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.

8 of Cups: Loss--Clara Bow


Clara mourns the loss of her career.
The Eight of Cups represents loss-- unexpected, out of our control, impossible to prepare for.



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 #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 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 #17: The Star--Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn lights up the pool.
The Star is always above us, bigger and brighter than we can possibly imagine. It is our highest self, always unreachable yet always there. The Star is our ultimate potential, all that we can be, breathtaking, wondrous, illuminating.



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.

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 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.

Prince of Swords: Dolph Lundgren


The Universal Soldier.
The Prince of Swords is the god of war. He is not the strategist, the general, the officer in charge--he's the guy out on the battlefield, hacking away; he's the useful but expendable knight in someone else's chess game.



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 #3: The Empress--Donna Reed


Your Mom loves you.
The Empress is the archetypal Mother: creator, nurturer, protector of the Earth and all its beings. Her power comes from the heart. She does this out of her own strength, whole and complete.



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.

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

3 of Cups: Grace--Dolly Parton


Dolly comforts a dove.
The Three of Cups represents Grace, that extraordinary blessing by God that we receive and that we then pass on to others. It is gentle, and kind, and overwhelming in its majesty, resulting in the profoundest of gratitude. Note: don't confuse "full of grace" with "graceful". These are two completely different concepts.



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!

Princess of Cups: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara


Scarlett flirts with her beaux.
The Princess of Cups is a femme fatale, using her charm and sexuality to manipulate men into giving her what she wants. You cannot trust what this person says because she does not speak out of truth. Her words and gestures are carefully chosen to accomplish her goals.



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