Chance Englebert

Chance Leslie Englebert

Disappearance: 07/06/2019
Location: Gering, Nebraska

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:

Chance Leslie Englebert was 25 years old when he disappeared on July 6th of 2019 in Gering, Nebraska. He was reportedly visiting family and is said to have walked away after an argument. To my knowledge, he has not been seen since.

Question: Who or what caused Chance’s disappearance?

Row 1
Queen of Pentacles (reversed) – 2 of Pentacles (reversed) – 7 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): Knight of Swords
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: 9 of Wands

Row 2
6 of Wands (reversed) – The Chariot (reversed) – Ace of Swords

Row 3
Ace of Cups – 4 of Cups (reversed) – 3 of Swords (reversed)

Reading:

In response to the question about who or what caused Chance’s disappearance, the cards are showing me an adult male and female (or two people with these energies). I don’t know if the Knight of Swords represents Chance, but it’s possible. It may represent someone else entirely. Either way, the person in the Queen of Pentacles reversed position, and the one in the Knight of Swords position, had been experiencing ongoing conflict. The Nine of Wands is a card that depicts current and past conflict or difficulties. It depicts both people as being weary and guarded in connection with the turmoil.

The Queen of Pentacles reversed is someone who comes across as a motherly-type figure (doesn’t necessarily mean this person has a child – or multiple children) who is manipulative and ungrounded. There are many other negative attributes associated with this positioning of the Queen of Pentacles, such as jealousy and sociopathic tendencies. However, not all are going to apply in every scenario.

The Knight of Swords is coming across as someone with a younger and masculine energy. This may have nothing to do with the person’s actual age, but more to do with how they come across and behave. A person represented by this card is someone who is talkative and strong-minded. Such a person is not the type to let other people force their opinions on them and they can be stubborn about their beliefs, stance, or positions on matters which can lead to conflict or arguing. Sometimes they behave impulsively and impatiently – showing a rebellious streak at times as well.

The Two of Pentacles reversed is showing these two people as being in a situation where they were experiencing hardship and stress. The Pentacles pertains to earthly and/or financial matters and so there were likely some financial difficulties that were adding to the sense of conflict surrounding the two people depicted in the first cards. This card also denotes a lack of planning and a failure to have a good contingency plan to fall back on.

One of the people involved felt overburdened and as though they were being asked to shoulder the bulk of the blame for something – possibly relating to one of more hardships. And it shows someone admitting defeat, losing control of the situation, and giving up.

The Six of Wands reversed is showing a person who felt that they were not appreciated, and who either felt they were a failure or felt that other people treated them as such. They did not feel as though they were getting recognition for any hard work they put in or anything they did that was positive.

The Chariot reversed can indicate one of two things, or possibly both. The first is a situation that got out of control and involved aggression. Sometimes there is a revenge component associated with this card, as well as forcefulness. The second is it could depict a vehicle in which Chance traveled – or was taken – away from where he was last seen or believed to have been.

The Ace of Swords makes me think that there was a dynamic here where Chance – or someone else involved in all of this – felt compelled to assert their truth. It is almost like they were unwilling to back down on something they wanted to do or pursue. But it could also be a situation where they simply didn’t want to allow someone else to impose their own beliefs or expectations on them. It can be a realization of truth as well – something coming to light and creating a sense of clarity about a person, multiple people, or a situation.

The Ace of Cups is generally a new beginnings card or one that indicates positive occurrences relating to socializing, family, pregnancies, etc. I’m not sure how this one fits in exactly. One of the two people depicted early on might have gotten involved in some kind of side relationship. Maybe they wanted to pave the way to pursue that. It isn’t clear what was going on here. I can real only speculate about the specifics.

The Four of Cups reversed is showing someone who wanted to move on and let go of past mistakes, regrets, or grief.

The Three of Swords reversed also points to someone who is overcoming some kind of emotional trauma or grief – often pertaining to a relationship or emotion-laden situation. It is the card that comes up after someone has experienced heartbreak and is beginning to recover.

This reading could have so many different implications that depend heavily on who the people are in the first two cards: the Queen of Pentacles reversed and the Knight of Swords. The Queen of Pentacles reversed would have been someone more focused on material or financial matters, whereas the Knight of Swords is someone who is more intellectual and driven by intrinsic types of motivators. There was a disconnect here, between these two people, because they definitely had some contrasting goals.

Question: What circumstances caused Chance’s disappearance?

