Eddy Segall, a then-28-year-old Nashua, NH woman, was reported missing on June 15, 1977 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Using the Joie de Vivre deck, I performed my “World of Hurt” missing-person spread to see what it might tell me about her past and present circumstances. I ran the spread twice, once for 28-year-old Eddy and where she was at the time of her disappearance, and again for what would be her age (70) and situation now. I use the Knights as Significator for any person between the ages of 25 and 45, with red Knights indicating a male and black Knights a female. For women over 45, I use the Queens.
In the circa-1977 spread, the Knight of Coins (a female of middle years) appeared in the third row, in the “Dazed and Confused” position. The implication is that she suffered some kind of blunt trauma to the head that incapacitated her. The other half of that projection is that she would have been kept out of the public view, suggesting a wrongful restraint scenario. The suit of Coins could mean a rural location. The Page of Cups and King of Wands above make me think she may have innocently and unwisely picked up an older hitch-hiker.
The 6 of Swords in the “Will she be found?” position indicates “Yes,” but the 6 of Swords shows movement, so it will most likely not be in the region where she disappeared. The image – with the swords apparently goading her from behind – implies that it wasn’t voluntary.
The “When?” position holds the 9 of Coins, reflecting “9 Years,” which could mean that the case will remain unsolved for some time to come. However, nine is a number of completion (the ancient Greeks called it the “Third Perfection”), so some kind of closure is indicated.
The spread for the 70-year-old Eddy follows.
The first Queen to appear, Queen of Wands, landed in the “Deceased” position, which is not an unreasonable assumption at this late date, but in this layout it implies “foul play and concealment.”
The Four of Cups in the “Will she be found?” position delivers a “Maybe” verdict, and the element of Water suggests a watery grave. The head of the figure seems to be encased in a box of some kind, which could be symbolic here.
The 5 of Wands in the “When?” position indicates “soon,” and the image may be showing a defendant under duress. The case was reopened in 2010 with no new revelations to date, but the recently renewed interest could mean that this card shows it progressing rapidly from this point onward.
Putting the two together, I’m thinking that she was forcibly subdued, relocated to another region, and may have been drowned or perhaps submerged after being murdered. She may literally “resurface” and the perpetrator will be brought to justice. It makes for a nice yarn but after 42 years its a long-shot.