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.


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


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


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.


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Ryan Rogers

Disappearance/death: 11/15/2021
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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.


Ryan Rogers was found deceased on November 15th of 2021. He was fourteen years old. Very little information has been shared regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

Question: Who or what caused Ryan Rogers’ death? (This reading was done on November 14th of 2021)

Row 1
10 of Swords (reversed) – High Priestess (reversed) – Page of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Swords (r): 2 of Cups

Row 2
3 of Cups – The Hierophant (reversed) – The Chariot (reversed)

Row 3
Strength – 2 of Wands (reversed) – 8 of Swords (reversed)

Ryan Rogers reading 1


The Ten of Swords reversed is a card that often indicates someone has hit rock bottom. Often, it pertains to emotional matters or problems that have built up over time.

The High Priestess reversed warns of people that had a hidden agenda. It can also point to a situation where someone did not trust their intuition – they might have sensed that a situation was dangerous, but maybe did not have enough evidence in their own mind to rationalize listening to that instinct. It’s also a card of secrets or hidden dangers.

The Page of Swords reversed is a card that I often see in situations where someone is acting like a bully or behaving aggressively toward another person. Since the question pertains to who caused Ryan’s death. Often the Pages represent younger people, but they can also represent immature or childish adults. The person depicted is probably known to become verbally abusive. It might also be someone who spreads vicious or malicious gossip. The Two of Cups is hinting at the matter possibly being related to a romantic interest or relationship. I am not really clear on that aspect, but it came up in connection with the Page of Swords reversed so it might indicate a partial or full motive. It could possibly suggest a person that was known to Ryan – at least casually or just pertain to the person. It’s unclear.

If accurate, the Three of Cups might also saying that this person (or these people, because it is not clear how many people were involved or know something about what happened) are possibly in Ryan’s general social circles or social environment. There is a chance it could refer to a specific social event or celebration, but I don’t know anything about Ryan’s life or what happened around the time of his death and so I really can’t be sure. I wouldn’t rule out three people being involved, including Ryan. A perpetrator and someone who either helped, or someone who has information about what happened. It could be as simple as the card saying there is a third person who has critical information. Hard to say for sure.

The Hierophant reversed is a card that shows someone going against traditions or social norms. It can also indicate a person who is judged for their lifestyle or choices. This card can represent people who act in a delinquent or rebellious manner. The question is in relation to who or what caused Ryan’s death and so that tells me it is referring to that individual, not Ryan. In some cases, it points to a situation involving a divorce. I’m hesitant to attach specific meaning to this card here because it’s unclear overall in this reading.

The Chariot reversed is a card representing a lack of control or power. Sometimes it is a revenge card or one that comes up when someone is retaliating against another. There are times when it actually represents a car or vehicle. I believe I read he was riding his bike around the time of his death, but it doesn’t feel like that is what it is communicating here. The lack of control and impulsivity aspect is coming across as being more prominent – in light of the other cards.

Strength shows a situation where someone might have been trying to come across as brave or fearless. Maybe Ryan tried to stand his ground in some type of interaction that went bad.

The Two of Wands reversed appears to pertain to the person or people involved because it indicates a lack of planning and feeling as though a person has limited options. The person has now painted themselves into a corner – through their actions – and they are aware of this. They feel trapped and as though they have limited options. Indeed, they do have limited options.

The Eight of Swords reversed is showing someone who wants to break free of their situation and experience relief from it. It can represent a sense of extreme guilt or shame. So someone involved might be having a kind of emotional breakdown in response to the situation or suffer from mental health issues. If more than one person is involved, then I would look for a person who comes across as having a guilty conscience.

Question: What circumstances caused Ryan Rogers’ death?

Row 1
King of Wands (reversed) – 8 of Swords – 6 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Wands (r): Empress

Row 2
9 of Wands – Hanged Man (reversed) – 6 of Cups (reversed)

Row 3
The Fool (reversed) – Page of Wands (reversed) – Page of Cups (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Wands (r): Knight of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles (r): 2 of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the Page of Cups (r): 7 of Pentacles (reversed)

Ryan Rogers reading 2


The King of Wands reversed is a card that comes up when someone is dealing with someone who acts like a bully or a tyrant. Often it refers to an adult male, but there are always exceptions with the court cards. It is someone who has a volatile temper and acts impulsively. The Empress, in connection with this card, can mean a few different things. First, the card could represent Ryan’s mom and show that the person represented by the King of Wands reversed card is known to her in some way. However, it could have other meanings as well. It’s difficult to interpret in this particular reading. No, I’m not saying she is involved at all. It’s not reading that way. But somehow she might know the person. Again though, the Empress usually points to a motherly figure and that description could also just fit someone the perpetrator knows.