Row 1
8 of Wands – 2 of Pentacles – 10 of Cups

Row 2
7 of Wands – 10 of Pentacles – 6 of Wands

Row 3
Empress (reversed) – 7 of Swords (reversed) – Hanged Man (reversed)

Reading

The Eight of Wands shows a situation that unfolded quickly. Whatever the circumstances were, surrounding Chance’s disappearance, they seem to have taken place over a somewhat short period of time.

The Two of Pentacles is showing Chance as trying to balance different elements of his life – particularly those associated with monetary or material matters. It appears that there was a lot going on around him and he was attempting to focus his energies on specific aspects of his life.

The Ten of Cups shows that the surrounding circumstances involved family somehow. It’s not necessarily saying that family is directly responsible, but at a minimum there is this sense of indirect responsibility at least – if the interpretation of the cards is correct. The Ten of Cups often represents one’s home or married life. In most contexts, the card is a positive one that shows a harmonious home life. However, sometimes it merely establishes an overall picture of what a situation consisted of in terms of people and atmosphere.

The Seven of Wands shows Chance as feeling defensive. It also shows him feeling somewhat cornered and where he felt he had to defend himself, his actions, and/or his beliefs. He would have been resistant to other people blaming him or forcing their opinions on him.

Okay, there is a financial and/or material component to his disappearance. The Ten of Pentacles is a card I see in different circumstances, such as a person receiving a large amount of money or assets in the form of an inheritance. It can pertain to wills or property deeds. Those kinds of matters. I don’t know what Chance’s financial situation was or how this applies, but it does suggest some kind of foul play in connection with one or more of these types of matters.

The Six of Wands is showing someone who wants or receives recognition. I don’t know if this pertains to Chance. It can be positive in some regards but can also apply to people who do things mainly for attention or recognition. There is this sense of wanting to present a better image than what the true reality represents – in general.

The Empress reversed is a motherly figure who exhibits traits that contrast with this card in its upright position. This is usually someone who either is a mom or has attempted to have children without success. But what is interesting here is the possibility that it represents an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. The Ace of Cups came up in the first reading and can be a pregnancy card as well. It feels like there was an infidelity situation going on here, but I don’t know who was cheating or if it is directly related to Chance’s disappearance. It might be though.

The Seven of Swords reversed can represent a person is a pathological liar, a cheater, and/or a con artist. I do want to point out that I see this card come up in readings where whoever is responsible for a person’s disappearance (or death in some instances) is caught. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, because I don’t know who the two cards in the first reading represent, but this feels like foul play. I think these cards will mean a lot more to people close to this case too. They can probably easily identify who is involved just based on the descriptions.

The Hanged Man reversed shows that it might take some time for that to happen though. It can represent a sense of stagnation and waiting.

If someone was responsible for Chance’s disappearance, I don’t see them getting away with it. I also think there are people that already know who did it. Perhaps even someone in law enforcement who may not have enough evidence yet to act on it. I’m not sure what’s going on in the background, but if there are one or more people involved, they will likely get tripped up by their own lies. Give them plenty of rope because they will definitely hang themselves with it in time.

Cleo Smith

Disappearance: 10/16/2021
Age at the time: 4 years

Question: What happened to Cleo Smith?

Row 1
Queen of Cups – The Lovers – Ace of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: 8 of Cups (reversed)

Row 2
King of Pentacles (reversed) – 9 of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Swords
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): 8 of Swords (reversed)

Row 3
The Fool – 10 of Cups (reversed) – 6 of Cups

Cleo Smith Reading 1 – Dark Angels tarot

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.

Summary:

Cleo Smith reportedly disappeared from her parents’ tent while they were camping in Western Australia. She is four years old as of the date of this reading.

The Reading:

I am going to say outright that this was not among the clearest of the readings I have done or interpreted. Sometimes the readings I do paint a vivid picture of what happened, while other times I just seem to get bits and pieces. The latter is the case here. 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 a positive outcome here.

The Queen of Cups represents a mother figure who typically demonstrates the attributes associated with this card. Such a person tends to be intuitive, sensitive, a good mother, and someone who places a lot of emphasis on the emotional bonds this person has with others.

I pulled the Eight of Cups reversed, in relation to the Queen card. It is showing this person as someone who is in some kind of situation because they have a fear of change. Such a person feels stuck, basically. The Queen card suggests a possible representation of Cleo’s mom, but I can’t tell for sure.

