Location: Sacramental, California region
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. When/if I say that something happened, in any part of a reading description, I mean that is what I am interpreting from the cards, their positions, and other related factors. Tarot reading is an art and not a science.
Question: What circumstances caused John Dubose Jr. disappearance?
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – 7 of Cups – Devil (reversed)
Strength – Queen of Wands (reversed) – Justice
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands (r): King of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Kings of Cups (r): 5 of Swords (reversed)
8 of Wands (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed) – 2 of Pentacles
John Dubose Jr. was traveling LaDexter Pelt, from Alabama to California. They were believed to have been in the general Sacramento area when they ceased responding to attempts to contact them.
The first card is the Three of Pentacles reversed is suggesting the possibility of a collaboration gone wrong. I get this card in its reversed position if people are supposed to work together on a project, raising a child, or other endeavors that are not going smoothly. The card also conveys a situation where someone hasn’t learned from some past mistakes.
The Seven of Cups is implying that John thought he had several opportunities or options to choose from. He may have also been engaging in wishful types of thinking.
The Devil can represent a range of situations, including addictions, obsessions, mental health issues, violence, and others. It is unclear how this is related to all of this but some factor pertaining to this card brought the two men to a certain point in which it appears that there was a conflict.
Strength is suggesting that he felt he had the strength and fortitude to overcome whatever challenges he was experiencing at the time. A downside to this card – even in its upright position – is that it can represent someone who is overly confident and underestimates the danger of a situation they are in or a person they are dealing with.
Okay, so there’s a situation where there was or is a conflict between a man (King of Cups reversed) and a woman (Queen of Wands reversed). The woman could be involved in a more abstract sense in terms of there being arguing over her, versus her being present when the arguing took place. It could go either way.
The Five of Swords reversed can depict the ending of a conflict. However, it doesn’t always show a situation where the conflict ended amicably. The Queen of Wands reversed is a person demonstrating some of the less appealing elements of their character, such as their hot temper, possible tendency to be disloyal, and deceitfulness. The King of Cups reversed can represent someone who is emotionally immature and might be controlling. In its worst state, the King of Cups reversed has come up in readings where a person committed an act of violence – but that’s not always the case.
Justice is a somewhat tricky card to read here. It is a card that is rooted in the concept of cause-and-effect, as well as karma on both legal and universal levels. Sometimes it merely represents the consequences of one’s actions.
Like LaDexter, John got the Eight of Wands reversed which can show some kind of delay or significant slowing of progress. I don’t know what the men were doing, but something happened where everything appears to have been halted.
John then got the Five of Wands reversed – another card that LaDexter got as well. For better or worse, the card usually marks the end of a struggle. It can have a positive or negative meaning, depending on the situation. Maybe the struggle ends because the people involved call a truce. Or perhaps the struggle ends due to an extreme act of violence.
While LaDexter’s first reading ended with the Five of Wands reversed, John’s last card is the Two of Pentacles. This is a person who is trying to focus and make decisions despite distractions and/or problems. It can represent someone trying to balance out a situation or at times it pertains to handling fluctuations in financial or material matters.
Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of John Dubose Jr.?
4 of Pentacles (reversed) – 10 of Wands – 8 of Swords (reversed)
King of Cups (reversed) – The Emperor (reversed) – The Star
Card pulled for the King of Cups (r): 5 of Swords (reversed)
6 of Pentacles (reversed) – The Hierophant – Death (reversed)
The Four of Pentacles reversed comes up in relation to someone who is or has shed aspects of existence of life. So it is saying that the person or people with answers – who know what happened – have possibly cut ties they may have had with people, moved, or taken action to give away or get rid of various things.
The person likely feels burned out and overburdened in terms of stress. They are trying to keep going, despite everything feeling like it is a struggle.
The Eight of Swords reversed depicts them as escaping the situation and feeling as though they have found freedom or relief from it.
The King of Cups reversed, and the Five of Swords reversed, came up again in this second reading. Granted, this is just a tarot reading and nothing in it should be taken as fact without evidence supporting it, but if there is a man fitting the description associated with this card then they would be worth seeking out and speaking with. As I explained before, the Five of Swords reversed indicates that a fight or struggle has ended. However, it does not tell us if it ended peacefully or violently. When I look at all of the readings, including the ones for LaDexter, there are a lot of conflict cards.
The Emperor reversed shows me someone who either had authority and lost it, or someone who abused their power and authority in some way that impacts this situation. Such a person is controlling, rigid, and can be domineering and/or manipulative.
The Star is a card that generally points to something positive, though I don’t know if it’s suggesting that information will come to light so that people may get to the bottom of what happened or if it is suggesting that John is okay.
The Six of Pentacles reversed usually shows a situation where someone is giving money, help or charity; however, in the reversed position those gifts or assistance might come with strings attached. There is a sense of inequity here – where one person has more than another and potentially uses these resources as a means of control. It depends.
The Hierophant points to a few different possibilities. One, someone involved might have been acting as a teacher or mentor. It can denote traditions and a sense of established rules or institutions. But another important feature of this card is its emphasis on concepts such as morality, fairness, and ethics.
Death reversed is a card that can relay that there is a delay in getting to the end of conclusion of something. It can point to a resistance on the part of someone to change.
I can’t quite make sense of what happened to these men. It’s evident they experienced a conflict – a man versus man type of issue. It would help to know who they were visiting and what brought both of them out to California. That’s a long way to travel. Was that something both of them were inclined to do or was there a specific purpose behind it? I know it has been said they were visiting friends, but I feel like that is a generalization of the real reason. Understanding the precise nature of their visit would help to illuminate this situation more. It is interesting how the men got some of the same cards – some being in the same position in terms of being upright or reversed, while others were in the opposite position. It suggests the two might have been together when all of this happened.
The King of Cups reversed individual is someone I would focus on finding. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say this person might have a criminal record. Certainly, someone coming up with these attributes has at a minimum been in trouble before in general. Another concerning aspect of this card is that sometimes it comes up in betrayal type situations where someone pretends to be a friend when they really plan to cause another person harm or pain.