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.

6 of Wands: Glory--Elvis Presley


Embracing his glory.
Ah, Glory. Wanted by so many, achieved by so few. Hollywood Tarot cliche #738: "Fame carries a high price."



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.

6 of Cups: Childhood--Shirley Temple


Isn't she adorable?
The Six of Cups is a reminder of Childhood. These may be positive memories, or perhaps not. There's nothing sadder than adults who live in their memories of childhood, unless it's adults who are remembered more for what they did as children than for what they do as adults.



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.

Princess of Cups: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara


Scarlett flirts with her beaux.
The Princess of Cups is a femme fatale, using her charm and sexuality to manipulate men into giving her what she wants. You cannot trust what this person says because she does not speak out of truth. Her words and gestures are carefully chosen to accomplish her goals.



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.

8 of Cups: Loss--Clara Bow


Clara mourns the loss of her career.
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.

Queen of Swords: Katharine Hepburn


Don't even think about lying to her.
The Queen of Swords is the destroyer of illusion. The embodiment of integrity and honesty, she compels you to face the truth, even when it's not pretty, even when it's not kind.



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.

Queen of Cups: Grace Kelly


Cool as ice.
The Queen of Cups is the Snow Queen. Infinitely lovely, gracious, kind and generous, she is completely aware of who she is at all times. She is in control of every situation, and every emotion. You cannot touch her. You may connect with her, but only on whatever level she deigns to allow.



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.

4 of Cups: Depression--Judy Garland


Judy ponders her life.
The Four of Cups reflects the fact that creativity, genius and madness are often only different profiles of the same gift. It can be as difficult to control one's own spirals into depression as it is to control one's own bursts of creative genius.



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.

3 of Cups: Grace--Dolly Parton


Dolly comforts a dove.
The Three of Cups represents Grace, that extraordinary blessing by God that we receive and that we then pass on to others. It is gentle, and kind, and overwhelming in its majesty, resulting in the profoundest of gratitude. Note: don't confuse "full of grace" with "graceful". These are two completely different concepts.



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 #12: The Hanged Man--Clint Eastwood as the Man With No Name


The Stranger has put his hang-ups behind him.
You can't be resurrected unless you've first died. You can't understand pain unless you've first experienced it. This is the card of sacrifice that leads to a wiser life.



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 #11: Justice--Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully


Agent Scully picks a bone to discern its truth.
Justice is not blind. She sees everything, objectively, analytically. She is not involved in determining "right" or "wrong"--she leaves that to the Judgment card. She is interested only in perceiving Truth.



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