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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.



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 #4: The Emperor--Patrick Stewart


Captain Picard tells someone what to do.
The Emperor is the force of authority, the essence of paternalism. He molds events through the strength of his awesome will. He knows what he needs to do, and he knows what everyone else needs to do too.



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.

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 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!

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.



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