The Whimsical Arcane
REVIEW: THE SHERLOCK HOLMES TAROT
Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Unboxing, First Impressions & Review
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have read the books, it is only natural that I bought this deck. I was squealing like a little girl when I saw it at our local bookstore.
WHAT I LIKE: 1. THE ARTWORK. The artwork is so nostalgic. I'm in love. It brought the theme together in a Victorian era manner. Gas lamps and foggy streets, you got it!
It's like having your own mystery scene.
2. CARD STOCK
The cards are 2 7/8” by 4 7/8” with white borders. - you have to be careful though as the cards stick together.
The Guidebook is packed with information that you need. The suits are Observation (Swords), with an eye as an icon; Evidence (Wands), with a foot as an icon; Analysis (Cups), with a magnifying glass as an icon; and Deduction (Pentacles), with a question mark as an icon. The Court cards are Baker Street Irregular (Page), Peeler (Knight), Lady (Queen), and Inspector (King). How awesome is that?!
You can buy the deck at National Bookstore.
Not applicable locally.
WHAT I HATE:
Hmmm, the massive guidebook and box. You can't just put this in your bag and bring it anywhere without breaking your back.
This is not a good learning deck for someone who is a beginner. This comes off as a collector's deck if you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes. You may need to read and memorise the guidebook or be familiar with the story itself if you want to use this as often as you want. I enjoyed seeing all the characters representing a Tarot card and often find myself nodding in agreement as a character pops up - for example, Mrs. Hudson as the Lady of Deduction or the Queen of Pentacles.
That concludes my review.
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