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!
Spoilers for Final Fantasy IX.
I picked Garland from FFIX for The Magician since the card represents an archetype that bridges the gap between heaven and earth. That was literally Garland’s purpose: to be the guiding hand between the dying world of Terra and the flourishing one of Gaia. Even though Terra technically exists inside of Gaia (per the wiki), I still consider Garland’s place as the Magician valid since he is facilitating the convergence of two worlds.
I did consider Kuja for this card (since he is a powerful sorcerer, as well), but he was really just a pawn (a fact that was a major push for his tranced wrath), and The Magician is more of a master of destiny (which makes Zidane the pawn of a pawn. Gah, Final Fantasy and it’s many layers), and Garland’s destiny and literal creation was to see the people of Terra installed in the new world.
Now that I’m thinking about it…whatever did happen to the souls of the people of Terra? The heroes save the genomes, but they were (at the time) empty shells. I need another post to delve into the idea of “growing” a soul, as it seemed the genomes did (as opposed to the black mages of Black Mage Village who for some reason one day just became self aware). The implications of this are quite heartbreaking since Garland was defeated and their ages old plan never came to fruition. Were their souls left to die with their world, or did a piece of them manage to survive as the genomes did?
Garland was performing the task he’d been set by the people of Terra in order to facilitate their survival in the bodies of the genomes, and therefore had to be powerful and wise enough to complete this without any further input after their souls slept to wait. In this he possesses the integral traits of The Magician card as the optimal master of all he surveys.
Alternates: Vivi (IX), Kuja (IX), Seymour (X), Rydia (IV)
Next week is II The High Priestess. Leave your guesses for whom you think I might pick in the comments! As with this week’s if you guess the game they come from, you’ll get credit, too.