Kendrick Johnson

Birthday: 10/10/1995
Death: 01/10/2013

Question 1: Who or what caused the death of Kendrick Johnson?

Row One
6 of Wands (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed) – The World (reversed)

Row Two
2 of Cups – 4 of Wands (reversed) – 6 of Cups

Row Three
The Tower – The Hanged Man (reversed) – The Moon

Tarot reading for Kendrick Johnson.
Kendrick Johnson – Darkness of Light tarot

Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims that something did or did not happen. I only report the meaning of the cards, their relationships and the meaning in the context of those relationships, as well as intuitions I have based entirely on the cards presented in the reading. When/if I say that something happened, in any part of a reading description, I mean that is what I am interpreting from the cards, their positions, and other related factors.

Summary:

Kendrick Johnson was 17 years old when he was found deceased inside of a rolled-up gym mat at his school in Valdosta, Georgia. He was on the basketball team at Lowndes High School. Investigators reportedly concluded that his death was an accident and that he had gotten stuck inside of the mat while trying to retrieve a shoe that was beneath it. The reason given was that the mat was included among others and would have been heavy or difficult to move. The mats were located in one of the school’s gymnasiums and it has been said that students sometimes sat on top of them while hanging out there.

Kendrick’s body was found the day after he is said to have died, though his exact time of death is not known for sure due in part to the way the investigation (or lack of it?) was handled. His cause of death was initially given as positional asphyxia because he was facing head down inside of the mat when he was found. The mat had been rolled up and placed upright against one of the walls in a corner area. A second and third autopsy determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma.

Surveillance inside the school showed Kendrick entering the gym, but do not show him exiting. A problem with the footage is that it did not appear to clearly record the section of the gym with the mats. Other people appeared to be in the gym at the time he entered, including some that were playing basketball. Kendrick’s family has long held the position that their son was murdered.

The Reading:

I want to begin by saying this is one of the clearest readings I have done on any of the cases I have read for thus far. The meaning of the cards jumped out at me and presented itself strongly.

The Six of Wands reversed puts Kendrick in a position where his skills and talents were not receiving the recognition they likely deserved. It was not that no one recognized they existed; they did. When this card is upright, it depicts someone receiving praise and recognition for their accomplishments. In the reversed position – in the context of this reading – it shows someone who should have been getting it but wasn’t.

The Five of Wands shows Kendrick as wanting to avoid the conflict that was surrounding his performance as a player, as well as other aspects of his life (which I will get into shortly). He wasn’t doing anything to try to stoke the fire so to speak. In his heart and mind, he preferred peace and harmony.

The World reversed is a card that shows emptiness and a lack of closure. It also emphasizes the first card that touched on Kendrick’s lack of praise or recognition. Whether he shared these thoughts or not, he was bothered by all of this, and it left him feeling as though something was missing in his life. He wanted to fix the situation but I’m getting the impression he was at a loss as to how. Realistically, these forces were beyond his immediate control – meaning he was not the cause of the problem and he was not in a position to fix it. The problem was with others around him.

The second row begins with the Two of Cups. I can already see something that was contributing to whatever conflict Kendrick was experiencing, and to the way events culminated. There was a person he felt connected to in a way that he hadn’t really experienced before. The feelings were mutual and the two people had a deep sense of respect for one another. There was genuine love and caring in this relationship. Typically this is a card depicting a close partnership or a romantic type of connection.

It seems there was an obstacle blocking the above relationship though. I hesitate to call it a relationship around the time of Kendrick’s death because it feels like a situation where the two still cared for one another, but something or someone was standing between them. I don’t know if there was a family member who disproved or a jealous ex on either end, but there was something that stood in the way of this relationship. It caused instability and left Kendrick feeling like he wasn’t – or couldn’t – get the support he needed from it. The cards read like it was an ex or significant other of one of these two people (Kendrick or the other person depicted here).

Kendrick was in a mindset where he thought about this relationship often. Not in an obsessive or unreasonable way mind you. He just found it comforting to think about it and he had hopes that it might somehow all work out. He also generally seemed to be going through a time of nostalgia, where he was remembering happy memories and enjoying the support of his family. The card is communicating that he felt comfortable in his home environment, or with his family. He liked things that were familiar to him and the people he cared about were extremely important to him. He had a maturity beyond his years in this way. He was loved by his family, and I have no doubt he knew this.

