Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – 0 The Fool

About a year and a half ago while I was editing Northern Lights, I started thinking about Final Fantasy Tarot.  I used to read the cards 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.

I’m going to do one Major Arcana card a week every Friday.  Initially, I was planning on posting all of them at once, but as usual, I underestimated the enormity of this undertaking.  This week we start with the blank slate, the “zero” card…


0 The Fool

The Fool & Cloud

I’d initially considered Cloud (FFVII) for this one.  Of all of the main characters he definitely starts off as the most “blank slate” in need of molding due to his past being essentially wiped clean by horrible methods.  In a way his journey is more about re-finding himself than molding an identity anew.  He’s a bit of an uncanny fool as opposed to the happy-go-lucky fellow above, utterly sullen and uncaring at the start of his hero’s journey, but finds purpose along the way. The Fool is supposed to untapped potential and unlimited possibility.  With this archetype the choices have not yet been made, which can lead to the greatest peril.

The Fool is the perfect Major Arcana for quite wavering heroes who have not yet figured out where their footsteps should fall.

Alternates: Tidus (X), Vaan (XII)


Next week is I The Magician.  Leave guess for whom you think I might pick in the comments!

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The State of the Writer: 8/13/16

<–The State of the Writer: 8/6/16          The State of the Writer: 8/20/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 273,244
Prior Word Count: 273, 963
Word Difference: -719
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st edit of Chapter 3

Ocean Sunrise

I just finished an editing session this morning, though I had to cut it short due to circumstances.  I’m plugging away at Chapter 3, still seeking a chapter picture, and struggling with what picture I’m even going to post on this update.  I have solid mental images in my head, but unfortunately they seem to be in short supply in the real world.

I decided on an ocean sunrise since I’m at the part where Sephiroth carries Aeris outside the next morning in order to take her to get help.  She’s been questioning the light that’s been spilling through her curtains, and now she gets to see it for true.  Again I don’t think this will be the chapter picture either, because the focus is more on her receiving much needed aid.  I’ll have to keep searching.

Quote: Softened hair spilled over her face as Aeris turned with a squint.  A little gasp escaped her throat to witness daylight again.  From a split in the curtains, a shaft sauntered forth, painting stark sun on the carpet.  She squeezed her eyes shut, now more terrified that all of this would just melt.  Without vision a low roar rolled through her ears like a giant, purring beast.  Patterned on top were higher soft cries.  Aeris covered her head as she trembled.

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