Aaron Scott Johnson

Disappearance: 10/11/2020 (or 10/12/2020 in some reports)
Location: Rusk County, Wisconsin

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.


Aaron Scott Johnson was 34-years-old when he disappeared on October 11 of 2020. He was possibly last seen walking down a road in what appear to be shorts and a t-shirt.

Question: What circumstances caused the disappearance of Aaron Scott Johnson?

Row 1
3 of Swords – 2 of Pentacles (reversed) – 3 of Cups (reversed)

Row 2
Ace of Pentacles (reversed) – 8 of Swords – Queen of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: Magician (reversed)

Row 3
Queen of Cups – The Tower – 7 of Wands
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: Knight of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): Queen of Wands
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands: 6 of Swords

Aaron Johnson reading 1


The first card answering the question regarding the circumstances surrounding Aaron’s disappearance is the Three of Swords. This is traditionally a heartbreak card that shows someone who is experiencing significant despair and depression. Often there is a sense of betrayal associated with this particular card, as well as feelings of alienation. If it pertains to romantic matters, it can indicate a person that has been cheated on.

The Two of Pentacles reversed is a card of imbalance that shows someone who is not able to manage their stress, responsibilities, and burdens. It is typically a card associated with financial problems or poorly managed financial and/or material matters.

The Three of Cups reversed is another card where someone feels alienated in terms of not feeling as though they have a lot of friends, or that there are significant problems associated with one or more relationships. It is another card that can indicate cheating. If a person has a vice, such as drinking or drugs, then it can indicate over-indulgence in this area in response to emotional distress.

The Ace of Pentacles reversed is again pointing at underlying money issues. It is a card that shows someone as having poor control over their finances and spending. It also pertains to planning and how a lack of planning can impede a person’s ability to achieve their goals or progress in a desired way.

The Eight of Swords shows Aaron as feeling completely trapped and helpless because of all of these circumstances. It is a card representing a kind of paralyzing fear or anxiety that comes with the sense of being imprisoned – either literally or within one’s own mind.

The Queen of Swords is showing me an adult female or motherly-figure that he might have felt tricked or used him in some way. A person in the Queen of Swords position is someone who makes decisions based on their own sense of logic and are not generally inclined to make emotional decisions. It can be someone who has experienced emotional hurt and is somewhat guarded or skeptical because of it. The Magician reversed either shows this person as conning or deceiving Aaron – or it shows him as perceiving them to have done that. The challenge with these readings is that it can be difficult sometimes to identify the reality of a situation when compared with a person’s perception of it. They aren’t always the same thing.

The Queen of Cups is another figure that has emerged. This probably represents an adult female as well, but someone who makes decisions intuitively and emotionally – very different from how someone in the Queen of Swords position might. If someone reading this, who knows Aaron, has an idea of who this person might be – it might make sense to see if they have any intuitions or gut feelings about what happened because people represented by this card are often uncannily accurate in these matters, potentially to the point of being or seeming psychic. This quality alone might give away the identity of this person.

The Knight of Cups reversed was pulled in response to the Queen of Cups and can indicate either a person or a particular type of situation/scenario. So if it is a person, it is likely a younger individual (teens or twenties) or someone who behaves as though they fall within this age range. It would represent someone who has behaved dishonestly and caused trouble. If the card is representative of a situation it can refer to some kind of offer that was retracted, a very short-lived romantic affair (like a one-night stand, or something along those lines), or in extreme cases an obsession. It can also, at times, represent both a person and a situation.

The Queen of Wands was pulled in connection with the Knight of Cups reversed. This is either a new person to the reading entirely, or it could represent someone already introduced who is behaving in a somewhat different manner in response to the circumstances. Such a person would be viewed as extroverted in a social sense, passionate, fiery, and at times hot-tempered.

