Location: Kokomo, Indiana
Question 1: Who is responsible for the disappearance of Karena McClerkin?
10 of Cups – 8 of Pentacles (reversed) – Temperance
The Moon (reversed) – 9 of Cups – King of Wands
Card pulled for the King of Wands: 2 of Swords (reversed)
The World (reversed) – 9 of Swords – The High Priestess
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.
Karena McClerkin vanished on October 11th of 2016 in Kokomo, Indiana. She was 18 years old at the time. She indicated to her grandmother, Gerry McClerkin, that she planned to meet up with a male and go to a party. Surveillance cameras captured Karena at or near a BP gas station. Witnesses claimed to see Karena get into a vehicle in an alley and that was the last confirmed sighting of her.
The Ten of Cups is the card showing me Karena during the time just before her disappearance. It shows me someone that had love and support in her life. It indicates to me that the people close to Karena were a priority for her. The Ten of Cups also may appear at times when someone enters into a new romantic relationship or takes the next step toward a long-term commitment in an already established one.
The Eight of Pentacles tells me there is a material or monetary component to all of this. In the reversed position, it suggests someone who is either unhappy with their job or does not have one at all. This card pertains directly to the person or people responsible for her disappearance, so it implies that there was some kind of monetary or material matter involved. It does not necessarily have to be work related, but it definitely has to do with something material in nature.
Temperance is a card that shows me she was also seeking balance in her life. The reversed position shows someone possibly going to extremes or partaking in things they shouldn’t, such as drugs, alcohol, and other vices. However, the upright position shows that she likely either experienced a challenging time just prior to her disappearance, or she was coming out of one. Her mental state was becoming clearer in terms of what she felt she wanted and needed in life, and she was formulating a vision about what she wanted to do with her life. She also comes across as someone who preferred to avoid conflict.
I want to point out that she has several major arcana cards in her reading. There are and were outside forces at play when she disappeared. What I mean by this is that she did not cause it to happen on her own. By that I mean that I see nothing here that says she ran away or was trying to start a new life. The first card in the reading is another major indicator of this. She would not have left her family in a position where they had to worry about her. This is not someone who would have ever wanted to cause that kind of pain. She’s also not coming across as someone who would do well after cutting herself off from people she cared about. So I don’t see that as factoring in here.
The Moon reversed, another major arcana card, is one that indicates the unveiling of mysteries through the use of intuition or by allowing one’s inner voice to guide them. It could refer to Karena specifically, and her maybe having a feeling that something was off about the situation she was entering into. It might also refer to the overall need for people to follow their gut instincts about what they think happened. There might be a lot of incorrect or dishonest narratives floating around and that can cloud how a person perceives a situation.
The Nine of Cups is one that can indicate a celebration or some kind of entertaining event. So it looks like Karena did go to some kind of gathering or party as reported. I don’t know if the card is coming up to confirm this piece of information or if it is meant to establish a foundation for identifying the person I am about to describe. Did she go to this event or party with this person? Did she meet them there? I feel like there is significance here or the card would not have turned up halfway through a reading where I asked the cards to help identify the person or people involved.
The King of Wands shows me a masculine and more mature person that was involved in this situation. He was likely older than her in age. This person – and I am getting a really masculine sense about them, so I feel comfortable saying it is a man – might have been disarming to her because he came across as charismatic, willing to take risks to achieve goals, and as a positive or optimistic kind of person. However, the Two of Swords reversed – the card I pulled in relation to the King – tells me that events were such that the truth about this person was revealed to Karena. I can’t tell if he lied about who he was or if he lied about why he was showing some kind of interest in her – or in helping her. Either way, the truth of this was revealed to her. It might even eventually be revealed to everyone else – if it hasn’t been already.
The World reversed signifies two things. The first is that it marks the end of something. The second is that it conveys a lack of immediate closure. Something interesting about this card is that the reversed positioning seems to come up when police know more than they are saying, or when they probably know who committed a crime but aren’t acting on it for various reasons. The World reversed conveys a sense that there is a missing piece here.
The Nine of Swords reversed is telling me that in the wake of all this, people are trying to come to terms with what happened to her but there are people that feel profound shame or guilt about it. So I will go out on a limb and say that I do think some people know exactly what happened. One or more probably even want to share that information, if they haven’t already, but something is preventing them from doing it. The Nine of Swords upright and reversed refers to anxiety, fear, and the worry that someone’s nightmares will become a reality. One or more people are losing sleep over what they know. It can also be a betrayal card which would support the impression I have that Karena was lured into a situation under false pretenses.
