Asha Degree

Reading for Asha Degree
Birthday: August 5, 1990
Reported Date of Disappearance: February 14, 2000

Question: What happened to Asha Degree in February of 2000?

Row One
The Fool (Reversed) – 9 of Cups (Reversed) – Ace of Swords

Row Two
Knight of Swords (Reversed) – Knight of Pentacles – The Devil (Reversed)
Card linked to K of S (Reversed): 4 of Cups (Reversed)
Card linked to K of P: Death

Row Three
6 of Swords (Reversed) – The Sun (Reversed) – Justice (Reversed)

Asha Degree reading – Traditional Manga deck

Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims that something did or did not happen. I only report the meaning of the cards, their relationships and the meaning in the context of those relationships, as well as intuitions I have based entirely on the cards presented in the reading. When/if I say that something happened, in any part of a reading description, I mean that is what I am interpreting from the cards, their positions, and other related factors.

My background knowledge on this case/situation is limited. A very basic summary, to provide some insight into what is known and not known, is that Asha was 9 years old when she disappeared in February of 2000. It is believed that she disappeared in the early morning hours of February 14th. Multiple people claimed to have seen a little girl matching her description walking along a highway around the time she would have been missing. However, none of the witnesses know what happened to her beyond that and claimed she was completely alone.

One person reportedly tried to stop to offer help but said that it seemed to scare her and she ran into a wooded or tree-lined type of area. At some point, her backpack was found at a construction site off Highway 18 and was wrapped in a plastic bag. The bag was linked to her because it has been reported that it contained her name and phone number. I did not come across concrete information about what else the bag had in it. She has been missing ever since.

The Reading:

I want to take a moment to remind anyone that reads this, I have no way to know what happened for certain. Please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven. These are only tarot readings and my opinions about what the cards might mean.

The Fool reversed puts Asha in the position of potentially taking careless action. Given that she was a child, and nine years old, it is understandable how she could end up in a situation she didn’t realize might become dangerous. The card implies an atmosphere in which a person is easier to take advantage of or feels compelled to do something that is naïve or reckless.

The 9 of Cups is viewed as a positive card upright, but in a reversed position it can point to a negative situation associated with massive disappointment, shattered dreams, and misery. In its position next to the Fool reversed it suggests a direct relationship to Asha and her mindset when all the events unfolded. Things did not go remotely as planned.

The Ace of Swords is a card suggesting a plan of action and clarity on a matter at hand. It is included in the row with the above-described cards and is related. The positioning suggests that Asha had a plan in mind and had given it thought ahead of time. Swords, associated with the element of air (and its prevalence in this reading when compared to other suits), gives the impression of something that was fast-moving. While some planning appears to have played a role, it likely did not become serious or fully take root too far in advance. Most likely, the plan was formulated – at least in Asha’s mind – within a matter of a couple of days or less.

The second row begins with the Knight of Swords in a reversed position. To get further information on court cards, I like to pull an additional card that is positioned over the court card. It then becomes linked to any cards it directly touches (see the image that I took of the cards). The four of cups reversed was the card I pulled in reference to the Knight of Swords reversed.

The Knight of Swords reversed refers to a younger male energy (keep in mind that court cards do not absolutely mean a reference to a person, nor are they restricted to a reference only to people who match their gender or age portrayal on a card). Knight court cards give off an energy that is more mature than that of a Page, but that is more active and less experienced than a Queen or a King. Due to its reversed position, the card represents someone with energy associated with the element of air. Astrological signs linked to swords include Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini. However, the astrological signs associated with a court card are intended to give a picture of the person or energy the cards are conveying and so if they represent an actual person, they could belong to any astrological sign. They would be recognizable more by their traits and patterns of behavior. That is the significance I am placing on them here.

The Knight of Swords reversed – in the context of this reading – is coming across as a person who lacks tact and tends to be forceful or confrontational. The person may not behave this way typically, but that is the energy that is coming up in response to my question about what happened to Asha. If representing a person, I would expect the individual to be someone who was (or still is) inclined to coerce people, was or is controlling within their relationships, and may be or have been abusive verbally and/or physically with people around them. Such a person might appear (to others) to have the positive characteristics associated with the upright position of this card and thus might not typically behave like someone who would be involved in something untoward or nefarious. It depends on whether the reversed positioning characteristics are their norm so to speak.

The Four of Cups reversed tends to have a positive meaning in that it usually marks a time when a person becomes more active or moves beyond a position that once felt stagnant. This card could have a lot of meanings here, ranging from representing someone who was experiencing blocks or delays in their life who found new enthusiasm, direction, or purpose that motivated them to take forward-moving action. But it could also refer to someone who was restricted in their ability to act, due to sickness or imprisonment. The meaning is not clear to me in this reading. Cups are associated with the element of water and often represent the emotional (or lack of it, depending on the card and reading) aspect of something.

