Location: Kabul airport, Afghanistan
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.
Sohail Ahmadi was four months old when his parents handed him to U.S. troops so that they could pass through the gate at the airport in Kabul, while evacuating on August 19th of 2021. The baby subsequently vanished and – to my knowledge – the parents still don’t know where he is.
Question: What happened to cause the disappearance of Sohail Ahmadi?
The Devil – 3 of Swords – 8 of Wands (reversed)
Page of Wands (reversed) – The Moon – The Lovers
6 of Pentacles – Page of Pentacles (reversed) – 2 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles (r): Knight of Wands
Card pulled for the Knight of Wands: Queen of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): The Wheel of Fortune (reversed)
As I always say, this is a tarot reading and nothing should be taken as fact unless there is evidence that supports it. I did two readings on this and neither came across clearly, but I will just go ahead and share them in case somehow – in some way – they help someone.
The Devil card is one that can have a wide range of meanings and so I’m going to pinpoint specific ones that are linked to the other two cards on the same row. The Three of Swords is a heartbreak situation – where something happens that causes grief and sorrow. Eight of Wands reversed depicts a situation that has been delayed or taken out of one’s control. All three of these cards seem to point to the entire scenario in which the parents entrusted their baby to the troops, with an expectation that they would be reunited soon after, and then that outcome did not happen – leaving them feeling powerless and as though the situation were completely out of their control.
The Page of Wands reversed can indicate hasty or reckless decisions that were made. The Moon is a card that shows the situation being mysterious and there being more to it than people know. However, in the upright position that can sometimes lean toward more positive outcomes in which a situation seems really bad but might not be as terrible as anticipated. It depends.
The Lovers appears to pertain to a decision that was made with regard to the child. It could point to two people in a close relationship, but I’m not sure how that would work in the context of the other cards. It’s reading like someone made a quick decision that might have seemed minor at the time but ended up having far-reaching consequences. Maybe someone gave the baby to the wrong family? I can’t make total sense of this part.
The Six of Pentacles is indicating material types of help or support. The Page of Pentacles reversed seems to hint at a situation where people dropped the ball in terms of documenting things or doing their due diligence and follow through. The cards I pulled in connection to the Page include the Knight of Wands and the Queen of Cups reversed. These are followed by the Wheel of Fortune reversed. So it’s possible this reflects a second hand off situation – where the baby was given to someone else entirely with the unfounded belief it was one or more of his real family members or someone else that could take care of the baby. I don’t know if someone claimed it was their child accidentally or on purpose. The cards really indicate an overall sense of chaos and confusion – which is coming through the reading and making it hard to understand as well.
The Wheel of Fortune reversed seems to mark this as the turning point in the situation – the point when everything went wrong.
The Two of Pentacles reversed might indicate that one of the reasons this happened is because people involved were already feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do in general. It’s not reading like someone deliberately gave the baby to someone they shouldn’t have. It seems like there was a second hand off in which a person might have thought they were giving the baby to his family or someone who would reunite them, but that was not the case – for some reason.
Question: What is currently happening with Sohail?
10 of Pentacles – Ace of Swords – The Lovers (reversed)
9 of Swords (reversed) – The Hierophant – 8 of Pentacles
4 of Cups (reversed) – 10 of Wands (reversed) – The World (reversed)
This reading is confusing to me overall. The Ten of Pentacles is a card that usually indicates long term financial or material success. The Ace of Swords can represent new beginnings or a realization of a truth. The Lovers reversed is showing that someone is conscious that they made a bad decision in all of this.
The Nine of Swords reversed is showing a situation where there is potential hope, however. Although it is difficult to say how it applies specifically to this situation. The Hierophant is a card of traditions, ethics, and spirituality. The Eight of Pentacles depicts someone who has either taken on a new job or is working at perfecting their trade. It also relates to focusing on the details of a matter or problem. I don’t want to go off on a tangent and speculate, but I think the Hierophant might have specific meaning or symbolism here.
The Four of Cups reversed is about taking advantage of opportunities and making the choice to move beyond the past. It usually has positive meaning, but it can depend on how it applies in a situation. The Ten of Wands reversed conveys this sense that something or someone is resigned to their fate. It can show a person who feels overwhelmed and stressed out by everything happening. Maybe someone feels like they can’t set it all right because it’s already so far out of their control, or they are just hoping somehow the whole situation improves on its own.
The World reversed can sometimes indicate unwanted new beginnings and situations that have not yet come full circle. It communicates this sense that something has become a disappointment and is lacking in terms of its ability to become complete. It could indicate that there will be a delay in getting the answers his family is seeking, but that they will eventually come because it’s showing a cycle that is incomplete.
I really hoped to get more out of this one but it’s still a mystery to me.