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.

4 of Swords: Seclusion--The Artist Formerly Known As Prince


Some things are best done alone.
The Four of Swords is the card of seclusion, because sometimes a person just has to be alone. Seclusion can take many forms. Sometimes it's physical seclusion; it may or may not be voluntary. Sometimes it's the emotional seclusion of the loner.



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.

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 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.

Card #1: The Magician--Robin Williams


Robin Williams and Patch Adams, 1997
The Hero's Journey is a life cycle from Fool to Magician. It is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz; it is Luke Skywalker, going from farmboy to Jedi Knight. The Magician is wise, complete, superb. . Everyone starts out a Fool, but not everyone manages to become a Magician. Once you do become a magician, you start the journey all over again, this time at a higher level.



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.

2 of Cups: Romance--Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire


Some things you just can't say with words.
The Two of Cups represents that elevation of the senses which is Romance, that flirtatious anticipation, enjoying the thrill of the now while looking forward to the unknown blissful moments to come. It is the splendid joy of your connection with each other, on all levels.



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 #14: Temperance--Lou Gossett and Richard Gere in "An Officer And A Gentleman"


Tempers under control.
Temperance is a ritualized series of trials and tests that make you a stronger person, like tempering a metal weapon in fire to make it strong and hard. It is "that which does not kill you will only make you stronger."



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.

7 of Pentacles: Failure--Woody Allen


Anxious Alvy pretends to be happy.
Failure is sometimes more a state of mind than an actual physical fact. Just as one person sees a half-full glass and the next sees a half-empty one, so too one person might see "failure" where another sees "success". Then again, sometimes failure really is.



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.

5 of Swords: Defeat--Pre-Vietnam-era Movie Indians


You don't even have to see the movie to know who's going to lose.
The concept of "defeat" is sometimes valid, sometimes an illusion, sometimes a lie, and sometimes simply propaganda by those who claim themselves as the "winners".



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.

Card #5: The Hierophant--Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita


Mr. Miyagi teaches his student.
The Hierophant is the Teacher, the Guru, the possessor of mystical knowledge that you will be darned lucky to be deemed worthy enough to receive. Blessed is the student who finds such a Master to learn from. If you want to learn the Hierophant's lessons, you'll have to listen well and work hard.



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

5 of Cups: Regret--Hugh Grant


He feels really bad about it.
The Five of Cups represents the fact that sometimes we do stupid things that we really, really regret later. The message of this card is: Think before you act.



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!

9 of Pentacles: Accomplishment--David Bowie


Bowie is in the green.
This is the card of achieving your goals, particularly goals related to money, since the Hollywood Tarot way of measuring Accomplishment is: How much money did you make?



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