Summer Moon-Utah Wells

Disappearance: 06/15/2021
Location: Rogersville, Tennessee

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:

Summer Moon-Utah Wells vanished on June 15th of 2021 in Rogersville, Tennessee. She was reported as missing from her residence, located in the Beech Creek Community, at 6:30pm in the evening. Currently, law enforcement conducted a search of more than 1,000 acres in the area surrounding her home. She has reportedly not been seen since. She was five years old at the time of her disappearance.

Question: Who or what caused Summer’s disappearance?

Row 1
Chariot – King of Swords (reversed) – Devil (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Swords (r): The Hermit

Row 2
2 of Pentacles (reversed) – Empress – Page of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles (r): The Fool (reversed)

Row 3
3 of Wands – 9 of Pentacles – Knight of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords (r): 2 of Swords

Reading:

The Chariot is a card of travel and movement so right off I get the impression that she was taken away from her home setting. The card can refer to a vehicle or other mode of transportation, but it’s showing this right away in the reading.

Next it is showing me the King of Swords reversed. This is telling me that a man is likely responsible for her disappearance. The King of Swords reversed is someone who can be opinionated and stubborn in the way they view things. They can be biased and lack general objectivity. In the reversed position, this can point to someone who lacks integrity and manipulates facts or information. I pulled the Hermit in connection with this person so it is coming across like this is a person who is known to go off on their own sometimes – to think about things or get away from things.

The Devil reversed is suggesting that at the time of Summer’s disappearance, this person might have been in the process of trying to overcome one or more addictions. Another aspect of this card, in the reversed position, is that it can represent someone with cruel intentions or someone who gets control over situations using psychological manipulation. Most importantly, the Devil reversed usually represents someone who hides their darkness from other people. They have secret fantasies, thoughts, and addictions that the people around them may not see. The person might seem okay on the surface, but there is a dark shadow side to their personality.

The Two of Pentacles reversed is showing that there might have been a financial or material stressor that led up to this. That is not to say that it has anything at all to do with Summer; it is more meant to communicate what was going on in this person’s life as a potential means of identifying them and understanding why they took the action they did.

The Empress is a challenging card in these readings because it does not always seem to hold quite the same meaning as it does in a more traditional type of reading. On it’s face, it represents a female and motherly figure. In its upright position, it typically has positive meaning and implications. The problem is that I get this card consistently in cases where a person was murdered. I’m not saying that it means that Summer is deceased, but for me it is a concerning card to see – in this particular context.

The Page of Pentacles (reversed) refers to bad news or a person who is overly intense. At times, this card refers to people that are into some darker things. For lack of a better way of describing this, it can sometimes point to types of magic or energy that is intended to cause harm. This is not always the case, but that meaning is a possibility and so I’m putting it out there. There is a sense of real darkness in all of this, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it all entails. I pulled the Fool reversed in connection with the Page of Pentacles reversed and that tells me that the person we are dealing with is someone who behaves recklessly. This person takes risks and uses poor judgement to get what they want.

The Three of Wands is both a travel and planning card. It’s showing me that this person feels pretty comfortable in terms of feeling as though they have successfully implemented whatever plan it was that they had. I don’t know if travel refers to this person taking Summer away from her home or if it is suggesting that he left the area at some point after. It is hard to say because I can’t get a clear feel for whether this person was local.

The Nine of Pentacles, in a reading that is coming across to me as a potential abduction situation – or at least one where the person was taken away from their home – usually refers to a secondary location. It basically tells me that this person likely had access to another place or property. Either they lived on their own, or they had a place where they could have taken summer. I got this card in a reading I did for Jayme Closs and Amanda Berry – both of whom were eventually found alive, and who had been kept at a home or property. So if Summer was taken, there is a possibility she was kept for a time. I can’t even rule out the possibility that she still is. Determining for certain whether a person is alive or deceased, via readings like this, is extremely difficult.

Okay, there is potentially someone else directly involved OR a younger male adult who might have suspicions about all of this but either is not voicing them or who is not being heard/taken seriously. I do not know if this is a person related to the man who has already been discussed or if it is someone who knows him. But this person seems to have information that either they are trying to stay in denial about, or that other people are dismissing for some reason. He may have some kind of direct knowledge because the Two of Swords, pulled in connection with his card, is kind of a rock-and-a-hard place card where a person does not really feel they have any good choices to pick from at the moment and so they may not make any at all.

Question: What circumstances caused Summer’s disappearance?

Row 1
Hierophant (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed) – 7 of Pentacles

Row 2
Hanged Man (reversed) – The World – Temperance

Row 3
Queen of Swords – The Chariot – The Star
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: The Magician (reversed)

Reading

The Hierophant reversed is an interesting card to get at the start of a reading like this. It could be as simple as a situation where the main person involved in this was triggered by problems in a marriage, or by a divorce-type situation. However, it can also point to circumstances and/or people that are unconventional. It sometimes comes up where there are odd groups of people involved or cult-type situations. So there’s a few possibilities there.

The Five of Wands reversed is showing the end to a struggle and/or conflict. It is as though something major happened and then it was addressed – either through peaceful means or forceful ones.

The Seven of Pentacles is depicting a situation where one or more people are waiting for the work that they have put into something to pay off. On one hand, it could hint at there being a somewhat longer-term plan involved in all of this. An example would be that if she were abducted, someone might have been kind of stalking her from a distance and waiting until they had an opportune time to act. It could mean something else entirely, but that is what came to my mind.

The Hanged Man reversed shows me someone who makes the same mistakes repeatedly and demonstrates negative patterns of thought and/or behavior. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is someone involved here who has served prison time or been arrested. Sometimes this card comes up when someone commits suicide or is contemplating it. It’s just not typically a positive card. These readings seem overshadowed by this sense that there are serious mental health issues behind all this.

The World shows something coming full circle, but it can also indicate a plan that is implemented successfully. The more I read on this, the more this all feels premeditated.

Temperance is usually about finding balance and harmony. I am not sure what it means here.

The Queen of Swords usually represents an independent kind of adult female who is logical and usually intelligent. The Magician reversed, in connection with this card, either refers to a completely different person associated with the Queen of Swords – or it refers to her. The Magician reversed is someone who is resourceful, but they use their resources and skills in ways that may victimize other people. Such a person might scam people, trick them into doing or saying things that benefit them, etc. It’s a manipulative person and typically a narcissist as well.

The Chariot is again showing travel and movement. I always get this card in readings I do on Summer (I did some in the past, but never posted them online). Because it keeps reappearing, I am taking that to mean it deserves real emphasis. I do think Summer was taken away from her house. I don’t know who took her. I don’t even know for sure who didn’t take her. But I have to wonder if this is trying to stress to me that the person involved is not in her household. I know that’s the popular belief. I’d have to live under a rock not to see some of the things people are saying about the parents. But if I step back, and I put all of that aside, and I tell you what the cards are saying and how my intuition is reading them…this looks like some kind of abduction. Can I rule out one or both parents? No. But are these cards pointing to them? No, they aren’t.

The Star suggests to me that this case will be solved. I don’t know how it will work out in terms of what Summer’s status is now – or will be when the answers are uncovered – but this card is telling me that the answers will come at some point. Maybe the person in the Knight of Swords reversed position will come forth with information. Something will happen.

So based on these readings, I would say that even though there is a ton of focus on the parents, it is worthwhile to entertain other possibilities as well. I really wouldn’t rule anything out here. I think someone likely planned this and there’s more to this than people are seeing.

Jamie Valdez

Disappearance: June of 2020
Location: Booneville, Arkansas

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:

Jamie Valdez disappeared in June of 2020. Though the exact date of his disappearance is unclear, it has been reported that his vehicle was found abandoned in Sugar Grove, AR on June 17th of 2020. His family, and his wife, have not heard from him since.

Question: Who or what caused Jamie’s disappearance?

Row 1
Empress (reversed) – Knight of Swords – Hierophant (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: 6 of Wands

Row 2
The Moon – Page of Swords (reversed) – 8 of Pentacles
Card pulled for the Page of Swords (r): 9 of Pentacles (reversed)

Row 3
7 of Wands – 5 of Wands – Justice

Reading:

The first thing this reading is conveying to me is that there was trouble in his home life – or home environment. It can sometimes point to a pregnancy issue or an unwanted pregnancy, though this is not always necessarily the case. It can also show someone in a relationship where one person is overbearing. The Empress reversed shows the state of his home life as a prominent issue/contributor.

The Knight of Swords is showing me a person consistent with a younger male adult. It could be an older male, but if it is then it is someone who acts or behaves – on mental and emotional levels – as though they are younger. This is a person who speaks what is on their minds. They come across at times as loud and opinionated. They may show tendencies to speak or act impulsively. It can also be a person who kind of goes against the norm, or against the flow. The Six of Wands shows that this person likely seeks recognition and attention. They might even be someone who gets it – for reasons that are not made clear here.

