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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.
Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of Leah Croucher?
Queen of Pentacles (reversed) – Queen of Cups – The World
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): King of Cups
Card pulled for the King of Cups (r): 3 of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: 7 of Swords (reversed)
King of Wands (reversed) – The Empress – 5 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): Death
High Priestess (reversed) – 7 of Pentacles (reversed) – Hanged Man
The reading is beginning with what appears to be an adult female, an adult male, and the Three of Cups. The Queen of Pentacles reversed is the female depicted in the first card. The attributes associated with this card in its reversed position are not generally positive ones. They describe a person who is jealous, controlling, can behave in ways that are dangerous and/or sociopathic, and tends to be manipulative. If such a person is a parent, they are possibly abuse or neglectful.
The King of Cups is a mature male that comes across as caring, sensitive, and kind. This is usually someone who will listen to people and show compassion. A person represented by this card is typically a good parent (when it depicts a father figure, which is not always the case).
The Three of Cups is showing that there was a celebration of sorts between these two – or something planned perhaps. The Three of Cups is often a happy card in terms of representing social gatherings, weddings, parties, etc. So these three cards were shown to me in reference to my question about who or what caused Leah’s disappearance. There is a possibility it is referring to a current or past marriage between them, or an engagement possibly.
The Queen of Cups is the next card within the first row. I don’t know who this represents specifically. It might represent Leah, though the Queen cards often depict someone a bit older (but not always) or someone that has knowledge about what happened – either as a witness to something or they may have been given information. Whatever it is, it is important because they are showing up so early on in the reading.
What’s weird is that the card associated with the Queen of Cups is one that typically depicts someone who has done one or more bad things that are bothering their conscience. Often, people in this position will confess what is on their mind to someone or else they will live with a strong compulsion to tell what they know. However, this is also a card that represents dishonesty and behaving in a manner that is two-faced. I’m not sure what that’s all about here but it all reads like this person has critical knowledge. I don’t know if the cards are implying that they are directly involved in any way or not.
The World, in these readings, is a card of cycles. In its upright position it usually depicts a situation or circumstance that has come full circle. However, what that means specifically is not known to me at this time.
The King of Wands reversed either represents a new person in this entire equation or depicts someone who has already been introduced in this reading acting in a manner consistent with the description of this card. In its reversed position, such a person is usually forceful, aggressive, vicious, manipulative, and capable of violence. Again, I don’t know if this is a new person or if this is someone depicted on the first row. This person is someone who probably exhibits violent tendencies and has a volatile temper. People who know this person would recognize these qualities about them.
The card pulled in relation to the King of Wands reversed was Death. The Death card in its upright position can represent major changes or upheavals. A lot of times these changes or disruptions ultimately lead to something better – or at least that appears to have been the perspective of the person in the King of Wands reversed position. So I can’t tell if whatever happened in regard to this card was positive or negative – since it is directly associated with that individual, versus the reading as a whole.
The Empress could have different meaning here, but I want to put it out on the table that it is possible Leah was pregnant. The Empress is a card of pregnancy and fertility, though it has other meanings as well.
The Five of Pentacles reversed is indicated a situation where someone feels as though they are reaching the end of a hardship – particularly a financial one or something that involved material matters. It can represent a means of employment or paying off debts.
The last row begins with the High Priestess reversed. This is a card of secrets, lies, betrayal, and sometimes hidden enemies or agendas. It can also represent someone with fertility issues, and this is the second card to address fertility in this reading.
The Seven of Pentacles reversed is a card that shows someone who doesn’t, or hasn’t, finished what they started. It is someone that didn’t properly follow through with something – either out of laziness or for other types of reasons.
The Hanged Man depicts a situation where someone feels trapped, restricted, and limited in their options. Sometimes it represents the process of letting go of something or making a sacrifice for a higher good or cause.
Question: What circumstances caused the disappearance of Leah Croucher?
Fool (reversed) – 3 of Pentacles (reversed) – 4 of Pentacles (reversed)
9 of Wands (reversed) – The Emperor – 8 of Swords
5 of Swords – The Hermit – High Priestess (reversed)
After asking the cards to provide information about the circumstances that caused Leah’s disappearance, the first card to appear was the Fool reversed. This card describes a situation where someone like Leah might have taken a risk or acted without fully thinking about possible consequences – or the potential bad intentions of someone else.
The Three of Pentacles reversed comes up when there is a problem with cooperation or some kind of effort involving two or more people – often three, but not always. It also represents a person who hasn’t learned from their past mistakes and may not have any clear goals, or they may lack motivation in general.
The Four of Pentacles reversed is a card showing someone that sheds elements of their old life or experiences financial loss or instability. Sometimes the loss occurs because the person gives too much to other people or gives away things of value when they are not really getting anything in return.
In the second row, we have the Nine of Wands reversed, the Emperor, and the Eight of Swords. So the cards are pointing to there being an older male figure involved in all of this. The nine of Wands is showing someone refusing to compromise or refusing to let go of something. It is also another card indicating a lack of learning from past mistakes. It’s also a card indicating that a person does not feel they have a lot of fight left in them.
The Emperor, between these two cards appears to be the direct cause of someone going from feeling like they don’t have the energy to continue to fight, and feeling trapped or helpless in a situation as evidenced by the Eight of Swords. The Eight of Swords can sometimes even refer to actual imprisonment, as well as feeling silenced or paralyzed by fear.
The Emperor is a person who has some degree of authority or power – for whatever reason. This might help to shield them from scrutiny or suspicion so that is something to consider when trying to identify the man involved in this. It is an older male and typically someone established in terms of their life and/or career.
The Five of Swords indicates that a significant conflict occurred. At a minimum, it represents a volatile type of argument or altercation. However, at its worse it can represent criminal acts such as murder or rape.
The Hermit suggests that someone wanted to walk away from the conflict – or get away from it. It is a card of self-reflection and introspection so it can show someone thinking hard about a situation and pondering what it all means. Because the question was about Leah, cards such as this one likely represents how she was feeling and reacting to the circumstances surrounding her.
The High Priestess reversed came up in Leah’s first reading and it is back again for the second. It’s a card that can point to a few different types of situations. First, it can represent secrets, betrayal, and agendas that are not known to everyone involved. In some cases it can refer to fertility issues. In others it can represent a person experiencing a blocked sense of intuition. It comes up a lot of times in a situation where someone has a gut feeling that they should or should not do something, but for whatever reason they doubt it and do not heed the call.