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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day - The Lovers

The Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:
Trump 6: MR. & MRS. J.H. WATSON

In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), The Lovers card honors Dr. Watson and Mary Morstan. Ms. Morstan was Holmes’ client in The Sign of Four, and the object of Watson’s admiration from that point forward. She and Watson eventually married.

The Holmesian Wisdom for this card is “She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet” from A Scandal in Bohemia. *

Keys for this card, upright, are “marriage of minds and hearts, love (sexual and spiritual), the vision of inner beauty, emotional ties, trust, platonic friendship, fulfilment of desire.” Reversed, the card can suggest “poor choices, broken promises, disillusionment, immaturity.”

The book that accompanies this deck also provides interpretations under the headings “The Game” and “The Fog.” The former elaborates on the upright keys, while the latter expands on reversed meanings. An example from “The Game” for Trump 6: “The way you explore or fail to register loyalty and commitment defines your relationships.” An example from “The Fog”: “You are likely to engage in a struggle for dominance. Unrequited love may dominate your life.”

As a Card of the Day, Trump 6 encourages us to look at unions of all kinds and the choices we make about potential relationships or partnerships. We need to be on the lookout for jealousy, possessiveness, and poor choices that can endanger stability.

* The quote is not Watson talking about Mary but Holmes talking about Irene Adler. Holmes follows his comment with “So say the Serpentine Mews, to a man,” making it clear that he is repeating second-hand information rather than expressing his own personal opinion.

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