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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 #2: High Priestess--Whoopi Goldberg


Guinan advises Picard.
The High Priestess exemplifies wisdom. She is also known as "The Papess", after Pope Joan; other traditions have known this archetype as Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. Whatever her name, you can trust her counsel.



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 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 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 #10: Wheel of Fortune--Kevin Bacon


Making connections.
There is a pattern to creation. Everything's connected. There are reasons for what happens. That's the good part. The bad part is, we seldom have enough clues to see the big picture.



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

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 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!

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.



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