In addition to covering the Knight of Swords reversed, the Four of Cups reversed is also covering the King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is associated with the element of earth and represents energy consistent with the astrological signs of Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo. If representing a person, this is someone with a mature energy who is business inclined and typically secure financially. The energy is associated with security and safety. People matching this description may work a variety of jobs and so it is difficult to identify a specific profession. The positioning of the card might provide insight into how the person in the Knight of Swords reversed position may have come to know about Asha. The card seems to indicate a connecting thread of sorts.

The card I pulled in connection with the King of Pentacles was the Death card. In many cases, the Death card has positive meaning in that it can reflect a transformation, the resolution to a situation or problem, or a release from something. But there are instances where Death can represent an actual physical death and I suspect that could be the case here. When I placed this card over part of the King of Pentacles, it also took a position where it covered the Devil reversed. I need to spend more time thinking about this combination because along with other cards, such as Justice reversed and the Sun reversed, it gives the impression of there possibly being a sexual motive behind this. However, I am hesitant to really say that with confidence based on this reading alone. I cannot rule out an accident based on the way these cards display, though they are pointing to something more deliberate and at least somewhat planned. At this time, I cannot figure out the link between the two court cards in the second row. There is an important link there, but it is not clear whether the link pertains to how someone would have known about Asha or gained access to her or if it refers to someone with greater involvement. Questions I have include whether this person is related by blood or marriage to the person represented by the Knight card? Does this person have pertinent information? Or is the link merely the person who made it possible for Asha and the other person to cross paths? Maybe a future reading that focuses more on this aspect would help clarify.

The positioning and placement of figures on the cards suggest that the Knight of Swords was focused on the person depicted in the Fool reversed. Given the nature of my question, I feel confident the person represented in the Fool card is Asha. I want to say that I am not getting any impression from the cards that anyone in her immediate family knows what happened to her. If they know or are acquainted with one or more people that do, my sense is they are unaware of this or at least uncertain if they happen to suspect someone. From an intuitive perspective, it seems there is a connection between whoever was involved and the family. The family likely knows the person involved – possibly through a third person (King of Pentacles?) – but none of this reads as the immediate family (mother, father, and brother) as being involved. A careful examination of a younger person – or a person whose maturity level is on par with that of a teenager or a person in their earlier twenties – that Asha may have come into repeated contact with – could prove helpful.

The last card on the second row is the Devil reversed. This card can lean toward the positive if other cards suggest that someone is letting go of something, gaining freedom from an obsession, addiction, or another similar type of entrapment. In this case, the Devil reversed could refer to the destruction or collapse of whatever plan was in place leading to whatever events unfolded. The position often denotes a sense of freedom, which can be literal freedom or emotional freedom. It gives a sense of being detached from the death card that covers it.  

The third row tends to represent the aftermath or outcome of the events. In this case, it refers to the events that occurred in 2000. The Six of Swords reversed indicates a person trying to run from something they have done or a bad situation. The energy suggests a person who feels trapped by a situation. The positioning of the cards shows a desire for mental distance and possibly physical distance as well. This means the person may have moved or put further distance between themselves and the location/s associated with the event shortly after. Did they live in the same area or state? The cards show a strong likelihood of this.

I am reading the Sun reversed as an impression on the part of whoever is involved (and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of two people being involved in some capacity) that they feel they have gotten away with whatever happened. Something to consider here is that this might cause whoever has direct information on what happened to say more than they should. On an intuitive level, I do feel this person (or people) have communicated with others about what happened. If there is a second person involved, my thought is they might have been brought into the situation to help cover it up or they had some other kind of secondary involvement. The Knight of Swords reversed, if representative of a person, denotes arrogance or a sense of feeling as though enough time has gone by that they are safe.

Justice in the reversed position is often associated with unfair outcomes. I have found, when doing readings on missing people and/or crimes, it tends to suggest that something outside of the law occurred – meaning at least one or more laws were broken during the events surrounding Asha’s disappearance, making it a criminal event in some way. In conjunction with other major arcana cards included in this reading, Justice reversed indicates to me that Asha is deceased. The outcome of the events do not seem to have come out in her favor. However, there is always the possibility of a positive outcome. I don’t believe in giving up on hope without completely convincing evidence proving an outcome is indeed a negative one.

I will do another reading on Asha in the future. I find that if I put time and space in between readings, I can sometimes get a better understanding of what may have happened. I also like to note whether I get similar cards and/or combinations in different readings on the same subject matter.

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