Oooookay. So I might have gotten a wee bit distracted last week with the new announcements, so here we go with the last few tarot cards.
The star is appropriately a guiding light in the Fool’s journey. “You must remember that you have not lost all. knowledge, possibilities, and hope, you still have all of these. Like stars they can lead you to a new future. Follow your star and have hope.” The Star represents: hope, serenity, trust, harmony, and faith.
Ulala Serizawa….I guess if you look at it from the right stand point Ulala can be the star. You see she’s naïve and trusting, then again she’s not very serene either. As a guiding light I call failure!
Teddie makes a much better candle in the window because that’s kind of his job. You see as we discussed previously with both Fuuka and Rise he’s your command center character. He’s also someone who’s wholeheartedly willing to put his trust in his companions. Teddie is a wicked cool Star.
The Moon symbolizes surrender, surrendering to where destiny leads you. Inspiration strikes the Fool as he lays under the Moon light, inspiration on his path. The Moon represents: tension, worry, illusion, fear, and obscured vision.
I’ve never seen anyone surrender so seamlessly to their fate as Maya Amano. Specifically in regards to her death speech. Said speech showed inspiration for her friends and allies, in essence it was Maya that saved the world. Maya also is a good representation of worry and fear, more specifically in EP when she has no idea what is actually going on. She’s desperately scared for Tatsuya, whom is a young man that she knows nothing (kind of) about.
At one point the Fool stops, blinking up at the Sun so large and golden overhead, and he finds himself smiling, wider and brighter than he has in a very long time. Since he started on this spiritual journey, he has been tested and tried, confused and scared, dismayed and amazed. But this is the first time that he has been simply and purely happy. His mind feels illuminated, his soul light and bright as a sunbeam. Like the great Sun itself, this child with his simple questions, games and songs, has helped the Fool see the world and himself anew, to wonder at and appreciate both. “Who are you?” the Fool asks the child at last. The child smiles at this and seems to shine. And then he grows brighter and brighter until he turns into pure sunlight. “I’m You,” the boy’s voice says throughout the garden, “The new you.” And as the words fill the Fool with warmth and energy, he comes to realize that this garden, the sun above, the child, all exist within him. He has just met his own inner light. The sun represents: innocence, vitality, brilliance, and being radiant.
So where as Tatsuya isn’t represented by the Fool, in a rather round about kind of way he still is. Tatsuya is almost the end of the Fool’s journey. Honestly I think as melancholy as this character became as the franchise progressed this is still a perfect representation. You see the metamorphosis of Tatsuya Suou does revolve partially around child Ta-chan. That’s kind of what started it. You see he starts as a loner, he doesn’t like or trust people so he stays kind of aloof and distant. As the story progresses he gains friends who were in fact friends from his childhood and were in fact in relation to the incident that made him so withdrawn in the first place. From here Tatsuya starts to gain hope. So then we move into EP, when sh*ts really hit the fan, Tatsuya is at the darkest point in his life, depressed and desperate, by the end of the game though, he will be born anew. Light amidst the darkness.
“You are right,” the Angelic figure confirms, “you have only one last step on your journey, one final step to completion. But you cannot take that step until you lay your past to rest.” The Fool is perturbed. “Lay it to rest? I thought I’d left it behind, all of it,” he says. “There is no way to do that,” The Angel observes. “Each step wears down the shoe just a bit, and so shapes the next step you take, and the next and the next. Your past is always under your feet. You cannot hide from it, run from it, or rid yourself of it. But you can call it up, and come to terms with it. Are you willing to do that?” Judgment represents: rebirth, absolution, renewal, decision, and salvation.
Honestly I have no idea why Eriko is judgment. She doesn’t really scream at me for it. Not for the Fool’s story or the cards concepts. I would have had her be strength, or maybe the star.
Anyway I hope you’ve enjoyed this extremely long Persona interruption.