An 84 (or 82, depending on which part of this article you believe) year-old man with dementia has gone missing in Tamworth, NH.
I performed my “World of Hurt” missing-person spread to see if I can learn anything about his status; the deck is the Golden Universal. The first King to appear in the layout came up in the “Escaping Something” position, subtitled “(Ran away or is in hiding);” it was the King of Cups, and showed up on the second round of the deal. The Knight of Swords was beneath it, suggesting that he may have felt he was being forced into something he didn’t agree with, and had an emotional melt-down over it. This is reinforced by the 8 of Cups following the King.
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The first position in the spread indicates that the missing individual made a decision to disappear. Since Dewey is described as suffering from dementia, this most likely wasn’t a clear-headed choice, and the King of Cups isn’t known for his sharp wits anyway. The interaction of the King with the Knight of Swords under it makes me think he may have been prodded into something he had no intention of doing (the intuitive impression I’m getting, based on nothing particular in the cards, is that he could have been facing placement in a full-time elder-care facility; he was already under an assisted-living arrangement). It’s possible that the only choice he felt he had was to simply vanish before that happened.
Although the divinatory meaning of the other two cards in the Significator’s row is secondary to their use for technical purposes, the two cards here – the 8 of Cups and the 9 of Wands – tell an interesting story. The 8 of Cups suggests he departed in a good deal of emotional distress. He sensed something coming in that Knight of Swords that he didn’t like. The 9 of Wands has a “me against the world” aura to it, indicating that he may have “barricaded” himself somewhere that provided the opportunity to defend himself from unwanted intervention. Although it isn’t a formal part of the spread, the “quintessence” card for this row (at least in my system of calculation) is the Emperor, giving the idea that “the Man” was breathing down his neck.
The 8 of Cups in the “Will he be found? position (the implication “found safe” is understood) delivers an emphatic “No.” The timing card is a Wand, showing that, in any event, the discovery of his fate will come in “days,” and the Nine reflects “9 days” from the date of his disappearance. This seems like a reasonable assumption where foul play isn’t suspected, and would place the next revelation in the case at not later than Wednesday, September 19.