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.

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 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 Cups: Happiness--Barney


Super-dee-whatever.
The Nine of Cups is about Happiness. Now, this is not a good Hollywood Tarot archetype, because Hollywood is a darned cynical place. If you get this card: GOOD FOR YOU!



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 #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 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.

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?



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.

6 of Swords: Passage--Sean Connery as James Bond


007 keeps in touch on the road.
The Six of Swords is about Passage. Although there are lots of kinds of passage--rites of passage, mental transitions from one state to another--passage is usually viewed as travel. Whatever kind of trip you take, don't forget your toothbrush.



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.

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 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.

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 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 #3: The Empress--Donna Reed


Your Mom loves you.
The Empress is the archetypal Mother: creator, nurturer, protector of the Earth and all its beings. Her power comes from the heart. She does this out of her own strength, whole and complete.



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

7 of Cups: Dream--Fabio


Tarzan, with wind in his hair.
Some fantasies are best left to our dreams. Real life can be so sordid: washing socks, and scrubbing bathrooms, and paying bills. In our dreams, Elle MacPherson has no cellulite and Fabio never has a bad hair day. It's better that way.



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!

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.



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