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Margaret ([personal profile] veritatis) wrote in [community profile] nightfall_notes2012-10-30 10:13 pm
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"The moment man devoured the fruit of knowledge, he sealed his fate... Entrusting his future to the cards, man clings to a dim hope. Yes, the Arcana is the means by which all is revealed..."
Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Arcana are different classes of Tarot cards often used in the occult (specifically fortune-telling) to reveal an aspect of the individual's Journey through life. The Major Arcana (often referred to as "the greater secrets") is often used in divinatory applications, reflecting heavily with symbolism and in conjunction with the reflection of the innermost self, reveals an aspect of the individual depending on how others perceive them at a certain point point of their separate-yet-intertwining paths. Divided into twenty-two cards, the Major Arcana is how the facade of determination is categorized within the sea of the soul.


"The Fool Arcana does not mean it that can be taken lightly. The Fool is number zero. It is the void from which all other things begin." —Margaret, Persona 4

The Fool represents innocence, divine inspiration, madness, freedom, spontaneity, inexperience, chaos, and creativity.

Upright, it represents new beginnings, most probably of journeys which may be possibly mental, physical or spiritual. The beginning of a new life-cycle. Energy, force, happiness and optimism. The overturning of the status quo or existing states by unexpected happenings. Innocence, naivety, and spontaneity. Important decisions that need to be made.

Reversed, however, represents ill advised risks, impulsive action, choices and rash decisions. Foolishness, gambling, instability and the wasting or frittering way of creative energy. A bad time for commitments and can be an indication of someone who starts many new things but never finishes them. They may also consistently seek changes in their environment or job.

Gameplay-wise, the Fool Arcana tends to be the "jack of all trades," since its Personas can inherit all skills without preference for any type.

The Fool is represented as a Social Link by S.E.E.S. in Persona 3 and the Investigation Team of Persona 4. It is also the initial Arcana of the Protagonist of Persona 3 and Yu Narukami/the Protagonist of Persona 4, with Aigis and Elizabeth awakening to the Fool Arcana in Persona 3: The Answer and Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena respectively.


"Attaining one's dream requires a stern will and unfailing determination." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Magician is commonly associated with action, initiative, self-confidence, manipulation and power (especially of one's own talents). Gameplay-wise, the Personas of this Arcana are commonly Personas excelling towards Magic, particularly towards Fire-based element. Just as the name implies.

Upright, it represents mastery of the material world, creative action, self discipline and a willingness to take risks. An ability to recognize one's own potential, the power to initiate, communication and wit.

Reversed, however, represents confusion, hesitation, inability to make decisive choices. Inability to properly utilize time or talents. A lack of inspiration or energy. Giving up easily, poor self image, poor co-ordination and sometimes learning difficulties.

Keywords: Action, Consciousness, Concentration, Personal power, Practicality, Energy, Creativity, Movement, Precision, Conviction, Manipulation, Self confidence, Objectivity, Focus, Determination, Initiative

Examples of the Magician Arcana are Yuka Ayase of Persona, Junpei Iori and Kenji Tomochika of Persona 3, and Yosuke Hanamura of Persona 4.


"The silent voice within ones heart whispers the most profound wisdom." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Priestess Arcana is a symbol of hidden knowledge or other untapped power, wisdom, female mystery and magic when it appears in tarot readings. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Priestess Arcana are commonly associated with healing and support attributes.

Upright, it represents intuition, wisdom and secret knowledge; the feminine side of the male personality. Something that remains to be revealed, but patience must be observed. Duality and mystery. Hidden influences affect both home and work and intuitive insight suggests new solutions. The influence of women.

Reversed, however, represents a lack of personal harmony and problems resulting from a lack of foresight. Suppression of the feminine or intuitive side of the personality. Facile and surface knowledge. repression and ignorance of true facts and feelings. In women, an inability to come to terms with other women or themselves. Things and circumstances are not what they seem.

Keywords: Knowingness, Love, Relationships, Wisdom, Sound judgment, Serenity, Common sense, Intuition, Mystical vision, Introspection, Otherworldliness.

