I began reading with movie ticket stubs in 2014, after throwing out a deck of Rider-Waite cards in one fell swoop, shoving movie ticket stubs inside the cardboard box. I started saving my movie ticket stubs after graduating from college with a degree in Film Studies in 2010. By the time I formed my first deck, I had collected hundreds of tickets from movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York City. At that time, I was split between coasts, and as a result, it was significant to me whether the querent drew more NY or LA stubs. When I laminated the first deck in LA, strange graphic patterns emerged and some cards turned completely black. Unreadable? ; ) 

Over and over again, I’ve been asked, “How can you read with movie ticket stubs?” When I view a film at a movie theater, I hold the ticket in the palm of my hand. It often becomes sweaty; I’ll tear it and fold it during times of tension on screen. When I draw a ticket during a reading, it’s whatever pops into my head, using the universe of that film as the reflector beam… maybe the title sparks something, or I’ll remember something I read off IMDB Trivia… I could be moved to recount an episode from my life that intersected with that showing… perhaps I’ll reflect on an actor’s star image over time. Then, there’s always the meat of the plot and genre considerations to ponder over. If your life were a movie how would you describe it? Is it a low-budget independent film? When have you laughed or cried sitting in the front row? If you were to make a sequel, are there some characters you would not bring back? Is parental guidance suggested for this viewing? 

My working deck is currently in its 6th incarnation. Each deck begets its own modifications and experiments, as well as divinatory challenges. For example, over the years the movie ticket paper has become thinner, meaning the titles fade fast. After losing many titles to the sun, I adapted to writing down keywords on the back in pen, my breadcrumbs back into the film’s energetic core. Beyond movie ticket stubs, I occasionally include tickets from concerts, plays, and art shows. Whenever I feel on the verge of perfecting this process, new considerations will emerge and the deck will evolve. In the future, there may not be anymore movie ticket stubs. The domestic movie theater going audience has been decreasing, and the film industry is at a transformation point. It is an exciting time to be a movie-goer! I have always found this medium to be rich for discussing spiritual topics; the experience of the light going down, and the people becoming quiet. An image appears, a star that may not even be around anymore, but we are still moved by it in the sky. The credits play. We leave our trance and make contact again with the sun.