The third row begins with the Tower. Kendrick experienced a sudden and shocking event. Intuitively, I am seeing this as the moment he was attacked. I feel confident saying he was attacked because none of his reading suggests an accident and the cards have already shown me the motives. This was an ambush. For some reason, this reading is really clear and there is this sense that the truth wants and needs to be known. It’s hard to explain but it’s palpable for lack of a better word. The messages communicated are intense and vivid to me.

As soon as I put this next card down, it occurred to me that it was ironic to the point of almost seeming incredible. The card is the Hanged Man reversed. There are times when a card means exactly what it says, and this is one of them. The meaning behind the card varies considerably, depending on what else is happening in a reading. Here it shows me someone who felt like he was putting a lot of effort and energy into aspects of his life, only to find himself in the position of being attacked. I am not even sure he knew, at the moment this all happened, why the person or people came after him. It doesn’t feel like he had enough time to really process it then. It’s placement next to the Tower tells me that the event that occurred was not an accident.

The reading concluded with the Moon in its upright position. This situation is surrounded by lies and secrets. There are people that know what happened, but they are not sharing this information in a way that it is being heard. Granted, I think some people may have tried to share pieces of information, but they likely found it hard to find someone in a position of authority who would take them seriously. If they were taken seriously, the person that heard them out probably ran up against obstacles that prevented them from doing anything about it as well. This is not going to be a case that will be easy to untangle. It is complex and the secrets now run deep with this one – since there were likely people brought into all of this after the fact, who either tried to help someone (or more than one person) avoid having to take responsibility. This is not to say that the truth can’t and won’t be revealed. But it won’t happen easily or without persistent and relentless effort.

As I said before, this reading came across clearly to me. It was communicated so well that it felt like someone or something – or the universe for that matter – wants the truth known. All of these cases are especially sad, but this one hit me hard because the emotions and events were portrayed in ways that were unmistakable.

As a reminder, I have no way to know what happened for certain. Please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven.

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Mekayla Bali

Mekayla Bali
Birthday: 07/02/1999
Disappearance: 04/12/2016

Question 1: Who or what caused the disappearance of Mekayla Bali?

Row One
7 of Wands (reversed) – Death (reversed) – The Emperor (reversed)

Row Two
3 of Pentacles (reversed) – Judgement (reversed) – Queen of Pentacles (reversed)
Card pulled for the Queen of Pentacles (r): Knight of Wands

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

Mekayla Bali – Thelma tarot

Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims that something did or did not happen. I only report the meaning of the cards, their relationships and the meaning in the context of those relationships, as well as intuitions I have based entirely on the cards presented in the reading. When/if I say that something happened, in any part of a reading description, I mean that is what I am interpreting from the cards, their positions, and other related factors.

Summary:

Mekayla Bali was 16 when she disappeared in 2016. She was last seen in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 12th. On the day that Mekayla was last known to have been seen, she was caught on CCTV footage at various locations. Early in the morning, at about 6:41am, Mekayla texted a friend to ask for a ride to a local TD bank. The friend declined, saying that the bank wouldn’t be open until later in the day.

The beginning of Mekayla’s day seemed ordinary enough in that her grandmother dropped her off at school around 8:10am. She was seen on the school’s CCTV as placing a binder in her locker. At about 8:30am, Mekalya was shown on the footage to have left the school through a back exit/entrance. She went to a pawn shop and tried to get money for a silver ring. However, the person working at the shop said it did not have enough value. Just before 9am, Mekayla was shown withdrawing money on footage at the TB Bank. She took out $55.

Shortly thereafter, cameras caught her entering a Wendy’s restaurant. She spent about 15 minutes inside the restaurant before leaving. Almost immediately after leaving, Mekayla re-entered the restaurant and sat down. She is shown on footage as using her phone, sending texts and engaging in what appeared to be somewhat lengthy phone calls. At some point, she texted a friend saying “hey, I need help” but then texted again a little later and said “nevermind I figured it out.” Mekayla approaches an older woman who was eating at the restaurant and asked for help to rent a hotel room. The woman declined and Mekayla left.

She was later seen at an STC Bus Depot, and she asked about tickets to Regina – a place she had reportedly told people she wanted to go for vacation purposes. She did not buy a ticket, however. She had lunch at the Trail Stop Restaurant and then left. That was the last known footage of Mekayla. Police checked to see if she got on any of the buses that left but found no indication that she had. By the next morning, at 6:51am, Mekayla’s phone was turned off.