Examples of the Priestess Arcana are Maki Sonomura of Persona, Fuuka Yamagishi of Persona 3 and Yukiko Amagi of Persona 4.


"Celebrate life's grandeur. . . its brilliance. . . its magnificence. . ." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Empress Arcana represents prosperity, creativity, sexuality, abundance, fertility and comfort (most often in helping maintain peace around them like an ideal mother would). Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Empress Arcana are often Personas excelling in Ice-based attacks with healing powers also relatively common; they are usually important female figures, and many are queens and goddesses of some sort.

Upright, it represents the promotion of well-being and security. Creativeness in financial affairs, love and parenthood. Maternal care, domestic stability, abundance and material wealth. Fertility, security, achievement of goals and growth.

Reversed, however, represents possible domestic problems, financial difficulties, lack of affection and achievement. Creative blocks and possible problems with a relationship. Infertility, sterility or promiscuity and/or unwanted pregnancy. Poverty.

Keywords: Mothering, Fertility, Sexuality, Abundance, Material prosperity, Pleasure, Comfort, Power, Nature, Delight, Desire, Physical attraction, Health, Sensuality, Beauty, Satisfaction

Examples of the Empress Arcana are Yukino Mayuzumi of Persona, Mitsuru Kirijo of Persona 3 and Margaret of Persona 4.


"Only courage in the face of doubt can lead one to the answer. . ." —Nyx Avatar Persona 3

The Emperor Arcana symbolizes the desire to control one's surroundings, and its appearance could suggest that one is trying too hard to achieve this, possibly causing trouble for others; some elements in life are just not controllable. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Emperor Arcana are Personas typically excelling in lightning-based and physical attacks; these Personas are almost always kings or emperor figures, but may simply be important male figures and deities.

Upright, it represents competitiveness, forcefulness in development and execution. Authority, structure, governmental and corporate identities. Worldly power, self control gained through experience. Ability to shoulder responsibility. Powerful individuals, ambition together with the possibility of long term achievement.

Reversed, however, represents the loss or dislike of authority, corporate governmental or parental. Immaturity and indecision. Weakness, manipulative friends or colleagues.

Keywords: Fathering, Stability, Authority, Power, Control, Discipline, Command, Common sense, Status quo, Order, Structure, Egocentrism, Tradition, Rigidity, Leadership, Experience, Inflexibility, Conservative ways, Organization

Examples of the Emperor Arcana are The Protagonist of Persona, Hidetoshi Odagiri and Akihiko Sanada of Persona 3 and Kanji Tatsumi of Persona 4.


"It is indeed a precious gift to understand the forces that guide oneself. . ." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Hierophant Arcana is a symbol of education, authority, conservatism, obedience to rules and relationship with the divine. The definition of a "hierophant" is a person who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Hierophant Arcana have no weaknesses, but no particular strengths as well.

Upright, it represents ritual and routine, religious guidance and authority, education in its formal sense. A seeker after knowledge and wisdom. Good sound advice, teaching and constructive counsel. Marriage, partnerships and morality.

Reversed, however, represents misleading or dubious advice, poor counsel, slander and propaganda. Beware of first impressions. Distortion of truth and a bad time for signing agreements. Misleading advertisements. Unconventionality and rejection of family values.

Keywords: Education, Knowledge, Status quo, Institution, Conservatism, Discipline, Maturity, Formality, Deception, Power, Respect, Duality, Social convention, Belief system, Group identification, Experience, Tradition, Naïve

Examples of the Hierophant Arcana are Kei Nanjo of Persona, the Elderly Couple (Bunkichi and Mitsuko), and Shinjiro Aragaki of Persona 3 and Ryotaro Dojima of Persona 4.


"There is both joy and wonder in coming to understand another. . ." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Lovers Arcana initially represented two paths life could lead to, and thus a symbol of standing at a crossroad and needing to make a decision. Today, however, it is portrayed more of a symbol of love and romantic relationships, although it can also be a symbol of finding agreement with an ordinary friend or even two conflicting elements within. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Lovers Arcana are commonly associated with Support-Healing attributes; these Personas are usually important figures in history or mythology that were known as the wife (or husband) of another figure.

