Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies. The first film in this series appeared on May 25, 1977 entitled at the time as Star Wars (later re-titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) In the story, a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance and led by Princess Leia plots to destroy the Death Star space station, which carries a planet-destroying capability created by the Galactic Empire.
The origin of this work is part of the legend. Despite the thousands of people who worked on it, basically it’s almost exclusive product of a single individual, George Lucas (Modesto, California, 1944). He signed the scripts and the complete production of the series, and directed all episodes except V (by Irving Kershner) and VI (Richard Marquand), who supervised closely. 1973
Lucas wrote a draft of thirteen pages with a history of futuristic adventures inspired by the Arthurian cycle, Flash Gordon comics, The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958) and Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968). He was dissatisfied with the outcome until stumbled upon the book The Hero With a Thousand Faces (published in 1949), whose author, Professor of Mythology Joseph Campbell, had become one of the leading American intellectuals of the 60 Lucas applied Campbell’s theories to turn your story into the script of the first delivery, then designated as episode IV.
“Star Wars is an example of what Joseph Campbell called the Monomyth, which reaches a broader audience and is more enduring,”said Shanti Fader, editor of Parabola magazine, a publication of the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition.
“The stories speak to something inside us that wants to know how our world lives, that wants to make order of it and find some meaning. Myths fulfill that in a way that science and facts don’t always do, because science and facts don’t always give us meaning.”
Campbell — known to mass audiences through The Power of Myth, the PBS TV series based on his books — was an expert in the construction and cultural resonance of mythology. His books Masks of God and The Hero with a Thousand Faces are considered the ultimate guides to what has enthralled the world for centuries.
Campbell defined the Hero Cycle, a course of events that occurs as a rite of initiation in every myth, pinpointing the need for mentors, villains, elixirs and jesters along the way. Each step can be traced in the adventures of Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker.
Before Campbell died in 1987, the scholar and Lucas became friends. A storyteller needs a mentor as much as a hero does.
The film was completed in 1976 but not released until 1977, in midsummer.
From the first frame of the movie George Lucas put us into a story fairytale style of the Brothers Grimm, after all, is a mythical tale. If we end summary of the film, we will understand better.
A farmer (Luke Skywalker) is pushed into the adventure when it receives message from a mysterious princess. With the guidance of a mentor versed in magic arts, and the help of his friend (a rogue), he goes to rescue her. But one thing leads to another and eventually has to fight against the bad guy in this story (Darth Vader)
The Arthurian legends influenced at an early stage in the Star Wars universe. The name of Leia refers to Arthur’s sister, Morgana le Fay (it is a powerful sorceress in the Arthurian legend.) It is true that in the movie Princess Leia is the good side, but the elements that George Lucas makes his work are motley and symbol not always coincide with the meaning, sometimes turns around (as is the case). Ie How come it seems his daughter and son (Leia and Luke) are now good? It seems nonsense, but we are watching from a mistaken view. Should we look from the point of view of Anakin, we would see if he is Arthur, her daughter and son are those who are betraying them. The gold coating C3-PO has a clear resonance with the golden armor (Grail) Mordred, Arthur’s nephew and son of Morgana le Fay.
Obi-Wan Kenobi. Or Ben Kenobi. It is the typical teacher who protects and teaches his apprentice. A kind of magician, Tim or Merlin. In Arthurian legend, Merlin tells Arthur that his destiny is to unite the whole kingdom, and thanks to his magic and wisdom help the young king. Merlin disappears, but invisibly continues to help Arthur when there are difficulties. The lightsaber. Is Excalibur. It is the sword of his father, with whom he begins his journey. The Hero’s Journey.
The color emitted by the lightsaber is the same of his glass. The most common colors are green and blue, which represent and are considered the signature colors of the Jedi, advocates of peace, good virtues and values; use the peaceful and light side of the Force
As the Jedi used the green and blue colors, the counterpart of the Jedi, the Sith, usually use red color. This color represents the blood, death, passion and power, and these are precisely the characteristics of the Sith.
Apart from these three there is also the rare purple, is aware of this color in the sword of Mace Windu, a Master of the Old Jedi Order and who was killed by Darth Sidious, with the help of Anakin. Its color means the balance between power and wisdom, the combination between red and blue, chaos and calm.
