Shannan Gilbert

Disappearance: May 1, 2010
Location: Oak Beach, New York

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.

Summary:

Shannon Gilbert was 24-years-old when she reportedly met up with a man in Oak Beach. She was a sex worker and had gone to meet with a client. While at the man’s house, she called the police and told them that someone was trying to kill her. She eventually ran from the house and disappeared, only to be found deceased in a marsh. She was found in fairly close proximity to the remains of many other women who worked in the same profession.

Question: What happened to cause Shannan’s death?

Row 1
Strength (r) – 2 of Wands (r) – Queen of Wands (r)
Card pulled for Queen of Wands (r): 10 of Swords

Row 2
King of Cups (r) – Judgement (r) – 5 of Wands (r)
Card pulled for King of Cups (r): The Moon

Row 3
8 of Wands (r) – 6 of Pentacles – 4 of Wands

Reading

Before I got done shuffling, I had the King of Swords reversed pop out on me so I’m going to include it in this reading. This could represent a masculine, mature (adult) type of energy. One of the reasons this card is significant is because it can represent people who work in particular fields – such as lawyers, law enforcement, military, etc. In the reversed position, this would be someone abusing their authority though. A lot of times, people represented by this card are outspoken. They can be articulate, but they use their words to manipulate situations, people, and facts.

That card aside, straight away in the reading we have Strength reversed. This shows Shannan as having been in a vulnerable situation where she felt uncertain and lacked confidence. There is a sense of weakness associated with this card on emotional, physical, and/or mental levels.

The Two of Wands reversed can indicate a lack of planning and a general fear of the unknown. Shannan may have gone into something thinking she was playing it safe and avoiding risk, but the card indicates there were possibly obstacles or issues that she just was not quite picking up on right away.

The Queen of Wands reversed tends to be a card with feminine and adult female energy. I think this card might represent Shannan because when it is combined with the Ten of Swords, it is showing someone who has hit their bottom. The worst has happened to them, is what this card is basically saying. If that’s true, and it does represent Shannan around the time of her death, then it’s showing that she was not in a great place mentally or emotionally. There would have been things going on in her life, and with her, that made her especially vulnerable to a person or people inclined to take advantage. The only real alternative here is that this card represents someone else entirely and they are a direct contributor to the worst happening. It’s like an ending of sorts occurred, and it was not pleasant emotionally and/or physically. It may or may not directly represent her death.

The King of Cups reversed can be someone who comes across as sympathetic and a friend, but that is typically a façade when the card is reversed. It is likely representative of someone who is overly sensitive, emotional, or behaves in a way that is immature considering their age. The Moon, combined with this card, is telling me there was a lot of deception involved in what happened to Shannan. This person probably deceived her and may have somehow lured her to her death. The card can sometimes point to hidden danger or people with bad intentions that are adept at hiding it.

Judgement reversed can have a lot of meanings. My first sense of this card, in the context of this reading, is that it’s showing a situation where someone repeatedly makes poor decisions and continues cycles that are destructive. I also feel like there is this component of being the target of malicious words or gossip. Maybe someone targeted her because they were making judgements about her as a person and her choices. The card indicates an outcome outside of Shannan’s control.

Five of Wands reversed can represent the end or resolution of something. I’ve talked about this card before in terms of it either representing a peaceful end to a conflict or a violent one. Someone perceived there was a conflict or problem, and then it was solved. Whatever that means or entails.

The Eight of Wands reversed is basically showing me that events did not align in Shannan’s favor. She would have felt like everything was working against her and her situation was out of her control. It can represent someone who feels a strong sense of fear or panic. There’s also this feeling of bad timing or being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Six of Pentacles is showing someone in a better position financially and/or materially and offering something to her that probably would have felt generous – something big enough to motivate her to get involved in whatever it was that got her into the situation she ended up in.

Normally, the Four of Wands is a positive card. This reading is far from that and so it more than likely communicates a sense of teamwork or working together. My impression is that there were people and/or forces that all came together to make this happen. She was presented with a situation that looked like it was beneficial, surrounding by at least one person who pretended to be something they weren’t, and something terrible happened.

