INSPECTOR (Suit of Analysis)
In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), the suit of Analysis (represented by a magnifying glass) is comparable to the suit of Cups in traditional decks.
Inspector Bradstreet of Scotland Yard appears on this card, having appeared in three of A. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The scene on this card is from The Man with the Twisted Lip. It depicts Holmes, watched by Inspector Bradstreet, preparing to reveal the disguise adopted by Neville St. Clair.
The Sherlock Holmes Tarot “King of Cups” is viewed as a “generous and caring person, calm, wise, and considerate.” His keys also include broad-minded, a mediator, and someone who offers a support network. Reversed or ill-dignified, the Inspector of this suit can represent “embezzlement, injustice, bribery, a swindler, a dissolute man, a highwayman.”
The Holmesian Wisdom for today is: “Every fresh advance … only reveals a fresh ridge beyond.” (from The Bruce-Partington Plans)