“The science of equilibrium is the key of occult science. Unbalanced forces perish in the void.” – Eliphas Levi
Imagine a world of perfect harmony in which all things are as they should be. Would you describe such a world as being “balanced”?
In a perfect world of nothing but pure bliss, you would not need to have the same amount of evil as good in order for things to have “balance”.
What if such a world once existed, then through some unfortunate happenstance man became intimately familiar with both good and evil. Now the same forces which once maintained perfect balance in a state of bliss must now find a way to maintain balance in a state of chaos. The result is that to whatever extent one excels, to that same extent does the other. Only if intimacy with good and evil are somehow done away with could proper balance, that of the blissful sort, be restored. In such restoration, all would be able to partake of the blissful life without being endangered with access to intimacy with good and evil.
Enter: The Last Jedi
Star Wars has a history of employing Occult themes. Telepathy, telekinesis, mind reading, ability to access and manipulate paranormal powers, levitation, divination, etc. This seems to continue, as the theme of episode eight seems right in line with the quote at the top of this post from French occult author and ceremonial magician Eliphas Levi.Unbalanced forces perish in the void Click To Tweet
In the trilogy of prequels, several references were made to the prophecy of the one who would bring balance to the force. At one point Yoda opines that they may have misunderstood the prophecy. “A prophecy that misread may have been”, says N’Kata Del Gormo’s former padawan.
It seems that after much meditation on a rocky island on the watery planet of Ahch-To, Luke has come to a different interpretation. If there’s one thing we’ve come to learn and love about Luke, it’s his unconventional way of thinking. Conventional Jedi wisdom passed on to him by Yoda and Obi Wan suggested that he ought to kill Vader. Luke refused, sensing good in his fallen father that no one else was able to sense, and ultimately turning him back. He was there willing to go against the conventional wisdom of a couple of Jedi masters on a certain instance, but now it seems he is prepared to go against the traditional understanding of a prophecy that puts him at odds with, as far as we know, all his Jedi predecessors. Sure, Yoda acknowledged that the prophecy may have been misread and Mace Windu nodded in agreement, but surely neither of them thought the prophecy meant that the Jedi must end.
When it comes to pass, all is as was told, but in a way no one understood or could have foreseen. Isn’t that often the nature of prophecy? Should we ever enter into a world of blissful balance where a tree of life is present but the tree of knowledge of good and evil is no more, we would surely see it to be so.
Jarrod is an INFJ who loves studying and writing about things like philosophy, psychology, theology, conspiracy theories, & all things spiritual, mystical, & supernatural. The creator and curator of INFJ Writers, he lives in Austin, TX with his wife and three kids.