John Dubose Jr.

Disappearance: 11/04/2021
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?

Row 1
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – 7 of Cups – Devil (reversed)

Row 2
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)

Row 3
8 of Wands (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed) – 2 of Pentacles

John Dubose Jr. reading 1


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.?

Row 1
4 of Pentacles (reversed) – 10 of Wands – 8 of Swords (reversed)

Row 2
King of Cups (reversed) – The Emperor (reversed) – The Star
Card pulled for the King of Cups (r): 5 of Swords (reversed)

Row 3
6 of Pentacles (reversed) – The Hierophant – Death (reversed)

John Dubose Jr. reading 2


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.

LaDexter Pelt

Disappearance: 11/04/2021
Location: Sacramento, 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 happened to LaDexter Pelt?

Row 1
Judgement (reversed) – The Hermit – Knight of Swords
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: High Priestess

Row 2
Justice (reversed) – 2 of Wands – 8 of Wands (reversed)

Row 3
Knight of Pentacles – Ace of Swords (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles: 7 of Cups (reversed)

LaDexter Pelt reading 1


LaDexter Pelt was apparently traveling with a younger man named John Dubose. They traveled from Alabama to California. They were believed to be in the general Sacramento area when both men ceased to answer their phone or respond to messages.


It appears there was a conflict. I don’t know if it was between LaDexter and the person he traveled with, John Dubose. It has a feel that is more sudden and reads more like an encounter that one or both had with someone.

Judgement reversed is a card that suggests that a hasty decision might have been made. There is also an element of self-doubt and a potential lack of situational awareness. It is like LaDexter walked into a situation without a full understanding of what he might be getting into. Another thing to consider with Judgement reversed is the concept of repeating patterns of behavior. It comes up a lot when people keep making some of the same mistakes over and over again, despite knowing there are consequences and that it could end badly for them.

The Hermit can point to someone withdrawing temporarily and/or taking a moment to reflect on themselves or their situation. It could also depict the two men parting ways – willingly or unwillingly.

The Knight of Swords reflects a fast-moving person or situation. The card is equated with impulsiveness and an unwillingness to bend on one’s position in an argument or fight. I pulled the High Priestess in relation to the Knight card, and it is suggesting that there is more to the situation or circumstances that has yet to be revealed. People close to the situation should tune into their gut feelings because this card may also point to hidden or subconscious knowledge that a person has that may answer important questions. There’s a lot more to this than I think may appear on the surface. It runs deeper than it might initially seem.

Justice reversed often comes up in circumstances that are fundamentally unfair or unjust. It comes up when there is at least one person involved who does not want to take responsibility for their actions. Such a person might be inclined to blame others.

The Two of Wands can show a situation where there is more than one path they can take. It could pair with the Hermit in that it can sometimes depict a person who has withdrawn from others to take time to think about things or to decide about something. It’s a card where someone is determining their longer-term goals to figure out what steps are needed to accomplish them.

The Eight of Wands reversed indicates a situation that may have come to a stop. For example, it can come up if a person has planned to take a trip and then needed to cancel or had circumstances that occurred to delay or prevent it from happening. So it is reading as though LaDexter had continued plans, but they were halted – even if only temporarily. If it pertains to a confrontation, it is showing a situation where something happened to put it to an end.

The Knight of Pentacles depicts a person who was or is working toward making steady progress toward a goal. However, the Seven of Cups reversed can indicate a person who makes poor choices or someone who gets in a situation where they now feel trapped. It can represent a reality check. Everything seemed to be moving along fine and then it wasn’t. Something happened.

The Ace of Swords reversed is another card that points to a wrong decision. It can indicate missed opportunities to do something and bad news in the form of delays. Often, the person doesn’t realize they have missed chances to get out of a situation or that they have made a choice that will cause them more harm than good.

The Five of Wands reversed is meant to show the end of a struggle. The problem with this card is that while it can point to favorable solutions, there are some other cards in this reading that make it difficult to determine if it is a positive or negative depiction of events. It’s positioning at the end presents a lot more questions than any of this reading even came close to answering.

Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of LaDexter Pelt?

Row 1
Knight of Cups (reversed) – 6 of Wands (reversed) – 9 of Wands
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): 3 of Swords

Row 2
The Tower – Strength (reversed) – 2 of Swords

Row 3
Knight of Wands (reversed) – Temperance (reversed) – The Empress
Card pulled for the Knight of Wands (r): Justice (reversed)

LaDexter Pelt reading 2


Who did LaDexter and his friend travel to meet? Why were they in that particular area? You’ll see why I’m asking pretty soon. Again, this is merely a tarot reading and so nothing in it should be taken as fact.

The Knight of Cups reversed, combined with the Three of Swords, is depicting a situation where someone got their heart broken. While it does often pertain to romantic love, neither card is limited to that context. The Knight reversed appears to show a person who is dishonest, potentially obsessive, and moody. A concerning aspect of the Three of Swords here is that it can also be a card of disillusionment – when someone sees a truth about another and it’s ugly. So what were the circumstances of this trip and who exactly were they intended to meet?

The Six of Wands reversed shows someone who feels they are not receiving positive attention or recognition. It’s meaning could vary somewhat – depending on how LaDexter knew or knows the person in the Knight reversed position. I have had it come up in readings where an attempt to achieve an objective ultimately failed, and the person who experienced that failure experienced a fall from grace.

The Nine of Wands is conveying that even though a problem or situation was taking a turn for the worse, LaDexter might have sought to persevere anyway. It’s a card of last stands.

The Tower is typically associated with unexpected and drastic change. It can represent a crisis or a complete upheaval in a person’s life. I really cannot underestimate the power of this card because it does not represent a minor change or event.

Strength reversed is showing that the reaction to it was reflective of one rooted in self-doubt and a lack of personal conviction. The card could suggest that LaDexter lost control of a situation, or of what was happening to himself, and did not feel he could overcome it.

The Two of Swords is another card where a person is unwilling or unable to see the truth about something. This could go back to the Three of Swords where someone got their heartbroken and might have been in denial about something they suspected was happening. It can show a person who is having a difficult time making a choice as well – often because there does not seem to be any good options.

It is difficult to say if the Knight of Wands reversed represents a situation or person. If a person, this is someone who may tend to get violent, probably has jealousy issues in general, and tends to behave recklessly. Justice reversed is telling me that the situation – or event – was unfair. Someone was wronged.

Temperance reversed enhances that meaning and also depicts circumstances that lack balance. There are many cards that are showing a hastiness to everything that is happening and point to poor or impulsive decision-making. Someone may have taken something to extremes – alcohol, drugs, violence, etc. It can depict a person losing control either mentally or physically. It can depict situations of inequity, as well as confrontations or outbursts.

The Empress is a card that confounds me when it appears in these specific types of readings because I have no background knowledge or context for it. This could represent a mother-type figure that is either pregnant or has a child. This person is coming up in connection with all of this, but I don’t know how or why. It could also be connected to the situation depicted by the Three of Swords in which there was a sense of someone feeling heartbroken.

Getting to the bottom of who these men were meeting and why might shed more light on their situation – not because I’m suggesting those people are in any way involved, but because if they are not involved it means they might have more information than they realize.