Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Question: What happened to Emma Fillipoff to cause her disappearance in 2012?
6 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Swords (reversed) – 2 of Swords (reversed)
The Hermit (reversed) – 4 of Cups (reversed) – The Devil (reversed)
9 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Cups (reversed) – 10 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.
Emma Fillipoff was 26 years old when she disappeared on November 28th of 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was last reportedly seen in front of the Empress Hotel in the evening.
Note: After doing all of the readings I have done below, I want to present the possibility that Emma might have joined a group or a cult – something that is off the grid. If this has been ruled out then disregard it, but as you read through you will see why I’m putting that possibility on the table. That said, tarot readings should not be taken as factual unless there is solid evidence backing them up. I have no way to know for sure what has really happened.
The first reading is showing a lot going on. The Six of Wands reversed is showing me that she felt a lack of confidence in herself and her abilities at the time of her disappearance. It feels like this is connected to her feeling as though she wasn’t really achieving up to her full potential. She also might have felt like she wasn’t recognized for the things she had – or did – achieve.
The Six of Swords reversed is telling me that there were past issues that had resurfaced in her life. It denotes a sense of feeling trapped by these issues and also potentially returning to problem people or situations that Emma might have previously tried to discard. I would best describe this as the past coming back to haunt a person. In the past, she may have run from the situation or tried to extricate herself in a manner that wouldn’t rock the boat. However, at the time of her disappearance, she either didn’t feel that was an option again or she felt cornered.
An aspect of this reading that is going to become difficult on an intuitive level, for me, is separating all of the thoughts and worries in Emma’s mind at the time from events that truly took place. I am seeing a lot of both going on here and I am going to have to try to untangle all of that to pinpoint what happened.
The Two of Swords reversed is a card that suggests Emma was overloaded with thoughts and information, struggling to sift through it all to make a choice, and coming to some difficult realizations that she hadn’t pieced together previously. This is a card of mental and emotion turmoil, as well as one indicating that the veil has been lifted on a situation that was once clouded by lies and deception.
The Hermit reversed shows a willing withdrawal from one’s social network or social support system. Motives for this tend to fall along the lines of a sense of loneliness and/or rejection. It is almost as though she went from exhibiting extraverted personality traits to becoming excessively introverted.
The Four of Cups communicates a desire to have a fresh start. She wanted to break free of a situation or problem that felt profoundly oppressive to her. The problem is that she also seemed to feel trapped and cornered. The logical question in this kind of situation is how do you make a fresh start if you feel that you can’t go anywhere at all?
The Devil reversed shows that she was trying to break free of some serious problems. It is as though she felt bound to something in a guilt by association kind of way. She wanted independence and freedom in relation to whatever this issue was that was coming back to haunt her. I am getting the thought that these problems weren’t exactly her own. She was carrying burdens of or for other people too. And I want to reiterate that these are past issues rising to the forefront. Not entirely new ones.
The Nine of Wands reversed suggests that Emma was feeling unusually defensive. A challenge associated with reading this card is that it does not provide a clear distinction for when defensiveness is in response to real events or when it is more of a mental obstacle that is restricting a person’s ability to function as they would normally. It can be equated to living in one’s own prison – where they have put up boundaries when they may not need them.
The Six of Cups reversed still shows Emma as living in the past. Given some of the other cards, I think she was trying to psych herself up to leave her situation and try to start anew. I am not saying that she was trying to completely abandon her old life necessarily, but she was definitely trying to put boundaries and distance between herself and her past. I feel like there is someone out there, who knew Emma really well, who would read something like this and know what it refers to in a specific sense.
The Ten of Cups is a card that depicts returning home and experiencing the safety or security of one’s home environment. I would like to read this as a clue that she may return home at some point. But the cynical side of me feels inclined to set this card aside and see what the next reading shows to figure out what its relevance is here. The Ten of Cups is a positive card though and it is one that suggests happy resolutions or endings.
Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of Emma Fillipoff?
3 of Swords (reversed) – Magician (reversed) – The Hanged Man (reversed)
Ace of Wands (reversed) – Page of Swords – The High Priestess (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Swords: The Hierophant (reversed)
The Fool – 5 of Swords – 9 of Cups (reversed)
The Three of Swords reversed pertains to recovering from a broken heart or getting over a significantly distressing emotional matter. It can point to a reconciliation with someone or a situation where a person forgives another for hurtful actions. It does not always pertain to romantic relationships, though.
The Magician reversed is never a card I like to see in these cases because it represents a dishonest person who uses their authority or influence to manipulate and trick people. People depicted by this card may come across as capable and decent, but at a minimum this card reversed depicts someone who manipulates and creates false realities. I don’t know if this Magician reversed person has anything to do with whoever the first card pertains to as this could be a situation where this person was exploiting some weaknesses Emma already had.
