Question: What happened to Maura Murray?
7 of Swords – 4 of Cups (reversed) – Knight of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): Magician (reversed)
Strength (reversed) – Queen of Swords (reversed) – Page of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords (r): 4 of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Swords (r): 3 of Pentacles (reversed)
The Moon (reversed) – High Priestess (reversed) – 5 of Cups
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.
Maura Murray disappeared on February 2nd of 2004. Unbeknownst to her friends and family, Maura left Boston University to drive to an unknown destination. Her vehicle was found in Woodsville, New Hampshire, in a position that suggested she crashed into an embankment. At least one man offered to help her, but she declined assistance and asked him not to call the police. She reportedly claimed to have already contacted AAA. A later investigation did not uncover evidence that she made any call to AAA. By the time police arrived at the scene, Maura had vanished, and no one had any clear indication about where she went. To date, she has not been found.
The reading starts with Maura in the 7 of Swords position. This card represents deceitful and misleading behavior. It refers to someone who is attempting to get away from a situation but are using lies and strategic planning to accomplish it.
The Four of Cups reversed shows Maura in a mindset where she was unhappy and depressed. She would have been looking for an escape or way to achieve happiness. She had a strong desire to start over. She was not happy with the way her life was going.
The Knight of Cups reversed appears to reference a relationship in her life that initially seemed promising but turned out to cause more distress than happiness. If she had a relationship with someone matching the reversed Knight of Cups’ personality and attributes, it conveys a situation involving false or empty promises.
The Magician reversed is the card I pulled in reference to the Knight of Cups reversed. It denotes a sense of being tricked or conned. Something came to light to make Maura see the reality of the situation. Basically, Maura felt the person in the Knight of Cups reversed position duped her in a romantic sense. It is coming up in the reading this early because it was one of many things that motivated her to seek a new start or a way to set her life on a completely different path.
Strength reversed tells me that Maura lost all confidence in herself and her abilities. She was going through a time of intense emotions and felt a great deal of fear. The negative aspects of her emotions were completely overriding anything positive in her life.
The Queen of Swords reversed is a person or energy who is deceitful, unforgiving, and bitter. Such a person would reflect an individual that was older than Maura and more experienced in terms of what they have been through in life. A lot of times, people in this position are acting in a way that was shaped by trauma they experienced in their life. The energy does not feel young enough to represent Maura. However, it could be someone her age that came across as more mature in terms of experience and knowledge. Maura had a close relationship with this person or else the influence would not have been as profound as the cards are suggesting.
The Four of Wands provides insight into who the above person could have been. The Four of Wands is a card that reflects a sense of home, family-type gatherings, and a sense of overall belonging. This would have been someone very close to Maura and I’m leaning toward saying that I feel they were related (by blood or marriage). However, they could have also been an extremely close friend.
The next card is the Page of Swords reversed. Pages can represent people, messages, or both. Swords is a fast-moving energy and so the implication here is that Maura received a message – or had a communication with – the person in the Queen position. The person in the Queen position gave Maura bad news and the delivery of it is coming across as an attempt to be hurtful or even malicious.
The motivation behind the message is reflected in the Three of Pentacles reversed. I am getting this impression of projection – where this older person was projecting their own problems and issues onto Maura. This was a person in Maura’s life who was not learning from their own past mistakes and there is this sense that they were blaming Maura for some of their problems.
The Moon reversed tells me that with regard to what happened to Maura, there are a lot of misunderstandings and a total lack of clarity. There were people and/or forces in Maura’s life that were oppressive and holding her back. She feared them and the concept of breaking free was not one that came easily because there is this element of entanglement here.
The High Priestess reversed is coming up as an indicator that events were unfolding in a way that Maura knew were not good. All of this hints at something having happened that Maura knew about or saw. It shows someone that has been ignoring their gut feelings and intuition about situations as well. I can’t make sense of it from these cards alone. There is information the public does not have that would cast Maura’s disappearance in a dramatically different light. There are truths pertaining to the reasons why she left the Massachusetts area that are still concealed from view. These facts, or pieces of information, fill in major gaps.
