Death: December 18, 2020
Location: Jefferson County, Arkansas
Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims or facts with regard to any person or situation. I only present the possible meanings associated with the cards, as well as intuitions and impressions that I get during the reading. All readings are suppositional and should be treated as such.
Alan was last seen on December 18th of 2020. His body was found near the Arkansas River – on its banks – on April 30th of 2020.
Question: What circumstances caused Alan’s death?
Page of Wands – Queen of Wands – 10 of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Wands: 3 of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands: King of Pentacles (r)
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): High Priestess (r)
8 of Swords (r) – Hierophant – Ace of Pentacles (r)
4 of Cups (r) – Knight of Cups (r) – Ace of Wands
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): Knight of Pentacles (r)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles (r): 8 of Cups
A challenge associated with all readings is separating ordinary and non-meaningful (not directly pertaining to what happened) event from true contributing factors. That said, the goal is always to try to isolate instances or occurrences that provide some kind of explanation.
The Page of Wands is often a messenger or a message. If it’s a message, then it is one that comes quickly, and it usually relates to work or love matters. The message was about some kind of event or something happy/positive. Examples include social events, weddings, gatherings, etc. So Alan got positive news about something relating to that.
The Queen of Wands is usually a female (or female energy) with strong and courageous energy. The card can represent a mother or someone who has those qualities. In its upright position it is emphasizing the positive traits associated with this person.
However, the King of Pentacles reversed was pulled in connection to the Queen and this is not a positive card. This usually represents someone who is corrupt, unsuccessful, and shows a pattern of failure. People represented by this card are focused on material matters, even if they are experiencing financial problems (which they usually are in the reversed position), and they can be ruthless.
The High Priestess reversed, pulled in connection with both the King and the Queen, indicates some kind of betrayal and secrets. Sometimes it represents fertility issues. But the positioning is showing that there was some kind of situation between these two people. I don’t know if they were harboring some kind of secret pertaining to Alan or what. Maybe the person in the King position had an issue with Alan that related to the person in the Queen position.
The Ten of Wands is a card that shows Alan in a situation where he felt overwhelmed and perhaps over-burdened. It shows a situation where someone is doing – or at least feels they are – the majority of the heavy lifting when responsibilities or problems should be spread out more evenly. Regardless, it shows Alan as being intent on pushing through whatever it was.
The Eight of Swords reversed is a card that can indicate becoming free of something or standing up to abuse of some kind. It could be verbal, physical, psychological, etc. It suggests Alan might have stood up to someone or pushed back on someone who was causing problems in his life.
The Hierophant is tough to pinpoint here. It can be a card that represents a marriage or some kind of traditional institution along those lines. But it can also represent someone who acts as a mentor or provides some kind of counseling. Alan might have gotten advice from someone regarding his situation. The card is coming up for a reason and perhaps someone closer to all of this can better distinguish its exact meaning here.
Okay there was some kind of financial or material issue associated with whatever happened to Alan. It is as though there was a lack of planning regarding something and there is this sense that greed or insecurity influenced the situation. I’m not saying Alan was greedy or insecure. The card feels disconnected to him and his personality – as though it is referring to an influence or person surrounding him.
An interesting thing that I am getting throughout this reading is that Alan was not someone to just give up on things. I think that he had an underlying sense of optimism and enthusiasm that propelled him through the harder times. I am not sure how else to explain that. But the Four of Cups reversed is another card that is saying to me that he was trying to appreciate the good things in his life. He was trying to focus on the positive aspects or what could potentially become positive if he got through whatever challenges he was facing. So though this is just a tarot reading, and I can never be sure about these things, I do not get the sense he killed himself. I feel like the cards are trying to dispel some kind of beliefs about this.
The Knight of Cups reversed is showing me a person that turned out to be dishonest and was just bad news in general. Sometimes, instead of representing an actual person, it can show a situation where there was unrequited love or some kind of negative feeling matter that is kind of clouding everything.
The Knight of Pentacles reversed can be a person or energy. If it is a person then it is someone who breaks promises, someone who is probably a gambler or terrible with money, and someone who does not finish the things they start.