The Hierophant reversed can go a few ways. Since it is in the first row, combined with the Empress reversed, then the likely meaning pertains to Jamie’s marriage. It can be indicative of problems or a separation – or plans and/or discussion about these kinds of matters. It can also refer to someone who is a nonconformist and goes against tradition. So it does not necessarily pertain to his marriage, but there are other cards in this reading that seem to suggest a higher probability that it does.

The Moon tells me that things with Jamie – and in particular, quite possibly his home life – were not as they seemed. This card comes up in these types of readings when there has been deception concerning the narrative given about what happened or may have happened to someone. It also points to hidden dangers and potential secret enemies. I will probably have a better idea what else this refers to after the second reading.

The Page of Swords reversed is showing me that there was a message sent, or something that was said (or texted, emailed, etc.) that was negative and pertained to Jamie. I don’t know if he received this message or if it was merely about him and it kicked off the circumstances. Because it is reversed, I would expect the intent behind it to be more malicious, vindictive, or intended to cause harm (emotional or otherwise) than I would see if this particular card appeared in its upright position. The Nine of Pentacles reversed, pulled in connection with the Page reversed, is telling me that the message likely pertained to something material or financial in nature. There is also a possibility of a theft or some adverse event.

Because the question is seeking to find out who or what caused Jamie’s disappearance, the Eight of Pentacles could refer to different people. If Jamie disappeared on his own accord, then it refers to him. If one or more people were involved in his disappearance, then it refers to at least one of those people. The card comes up when a person works in a particular trade or has an area of expertise. Sometimes it comes up to communicate that a person has started a new job or has become self-employed in some capacity. I don’t know precisely what this means here, but it might make much more sense to someone who knows more about Jamie and the people in his life.

The Seven of Wands shows a situation where someone is defensive about something. Again, who it pertains to depends on who is involved here. But it is linked to the message or interaction discussed previously and it shows someone as getting upset about it – feeling defensive and potentially as though they are being backed into a corner. In some cases, it can refer to a person as being under attack or being blamed or accused of something.

The Five of Wands shows that there was ongoing conflict between Jamie and whoever else was involved. This reading does not make me feel as though this is a matter of Jamie disappearing on his own. I can’t completely rule that out – because of the nature of these readings and the potential for error – but on an intuitive level that is not how this situation is coming across. So with this card, it is showing me conflict, fighting, and there could be an underlying degree of competitiveness that comes with this card – or clashes of ego.

Justice really gets my attention here because this card suggests that someone has been wronged and that the situation will eventually have a just outcome. Basically, if someone did something to Jamie and hurt him or something that crosses ethical or legal bounds then this card is communicating that the appropriate person or people will be held accountable. I do not have an idea of when or what circumstances will bring that about. I will say there is an air of impulsiveness and reactionary conflict to all this – that I am picking up on – so if something really bad happened here then I highly doubt it was well planned.

Since the Knight of Swords is a person who tends to talk a lot and is opinionated, the odds that they have or will say too much to someone about what has happened are really good. This is the kind of person I would expect to have time work against them in that the more comfortable they become that they will not get in trouble, the more likely they are to start saying things that contradict former statements or that outright provide more details about what really transpired here.

Question: What circumstances caused Jamie’s disappearance?

Row 1
7 of Wands – Death – 4 of Swords (reversed)

Row 2
10 of Wands – 8 of Cups (reversed) – 4 of Wands

Row 3
6 of Wands – 5 of Wands – 4 of Cups

Reading

The Seven of Wands came up before, but in this reading, it refers to the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s disappearance. It still carries the same meaning. Someone was – of felt they were – under attack or blamed for something. It shows someone as being defensive and trying to stand their ground, so to speak. It can also point to someone who is behaving in a way that is territorial. It is not unusual – in missing person’s readings – for a card like this to represent the use of force or an attack.

Death is a card that is often assumed to represent a literal and physical death. However, typically it does not (there are exceptions, and it depends on surrounding cards). In this case, it seems to convey a situation that changed dramatically for some reason. It is as though there was some kind of major upheaval that occurred.

The Four of Swords reversed is showing someone who has been in the process of finding mental strength, and perhaps emerging from some difficult or dark times. My understanding is that Jamie had some addiction problems at one time, but this card supports what has been reported about how that was a part of his past.

The Ten of Wands shows someone who felt overburdened and extremely stressed out. It is someone who felt they were carrying the brunt of the responsibilities and that whatever situation pertains to all of this felt like an uphill battle. But it shows someone as continuing to try to overcome those difficulties and move forward or make progress.

The Eight of Cups reversed is showing me that Jamie was in a situation that he probably knew he should leave or break free from, but for emotional reasons he just couldn’t do it. Another aspect of this card is pretending that a person is happy or in a decent place in their life – when they are really having a difficult time. Some of this stems from a fear of abandonment and a reluctance to move on from something that is known and familiar.

The Four of Wands can represent some kind of gathering or celebration. It can represent teamwork. It can also represent some pride in one’s success or accomplishments. It’s very difficult to say what this refers to specifically here.

The Six of Wands is showing someone as getting positive recognition for something. It is immediately followed by the 5 of Wands, which makes me wonder if this was a trigger or something that might have created a sense of competition between two or more people. The Five of Wands came up in the first reading so it’s evident there was some ongoing conflict going on here. Another aspect of the Five of Wands is that it shows people as having different agendas. People are in conflict because they want different things, or they have different beliefs. It’s indicative of ongoing opposition.

The Four of Cups represents missed opportunities and disillusion. It can convey a sense of apathy or an overall negative viewpoint.

Question: What else do we need to know about Jamie’s disappearance to understand what happened to him?

Row 1
The World – The Fool (reversed) – The Sun (reversed)

Row 2
King of Wands – 6 of Cups (reversed) – 7 of Swords
Card pulled for the King of Wands: Four of Wands

Reading:

The World shows a cycle as being completed. In these readings, there are two main reasons this card comes up. The first is to communicate that the case will be solved – the answers will come. The second is sometimes to show me that a person might not be alive. I really cannot stress enough that I don’t feel confident using these readings to determine if someone is alive or deceased. Once in a while they come across clearly this way, but that is rarely the case.

The Fool reversed shows me someone involved here who acted recklessly and exercised poor judgement. There is a sense of intention with regard to this that points to something that exceeds the seriousness of a person walking away from their life on their own. It can also depict someone who behaves irrationally.

The Sun reversed shows there is some degree of blindness to the truth here. Also, it could be interpreted as the literal opposite of its upright meaning, which is essentially: vitality, positivity, freedom, etc.

The King of Wands and the Four of Wands is throwing me because it can be interpreted in two extremely different ways. So before I get to that, the Six of Cups reversed might show that there are past issues that played a role in all this – perhaps someone was abused as a child, or someone was working on resolving those issues. I’m not sure. But it typically shows someone as progressing beyond those types of problems and trying to move forward.

The Seven of Swords is a person, or people, who has done something bad and gotten away with it. It can be more than one thing, but the main aspect of this card to understand is that the behaviors it conveys are not good ones and may include cheating, stealing, excessive lying, and manipulation. There is a sense of cunning that comes with this card. While I find that people this card is often attached to are on the impulsive side, they tend to have put thought into what they are doing and how they might get away with it. I’m not sure how to explain that better except to say it can be challenging to trip these people up – though possible.

In getting back to the King of Wands…I see there being two possible distinct possibilities. In my mind, one feels a lot more consistent with the overall impressions I got from these readings than the other. I am going to put them both out there with the hope that someone close to Jamie can ascertain which one makes the most sense and is the most consistent with what they personally know about this situation.

The first possibility is one I am not currently buying into. It is that Jamie disappeared on his own because responsibilities or problems got to be too much. There are a lot of cards that I feel contradict this possibility, but it is one I can’t completely discount because of the Four of Wands. Here’s the issue with that card. It has many different meanings, but one of them pertains to reunions and homecomings. So if Jamie disappeared on his own, then this suggests he will return. But that would mean that all of the other cards are merely communicating the contributing factors. This would mean the Seven of Swords would have to represent Jamie and I have to say that does NOT feel consistent with the feelings I have gotten about him throughout all of these readings. He’s not coming across as that kind of person to me. If that is true, and he isn’t that kind of person, then it becomes much easier to completely discount this possibility.