Upright, it represents harmony and union, choices to be made using intuition and not intellect. Difficult decisions to be made not necessarily about love. Some form of test and consideration about commitments. Abstract thought, internal harmony and union, second sight. Possibly a struggle between two paths.

Reversed, however, represents contradiction, deception, disharmony, duality and one's own internal conflict. Infidelity, and romantic disturbances. Indecisiveness, postponing choices and a warning not to make important decisions at this time.

Keywords: Love relationship, Union, Passion, Sexuality, Pleasure, Humanism, Desire, Personal beliefs, Individual values, Physical attraction, Connection, Affinity, Bonding, Romance, Heart

Examples of the Lovers Arcana are Lisa Silverman of Persona, Yukari Takeba of Persona 3 and Rise Kujikawa of Persona 4.


"One of life's greatest blessings is the freedom to pursue one's goals." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Chariot Arcana is a symbol of victory, conquest, self-assertion, control, war and command. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Chariot Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in Physical-based attacks.

Upright, it represents triumph over adversity, overcoming life's obstacles, decisiveness and ambition in achieving one's goals, well deserved victory. A period of struggle ending in worldly success. Self control, effort, perseverance. Working within the boundaries of one's life to build up a successful existence.

Reversed, however, represents a disregard for others, envy, avarice. Loss of control and chaos in one's personal life possibly due to personal flaws. Imbalance. Destruction. A warning against overwhelming ambition and high expectations. The continuation of outdated ideas and traditions.

Keywords: Conquest, Honor, Victory, Energy, Egocentrism, Self-confidence, Conviction, Anxiety, Willpower, Self-assertion, Hard control, Discipline, Inflexibility, Success, Wealth, Recognition, Impulsivity, Command, Bravery, Pride

Examples of the Chariot Arcana are Masao "Mark" Inaba of Persona, Kazushi Miyamoto of Persona 3 and Chie Satonaka of Persona 4.


"To find the one truth path, one must seek guidance amidst uncertainty. . ." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Justice Arcana symbolizes a strict allegory of justice, objectivity, rationality and analysis. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Justice Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in Light-based affinities.

Upright, it represents amicable and favorable resolutions of conflicts. Triumph over bigotry and prejudice. Legal action. Litigation. Contracts. Settlement. Divorce. Sometimes marriage depending upon the other cards and normally only when marriage contracts, legal or financial documents are a necessary part of the intended union. Clarity. Fairness. Arbitration. A straightforward choice. Judgement.

Reversed, however, represents injustice, inequality and bias. Separations not yet ratified or legalised. Delay. imbalance. Confusion surrounding legal or tax affairs. Complicate negotiations. unfair or delayed judgement.

Keywords: Impartiality, Distance, Coldness, Justice, Objective mind, Criticism, Being clever, Insensitivity, Decision, Intellect, Analysis, Realism, Severity, Responsibility, Rationality, Clear vision, Logic and reason

Examples of the Justice Arcana are Hidehiko Uesugi of Persona, Katsuya Suou of Persona 2, Chihiro Fushimi and Ken Amada of Persona 3 and Nanako Dojima of Persona 4.


"It takes great courage to look at oneself honestly, and forge one's own path. . ." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Hermit Arcana is associated with wisdom, introspection, solitude, retreat and philosophical searches. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Hermit Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in Mental-Ailment skills.

Upright, it represents caution. Discretion. Need for prudence. Counsel sought and taken. Inner calm. A need to reach into one's inner resources. Assimilation. Planning. A wise guide or spiritual mentor. A time to stand back and reflect upon circumstances.

Reversed, however, represents refusal of counsel or assistance. immaturity. Isolation from others. A negative resistance towards help. Groundless suspicions about the motives of others. Imprudent actions or decisions. The continuation of bad habits or unproductive lifestyles. Foolish obstinacy. The reliance on one's own resources that are inadequate.

