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.

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 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 #7: The Charioteer--Charlton Heston


Maneuvering a corner.
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!



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 #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.



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.

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 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 #5: The Hierophant--Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita


Mr. Miyagi teaches his student.
The Hierophant is the Teacher, the Guru, the possessor of mystical knowledge that you will be darned lucky to be deemed worthy enough to receive. Blessed is the student who finds such a Master to learn from. If you want to learn the Hierophant's lessons, you'll have to listen well and work hard.



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 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 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.

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 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.

King of Cups: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock


When he loses control of his emotions, get out of his way.
The King of Cups embodies the struggle of reason and control over emotion, the desire to keep passions under leash. If he loses control of his emotions, watch out!



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 #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 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!

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.



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