An odd aspect of the case is that calls Mekayla was shown to make on CCTV footage did not come up on her cell phone records, prompting investigators to wonder if she had a second phone or if she used an app to make the calls. She was known to use social media apps and websites, including Instagram and Kik. Though police have received hundred of different tips about possible sightings, none seem to have been confirmed as being Mekayla. Police were unable to confirm that every sighting was not Mekayla and so it is unknown if any true sightings have occurred or not.

The Reading:

The reading begins with the Seven of Wands reversed. The opening card in my readings represents the person, or their state of mind, that I am doing the reading on. In this case, the card reflects what Mekayla was feeling and experiencing at the time of her disappearance. It shows her as going through a time where she was feeling overwhelmed by a lot of different things in her life. She worried a lot about what other people thought of her and felt that people were judging her, as well as her decisions. The card also tells me that Mekayla did not like conflict, and she would avoid it whenever possible. It looks as though she was feeling somewhat defeated.

The Death card came up in the reversed position. In this case, it does not seem to represent actual death. Typically the Death card does not refer to a person’s death, but in some instances – when combined with cards pointing in that direction – it does. Instead, its positioning next to Mekayla’s starting out card tells me that many things were holding Mekayla back as far as getting beyond a rut or situation she was in. There was a lot she wanted to do and try, but she was afraid of change and there was a tendency to keep making some of the same mistakes repeatedly.

The Emperor reversed represents a person that was in Mekayla’s life, or came into her life, who was abusing his authority with the intention of taking advantage of her. It is unclear as to whether she knew this person in her day-to-day life before the day she vanished, or if it was someone she met online and possible had not met in person yet. Either way, there was a man involved in all of this. He may have presented himself as something completely different than he was, but in truth he was domineering, rigid in his ways and beliefs, and controlling. His interest in Mekayla was not innocent. He was not trying to help her, though he might have presented himself that way to her.

The Three of Pentacles reversed is a card of conflict and competition. It suggests that there was some arguing going on between Mekayla and at least one other person. Something to note about this card is that it often refers to a project or a situation where there is a shared goal – or at least the pretense of one. A possibility is that she had a plan to meet someone, or go somewhere with them, and there were issues coming up that seemed as though they were making it difficult.

At some point, Mekayla likely knew that things were not quite right with the person mentioned previously. I get the sense that she had been tricked before or that she had conversed with people who made claims about who they were, but those turned out not to be true – typical catfish types of scenarios. Judgement reversed shows Mekayla as failing to learn from past mistakes and denying the truth of her immediate situation – regardless of her gut feelings on the matter or evidence suggesting something was wrong. Self-esteem issues were absolutely at play here and she is being shown as someone who tended to blame herself and take her anger out on herself.

The Queen of Pentacles reversed is coming up in her reading and this represents a person or energy that is self-absorbed. I do not get the impression this card applies to Mekayla at all. It has a feel to it that is extremely different. Additionally, if it represents a person, it was someone who felt jealous or envious of Mekayla for some reason. It may tie directly to the Three of Pentacles reversed and explain the competition aspect of that card within the context of this reading. It presents as a kind of competition between two people.

With court cards, I often pull an additional card to get a better sense of what is going on with the person or energy the court card is communicating. In this case, I pulled the Knight of Wands – another court card. The Knight of Wands has a youthful energy to it that is more on par with someone in Mekayla’s general age range. As I have said before, nothing is concrete about the court cards in terms of gender or age. The focus is more on the attributes, qualities, and energy they convey. The Knight of Wands is always looking for a challenge. It is a person who likes excitement and sometimes bites off more than they can chew in this regard. They can be rebellious and quick to anger.

I am wondering if the Knight card represents the child of the person depicted in the Queen’s position. Both are coming across to me as being individual people. Unless there was only one, pretending to be the other. Like an older person acting as a younger one.

The Six of Wands reversed, on the final row, suggests to me that Mekayla was in a state of mind where she felt neglected and unloved. Remember, people have these feelings at times when they are not reflective of a person’s true situation. I think Mekayla was often hard on herself, so these types of emotions were probably not foreign to her. This card shows her as looking for outside support (outside of her immediate family) and so I would expect her to have been actively reaching out to people to get it. She reportedly asked an older woman for help getting a hotel room and that feels consistent with what this card is conveying. I think she asked for help from many sources and not just one.