The Eight of Cups, pulled in relation to the two Knight cards, is showing someone walking away from a situation or abandoning a relationship that has caused distress.
The Ace of Wands is a new beginnings card. I don’t want to push any beliefs or anything like that but since I was told that Alan is deceased, it is likely a card that is communicating to one or more of his loved ones that the journey didn’t end for him and that all of these issues that were presented in the reading are not overshadowing his soul, energy, or existence. I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s like a message from Alan to one or more people in particular that are really struggling with his passing.
Based on the first reading, I cannot say with any certainty whether someone else deliberately caused his death. But I can say there were some shady people in his life that did not have his best interests at heart and the reading was intent on conveying this.
Question: Who or what caused Alan’s death?
Justice (r) – Hanged Man (r) – 6 of Swords
3 of Cups – 4 of Pentacles (r) – 4 of Cups (r)
3 of Pentacles (r) – 5 of Wands – Judgement (r)
Well, these cards definitely answer some questions that I have from the first reading. My main question, in my own mind, was whether this was an accidental death or one that someone else caused or contributed to.
Justice reversed is telling me that something shady is connected to all this. There was an injustice here. The card is extremely clear on that, and you will see that combined with some of the other cards, it is telling me someone did something they shouldn’t have done. It doesn’t tell me if the death was an outright murder, but if it wasn’t then I would say that some kind of selfish actions, or significant neglect of duties, was a major contributor.
The Hanged Man reversed can indicate several things. First, I have to put it out there that it can represent a suicide. This is not always the case. If it does indicate that here, then at least one person did something – or multiple things – that directly contributed. I’m not talking about the people who loved him. I’m talking about the person or people who were somehow involved in his life and only cared about themselves.
Alternately, I asked the cards specifically about the who or the what. So the first potential meaning only applies if Alan represents the who in my question. A second possibility is that someone else represents the who and that can take this in a different direction. I’ve seen this card come up for people who have had problems with the law in the past and either have served prison time (or been in jail) or are doing so currently. It’s a card of negative patterns and just basically repeating the same – or similar – mistakes. Never learning and this will be strongly reiterated by the last card in this reading, which is Judgement reversed. We’ll get there.
Six of Swords is a card indicating the calm after a storm. It can indicate resting after a conflict or hard time. It can also refer to travel. So if someone is involved in this somehow, perhaps they traveled shortly thereafter. I’m not sure.
The Three of Cups is back. This would represent some kind of gathering, event, or social situation that either happened or was going to happen. The readings seem to want to emphasize this and so if a person reading this knows what it is referring to, there is some kind of connection there. Maybe the person or people he had problems with attended or was planning to? I don’t know, but whatever this represents specifically, it’s important.
The Four of Pentacles reversed is saying that the person responsible, directly or indirectly, has financial issues. They are either really struggling financially or they hoard the money they do have. If they are lacking financially then I would expect to see someone who spends more than they have, gambles, or just does not have financial stability for whatever reason – it is usually a reason caused by them though.
We had the Four of Cups reversed in the first reading. It has returned for this one as well. It’s a card about seizing an opportunity or becoming motivated to do something to reach a goal.
The Three of Pentacles reversed is showing a situation where there was or is poor collaboration. It can indicate people that have a shared goal or are working on something together (could be work, parenting, etc.) and it is just not going well. It’s not an effective partnership. There are real problems or were around the time of Alan’s passing.
The Five of Wands is a conflict card typically. It can represent anything from a minor argument to something major. It also indicates different purposes or agendas as the source of the conflict. There is a competitive feel to this card at times and so I don’t know if all this pertains to work or a relationship or what. I definitely think that someone who knew Alan well may be able to piece a lot of this together much better than I can.
Judgement reversed shows me someone who didn’t learn from their mistakes or from their past. They don’t want to be held accountable for the wrongs that they do, but they are forgetting that no amount of lying, or misleading can hide truths the universe wants known. There is a backstabbing and gossip element to this card sometimes too – putting the blame on others unfairly or making false accusations. If there is someone who had badmouthed Alan around the time of his death, or even to this day, I would look closely at that person in terms of questioning their motive for doing that.