Question: Who or what caused Shannan’s death?

Row 1
3 of Wands – 6 of Swords – 9 of Wands (r)

Row 2
King of Cups (r) – 8 of Wands – Queen of Wands (r)
Card pulled for King of Cups (r): Empress
Card pulled for King of Wands (r): 9 of Pentacles

Row 3
5 of Wands – Queen of Pentacles (r) – Emperor (r)
Card pulled for Queen of Pentacles (r): 3 of Swords (r)

Reading:

It definitely seems there was more than one person involved in all this. I got the King of Cups reversed and the Queen of Wands reversed again. I got them in the first reading. Now I am not so sure that the Queen of Wands reversed represented Shannan. I think there might be a woman involved in this – possibly someone who helped lure her or convince her the situation was safe – or someone who has the energy of a female. There is a lot of female energy in this reading, and I can’t shake this impression that there is a woman directly linked to all of this. I’ll get into that all more though as I go through the cards.

The Three of Wands is showing me someone who probably did – or does – travel. This is probably someone who feels good about the choices they have made and has experienced success. They felt – or feel – like they worked hard, and it has paid off.

The Six of Swords is suggesting to me that this person feels like they have moved beyond whatever happened with Shannan and those surrounding circumstances. There is a kind of calm-after-the-storm sense to this card and so maybe they came under suspicion at one time, or felt they had some heat on them, but they have moved on from that.

The Nine of Wands reversed is a person that is stubborn and does not learn from past mistakes or situations. They might be prone to paranoia or feeling overwhelmed by situations or problems. There are multiple cards in these readings that suggest there is a lack of learning from the past, but I can’t tell if this is the card’s way of saying that what happened with Shannan is a part of someone’s repetitive mistake cycle or what.

This person comes across – or did – as someone with good intentions. People perceive that this person is safe and friendly. They aren’t. The Empress likely represents a female that was – or still is – involved with this person. I am not getting the sense that this is someone that merely has some suspicions about this person; instead, it feels like they are a direct force in all of this. And the Empress would come across positively as well. Like I always say, it’s just a tarot reading, and it could be completely off. However, if this is even remotely accurate then we are probably looking at two primary players in this and one of them is likely a woman.

What I don’t like about this reading is that cards like the Three of Wands and the Eight of Wands make it seem like the person – or people – have been living a good or decent life in terms of being enjoyable for them. The person or people might feel like the universe supports their endeavors. I don’t know how else to explain that part, but in both readings, there is this impression that there is a feeling of being justified – almost like someone is doing something beneficial. I can’t explain that. I can only say I am compelled to share that.

The Queen of Wands reversed came up before. This time the card appeared with the 9 of Pentacles which is a card that depicts someone successful and probably mature in age (not a teenager or young adult). I think this probably represents the female. It can be someone who has achieved financial and material independence – either on their own or through marriage. They may even come across as elegant to people. Ironically, the Nine of Pentacles reversed can come up when there is prostitution associated with a situation. But in this reading, it is upright.

The Five of Wands shows a lot of conflict and disagreements. There can be a competitive side to this card also. I don’t know if it is denoting what is going on in the person or people’s life or if it is just showing them as being someone that causes conflict. Someone that likes to argue and get their way. Someone who does not shy away from a problem or a fight. Perhaps, right now, they are experiencing significant problems or disruption. I’m not really sure with this one.

The Queen of Pentacles reversed could be someone already mentioned, or it could be another person with knowledge or involvement in what happened to Shannan. Sometimes this card is linked to prostitution. It can be connected to people that are social climbers and use people for material or financial ends.

The Emperor reversed is someone who is – or was – likely in a respectable kind of position or profession. However, it is someone who would have used whatever power and respect they had in harmful ways. Such a person is usually controlling. They can be rigid in their thinking and behavior. Other people may view them as a leader or as someone with notable accomplishments. It can indicate significant corruption as well – either personal or systemic.

