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.

Prince of Pentacles: Raymond Burr


Putting the clues together.
The Prince of Pentacles is the mystery solver. Curious and rational, he will analyze the facts in any situation to figure out what's really going on. Don't try to hide the facts from him. It will only whet his curiosity and make him dig harder.



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.

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 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.

7 of Cups: Dream--Fabio


Tarzan, with wind in his hair.
Some fantasies are best left to our dreams. Real life can be so sordid: washing socks, and scrubbing bathrooms, and paying bills. In our dreams, Elle MacPherson has no cellulite and Fabio never has a bad hair day. It's better that way.



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 Wands: Alliance--Lucille Ball and Vivien Vance


Lucy and Ethel plan a new scheme.
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.

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 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.

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 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.

Princess of Pentacles: Kim Novack


What is she really thinking?
The Princess of Pentacles is an earth occultist, an expert on the mysteries of the earth. She may be a witch or a sorceress. Or she may simply be a very mysterious person who always seems to know things. Her serenity hides an impenetrable depth, hidden worlds of ancient knowledge only the chosen can touch.



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 Pentacles: Reward--Harrison Ford


This one was too easy.
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 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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