Question 1: Who or what caused the disappearance of Mekayla Bali?
7 of Wands (reversed) – Death (reversed) – The Emperor (reversed)
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – Judgement (reversed) – Queen of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): Knight of Wands
6 of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Pentacles – Queen of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): 8 of Pentacles (reversed)
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.
Mekayla Bali was 16 when she disappeared in 2016. She was last seen in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 12th. On the day that Mekayla was last known to have been seen, she was caught on CCTV footage at various locations. Early in the morning, at about 6:41am, Mekayla texted a friend to ask for a ride to a local TD bank. The friend declined, saying that the bank wouldn’t be open until later in the day.
The beginning of Mekayla’s day seemed ordinary enough in that her grandmother dropped her off at school around 8:10am. She was seen on the school’s CCTV as placing a binder in her locker. At about 8:30am, Mekalya was shown on the footage to have left the school through a back exit/entrance. She went to a pawn shop and tried to get money for a silver ring. However, the person working at the shop said it did not have enough value. Just before 9am, Mekayla was shown withdrawing money on footage at the TB Bank. She took out $55.
Shortly thereafter, cameras caught her entering a Wendy’s restaurant. She spent about 15 minutes inside the restaurant before leaving. Almost immediately after leaving, Mekayla re-entered the restaurant and sat down. She is shown on footage as using her phone, sending texts and engaging in what appeared to be somewhat lengthy phone calls. At some point, she texted a friend saying “hey, I need help” but then texted again a little later and said “nevermind I figured it out.” Mekayla approaches an older woman who was eating at the restaurant and asked for help to rent a hotel room. The woman declined and Mekayla left.
She was later seen at an STC Bus Depot, and she asked about tickets to Regina – a place she had reportedly told people she wanted to go for vacation purposes. She did not buy a ticket, however. She had lunch at the Trail Stop Restaurant and then left. That was the last known footage of Mekayla. Police checked to see if she got on any of the buses that left but found no indication that she had. By the next morning, at 6:51am, Mekayla’s phone was turned off.
An odd aspect of the case is that calls Mekayla was shown to make on CCTV footage did not come up on her cell phone records, prompting investigators to wonder if she had a second phone or if she used an app to make the calls. She was known to use social media apps and websites, including Instagram and Kik. Though police have received hundred of different tips about possible sightings, none seem to have been confirmed as being Mekayla. Police were unable to confirm that every sighting was not Mekayla and so it is unknown if any true sightings have occurred or not.
The reading begins with the Seven of Wands reversed. The opening card in my readings represents the person, or their state of mind, that I am doing the reading on. In this case, the card reflects what Mekayla was feeling and experiencing at the time of her disappearance. It shows her as going through a time where she was feeling overwhelmed by a lot of different things in her life. She worried a lot about what other people thought of her and felt that people were judging her, as well as her decisions. The card also tells me that Mekayla did not like conflict, and she would avoid it whenever possible. It looks as though she was feeling somewhat defeated.
The Death card came up in the reversed position. In this case, it does not seem to represent actual death. Typically the Death card does not refer to a person’s death, but in some instances – when combined with cards pointing in that direction – it does. Instead, its positioning next to Mekayla’s starting out card tells me that many things were holding Mekayla back as far as getting beyond a rut or situation she was in. There was a lot she wanted to do and try, but she was afraid of change and there was a tendency to keep making some of the same mistakes repeatedly.
The Emperor reversed represents a person that was in Mekayla’s life, or came into her life, who was abusing his authority with the intention of taking advantage of her. It is unclear as to whether she knew this person in her day-to-day life before the day she vanished, or if it was someone she met online and possible had not met in person yet. Either way, there was a man involved in all of this. He may have presented himself as something completely different than he was, but in truth he was domineering, rigid in his ways and beliefs, and controlling. His interest in Mekayla was not innocent. He was not trying to help her, though he might have presented himself that way to her.
The Three of Pentacles reversed is a card of conflict and competition. It suggests that there was some arguing going on between Mekayla and at least one other person. Something to note about this card is that it often refers to a project or a situation where there is a shared goal – or at least the pretense of one. A possibility is that she had a plan to meet someone, or go somewhere with them, and there were issues coming up that seemed as though they were making it difficult.