The second possibility is the one that intuitively makes more sense to me, and that is that he disappeared due to a conflict with someone else. The first reading suggests an adult male is involved and the third one does as well. If the adult male is not Jamie, then it is another person. All of this is linked to conflict he was having in his life and oppositional forces that he was up against. That is true, regardless of which possibility proves accurate. The Seven of Swords is one of many cards that has me leaning in favor of this possibility. I think there was one or more fights over something specific and that it may have either gotten out of hand, or someone might have done something they shouldn’t have. If another person is involved, then there is a possibility their identity would be revealed in connection to some kind of celebration (potentially a wedding or something along those lines) – at some point in the future (because of the two appearances of the Four of Wands). The appearance of Justice at the end of the first reading is another reason why this possibility makes much more sense to me.

Kristian Justice and Kaylah Hunter

Disappearance: 5/27/2014 (some sources say 5/24/2014)
Location: Detroit, Michigan

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:

In May of 2014, Kristian Dejuan Justice – who was born on October 2nd of 2013 – disappeared along with his mother, Alicia, and his half-sister Kaylah Nevaeh Hunter. Kaylah was born on November 8th of 2007 and was six years old at the time. A couple of weeks later, Alicia was found deceased and wrapped in a blanket in the basement of a vacant home. The two children remain missing.

Question: Who happened to cause Kristian Dejuan’s Justice’s disappearance?

Row 1
5 of Wands (reversed) – King of Pentacles (reversed) – The World
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): Ace of Cups

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

Row 3
Queen of Swords – 9 of Pentacles – Queen of Cups
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: Chariot (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: 8 of Cups

Reading:

What the reading, as a whole, is showing me is that Kristian’s mother was trying to leave a bad relationship/situation. Her trying to get away from it completely – or perhaps expressing a desire to do so – seems to have set the male off that is represented by the King of Pentacles reversed. The Five of Wands reversed shows me a situation that becomes calm or peaceful – after a period or event of conflict. The King of Pentacles reversed is coming across as a man who was experiencing hardship financially – likely due to his own decisions and behaviors. I’m seeing this as a person who was likely unfaithful in his relationships and probably projected that on to other people – even in cases where the other person was faithful to the relationship.

The King of Pentacles reversed can present as a person who is extremely cold, ruthless, and cruel. I have a hard time believing that anyone that felt this man’s wrath came out on the other end unscathed – children included. The Ace of Cups, in connection with the King reversed card, suggests one of two possibilities. The first is that the motive behind Alicia’s murder was because the King reversed felt she was leaving him, or was trying to leave him, for another person. The second is that the King reversed wanted to get her out of his life so that it would pave the way for him to commit to another relationship that the cards are showing him as having begun prior to her murder.

The World shows everything coming full circle for Kristian, which I really do not take as a good sign with regard to his fate. I don’t ever like to outright say that I think someone is deceased, but the cards are not giving me a lot to work with in terms of finding ones that are more on the hopeful side.

The Moon shows that there is still a great deal of deception surrounding everything that happened here. The person responsible has continued to lie about his role and involvement. I don’t know enough about this case to know if he ever confessed to Alicia’s murder, but these cards are not showing him as coming clean about what happened to the children. The other thing that stands out to me is there is another male involved in all of this. It is likely someone who is a bit younger than the person in the King reversed position – or at least this is someone who has the mentality of someone who is younger than that person. This person has not been honest about what they know, or the extent of their involvement either. The Four of Pentacles is telling me that the main reason for this is they do not want to face the financial and material consequences.

The Four of Cups is a card that came before the Knight of Pentacles reversed and the Four of Pentacles. It shows me that there were more opportunities to get to the bottom of all this, earlier on when Alicia was discovered murdered. However, some of those opportunities are gone now and I am taking that to mean critical evidence that might have shown where the two children are.

So we have this second person who knows much more than they are admitting. Then on the third row, we have the Queen of Swords and the Chariot reversed which tells me there is likely a third person with information and/or involvement of some kind. I cannot get a clear view on what was going on with this person. I’m not necessarily getting the impression that this person helped commit a crime. She might have tried to assist Alicia or the children and got caught up in it all somehow. I’m really not sure. This part is not clear to me.

The Nine of Pentacles is showing me someone who has become independent and successful. I don’t know how this is related specifically, but maybe it is meant to help identify the female involved.

I am seeing the Queen of Cups as Alicia because the card pulled in connection with her is the Eight of Cups. This shows me someone who had recently left, or was in the process of leaving, a situation she knew was not serving her well. I’m seeing it as an abusive type of situation that she did not realize she was taking on when she first got involved with the man who killed her.

I don’t see the King of Pentacles reversed person as telling what they know and did. I think that answers will need to come from the person represented by the Knight of Pentacles reversed card. This person may have already shared some information, but I see him as downplaying the degree of his knowledge and the extent of his involvement.

Question: What happened to Kaylah Hunter?

Row 1
7 of Swords – King of Pentacles (reversed) – 6 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles (r): Magician (reversed)

Row 2
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – Temperance – King of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): Ace of Swords (reversed)

Row 3
9 of Wands – 2 of Swords – 8 of Cups (reversed)

Reading

The reading on Kaylah is showing me that the same primary person that was responsible for her brother’s disappearance, and her mother’s death, was responsible for what happened to her as well: the King of Pentacles reversed. As you can see, he came up in both readings. The Seven of Swords was the first card, and this shows that the person responsible was very deceitful – in pretty much every aspect of his life. He was not faithful in relationships. He was not honest. He was extremely manipulative. And he got (maybe still gets) away with a lot. People potentially underestimate what this man is capable of and the degree to which he can be cunning.

The King of Pentacles reversed came up with the Magician reversed. This shows me someone who conned and tricked people to get what they wanted. It also shows someone with a degree of intelligence and resourcefulness. This man can get other people to do his bidding for him by lying and manipulating them. He probably pulled several people into this mess who may still not have fully realized it yet.

The Six of Swords can have a dual meaning here. On one hand, it shows someone rocking the proverbial boat and standing their ground. I think that Alicia did this and tried to get away from this man. However, sometimes this card comes up when there has been a drowning or a situation where someone has been put into water. I’m not saying that’s what happened to Kaylah – because I do not know – but I’m putting it out there as a potential meaning.

The Three of Pentacles reversed shows that the man behind all this did involve other people and it did not go well. I don’t know if one of the people turned on him to save themselves or what. But something went wrong with that aspect of the situation. Temperance shows me as someone trying to balance the situation and escape from the conflict. The King of Wands reversed could be the same person who came up in the first reading in the Knight of Pentacles reversed position, but I am not sure about this. If not, then we have another man involved in some aspect of all this. That person has been incredibly dishonest also – as shown by the Ace of Swords reversed. The reversed positioning is someone hiding their truth. It’s also someone who made one or more really poor decisions with regard to all of this.

The Nine of Wands shows that there have been a lot of setbacks in this case and that there are people with information who are worn down. They might be more inclined to talk than they were before, but keep in mind if the worst-case scenario proves true about what happened to these two children, then anyone else with knowledge recognizes that the stakes are high. Maybe they could strike an immunity deal if they tell police what they know. I don’t know. But this whole thing is very dark and terrible.

The Two of Swords show that there are still people in denial about some aspects of this. I don’t know who this is pointing to – if it is referring to someone else with knowledge. It’s also a card that comes up when a person feels they have no optimal or good choices. Every decision they make could cause them serious problems. But that’s the main issue here, isn’t it? That people are much more worried about protecting themselves than letting the family of these children know what really happened to them.

The Eight of Cups reversed is showing me people living with a bad situation. They don’t want to take the risk of admitting the truth. It comes across like they are afraid they will be abandoned by people they care about or that the consequences will be significant. Which makes me really worry about the ultimate fate of these two kids. A minimum of two people know where they are or where they left them, is the best way I can put that.

Rebecca Zahau

Date of death: 07/13/2011
Location: Coronado, California

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:

On July 13th of 2011, a woman named Rebecca Zahau (also referred to as Rebecca Nalepa) was found hanging at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, California. She lived with her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai.

Question: Who caused Rebecca’s death?

Row 1
9 of Cups – 10 of Cups – 4 of Swords

Row 2
7 of Swords (reversed) – Ace of Pentacles – King of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Swords (r): Strength (reversed)

Row 3
6 of Pentacles (reversed) – King of Wands – Empress
Card pulled for the King of Wands: 9 of Pentacles

Reading:

So I can tell you right now that the reading is conveying to me that this was a murder. This was not a suicide. I’ll get into that in more detail shortly, but I knew the answer to my question before I even processed the entire reading because of the appearance of the Empress at the end. It’s a tarot reading. It is not proof of anything, but this reading is a clear one to me. It is one of the more straight forward ones I have interpreted in recent times.

