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 #15: The Devil--James Earl Jones as Darth Vadar


Darth Vadar and his minions stepping over the trash.
This is the card of temptation. There's a lot of power on the Dark Side, plus life seems a lot easier and more amusing over there. Good guys seem to work so hard. This is also the card of ignorance, because, of course, the temptation is an illusion. Power and work coexist on both sides of the Force.



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.

Princess of Pentacles: Kim Novack


What is she really thinking?
The Princess of Pentacles is an earth occultist, an expert on the mysteries of the earth. She may be a witch or a sorceress. Or she may simply be a very mysterious person who always seems to know things. Her serenity hides an impenetrable depth, hidden worlds of ancient knowledge only the chosen can touch.



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.

Ace of Wands: Power--Arnold Schwarzeneggar


Don't try to arm wrestle this guy.
The Ace of Wands represents Power. There are many kinds of power. Power is the ability to influence and/or intimidate. Some people embody power through their strength of personality, using their charisma or money or connections to get what they want. Other people are just really big.



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.

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 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.

8 of Pentacles: The Apprentice--Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker


Luke listens to Master Yoda.
The Apprentice will experience many teachers before achieving Mastery. This is necessary, because you can't have true understanding of your field unless you've seen it through a variety of eyes. Learn as much as you can from your masters, and cherish those teachings



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.

Ace of Pentacles: Reward--Harrison Ford


This one was too easy.
The Ace of Pentacles represents the material Reward that we receive for hard work, the princess, grail, truth or riches we expect to receive when we complete our quest. In the end, the material reward is secondary to the value of the quest itself.



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.

King of Pentacles: Ving Rhames


Doing business over lunch by the pool.
The King of Pentacles is a sensualist, an utterly physical man. He is a good business man who does not enjoy business for its own sake, but rather for the things of the flesh that money can buy him. He is authoritarian, stable and reliable. Just don't get between him and his stuff.



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

Card #17: The Star--Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn lights up the pool.
The Star is always above us, bigger and brighter than we can possibly imagine. It is our highest self, always unreachable yet always there. The Star is our ultimate potential, all that we can be, breathtaking, wondrous, illuminating.



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 #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?



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