Zaden McKnight, of Dayton, Ohio, disappeared two years ago. His mother< Nichelle, was found, along the Stillwater River in Ohio, murdered, and her killer later committed suicide; but no one has seen Zaden. Where is he, and what happened to him?
We start with the seven of cups, crossed by the ten of swords, which is read reversed, here. This is a message about an investigation that has too many different directions and loose ends, and of someone who is taking advantage of this, but there is an element of "power seeking". In fact, the original situation between Zaden's mom and the perpetrator may have had elements of power and ego as motives. It would not be the only motive, but power was and is important to this person. Beneath this, we have the ace of pentacles, which tells us that Zaden's mom had an opportunity, or an asset, that made her situation and her life look very enviable to this perpetrator. She probably did not see it this way, but someone else did. Following this, we find the eight of cups, reversed, suggesting a spiritual path abandoned for a material path. Also, it suggests a celebration of sorts, involving more than one perpetrator.
As a sad possibility for this, Justice appears reversed. The suggestion here is to keep pushing Zaden's missing persons case into the news, and to refuse to give on finding him. Once again, material assets are referenced, but this time, it is by the ten of pentacles in events that are yet to come. I believe the message is dual: not only is the motive for the crime about materialism, but the motive for resolution may be helped by an offered reward. Yet, this approach often works, so I will keep my fingers crossed.
The four of swords appears reversed in the place of fears. This is a fear of the perpetrator that the case will begin to move a bit more quickly, after being stalled. In the immediate environment of the situation, we find the Knight of Cups. Because he is upside right, I am assuming that he means Zaden well and wants to find him. This man is more of an investigator than a fighter. In the place of hopes, we see the Page of Pentacles, which is the tip, or the information, that police are hoping for. The last card is the five of wands, which indicates that a suspect is playing games. Somehow, "power games" and struggles are a lifestyle for the person who killed Zaden's mother, and although he is no longer with us, someone is still actively engaged in those games.
The ten of swords suggests that Zaden died the same day his mother died. I am hoping that I am wrong about this, but swords deal with air, words, and testimony, and it looks as if the killer was worried about Zaden's possible testimony. Pentacles point us north, and we have the ace and the ten of pentacles, along with a page. Because of the seven of cups which appeared at the beginning of the reading, I am inclined to conclude "seven along the river" and because of the ten of pentacles, I would also search "ten" from wherever Zaden was last seen. I think the measurement is miles, in this case. I will keep hoping and praying that I am wrong about this conclusion, and I will keep hoping for justice for both Nichelle and Zaden.