Keywords: Introspection, Silence, Guidance, Reflection, Solitude, Looking inward, Reclusion, Being quiet, Inner search, Deep understanding, Isolation, Distance, Retreat, Philosophical attitude

Examples of the Hermit Arcana are "Maya" (Isako Toriumi) and Jin Shirato of Persona 3 and the Fox of Persona 4.


"Alongside time exists fate, the bearer of cruelty." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Fortune Arcana symbolizes Fate and varying luck, fortunes and opportunities. What goes up will go down, what goes down will go up. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Fortune Arcana is associated myth-figures related to Fate and Time, notable with the Norn Sisters, and specialize in Wind based abilities.

Upright, it represents effortless success. Good fortune that is unexpected. Coincidences. Luck. The beginning of a new cycle. Advancement. Positive upheaval. Change. A card of good fortune, the appearance of destiny and Karmic change.

Reversed, however, represents bad luck that is unexpected. Resistance to change. Unexpected interruptions. A warning against gambling. Difficulties. Delays.

Keywords: Turning point, Opportunities, Possibilities, Destiny, Fate, Superior Forces, Movement, Development, Activity, Surprises, Expansion, Sudden Events, Speed, New Developments, Life Cycles, Interpretation, Sudden Change, Dissension, Approachability

Examples of the Fortune Arcana are Jun Kurosu of Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Keisuke Hiraga and Takaya Sakaki of Persona 3 with Ryoji Mochizuki representing that Social Link for the female path in Persona 3: Portable, and Naoto Shirogane of Persona 4.


"Only with strength can one endure suffering and torment." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Strength Arcana symbolizes an imagery beyond the Beast And Beauty, and is associated with the morality about the stronger power of self-control, gentleness, courage and virtue over brute force. In tarot readings, it can also represent creative or physical energy that needs to be or is about to be unleashed, sometimes out of desire to be recognized. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Strength Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in Physical attributes.

Upright, it represents courage. Self control. The virtue of Fortitude. The power of love. Control of passion against one's baser instincts. Determination. Generosity. Strength and power under control. Energy. Optimism. Generosity, resolve and reconciliation.

Reversed, however, represents power wrongly used. Defeat. Lack of willpower. Feelings of inadequacy. Pessimism. Surrender to unworthy impulses. Tyranny. Concession. Inability to act.

Keywords: Self-control, Being solid, Patience, Compassion, Composure, Stability, Perseverance, Moderation, Kindness, Gentleness, Slowness, Softness, Serenity, Comprehension, Discipline, Inner strength

Examples of the Strength Arcana are Yuko Nishiwaki and Koromaru of Persona 3 and Kou Ichijo or Daisuke Nagase of Persona 4.


"In the face of disaster lies the opportunity for renewal." —Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Hanged Man Arcana is associated with self-sacrifice for the sake of enlightenment, the bindings that makes one free, paradoxes and hanging between heaven and earth. Gameplay-wise, the Persona of the Hanged Man Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in survivability.

Upright, it represents devotion to a worthwhile cause. Temporary suspension of progress. Flexibility of mind and a willingness to adapt to changes. Sacrifice in the present to reap benefit in the future. A waiting period. Rebirth. Sacrificing one thing to obtain another. Transformation. Circumstances literally turned on their head.

Reversed, however, defers to a sense of loss. Lack of commitment. Preoccupation with selfish and material things. Despite drawbacks a preference for the status quo. Oppression. Apathy in pursuit of goals. Taking the view 'Better the devil you know'. Failure to act with an inability to move forward or progress.

Keywords: Sacrifice, Letting go, Surrendering, Passivity, Suspension, Acceptance, Renunciation, Patience, New point of view, Contemplation, Inner harmony, Conformism, Non-action, Waiting, Giving up

Examples of the Hanged Man Arcana are Baofu from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Maiko and Chidori Yoshino of Persona 3 and Naoki Konishi of Persona 4.


