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.

Ace of Swords: Doom--James Dean


The future is now.
The Doom card can be viewed in a couple of ways. The first is the fatalistic approach: "Live fast, die young." The second is the more Buddhist approach: recognize that the only moment you have is the Now. Live in the Now. Don't concentrate on the future. Cherish the treasure of this miraculous instant.



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.

8 of Swords: Disillusion--Humphrey Bogart


Charlie's been burnt one too many times.
The Eight of Swords represents Disillusion. This is the card of the cynic, the person who's seen it all and doesn't trust any of it. Remember: disillusionment can itself be an illusion. Just because you're a cynic doesn't mean you're right.



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.

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 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 Swords: Ruin--Robert Downey, Jr.


Robert Downey, Jr. in court. Again.
The Ten of Swords represents ruin brought on by an inability to take responsibility and control over one's own life.



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.

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 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.

7 of Cups: Dream--Fabio


Tarzan, with wind in his hair.
Some fantasies are best left to our dreams. Real life can be so sordid: washing socks, and scrubbing bathrooms, and paying bills. In our dreams, Elle MacPherson has no cellulite and Fabio never has a bad hair day. It's better that way.



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.

Card #1: The Magician--Robin Williams


Robin Williams and Patch Adams, 1997
The Hero's Journey is a life cycle from Fool to Magician. It is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz; it is Luke Skywalker, going from farmboy to Jedi Knight. The Magician is wise, complete, superb. . Everyone starts out a Fool, but not everyone manages to become a Magician. Once you do become a magician, you start the journey all over again, this time at a higher level.



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 Wands: Impasse--Elaine Miles as Marilyn Whirlwind


You'll never get her to change her mind.
Sometimes you meet an immovable force. When you encounter such a person or situation, the most efficient use of your time is to figure some other way to reach your goal, because this path is closed to you.



CARD 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself on.

Ace of Wands: Power--Arnold Schwarzeneggar


Don't try to arm wrestle this guy.
The Ace of Wands represents Power. There are many kinds of power. Power is the ability to influence and/or intimidate. Some people embody power through their strength of personality, using their charisma or money or connections to get what they want. Other people are just really big.



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 #9: The Hermit--Greta Garbo


Queen Christina reflects on being alone.
The Hermit knows that every individual needs solitude from time to time in order to reflect on the various mysteries of life. The Hermit realizes that the noise of other lives can distract from hearing one's own song.



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