The Nine of Cups, appearing at the start of the reading, tells me that Rebecca was happy before the events that transpired with her boyfriend’s young son, Max. Max’s death was ruled as accidental – stemming from injuries he sustained inside the house while he was playing. So before Max became critically injured (I believe that he died within days of Rebecca’s death), Rebecca was happy. She felt she had a good life, she felt thankful for it, and things were going well.

The Ten of Cups really serves to emphasize that Rebecca had a happy home life. Her relationship with Jonah appears to have been solid and it is not reading as a dysfunctional situation/household/relationship. It shows her as having been invested emotionally and that she had a desire to contribute to a positive environment.

The Four of Swords shows me that at the time of Rebecca’s death, she was definitely stressed and feeling overwhelmed. She was in a state where she was trying to cope with everything that was happening, and she was trying to gather the energy she felt she would need to help others do the same.

The Seven of Swords reversed shows that the person responsible for her death – and it is not Rebecca – is someone who was or is two-faced, a pathological liar, and a whole host of other unpleasant descriptors. The person who murdered her should have been apprehended and held criminally liable quickly, but it seems that did not happen.

The person responsible was either someone known or related to Jonah or Rebecca. They were seeking a new start – particularly as far as jobs and money were concerned. The Ace of Pentacles shows me this. The card is also suggesting that financial or material factors played a role in protecting the person or people involved (you will understand why I am putting “people” out there as a possibility soon).

The King of Swords reversed represents the person who actually committed the crime. The corresponding card is Strength reversed. It communicates that this person made Rebecca feel helpless and victimized. This person is directly responsible. The King of Swords reversed is a person who manipulates situations and people – primarily through their words or methods of communicating.

The Six of Pentacles reversed shows a scenario where the person mentioned above was abusing or taking advantage of someone else’s generosity. I don’t know all the specifics on that aspect, but there was an imbalance in terms of financial or material resources. And this factors into all of this, though I don’t yet understand exactly how.

The King of Wands, in its upright position, is making an appearance before the reading is finished and I am not sure if this is because this person is involved in some way or if it is because they have information or knowledge that would expose the person who committed the murder. The Nine of Pentacles, pulled in combination with the King, shows me someone who is doing well financially and is self-reliant. They had, or have, a good amount of financial or material freedom is how I would describe it. It reads like it might be Rebecca’s boyfriend, but I’m not in a position to say for sure. Because I don’t know, and this reading is not providing full clarity here.

The Empress is a card that I often get at the end – or close to the end – of readings where a murder has occurred. Before I started publishing readings, I spent a lot of time practicing on cases that had already been solved – particularly ones I knew little about before I did the readings. Then I would go back and see what interpretations were right and try to learn from the ones that I got wrong. I refer to those as after-the-fact readings because they really only serve to help me understand what specific cards are likely to mean in readings where the answers have not yet been uncovered. This card, combined with other give-away cards pointing to murder, is how and why I feel confident saying that Rebecca did not cause her own death. This was not a suicide. Another person caused her death and it was deliberate.

Dylan Ehler

Disappearance: 05/06/2020
Location: Truro, Nova Scotia

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:

Dylan Ehler disappeared from his grandmother’s yard on May 6th of 2020. He was 3 years old.

Question: Who or what caused Dylan’s disappearance?

Row 1
9 of Pentacles – Strength (reversed) – King of Wands
Card pulled for the King of Wands: The World

Row 2
5 of Swords (reversed) – The Sun – High Priestess

Row 3
10 of Wands – Knight of Swords (reversed) – 8 of Wands
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords (r): The Magician

Reading:

The first thing I can see about Dylan’s disappearance is that it happened very quickly. Events unfolded rapidly. The first two cards support the claim that he was under the grandmother’s care (Nine of Pentacles can represent a mature and/or older female). Strength reversed shows Dylan as having been in a vulnerable or helpless position.

The King of Wands is the third card. The card pulled in connection with this one is the World. The King card is throwing me a little because it suggests knowledge about, or involvement in, Dylan’s disappearance on the part of an adult male. The World is a card showing the completion of a cycle – whether it be a life or something else. It was pulled for the King card and so it pertains to them and/or their role in all of this.

The Five of Swords reversed is a card that can carry two conflicting meanings. The first is that it can represent a resolution to conflict. However, the second is that it can refer to an escalation of violence. If a person is directly involved and caused Dylan’s disappearance (versus a situation where he wandered away and drowned), then this card could point to revenge or escalating violence. If a crime has been committed, this card points to it being solved eventually – possibly because the person confesses, surrenders, or is apprehended another way.

The Sun can mark the end of a struggle. It can also indicate success at achieving goals. A factor that makes these cards especially difficult to read is the question mark concerning whether this was an accidental drowning or if he was taken. If Dylan was indeed taken, then it could suggest success in terms of the person achieving their goals. If not, then it’s meaning is much harder to pinpoint here.

The High Priestess is a card pertaining to intuition and sacred types of knowledge. In these readings, it can indicate that guidance is being given regarding what has happened in a particular situation. If there are people close to the case who are intuitive, or have strong gut feelings, it makes sense to listen to them and see where they lead. It’s also a card that indicates there is still a sense of mystery surrounding this situation.

If the King of Wands does represent a person that is involved in this then it’s showing someone who is over-burdened and stressed at this point. This would also be a person who feels extremely restricted and like they are dealing with more than they can handle. The meaning of every single card in this reading depends entirely on whether he died accidentally, or someone took him.

The Knight of Swords reversed is showing me someone who has younger adult energy who is using whatever resources they can to find Dylan. This person is viewed negatively by some people, and he has a difficult time expressing himself well, which seems to add to the problem. However, this is a person who is trying to find answers. The Magician suggests that this person may have gotten another person with more knowledge and skills to help them gather information. This person might end up being the key to understanding all this because they are actively seeking answers. The problem is they might be finding it hard to get people to help or cooperate because in the reversed position, there is this sense that people view him negatively. My thoughts keep going to the father so I feel this might be Dylan’s dad. Not sure. Whoever this is…keep seeking answers because at some point it feels to me like you will find them.

The Eight of Wands reiterates that everything happened quickly. The sequence of events unfolded fast, and time was of the essence. Time was lost and I’m seeing that as having been a huge impediment to Dylan having been found. The clock was really ticking on this one. I hate to say this, but if the response had been quicker and more aggressive then we all would probably have the answers by now.

Question: What happened to cause Dylan’s disappearance?

Row 1
The Star (reversed) – Queen of Pentacles (reversed) – 7 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): 6 of Wands

Row 2
The Moon (reversed) – King of Wands – The Hermit (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands: King of Pentacles
Card pulled for the King of Pentacles: 2 of Wands (reversed)

Row 3
The World – The Chariot (reversed) – 7 of Cups

Reading

The Star reversed shows a situation where wishes were unfulfilled and there is an overall lack of faith that there will be a happy ending here. I’m not saying this is the case. But this is the mindset surrounding this situation.

The Queen of Pentacles reversed is appearing with the Six of Wands. The attributes exhibited by someone represented by this card are not great ones. The Six of Wands is showing this person as wanting support and positive recognition.

The Seven of Pentacles reversed is a card that depicts a lack of growth or progress. It’s reading like some of the work needed to find Dylan was not expended quickly enough. It’s also suggesting a lack of resource allocation and follow through.  

The Moon reversed is showing things are exactly as they seem here. Now that’s a tricky thing to say because a person’s perspective on what happened here is going to dictate how this card is interpreted. I’m reading this as this disappearance is potentially not as simple as Dylan wandered off and drowned. I’m not dismissing the possibility that he wandered off and then something happened to him; I’m saying that there are elements to all of this that have not come to light yet.

The next card is the King of Wands. It is the second time this one has appeared. This person is important. They must know what really happened because the readings are emphasizing this aspect. The King of Pentacles came up in connection with the King of Wands this time. The Two of Wands reversed came up in reference to both King cards. That is a lack of planning card. Did the person in the King of Wands position tell someone else what happened? Did they ask them to help cover something up? I can’t make sense of this.

It gets weirder with the Hermit reversed because this depicts the person as going into a state of seclusion and isolation. Or maybe this is someone that was already living this way – someone who is on the anti-social side and known to be an outsider in general.

The World has come up in both readings now, which does not feel like it bodes well. But like I always say, this is a tarot reading and is not meant to be taken as fact. The Chariot reversed is showing powerlessness and a lack of control over something. Sometimes it represents acts of aggression, but it just isn’t quite reading that way here. At times, it is literal and represents a vehicle. In the reversed position – if it is literal – then it points to a problem with the vehicle or an accident that occurred in relation to one.

 The Seven of Cups is a wishful and illusionary thinking card. There are so many possibilities and theories circulating that the truth is easily lost. It’s also communicating that people are off track and letting their imagination run wild. Which can be a real problem if it causes people to overlook evidence or possibilities that do not fit their personal beliefs or theories.