At some point, Mekayla likely knew that things were not quite right with the person mentioned previously. I get the sense that she had been tricked before or that she had conversed with people who made claims about who they were, but those turned out not to be true – typical catfish types of scenarios. Judgement reversed shows Mekayla as failing to learn from past mistakes and denying the truth of her immediate situation – regardless of her gut feelings on the matter or evidence suggesting something was wrong. Self-esteem issues were absolutely at play here and she is being shown as someone who tended to blame herself and take her anger out on herself.
The Queen of Pentacles reversed is coming up in her reading and this represents a person or energy that is self-absorbed. I do not get the impression this card applies to Mekayla at all. It has a feel to it that is extremely different. Additionally, if it represents a person, it was someone who felt jealous or envious of Mekayla for some reason. It may tie directly to the Three of Pentacles reversed and explain the competition aspect of that card within the context of this reading. It presents as a kind of competition between two people.
With court cards, I often pull an additional card to get a better sense of what is going on with the person or energy the court card is communicating. In this case, I pulled the Knight of Wands – another court card. The Knight of Wands has a youthful energy to it that is more on par with someone in Mekayla’s general age range. As I have said before, nothing is concrete about the court cards in terms of gender or age. The focus is more on the attributes, qualities, and energy they convey. The Knight of Wands is always looking for a challenge. It is a person who likes excitement and sometimes bites off more than they can chew in this regard. They can be rebellious and quick to anger.
I am wondering if the Knight card represents the child of the person depicted in the Queen’s position. Both are coming across to me as being individual people. Unless there was only one, pretending to be the other. Like an older person acting as a younger one.
The Six of Wands reversed, on the final row, suggests to me that Mekayla was in a state of mind where she felt neglected and unloved. Remember, people have these feelings at times when they are not reflective of a person’s true situation. I think Mekayla was often hard on herself, so these types of emotions were probably not foreign to her. This card shows her as looking for outside support (outside of her immediate family) and so I would expect her to have been actively reaching out to people to get it. She reportedly asked an older woman for help getting a hotel room and that feels consistent with what this card is conveying. I think she asked for help from many sources and not just one.
The Seven of Pentacles is a card that usually comes up when a person has reached the point where their time and effort has finally paid off – or at least feels as if it has. Mekayla may have felt she secured the help she was requesting. It comes across as an offer of money or something material in nature. It could have been an offer of money in exchange for some kind of work, or something offered without the appearance of any strings attached. But the Queen of Swords reversed tells me that whatever was offered to Meykayla was done as a means of manipulating her. It put Mekayla in a dangerous and bad position – probably unbeknownst to her at first. A person matching the description of the Queen of Swords reversed is someone who behaves in a way that is toxic, manipulative, and cruel. Whatever such a person does or is doing, it is for themselves.
I pulled the Eight of Pentacles reversed in relation to the Queen card. A confusing aspect of this card is that it represents a dead-end type of job or something that does not require much skill. In some cases, it can refer to work that gives a person a bad reputation – either because they aren’t really putting in the effort and time they should or because the job itself is not on the up and up. Did someone offer Mekayla a way to make money that might have seemed appealing at first, but turned out to be a different situation altogether? I’m not sure.
The reading did not provide a definitive answer as to whether Mekayla is alive or not. If she is alive, she is not in a situation where she has much (if any) control over her life. The possibilities that come to mind regarding the last card in her reading – the Eight of Pentacles reversed – make me think of prostitution, drugs, and/or trafficking. However, I want to put it out there that I am not certain about this based on this one reading alone.
I’m definitely getting a catfish vibe from all of this as in she was tricked somehow, and it probably is not the first time the person or people have done it.
I would recommend watching for sightings of Mekayla or looking for attempts on her part to make contact with someone she knows. Again, I’m not saying she is alive. I genuinely cannot get a feel for that here. But intuitively I feel that I should caution against discounting sightings or occurrences where it seems like she is trying to send a message or communicate with someone.
As I always try to explain, 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. I would love to see an outcome where Mekayla is found and is able to return to her loved ones. The situations that end positively remind me not to give up hope.