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.

3 of Pentacles: Work--Oprah Winfrey


Combining your work gives you time for more work.
"If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward."-1 Corinthians 3:14



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 #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 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.

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 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.

2 of Swords: Balance--Julie Andrews as Victor/Victoria


She as he.
The dualistic universe requires balance. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Light and dark. Good and evil. Yin and yang. Male and female.



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.

10 of Pentacles: Protection--Marlon Brando as Don Corleone


He has an offer you can't refuse.
This is not the only Protection card in the Tarot; the Princess of Swords is also a card of protection. But the 10 of Pentacles reminds us that protection isn't always a good thing; it isn't always provided altruistically, and sometimes it comes with a very high price.



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.

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 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.

7 of Pentacles: Failure--Woody Allen


Anxious Alvy pretends to be happy.
Failure is sometimes more a state of mind than an actual physical fact. Just as one person sees a half-full glass and the next sees a half-empty one, so too one person might see "failure" where another sees "success". Then again, sometimes failure really is.



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 Cups: Love--Elizabeth Taylor


She lives for love.
The Ace of Cups reminds us that being in love is wonderful, but sometimes it isn't enough.



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 #6: The Lovers--Roy Rogers and Dale Evans


The King and Queen of the Cowboys.
The Lovers of the Major Arcana are innocent and naive. Think Luke and Leia, not Han and Leia. This card means partnership, two halves joining to make a complete whole. Passion would only confuse things.



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