I’m going to have to do another reading on this because I just can’t put these pieces together in a way that makes sense in my mind’s eye.

Question: What else do I need to know about Dylan’s disappearance?

Row 1
7 of Swords (reversed) – 4 of Pentacles – 8 of Swords

Row 2
8 of Wands (reversed) – Page of Swords – 9 of Swords
Card pulled for the Page of Swords: 5 of Pentacles

Reading:

Okay, this one is interesting. The Seven of Swords reversed is another card showing me that the truth about what happened here will come out at some point. This card comes up when someone eventually confesses, or something happens that reveals what really happened. The Seven of Swords upright is someone getting away with something. The reversed is the opposite.

The Four of Pentacles shows me that there is a stinginess regarding the use of resources pertaining to this case. At the very least, it reads like an unwillingness to allocate enough money or resources toward finding Dylan only made the situation worse. This is just my interpretation but there have been a number of cards suggesting this.

The Eight of Swords is a card that shows someone as feeling trapped, victimized, or pushed into a corner. It can also depict someone who has been silenced – at least temporarily.

The Eight of Wands reversed is showing a delay in a resolution. While everything immediately surrounding Dylan’s disappearance happened quickly, resolving the situation is not unfolding at the same speed. It feels like this case might not have been handled that well.

There will be a message – perhaps in the form of a tip or someone relaying an important piece of information to someone else – that is going to be communicated regarding this case. It’s going to happen due to some kind of hardship someone will be experiencing – such as a divorce, a financial crisis, or something else that is significant enough to cause a real struggle. Though the message itself will be delayed in terms of timeliness, the method will be something quick (like a call, something stated in person, an email, a text, or something along those lines).

The Nine of Swords is showing someone experiencing mental anguish over this situation. It is a given that people who love Dylan would suffer and so this is more likely to point to whoever it is that has some kind of knowledge about, or role in, this boy’s disappearance.

I cannot confidently say that Dylan did not drown, though the appearance of the King of Wands twice is what really prevents me from feeling satisfied about this being an accident. It very well could be, but the readings are communicating there are missing pieces to this puzzle still.

None of the readings hint at the parents being involved. If anything, the Knight in the first reading might be Dylan’s father. I’m unsure because I don’t have the background on this case that I would need to figure out who might fill what roles. That was a sense I got though. What I would say to people is be careful about getting caught up in beliefs or theories that could point away from real evidence. In my heart and mind, after doing these three readings, I do not see the parents as involved. I don’t know why I feel like I need to keep saying this, but it’s really prominent in my mind.

One takeaway here is that the King of Wands person seems to be a key to finding out exactly what happened. I don’t know who this person is or why they are hiding what they know. But they know something critical to unraveling this and I don’t have a single clue as to who they are. I really can only tell you some of the people they are not (parents).

This one is really nagging at me. They all do, but this one has just taken hold. It’s like something in the universe wants this one resolved so that people can find peace. If someone thinks they know who this man might be, feel free to reach out to me. I feel like there has to be at least one person who has suspicions about this individual.

Harmony Montgomery

Disappearance: October of 2019
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

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:

Harmony Montgomery is 7 years old. The last confirmed sighting was approximately two years ago. Like Elijah Lewis, who was found deceased in 2021 after disappearing for 6 months, Harmony’s disappearance has now come to the attention of police.

Question: Who or what caused Harmony’s disappearance?

Row 1
The Lovers – Tower (reversed) – 4 of Pentacles

Row 2
Magician (reversed) – Page of Pentacles – 7 of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles: Ace of Pentacles (reversed)

Row 3
The Devil – King of Wands (reversed) – Queen of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): 2 of Pentacles
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): 7 of Cups (reversed)

Reading:

In response to the first question concerning who or what caused Harmony’s disappearance, the cards are showing me a couple. It is reading like an adult man and an adult woman. The Lovers indicates that there is likely a romantic type of relationship between the two people.

The Tower reversed suggests that something happened that was not planned out well in advance. Unlike the upright position, the reversed Tower comes with a sense of impending doom – as though whoever is involved has been waiting for the other shoe to drop with regard to all this. Whoever is involved doesn’t want to be held accountable.

The Four of Pentacles indicates that one or both people have some deep-seated issues going on. These issues extend to how the people maintain their finances and their home. It can point to people who are hoarders or who hold on to people or possessions obsessively at times.

The Magician reversed is showing me that one or both of these people con people or behave in criminal ways. They might try to play the system, so to speak. There are definitely some other issues at play – as evidenced by the appearance of the Devil on the last row – and so I would expect one or both people have some kind of serious addiction. It could be alcohol, drugs, etc.

Okay, so the next two cards I am reading based on meaning and intuition. The first is the Page of Pentacles, which I am seeing as representing Harmony. The card pulled in connection with the Page is the Ace of Pentacles reversed. I’m not taking that as a positive sign because it shows the people involved as feeling like Harmony was a financial burden. This is a tarot reading, and so as always, I caution against taking any of this as fact (without solid evidence backing it), but this card – combined with the meaning of the Four of Pentacles previously – is making it seem like these people were having money issues or wanted more money. There is a stinginess factor here that tells me that a possible scarcity of financial resources contributed to all of this happening.

I think financial and resource-related matters contributed in other ways too. For instance, it’s possible that Harmony was supposed to have been monitored by some kind of youth protection agency (I’m not saying she was, but I’m using this as an example here) and fell into the cracks due to a deficiency in financial and/or human resources. I’m getting that there were failures on more than one level here and I’m seeing a lack of money or resources as a major factor.

I don’t think it is a huge mystery – behind the scenes at least – as to who is responsible. I am getting from the Seven of Wands that these people are already on the defensive and are acting as though they are under attack. So if law enforcement has not found or communicated with them yet (and it honestly feels like they probably have or have at least talked to people who could relay messages to these two people) then these individuals know and understand that’s coming. They are delaying the inevitable as evidenced by this cards and the Tower reversed.

The Devil points to there being a lot of underlying issues at play. We could be looking at drug abuse, alcohol dependency, physical abuses, and on the list goes. The Devil is not a promising card in these readings. I can’t do anything with this card, or interpret it, in any way that is truly positive. There are definitely mental health issues surrounding this whole thing as well. Serious ones that were hinted at in other cards, like the Four of Pentacles (in the context of this reading).

The King of Wands reversed appears to represent the male figure. The Two of Pentacles shows this person has been responding to financial stress and has been trying to balance a range of issues or problems. The person knows they are in a dire or crisis type of situation, but they are still trying to focus and figure out options. This is a person who behaves recklessly and likely has a hot temper. A person represented in the reversed positioning of this card does not exhibit pleasant characteristics or qualities – let’s put it that way.

The Queen of Cups reversed is coming across as the other person involved. If they were not directly involved, then I would say they have knowledge. I don’t know if this is the other half of the couple that the Lovers point to. The Seven of Cups reversed is interesting because it shows this person as feeling trapped in their situation and who is avoiding facing reality. I don’t know if they are directly involved or if they just know/suspect what really happened.

Question: What circumstances caused Harmony’s disappearance?

Row 1
The Devil – 10 of Swords (reversed) – Queen of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords: Knight of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): Emperor

Row 2
4 of Pentacles – Page of Pentacles – 4 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles: Queen of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): The Star

Row 3
4 of Cups – 4 of Wands – 6 of Pentacles (reversed)

Reading

The Devil reappeared in this reading as the first card. It’s telling me that there is some kind of vice or addiction that has contributed to events playing out in the way that they have. The Ten of Swords reversed is emphasizing there are mental health issues associated with one or more people involved. The issues are prominent enough that others were (or still are) aware they exist.

The Queen of Swords, Knight of Cups reversed, and the Emperor is an interesting combination that could be read a few ways. It seems like something got between the person in the Queen position and Emperor position that caused conflict to arise. The Knight of Cups reversed could represent a third person – who has a younger energy – that could have been a child of one or both people. It could also signify some kind of romantic situation that went bad. The Emperor is usually a father figure. I’m taking that to likely be Harmony’s father. I don’t know if the Queen of Swords is Harmony’s biological mother or what. I wish I had some background information on this case because then I might be able to say who fits in what roles here.

The Four of Pentacles showed up in the first reading and it made its appearance in this one as well. The card points to situations where someone is stingy with their money, can be obsessive about people or possessions, and feels a strong need to control financial or material aspects of their life. This is a card that can come up with people that hoard – for all of those reasons. It’s also a mental health card in that it reflects a mindset that is unhealthy, obsessive, and rigid.

