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!
This was the perfect example of a situation where your guesses/suggestions made me reexamine my choice. When I first conceived of this project, I had another character from another game in mind (while I’ll elaborate on in the Alternates section), but quite a few things steered me in Yuna’s direction.
The Star is a card of hope and healing, and Yuna offers both of them to her world. As a summoner she eases the burdens of the grieving by ensuring their deceased loved ones reach the Farplane, and throughout her pilgrimage she serves as a beacon of hope for all of Spira. The water connection between the card and the character is also a good bridge. Summoners are universally respected for their utterly unselfish sacrifice at the end of their journey to vanquish Sin, even if it is only for a short amount of time. The dance continues and the spiral never ends.
Yuna truly becomes hope’s symbol (with Tidus’s influence) when she defies death’s destiny to break the cycle and vanquish Sin once and for all. FFX, among other things, exemplifies the adage “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” to the point that there is a literal religion built up around the phrase of followers and fools.
Hm…now I’m considering a project where I figure out a phrase or adage for each Final Fantasy. Prior to the paragraph above I only have one for FFVII (of course), but the “foolish consistency” is perfect for FFX.
Alternates: Terra (VI)
Terra was my first choice for this card based on the simplified version of the Pandora story that Banon, the leader of the Returners, relates to her. He tells the young woman that she is the hope that remained in the box after all of the ills had flown out to infect the world. I believe this works surface wise, but upon further rumination, Yuna is choice with far deeper ramifications.
Everyone wins this week! iplayedthegame, LightningEllen, and Mr. Panda all guessed correctly or you convinced me to change my initial stance. Obviously, I still have to agree with the character proposed, but your guesses 100% make me reexamine the choices I’ve made 🙂
Next weeks card is The Moon, a symbol of mystery and esoteric knowledge. I’ll be honest; I’m actually not sure who I’m going to go with for this one. There are a few contenders, but nothing is set in stone. Final Fantasy has a lot of hidden moon references, so shine your light in the darkest caverns, and maybe you’ll find the truth.