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!
If I’d remembered that Judgement was also called “The Angel,” I might have considered a different angle per se. Be that as it is, the Lifestream from FFVII was my first and solid choice. The souls of the Planet is also the spirit and the will of the Planet that would have found humanity wanting and worthy of destruction save for one soul thrust there before her natural time who prayed for our salvation. It’s a good thing Aeris had that job and that compassion. I would’ve let humanity rot. All of our actions were drawn up into that moment, and it is a close judgement call who or what did or would’ve done more damage: us or the impending meteor. The Lifestream neutralized one and would’ve ousted the other (arguably if we consider Advent it partially did with geostigma), save for that “divine” and innocent intervention. I could think of no better concept for judgement than this, though there are some pretty close alternates.
Alternates: Mt. Ordeals (IV), Kefka (VI), The Iifa Tree (IX), Sin (X)
I was this close to picking Mt. Ordeals after Mr. Panda guessed it last week. I don’t know how I never considered it before, because it is the perfect example of judgement, almost ironically so, as Cecil has been judging himself quite harshly throughout the entire game up to this time. When he reaches the summit of the mountain where all others have been deemed unworthy and turned away, he discovers that Ordeals was indeed made for him, a message left his father KluYa, which is why all others failed before. The only reason I didn’t pick this excellent example is because Mt. Ordeals is a singular judgement, put in place for one person, whereas the Lifestream is a universal judgement meant for all of humanity.
I couldn’t help thinking of Kefka’s “Light of Judgment” when I saw this card. This is not a just ruling, though, but rather one from a twisted, maniacal, false “god.” Sin is in a similar vein. Though the religion of Yevon believes it exists for their atonement, digging deeper reveals the truth (and also the game’s heavily Gnostic and religiously skeptical leanings). The Iifa Tree is *spoiler* another artificial/contrived tool of judgment. Installed by Garland in order to exchanged the souls of Gaia for those of Terra, *end spoiler* it’s revered as a sanctuary *spoiler* until this truth is revealed *end spoiler*
The Lifestream is the true and universal judgement that has no hidden agenda or original nefarious purpose.
Also I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but the Lifestream looks a hell of a lot like the northern lights.
This is not something I considered when I wrote the eponymous fanfiction, but now that I see it, I wonder if Squeenix did it on purpose. The aurora is (among other things) a reaction of particles with the earth”s magnetic field, which protects us from dangerous radiation from the sun. Therefore, the northern lights are a sign of the planet’s protection…
No one guessed the card, but there were a few guesses for the alternatives. I’ve already mentioned Mr. Panda’s Mt. Ordeals that almost swayed me, and iplayedthegame and LightningEllen both guessed Sin.
Next week is the last for this project! The card is The World, which could be considered a dead giveaway or an impossible choice. I’ll also give the final scores, and oh crap, I need to create some sort of prize :p
Happy (final) guessing!