A concept of Indo-European tales, which has come to spread to other cultures. The hero (Luke) represents the forces of light, the sun (is dressed in a white suit, on a planet with two suns which is desert), is a good guy who works with his uncles even if he wants to do something else (is good person), while its antagonist Darth Vader (Anakin) in his first name makes reference to the darkness, is dressed in black and evil.( “The Darth title was more than just a symbol of power: it was a proclamation of supremacy. It was used by those Dark Lords who sought to impose their will on other Masters. It was a challenge and a warning. Submit yourself, or be destroyed “)
C3-PO would be the EGO. within the story is the one who can speak more languages but nevertheless seems not to understand anything, he just thinks to himself. R2-D2 instead is the subconscious. Understands everything that happens and act accordingly, but can not communicate fluently with others he needs C3-PO to do this
The Jedi are a way of expressing the Eye of Djed a classic depictions of the Eye of Horus with the particularity that the “white” is represented darkened, the idea comes from the word Jedi has a phonetic proximity to the English pronunciation of Djed. The Jedi Knights, could refer to the round table where a group of men of good will gather to share their autonomous struggle for the integrity of the country and by indirect allusion to the Order of the Temple, as the Jedi, fighting almost always accompanied by a colleague or apprentice, just as depicted in the Templar Sigilum.
But beyond the obvious, it seems clear that the author of the saga (George Lucas), use much symbolic elements in the creation of the Jedi Order, as most initiatory systems has 7 degrees Originally Jedi, Padawan, Jedi Knight , weapon Master, Master Jedi, Jedi Counselor and Master of the Order.
The Force: match what China called Chi, “life”. There are two types of Chi: personal or internal and external or the environment around us. To have a life Chi harmonized both have to be in tune; both are active and are in constant motion, hence the need human adaptability to the environment without losing the meaning of life or tao, tao being the evolutionary process leading from the material to the spiritual or transcendent. In Japan we find the same idea under the name Do, “path or way.” In the Western tradition is the soul of Gnosis and alchemy, among others: the vital and intelligent impulse that animates the universe bringing it to perfection and reunion with his spiritual origin.
The Jedi Knights are able to use The Force for the service of good. Its strength lies in controlling their passions and thoughts, so that these are in harmony with the Force, allowing them to “dive” into it and act instinctively correctly, always seeking natural justice. Its prototype is the medieval knights, Japanese samurai warriors Chinese or the Hindus kchatryas, plus a dose of psychic powers inspired by Zen Buddhism and traditions narrate that, the beginning of time, the warriors were warriors magicians, joining Arthur and Merlin, spreading later in wizards and warriors.
Master Yoda: The highest-ranking Jedi. His physical ugliness and grotesque contrast with the warmth and depth of his words. He is the master of masters, represents the inner purity. Its type is taken from the Japanese kami, beneficial spirits of nature.
The Empire: political incarnation of evil. His aesthetic is based on the 3rd Reich Nazi Hitler and the idea that Hollywood has given the Roman Empire. The imperial troops, with their “Assault Troops” sadly reminiscent of the Nazi Assault sections. And the uniforms of the Imperial Starfleet are unmistakably similar to those of Hitler’s SS. Of note, the Empire forces based primarily on robots and clones (Assault Troops), while the Rebel Alliance uses the robots only as technical support, but it is people who fight and not machines. This indicates the aims of each part very well: the Empire, unwilling men-machine, type “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley; and the Rebel Alliance seeks a human world based on individual freedom of choice.
The Jedi Code had been expanding over the millennia and by the time of the Clone Wars included many quite esoteric prohibitions, once removed from the base of the Jedi beliefs, such as the training of a Jedi can only begin in childhood.
However, despite all the changes into the code could find the key trunk of the Jedi philosophy
In the Jedi Code are the basic ideas that a Jedi must learn and understand. They contain all the necessary information from the Jedi Order and therefore the way to the light side of the Force. In long tradition between the teacher or wise, or “enlightened” – which teaches the disciple the ways to control “The Force” and remain within the positive side pass precisely by the need to conduct an austere costumes -Highlight simple and easy to use Jedi and their customs-and concentration and absolute self, full, seamless, which involves a “look inside yourself” and find, in the intimacy of the human being, the encounter with God, to encounter those hidden truths that teach control of “the Force”.
