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 Swords: Cruelty--John Malkovich


John makes Nicole cry.
The Nine of Swords recognizes that some folks are just mean. Cruel. Nasty. These folks are generally viewed as bad guys. They usually lose. They have acquaintances and sycophants, but not a lot of friends. They are not positive role models.



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.

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 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.

Card #18: The Moon--Ava Gardner


Howl.
The Moon symbolizes dark, rich, deep mystery. Sultry. Irresistible. Dangerous, unknowable--compelling. Think chocolate personified.



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.

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 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 #8: Strength--Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Ripley


Lt. Ripley saves a child from the Alien.
Strength is a combo of brawn and bravery. Steadfast, determined, strong of will, strong of character, strong of heart, strong of body. True strength exists in tandem with gentleness, and with love.



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.

5 of Swords: Defeat--Pre-Vietnam-era Movie Indians


You don't even have to see the movie to know who's going to lose.
The concept of "defeat" is sometimes valid, sometimes an illusion, sometimes a lie, and sometimes simply propaganda by those who claim themselves as the "winners".



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 Swords: Seclusion--The Artist Formerly Known As Prince


Some things are best done alone.
The Four of Swords is the card of seclusion, because sometimes a person just has to be alone. Seclusion can take many forms. Sometimes it's physical seclusion; it may or may not be voluntary. Sometimes it's the emotional seclusion of the loner.



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.

5 of Pentacles: Hardship--Frances Farmer


Frances had a hard life.
Most of us experience moments of hardship in our lives. A few of us have lives that are mostly hardship. Don't confuse hardship moments with the hardship life. A rule of thumb: if you own the computer on which you are currently viewing this sentence, you probably do not have a hardship life-you just have the occasional bad day.



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 #0: The Fool--Robin Williams as Mork


"The childlike Mork is disappointed to find out that, on Earth, eggs don't fly."
Fools are utterly ignorant persons, who will take amazing risks simply because they don't know better. They don't know embarrassment, or fear. They laugh and sing and step off cliffs. The fool is the archetype at the very beginning of the Hero's Journey, a journey that ends when the Fool has become the Magician.



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!

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.



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