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.

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 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.

9 of Pentacles: Accomplishment--David Bowie


Bowie is in the green.
This is the card of achieving your goals, particularly goals related to money, since the Hollywood Tarot way of measuring Accomplishment is: How much money did you make?



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 #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 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.

Ace of Wands: Power--Arnold Schwarzeneggar


Don't try to arm wrestle this guy.
The Ace of Wands represents Power. There are many kinds of power. Power is the ability to influence and/or intimidate. Some people embody power through their strength of personality, using their charisma or money or connections to get what they want. Other people are just really big.



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.

Card #15: The Devil--James Earl Jones as Darth Vadar


Darth Vadar and his minions stepping over the trash.
This is the card of temptation. There's a lot of power on the Dark Side, plus life seems a lot easier and more amusing over there. Good guys seem to work so hard. This is also the card of ignorance, because, of course, the temptation is an illusion. Power and work coexist on both sides of the Force.



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.

Queen of Cups: Grace Kelly


Cool as ice.
The Queen of Cups is the Snow Queen. Infinitely lovely, gracious, kind and generous, she is completely aware of who she is at all times. She is in control of every situation, and every emotion. You cannot touch her. You may connect with her, but only on whatever level she deigns to allow.



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.

6 of Cups: Childhood--Shirley Temple


Isn't she adorable?
The Six of Cups is a reminder of Childhood. These may be positive memories, or perhaps not. There's nothing sadder than adults who live in their memories of childhood, unless it's adults who are remembered more for what they did as children than for what they do as adults.



CARD 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself on.

Queen of Wands: Tina Turner


Tina aflame.
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 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!

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.



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