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.
||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.
||The King of Swords represents the consequences to behavior. Good behavior results in reward. Bad behavior results in punishment.|
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.
||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.|
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.
||This is the card of "two heads are better than one." The Two of Wands recognizes that some things are just better done with an ally: someone to watch your back or give you a hand or provide feedback for your ideas; someone to share the blame when you get in trouble, and the credit when things go right.|
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.
||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 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.
||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 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.
||"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 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.
||The Queen of Wands embodies the power of fire. She is hot, in every possible use of that word. Highly energetic, highly alive, she can burn you like a cinder if you're not ready for her.|
CARD 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself on.
||The Apprentice will experience many teachers before achieving Mastery. This is necessary, because you can't have true understanding of your field unless you've seen it through a variety of eyes. Learn as much as you can from your masters, and cherish those teachings|
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!
||The Charioteer is the embodiment of goals and action, being in charge of oneself and others, knowing where you're going and how to get there, riding ahead of the pack, getting stuff done. Ready, set, go!|
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