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.

5 of Swords: Defeat--Pre-Vietnam-era Movie Indians


You don't even have to see the movie to know who's going to lose.
The concept of "defeat" is sometimes valid, sometimes an illusion, sometimes a lie, and sometimes simply propaganda by those who claim themselves as the "winners".



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 #0: The Fool--Robin Williams as Mork


"The childlike Mork is disappointed to find out that, on Earth, eggs don't fly."
Fools are utterly ignorant persons, who will take amazing risks simply because they don't know better. They don't know embarrassment, or fear. They laugh and sing and step off cliffs. The fool is the archetype at the very beginning of the Hero's Journey, a journey that ends when the Fool has become the Magician.



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 #11: Justice--Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully


Agent Scully picks a bone to discern its truth.
Justice is not blind. She sees everything, objectively, analytically. She is not involved in determining "right" or "wrong"--she leaves that to the Judgment card. She is interested only in perceiving Truth.



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 Swords: Opposition--Dennis Hopper


The enemy has his eye on you.
Troubles, problems, opposition, enemies. The Seven of Swords represents those issues and people who will work to keep you from accomplishing your goals. The good thing about opposition is: having to work for success makes it all the more sweet.



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.

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 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.

4 of Wands: Success--Barbra Streisand


Successful at love.
The Four of Wands represents Success. Success entails many things. Having a lot of money, or the respect of your peers, or freedom to do what you want with your life, or awareness of being the best in your chosen field(s)--these are only parts of success. You are not successful if you are not also happy.



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 #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 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.

Queen of Pentacles: Mae West


Come on up and see her some time.
The Queen of Pentacles is the goddess of everything earthy: sex and food and plants and animals and material possessions--she embodies the joy of daily life on our material planet. Laughter, sex, eating--it's all the same to her. She is fertility and abundance.



CARD 9 is the role you were born to play in the movie of this question, the archetype you should be modeling yourself 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 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 #9: The Hermit--Greta Garbo


Queen Christina reflects on being alone.
The Hermit knows that every individual needs solitude from time to time in order to reflect on the various mysteries of life. The Hermit realizes that the noise of other lives can distract from hearing one's own song.



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