The Tarot Of “Vanishing Point” (1971 film)

The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot, as presented in the 1971 motion picture Vanishing Point.

Interpretation originally written on 08 March 2006 by

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01. Opening Sequence: black Imperial and white Challenger, both driven by Kowalski, passing each other = Judgment (transcending reality, emerging from death, rebirth)

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02. Kowalski = The Fool

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03. Sandy McKees (Argo’s Car Delivery Attendant Clerk) = The Hermit

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04. Super Soul = The Hanged Man (intuition, revelation, ‘what is about to happen’, character’s psychic bond with Kowalski )

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05. Two motorcycle cops = The Chariot (Kowalski overcomes obstacles to achieve victory in his journey. Nearby river represents water element.)

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06. Jaguar driver = The Devil (tempts Kowalski by expressing hatred)

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07. Blonde Gas Station Attendant Flashback Sequence = Justice
(flashback to Kowalski as a police officer saving a young girl from being sexually assaulted by his superior)

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08. The Nevada Desert = The Wheel Of Fortune (Kowalski drives ‘in a circle’, meeting his prior tire tracks, ‘spinning his wheels’)

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09: Flashback to Kowalski’s wife Vera = Temperance (the angel, eternal nature of true love, flashback includes her passage into eternity)

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10. Prospector = The Magician (awareness, guiding, manipulation of elements: hides Kowalski’s Challenger from police helicopter and catches the rattlesnake that threatened Kowalski)

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11. Reverend J. Hovah = The Hierophant (outcast from general society, feeling limited by societal rules and the conformity of groups)

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12. J. Hovah’s Gospel band = The Empress (nurturing families, ties to nature in their communal living, expressions of joy)

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13. Pair of hitchhikers = The Lovers (Kowalski must make a difficult choice)

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14. Charlie (Young Nevada Patrolman), as he attacks Super Soul = The Emperor (power and control, disclipinary action)

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15. Nevada biker = The Star (inspiration, release of fear, guides Kowalski past the police roadblock at the California/Nevada border)

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16. Nude blonde motorcycle rider = Strength (in this case, evocative of the Roman goddess Diana, the huntress)

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17. Female hitchhiker at night (U.K. Version) = The High Priestess (represents the highest level of knowledge, hidden from plain sight, shrouded in mystery. Kowalksi gaining higher knowledge through revelations.)

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18. Policewomen’s roadmap = Death (inevitability, ending, the ‘trap door’ is closing)

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19. Pair of bulldozers = The Moon (two pillars of rigid structures developed from past actions, fears, illusions)

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20. Sunlight through the bulldozer blades = The Sun (illuminates Kowalski, confidence, energy)

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21. The burning wreck of the “Challenger”, standing upright = The Tower (total change, disruption, catastrophe, explosive force, Fire element)

PS: Yes, all you “Vanishing Point” fans, I’m well aware that a 1967 Camaro was the actual car that hit the bulldozers. You can even see a “Camaro” badge if you pause your disc on the right frame. Yet another argument that Kowalski transcended death and reality, ha ha…

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22. The movie’s wide-angle panorama shots = The World (celebrating successes)

“When the light of life stops burning, till another soul goes free”
Kim Carnes: “Nobody Knows”
(the song playing during the movie’s ending credits)