The Page of Pentacles came up again in this reading. I could be totally wrong here, but I’m going to go out on a limb with this one and say that the two cards pulled in reference to the Page are implying that the female (Queen of Cups reversed) represents Harmony’s mother or someone who was acting as a mother-type figure when she disappeared. I kind of feel like the Queen of Swords is Harmony’s biological mom, so this Queen of Cups reversed is coming across as the same person discussed at the end of the last reading. The exact same card came up there. And the Star makes me think that Harmony viewed this person in a hopeful way. It seems like she had (or has, since I don’t know her fate for certain) some positive feelings for or about this person.

Okay, the last row is interesting. The Four of Cups shows regret and missed opportunities. The Four of Wands could depict a marriage or family type of celebration. The Six of Pentacles reversed is someone who is coming across as using money or material things to control another person or situation. Is this trying to clue me in that the two people mentioned in the first reading are married, or were married in the not-to-distant past?

I’ve said before that I don’t like to point fingers because these readings aren’t always completely accurate, and my interpretation of the cards is not always correct. However, I have a really strong feeling about who specifically is involved, and I don’t have a good feeling about the final outcome for Harmony. Here’s what I will say. There is one parent – a biological parent – who knows FAR more about what happened than the other. This person can be identified by their obsessive and/or stingy approach to money and resources. They either still have at least one addiction, or they did in the not-too-distant past. This person has some mental health issues that may or may not have been diagnosed (people who know this person are aware of them though). And they have – or at least had when Harmony first went missing – a significant other who has some kind of information. That’s all I feel comfortable saying. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think this one ends well. I would welcome being wrong in this case.

Bottom line is that these are just tarot readings. I don’t have any way of knowing for certain what happened.

Toby Eugene Anderson

Disappearance: 08/22/1988 (dates vary on sites)
Location:  Selma, Oregon

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:

Toby Eugene Anderson was 18 years old when he disappeared in 1988. He was last known to have lived with his uncle. He is also last believed to have been seen by his uncle and he has not since been located.

Question: Who or what caused Toby’s disappearance?

Row 1
Temperance (reversed) – 9 of Cups – Tower (reversed)

Row 2
The Wheel (reversed) – Justice (reversed) – 7 of Cups

Row 3
10 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Pentacles – The Moon (reversed)

Reading:

Right away, some things stand out to me about this reading. The first is that Toby’s death was not an accident, nor was it something that was planned out well in advance. I think that something specific happened to cause someone to go after him. It reads like Toby witnessed something and then became collateral damage, basically. Another thing that stands out to me is that it isn’t a secret as to who is responsible here (Moon reversed), but they have not been held accountable legally for what they did regarding Toby (Justice reversed).

So now I will break this reading down. Temperance reversed shows there was some kind of conflict or occurrence that triggered all of this. There are a couple of cards that point to a power imbalance between Toby and the person responsible. There could have been recurring or ongoing discord between Toby and this person.

The Nine of Cups is not completely clear to me here. That is a positive card that points to a person’s wishes being fulfilled, or their goals being accomplished. Maybe this was a situation where the relationship between Toby and this person seemed like it would be a positive one, but if that’s the case then that sentiment likely did not last for long.

The Tower reversed tells me that something happened with the person responsible that was essentially a near-disaster type of situation for him. In these types of readings – especially ones where I feel confident there was some kind of foul play – the Tower reversed can indicate someone almost getting away with doing something bad. In my mind, I see this going down as Toby saw or caught this person doing something they shouldn’t, and this caused his situation to turn on him – as evidenced by the Wheel of Fortune reversed. There is this sense that circumstances were beyond Toby’s control. What I am trying to say is that the events did not turn because of something Toby did specifically; I think they turned because of something he might have witnessed or uncovered.

Justice reversed tells me that the individual that is responsible for Toby’s disappearance has not been held accountable, in a legal sense, for their actions. That is not to say that no one suspects him of being involved. The Moon reversed tells me that a lot of people suspect him of being involved. I don’t see a secret here as far as that is concerned – people know this person’s true nature at this point.

The Seven of Cups tells me that the person responsible for this lives in a fantasy world. This person thinks they have more options than they do, and they believe that whatever stories or lies they spin will be believed. This person is not grounded in reality, which could actually be a good thing in terms of getting to the bottom of this because he likely tells a lot of different stories and then forgets who he told what. This is the kind of person that would be susceptible to tricks like telling them there’s proof of what they did (without telling them what the evidence is or anything about it) and then sitting back to watch them trip on their own lies. He is someone who would likely start saying too much if he felt pressured and felt like whoever he was talking to somehow knew the truth.

The Ten of Wands reversed tells me that this person feels, deep down, as though they are resigned to their own fate. I think they worry they will be caught and kind of look at the situation as being one where it is only a matter of time before it happens. They might be surprised they’ve gotten away with it for this long.

The Six of Pentacles tells me this person used to – and potentially still does, but it’s hard to say because so many decades have passed – manipulate people and situations by creating an uneven power dynamic. Temperance reversed shows the existence of imbalances right from the start, and the Six of Pentacles is showing me someone who probably helped Toby in some way (financially, materially, or by providing shelter) with the knowledge that it would accomplish two goals. The first is it would make it easy to take advantage of people, in whatever way this person may have done that. And second, it made him look like a good person from afar – like a charitable and well-meaning person. Which is not even remotely the reality here.

The Moon reversed tells me a lot of different things. First, some of this person’s lies are already known. This isn’t someone that no one suspects. This is someone that many people already suspect. Second, there is an element of danger here because this person is really invested in getting away with whatever it is they did. There’s a negative energy that comes with this person. I understand that people might say…well, yes that’s because he did something terrible. But it’s deeper than that and I can’t put my finger on it. There’s a lot more to uncover about this person. Beyond just the situation with Toby. There’s more here.

Question: What circumstances caused Toby’s disappearance?

Row 1
Queen of Swords (reversed) – 2 of Swords – The Wheel (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Swords (r): Ace of Cups (reversed)

Row 2
8 of Cups (reversed) – Tower (reversed) – Queen of Wands
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands: Chariot (reversed)

Row 3
Queen of Cups – The Sun – 10 of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups: Strength

Reading

Asking the cards about the circumstances surrounding Toby’s disappearance has presented me with clarity on some issues, but more questions on others. The Queen of Swords reversed is telling me there is a female involved in this. I’m not saying the female did anything to Toby (that I can’t tell here), but there’s a female with information and knowledge about the events that transpired at the time of Toby’s disappearance. Something I am unsure about is the age of the person then, versus the age of the person now. Either way, this person wouldn’t have been known for things like honesty, good parenting skills, and productive communication. This is likely someone who probably experienced past trauma and had some very serious issues going on with them as a result. The Ace of Cups reversed tells me this person might have had issues with pregnancies, miscarriages, or infertility. They also probably exhibited signs of depression. There was (and maybe still is) a lot going on with this person.

The Two of Swords suggests that Toby was in a situation where at first, he might have been in a kind of denial about. I’m not getting the feeling he had a lot of options in his life at the time and so he might have felt stuck or trapped in a situation that he knew deep down was a bad one.

The Wheel reversed is appearing again in this reading and it reiterates to me that this change in fortune, which occurred regarding Toby, was caused by outside forces or influences – meaning Toby didn’t disappear of his own volition. Someone else made that happen.

The Eight of Cups reversed is suggesting that Toby was worried about leaving the situation and moving on. First, he is coming across as not feeling like he had a lot of other options. Second, I think he wanted to belong somewhere and was trying to make situations work that were already dysfunctional to begin with.

The Tower reversed appeared again. It’s definitely pointing to a situation where there was what was viewed as a near crisis event. In my mind, I keep thinking that he saw something. He witnessed something that would be extremely damaging and the whole situation was completely turned on him. I don’t know what the latter part means about the situation being turned on him, but that’s what I’m getting here.

The Queen of Wands suggests the presence of another person with adult and female energy in this situation. The Chariot reversed came up in connection with this person and it could represent a point of contention of conflict. I wonder if there was some kind of jealousy situation going on. Maybe a situation where Toby got attention from a female and that also created conflict between the person responsible and Toby. I don’t know. I am not sure what to make of this part. There seem to have been several underlying dynamics. Maybe this person helped cover something up after the fact. Hard to say here.

The Queen of Cups is coming across as a person that is trying to expose or uncover the identity of the person involved. Or someone who knows their identity and wants to make it known to others. Strength was pulled in relation to this person and that tells me they are not going to stop. They want justice and they aren’t going to be intimidated or deterred. Also, the Queen of Cups is someone who is highly intuitive – sometimes to the point of either being psychic or having underlying psychic-types of abilities – and they have strong feelings about what happened here – feelings that might be frustrating because it is hard to get others to fully take them seriously without concrete and solid proof. So if this person is looking for a way to find Toby, I would recommend considering what feelings and intuitions they have  

The Sun is a positive sign in a reading like this. I think the person represented in the Queen’s position is trying to bring lies and wrongdoings into the light. It feels like their sheer determination may accomplish this, though it’s hard to say for sure here.

