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.

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 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.

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 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.

10 of Cups: Salvation--Jeffrey Hunter


Jeffrey as Jesus Christ.
Sometimes you're the saved, sometimes you're the savior (or "saver"). The wise person has the ability to recognize when it's appropriate to be one, and when it's appropriate to be the other, and when you have the blessed opportunity to be both at once.



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.

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 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.

6 of Pentacles: Charity--Paul Newman


Even on spaghetti sauce, he looks good.
The Six of Pentacles is the card of Charity, of being generous in sharing what you have with others. It requires an ability to accurately assess how much you really need, and a willingness to let go of the rest.



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 #20: Judgment--John Wayne


Making a judgment call.
Deciding who's right and who's wrong is a serious job. It's made much easier if you're able to see the world in very stark black and white. Shades of gray make judgment very difficult.



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 #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 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!

8 of Wands: Fall--Paul Reubens as Pee Wee Herman


I know you are, but what am I?
The Eight of Wands represents Fall. Falls are best viewed as learning experiences, because it's only if you can gain strength from them that you can rise again.



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