Location: New Albany, Mississippi
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. Tarot reading is an art and not a science.
Jessica Nicole Stacks reportedly disappeared after getting off a boat she had gotten onto with a boyfriend. He said that she got out of the boat and starting walking toward the highway. Jessica has not been seen since.
Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of Jessica Stacks?
Temperance (reversed) – 2 of Wands (reversed) – The Wheel (reversed)
King of Swords – 6 of Swords – Page of Cups
Card pulled for the King of Swords: 3 of Cups
Card pulled for the Page of Cups: 7 of Cups (reversed)
2 of Cups – 2 of Swords – The Fool (reversed)
The reading about who or what caused Jessica’s disappearance begins with Temperance reversed. The two primary options with this card, in a situation where someone has gone missing, include disharmony or conflict and the possibility of overindulgence in terms of alcohol or other things of that nature. Because the reading is beginning with this card, I would say it’s an important piece of the puzzle in terms of what happened to her.
The Two of Wands reversed indicates poor planning, or a lack of planning. It can also represent a situation where a person feels they have limited options if they are trying to decide about something.
The Wheel of Fortune reversed signifies circumstances shrouded in bad luck and unfortunate events, or some kind of upheaval, that likely fell outside of Jessica’s immediate control.
The King of Swords has come up as an older male individual (or someone who has those attributes and mannerisms) who appears to have been with her at the time of her disappearance. The Three of Cups is the card pulled in connection with it and it is usually associated with celebrations or happy social occasions. It is probably referencing the proximity of time in terms of this occurring at some point on New Years Day morning, but I’m not sure.
The Six of Swords is often a travel card. It can also represent a time of calm after there has been conflict, or a time when people are beginning to move forward after a time of disruption or stagnation. It could refer to Jessica being on a boat, but it doesn’t necessarily suggest that the story about her getting off the boat and going off on her own is accurate. It more just suggests that this represents a time in which the conflict or problems died down, and possible travel from one location to another of some kind – potentially by water or boat, but this is not a certainty with this card. Sometimes it refers to the period of time after a major conflict.
The Page of Cups is an interesting card to come up because it’s one I often see when someone proposes marriage or there is some kind of positive news relating to a relationship or family. However, the Seven of Cups reversed is suggesting the possibility that it might not have been well received – or that in Jessica’s mind, it might have felt as though she didn’t have a lot of options or better options. By contrast, it sometimes simply points to poor decision-making.
The Two of Cups is another card pointing to a relationship that Jessica had with someone (likely the King of Swords person, since he was someone introduced a little into the reading). The card usually represents a close relationship or connection. Some of these cards are reading like Jessica was not as sure about the relationship – like she was having misgivings about it or just had a different perspective on it than the person in the King position.
The Two of Swords card is another one that seems to show Jessica as potentially not being on exactly the same page as the King of Swords individual. First, the Two of Swords can be a card where someone is in denial about something. Second, it can represent someone who wants time to delve inward and think about their situation before they make decisions. It’s a card that comes up when someone feels they have no good options to choose from and so they are uncomfortable making a choice.
The Fool reversed is a card depicting poor decision making – where someone acts in a way that is careless or does not really account for all the possible risks inherent in a situation. There can also be negligence with this card.
So the only other person this reading appears to have focused in on was the individual represented by the King of Swords card which is meant to answer the question as to who or what caused her disappearance. I feel like we got a little bit of a glimpse into the why as well; however, I would like to do a second reading and see what more I can get.
Question: What circumstances caused the disappearance of Jessica Stacks?
The Moon – Ace of Swords – 7 of Wands
Knight of Wands – Death (reversed) – Page of Cups
Card pulled for the Knight of Wands: 10 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the Pages of Cups: Queen of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): Knight of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords (r): The Star
King of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Pentacles (reversed) – 6 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): 4 of Swords
Straight away we have the Moon. This is saying that there’s more to this story than is being told. People are keeping secrets and there are hidden elements that have not fully been uncovered. There could be multiple people with information about what really happened and there is a sense of hidden or inherent danger in the situation, though I don’t really understand what that’s about just yet.
