Okay so last week we covered tarot numbers 6-10 , this week we’ll be taking a looksee at 4 new arcana: Strength, the Hanged Man, Death, and the Devil. What do these arcana have to offer us? Well let’s see shall we?
Will power, any beast, no matter how wild will back down before a superior will. Likewise there are many unworthy impulses inside us. It is not wrong to have them, but it is wrong to let them control us. the card in tarot readings signifies self control, patience, compassion, kindness, perseverance, and discipline.
There is only one character in all of Persona who exemplifies all of these traits perfectly. Go figure it would be the parties pet dog. I do think it’s a little bit ironic that an animal represents the strength card. Still though Koro is a very intelligent dog and if anyone represents defeating the call of the wild by sheer willpower it’s this poochie.
The Hanged Man card has had 2 very different representatives: Baofu from Eternal Punishment and Chidori Yoshino from Persona 3. In the Fool’s journey this card represents a choice between the physical and spiritual worlds. It’s in a moment of clarity that the Fool must again right himself and strive to make things different. In traditional tarot readings this card means letting go, acceptance, patience, contemplation, and inner harmony.
Baofu is funny, from the Fool’s journey he is a great rep. Torn between his desire for revenge and letting the people he’s travelling with get close to him. As for the meaning of the card…no just plain no. This guy couldn’t sit back and settle on inner peace if his life depended on it.
Yoshino Chidori on the other hand does make the choice between the two worlds in the purest sense of the concept. She trades her life in exchange for the life of the man she loves Junpei Iori. It’s through him that she learns acceptance, love, and gains the ability to move on.
“Have I died?” the fool questions
“Yes in a way. You sacrificed your old world, your old self, both are gone dead.” Death acknowledges. “it is the only way to be reborn, A new sun is rising and it is for you a time of great transformation.” The characters representing this change are Eikichi Mishina, Ryoji Mochizuki and Pharos.
Eikichi is a splendid representation of Death. When he was a child he was a chubby, average looking little crybaby. Since then he’s become a lean teenager who accentuates his looks with glamrock style makeup (so much so in fact that without his friends don’t recognize him.) he is still a crybaby though. He wanted to become someone else, someone who wouldn’t get made fun of for being a porker. So that’s just what he did.
Ryoji and Pharos represent metamorphosis, strangely they’re in the same game….Pharos is a part of Minato, and is the one who leads him forward in the adventure, that tingling sensation in the back of your mind when you think there might be trouble, that is what Pharos is given a voice. Ryoji on the other hand is he Avatar of Nyx (the end villain). Nyx is the deity that will cause death, destruction, and carnage to all. Nasty stuff really.
Last but not least for today is the Devil Arcana. The devil is not in fact a card of evil, but in all actuality is about either controlling or giving into earthly desires. Ignorance, anxiety, anger, passion, and doubt are all frequently associated with this card.
Reiji Kido is a character who has given in entirely to the concepts of earth. He blames his half brother (who’s a total jerk by the way) for all his problems and is in effect trying to seek petty vengeance against him. He skips school frequently and is a delinquent in general. Ironically Reiji wears a chain around his neck just the same as the man and woman frequently depicted on the Devil card.
That’s it for this week, next week we’ll check out the Star, Moon, sun, and Judgment arcanas. See ya then! 🙂