Birthdate: Unknown – 18 at the time
Location: Prescott, Arkansas
Question: What happened to Mercedes Toliver?
9 of Swords (reversed) – 6 of Cups – Ace of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles (reversed) – Justice (reversed) – 8 of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): 9 of Cups (reversed)
5 of Cups – Queen of Cups – 10 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: 3 of Wands (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.
Mercedes Zaevon Toliver was 18 years old when she disappeared on December 17th of 2016. She left her home on the 300 block of Rosston Road and appeared to be headed South.
The Nine of Swords reversed tells me that at the time of Mercedes’ disappearance, she was experiencing stress and turmoil. The stress and anxiety had been going on for more than just the evening she vanished. However, this card in the reversed position suggests that she was in the process of working her way through it. She might have been talking about her feelings more and possibly requesting help from people.
The Six of Cups shows Mercedes as being in a mindset where she wished she could go back to a happier and perhaps simpler time. She was having a lot of thoughts about her earlier life – or childhood – and reminiscing about happier memories. This card can come up if someone is spending too much time thinking about the past, versus living in the present or moving forward.
At the time of her disappearance, Mercedes really longed for stability and a fresh start. The Ace of Pentacles represents new opportunities and a desire to achieve a greater sense of material and financial stability. Though Mercedes was thinking a lot about the past, she was also feeling as though her future was her proverbial light at the end of the tunnel (this ties back in with the Nine of Swords reversed) and so she was hopeful in this respect.
The Queen of Pentacles reversed is telling me there was a person with a feminine and more mature energy that came into the picture here. While the energy is feminine, there are times when a Queen card can represent a male and so the most important aspect is the personality characteristics and attributes. This is a person who came across as being selfish, jealous, intolerant, and overly focused on material things/money. It is coming across as someone likely older than Mercedes. They factor into her disappearance, but I don’t know precisely how.
The Nine of Cups reversed came up in relation to the Queen reversed person. It is showing them as being in a negative and generally unhappy mindset at the time of her disappearance. Was it someone Mercedes thought she could turn to for help or support, only to discover they had ulterior motives and negative feelings toward her? I can’t get a clear idea of what unfolded here.
Justice reversed is a concerning card in this reading because it describes the situation involving Mercedes as being unjust and unfair. Justice reversed can also point toward acts of retribution, corruption, or someone that has done something wrong and is trying to avoid being held accountable for it.
The Eight of Cups reversed indicates that Mercedes was staying in some type of bad situation. I don’t know if it is referring to something that happened between when she left her home and disappeared, or if it is referencing something that had been more ongoing. In traditional readings, this is a card that comes up if someone is in a situation that is not serving them well – or one that once worked out well for them, but no longer offered the same benefits – but are reluctant to move out for whatever reason.
The Five of Cups, on the last row of the reading, is depicting Mercedes as feeling extreme disappointment, sadness, or loss over something. A lot of cups cards are coming up in her reading which tells me her situation was highly emotionally charged. The cup cards represent a suit that pertains to emotions, relationships, creativity and things of that nature. It’s telling me that 1) Mercedes was an emotional person who would likely have demonstrated strong creative or artistic skills and 2) she was highly invested in matters of the heart and so any disruption in this area of her life – including anything to do with family – would have impacted her significantly. So this card is one that denotes emotional grief.
The Queen of Cups represents a female energy or person who demonstrates compassion and kindness. I don’t know if Mercedes turned to this person for help or what. The Three of Wands reversed is the card I pulled for the Queen. It is one associated with the frustration a person experiences when they feel they are limited or restricted. Sometimes it refers to delays that occur due to obstacles or restrictions. In other cases it has referred to a situation where someone returns home – either from travels or after being taken away. It would be nice if this meaning applies here in a way that favors Mercedes.
The Ten of Swords reversed is the last card on the row. In many respects, this is a card of hitting rock bottom. Once someone gets this card in a reading, it means they have reached an extremely low point. Such a situation offers a person the opportunity to obtain release from their problems or circumstances, but it is only attained if they facilitate it on their own. The person has to seize that opportunity and climb up out of the hole they are in.
