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Fin de Siecle Kipper - oracle decks

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  • The Fin de Siecle Kipper is a set of German divination cards illustrated in Victorian style by veteran tarot artist, Ciro
  • Marchetti. A Kipper deck is similar to Lenormand, but focuses more on people than events in its cards. This set has 39
  • cards: the 36 standard for a Kipper deck, plus three new additions.

Name Fin de Siecle Kipper
Creators Ciro Marchetti
Publisher US Games 2016
Deck Type Oracle Deck
Cards 39
Card Size 2.76 x 4.13 in. = 7.00cm x 10.50cm
Card Language English
Companion Material 83 page companion guidebook by Ciro Marchetti is packaged with the deck.

Ciro Marchetti Is the veteran illustrator of some of the most popular tarot and Lenormand decks on the market today – the Gilded Tarot, Legacy of the Divine Tarot, Gilded Reverie Lenormand Deck, and the Oracle of Visions among others.

Kipper decks, like their French counterpart the Lenormand deck, generally has 36 cards. However the Kipper deck, unlike the Lenormand deck, is primarily focused on people rather than objects and events. Each card has a number which simply lists it order in the deck, and a title which hints at the meaning of the illustration. Again, the Kipper deck differs from the Lenormand deck in that it doesn't have a lot of extraneous symbolism and correspondences printed alongside the central illustration. However the Kipper cards are generally read in pairs, and otherwise adhere to most Lenormand conventions and layouts. Heavy emphasis is placed on the direction the characters in the cards are facing, or where the action is directed. Articles of mis en scene are important to a reading, and the placement of cards in relation to a significator is very important.

Ciro Marchetti has added three new cards to the traditional 36-card Kipper, bringing the total number of cards in the Fin De Sičcle Kipper to 39. The additional cards are titled Poverty, Toil and Labour, and Community. These cards may sound grim, and they are certainly intended to reflect some of the less idealised aspects of Victorian England (where the deck is set), and our own modern lives. Indeed the artist has invested a good deal of research in creating this deck. He maintains that the essential traditional image of the cards, while giving them a fresher and more vibrant appearance. He also invests each image with appropriate detail and finely nuanced expression.

The cards measure 70 x 105 mm – this makes them a little larger than many Lenormand decks (which they most closely resemble), and a fair bit smaller than many tarot decks… perhaps marginally larger than an average deck of playing cards.

The card stock is superb – strong and sturdy, yet flexible, with gleaming silver-gilt edges. This high quality metallic gleam is made to take constant handling and does not brush off or tarnish as the cards are used. The cards have a highly polished and smooth finish which makes them extremely easy to handle and very smooth to shuffle.

The print quality is superb. These illustrations of finely detailed, and all the subtleties and nuances of these carefully constructed images have been preserved in the printing. The artists palette is naturalistic – these images, but for a few, have their foundation in real life and the artist has gone to great lengths to maintain the sense of reality the images convey. Being Victorian England there is a fairly large amount of earth-based colours - deep browns, mahogany, copper, tobacco, offset with smoky greys, verdant greens and the golden glow of lamps and lanterns.

Being a commercial artist Ciro Marchetti has an appealing and accessible style – idealised reality in its most attractive settings. While some grit and harsh reality has been deliberately included, many of the images are seen through the telescope of time where the disgusting minutia of everyday life has been forsaken. People for the most part look healthy, landscapes are perfectly manicured, interiors cosy, clothing elegant, and smog largely absent. The artwork itself is mixed media including digitally enhanced images.

Each image has a narrow and simple border in silvery grey. The card’s number is contained in a disc at the top of the image, and the title is simply printed over the bottom of the picture in plain font. The image on the back of the cards – a chequer-board pattern with an elaborate framework of curlicues surrounding a small harlequin’s mask – is not reversible, however Kipper cards are not intended to be read in a reversed position.

The cards come packaged in a gorgeous little box. The lid folds back like a book cover, and is held shut with magnetic fasteners. The cards and their small guidebook are fitted securely inside. The box has a satiny smooth finish highlighted in silver, with information about the deck printed on the back.

The 83 page guidebook by Ciro Marchetti is both fascinating and extremely helpful when using these cards. The Introduction details the inevitable genesis of the deck from idea to final execution. The artist also outlines some of the choices he made with regard to setting, and details the less than salubrious conditions that were part and parcel of everyday life in Victorian England.

Three experienced Kipper have contributed to the divinatory meanings and descriptions of each card bringing with them their differing views, nationalities, backgrounds, and interpretations. Fortune Buchholtz, Stella Waldvogel, and Suzanne Zitzi also answer questions about how they read Kipper cards, the Fin De Sčicle deck itself, tips on interpreting the cards, as well as adding some non-traditional layouts for divinatory readings.

It is about time that the Kipper deck made a comeback and I can think of no finer artist than Ciro Marchetti to usher in this new era. This is a fascinating deck featuring gorgeous artwork that will have broad appeal. If you are a Lenormand reader then you will most likely be intrigued by this deck. If you are looking to expand your repertoire from tarot or Lenormand cards then the Kipper deck is the next logical step in ‘traditional’ oracles. If you are looking for something that is perhaps a little warmer than the standard Lenormand deck then you will probably find what you are looking for with the Fin De Sčicle Kipper deck.

All round this is a beautiful, appealing deck suitable for anyone who wants to experience the fascinating world of Kipper cards.

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