The Six of Swords usually represents a point of calm – in which someone has experienced difficult circumstances or conflict and has reached a point where the fight has either died down temporarily or has abated. However, it can also signify someone running from their problems – or traveling a distance to escape them. In a spiritual sense, it refers to a person seeking (and probably receiving) some guidance from spirit guides.

The Tower is a card that shows a sudden upheaval or shocking event. I can’t tell if it is a culmination of all the prior emotional and financial stressors that have come up repeatedly within this reading, or if it was merely a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But something significant happened at this point. This card might possibly make more sense to someone who knows the details surrounding Aaron’s disappearance because it has specific meaning. To give some examples, it can signify someone suddenly learning their spouse wants a divorce, a major accident of some kind, a revelation that shatters the person’s reality as they know it, etc. However, if it was an accident or a situation that turned suddenly dangerous for Aaron, people who knew him might not have any awareness of it at all.

The Seven of Wands is the last card in this reading, and it shows Aaron as feeling though he was under attack or in a position where he felt he needed to defend himself or his territory. It’s often a card indicating a desire to protect some element of a person’s life – their beliefs, their home, their family, or themselves.

I’m hoping that the next reading fills in a few of the blanks that remain because I only feel as though I have a general grasp of his situation. As always, this is a tarot reading and you cannot take any of it as fact – in the absence of factual information supporting the details – but if there is any truth to it, Aaron was going through a really difficult time when he disappeared. The reading is showing someone who was struggling on multiple levels.

Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of Aaron Scott Johnson?

Row 1
8 of Cups (reversed) – 10 of Cups (reversed) – King of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): The Sun (reversed)

Row 2
Hierophant – 9 of Swords – Justice (reversed)

Row 3
Queen of Wands – 2 of Wands (reversed) – 3 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands: 6 of Swords

Aaron Johnson reading 2


The Eight of Cups reversed often comes up when someone has a fear of letting go of something/someone and/or a fear of abandonment.

The Ten of Cups reversed indicates some difficulties in the home environment. So it seems as though he had conflict with someone from his family or within his close social circle. This can pertain to close friends or work associates as well, but it is a card showing disharmony and conflict that is rooted in emotional matters.

The King of Pentacles reversed typically represents a male adult who has significant financial problems. Sometimes they are due to gambling problems or other poor business or financial decisions. The Sun reversed, pulled in connection with the King of Pentacles reversed, indicates a situation where someone might have experienced some small successes, but was not quite meeting their own expectations. It could be that Aaron had some kind of financial or material dealings with this person – something that did not go as planned. Corruption and extortion are terms that are sometimes associated with the behaviors of a person represented by the King of Pentacles reversed.

The Hierophant is suggesting that Aaron was seeking some kind of advice or guidance in relation to his life and the challenges he was facing. It could indicate that he was trying to tap into some spiritual energy or cultivate a sense of spirituality in his life that he felt was missing.

The Nine of Swords shows Aaron as being in a situation where he felt a lot of stress and anxiety. If this card is accurately portraying his emotions at the time, he was likely experiencing a deep depression that he was struggling to cope with.

Justice reversed is a difficult card to translate in the context of this reading. In its reversed position, it usually refers to situations in which an injustice has occurred. However, it does not always tell me to whom – specifically – it is pointing. There is a sense of karma and retribution associated with this card. Another reason it is confusing is because it can refer to corruption that prevents justice from occurring or impedes accountability.

I got the Queen of Wands, combined with the Six of Swords, yet again. Obviously these two cards are really significant or else I would not have received them in two separate readings, in the exact same position. So there is someone with the energy of a mature, adult woman who is central to this. The Six of Swords is a card that indicates calm after a conflict, travel, or putting distance between a person and their problems – often by means of water, but not always.

But what’s interesting is the Two of Wands reversed is a card that usually shows a cancelation of plans – particularly as they pertain to travel. It can represent someone deciding to play it safe or someone who feels stuck in their situation to the point of not feeling as though they are capable of doing anything about it.