The Seven of Pentacles is a card that usually comes up when a person has reached the point where their time and effort has finally paid off – or at least feels as if it has. Mekayla may have felt she secured the help she was requesting. It comes across as an offer of money or something material in nature. It could have been an offer of money in exchange for some kind of work, or something offered without the appearance of any strings attached. But the Queen of Swords reversed tells me that whatever was offered to Meykayla was done as a means of manipulating her. It put Mekayla in a dangerous and bad position – probably unbeknownst to her at first. A person matching the description of the Queen of Swords reversed is someone who behaves in a way that is toxic, manipulative, and cruel. Whatever such a person does or is doing, it is for themselves.

I pulled the Eight of Pentacles reversed in relation to the Queen card. A confusing aspect of this card is that it represents a dead-end type of job or something that does not require much skill. In some cases, it can refer to work that gives a person a bad reputation – either because they aren’t really putting in the effort and time they should or because the job itself is not on the up and up. Did someone offer Mekayla a way to make money that might have seemed appealing at first, but turned out to be a different situation altogether? I’m not sure.

The reading did not provide a definitive answer as to whether Mekayla is alive or not. If she is alive, she is not in a situation where she has much (if any) control over her life. The possibilities that come to mind regarding the last card in her reading – the Eight of Pentacles reversed – make me think of prostitution, drugs, and/or trafficking. However, I want to put it out there that I am not certain about this based on this one reading alone.

I’m definitely getting a catfish vibe from all of this as in she was tricked somehow, and it probably is not the first time the person or people have done it.

I would recommend watching for sightings of Mekayla or looking for attempts on her part to make contact with someone she knows. Again, I’m not saying she is alive. I genuinely cannot get a feel for that here. But intuitively I feel that I should caution against discounting sightings or occurrences where it seems like she is trying to send a message or communicate with someone.

As I always try to explain, I have no way to know what happened for certain. Please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven. I would love to see an outcome where Mekayla is found and is able to return to her loved ones. The situations that end positively remind me not to give up hope.

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Bryce Laspisa – Part 2

This reading picks up from where the first one left off in Part One.

Question 2: What happened during and after Bryce Laspisa’s vehicle crashed near Castaic Lake to cause his disappearance?

Row One
7 of Swords (reversed) – Judgement – Page of Wands
Card pulled for the Page of Wands: Devil (reversed)

Row Two
2 of Wands – Queen of Cups (reversed) – The World
Card pulled for the Queen of Cups (r): 4 of Cups

Row Three
3 of Swords (reversed) – 3 of Pentacles (r) – Knight of Swords
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: 5 of Wands

Bryce Laspisa – Tarot of the Haunted House

The Reading:

I have no way to know what happened to Bryce for certain. Please do not take any of the information described in the readings as fact until or unless details are proven. I would love to see a positive outcome here but these are just readings and interpretations – both of which can be incorrect.

The purpose of the second reading was to address what happened around the time that Bryce’s vehicle crashed and afterwards. I expected the cards to continue to read in a concerning way, but after I laid them out, I was really surprised by what I saw.

The first card is the Seven of Swords reversed. This is a card of revelation. It comes up when the things that someone has been hiding come to light – either because the person confesses to them, or they are uncovered in some other way. This could indicate Bryce may have told someone about whatever was going on with him.

The next card is Judgement. The reading shows Bryce as having a moment of reckoning. It is unclear if the accident prompted this to happen, but something prompted him to critically reflect on his choices and actions in a way that was more constructive than it had been previously. The implication is that he experienced an awakening of sorts.

The Page of Wands came up again in this reading, but this time it was in the upright position. This card symbolizes a bad situation transitioning into a better one. Granted, this seems odd considering everything that has happened to him thus far. But that’s what it is showing me. Also, the Page of Wands in this position signifies that new ideas were coming to him, and he felt a sense of excitement as though he had spent time brainstorming and he came up with some options that seemed workable in ways they hadn’t before. Being a court card, there is the distinct possibility this card represents someone Bryce met or turned to that offered him help.

The card I pulled in connection with the Page of Wands was the Devil reversed. In its reversed position, the Devil signifies a situation where someone releases chains that have been binding them. This can come up if someone has finally reached a turning point in recovering from an addition or in a situation where someone becomes free of someone toxic. There are many possibilities with this card. The most important element is that after his accident, for whatever reason, he felt like he was reclaiming his life and his independence from something. Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell how far beyond the crash this card is taking us. The Wands and the Swords are fast-moving types of energy and that suggests these events unfolded relatively quickly. I keep thinking back to those recurring thoughts I had during the first reading about him looking for a sign. I can’t shake the thought that surviving the car accident might have been the sign he felt he needed.