The Five of Cups brings me to Maura’s mental state at the time of her disappearance. She was distraught, depressed, feeling emotionally unstable, and lonely. She felt really alone and isolated.
Question: What happened to Maura Murray after her car accident in New Hampshire?
Page of Pentacles (reversed) – Chariot (reversed) – Knight of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles (r): 9 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles (r): 2 of Wands (reversed)
Queen of Swords – 4 of Cups (reversed) – Knight of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: 7 of Pentacles
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups: The Fool
The Sun (reversed) – 4 of Pentacles – Justice (reversed)
The Page of Pentacles reversed represents Maura’s position and mindset after the accident. She was left feeling foolish by the accident and believed it was caused because she was irresponsible. Despite that, the Nine of Swords reversed shows that Maura had some kind of hope or light at the end of the tunnel mentality. Sometimes the Nine of Swords reversed is an indication of an offer for help – someone that sees a person experiencing the mental/emotional stress depicted in the upright part of the card and offers support or resources to try to get them through it.
The Chariot reversed, in readings such as these, usually shows me that a person’s situation turned especially dark while they were in a vehicle – or somehow in relation to the vehicle. What seems known about Maura’s disappearance is that her car was found looking as though it had crashed.
The Knight of Pentacles reversed seems to be the person or resource offered to Maura. However, the Two of Wands reversed tells me that she did not accept it. She wanted to try to avoid unnecessary risks at that point and she was trying to play it safe.
The Queen of Swords card emerges next and shows me another person involved in this aspect of the situation in some way. A person matching the attributes of the Queen of Swords in an upright position came into the picture. The Seven of Pentacles confirms that this was someone older – someone at retirement age or approaching it.
The Four of Cups reversed is showing Maura as continuing to resist assistance. I don’t know if the person in the Queen position was related to the one representing the Knight in any way, and so I can’t tell if there was one offer of assistance or two. Either way, she turned down whatever was offered. An unfortunate aspect of this reading is that the offers she received thus far do not point to people with bad motives. They may have legitimately offered her help if she had agreed to take it. But she was likely uneasy about it, and she probably didn’t want her whereabouts to get back to people she knew.
The Knight of Cups is the next person she encountered. The energy of this card is someone closer to Maura’s age at the time and someone who came across as kind and sensitive. The person offered an opportunity for freedom from Maura’s immediate situation. With the Fool upright, there is the expectation that whatever, or whoever, it is associated with offers a new adventure. Perhaps something about this person set Maura at ease. What is really odd, to me, is why Maura declined the other offers for assistance and then decided to accept this one. The question that might offer true insight into who took her is why did she say yes to this person specifically? Why did this person seem safe to her?
The Sun reversed, in this case, shows Maura as experiencing some of the opposite aspects of the Sun card in its upright position. Instead of the Sun reflecting a time in which the light shines after a dark time, it is an indicator that the darkness continued. Maura’s situation turned into one where she may have felt she had been unrealistic in her goals and that the outcome she foresaw previously would not happen.
The Four of Pentacles represents a situation where someone is guarded and clinging to their possessions. The person does not want to let go because they are afraid of loss. I am not completely sure how this card factors into all of this because I don’t know if it represents Maura or the other person. Maybe they did something bad to Maura that made them feel they needed to go even further with the situation to protect themselves and their material possessions. That last part is speculation because the card could mean anything similar to that effect.
Justice in the reversed position shows the outcome to this situation as being completely out of Maura’s favor. While I typically do not get cards that absolutely tell me whether a person is alive or deceased, the progression of readings can clue me in to whether the outcome was good or bad. Justice reversed tells me that the situation has not been resolved in a fair manner as it pertains directly to Maura (since my focus was on her for these readings). People already know this about her case because it is unsolved. No one knows what happened to her yet.
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. I would love to see a happy ending for Maura and those that love her. That is always my deepest hope!