I put the unsatisfactory reading I did yesterday through my new “dead or alive” model as a test case, using the Joie de Vivre tarot. The situation involved a young girl in Connecticut who went missing in 1973 while riding her bike a short distance from home. She went to retrieve an item that she had hidden earlier and never returned. I rolled a single die and came up with a “1” spot, showing that she is most likely dead in an isolated location.
For the tarot layout, I used the three-card line beginning with the “Deceased” position of my “World of Hurt” missing-person spread, and populated that position with my original pull of the Page of Cups to show a naive young person.
The second card was the 2 of Swords, suggesting an unfortunate encounter, and the Two could also imply that she was “on two wheels” and moving between one point and another when she was accosted.
The 7 of Cups in the third position is a perfect mirror of the fact that she hid an item, and when she went to get it she found something other than what she expected.
Because the outcome was somewhat inconclusive, I calculated the quintessence card for the three in the reading and came up with Judgment (11+2+7=20). Without the Page as 11, the result would have been the Hermit, another reference to isolation and possibly a remote, high place. Judgment suggests that she “met her Maker,” and the Hermit hints at a possible location (“mountaintop,” “in the hills”). Alternatively, the Hermit could be pointing to her assailant: a loner, perhaps a drifter with no local roots, or someone who lived in the heights (in or near Connecticut, that would be the southern Berkshires).
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The thing that disturbs me about the above narrative is that, if an adult knew enough about what the girl went to retrieve to tell the police about it, why was she allowed to go alone to get it? But it may be unfair to view the circumstances through a modern lens, since in 1973 the young may arguably have been at less risk of random predation than they are now.