The Ten of Swords is not a positive sign for Toby in that it suggests he was betrayed, and that harm came to him. I don’t like to say that with absolute certainty in reference to readings, but it does really look like the outcome was not good for Toby unfortunately.

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.

Skylar “Sky” Peterson

Disappearance: 08/30/2015
Location: Escondido, California area

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:

Skylar Peterson, also know as Sky, disappeared on August 30th of 2015. He was reportedly on his way to Wild Animal Park via Uber but is described as having terminated his ride just prior to reaching his intended destination.

Question: Who or what caused Skylar Peterson’s disappearance?

Row 1
4 of Swords (reversed) – Knight of Swords (reversed) – Knight of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the 4 of Swords (r): The Star (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords (r): 8 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles (r): Ace of Pentacles (reversed)

Row 2
Queen of Cups (reversed) – King of Wands – 6 of Swords
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): The Fool
Card pulled for the King of Wands: The Tower

Row 3
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – Strength (reversed) – 4 of Wands

Reading:

I don’t have a clue about why I pulled an extra card for the Four of Swords reversed. It happened without me giving any thought to it so I’m just going to include it. Like I always try to point out, this is just a tarot reading. Nothing I say or write is a substitute for evidence and facts. With that said, this reading is an odd one. You will see what I mean soon enough.

So there are multiple people involved in Sky’s disappearance. It’s a group of people – with four that are standing out as major players. The cards are showing me people that are sketchy and have ulterior motives for whatever it is that they do – whatever it is they did to cause Skylar’s disappearance.

The Four of Swords reversed is showing Sky as having been in a mindset where he was recovering from some stress. He was in a mode where he was finding mental and emotional strength. I can’t really tell what was going on prior to this, but he might have recently experienced a period of burnout. The Star reversed is the card I pulled for this one – and I’m including it because I always kind of view “accidents” as intentional messages when it comes to the cards. The Star reversed is showing a situation where Sky might have been feeling a lack of inspiration, faith, or motivation. It feels to me like the cards are explaining how and why he was vulnerable with regard to the people I am going to talk about in a moment. It is important to understand why people trust those they shouldn’t, and what kind of mindset contributes to a person taking chances or risks they might ordinarily avoid.

The Knight of Swords reversed is the first person the reading is presenting to me. The Eight of Wands reversed is its companion card. When representing a person, the reversed positioning of this particular Knight card shows a person who has trouble communicating effectively, can behave as a bully or in an aggressive manner, and in many cases has been involved in criminal activity (not always, but often enough that it is worth mentioning here). The Eight of Wands reversed usually means a period of stagnation or the termination of plans – or a delay. It can also depict someone who loses control over their situation or and behaves impulsively.

The Knights often represent younger adult males, though there are always exceptions. The reading is presenting a second person who is coming across as having younger male energy. The card is the Knight of Pentacles reversed. The Ace of Pentacles reversed was pulled in connection with this card. This is a person who is more focused on monetary or material matters. Their motives often revolve around financial or material matters – for better or worse. The Ace of Pentacles reversed is further supporting this aspect of the person’s personality and is showing them acting out of greed or because they were having some kind of financial difficulty.

The Queen of Cups reversed is a third person the reading is presenting. The card usually depicts a mature adult female energy (maturity does not always refer to age) who is easily hurt and often behaves in a way that is self-centered. Such a person can act out of spite or insecurity. Though the Queen cards usually refer to people with more mature thought processes, the one exception here is that this person would likely come across as emotionally immature for their age. The Fool, pulled in connection with this card, almost seems to show the person as viewing their circumstances as a new adventure. Or they were looking for adventure and/or freedom in general. It’s almost like they went into a situation with positive or good intentions but were a little naïve and overly trusting about it.

The King of Wands is a male energy that comes across as someone who is an adult. This is someone who comes across as witty, friendly, energetic, charming, funny, etc. However, it is also someone who is hot tempered and can make impulsive or reckless choices. The Tower was the card pulled in connection with the King card and it is a concerning one in this context because it depicts a sudden upheaval, trauma, or change. In these kinds of readings, it can at times indicate a type of sneak attack – where everything happens quickly and is not expected on the person or people directly impacted.

The Six of Swords is a calm after the storm type of card. It can indicate travel and movement. If it pertains to Sky then it could indicate he was moved from one location to another, possibly by water, either willingly or unwillingly. I am not clear about his fate at this time, and it depends a great deal on what the Tower represents in this reading. So there was some kind of major occurrence, event, or upheaval that was followed by a period of calm. I’m getting that these people left the area, and because the card appeared independently (not tied to a court card) then Sky likely went with them (but I don’t know what his condition would have been in terms of living or being in good health). It could also indicate that this group of people moved – or still move – around.

The Three of Pentacles reversed is a card I often get with failed or poor collaborations. There were multiple people involved in all of this and they were working together. However, there are several cards pointing toward a lack of planning – or poor planning – so I would say there were a lot of mistakes made here. Whatever these people did is not impossible to uncover.

Strength reversed is again showing Sky in this position of vulnerability. It can also depict a person’s will being overcome and a sense of helplessness or doubt on the part of the person this card presents for. So it is almost as though whatever happened here was viewed as something positive in the beginning, but there came a time when Sky saw that he was in too deep in something that he did not feel equipped to handle.

The Four of Wands is the first hopeful card to appear because it is one that can represent a celebration, party, or reunion. I don’t know if this is saying that Sky is alive somewhere and will eventually return, or if it is pointing toward a resolution with regard to the circumstances. I cannot discount the possibility that Sky is somewhere out there, alive. This aspect is definitely not clear to me based on this reading though. Maybe it is a reference to this group of people and some kind of celebration they had or will have. It is really hard to say.

Question: What circumstances caused Sky’s disappearance?

Row 1
5 of Wands – 2 of Pentacles – 3 of Cups

Row 2
6 of Wands – 9 of Wands (reversed) – 2 of Swords (reversed)

Row 3
4 of Cups (reversed) – Judgement (reversed) – Temperance

Reading

The Five of Wands shows a group of people with differing agendas or goals. It suggests that there was some conflict with regard to this. I think that Sky had his own goals and ideas about what he wanted to do or accomplish, but they did not necessarily align with everyone else’s.

The Two of Pentacles comes up when a person is seeking balance and trying to juggle multiple responsibilities or obligations. So I see Sky in this position where he felt overwhelmed, and he was trying to balance all of these different elements of his life. This might explain the first card in the initial reading that was showing him as possibly recovering from a period of burnout.

The Three of Cups is a card that is associated with socializing, gatherings of people, and happy times. It could mean that whoever the people are in the first reading, Sky was possibly enjoying their company initially. I saw initially because the Tower and some of the subsequent cards show a situation that turned very quickly.

The Six of Wands is a card associated with a desire for praise and recognition. It can even refer to someone receiving all of those things. If it relates to Sky’s encounter/s with the people mentioned in the first reading, then I think they probably got him to trust them by using praise and words of encouragement that would have resonated with his desire to feel valued and to please. He is coming across as a people-pleaser and someone that is inclined to put his own needs aside immediately to help others around him.

The Nine of Wands reversed is likely the card depicting the turn of events mentioned in the first reading. It is showing someone that refuses to compromise and will not back down on something. It can also depict a person who gets to the point where they don’t have the energy to push back against their circumstances.

The Two of Swords reversed is telling me two things. First, the truth about the people Sky was dealing with became known to him. He saw them, and the situation, for what it truly was. Lies were exposed. The second thing it suggests is the possibility/likelihood that lies will continue to be revealed with regard to these people that are somehow involved in all of this.

The last row of the reading is a little hard to decipher because it could have a range of meanings. The Four of Cups reversed usually represents a person that has regained their motivation or drive. It can be the end of a period of stagnation and the release of regrets.

Judgement reversed is a situation where people do not, and have not, learned from their past mistakes. It shows a lack of self-awareness and the tendency some people have to blame their faults on other people. I’m not reading this as representing Sky, though that is possible. It comes across to me more as an indication that whatever happened here is something that these people do and probably have done in the past. There is a pattern of behavior here, though I don’t really understand what that is or why.

Temperance is a card of patience and balance. It is usually a positive card, but I don’t know what it means in this particular reading. It’s a card that sometimes advises people to embrace the concept of moderation and consider the middle path with regard to decisive action.

