suggests. It means happy tidings when it falls ahead or above of the MCs falling behind these cards it means slander, grief and worry.  7. Letter is a stop card and thus stops the flow of the read, if you want to know if positive or negative tidings, look to the cards around and whether auspicious or inauspicious placement.


8. Dishonesty / 8. Falsche Person


8. Dishonesty means misfortune and danger when close to the MCs, further away it means loss, hypocrisy, betrayal to fear ​Not a person card, look at the card that lies behind the door in the imagery (on my deck to the right) to see who or what is wrong in the situation. The dishonesty will have an effect on the card in her line of sight (my deck to the left).


9. Change / 9. Eine Veränderung


9. Change means changes of all description, the closer to the MC in the spread, the sooner the change will occur. This is a movement card, the card that falls behind is where the change begins and falling after is where the change is heading to or the outcome of the change. Check the imagery on your deck, in my deck the change starts to the right and moves to the left. Showing the changed situation to the right.


10. Journey / 10. Eine Reise


10. Journey means journeys of all types, whether a life journey or a trip to Mallorca. If this card is surrounded by positive cards it means a good, happy journey, if no good cards are nearby the journey will be fraught with inconveniences. The Journey begins with the cards beneath the Journey card and moves diagonal to the card above right (in the deck shown). You can therefore determine the start and the end of the journey.




11. Win Lots / 11. Viel Geld Gewinnen

11. Win Lots ​when nearby, one will receive great wealth through fortunate undertakings, however when dist