Disappearance: November 17, 2017
Location: Syracuse, New York
Question: Who or what caused Trevor Nichols’ disappearance?
Hierophant (reversed) – 3 of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Wands (reversed)
Page of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Cups – 4 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Wands (r): Page of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Swords (r): The Devil (reversed)
Queen of Swords (reversed) – The Sun – The Hermit (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords (r): 2 of Wands (reversed)
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.
Trevor Nichols was last seen on November 17th of 2017 in Syracuse, New York. He was reportedly seen getting on a train. Trevor was 24 years old when he disappeared. He was a Specialist E4 in the U.S. Army, and he was getting transferred to Fort Riley in Kansas. That was where he was said to have been heading. However, he never got there.
The Hierophant reversed tells me that around the time Trevor disappeared, he was feeling restricted by his circumstances. Specifically, by the structure and rules that he was expected to live by. He is coming across as a strong personality in that he preferred to have more control over his situation and circumstances.
The Three of Wands reversed is communicating a situation where Trevor was experiencing a lot of difficulty. The card often signifies a return home from afar and so at some point in the not-so-distant past it looks like he returned from a trip or something along those lines. I saw on a missing poster that he had been stationed overseas at some point and so this is probably in reference to that. The distance created or exacerbated problems with a relationship because this card shows a failed long-distance relationship type of situation.
The Seven of Wands reversed is another card conveying to me that Trevor didn’t feel he had much control over his life anymore. This was causing him distress. I think he also felt burned out in terms of his career. Since he was on his way to serve in a completely different location, I think this might have sent him into a bit of a spiral. He was not happy about it. He felt defeated by his circumstances. It was a culmination of many different things, but this occurrence did not help.
There are two reversed Page cards in this reading. Pages often signify the delivery of messages or information, but they can also represent people. If these two represent individuals in Trevor’s life, then they are younger people who behaved immaturely. These would have been people who acted as though they were much younger than their age. The Devil reversed, pulled in connection with these two cards, makes me wonder if these were people giving Trevor a hard time or pulling him down in some kind of way. It just comes across as a negative influence and both Pages, in a reversed position, represent people who are prone to speaking before thinking or saying nasty things. They wouldn’t have been positive people in his life.
The Devil reversed is linked to those two Pages and it depicts a situation where Trevor was looking to reclaim control over his life and break free of certain people or influences. I’m not entirely sure what was going on there, but whatever those represent is significant enough to have found its way into this particular reading.
The Seven of Cups is a card that comes up if someone feels that perhaps something is missing from their life, and they want to evaluate several options in terms of what to do or what to pursue. Sometimes the card is associated with fantastical types of thinking, but it is also one that suggests the person was considering a multitude of possibilities or options. Trevor felt he had more than one path that he could take, and he appears to have been weighing those options.
The Four of Pentacles reversed card is one that shows a person giving up material possessions or things with financial value. It can also point to excessive or reckless spending. Sometimes it refers to someone who becomes really reluctant to spend their money – almost to the point of hoarding it, I guess you might say. So this one can go either way.
The Queen of Swords reversed shows me there was someone who is coming across as an adult female. The reversed Queen of Swords tells me they were exhibiting the more negative attributes associated with the card. This is someone who might have made accusations or claims that weren’t true, or someone who behaved in ways that were hurtful and bordering on malicious. Queens can represent someone who is a mother or someone who is trying to be/wants to be.
I pulled the Two of Wands reversed in relation to the Queen reversed card. It is showing me that something was going on there between this person and Trevor. I don’t know if it was romantic or platonic or what. There was some kind of issue with planning – where there was a failure to plan properly and one or both people felt they had limited options in their situation. It almost feels like one person stayed in the relationship longer than they should have and did not feel the same level of commitment. I’m not sure. This isn’t clear to me yet.
The Sun is a positive card in the upright position as it represents life and vitality. This is the first reading out of two that I am doing on Trevor and so I am hesitant to put what I think it means on the table. I want to see what the next reading shows me first. I would like to take it as a positive sign though.
The Hermit reversed is showing me that Trevor was – or is, depending on what is really going on here – in a situation where he felt rejected, reclusive, and lonely. There is also a sense of willful isolation or anti-social behavior where someone withdraws from others deliberately. In the reversed position it can sometimes signify someone coming out of such a state. It depends.
Question: Did Trevor Nichols cause his own disappearance?’
Ace of Pentacles – 8 of Pentacles (reversed) – Strength
Ace of Wands (reversed) – 9 of Pentacles – Queen of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: The Tower
3 of Swords (reversed) – 10 of Wands (reversed) – 4 of Swords (reversed)
The Ace of Pentacles is a card of new financial or career opportunities. It could suggest that Trevor was looking for something like this or that he felt he had already found one.
The Eight of Pentacles reversed is telling me that he did not see the job he had at the time, with the military, as one that would really pan out for the long-run. To him, it felt like a dead-end and he really did not feel connected to it – for lack of a better way of describing his situation.
One of the questions I have had in my mind this whole time is: did Trevor commit suicide? I am not finding a specific card, or combination of cards, which points solidly to this. But I’m also not finding anything that definitively convinces me he didn’t – which is frustrating. I do think he was going through a depression that was related to his circumstances at the time – something that is understandable given what the cards have shown me thus far.
