For the full Hollywood Tarot experience, pretend the cards below are lying in front of you sort of like this,

and that some Princess of Pentacles person is there with you, interpreting the meanings (which she really is, at some archetypal level).

For a more complete explanation of the cards (like, what the heck does this actor have to do with this card anyway?), see Who's On What Card.

NOTE: Major Arcana cards (the first 22 cards of the deck) do not belong to suits like Swords or Wands; they are simply called "Card 0", "Card 1", etc. They're the cards with the blue moon-and-stars frames. Don't be confused if you get, say, "Card 3" on the layout space called "Card 1". This just means that the third card of the deck is in the first card position.

Enjoy the Movie!



Cards 1 and 2 are the starting point. Think of them as the corner of Hollywood and Vine. CARD 1, Hollywood Boulevard, is the summarized plot of your question, the cards' edited version of the question you are asking.

Card #21: The World--The Audience


Who's watching whom?
"All the world's a stage, and the men and women merely players."-(Bacon's garbled Shakespeare). We are each of us both actor and audience. Star or heckler: which is your primary role?



CARD 2, Vine Avenue, crosses Hollywood Boulevard. This card either complicates or compliments the question, kind of like a movie backer who insists on coming down to the studio to see what's going on.

King of Swords: Sylvester Stallone as Rambo


Rambo punishes the wrongdoers.
The King of Swords represents the consequences to behavior. Good behavior results in reward. Bad behavior results in punishment.



CARD 3 is the Script you're supposed to be learning in this question. Is it hard to learn? Is it stupid? Is it worthy of you? This card is the challenge you face in this situation.

5 of Pentacles: Hardship--Frances Farmer


Frances had a hard life.
Most of us experience moments of hardship in our lives. A few of us have lives that are mostly hardship. Don't confuse hardship moments with the hardship life. A rule of thumb: if you own the computer on which you are currently viewing this sentence, you probably do not have a hardship life-you just have the occasional bad day.



CARD 4 is the Producer, working behind the scenes. This is the card of the larger picture, the vision of what the movie of your question would tell the audience, assuming there was enough money to make the film and you were a good enough actor to do the part. Some would describe this card as God's purpose in this situation.

Ace of Swords: Doom--James Dean


The future is now.
The Doom card can be viewed in a couple of ways. The first is the fatalistic approach: "Live fast, die young." The second is the more Buddhist approach: recognize that the only moment you have is the Now. Live in the Now. Don't concentrate on the future. Cherish the treasure of this miraculous instant.



CARD 5 is Podunk, Minnesota--or wherever you came from before you made it to the corner of Hollywood and Vine. This is all the strengths and skills you are bringing to the part, all those hours of high school musicals and dinner theater that have made you the performer you are today. This is the card of your past.

Card #13: Death--Christopher Reeve


Christopher Reeve at work.
"On Memorial Day weekend, 1995, my world changed forever"-Christopher Reeve, in "Still Me". The Death card of the Tarot implies major transformative life change, the kind of experience that completely changes your world. The bigger the change, the more frightening, but also the larger the inherent lessons.



CARD 6 is the completed movie of your question, assuming there are no last minute script changes or drug overdoses among the cast. If you don't do anything different, this is what the final screening will look like. This is the card of the predictable future.

Card #7: The Charioteer--Charlton Heston


Maneuvering a corner.
The Charioteer is the embodiment of goals and action, being in charge of oneself and others, knowing where you're going and how to get there, riding ahead of the pack, getting stuff done. Ready, set, go!



CARD 7 is that secret script you wrote, that you have hidden in the bottom drawer of your dresser--it's the real question that you should have asked, the opportunity you should have pursued in this reading instead of doing yet another remake of Rocky Meets Lethal Weapon.

3 of Wands: Fate--Lana Turner


Born to be bad.
The Three of Wands is the card of Fate. Now, you may or may not believe in fate; certainly a strong argument can be made that each of us as an individual is the master of our own destiny. Think of your life as an orchestra. Do you know the conductor?



CARD 8 is the role people want you to play or want you to relate to in this movie--these are the unseen forces, the archetypes that are acting in this situation that you may not be entirely aware of.

9 of Wands: Mistrust--David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder


Mulder doesn't know whom to trust.
We live in a difficult, paranoid and untrusting time. Your own reality is ultimately the only gauge you have to determine if the paranoia and mistrust you or others are feeling are valid perceptions.



CARD 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself on.

10 of Wands: Oppression--Kevin Costner


Mr. Costner faces an unknown oppressor.
We all feel oppressed from time to time, and some of us actually are. The Ten of Wands represents the frustrations and challenges that are faced by victims of oppression.



CARD 10 is the Academy Award ceremony: this is the best and brightest possible outcome for this project. It may be a sad card--but remember that even tear jerkers can have big value at the box office. Give us a big smile for the cameras!

10 of Pentacles: Protection--Marlon Brando as Don Corleone


He has an offer you can't refuse.
This is not the only Protection card in the Tarot; the Princess of Swords is also a card of protection. But the 10 of Pentacles reminds us that protection isn't always a good thing; it isn't always provided altruistically, and sometimes it comes with a very high price.



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