Cleo Smith

Disappearance: 10/16/2021
Age at the time: 4 years

Question: What happened to Cleo Smith?

Row 1
Queen of Cups – The Lovers – Ace of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: 8 of Cups (reversed)

Row 2
King of Pentacles (reversed) – 9 of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Swords
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): 8 of Swords (reversed)

Row 3
The Fool – 10 of Cups (reversed) – 6 of Cups

Cleo Smith Reading 1 – Dark Angels tarot

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.


Cleo Smith reportedly disappeared from her parents’ tent while they were camping in Western Australia. She is four years old as of the date of this reading.

The Reading:

I am going to say outright that this was not among the clearest of the readings I have done or interpreted. Sometimes the readings I do paint a vivid picture of what happened, while other times I just seem to get bits and pieces. The latter is the case here. 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 positive outcome here.

The Queen of Cups represents a mother figure who typically demonstrates the attributes associated with this card. Such a person tends to be intuitive, sensitive, a good mother, and someone who places a lot of emphasis on the emotional bonds this person has with others.

I pulled the Eight of Cups reversed, in relation to the Queen card. It is showing this person as someone who is in some kind of situation because they have a fear of change. Such a person feels stuck, basically. The Queen card suggests a possible representation of Cleo’s mom, but I can’t tell for sure.

The Lovers upright is usually a positive card that depicts a strong partnership or relationship. However, it can also depict a situation where someone is faced with a choice pertaining to a relationship or a partnership. The choice can fall outside of the bounds of a close friendship or romantic relationship in that it can represent someone needing to find a balance between two aspects of their life (i.e. home life, work life, etc.).

The Ace of Cups is a card that signifies fresh starts or new relationships. It can also be a card that asks the people depicted in a reading to follow their intuition. It can sometimes signify a pregnancy, depending on the situation and other cards surrounding it. The person shown through the Queen card at the beginning of this reading is coming across as an intuitive person and this card suggests they need to follow their gut feeling here. If they have a strong feeling that something specific happened to Cleo, they very well could be correct.

The King of Pentacles reversed is showing me a person with masculine qualities. The reversed position emphasizes the negative characteristics of this person’s personality. This is someone who is unsuccessful from a career perspective, may tend to be unfaithful to loved ones, might have vices such as gambling, or they spend money recklessly and acquire it in questionable ways. This person is coming across as obstinate, calculating (or at least they are trying to be), and cold. They focus a great deal on the financial and material aspects of their life.

The Eight of Swords is the card I pulled in relation to the King reversed. It shows this person as desiring freedom from their situation and circumstances. They exhibit a need for control in situations and relationships. They do not feel they have it right now. The card communicates a sense of a person acknowledging their own responsibility and/or power in a situation – at least internally or to themselves.

The Nine of Wands reversed has a similar energy to the rest of the cards on this row in that it shows me someone who is obstinate and stubborn. The person involved is someone who comes across as having a chip on their shoulder. They have made many mistakes in the past and they don’t seem to have learned from them. These personality traits are known to those around them.

The Seven of Swords is a card conveying dishonesty on the above individual’s part. They are two-faced, they manipulate people, and they’re going to get caught. Either they are going to get caught or they are going to confess. This card suggests that they feel the weight of this coming down on them.

The Fool is a card that could have a few meanings in this situation, and it is difficult to know which one fits best. It may demonstrate the desire that someone involved in all this has to begin fresh and start over. It can show a desire for freedom – where a person is not encumbered by the responsibilities of their life or the things they have done in the past. I can only speculate with this card.

The Ten of Cups reversed is a card that usually comes up when the person or people involved are connected to each other. It shows an unhappy home situation and domestic types of conflicts. It does not necessarily pertain to Cleo’s parents. But it does pertain to the person responsible. I do want to point out that the reading is not suggesting to me that Cleo’s mom is involved. If anything, she is probably the person represented by the Queen of Cups and I feel like she knows more than she realizes – either on a subconscious or intuitive level.

The Six of Cups communicates a sense of community support and help. It also conveys feelings associated with being homesick or a timeframe when someone is spending a lot of time thinking about the past – their childhood or happier memories. I don’t know why this is coming up as the last card in the reading and so I am going to pull some more from a different deck.

Question: Who or what is responsible for what happened to Cleo?

Row 1
10 of Earth (reversed) – 3 of Earth (reversed) – Ace of Fire (reversed)

Row 2
5 of Air – The Star – Daughter of Earth (reversed)

Cleo Smith Reading 2 – New Era Elements tarot


The Ten of Earth reversed shows me someone who is really focused on the material and financial aspects of life. This came up in the first reading, associated with the King of Pentacles reversed. So we are looking at someone who places a strong emphasis on material things and/or money.

The Three of Earth shows me someone whose thoughts are chaotic and scattered. This person appears to be experiencing burnout – probably related to work or a career that they have or had.

The Ace of Fire suggests that this person thought they had a lot more working in their favor at the time of Cleo’s disappearance than they actually did. They did not plan properly. They missed details. They also overestimated their abilities.

The person previously, and recently, had a really false sense of who they were. Now they are starting to see their own reality. They are beginning to understand their limitations and they are probably experiencing some embarrassment and fear. The image they have of themselves has been shattered.

The Star is a card that signifies hope and promise. I am reading it as a signifier that the answers will come about Cleo’s disappearance. Probably sooner rather than later, but it is hard to estimate the timeframe.

The Daughter of Earth reversed is a card that depicts someone who was complacent – or someone that feels they were. It is a young female energy. I don’t know if it refers to Cleo, an actual daughter of the person depicted in the readings as the King of Pentacles reversed, or someone else. But they are coming up at the end of the reading, suggesting they hold important information and that we will likely get some of the answers sought from – or because of – this person.

Neither reading gave me any clear indication of Cleo’s status or wellbeing unfortunately.


If you would like me to do a reading about a missing person, please contact me at Readings for missing persons are always free of charge. I also provide fee-based personal readings that don’t pertain to missing people (including readings via email, phone, or video). Contact me to learn more.