Location: Glenelg Beach, Australia
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.
Three siblings went to the beach on the 26th of January in 1966. Their names were Jane (9 years old), Arnna (7 years old), and Grant (4 years old). They have never been found and the circumstances surrounding their disappearance, and who was responsible for it, remain unknown.
Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of the Beaumont children?
3 of Cups – 10 of Wands – Page of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Swords (r): 6 of Pentacles
King of Cups – 9 of Wands – 10 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Cups: 8 of Pentacles
Knight of Swords – The Devil – 7 of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: Queen of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: Justice (reversed)
The Three of Cups indicates happy times, socializing, and/or celebrating.
The Ten of Wands shows someone who was feeling overburdened and overwhelmed – like they had too much responsibility placed on them.
The Page of Swords reversed may indicate a message/interaction or a person who is a child, or behaves immaturely, and has confused or destructive types of thoughts. The Six of Pentacles shows a person giving and someone else receiving. It’s reading like a person saw these kids together, anticipated that they needed something or could see that one of them was experiencing some frustration with having to watch the kids (there’s usually one that’s “in charge” in sibling groups), and offered the kids something. It’s a card of charity or giving to someone perceived as in need, without asking for something tangible in exchange. Maybe this is how the person lured them into interacting with them, or perceiving them as non-threatening – helpful even.
The King of Cups is coming across as a male adult who is (I should be saying was because this pertains to the timeframe surrounding when this all happened) friendly, compassionate, helpful. The Eight of Pentacles is showing that he was either self-employed or he worked in a trade – probably something specialized where he focused on something in particular (one example would be an electrician, but that’s just to give an idea of what that card might point to). A lot of times it is work the person likes to do or something they are passionate about – or are at least skilled at it.
The Nine of Wands, followed by the Ten of Swords reversed, is showing a situation that took a turn. The Nine of Wands comes up when someone has almost reached a goal, or overcome a challenge, but they are finding it difficult to push through those last few steps or actions. The Ten of Swords reversed can represent a situation where someone barely averts a crisis. Since the reading is about the person (or people) responsible for the disappearance, it’s suggesting that something might have happened where they almost got caught or caused the whole plan to come apart. It’s a card where someone almost experiences a sense of total ruin, but they manage to escape it somehow.
The Knight of Swords could go a couple of ways here. First, it could represent a person who comes across as a younger male (or female) who is strong-minded and says what they are thinking. Second, it could represent a situation where the main person involved took advantage of a situation. An opportunity presented itself and they seized it. There’s a degree of impulsivity to this that makes it seem like it wasn’t a matter of someone stalking the kids for weeks or months ahead of time. It’s more coming across like a wrong place, wrong time type of deal (for the kids; right place, right time for the person responsible).
I pulled the Queen of Swords in connection with the Knight. I’m not entirely sure what to do with this card. It could be a woman that has knowledge of what happened, witnessed something, or is somehow connected to the person that is primarily responsible. It could mean something else entirely. I can’t get a good feel for how this card fits in. Justice reversed is showing the main person, or people – if the Queen is another player in this – have not been held accountable. This situation is rooted in unfairness and justice has been eluded. And there might be a woman involved somehow.
The one other possibility for the above, is that it shows the parents as not getting justice and having been wronged by what this person did – something the person has not been held to account for. I am really uncertain about this aspect.
The Devil can represent all manner of problematic influences, ranging from addictions to propensities to assault or hurt people. It can also denote mental health issues. Suffice it to say, the influences pushing the person – or people – to take the children and do whatever it is that they did – were bad. It’s also showing that these forces and influences were beyond the control of the children.
The Seven of Cups reversed is showing limited options Okay, so this might be saying the person did not have much in the way of opportunities. It’s reading like this was not an ideal situation for them (possibly because there were three kids), and there was one or possibly two that caught this person’s eye, but it was basically an all or nothing situation. He might have tried to separate them but wasn’t successful and ultimately had to contend with all of them. Something else could have happened; I’m just saying it comes across like it was a limited choices situation – the person might have reasoned that this was the best opportunity they were likely going to get at the time, and so they might as well take advantage. I truly don’t think this individual wanted all three of the children. It is like they had one specific child in mind or targeted out of the three.