The Lovers upright is usually a positive card that depicts a strong partnership or relationship. However, it can also depict a situation where someone is faced with a choice pertaining to a relationship or a partnership. The choice can fall outside of the bounds of a close friendship or romantic relationship in that it can represent someone needing to find a balance between two aspects of their life (i.e. home life, work life, etc.).

The Ace of Cups is a card that signifies fresh starts or new relationships. It can also be a card that asks the people depicted in a reading to follow their intuition. It can sometimes signify a pregnancy, depending on the situation and other cards surrounding it. The person shown through the Queen card at the beginning of this reading is coming across as an intuitive person and this card suggests they need to follow their gut feeling here. If they have a strong feeling that something specific happened to Cleo, they very well could be correct.

The King of Pentacles reversed is showing me a person with masculine qualities. The reversed position emphasizes the negative characteristics of this person’s personality. This is someone who is unsuccessful from a career perspective, may tend to be unfaithful to loved ones, might have vices such as gambling, or they spend money recklessly and acquire it in questionable ways. This person is coming across as obstinate, calculating (or at least they are trying to be), and cold. They focus a great deal on the financial and material aspects of their life.

The Eight of Swords is the card I pulled in relation to the King reversed. It shows this person as desiring freedom from their situation and circumstances. They exhibit a need for control in situations and relationships. They do not feel they have it right now. The card communicates a sense of a person acknowledging their own responsibility and/or power in a situation – at least internally or to themselves.

The Nine of Wands reversed has a similar energy to the rest of the cards on this row in that it shows me someone who is obstinate and stubborn. The person involved is someone who comes across as having a chip on their shoulder. They have made many mistakes in the past and they don’t seem to have learned from them. These personality traits are known to those around them.

The Seven of Swords is a card conveying dishonesty on the above individual’s part. They are two-faced, they manipulate people, and they’re going to get caught. Either they are going to get caught or they are going to confess. This card suggests that they feel the weight of this coming down on them.

The Fool is a card that could have a few meanings in this situation, and it is difficult to know which one fits best. It may demonstrate the desire that someone involved in all this has to begin fresh and start over. It can show a desire for freedom – where a person is not encumbered by the responsibilities of their life or the things they have done in the past. I can only speculate with this card.

The Ten of Cups reversed is a card that usually comes up when the person or people involved are connected to each other. It shows an unhappy home situation and domestic types of conflicts. It does not necessarily pertain to Cleo’s parents. But it does pertain to the person responsible. I do want to point out that the reading is not suggesting to me that Cleo’s mom is involved. If anything, she is probably the person represented by the Queen of Cups and I feel like she knows more than she realizes – either on a subconscious or intuitive level.

The Six of Cups communicates a sense of community support and help. It also conveys feelings associated with being homesick or a timeframe when someone is spending a lot of time thinking about the past – their childhood or happier memories. I don’t know why this is coming up as the last card in the reading and so I am going to pull some more from a different deck.

Question: Who or what is responsible for what happened to Cleo?

Row 1
10 of Earth (reversed) – 3 of Earth (reversed) – Ace of Fire (reversed)

Row 2
5 of Air – The Star – Daughter of Earth (reversed)

Cleo Smith Reading 2 – New Era Elements tarot

Reading:

The Ten of Earth reversed shows me someone who is really focused on the material and financial aspects of life. This came up in the first reading, associated with the King of Pentacles reversed. So we are looking at someone who places a strong emphasis on material things and/or money.

The Three of Earth shows me someone whose thoughts are chaotic and scattered. This person appears to be experiencing burnout – probably related to work or a career that they have or had.

The Ace of Fire suggests that this person thought they had a lot more working in their favor at the time of Cleo’s disappearance than they actually did. They did not plan properly. They missed details. They also overestimated their abilities.

The person previously, and recently, had a really false sense of who they were. Now they are starting to see their own reality. They are beginning to understand their limitations and they are probably experiencing some embarrassment and fear. The image they have of themselves has been shattered.

The Star is a card that signifies hope and promise. I am reading it as a signifier that the answers will come about Cleo’s disappearance. Probably sooner rather than later, but it is hard to estimate the timeframe.

The Daughter of Earth reversed is a card that depicts someone who was complacent – or someone that feels they were. It is a young female energy. I don’t know if it refers to Cleo, an actual daughter of the person depicted in the readings as the King of Pentacles reversed, or someone else. But they are coming up at the end of the reading, suggesting they hold important information and that we will likely get some of the answers sought from – or because of – this person.

Neither reading gave me any clear indication of Cleo’s status or wellbeing unfortunately.