The Three of Pentacles reversed – the final card in this reading – is one that denotes a collaboration or cooperative effort that went wrong. The card is broad in that these efforts can include anything from raising a child with someone to a business arrangement. Most often, it represents a financial or career type of matter. It can indicate someone has repeated past mistakes and suffered as a result.

Question: What else do people need to know about Aaron Scott Johnson’s disappearance?

Knight of Swords (reversed) – Page of Wands (reversed) – 10 of Pentacles
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords (r): 2 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Wands (r): Hierophant

Aaron Johnson reading 3


The Knight of Swords reversed is a person that has lost a sense of control in their life. Someone in this position might behave in ways that cause them serious problems. This is an intelligent person who feels they cannot effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings to others in a way that fully represents what they are experiencing. The Two of Pentacles reversed came up in the first reading as well. It’s coming up again which is telling me that it is a big piece to this puzzle. The card indicates a situation where a person feels overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. With this card, the distress is often rooted in poor financial decisions or excessive spending.

The Page of Wands reversed could indicate bad news that is received quickly (in person, by text, by email, etc.) and/or an overly impulsive or hasty response to a stressful situation. The Hierophant came up in the second reading and is back for this last one as well – indicating it has significant importance. This is a card that tends to represent traditions, such as marriage, religious or spiritual institutions, and/or a person that acts as an advisor or mentor. I don’t know why this card has come up a second time, but I do think people closer to Aaron might know. Was there some kind of spiritual or religious practice that Aaron might have been participating in? Was he known to seek advice or guidance from anyone in particular? If so, that person may have answers. I know this card is important here, but I cannot quite figure out the right way to interpret it in this case.

Finally, the Ten of Pentacles as the outcome card in this reading either indicates he was trying to figure out a way to gain financial independence or freedom from financial issues he was experiencing. However, sometimes it refers to family feuds or problems over money, deeds, inheritance, or other related issues. Again, this card might resonate more specifically with someone close to the situation.

Kendrick Johnson

Birthday: 10/10/1995
Death: 01/10/2013

Question 1: Who or what caused the death of Kendrick Johnson?

Row One
6 of Wands (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed) – The World (reversed)

Row Two
2 of Cups – 4 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Cups

Row Three
The Tower – The Hanged Man (reversed) – The Moon

Tarot reading for Kendrick Johnson.
Kendrick Johnson – Darkness of Light tarot

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.


Kendrick Johnson was 17 years old when he was found deceased inside of a rolled-up gym mat at his school in Valdosta, Georgia. He was on the basketball team at Lowndes High School. Investigators reportedly concluded that his death was an accident and that he had gotten stuck inside of the mat while trying to retrieve a shoe that was beneath it. The reason given was that the mat was included among others and would have been heavy or difficult to move. The mats were located in one of the school’s gymnasiums and it has been said that students sometimes sat on top of them while hanging out there.

Kendrick’s body was found the day after he is said to have died, though his exact time of death is not known for sure due in part to the way the investigation (or lack of it?) was handled. His cause of death was initially given as positional asphyxia because he was facing head down inside of the mat when he was found. The mat had been rolled up and placed upright against one of the walls in a corner area. A second and third autopsy determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma.

Surveillance inside the school showed Kendrick entering the gym, but do not show him exiting. A problem with the footage is that it did not appear to clearly record the section of the gym with the mats. Other people appeared to be in the gym at the time he entered, including some that were playing basketball. Kendrick’s family has long held the position that their son was murdered.

The Reading:

I want to begin by saying this is one of the clearest readings I have done on any of the cases I have read for thus far. The meaning of the cards jumped out at me and presented itself strongly.

The Six of Wands reversed puts Kendrick in a position where his skills and talents were not receiving the recognition they likely deserved. It was not that no one recognized they existed; they did. When this card is upright, it depicts someone receiving praise and recognition for their accomplishments. In the reversed position – in the context of this reading – it shows someone who should have been getting it but wasn’t.