Question: What circumstances caused the disappearance of the Beaumont children?
King of Wands (reversed) – 2 of Swords – 5 of Wands
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): King of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Cups (r): 8 of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles – 4 of Pentacles (reversed) – Queen of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles: 2 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands: Wheel of Fortune (reversed)
Fool (reversed) – Death (reversed) – 8 of Wands (reversed)
In the reading, asking about the circumstances surrounding their disappearance, the King of Wands (reversed) is coming up first. This reads like there was most likely a male individual who set all the events into motion, who had the attributes associated with this card in its reversed position: nasty, a bully, a tyrant, reckless, potentially violent, etc.
The King of Cups reversed is coming up in connection with the King of Wands reversed, which comes across like there is another person entangled in this somehow who was probably male and an adult. The King of Cups came up in its upright position before, communicating someone who comes across as friendly and helpful. However, in the reversed position it represents someone who merely pretends to be that way to hide otherwise negative attributes. The Eight of Pentacles came up again in relation to the King of Cups and so this person’s job, or means of making money, is a factor here. Hopefully, it isn’t suggesting that the person considers kidnapping and doing whatever it was that they did, an occupation. Because if so, then it means the person was really good at it and they would have done it repeatedly. It wouldn’t have been an isolated event. It might be worthwhile to look into anything else over the decades that is similar in some way. However, if people are looking for past crimes this person (or people) might have committed, consider ones involving one or two children as well – since they might have only taken all three because they felt they had to.
The Two of Swords is showing a situation where there is a sense of denial about something, or an unwillingness to see or comprehend what’s going on. Not sure if this pertains to the kids trusting someone they shouldn’t have or what.
The Five of Wands is a solution or compromise card. It’s like one or more of the kids went along with something because they were trying to keep the peace or avoid a conflict.
The Knight of Pentacles, combined with the Two of Pentacles reversed, is showing someone trying to balance or juggle multiple things at once. There is a financial element to this card in that it implies there might be financial challenges or difficulties that are exacerbating an already existing problem.
The Four of Pentacles reversed is basically the opposite of the upright card. Instead of being possessive or stingy, it shows a situation where someone is giving something away – or getting rid of, or sharing, possessions or people.
The Queen of Wands and the Wheel of Fortune reversed are suggesting a situation where there was a turn of bad luck, or something did not work out as hoped or planned. A problem or obstacle came up, perhaps.
The Fool represents one or more people trusting blindly, or making incorrect choices, and taking risks. This could apply to the kids in that they did not or could not see the situation for what it was, or didn’t want to (Two of Swords), and trusted the wrong person or people. It could also apply to someone else involved. It’s not clear.
Death reversed can have several implications here. It could be reiterating that the person (or people) involved did not change and continued to engage in the same behaviors or bad decisions – repeating past mistakes. Fearing or not wanting to change. So I don’t think this was an isolated event.
The Eight of Wands reversed is showing a delayed resolution and missed chances to gain insight or information.
Question: What else should we know about what happened to the Beaumont children?
The Star (reversed) – 7 of Cups – Emperor (reversed)
The Star reversed represents wishes and hopes unfulfilled. Hopefully, it is not suggesting this case will never be solved, but there is a possibility of this. The Seven of Cups refers to a lot of options and opportunities – as well as wishful thinking and imagination. It’s difficult to narrow down what happened – this long after the fact – because there are so many possibilities. The Emperor reversed adds a couple of elements. This is usually a father-figure or a situation where someone has the role of father. It’s also a card that points to an abuse of power or authority, as well as a person who is controlling and rigid. Nothing in the readings points remotely (didn’t even HINT at it) to the parents of these three children and so if the label of father is correct, it might be suggesting a primary person involved had at least one child of their own. It is really difficult to say because there are so many different components to this case and it dates back to the 1960s.