I wanted to try to get some more focused information about how and why Mercedes disappeared and so I posed a somewhat different question to see where it would take me.
Question: Who or what caused Mercedes to disappear?
8 of Pentacles (reversed) – Tower (reversed) – 3 of Swords
The Chariot – Ace of Pentacles – Ace of Cups
Justice (reversed) – Ace of Swords – 3 of Cups (reversed)
The Eight of Pentacles reversed is showing Mercedes as lacking motivation but recognizing that she needed to come up with a plan. She didn’t want to end up in a dead-end job or in a situation where she wouldn’t be able to provide for herself properly. Money and material matters were on her mind at the time she disappeared.
The Tower reversed shows her as being in a situation where she was delaying the inevitable because she had a fear of change. She knew she needed to change something in her life and take advantage of new opportunities (as evidenced in the multitude of Aces in this reading), but she was resisting it for some reason. Something or someone was holding her back.
The Three of Swords is a card that shows up when someone is or has experienced heartbreak. It is a card that shows someone in a state of sadness and grief as a result of a broken relationship or a separation from someone. The card is reading as though she had been in a relationship or was in one at the time of her disappearance, that was causing her significant distress. It may tie in with the Tower reversed in that the relationship might have been bad or toxic, but she didn’t want to leave it for whatever reason. It does not necessarily have to be romantic relationship either. It could be a friendship or other relationship in which she felt emotionally invested. This has come up in two separate readings now so it feels like something to pay attention to at this point.
The Chariot in these kinds of readings signifies the involvement of a vehicle. In ordinary readings, it has other meanings pertaining to forward moving progression toward success or the use of willpower or self-discipline to achieve goals. However, I don’t find this card to have the same meaning when I pull it in disappearance readings or ones in which a crime was known to have been committed that involved a vehicle in some direct way.
The Ace of Pentacles is a card of new beginnings. However, I am leaning away from this showing Mercedes as disappearing intentionally because the first reading showed that she had really close ties to the people she cared about. Running away, or trying to start an entirely new life, does not seem to align with her energy. However, it can also point to future career or monetary goals. Money matters were on her mind, as shown in the first card, and so she was likely formulating plans about what she wanted to do in terms of a job or career path.
The Ace of Cups is also a card of new beginnings, but it usually refers to ones of an emotional or spiritual nature. It can also indicate an increase in creative thinking or feeling inspired to take on new creative endeavors. Odds are decent that Mercedes might have felt torn between a couple of career path options. The readings come across as her having a lot on her mind pertaining to these kinds of matters. Sometimes the Ace of Cups can point to meeting someone new. If coupled with the Chariot, there is a possibility that she met up with someone she had only recently met or someone she knew online but possibly had not met just yet.
Justice reversed came up in this reading again. It is showing me something bad definitely happened. An act of injustice occurred. The card carries the added significance that whatever happened was an act of dishonesty, corruption, or retaliation.
The Ace of Swords is a truth card, and it points to a possible breakthrough in this case in terms of learning new information or finding out about something that was previously not clear. The truth can be a double-edged sword though and so there is a need for people to be willing to hear and accept it before it can sometimes fully emerge.
There were some things going on in her social life that I don’t think she was openly sharing with people. In both readings, I had this feeling that she experienced some kind of bullying or was mistreated by one or more people. I can’t quite pinpoint why I am getting this impression or how significant it is in all of this. I just think that Mercedes had some eye-opening experiences. She might have been dealing with someone – or more than one person – who was jealous of her and mistreated her or something along those lines. Did this contribute to her disappearance? That I don’t know.
I don’t know anything about the investigation into her case. She was described as having left home with a cell phone and so I am wondering what that activity might have showed before there was no further activity. She was at an age where a lot of people have multiple social media accounts so that would be a place that I would imagine investigators have looked. If not, that is a really important aspect of her life to examine because she might have decided to meet up with someone online. Maybe she was feeling vulnerable and took a chance this way. She did seem to have a lot on her mind and was going through something because both readings pointed to a sense of grief and loss. Something seems to have happened there and it came up in both readings and so it could be pertinent to her disappearance.
I wish I could have gotten more out of these readings. I still feel like I only scratched the surface here. As always, please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven.