About a year and a half ago while I was editing Northern Lights, I started thinking about Final Fantasy Tarot. I used to read the cards regularly, and people told me I was fairly decent at it. It comes from the same place as stories (if that makes any sense), and in my strange experiences life does often mimic art at least symbolically. I share the theory with wiser minds than I that everything is cyclical, and we’re all trapped in this never ending cycle of history’s constant repeat. I ride the line between logic and the desire (if not the ability) to believe in some absolute, and while reading tarot accurately could very well be chalked up to just recognizing patterns and giving vague and general proclamations, it definitely does activate my “storytelling circuits,” and those circuits have an uncanny ability to predict future connections and events.
Quite a few artists have crafted beautiful tarot cards in the mien of Final Fantasy.
And while their loveliness cannot be denied, I disagree with the representation. Tarot is about more than who or what fits on a surface level. While Aeris did certainly die, she is far more aligned with The High Priestess or World card (the latter also far better than Sephiroth in his dark seraph form) than Death.
Due to these discrepancies (and also due to tarot being a bit subjective and not set in stone), I decided I’d lay out my own interpretation for the Major Arcana. Though as fore mentioned, it has been few years since I seriously read, the last deck I purchased was the Tarot of the Sephiroth, and I hope my words still hold some sway.
I’m going to do one Major Arcana card a week every Friday. Initially, I was planning on posting all of them at once, but as usual, I underestimated the enormity of this undertaking. This week we start with the blank slate, the “zero” card…
I’d initially considered Cloud (FFVII) for this one. Of all of the main characters he definitely starts off as the most “blank slate” in need of molding due to his past being essentially wiped clean by horrible methods. In a way his journey is more about re-finding himself than molding an identity anew. He’s a bit of an uncanny fool as opposed to the happy-go-lucky fellow above, utterly sullen and uncaring at the start of his hero’s journey, but finds purpose along the way. The Fool is supposed to untapped potential and unlimited possibility. With this archetype the choices have not yet been made, which can lead to the greatest peril.
The Fool is the perfect Major Arcana for quite wavering heroes who have not yet figured out where their footsteps should fall.
Alternates: Tidus (X), Vaan (XII)
Next week is I The Magician. Leave guess for whom you think I might pick in the comments!