"Beyond the beaten path lies the absolute end. It matters not who you are. . . Death awaits you."
—Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Death Arcana while it is associated with foreboding and of doom, Death Arcana also symbolizes the metamorphosis and deep change, regeneration and cycles. Personas of this Arcana are commonly associated with and excel in Dark-based affinities, but weak towards Light-based affinities.

Upright, it represents he beginning of a new life. As a result of underlying circumstances transformation and change. Major changes. The end of a phase in life which has served its purpose. Abrupt and complete change of circumstances, way of life and patterns of behavior due to past events and actions. Alterations.

Reversed, however, represents however, represents change that is both painful and unpleasant. A refusal to face the fear of change or change itself. Agonizing periods of transition. Inertia. Lethargy. Mental, physical or emotional exhaustion.

Keywords: Ending of a cycle, Loss, Conclusion, Sadness, Transition into a new state, Psychological transformation, Finishing up, Regeneration, Elimination of old patterns, Being caught in the inescapable, Good-byes, Deep change

Examples of the Death Arcana are Eikichi Mishina of Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Pharos/Ryoji Mochizuki of Persona 3 and Hisano Kuroda of Persona 4.


""But... it's wonderful to be able to protect someone who matters to you... You showed me that joy..."" —Eri Minami, Persona 4

The Temperance Arcana is a symbol of synthesis, prudence, harmony, and the merging of opposites. Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Temperance Arcana are often well-rounded and sometimes a blend of opposing forms.

Upright, it represents combination, co-operation, and co-ordination. Innovation through combination. Diplomacy. Successful Negotiations. Maturity in dealing with certain matters. A placid, balanced temperament and good outlook. Meaning literally, temperance in the sense of harmony and balance. good management. An ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Reversed, imbalance. Volatility. Poor judgement. fickle decisions. Conflicting interests. Physical stress. Disagreements. Restlessness and instability. trying to combine too many or the wrong elements in too short an expanse of time.

Keywords: Temperance, Harmony, Balance, Health, Moderation, Joining forces, Well-being, Recovery, Equilibrium, Transcendence, Unification, Healing, Synthesis, Bringing together opposites, Feeling secure

Examples of the Temperance Arcana are Andre Roland Jean Gérard (also known as Bebe) of Persona 3 and Eri Minami of Persona 4.


"What made me think of you at this time? Well, I guess you did teach me a thing or two about loyalty. . ." —Tanaka, Persona 3

The Devil Arcana is often portrayed as those with the urge to do selfish, impulsive, violent things and be slave to ones' own impulse and feelings. Occasionally, it is also portrayed as a symbol of temptation. The positive aspect, however, represents a healthy bond or commitment. Gameplay-wise, the Persona of the Devil Arcana are commonly Persona excelling in dark-based affinities.

Upright, it represents money matters. Feeling the burden of the material side of life. Desire for physical and material things. Feeling of frustration and oppression. A tendency to collect and hoard money and material objects. Lust. Sexual obsession. The querent's knowledge of his or her own needs, wants and desires. Security versus creative or spiritual fulfillment.

Reversed, however, represents true evil. Abuse of authority. Material success is the focus to the exclusion of all other things. Uncontrolled ambition. Greed. Bondage to a person or situation or thing. Emotional blackmail. More severe forms of the above. True evil.

Keywords: Materialism, Ignorance, Stagnation, Self-bondage, Lust, Egoism, Obsession, Anxiety, Anger, Hedonism, Passion, Instincts, Sexuality, Temptation, Doubt, Vice, Futility, Physical attraction, Pessimism, Insight

Examples of the Devil Arcana are Reiji Kido of Persona, Tanaka of Persona 3 and Sayoko Uehara of Persona 4.


"To tell the truth, to be brave, to stand up again, to believe... You taught me all those things... You have to believe that you're not alone either, Mister..." —Shu Nakajima, Persona 4

The Tower Arcana is commonly associated to overly arrogant, prejudiced and authoritarian organization, which walk to their own ironic demise. Furthermore, it is also more generically used as an omen of doom and disaster. Gameplay-wise, player characters usually have bad affinities with the often physical-based Persona of the Tower Arcana.

Upright, it represents disruption. Conflict. Change. Sudden violent loss. Overthrow of an existing way of life. Major changes. Disruption of well worn routines. Ruin and disturbance. Dramatic upheaval. change of residence or job sometimes both at once. Widespread repercussions of actions. In the end, enlightenment and freedom.

Reversed, however, represents negativity. Restriction of desires and imprisonment. Less sever forms of the above. Drastic change that may rob the individual of freedom of expression. Sometimes bankruptcy and imprisonment. more usually imprisonment within a set of circumstances which cannot currently be altered. Sudden changes out of one's control. Less severe forms of the above.

Keywords: Chaos, Sudden change, Impact, Hard times, Crisis, Revelation, Disruption, Realizing the truth, Disillusion, Crash, Burst, Uncomfortable experience, Downfall, Ruin, Ego blow, Explosive transformation

Examples of the Tower Arcana are Mutatsu of Persona 3 and Shu Nakajima of Persona 4.


"It's a strong card, one that gives hope to those on the ground below. It shines in times of need. But, eventually, it is destined to fall to the earth and disappear. . . Even I can feel the sadness of this inescapable destiny. . ." —Margaret, Persona 4

The Star Arcana is commonly associated hope, self-confidence, faith, altruism, luck, generosity, peace and joy. In gameplay, the Personas of the Star Arcana commonly excel in ice-element attacks, but are vulnerable to fire-based attacks.

Upright, it represents fresh hope and renewal. Healing of old wounds. Hope. renewal of faith and hope. Spiritual love. A mental and physical broadening of horizons. Promise and fulfillment. inspiration. Influence over others. Vigour and confidence. Protection.

Reversed, however, represents self-doubt. Stubbornness. Unwillingness or inability to adapt to changing circumstances and accept the opportunities it may bring. Lack of trust and self-doubt. Obstacles to happiness. Diminished life. Inability to freely express oneself. Rigidity of mind.

Keywords: Calmness, Free-flowing love, Trust, Tranquility, Peace of mind, Pure essence, Hope, Serenity, Inspiration, Generosity, Optimism, Joy, Faith, Regeneration, Good will, Optimism, Harmony, Renewal of forces

Examples of the Star Arcana are Ulala Serizawa of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Mamoru Hayase of Persona 3 with Akihiko Sanada as the Social Link for the female route in Persona 3: Portable, and Teddie of Persona 4.


"Don't you care that I won't be able to take another step forward if you disappear…? I… couldn't stick by someone who'd do that to me…" —Ai Ebihara, Persona 4

The Moon Arcana is associated with creativity, inspiration, dreams, madness, illusions, fear, fantasy, the subconscious and trickery. In tarot readings, it can also represent being attuned subconsciously to the world around, gaining the ability to sense things without being told about them or without anyone else knowing (which means that some identify this Arcana with psychic energy). Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Moon Arcana tend to align towards Physical Skills, while having average Magic stats.

Upright, it represents imagination. Dreams and psychic impressions. Sometimes psychic work. Illusions. Inability to see things clearly sometimes resulting in personal depression. Sometimes signifies fiction writing or acting, particularly work in the entertainment industry. Losing control of one's daily life. The unconscious mind.

Reversed, the exaggerated forms of the above. The need for secrecy. Deception. Illusion. Escape into daydreams to avoid dealing with reality. Inability to discern reality from illusion. Insincere people. Hidden forces. Trickery. Sometimes an inability to tell the truth. Despair and a desperate need for help.

Keywords: Lack of clarity, Tension, Doubt, Fantasy, Deception, Psychological conflict, Obscured vision, Confusion, Illusion, Fear, Imagination, Worry, Romanticism, Anxiety, Apprehension, Unrealistic ideas

Examples of the Moon Arcana are Maya Amano of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment, Nozomi Suemitsu of Persona 3 with Shinjiro Aragaki as the Social Link for the female route in Persona 3: Portable, and Ai Ebihara of Persona 4.