The Eight of Swords shows Ryan as feeling trapped, helpless, and victimized. Sometimes it is a card that signifies emotional distress that causes a person to feel this way, while other times it is more literal. Other times, it is a combination of both. No matter what, it is a card depicting someone experiencing significant stress in a situation. It’s reading as a bullying situation – especially next to the King of Wands reversed. Like a confrontation where someone trying to assert their dominance and behaving in an aggressive and/or intimidating manner.

The Six of Wands reversed comes up when people are not receiving credit for their accomplishments. It can also come up when someone is the subject of negative or unfair talk – such as slander or vicious gossip. This person might seek out attention, but in its reversed positioning there is the possibility they feel they are not getting what they seek (at least as of the time of Ryan’s murder).

The Nine of Wands shows that despite everything going on, Ryan was trying to push ahead and get beyond it. If accurate, he was hurt over the situation and upset by it, but he was also trying to gather strength to overcome it. He was trying to make a last stand, basically, to get out of the situation.

The Hanged Man reversed comes up when someone is stalling for time and reluctant to decide or act on something. Sometimes it is because they are trying to make sure everything is in place before they make their move. Another important aspect of this card is that it points to people who keep making the same mistakes in their life. They don’t learn from them. In some cases, it can even suggest someone who has been involved in one or more crimes before.

The Six of Cups reversed usually means someone is trying to move beyond their past and mature. It’s also a card indicating that someone is trying to resolve past issues they have had. Usually these pertain to childhood issues.

The Fool reversed shows someone taking a risk that might have been reckless or not carefully thought through. It can sometimes represent putting one’s trust in the wrong person as well. But it also fits with the theme here regarding impulsive actions.

Pages in a reading typically represent one of two things: a young person, such as a child or young teenager, or a message. If it was a message, then it indicates a negative one that was received quickly (in person, via text, instant message, email, etc.). However, if it was a person then it would have been someone close to Ryan’s age or someone who acts as though they are. Attributes would have included someone who was impatient, loud, and impulsive. It’s also someone who has a strong sense of self-consciousness and tries to come across as more confident than they are.

The Knight of Pentacles reversed was pulled in connection with the above Page reversed card. If representative of another person involved or who has knowledge about what happened. Maybe they heard or saw something? It could be referring to someone a bit older than anyone who might be coming up in the Page’s position – or at least they come across that way in terms of their maturity level or behavior. Teens or twenties. It’s someone who is disloyal, irresponsible, and probably obsessed with material things – money or material possessions or trying to get them.

The Two of Swords reversed was pulled in relation to both of the above court cards and this indicates that the people’s actions and lies will be exposed. The truth about whoever is involved in this will come out. As I always point out, this is a tarot reading and cannot take the place of facts. However, if accurate, anyone involved will be exposed.

The Page of Cups reversed either refers to negative news of a romantic or emotional nature, or it refers to a person who behaved in a vindictive manner. It didn’t even necessarily have anything to do with Ryan because it might have been what set the person off in general. Someone represented by this card acts out of envy and spite, generally speaking. The Seven of Pentacles reversed is showing someone who does not make great decisions and did not plan well. They were too lazy to put in the work, or acted too impulsively, and this will likely be the reason they get caught – that or because the person in the Page of Wands reversed of Knight of Pentacles reversed position will say what they know.

Question: What else do we need to know about the circumstances surrounding Ryan’s death?

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

Ryan Rogers reading 3


The Five of Cups shows someone experiencing a significant amount of despair and loss in association with this situation. While that could obviously represent Ryan’s family and loved ones, I feel like it has a different kind of significance here because when I ask a question like the one above, the intention is to try to get information I don’t already have. So with that said, maybe there are multiple people involved – or multiple people with knowledge of what happened – and it is hitting at least one of them hard enough that they might be the key to getting all the answers needed. Or the perpetrator has serious regrets now.

I got the Seven of Pentacles reversed in the last reading also and so it might have more significance than I initially realized. An element to this card is bad business dealings or poor financial management. Ryan was only fourteen years old so I can’t quite understand how this applies to him or his situation. It makes more sense to apply to whoever was involved. In life, they aren’t willing to put the work in to make money. It can also point to delays and/or setbacks. Again, it’s a card where there was not a lot of planning and so I think someone was sloppy enough that there’s going to be evidence. I don’t see this as a situation where anyone involved gets away with it. Too many cards are showing that the truth will come out.