The Hanged man reversed shows that someone was stalling for time and feeling indecisive. It’s possible that Emma had some kind of encounter or interaction with this person that made her uncomfortable and she was trying to buy time to figure out what to do. This might all tie in with the Two of Swords reversed that appeared in the last reading – where one or more truths came to light. So there is a possibility here that she uncovered something disturbing about a person and it freaked her out. I don’t know if she was being asked to decide about something or what, but she did appear to be trying to slow things down.
The Ace of Wands, in the context of these readings, feels like a situation where her heart really wasn’t into something. I don’t know if it was the prospect of a relationship or something the Magician reversed was proposing to her or what. It just comes across as a block of some kind that was keeping her from moving forward.
The Page of Swords reversed is coming across in two ways. First, it is representing someone who speaks hastily and tends to say rude or hurtful things. Second, it also reads as a message. It’s like she was receiving some kind of threat or multiple threats.
The Hierophant reversed is the card I pulled in relation to the Page reversed and it’s telling me that whoever the Page represents had no regard for rules or structure. This would be someone considered a non-conformist who challenged conventions. That could potentially be positive in an otherwise hopeful type of spread, but here it just makes me think of someone who manipulates the law and people to get away with things they shouldn’t be doing. The non-conformist element of their personality might have come across as immature to people also and that could explain the Page as showing up for a person that might be older in years than the card implies. The Hierophant reversed could also signify a situation of religious or spiritual extremism – something outside of the bounds of what many consider normal.
The High Priestess reversed is reiterating the whole theme of manipulation and hidden motives. It might also represent Emma in terms of her reluctance to make a solid decision concerning whatever was going on. The first reading shows her as experiencing a high degree of stress and concern. This card is pointing to a need to take a rational approach that aligns with one’s intuition, but I don’t get the sense Emma felt she had the time needed to accomplish that. There is also this underlying sense of false spirituality. I can’t quite pinpoint it.
The Fool depicts Emma as embarking on a particular path with a blind sense of trust or idealism. I wonder if the person who is coming across as deceptive and manipulative talked her into trusting them under the guise of protecting her and keeping her safe from whatever she feared or worried about – issues that were possibly not as serious as Emma had worked them up to be in her mind. I also can’t shake the feeling that someone was feeding her anxiety as a means of getting her to do something she might not ordinarily do – like go somewhere with them or something along those lines. There is such a sense of gaslighting and manipulation I am getting here.
The Five of Swords shows conflict and arguments. It also has a feel of someone using intimidation tactics. The Five of Swords can depict one or more acts of violence or abuse. There can also be a surrendering component to this card where Emma might have tried to stand up for herself, failed, and ultimately felt defeated.
The Nine of Cups is not a happy card. In terms of the “who or what” aspect of this question, this card tells me that whoever else was involved here brought unhappiness to Emma’s life. But it doesn’t tell me if she sought out a new life because of this person or if they might have done something to cause her to disappear temporarily or permanently. I don’t want to rule out the possibility of kidnapping here because the Devil card – from the first reading – could represent an obsession someone had with her that she was trying to break free from. It is reading as though she was manipulated into going with this person – like she wasn’t necessarily taken by a conventional type of force. I don’t know how else to articulate this.
Question: Did someone take Emma Fillipoff?
Son of Earth (reversed) – The Empress (reversed) – 9 of Fire
The Son of Earth reversed is equivalent to the Knight of Pentacles reversed. This represents the person involved in her disappearance. I use the word involved because neither reading has definitively given me an understanding of Emma’s current status. The Empress reversed, in combination with the Son of Earth reversed, is showing someone who is overbearing and controlling. The Nine of Fire has me stumped. In the deck I used, it pertains to the energy that drives aspects of life such as one’s free will, spirituality, etc.
I used the word “take” in my question and this card seems to challenge the idea that she went completely unwillingly. I just got weird Midsommar (the movie) type vibes. Has anyone examined whether she might have joined some kind of group or cult? It could even just be some type of off the grid community situation. I understand that sounds crazy but it’s worth looking into if the possibility has not already been exhausted. It would explain a lot that has been touched on in all of the readings that I haven’t quite been able to make sense of. It could potentially also explain the Ten of Cups card from the first reading that hints to some kind of homecoming at some point. This is an odd situation to say the least. It doesn’t have quite the same energy and feel to it that a lot of other missing person cases do.
As always, I have no way to be certain about what happened to her. There are many possibilities. My hope is that somehow she is alive and well.