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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day - Ace of Deduction

The Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:
(Ace of Pentacles)

In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), the suit of Deduction (represented by a question mark) is comparable to the suit of Pentacles. The quotation chosen to represent the entire suit of Deduction is from The Sign of Four: “So much is observation. The rest is deduction.”

The Holmesian Wisdom for the Ace of Deduction is “There should be no combination of events for which the wit of man cannot conceive an explanation.” This quote is from The Valley of Fear. Holmes himself makes this statement.

Keys for this card, upright, are: “accomplishment, contentment, happiness, prosperity, wealth, good fortune, profit, a new phase of life.” Reversed meanings: “materialism, greed, meanness, misuse of wealth, fool’s gold.”

The book that accompanies this deck also provides interpretations for each card 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 the Ace of Deduction: “You consolidate resources and marshal the facts. Abundance, attainment and fulfilment are available.” Examples from “The Fog”: “Learning the hard way. Money difficulties or responsibilities trouble you.”

As a card of the day, the Ace of Deduction encourages us to observe, analyze, and sift the evidence in order to understand what is happening in the area of resources, money, responsibilities, or other things that fall under the purview of the Earth element. We can used this understanding to form the basis of a new phase or direction in life that will lead to success.

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