Date of disappearance: 02/17/2018
Question: What happened to Ryan Shtuka?
7 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Wands (reversed) – Justice (reversed)
9 of Wands (reversed) – 8 of Cups – Strength (reversed)
3 of Wands – 10 of Swords (reversed) – The Lovers (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.
Ryan disappeared from Sun Peaks resort in B.C., Canada, sometime between about 1:30am and 2:10am on February 17th of 2018. People initially thought he went missing closer to 2:10am; however, a text message either sent or received by Ryan showed that he likely left a party he was attending closer to 1:30am. He had attended the party and is assumed to have left it to go home. It doesn’t seem as though anyone remembers him leaving though. Ryan’s residence was located close to where he spent time with friends.
He was officially reported missing when he didn’t show up to his work later on the 17th. At least one sighting placed Ryan near the town’s village area at about 1:55am, but it isn’t clear if this – or any other similar sightings – have ever been confirmed. A factor that further complicated the situation was that it was extremely cold on the evening he disappeared. A large amount of snow fell by the following day as well.
An extensive search commenced for Ryan, but no trace of Ryan has been found since he went missing in 2018. His family has continued to actively search for Ryan.
Ryan’s reading begins with the Seven of Wands reversed. This card communicates feelings of being overwhelmed, defensiveness, or concerns that others might be criticizing or judging the person the reading is about.
The Six of Wands reversed is showing me a situation where a person feels they are not getting proper recognition or are concerned they are either not achieving what they should. Sometimes with this card there is the sense that no one is properly recognizing their achievements. It can cause someone to doubt their own abilities or talents.
Justice reversed is a card that appears in the context of these kinds of situations when something unlawful or unjust has occurred. It is a card denoting a lack of proper accountability and can sometimes come up when there is a retribution aspect to a problem or situation.
The Nine of Wands reversed is a card that shows a situation where there is a refusal to compromise or a lack of persistence.
The Eight of Cups is a card that shows the person in question as needing to walk away from a situation or person because it is no longer a beneficial aspect of their life. The cards are reading as thought Ryan had some kind of conflict or issue with someone that he encountered but did not have the desire or energy to actively fight or argue and so he tried to walk away from it. The card might represent literally walking away from a person or problem, or it can depict someone who has made the intellectual and emotional decision to do it.
Strength reversed indicates a situation where a person feels intensely afraid or worried about what it happening to or around them. In a normal reading – that does not involve someone who is missing – it’s a concerning card because it indicates a strong sense of anger, depression, or fear. However, the cause is usually something that is happening in the person’s life – something that is draining the happiness from their existence. In this kind of reading, where someone has disappeared, it can pertain to an immediate situation that feels life threatening.
A card in this reading that is really throwing me for a loop is the Three of Wands. The card is much more positive than the earlier ones. I often see this card come up with regard to travel. It doesn’t necessarily mean travel to far away places. It also may show someone engaging in planning as well. If he went into the village area, could he have gotten into someone’s vehicle because the weather was so cold that he worried he wouldn’t make it back on his own?
The Ten of Swords reversed is a tricky card. In its upright position, in relation to these types of cases, it can prove disturbing. In its reversed position, however, it represents surviving hardship and learning lessons from those experiences. However, swords are a suit of intellect and thought patterns so it can also refer to a person’s mental state at a particular time. Let’s say, for instance, that it turned out Ryan decided to take a ride from someone. At first, he might have thought that the decision saved him from a potentially fatal situation.
The final card is the Lovers reversed. Since nothing in this reading seems to suggest there was a romantic situation or problem at the heart of his disappearance, then its meaning is likely associated with the decision-making facet of the card. The Lovers, upright and reversed, can also signify an important decision that a person has made or needs to make. In this context, the Lovers reversed is telling me that Ryan made a bad decision. It isn’t saying he made a stupid one or did something he shouldn’t have done; it is just telling me that whatever he decided to do did not produce a desired or good outcome for him.
Question: How can we find Ryan?
The tarot is great for telling or showing a story surrounding something that has happened in the past. However, it does not provide clear insight into the practical aspects of finding missing people. I decided to try adding an additional layer to this reading by doing a three-card Lenormand spread.
The Letter – The Cross – The Journal
Reading and Information:
The Letter + The Cross = News will come about Ryan’s fate/situation
The Cross + The Journal = Guilt and sadness will reveal hidden information
The Letter + The Journal = Written messages, or the analysis of written information, will help to uncover important information/discoveries
In conclusion, I hope for a positive resolution here. Nothing I write about these readings should be taken as fact without evidence or proof to back it up.