There is definitely a sense of something bigger going on with all of this and I think there is at least one person who has been directly involved that might come as a surprise to people. I don’t think that what happened to Shannan was an accident. Based entirely on the readings, I think more than one person is involved – but I’m not sure of their exact role. The person that came up in the first reading – with the King of Swords reversed – is probably out there spreading false information and talking about the case. I just see this person being active in discussions (possibly even online) about the case and intent on shifting blame or victim-shaming even.

There’s a lot of information that we don’t have here – that is available in some way (I don’t know how but I do think it’s out there) – that would shed a lot more light on this if we had it.

Lindsey Baum

Disappearance: June 26, 2009
Location: McCleary, Washington

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.

Summary:

Lindsey Baum disappeared on July 26th of 2009. She was only a couple of blocks away from her home when it happened. Her remains were later found in 2018 in a wooded area far from her home. She was only ten years old at the time of her disappearance.

Question: Who caused the disappearance and death of Lindsey Baum?

Row 1
9 of Cups – Death – The Moon (reversed)

Row 2
Knight of Pentacles (reversed) – 3 of Swords – Ace of Cups
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles (r): 7 of Swords

Row 3
Page of Swords – 9 of Pentacles – 2 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Swords: The Devil (reversed)

Lindsey Baum reading 1

Reading:

The reading is about the person, or people, responsible for Lindsey’s disappearance and death. Prior to Lindsey’s disappearance, this person – or a primary person involved – is coming across as someone who had experienced some success in their life and had a sense of confidence. They may have been recognized for, or celebrating, achievements or accomplishments.

Death is a card that indicates significant changes. In many cases, the changes are for the better in the long run. However, sometimes they cause disruptions or upheavals that change a person in negative ways. Whatever happened, the person transitioned from one way of life into another.

The Moon reversed suggests that there are truths that will come to light about this person. Their identity, and their deeds, will not remain unknown indefinitely.

The Knight of Pentacles reversed is suggesting this is either a younger male (likely an adult) or someone who acts as though they are in their late teens or twenties – even if they are older than that. While I find that the court cards tend to stick to the gender they represent for the Queen and King cards the most, they can and do sometimes represent the opposite gender. I say this because I cannot completely rule out female involvement here. This would be a person who was, at the time, focused on a lot on material possessions and/or money. They may not have changed much since either. People depicted by this card behave irresponsibly and tend to make promises that they don’t deliver on. They may have gambling or other kinds of vices that impact their financial situation negatively in the long-run.

The Seven of Swords, pulled in connection with the Knight of Pentacles reversed, is a card that shows this person behaving in deceitful and underhanded ways. The card may point to a theft, or series of thefts. In this case, it could be depicting the kidnapping of Lindsey. An important aspect of this card is that it represents someone who is getting away with their behavior because they are good at lying and adept at manipulating those around them.

The Three of Swords is showing someone who went through heartbreak or some kind of grief. So I’m wondering if the death of someone close to this person, or the loss of a relationship they deemed important, was the catalyst for the changes that were conveyed through the Death card. This person experienced notable emotional distress pertaining to a relationship (romantic of familial) relationship.

The Ace of Cups reversed then shows me that this person did not move on from their pain and were not able to get a handle on the issues they were having. This card typically pertains to matters relating to feelings, relationships, or love. It can also sometimes indicate that someone has experienced a miscarriage or pregnancy issues – though that is not always the case when it appears. Those are just some different meanings it can have in this kind of context.

The Page of Swords either represented a person or a message. If it represented a person, it was a child who was intelligent, logical, and inquisitive. If it pertained to a message then it was one that occurred via speaking to someone in person, phone call, text message, internet chat, or some other similar method. If this represents Lindsey, then it is showing she questioned this person and spoke out about him. I don’t know if this is implying that she called him out directly or if it is trying to suggest she knew them ahead of time and had misgivings about the person. People represented by the Page of Swords are intelligent and they typically love to talk and so this would be someone chatty and good with words.