Asha Degree

Reading for Asha Degree
Birthday: August 5, 1990
Reported Date of Disappearance: February 14, 2000

Question: What happened to Asha Degree in February of 2000?

Row One
The Fool (Reversed) – 9 of Cups (Reversed) – Ace of Swords

Row Two
Knight of Swords (Reversed) – Knight of Pentacles – The Devil (Reversed)
Card linked to K of S (Reversed): 4 of Cups (Reversed)
Card linked to K of P: Death

Row Three
6 of Swords (Reversed) – The Sun (Reversed) – Justice (Reversed)

Asha Degree reading – Traditional Manga deck

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.

My background knowledge on this case/situation is limited. A very basic summary, to provide some insight into what is known and not known, is that Asha was 9 years old when she disappeared in February of 2000. It is believed that she disappeared in the early morning hours of February 14th. Multiple people claimed to have seen a little girl matching her description walking along a highway around the time she would have been missing. However, none of the witnesses know what happened to her beyond that and claimed she was completely alone.

One person reportedly tried to stop to offer help but said that it seemed to scare her and she ran into a wooded or tree-lined type of area. At some point, her backpack was found at a construction site off Highway 18 and was wrapped in a plastic bag. The bag was linked to her because it has been reported that it contained her name and phone number. I did not come across concrete information about what else the bag had in it. She has been missing ever since.

The Reading:

I want to take a moment to remind anyone that reads this, 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. These are only tarot readings and my opinions about what the cards might mean.

The Fool reversed puts Asha in the position of potentially taking careless action. Given that she was a child, and nine years old, it is understandable how she could end up in a situation she didn’t realize might become dangerous. The card implies an atmosphere in which a person is easier to take advantage of or feels compelled to do something that is naïve or reckless.

The 9 of Cups is viewed as a positive card upright, but in a reversed position it can point to a negative situation associated with massive disappointment, shattered dreams, and misery. In its position next to the Fool reversed it suggests a direct relationship to Asha and her mindset when all the events unfolded. Things did not go remotely as planned.

The Ace of Swords is a card suggesting a plan of action and clarity on a matter at hand. It is included in the row with the above-described cards and is related. The positioning suggests that Asha had a plan in mind and had given it thought ahead of time. Swords, associated with the element of air (and its prevalence in this reading when compared to other suits), gives the impression of something that was fast-moving. While some planning appears to have played a role, it likely did not become serious or fully take root too far in advance. Most likely, the plan was formulated – at least in Asha’s mind – within a matter of a couple of days or less.

The second row begins with the Knight of Swords in a reversed position. To get further information on court cards, I like to pull an additional card that is positioned over the court card. It then becomes linked to any cards it directly touches (see the image that I took of the cards). The four of cups reversed was the card I pulled in reference to the Knight of Swords reversed.

The Knight of Swords reversed refers to a younger male energy (keep in mind that court cards do not absolutely mean a reference to a person, nor are they restricted to a reference only to people who match their gender or age portrayal on a card). Knight court cards give off an energy that is more mature than that of a Page, but that is more active and less experienced than a Queen or a King. Due to its reversed position, the card represents someone with energy associated with the element of air. Astrological signs linked to swords include Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini. However, the astrological signs associated with a court card are intended to give a picture of the person or energy the cards are conveying and so if they represent an actual person, they could belong to any astrological sign. They would be recognizable more by their traits and patterns of behavior. That is the significance I am placing on them here.

The Knight of Swords reversed – in the context of this reading – is coming across as a person who lacks tact and tends to be forceful or confrontational. The person may not behave this way typically, but that is the energy that is coming up in response to my question about what happened to Asha. If representing a person, I would expect the individual to be someone who was (or still is) inclined to coerce people, was or is controlling within their relationships, and may be or have been abusive verbally and/or physically with people around them. Such a person might appear (to others) to have the positive characteristics associated with the upright position of this card and thus might not typically behave like someone who would be involved in something untoward or nefarious. It depends on whether the reversed positioning characteristics are their norm so to speak.

The Four of Cups reversed tends to have a positive meaning in that it usually marks a time when a person becomes more active or moves beyond a position that once felt stagnant. This card could have a lot of meanings here, ranging from representing someone who was experiencing blocks or delays in their life who found new enthusiasm, direction, or purpose that motivated them to take forward-moving action. But it could also refer to someone who was restricted in their ability to act, due to sickness or imprisonment. The meaning is not clear to me in this reading. Cups are associated with the element of water and often represent the emotional (or lack of it, depending on the card and reading) aspect of something.

