Note: The picture for the banner is from Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (according to Google Image search) as designed by Yositako Amano. Since it’s used in numerous places on the internet (and offered quite often as wallpaper), I’m going to cross my fingers and assume it’s safe to use here.
During the process of editing Northern Lights, I started thinking about Final Fantasy Tarot. I used to read tarot regularly, and people told me I was fairly decent at it. It comes from the same place as stories (if that makes any sense), and in my strange experiences life does often mimic art at least symbolically. I share the theory with wiser minds than I that everything is cyclical, and we’re all trapped in this never ending cycle of history’s constant repeat. I ride the line between logic and the desire (if not the ability) to believe in some absolute, and while reading tarot accurately could very well be chalked up to just recognizing patterns and giving vague and general proclamations, it definitely does activate my “storytelling circuits,” and those circuits have an uncanny ability to predict future connections and events.
Quite a few artists have crafted beautiful tarot cards in the mien of Final Fantasy.
And while their loveliness cannot be denied, I disagree with the representation. Tarot is about more than who or what fits on a surface level. While Aeris did certainly die, she is far more aligned with The High Priestess or World card (the latter also far better than Sephiroth in his dark seraph form) than Death.
Due to these discrepancies (and also due to tarot being a bit subjective and not set in stone), I decided I’d lay out my own interpretation for the Major Arcana. Though as fore mentioned, it has been few years since I seriously read, the last deck I purchased was the Tarot of the Sephiroth, and I hope my words still hold some sway.