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!
The moment I saw Temperance, I knew it was going to be Tifa Lockhart. That lady knew the meaning of patience and balance since she was the only thing that held Cloud together (albeit barely) after catastrophe. Relegated to the role of the girl next door, she took second string to the “magic girl” (aka Aeris), but even their relationship wasn’t fraught with jealousy. They were friends and Tifa mourned her death as much as any.
The angel of Temperance has one foot in the water and one foot on the ground, showing the balance needed to ride both sides. My memory is a bit fuzzy on the details, but when Tifa and Cloud were floating through the Lifestream during his Heroic Blue Screen of Death, you can bet your ass she was the grounding factor that aided in his recovery.
Canonically (despite the number of flame wars raging across the internet), Final Fantasy VII doesn’t have an OTP, and we see in Advent how damaged Cloud still is from his experiences in the game, but despite her forlorn longing, Tifa “locked in her heart” sticks with him and is the friend he sorely needs.
Alternates: Yuna (X)
When it comes to patience, Yuna and Tifa are on an even keel. The summoner not only had that trait, but bravery and selflessness to boot…though Tifa wasn’t without. VII’s lady took the card, because while Yuna may have fallen in love with a dream, it’s better to do so and have them love you than to only dream of true love.
LightningEllen guessed the alternative Yuna, which counts as a win in my book!
Next week’s card is The Devil, the biggest bad of them all. Do not be deceived by lesser evil; the Devil is whom you must truly fight…