So in conclusion, there were multiple people involved in whatever happened. Multiple people know what happened. I don’t really know how to express the impression I’m getting here. It feels a little cult-like. I’m not saying a cult is involved, but something that comes across here is this sense of a group of people existing and/or traveling together. Both readings had a celebration card, of sorts, and Judgement reversed shows a pattern of behavior. Is there some kind of initiation ceremony or something along those lines that they might do – together and as a group. Maybe something happened to Sky during such an event. I don’t know. This whole thing is baffling on so many levels.

I will say this. If Sky is alive then I would say it is highly likely he is with this group of people. Nothing in these readings suggests he is out there on his own and so if he is alive, I would say that the key to finding him is figuring out who the people the first reading was referencing.

Hinterkaifeck Murders

Date of murders: March 31st of 1922
Location: Bavarian farmstead in modern-day Waidhofen, Bavaria, Germany

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:

The Hinterkaifeck murders are said to have occurred on the night of March 31st of 1922. Six people were murdered inside the home: Andreas Gruber (63 years old), Cazilia Gruber (72 years old), Viktoria Gabriel (35 years old), Cazilia (7 years old), Josef (2 years old), and Maria Baumgartner (44 years old). Four people were found deceased and in the barn. Two were found inside the home. Maria was new to her job as a maid because the prior one had quit – reportedly after hearing strange noises in the attic at night. The murders remain unsolved to this day.

Question: Who murdered the six people living at the farmstead referred to as Hinterkaifeck?

Row 1
Temperance (reversed) – Queen of Wands (reversed) – High Priestess (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Wands (r): King of Cups
Card pulled for the King of Cups: King of Wands
Card pulled for the King of Wands: 6 of Pentacles

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

Row 3
9 of Cups (reversed) – 10 of Swords (reversed) – Ace of Swords

Reading 1

Reading:

It seems as though the person/people responsible for the murders had some kind of ongoing situation or conflict with the family. I’m not sure if it was well known, but Temperance reversed came up first which is telling me that this conflict (these issues that a person/s had with one or more members of the family) is at the heart of why it happened, and who did it.

The Queen of Wands reversed is depicting an adult female as being involved or having direct knowledge about the murders. This person is coming up early which tells me they likely knew they were going to happen before they did. There are two adult males associated with the Queen: the King of Cups and the King of Wands. So it’s looking like there were three people somehow involved and/or had inside knowledge about what happened.

The Six of Pentacles is saying that one of these people gave someone in the family something. I don’t know if it was a single item, multiple items, or what. It could have been money or something else. Something was given and there was no known or communicated expectation of the receiving person to reciprocate. For some reason, this process of giving and receiving is important to this case because it’s coming up in the reading. It is probably something that would identify at least one of the people involved.

The High Priestess reversed is associated with secrets and hidden enemies and this all suggests that the murders were not completely random. There may have been one or two people in the background that would not seem to have an obvious motive or issue with anyone in the family. It doesn’t seem like someone came across the farm and just killed everyone for the sake of committing murder. There does appear to have been a plan and more than one person assisted in carrying all of it out – to varying degrees, I would say.

The Queen of Swords, and the Eight of Pentacles reversed, is pointing to a woman involved who appears to have had some kind of financial or material motive. This is likely the same person referenced in the first row. I don’t know why or how she thought she would profit or benefit from the murders, but it’s showing me this. Also, she might have been the ring-leader so to speak because the Queen of Swords is someone who is strategic and plans ahead of time.

The Seven of Wands shows at least one of the people involved as having been on the defensive –like they were blamed or accused of something – possibly after the murders, but not necessarily. It’s like someone was trying to force them to take blame or responsibility for something and they didn’t want to do that. There is also a territorial component to these murders. I do think there’s a good possibility there had been one or more past fights or arguments between one or more of the people responsible and someone (or multiple people) living at the farmstead where the murder occurred. However, I don’t think everyone with knowledge, or that was involved, had a direct negative history with anyone in the family. The High Priestess points to one or more hidden enemies – with secret motives and a secret agenda.

The Eight of Wands shows waiting and delays. There are a couple things I am getting from this. One is that I think one or more hung around the crime scene after the fact. I don’t mean the time between the murders happening and the discovery of them; I am referring to immediately after that when it was clear everyone had been killed. I’m getting this repeating thought of the word “loitering” and so at least one of the people came around – probably to get an idea if they were suspected and possibly to intentionally create delays or setbacks – and it was probably more than once.

Someone involved had a hard time with the murders in that the Nine of Cups reversed is a card of nightmares, self-hate, and misery. I don’t know which person this refers to, but I think the murders took a toll on someone and could have led them down a path of addiction – or exacerbated any already existing vices they might have had. At least one of the people involved, or a person with direct knowledge, did not cope with the aftermath well at all. They were haunted by it – figurately, and perhaps literally. To the point where it would have been noticeable. They could have tried to explain their mental state away and attributed all this to something else entirely, but it would have been known to people around this individual that they were struggling mentally/emotionally.

The Ten of Swords reversed is really interesting because it tells me that at least one of the people responsible came extremely close to getting caught. The whole ordeal almost ended in total ruin and disaster for them. They did something, left something, or said something that tripped them up. I’m not sure why they still got away with the murders. But they did. That is potentially another means of identifying them.

The Ace of Swords is when someone asserts their truth and tells it like it is. One of the people involved did eventually talk about it to someone, or multiple people. What I mean is that they talked to someone who wasn’t involved. They told someone. I have no idea which person did this or who they told. I don’t know why it wasn’t taken seriously – or if it was to some degree, but there just wasn’t evidence to back it up. But there was information shared about what happened that was truthful and accurate. Perhaps people thought they were making it up? I don’t know. They weren’t though. They told someone.

Question: What caused the murders?

Row 1
Death – Ace of Cups – 9 of Wands (reversed)

Row 2
Page of Pentacles – 5 of Pentacles (reversed) – The Star
Card pulled for the Page of Pentacles: 3 of Wands (reversed)

Row 3
King of Swords – 7 of Wands (reversed) – 9 of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Swords: 6 of Swords (reversed)

Reading 2

Reading:

The first row is suggesting that at least one of the people involved had a motive that pertained to an emotions and/or family-based matter. Death is showing there was some impending and significant change that was going to occur. The Ace of Cups tells me it is related to matters such as pregnancy, emotions, family, and/or situations in their early stages of existence. The Nine of Wands reversed is someone refusing to compromise and someone who is stubborn. This person didn’t want to do something, or back down from something, having to do with the Ace of Cups. It’s almost like they felt the murders would be easier than going about getting their way using other means. I don’t really understand what that is saying here, but this person did not want to deal with some transition or change-related matter that was looming.

The Page of Pentacles, and the Three of Wands reversed, could mean a couple of things. First, the Page could refer to a child or a message. If it is referencing a child, then the Three of Wands reversed is showing them as being an obstacle and a source of frustration. The card can also reference a failed relationship or a relationship that has kind of taken place at a distance. However, if the Page refers to some kind of news or message, then it was likely one pertaining to money or material matters.

The Five of Pentacles reversed shows someone as wanting to improve their financial situation and put an end to some kind of hardship they were enduring. And the Star tells me that the murders accomplished this specific goal – at least for one of the people involved. So I don’t know if someone owed a debt to the family, or one person in the family, or had some kind of financial hardship associated with one or more members but figuring that out would provide some insight here because the murders wiped that slate clean. Successfully.

One of the people involved – most likely one of the adult males – felt they could not get away from the situation any other way. They felt trapped and the situation didn’t seem like it would get better any time soon. The Six of Swords reversed is often a warning of trouble to come and so I think that something must have happened to make this person feel like their situation would become even worse than it already was. It is like they were anticipating that a problem would get worse, and they felt they needed to address it.

The Seven of Wands reversed is a card associated with being weak or timid in a situation. It could be someone who went along with the plan, despite not really wanting to get involved, because they didn’t feel they had any real power. The card could have more meaning than that, but that’s the gist of what it means in that position. It’s basically someone giving up and giving in.

The Nine of Pentacles reversed often refers to lies and theft. There is definitely a money motive here and the weirdest part about it is the appearance of the Star – in the second row. That card is telling me that the person got what they wanted out of this in that the murders fixed the material or money issue. Another factor associated with the Nine of Pentacles is the possibility that someone did, or had considered, marrying for money. That meaning may or may not apply here; it’s just a secondary one I thought about when trying to figure out what this money matter is all about.

So it seems like one or two of the people involved were a lot more invested in carrying out the plan than anyone else involved. There was at least one person who was kind of caught up in the middle of it somehow. I’m not saying they don’t have culpability or anything like that. I’m just thinking back to Temperance reversed – from the first reading – and the possibility of a power imbalance between those involved. The King and Queen of Wands were the aggressors and more action-oriented, while the King of Cups was more go inclined to go along with it all.