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 #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 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 Swords: Passage--Sean Connery as James Bond


007 keeps in touch on the road.
The Six of Swords is about Passage. Although there are lots of kinds of passage--rites of passage, mental transitions from one state to another--passage is usually viewed as travel. Whatever kind of trip you take, don't forget your toothbrush.



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 #4: The Emperor--Patrick Stewart


Captain Picard tells someone what to do.
The Emperor is the force of authority, the essence of paternalism. He molds events through the strength of his awesome will. He knows what he needs to do, and he knows what everyone else needs to do too.



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.

Princess of Swords: Lucy Lawless as Xena, Warrior Princess


She takes care of her friends.
The Princess of Swords is the Protector. A fierce nurturer, she is the mother who will kill to keep her children safe.



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 #12: The Hanged Man--Clint Eastwood as the Man With No Name


The Stranger has put his hang-ups behind him.
You can't be resurrected unless you've first died. You can't understand pain unless you've first experienced it. This is the card of sacrifice that leads to a wiser life.



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 Wands: Challenge--Daniel Day-Lewis


Hawkeye accepts the Mohawk challenge.
The Seven of Wands is the recognition that at some time or other we will be challenged, and in that moment of challenge we are tested. Do we rise to the challenge, or do we run away? Is this a worthy fight? Sometimes the true challenge is having the wisdom to not accept the illusion challenge.



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.

Card #16: The Tower--Bruce Willis as the Crisis Guy


McClane faces trouble at the tower.
Life is full of crises. Some people seem to encounter them more than others. In fact, some people seem to live from crisis to crisis. The good news about crisis is: it's a chance to shake out all the problems and start out fresh. The bad news is: crisis kind of wears on a body. You might want to take a few days off afterwards.



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 #18: The Moon--Ava Gardner


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



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 #21: The World--The Audience


Who's watching whom?
"All the world's a stage, and the men and women merely players."-(Bacon's garbled Shakespeare). We are each of us both actor and audience. Star or heckler: which is your primary role?



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