I pulled the Devil reversed as the card connected to the Page of Swords. This is a card that usually shows someone as trying to regain control or freedom over their life. If the Page of Swords represents Lindsey, the implication is that she tried to get away from this person. She tried to get out from under their control.

The Nine of Pentacles usually has positive implications in terms of one’s financial situation. It would have represented someone who had some degree of financial freedom of independence. In readings on past cases, this card has come up in situations where the perpetrator either had their own residence or had access to one where they could have privacy.

The Two of Pentacles reversed is showing me someone who made bad financial decisions and probably became overextended financially. Part of this might tie back to the card that talked about someone who gambles or has some kind of vice that causes them to lose a lot of money. So in the present, I would not expect this person to present as someone who is doing well financially – though in the past it seems that they had a better financial situation. This is also someone who will probably come across as disorganized in general.

Question: What do we need to know about the murder of Lindsey Baum?

Row 1
2 of Pentacles (reversed) – 4 of Swords (reversed) – Ace of Cups (reversed)

Row 2
Knight of Cups – 2 of Cups (reversed) – 4 of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups: The Sun (reversed)

Lindsey Baum reading 2

Reading

Two cards that appeared in both readings include the Two of Pentacles reversed and the Ace of Cups reversed. Those cards, and their meaning, is significant. The Two of Pentacles reversed is a person who is either on the verge of a financial crisis or they are experiencing one presently.

The Four of Swords reversed shows a person who might have been quite isolated in the recent and/or distant past but has been coming out of that. However, it also a card that sometimes comes up in this position when it is describing someone who is having a mental health breakdown, or who is feeling extremely burnt out.

The Ace of Cups reversed is a card of pain and sadness. There is a theme to this card that I see sometimes in readings, and I feel more inclined to apply it in this one due to the presence of the Two of Cups reversed. At times, this card refers to unrequited love or relationships that have ended in a way that leaves one person feeling as though they cannot move on. When it pertains to females, it can point to pregnancy issues or infertility.

The Knight of Cups is a person who is younger in age – or behaves similarly to someone who is a young adult – and is a sensitive or emotional type of person. The Sun reversed, pulled in connection with this card, could be pointing to someone who is depressed and pessimistic. However, I have to bring up the topic of pregnancy issues once again since I have seen these arise with the Sun reversed. Sometimes it also refers to adoption or problems adopting. I can’t quite figure out if this situation potentially involves or involved a couple because these themes are so prominent that they are hard to ignore at this point.

The Two of Cups reversed points to a romantic relationship or a connection between two people that went terribly wrong. Maybe if there was a couple involved, they are no longer together for whatever reason because this is a card that comes up when relationships are either in the process of ending or have already concluded. There is often a lot of disruption that comes with this card as well, such as conflict and arguments between the people involved. If that’s true, there is a possibility one might turn on the other. But if there are two people involved, they might not want to talk because of their own culpability.

There’s another possibility that has come to my mind a few times during the readings. This could have been someone known to Lindsey and/or her family because there are so many cards pointing toward heartbreak and pain that pertains to a loss. It feels like the crime was motivated by that loss – as though there could be a retaliation dynamic or something of that nature. I don’t know. That’s just a weird feeling I keep getting here.

The Four of Cups reversed is a card people get when they are reawakening and getting back into the swing of their life again. It usually follows a time period of difficulty or one where a person lacks direction. So if this person hasn’t been particularly social or active in the recent past, that seems to be changing for them – though it’s hard to say what is motivating it.

I want to point something out and it might not be important. In the article that provided me with the date of her disappearance, and the date she was found, it said she was found in a wooded area in Kittitas County. That appears to be several hours away from where Lindsey lived but I don’t know the area so I’m not sure. If it is a distance away, it implies that the person that took her may have known her in some way and might have put her body that far away in the hopes that it would not be found, and/or that if it was found that they would not be an immediate or obvious suspect due to its location. That just stood out to me.