The Five of Wands shows Kendrick as wanting to avoid the conflict that was surrounding his performance as a player, as well as other aspects of his life (which I will get into shortly). He wasn’t doing anything to try to stoke the fire so to speak. In his heart and mind, he preferred peace and harmony.

The World reversed is a card that shows emptiness and a lack of closure. It also emphasizes the first card that touched on Kendrick’s lack of praise or recognition. Whether he shared these thoughts or not, he was bothered by all of this, and it left him feeling as though something was missing in his life. He wanted to fix the situation but I’m getting the impression he was at a loss as to how. Realistically, these forces were beyond his immediate control – meaning he was not the cause of the problem and he was not in a position to fix it. The problem was with others around him.

The second row begins with the Two of Cups. I can already see something that was contributing to whatever conflict Kendrick was experiencing, and to the way events culminated. There was a person he felt connected to in a way that he hadn’t really experienced before. The feelings were mutual and the two people had a deep sense of respect for one another. There was genuine love and caring in this relationship. Typically this is a card depicting a close partnership or a romantic type of connection.

It seems there was an obstacle blocking the above relationship though. I hesitate to call it a relationship around the time of Kendrick’s death because it feels like a situation where the two still cared for one another, but something or someone was standing between them. I don’t know if there was a family member who disproved or a jealous ex on either end, but there was something that stood in the way of this relationship. It caused instability and left Kendrick feeling like he wasn’t – or couldn’t – get the support he needed from it. The cards read like it was an ex or significant other of one of these two people (Kendrick or the other person depicted here).

Kendrick was in a mindset where he thought about this relationship often. Not in an obsessive or unreasonable way mind you. He just found it comforting to think about it and he had hopes that it might somehow all work out. He also generally seemed to be going through a time of nostalgia, where he was remembering happy memories and enjoying the support of his family. The card is communicating that he felt comfortable in his home environment, or with his family. He liked things that were familiar to him and the people he cared about were extremely important to him. He had a maturity beyond his years in this way. He was loved by his family, and I have no doubt he knew this.

The third row begins with the Tower. Kendrick experienced a sudden and shocking event. Intuitively, I am seeing this as the moment he was attacked. I feel confident saying he was attacked because none of his reading suggests an accident and the cards have already shown me the motives. This was an ambush. For some reason, this reading is really clear and there is this sense that the truth wants and needs to be known. It’s hard to explain but it’s palpable for lack of a better word. The messages communicated are intense and vivid to me.

As soon as I put this next card down, it occurred to me that it was ironic to the point of almost seeming incredible. The card is the Hanged Man reversed. There are times when a card means exactly what it says, and this is one of them. The meaning behind the card varies considerably, depending on what else is happening in a reading. Here it shows me someone who felt like he was putting a lot of effort and energy into aspects of his life, only to find himself in the position of being attacked. I am not even sure he knew, at the moment this all happened, why the person or people came after him. It doesn’t feel like he had enough time to really process it then. It’s placement next to the Tower tells me that the event that occurred was not an accident.

The reading concluded with the Moon in its upright position. This situation is surrounded by lies and secrets. There are people that know what happened, but they are not sharing this information in a way that it is being heard. Granted, I think some people may have tried to share pieces of information, but they likely found it hard to find someone in a position of authority who would take them seriously. If they were taken seriously, the person that heard them out probably ran up against obstacles that prevented them from doing anything about it as well. This is not going to be a case that will be easy to untangle. It is complex and the secrets now run deep with this one – since there were likely people brought into all of this after the fact, who either tried to help someone (or more than one person) avoid having to take responsibility. This is not to say that the truth can’t and won’t be revealed. But it won’t happen easily or without persistent and relentless effort.

As I said before, this reading came across clearly to me. It was communicated so well that it felt like someone or something – or the universe for that matter – wants the truth known. All of these cases are especially sad, but this one hit me hard because the emotions and events were portrayed in ways that were unmistakable.

As a reminder, I have no way to know what happened for certain. Please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven.