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.
||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 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.
||The Sun is creative, sparkling bliss. Nothing can keep the sun down. Life is good and bright and anything is possible. Dance and sing and enjoy your wonderful life!|
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.
||Ah, Glory. Wanted by so many, achieved by so few. Hollywood Tarot cliche #738: "Fame carries a high price."|
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.
||The Eight of Cups represents loss-- unexpected, out of our control, impossible to prepare for.|
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.
||The Prince of Swords is the god of war. He is not the strategist, the general, the officer in charge--he's the guy out on the battlefield, hacking away; he's the useful but expendable knight in someone else's chess game.|
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.
||The Queen of Pentacles is the goddess of everything earthy: sex and food and plants and animals and material possessions--she embodies the joy of daily life on our material planet. Laughter, sex, eating--it's all the same to her. She is fertility and abundance.|
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.
||Life is full of crises. Some people seem to encounter them more than others. In fact, some people seem to live from crisis to crisis. The good news about crisis is: it's a chance to shake out all the problems and start out fresh. The bad news is: crisis kind of wears on a body. You might want to take a few days off afterwards.|
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.
||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 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself on.
||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!
||This is the card of "two heads are better than one." The Two of Wands recognizes that some things are just better done with an ally: someone to watch your back or give you a hand or provide feedback for your ideas; someone to share the blame when you get in trouble, and the credit when things go right.|
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