Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XVII The Star

<–XVI The Tower                                                                              XVIII The Moon–>

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!

XVII The Star

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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.

Happy guessing!

<–XVI The Tower                                                                              XVIII The Moon–>

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10 thoughts on “Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XVII The Star

  1. Yes! I love it when everyone wins 🙂 I enjoy guessing these cards every week, even though I’m terrible at it. I do hope you have another awesome project when this is done.

    My guess is Auron. He’s a wise sword warrior guy who watches over the summoner on her quest. He offers advice when needed but he seemed cloaked in mystery to me. It’s been a long time since I played FFX so I may be remembering him wrong, lol.

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  2. I’m thinking of doing a similar thing for Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire! Or I might try to do some legitimate Final Fantasy astrology. Figure out who would fit which signs. There was also the idea of doing sort of a reverse tarot thingy where I take characters and figure out which card they best represent instead of this project where I’m doing the opposite.

    You’ve nailed Auron’s personality to a tee! He exemplified the Cool Old Guy trope with the added bonus of mystery on top of it. You could tell he was holding something back, and the fact that both Tidus from a different era knew him as well as the people from Spira was a major clue. This is not a bad prospect at all.

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  3. Those options sound fun, especially the Final Fantasy Astrology one (FYI, Lightning better be a Capricorn). I’m one of those odd people who has never watched GoT or read the books, but I’m sure Google would help me out. 🙂

    Oh good! My memory isn’t failing me, yet. I hope I can sway your opinion in my favor, hehe. Looking forward to seeing the answer on Christmas Eve, Eve (a.k.a. Dec. 23rd).

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  4. From what you’ve told me and what I know of her, she is definitely an earth sign, and Capricorns tend to be the most rigid of them all. I’m a Taurus so I can be stubborn, but if you convince me logically or tug on my heartstrings, there’s some sway that can occur.

    They do have some birthdays revealed for some characters, but I don’t agree with all of them astrologically. Like Aeris’s birthday is February 7, 1985, which makes her an Aquarius. I think she’s more of a Taurus, BUT this could just be because I write her like one hehe. I have no clue what Sephiroth is, but some of his mannerisms were inspired by a friend of mine who’s a Virgo, but then I think sometimes Seph could be an Aries, which is a fire sign (and Aries is an anagram of Aeris. Omg I’m a dork).

    GoT/ASOIAF is like a life project similar to Final Fanasy hehe. It is SO involved and complex.

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  5. Hooray! Congrats to everyone! I’m glad we could convince you with Yuna. I can see Terra being an excellent choice too though, so I’m glad you mentioned her. As for the Moon, I’ll have to go with FFIV’s FuSoYa, a Lunarian from the Moon.

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  6. Terra was the original choice! But the chorus of Yuna could not be denied, and in reality she’s more of a symbol of hope than Terra is, even though the half-esper does exemplify it. I think Yuna’s connection to faith/religion helped push her to the top.

    FuSoYa is a very mysterious figure! He’s arguably the older character in Final Fantasy, which really makes me wonder about Lunarian lifespans. If he’s KluYa’ brother, how old was Cecil and Golbez’ (Theodore’s) father? And does this mean that the two brothers’ have longer lifespans, too. I may have to come up with some FFIV headcanon just for my own piece of mind!

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