The Two of Wands came up a second time in this reading as well. Like the Page of Wands, the Two of Wands came up in an upright position. It reflects an undoing of the past struggles he was facing. It shows someone who was making solid decisions and taking real steps down a new path. It also depicts someone willing to step into the unknown and take some risks. Previously, Bryce was shown as someone suffering the consequences of failure to plan. Now the cards show him as doing the opposite.

The Queen of Cups then came up in a reversed position. Its position shows an obstacle between Bryce’s new sense of direction and his ability to achieve his goals. It appears to represent a feminine energy or person, but that is not absolutely certain. It depicts someone who is insecure and overly dependent. It also denotes a sense of sacrifice that is presented as something selfless when really there are some ulterior motives – usually relating to emotional dependence.

The card pulled in reference to the Queen of Cups reversed was the Four of Cups. This supports my belief that the Queen of Cups reversed represented a real figure – the mentality of one at least – in Bryce’s life because it explains why that person posed such a significant obstacle. The Four of Cups is a card where someone feels disconnected and unwilling to move beyond the position they are in, despite obviously unhappy. The person isn’t stuck because they don’t have choices; they are essentially choosing to remain where and as they are at the time. Remember, this card is linked to the Queen of Cups reversed so it is whatever or whoever the obstacle was that Bryce perceived as keeping him from moving forward. The court card shows someone who is not sympathetic or empathetic to another person’s needs. Their own emotion is clouding their ability to see the degree of suffering or difficulty a person close to them is experiencing. This can become truly problematic if they are ignoring dire needs that demand immediate attention.

The outcome or goal standing beyond the Queen of Cups reversed is the World card. The reading is suggesting to me that Bryce envisioned a way to become fulfilled, and to feel a sense of harmony and belonging, but for whatever reason there was someone in his life preventing him from achieving that. I don’t even know if the Queen was acting deliberately or if it was more a matter where their needs were forefront in their mind, and this caused them to completely miss all the signs showing what Bryce needed from them. Bryce’s freedom, at that point in time, was only possible by severing that tie.

The World is also a card demonstrating lessons embraced and learned. It is the last of the major arcana cards and it looks back over all a person has been through and shows them coming out the other side. The card is a reminder that everything is always moving and changing, whether we take action in our lives or not. I find it often means that a person has progressed to the point that deep and genuine inner happiness is either happening or is well within their grasp.

The Three of Swords reversed is the first card on the final row. This is a card of healing and recovery. It represents someone who has entered into a phase where they forgive themselves and others for their shortcomings or for pain that has been caused. The card has a downside in this positioning because it still signifies hurt and regret, but it is positive in that it demonstrates a willingness to begin the process of moving beyond what has happened and working toward letting go of suffering.

The Three of Pentacles reversed, positioned on the last row, suggests that whatever Bryce did after the accident was done because he did not feel as though some of the people – or at least one with a particularly strong influence on him, were really working with him to sort out his problems. And he didn’t feel like he could share his truth with them – whatever that happened to be. I really don’t know what this card is referring to specifically. However, it is coming up in a placement that is usually meant to give final insight into why and how events unfolded the way they did.

The Knight of Swords is the third card in the last row. It represents a person or energy that is assertive, focused, and is thinking strategically about what they are doing. The Knight is a younger energy than a card like a Queen or a King. It feels like someone helped Bryce. The Five of Wands was pulled in relation to the Knight card and showing that decisions made were done to address problems Bryce was having – arguments and conflicts with one or more key people in his life. It really does feel as those he either contacted someone he knew or met someone that provides him with help.

Now, I went into this reading thinking Bryce was probably deceased. While I am by no means an expert on the circumstances leading up to his disappearance, the first reading showed a negative progression toward an unfortunate outcome. However, the second reading – which is focused on what was going on with Bryce during and after the crash – showed the exact opposite progression. There could be several possible explanations for this, including a scenario in which he is still alive. I’m not saying he’s alive. I have no way to know that even if the cards read in a way that suggests it. They can be wrong my interpretation can be wrong.

One way or the other, I hope for answers for those who love him. Solid answers backed with proof.

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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.