"You idiot… Always insisting on doing everything yourself… Some things, you can only do because you're not alone… It doesn't matter if it's a boyfriend, a friend, or family… You'll always have to part someday. But… Our bonds mean we never truly have to say farewell…" —Yumi Ozawa, Persona 4

The Sun Arcana symbolizes happiness, joy, energy, optimism, and accomplishment. Occasionally, it is also associated with one's initial happiness.

Upright, it represents contentment and happiness on attaining success. Good Health. Material happiness. Mental, physical and spiritual vitality. New inventors or inventions. Academic and particularly scientific success. Reward. Acclaim. Approval. Children. Abundance of energy. Achievement. Joy and happiness. Gameplay-wise, the Persona of the Sun Arcana are commonly Persona excelling in Light and Fire-based attacks.

Reversed, however, represents troubled partnerships and marriages. Diminished forms of the above. Broken engagements and contracts. Sometimes, autism, learning disabilities or allergies. Hyperactivity. Failure. Arrogance. Relationship difficulties. Vanity. Hypersensitivity. Misjudgement. Delayed Happiness.

Keywords: Optimism, Expansion, Being radiant, Positive feelings, Enlightenment, Vitality, Innocence, Non-criticism, Assurance, Energy, Personal power, Happiness, Splendor, Brilliance, Joy, Enthusiasm

Examples of the Sun Arcana are Tatsuya Suou of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment, Akinari Kamiki of Persona 3 and Yumi Ozawa or Ayane Matsunaga of Persona 4.


Only with sound judgement can one seek out and act on the truth that exists enshrouded by falsehood.

The Judgement Arcana symbolizes the protagonists' actions and decisions late in the game, symbolizing a person's awareness of himself, and others. Likewise, the Aeon Arcana represents the same thing, though only for Social Links for individual characters alongside Judgement. Persona of the Judgement Arcana are demons that are associated with the Law alignment, a trend broken by Lucifer in Persona 3 FES.

Upright, it represents changes and improvements. Satisfactory outcome to a specific matter or period of life. Joy in accomplishment. Awakening. Rebirth. A good time for career moves. renewed, health, vitality and mental clarity. Sometimes indicates important pending decisions that will change the pattern of life for the better.

Reversed, however, represents stagnation. Delay in concluding a series of actions. Fear of change and sometimes fear of death. Lack of progress due to lack of important decision making. Loss and separation, not necessarily permanent. Guilt.

Keywords: Judgment, Rebirth, Inner Calling, Absolution, Restart, Accepting past mistakes/actions, Release, Forgiveness, End of repression, Reconciliation, Renewal, Decision, Salvation, New beginnings, Hope, Redemption

Examples of the Judgement Arcana are Eriko Kirishima of Persona and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, the Nyx Annihilation Team in Persona 3 and the Seekers of Truth in Persona 4.

Examples of the Aeon Arcana are Aigis of Persona 3 and Marie of Persona 4: the Golden.


It is with great joy and wonder when our many bonds with others become our universe.

The World or Universe Arcana is a representation of the world's totality, the symbol of fulfillment, wholeness, and harmony. It is a powerful arcana in the Persona series, often appearing as the final triumph arcana that creates miracles and aids the protagonists. The World or Universe is commonly associated with every Social Link, its power based upon the user's bonds with others.

Upright, it represents accomplishment. Fulfillment. Completion of a personal cycle, project, series of events or chapter in life. Success. A culmination of events. A sense of repleteness.

Reversed, however, represents frustration. Completion delayed. Sometimes fear of change. Inability to bring something to a satisfactory end. resistance to change. Lack of trust. Despite appearances to the contrary, an indication that events have not yet come to a conclusion but are nearing completion. Hesitation.

Keywords: Fulfillment, Accomplishment, Success, Integration, Involvement, Prospering, Satisfaction, Repleteness, Contentment, Good feelings, Wholeness

An example of the World Arcana are Yu Narukami of Persona 4, and an example of the Universe Arcana are both the male and female protagonists of Persona 3.

Information collected from, the Shin Megami Sensei wikia, and
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