Therefore, the Force at the service of man, this force being dominated or controlled energy is the deification of man, as it has control of everything and especially also establishing itself as the savior of the other remaining men are oppressed by evil, as in the case of defeat suffered by Anakin Skywalker and Emperor (the oppressors of the worlds that formed the extinct political system known as the Republic) of his son Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight (the Return of Jedi)). This anthropocentric messianism, with some remnant of Masonic philanthropy, appears however, enveloped by Manichean tendencies. Indeed, the Force, which is all, can also manifest as a dark (dark side), then it is in the same BEING where converge GOOD and EVIL on equal intensity and power, differing almost two cosmic beings, two separate entities. Evil is not the absence of good, but it is an essential and constitutive element of existence of this energy, (the good) that is one depends on the other, coexist good and bad, then man is GOD, essentially good and essentially bad
There is no emotion, there is peace
Emotions are a natural part of life. As the great sagas we have shown, the Jedi are not immune to feel emotions. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda both openly expressed it when they discovered the death of the apprentices at the hands of Darth Vader (Anakin). This belief does not say that emotions do not exist but that should be put aside. Emotions must be understood first, and it is the duty of a young Jedi to explore their feelings. Unless a Jedi can confront their feelings and thoughts, never reach peace. Emotions, then, they will not be denied, but if understood. Hett reminds the young Anakin Skywalker during their campaigns together during The Clone Wars. Hett said that Anakin’s anger is understandable, but must face it. This belief can be modified to read “Emotions can not leave my peace”.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge only
A Jedi must be insightful and try to understand the world around him. Ignorance is a part of life, but should not be feared. For more knowledge to light your way, Jedi Temple files may contain the major source of information in the galaxy, but this principle also reminds the gentleman who may be aware of the most unusual places. This principle is what gives the Jedi his open mind and the ability to accept things that others would consider unthinkable whose minds are controlled by rigid thinking and doubt. In other words, this principle states that often a Jedi must use not only their rational mind but also your intuitive mind to ascertain the truth of a situation. This principle is embodied by the statements of Qui-Gon Jinn Anakin Skywalker that he has to “feel and not think”. Dexter Jettster further demonstrate this concept: “A Jedi knows the difference between knowledge and wisdom.”
There is no passion, there is serenity
This principle is a repetition of the former. It relates more directly to situations of extreme stress in which a Jedi might be tempted to react strongly, or focus on the task and not the goal. A Jedi must draw his weapon in self-defense or defense of others is an expression of this principle, since the Jedi deberámantener open all options. While emotions and intuition must be understood and used in everyday life of a Jedi should be controlled so that the Jedi do not act hastily and lose objectivity. Passionate use of power leads to the dark side. A Jedi must always act with a calm and serene temperament hand, watching every situation as clearly as you see the Force, preventing tarnish his judgment with unbridled passion.
No chaos, there harmony
This provision reflects the cosmology of the Jedi Order, who believe uninitiated beings see the universe as a chaotic and disconnected place. A Jedi realize that all things are interconnected and, more importantly, they are interdependent, in an endless cycle of balance. While a be initiated not see the pain and tragedy in the workings of the universe through force, a Jedi is able to interpret and understand even the most painful events of life. Each event has a purpose. As Jedi Grand Master Yoda told Anakin Skywalker once, “Death is a natural part of life.” Minor inconveniences such as failure, disappointment and disagreement are also inevitable and should be taken in stride. The Jedi do not deny the fact that tragic and terrible things happen; just say the tragedy is simply another part of life. This also leads to a realistic, balanced and objective view of existence.
There is no death, there is the Force
A Jedi must always be prepared for death and not obsess nor be ruled by it. As a warrior not only in combat but also in everyday life, it is easy to fail and fall, then rise without distraction know Jedi Master. Qui-Gon Jinn said the young Anakin Skywalker, it is quite possible to kill a Jedi, as often happens. Death, however, is not a tragedy and it is simply a part of the life cycle. Without death, life could not exist. The strength in us, still living after we die. This principle represents the vision of the Order of Jedi who accepts death and life, corruption and purity, not as opposites but as two pairs, one can not exist without the other. As such, a Jedi is not afraid of death. After all, should celebrate to celebrate life. This principle is often quoted after the death of a Jedi, sometimes referring to become one with the Force, or even live forever as a spirit of the Force. This principle also reminds Jedi that death is a transition state for any living being and not really an end to life as only the start of the next leg of their journey. Through the Force, the existence continues in a constant state of connection to all living beings.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” –Yoda-
This article was written by Psalm Triginta