The Knight of Pentacles came up before, but it was previously in a reversed position. Here it is upright. The card in connection with it is the Three of Pentacles reversed. This is a card that comes up when a collaborative or cooperative effort goes wrong or fails to work out. So the implications of this might be that there is at least one other person involved, or it might be suggesting that Ryan had some kind of dealings with one or more other people that caused some kind of major rift. And I’m again going back to that notion of at least two other people being involved and/or having direct knowledge – besides Ryan. An alternate possibility is that there’s evidence. The foundations of their plan, or a lack of a plan, is why the whole thing failed or will fail.

No matter what, I do think that anyone involved will be caught.

Question: Who killed Ryan Rogers? (Reading done on December 1st of 2021)

Row 1
7 of Cups (reversed) – 5 of Cups – 6 of Wands

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

Row 3
Judgement – Strength – 4 of Pentacles

Ryan Rogers reading 4


As you can see, I have done a number of readings on this case. Some of the cards that have come up in the others don’t make complete sense to me. I cannot get what happened to him out of my mind, and I keep thinking that one more reading will yield just enough information to get to the bottom of this. If only it worked that way, right?

The Seven of Cups reversed shows that the person involved in this made some bad decisions that led up to Ryan’s death. If the reading is accurate, this was a person who felt trapped by their circumstances. They felt like they didn’t have a lot of options and they were avoiding issues in various aspects of their life. Since this is a recent case, these details are still likely representative of what has been going on with this person.

The Five of Cups came up in the reading before this one. It is a card that depicts mourning and grieving. So is this someone known to Ryan and/or his family that is experiencing a sense of loss as well? Or did something happen that prompted events to unfold as they did? It’s perplexing to say the least.

The Six of Wands shows someone who either seeks praise or recognition, or someone that receives it. It’s possible this is a person who likes to have people’s attention. It might even be someone that people who know them think is a good person or someone who wants that to be perceived as that.

The Ace of Cups is suggesting some type of new beginnings for the person involved in Ryan’s death. Often, the card represents relationships that are based on emotion – such as friendships, romantic relationships, close family, etc. However, it’s suggesting that they entered into such a situation recently. It seems like it’s still fairly new to them. A life change of some kind maybe.

The King of Wands reversed has come up in the past for Ryan. It came up in the second reading I did that pertained to the circumstances surrounding his death. This is a person who loses their temper easily. They are impulsive. They may have a propensity for violence. While that last element seems obvious, given that Ryan was murdered, it’s coming up as a possible means of identifying this individual. The Two of Swords is the card I pulled in connection with them and this is telling me that this person might be in denial about what they have done. They might be unwilling to acknowledge their true culpability. It’s coming across as someone who has kind of paused everything in the midst of the chaos surrounding Ryan’s death – as though they aren’t sure what to do. No options seem really appealing to them right now.

The Star reversed is hinting to me that this person does not feel like the outcome of this situation was a good one. Whatever their intention or goal was, the wake of all this is not what they wanted, and they are probably feeling a sense of hopelessness and despair. What is tricky here is determining if they feel regret over what they did, or if they feel regret because it did not produce the results they hoped to see. I don’t know the answer to that – either way.

Judgement is showing me that this person will ultimately be held responsible for what they did. If they think they will get away with it, this reading says they won’t. This is a card that communicates both short-term and long-term consequences of one’s actions. The word I keep hearing is karma. Karma. Karma. Karma. Unlike Justice that points to legal or ethical types of karma, judgement also points to a spiritual reckoning as well.

Strength came up in the first reading I ever did on Ryan’s death – on November 14th. It can be interpreted several ways. First, it seems that the person responsible got the upper hand in terms of whatever happened between this person and Ryan. Second, it could refer to the need for patience in terms of waiting for this whole situation to play out. It’s a card that recommends a person take a courageous and brave approach to a situation. If it’s referring to the person (or people) responsible, it’s likely telling them to come clean. That’s their best bet here.

The Four of Pentacles is showing someone who is controlling, territorial, can be stingy with money or possessions, and who can behave possessively toward people and/or places. People fitting this description also tend to place a strong emphasis on money or things or wanting to get them. At times, they can be greedy or unwilling to share. There’s a sense of guarding with this card. I don’t know if this hints at a motive, but maybe. Some of this feels very senseless though – as though there won’t be an explanation of a motive that ever feels substantial enough to understand how, or precisely why, this all even came to pass.

I believe this person (or people) will get caught.


If you would like me to do a reading about a missing person, please contact me at tarotofthemissing@gmail.com. Readings for missing persons are always free of charge. I also provide fee-based personal readings that don’t pertain to missing people (including readings via email, phone, or video). Contact me to learn more.