In addition to covering the Knight of Swords reversed, the Four of Cups reversed is also covering the King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is associated with the element of earth and represents energy consistent with the astrological signs of Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo. If representing a person, this is someone with a mature energy who is business inclined and typically secure financially. The energy is associated with security and safety. People matching this description may work a variety of jobs and so it is difficult to identify a specific profession. The positioning of the card might provide insight into how the person in the Knight of Swords reversed position may have come to know about Asha. The card seems to indicate a connecting thread of sorts.

The card I pulled in connection with the King of Pentacles was the Death card. In many cases, the Death card has positive meaning in that it can reflect a transformation, the resolution to a situation or problem, or a release from something. But there are instances where Death can represent an actual physical death and I suspect that could be the case here. When I placed this card over part of the King of Pentacles, it also took a position where it covered the Devil reversed. I need to spend more time thinking about this combination because along with other cards, such as Justice reversed and the Sun reversed, it gives the impression of there possibly being a sexual motive behind this. However, I am hesitant to really say that with confidence based on this reading alone. I cannot rule out an accident based on the way these cards display, though they are pointing to something more deliberate and at least somewhat planned. At this time, I cannot figure out the link between the two court cards in the second row. There is an important link there, but it is not clear whether the link pertains to how someone would have known about Asha or gained access to her or if it refers to someone with greater involvement. Questions I have include whether this person is related by blood or marriage to the person represented by the Knight card? Does this person have pertinent information? Or is the link merely the person who made it possible for Asha and the other person to cross paths? Maybe a future reading that focuses more on this aspect would help clarify.

The positioning and placement of figures on the cards suggest that the Knight of Swords was focused on the person depicted in the Fool reversed. Given the nature of my question, I feel confident the person represented in the Fool card is Asha. I want to say that I am not getting any impression from the cards that anyone in her immediate family knows what happened to her. If they know or are acquainted with one or more people that do, my sense is they are unaware of this or at least uncertain if they happen to suspect someone. From an intuitive perspective, it seems there is a connection between whoever was involved and the family. The family likely knows the person involved – possibly through a third person (King of Pentacles?) – but none of this reads as the immediate family (mother, father, and brother) as being involved. A careful examination of a younger person – or a person whose maturity level is on par with that of a teenager or a person in their earlier twenties – that Asha may have come into repeated contact with – could prove helpful.

The last card on the second row is the Devil reversed. This card can lean toward the positive if other cards suggest that someone is letting go of something, gaining freedom from an obsession, addiction, or another similar type of entrapment. In this case, the Devil reversed could refer to the destruction or collapse of whatever plan was in place leading to whatever events unfolded. The position often denotes a sense of freedom, which can be literal freedom or emotional freedom. It gives a sense of being detached from the death card that covers it.  

The third row tends to represent the aftermath or outcome of the events. In this case, it refers to the events that occurred in 2000. The Six of Swords reversed indicates a person trying to run from something they have done or a bad situation. The energy suggests a person who feels trapped by a situation. The positioning of the cards shows a desire for mental distance and possibly physical distance as well. This means the person may have moved or put further distance between themselves and the location/s associated with the event shortly after. Did they live in the same area or state? The cards show a strong likelihood of this.

I am reading the Sun reversed as an impression on the part of whoever is involved (and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of two people being involved in some capacity) that they feel they have gotten away with whatever happened. Something to consider here is that this might cause whoever has direct information on what happened to say more than they should. On an intuitive level, I do feel this person (or people) have communicated with others about what happened. If there is a second person involved, my thought is they might have been brought into the situation to help cover it up or they had some other kind of secondary involvement. The Knight of Swords reversed, if representative of a person, denotes arrogance or a sense of feeling as though enough time has gone by that they are safe.

Justice in the reversed position is often associated with unfair outcomes. I have found, when doing readings on missing people and/or crimes, it tends to suggest that something outside of the law occurred – meaning at least one or more laws were broken during the events surrounding Asha’s disappearance, making it a criminal event in some way. In conjunction with other major arcana cards included in this reading, Justice reversed indicates to me that Asha is deceased. The outcome of the events do not seem to have come out in her favor. However, there is always the possibility of a positive outcome. I don’t believe in giving up on hope without completely convincing evidence proving an outcome is indeed a negative one.

I will do another reading on Asha in the future. I find that if I put time and space in between readings, I can sometimes get a better understanding of what may have happened. I also like to note whether I get similar cards and/or combinations in different readings on the same subject matter.