When I get the High Priestess, for readings like this one, it is telling me there is something or someone that is trying to communicate the truth of a situation. These communications are conveyed through people via their inner voice, their dreams, and their subconscious. The message here is that there is likely at least one person close to Karena on an emotional level who gets gut feelings – or has what I can only describe as impressions or specific thoughts, about what happened to her. This card is saying to that person: listen to these gut feelings and follow your intuition because you are receiving guidance. The frustrating element of this is that people tend to ignore their inner voice or second-guess it. In this case, try not to do that because it is meant to help you find answers.
Question 2: How do we find the person responsible for Karena’s disappearance?
Magician – The Fool – 8 of Wands (reversed)
The World (reversed) – 6 of Pentacles – 3 of Pentacles
I did not feel satisfied with the information conveyed to me in the first reading because while it gave me a really clear idea about Karena as a person, it only hinted at who is responsible for her disappearance. So I asked the cards to focus in on that person and how they may be identified.
First, an impression I now get from this second reading is that yes, she knew the person responsible. This is not a case where a complete stranger took her. She did know this person – at least to some degree. I’m not saying she knew them well. I don’t get that feeling either.
The Magician is a tricky card in this type of reading because upright it refers to someone who has achieved an elevated level of skill or proficiency at what they do. They are in a particular line of work, and they know how to do it. In a lot of situations, it carries positive meaning in the upright position, but not always. The person must have come across as having the resources and ability to do something for Karena – or to help her. But it feels like she was conned. It comes across as a situation where someone deceived her for a reason unknown and unsuspected by her. They had ulterior motives.
The Fool shows me that Karena was willing to take a leap of faith with regard to this person. She trusted too blindly. I think that because Karena was a genuinely fair and good-hearted person, she could sometimes be blind to the truly dark side of humanity because it wasn’t something to which she could personally relate. The Fool tells me she put trust in the wrong person. I really feel like she was tricked into something here, but I cannot get a clear idea about why or what.
The Eight of Wands reversed shows everything as being in a stalled position. It is similar to simply being in limbo. There are situations that may only unfold in time and for some reason, this is one of them. But I also feel like there are obstacles that are preventing the truth about this whole situation from becoming known. It’s like people know what happened or know what they need to do to resolve it, and they aren’t doing it. Why? I don’t understand that.
The second reading presented the World reversed once again. There are several cards in both readings that suggest an approach to an end of a cycle or situation. I do think Karena will be found. However, the Eight of Wands reversed is a card of stagnation and delays so the timeframe for this is extremely unclear. In this particular reading, the World reversed shows a situation almost coming full circle but there is an obstacle or a missing piece of information. The reading began with the Magician and has progressed through the present. There is still a missing piece to all of this that is keeping all of this from reaching a full resolution.
The Six of Pentacles is a card that usually denotes a mutually beneficial situation where there is give and take. It ordinarily depicts a scenario where someone is offering their help to someone who needs it. I think this person did offer help, but they did it for ominous reasons. The situation was not what it seemed at all.
The Three of Pentacles comes up in these readings when there is a need for cooperation and teamwork. There is a foundation of helpful information that already exists. Somehow, the main person involved in all this appears to have been known to Karena. The World reversed tells me most of the pieces needed to paint a full picture are present and that there is really just one more significant one missing. Is that the obstacle that the other parts of the reading are alluding to? People in the right positions, with the right information, are not willing to share what they know or work together?
I am finding aspects of these readings quite frustrating because it feels like this case should have already been solved. I can really only describe this situation as being one that appears completely clouded by fog. The answers are right there – practically out in the open – but remain unseen. Why?
Question 3: What is the astrological sign of the person involved in Karena’s disappearance?
The card suggests the person is either a Sagittarius or strongly demonstrates the attributes typically associated with this sign. The King of Wands – a card pulled previously in relation to the main person involved – is associated with the element of Fire. It supports that the person demonstrates personality traits and tendencies associated with people that are Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo. Again, Temperance is associated specifically with Sagittarius.
As always, please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven. I always maintain the hope that a positive resolution will come for those waiting for answers.