The Ace of Swords is assertive in that it represents a situation where a person clings to their truth or is willing to articulate what it is they want or need. Jessica was apparently having problems or conflicts with at least one other person – the person mentioned in the prior reading – and she was trying to make the right decision about it all.
The Seven of Wands reversed may indicate someone who feels defeated or does not feel as though they have enough power or control to fully defend themselves. Perhaps they feel a loss of control, or they feel as though they don’t have the energy or stamina to hold their ground. The Wands is a suit of action and so it could represent an actual physical altercation or fight, though it is hard to say for sure just based on these readings. Like I always say, these are tarot readings. Not everything is going to be accurate, and I can misinterpret what cards are trying to tell me at times as well.
The Knight of Wands came up as a card representing a person with masculine traits or attributes. Such a person might have a quick temper and come across as passionate about different aspects of life. The Ten of Wands reversed is showing this person as feeling overwhelmed and faced with an insurmountable obstacle – someone who feels resigned to their fate, for whatever reason. It kind of feels like this is another person with some after-the-fact kind of involvement or knowledge. It reads like someone else who was pulled into it and felt like it brought a significant amount of stress on them – more burden than they felt they should have, basically.
Death reversed is showing me that there was a lack of harmony between the person indicated by at least one person and Jessica. It’s a card that can come up when people breakup, or are on the verge of it, or when a relationship has serious problems but one or both people fear change too much to leave it behind. Sometimes an attempt to break up with someone can trigger negative events or violence. I don’t know if that’s the case here but it reads as a possibility.
The Page of Cups has returned for this reading and again seems to represent some kind of proposal or positive news that must have had a significant influence on the situation because it has come up in two separate readings now. The Queen of Cups reversed is the card pulled in direct connection with the Page and so there is this sense that the proposal or information was given to Jessica. It is coming up as upright in both readings which means that on its face, it’s something positive and good. However, Jessica might not have viewed it that way or reacted in a way that was expected. This part is hard to get a clear picture of right now.
The Knight of Swords reversed was pulled for the Queen reversed card and this is most likely to represent one of two things (and I honestly don’t know which one is more likely since I have so little background information on this): 1) it might represent a side to the boyfriend or significant other that was acting as a kind of obstacle in terms of making Jessica reluctant to move forward with whatever was offered or proposed, or 2) it could represent another person entirely that Jessica felt stood between her and the person who has appeared in both readings. The Star is the outcome that Jessica would have hoped to achieve, or the one she was basing her decisions on. And whoever the person was in the Knight of Swords reversed position (the boyfriend or someone else entirely) stood in the way of that or was a reason why a positive outcome might now happen.
Somehow, it does feel like there were at least three people involved or who had direct knowledge about what happened (including Jessica). I cannot totally make sense of this though.
The King of Wands reversed is someone who demonstrates the more negative or aggressive elements of the Wand court cards, such as a potential for recklessness, a quick or hot temper, etc. Again, this comes across as an older male versus the Knight that is either a younger male or someone who comes across as immature for their age. The Four of Swords came up in connection with this older person and denotes a strong sense of anxiety, fear, and mental overload. It is a card showing that someone is seeking to rest or recuperate after a significant conflict or series of battles.
The Six of Pentacles reversed shows an inequity between the people involved. It’s a card that can represent someone giving gifts or support, with strings attached, or someone who yields power and control in a situation because they have more material or monetary resources than the other. There also might be a monetary aspect of all this that I’m not picking up on. It could be someone getting money to keep quiet or someone who feels like they must keep quiet in the interest of a shared business or endeavor, or something along those lines.
The Six of Wands reversed is a situation where someone feels as though they have failed to achieve what they wanted, and they feel they are at a total disadvantage. I am included to read this as Jessica’s final positioning in the reading, but it could also pertain to someone who has knowledge or involvement in what happened to her and perhaps did not intend for it to go quite the way it did. There are elements in other parts of these readings that point to poor planning and reckless behavior, so it is not coming across as a meticulously planned situation.
The readings make me think that at least one person had a hand in her death, and they are keeping secrets about it. I’m inclined to think there is another person with knowledge as well, but I’m not as confident about that part.
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