Strength almost seems to have appeared to communicate to me that he did not take his own life. This is a card that reflects someone who has a lot of underlying courage. He is coming across as down and out, but if he was feeling suicidal then the Strength card has me leaning toward thinking he was trying to work through that and overcome the sense of defeat and distress he was feeling.
The Ace of Wands reversed likely means one of two things here. The first possibility is that he got bad news. The second is that he likely felt that his talent was wasted on the military and he wanted more from life. He isn’t coming across as feeling like the job was really compatible with what he felt he could do or accomplish.
The Nine of Pentacles is saying that he was someone who wanted to feel like his work counted for something and that he mattered. He wanted to also have a sense of independence and feel self-sufficient.
The Queen of Swords is showing up in this reading again. However, it is presenting in its upright position. I pulled the Tower in relation to her which tells me something happened with this person that turned Trevor’s life completely upside down. Whatever happened was not expected and basically brought about the feeling that the structure and foundation of his existence had crumbled. So we could be looking at the dissolution of a relationship, but there are critical circumstances here. Whatever happened seems to have rocked his world.
The Three of Swords reversed tells me that he was working his way out of all that though. In its reversed position, the Three of Swords shows a person who is slowly recovering. One thing to note is that it can at times point to a reconciliation with the person who originally broke their heart. I don’t see other cards suggesting a reconciliation though.
The Ten of Wands reversed could be taken one of two ways here. On one hand, it can show someone who is abandoning their responsibilities – shirking them essentially. On the other, it can mean that someone is on the verge of a breakdown or feels completely overwhelmed by what is happening in their life. I don’t know which applies here because the application of each meaning has different implications in terms of what ultimately happened to Trevor.
The Four of Swords reversed might clue us in to which path, however. This is a complex card, but its underlying meaning is one of recovery. It can indicate a sense of restlessness. If a person responds to the feelings and drives associated with this card in a way that is self-aware then they may decide to step back, rest, and reconsider what is happening. The alternative is that they will push forward and hit up against more problems and barriers because it could mean they are fighting a pointless fight.
Question: Is Trevor Nichols alive?
Mother of Air reversed – 2 of Air (reversed) – 6 of Water (reversed)
The Hanged Man – 10 of Water – 4 of Water (reversed)
The Mother of Air reversed is the equivalent of the Queen of Swords reversed. Why is this person coming up in every single reading I have done on Trevor? They clearly have answers and knowledge. To find out what happened to Trevor, someone must identify who this person is and then try to ascertain what they know. This is a person who relies on their sense of logic to make decisions and can come across as cold or calculating. I hope this person wasn’t trying to talk him into doing anything that would cause him harm. This person keeps coming up and I don’t understand why. Because every reading has zeroed in on the air element Queen, this could be someone with the astrology sign of Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra. Or at least someone who closely matches personality traits or attributes associated with one.
The Two of Air reversed shows me someone who is out of touch with their emotions. The question pertained to Trevor and so the card likely reflects his mindset. It shows him as having been in denial about something. The equivalent in other decks is the Two of Swords reversed and I have seen that come up in cases where lies were exposed and the truth was revealed. I’m hoping that is the case here.
The Six of Water reversed is a person who is having a hard time letting go. Their stress and burdens are preventing them from enjoying the smaller things in life.
The Hanged Man could be figurative or literal. In a figurative sense, it depicts a person who is waiting. Typically it is someone who feels as though they are making a sacrifice. They feel resigned to their fate, and they have accepted that they can’t change aspects of their situation. I don’t have to explain what it means in a literal sense. That’s evident.
The Ten of Water is showing Trevor as finally having accepted his circumstances. In this particular deck, the card has a meaning of completion and feeling as though one has enough to get by. I am not sure how much meaning to apply to cards in this deck, from ones in the traditional RWS, but if I were to compare then this would be the 10 of Cups. That is a card of happy homes and relationships. It would be nice if somehow this applies in a positive way, though it’s impossible for me to say which application is the most accurate.
The Four of Water reversed depicts someone who is afraid of getting hurt again. However, they have reached a point of feeling somewhat restless and bored.
The prevalence of water cards in the final reading stands out to me. I am not sure why I can’t quite get the information needed to determine what Trevor’s status is right now, or what happened to him specifically to cause his disappearance.
If any of this is accurate, I have a better understanding of some of the surrounding circumstances now, but I don’t know for sure who the Queen of Swords person is and why they have played such a prominent role in both readings. I am seeing them as a source of the answers that I cannot seem to get here. At a minimum, they were a catalyst that appears to have contributed to events leading to Trevor’s disappearance. I’m not going as far as to say they are responsible; I’m saying they know more than anyone else does about what happened here. There are aspects of this that are bothering me a lot.
Ultimately, I do not know Trevor’s ultimate fate for certain. These are just tarot readings and sometimes a card can have a few different meanings or outcomes. I always hope for a positive outcome – the most positive possible. Sometimes the unexpected happens and it turns out much better than people dared hope. I can only say that I truly hope Trevor’s loved ones get the answers they need.