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!
Source for picture of Sephiroth located here.
“For the Angel of Death spread his wing(s) on the blast…”
–Lord Byron, “The Destruction of Sennacherib”
Who else but Sephiroth for Death? He’s a fallen, one-winged angel who not only (arguably) killed the most innocent and important person in FFVII, but committed genocide while doing so. There’s a lot I can say about that, but I’ll leave it for my review/analysis of the game that will be longer than the 10k and growing post I have for FFIV.
The Death card does not always mean death, but it does warn of change, and death certainly incites some of the greatest changes any of us will ever face. The card is actually less about dying and more about how the individuals left deal with endings. This makes Aeris’s death by Sephiroth/Jenova’s hand/will even more fitting and quite meta as it occurs at the end of Disk 1, and Cloud spends not only the rest of the game feeling guilty and burdened by it, but an entire feature length film, too.
Death is the rider of the pale horse, which in game, is one of the once general’s attacks (subtle clue is subtle), and the thing to remember about Death is he is not his own master, but only does his appointed task. Though Sephiroth certainly did engender a change that reverberated not only through VII’s narrative but into our world transcending far beyond the game’s mien and era, it never deterred Aeris from her appointed task. Fate may lend Death a hand, but not even Death can change fate.
“Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow
-John Donne “Death Be Not Proud”
Alternates: Kuja (IX)
Since Sephiroth most certainly inspired Kuja (just as Golbez certainly inspired Sephiroth and Kuja), they share quite a bit of that “Angel of Death” aspect with IX’s villain even describing himself as such at one point.
No correct guesses this week, but don’t give up! There are still plenty of weeks left.
The next card is Temperance, and the character who encompasses that has patience in abundance.