Location: Alma, Arkansas
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.
Morgan Nick was 6 years old when she disappeared from a parking lot that was located near the Wofford baseball field. She was last seen catching fireflies with other children before she vanished completely.
Question: Who or what caused Morgan’s disappearance?
Devil (reversed) – 7 of Pentacles – 6 of Cups
Page of Swords – 2 of Wands – Knight of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Swords: 8 of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Wands: 3 of Swords
The Sun – 5 of Wands – The Lovers
In response to the question regarding who or what caused Morgan’s disappearance, the cards are showing me with energy consistent with an adult male. It was either someone on the younger side or someone who had the mentality of a younger adult. The Devil reversed shows someone who was trying to regain a sense of control over their life. This was likely a person who had a few different things going on in terms of vices and what-not.
The Seven of Pentacles is what is suggesting to me that his mindset might have been that of a younger adult, but in actuality this was likely someone older. This is a card that usually depicts a situation where someone has worked toward something for a while and are waiting to reap the benefits of prior work put in. The card does not always pertain to career or work matters, but it’s telling me this was a person who had accumulated experience by the time they caused Morgan’s disappearance.
The Six of Cups points to a person that might have had some kind of past childhood trauma and/or abuse. It shows me someone who thought a lot about matters dating back to their childhood. They may or may not have shared those details with others, but it is coming up in the reading for a reason – probably as a kind of identifier.
The second row gives me a little more insight into the circumstances surrounding Morgan’s disappearance. First, it doesn’t look like this was a family member or a friend of the family. This is coming across as a stranger. I don’t know if they had any prior interactions with Morgan or her family, but I just want to point out that this is a predatory-type situation where someone looks for victims based on personal preferences regarding age, sex, etc.
The Page of Swords likely represents Morgan. The pages typically represent children, people who behave in ways consistent with a child, or messages. If Morgan was an intelligent child who seems somewhat wise beyond her years, then this card would fit for her. The Eight of Cups reversed is coming up in connection with the Page card. It suggests a person who had concerns about being left behind, or perhaps was not always comfortable being on their own.
The Two of Wands shows travel and movement away from the area. I think he was familiar with the area and region, but he either left because he was worried about being linked to the crime if he stayed or because it wasn’t where he resided. If he did reside there, then he moved immediately or shortly after the abduction. That could be a possible identifier.
The Knight of Wands is the card that likely directly represents the person responsible. He would have come across as warm and friendly. I don’t think he would have been perceived as a threat. At least, not upon first meeting him. This would have been an action-oriented type of person who was always on the lookout for a new adventure or endeavor.
The Three of Swords – in connection with the Knight of Wands – suggests that at the time of Morgan’s disappearance, this person had experienced a pretty significant emotional event, such as a breakup or the loss of someone in their life. I don’t know if this was a trigger for them or if it’s meant to help identify them.
The Sun could refer to a couple of different things. One, it is possible that at some point this person had one or more children. Two, it might point to this person having gotten married or something along those lines. I’m not sure of the exact meaning for this one.
The Five of Wands shows that this person experienced conflict with multiple people. I don’t see his interactions as having been particularly harmonious. I think this was a person was possibly someone who caused or found trouble a lot – almost like they enjoyed it.
The Lovers is a card that either signifies a relationship, a choice, or both. I don’t know how it applies just yet. It could definitely point to their being a sexual component to all of this. If we link this card back to the first one in the reading, then it’s evident that this reading is communicating that this is a sick individual. Their perspective on sex, love, and relationships is not going to align with those of a normal or average person.
Question: What were the circumstances surrounding Morgan’s disappearance?
3 of Swords – 2 of Wands – Hierophant (reversed)
5 of Swords (reversed) – Empress (reversed) – The Fool (reversed)
|Page of Swords – 4 of Swords – The Emperor
Card pulled for the Page of Swords: The Moon (reversed)
The Three of Swords made an appearance again in this second reading. There was definitely some kind of event that caused emotional/mental upset and likely acted as a trigger for the person responsible. It might have more significance than that since getting the same card, in the same upright position, is a way for the cards to emphasize the importance of it.
The Two of Wands is the same travel card. It also indicates some degree of planning in that this person probably sought out opportunities that he was prepared to seize. This card showed up in the last reading and has extra importance as well. I think it’s trying to communicate that this person was not immediately local to Alma. They may have lived in a town or city nearby, but they had to travel a distance to get from Point A to Point B. However, it feels like they had familiarity with the areas they paroled, so to speak.
The Hierophant reversed is showing someone who goes against the norm and tradition. It can represent someone who breaks the law and/or is unconventional.
The Five of Swords reversed is a card that can represent a resolution to a situation. In some cases, it is a violent one. Sometimes I get this card for people that get caught or found out for something and their arrest or incarceration is the resolution. There are a lot of possibilities with this one.
The Empress reversed could indicate that around the time of Morgan’s disappearance, the person who took her was experiencing family or domestic problems. The Empress reversed often points to trouble at home. It can also indicate financial difficulties. The person involved appears to have been operating under a few different stressors.
The Fool reversed is another card that indicates that this person saw an opportunity with Morgan and took it. He can depict taking unnecessary risks or acting in a way that is careless or reckless. So I think there was inherent risk in what he did – in terms of possibly being seen or identified – but he decided to do it anyway.
The Page of Swords is appearing again. This time it is linked to the Moon reversed. I am taking this as a positive sign because I see the Page as representing Morgan as the child that was taken, and the Moon reversed as an indicator of lies being exposed. All of this time has gone by, but the Moon reversed is pointing to a resolution in terms of answers being forthcoming. It is a card that represents the exposing of lies and the unveiling of secrets.
The Four of Swords is a card of rest or inactivity. In criminal types of cases, it can point to someone who is or has been incarcerated. Or it is referring to someone who – for whatever reason – is not active.
The Emperor may represent a man, or some type of event or structure, which paves the way for the secrets and lies to come out. It could represent someone who is working on this case – who has uncovered answers or is on the brink of doing so. Despite the age of this case, it doesn’t feel like it has been forgotten. There may be work behind the scenes that people don’t know about. I hope so at least. The flip side here is that it suggests that there were times when he was active – meaning that Megan may not have been his first and/or his last.
I want to say that nothing in these readings points to Morgan’s parents as having any involvement. I know that sometimes people look to the parents, but there’s not a single card in either reading that suggests anything like this. It actually reads more like a predatorial type of person who was seeking opportunities and took risks in seizing one or more of them. It would be worthwhile to look for other cases that are similar (victims of with similarities in terms of age, sex, and circumstances).