richard wilhelmer

Classical music listening tips:

- Just because it starts off slow and pretty doesn’t mean it’s not going to get seriously intense later on. In fact, there’s probably more of a chance.

- Most pieces average about 8-15 minutes long. Entire symphonies can last roughly an hour, but you can always find separate movements. Be patient and wait. Even if you already know it and just want a specific part, just enjoy the build-ups, man. 

- There’s all kinds. Anything from dark Russian waltzes to peppy English marches, to thousands of symphonies by various composers. Even if you don’t like a certain tone, there’s always more and if you find something you like, and if you listen on YouTube, the recommendations are pretty good at linking similar styles.

- Non-lyric stuff is great for studying, relaxing, or just spacing out.

- In the quiet parts, try to avoid turning up the volume too loud (but of course if you need to, then 2 clicks or so should do), unless you want to jump a foot out of your seat when the dynamics suddenly change.

- Cool stuff to get you started that you might recognize from cartoons or movies or something:

Johann Strauss II - The Blue Danube Waltz , Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers , Verdi - Aida - Grand March , Vivaldi - Four Seasons , Pachelbel - Canon in D Major , Frederic Chopin - Nocturne In E Flat Major, Op.9 No.2 , Gioachino Rossini : The Barber Of Seville - Overture , Rossini - William Tell Overture Final

- “But it’s so boring and quiet and slow!”

Well, there’s always the ones who skip the intro, if you’d like that better:

Khachaturian - Masquerade Suite - Waltz , Franz Schubert - Marche Militaire , Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 , Mozart-The Marriage of Figaro , Wilhelm Richard Wagner-Flight of the Valkyries

- It’s not just old, dead guys either- there’s cool modern stuff too:

Blue Shades - Frank Ticheli , Into the Storm - Robert W. Smith , Equus By Eric Whitacre , The Hounds of Spring - Alfred Reed

- A few pieces I personally like:

George Gershwin - An American in Paris , Dmitri Shostakovich - Waltz No. 2 , Rossini - The Thieving Magpie Overture , Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 , Bach - Air on G String , Prokofiev - Dance of the Knights , Shostakovich - Symphony No 7 in C major, Op 60 - Gergiev , Gustav Holst - The Planets, Op. 32 , Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition , Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

- I can’t even really think of every piece I like just off of the top of my head right now. There’s just so much out there! So go out there and listen, and have fun.


They bend like trees in winter, these shuffling old grey lions.
Though snow white start to gather, like belt around Orion.
Just a touch of faded lightning, of the powerful design.
Of the generation gathered, for maybe the last time.

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Tarot in Persona

I collected some of my thoughts about the use of tarot in the Persona series.

P2’s tarot deck is heavily based on the Rider-Waite tarot deck.

Other names for this deck include the Rider-Waite-Smith, Waite-Smith, Waite-Colman Smith or simply the Rider deck. The cards have all the details of the Rider-Waite deck for example see the Sun with the child on a horse and with the flag, Moon with the wolves and the crab and the Lovers with Archangel Raphael above the Lovers or the Papess card being called Priestess or the Pope card being called Hierophant. 

P2’s deck also shares some similarities with the Tarot de Marseille deck though not as much as with the Rider deck.

The cards used in P3 and P4 are mostly based on the Waite deck as well however I always thought that the cards from P2 include way more details of the Waite deck and actually look like they could be a real tarot deck.

So what is the connection between the Jungian influence of the Persona games and tarot?

Jung didn’t analyze and touch tarot a lot that’s rather what Jungian analysts or tarot analysts have done. 

Jung in contrast studied the I Ching, an ancient Chinese text (its originator is said to be Fuxi/Fukugi) which is typically used for divination purposes. Jung was friends with Richard Wilhelm who translated the I Ching into German and Jung saw a possibility to connect to the Unconscious with the I Ching and connected it to his theories of archetypes and synchronicity.

Ba Gua (eight trigrams) is mentioned in EP in Eriko’s route:

(this seems to be the trigram number system EP uses just mirrored and turned by 90 degree to the right.)

Ba Gua’s system consists of eight trigrams. The trigrams are used by Feng Shui practitioners in divination. According to legend, Ba Gua is said to have been invented by Fuxi/Fukugi.

You can also see Fukugi’s statue alongside his wife/sister Joka/Nüwa at Sumaru Castle.

Basically tarot analysts and people who are into Jungian themes saw the archetypical and alchemical influence of the tarot. If you have read Jung’s Red Book you will also see that the archetypical characters that appear are almost tarot character like.

Tarot cards in P2 were what demons gave you to summon Personas. The Personas in the game are a mixture of the thought of the Persona as a mask and archetypical influence.

Basically the reason why tarot is used is also one of the reasons why Lovecraft characters appear in P2:

archetypical depictions

The journey of the Fool:

P3 and P4 made a tarot reference with the Fool’s Journey:

P3 and P4 mostly allude to the journey of the fool. The Fool as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana as a path the Fool takes as a journey through life as well as the protagonist as a self insert and blank mold. Henceforth why the Fool social link always ranks up after important events.

Regarding the tarot decks in the Persona games I will always prefer P2’s tarot deck.

It is obviously based on the Rider-Waite tarot deck one of the most popular tarot decks. Other names for this deck include the Rider-Waite-Smith, Waite-Smith, Waite-Colman Smith or simply the Rider deck.

For details see the Sun with the child on a horse and with the flag, Moon with the wolves and the crab and the Lovers with Archangel Raphael above the Lovers, the cup in the star arcana, the nimbus of the Hanged Man, or the Papess card being called Priestess or the Pope card being called Hierophant.

Even small details are there like the cross the High Priestess wears and the B + J pillars.

P2’s deck also shares some similarites with the Tarot de Marseille deck but not as much as with the Rider deck.

I also prefer the back side of the tarot cards from P2.

Butterflies. As I have mentioned several times before P2 uses the buttefly as a symbolism for the soul due to the Greek word psyche (soul) also meaning butterfly and since the Goddess Psyche is also often depicted with butterfly wings.

Demon artist describes Tarot as a model of the heart.

Jung himself didn’t touch tarot (he was more into stuff like I Ching (I Ging) since it fit his theory of synchronicity and since he was friends with the German translator of I Ching, Richard Wilhelm)).

EP goes into this side of Jung with Eriko and her interest in Ba Gua and with the Fukugi/Fuxi statue at Sumaru castle (Fukugi was the inventor of I Ching/Ba Gua).
However tarot was analyzed in a Jungian aspect later on thus it’s correct to connect it to the soul.

The Persona 3 and 4 tarot cards are less ancient looking and are far less detailled than the Persona 2 ones while also obviously based on the Rider deck. The fun fact was that you can basically own the „same“ tarot set as the P2 one if you buy the Rider deck which is why I prefer the P2 deck.
I like the back side in P3 and P4 though:

A mask. Persona in latin means mask and a Persona in Jungian psychoanalysis is your mask/face you show when interacting with society. The mask on the backside pretty surely repesents how the Personas are classified with the arcana.

I so anticipate how P5′s tarot set will look like: whether it looks like an actual tarot set like in P2 or will only be partly based on a real tarot set like in P3 and P4.