This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana. If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation. Now onto the next card!
Seymour from Final Fantasy X was my original pick for this card, but I wavered quite a bit before my choice as there’s an alternate who’s just as good that I’ll discuss below.
The Hierophant is also known as The High Priest or even The Pope. Seymour is essentially a high priest as a maester of Yevon. He is (according the linked wiki) “the Minister of Temple Affairs, which maintains the temples’ rituals and teachings and oversees the summoners. This position allows one the authority to handle records of the sealed histories.” He’s also a half human, half Guado hybrid, the latter race being responsible for Spira”s afterlife. The Hierophant serves as the builder of the bridge between deity and humanity, thus a true “pontiff.”
Even though Seymour is obviously an antagonist, like many a Final Fantasy villain he has a tragic backstory involving his mother (god they really love that paradigm), nor does this status dismiss the fact that he was essentially a high priest of the faith. Given our knowledge of corruption in religious institutions (which FFX wholly seeks to point out), the villainous aspect of his nature do not detract from him representing this card.
Alternates: Sephiroth (VII)
I very nearly picked my favorite fallen angel for a variety of reasons. He, too, is a bridge between humanity and “deity” as a human-alien hybrid of sorts. I wouldn’t say he’s half and half as both of his parents are human (though his father’s “humanity” is highly debatable for moral reasons…), but since he was infused with Jenova’s cells while in utero, that aspect of his makeup must be taken into account. He also became its “messenger” in a way and then pretty much merged with it, a motif we see repeated in X with a summoner’s guardian becoming the new Sin.
Sephiroth would also be a counterpart to Aeris as The High Priestess, and the two pillars The Hierophant sits between was almost a tipping point especially when you consider they’re related to the Tree of Life, which is made up of the Holy Sephiroth.
Also, like the Hierophant, he loves holding up his right hand.
But Sephiroth is meant for another card. Now I’ve given you a clue. Use it wisely.
Seifer (VIII), Golbez (IV) – Both due to the “bridge between humanity and deity” description. Seifer is obviously fully human, but his stint as the Sorceress’s Knight was considered. Golbez is *spoiler* half-human, half-Lunarian and was under the thrall of Zemus for the majority of the game, a being seething deep in the Lunar core, so we have that hybrid doing a “higher” being’s work paradigm going on with him. *end spoiler.*
Nobody technically won this time; however, Mr. Panda did guess Sephiroth, and I was super close to picking him and would have if he wasn’t planned for a later card.
Next week is VI The Lovers, which will be the most solid if initially dichotomous canon ship, and one of my favorite ones at that! Happy guessing 🙂