the dark side of nature

I think the most amazing thing about Kylux is that the two of them can be written in so many different ways while still staying true to character.

Is Hux the worldly soldier who came of age in a seedy Academy and slept his way to the top? Or an uptight prude, terrified of having his reputation ruined? Had a little fun in his youth, but is now married to his job? Do his leadership tendencies carry over into his sex life, or is it a relief to give control to someone else for once? 

Is Ren the virginal monastic who has dedicated himself to his spiritual life since an early age? Or the celebutante Ben Solo, who slept around in the liberal New Republic until the age of 23? Hates himself for giving in to desire? Uses it to gain strength in the dark side? Does his physical prowess and supernatural powers make him a natural dom? Or do his unruly emotions require external regulation from a trusted partner?  

I love that you could make any one of these arguments (or dozens more) and still be able to back it up with evidence from canon. That’s what has kept me interested for over a year now, the well for characterization never runs dry. 

The Medicalization of Suffering

‘Why, in Western psychology, have we been so focused on the dark side of human nature? Even before Freud, Western psychology was based on a medical model, and it still focuses primarily on pathology. The psychiatric profession’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which orients the work of most therapists, clinics and health care providers, is a comprehensive listing of hundreds of psychological problems and diseases. Categorizing problems helps us to study them and then, it is hoped, cure them in the most scientific and economically efficient way. But often we give so much attention to our protective layers of fear, depression, confusion, and aggression that we forget who we really are.

As a teacher, I see this all the time. When a middle-aged man named Marty came to see me after a year of painful separation and divorce, he was caught in the repetitive cycles of unworthiness and shame that he had carried since childhood. He believed there was something terribly wrong with him. He had forgotten his original goodness. When a young woman, Jan, came to Buddhist practice after a long struggle with anxiety and depression, she had a hard time letting go of her self-image as a broken and damaged person. For years she had seen herself only through her diagnosis and the various medications that had failed to control it.

As psychology becomes more pharmacologically oriented, this medical model is reinforced. Today, most of the millions of adults seeking mental health support are quickly put on medication. Even more troubling, hundreds of thousands of children are being prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs for conditions ranging from ADHD to the newly popular diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder. While these medications may be appropriate, even lifesaving, in some cases, laypeople and professionals increasingly look for a pill as the answer to human confusion and suffering. It need not be so.’

- Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart: Buddhist Psychology for The West.

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So Freddie Prinze hinted the Bendu has an underestimated capacity for the Dark Side of the Force... I’m taking a guess...

Bendu: You really want to know, young Padawan Ezra?

Ezra: Look, you’re nice and all, but the last time I asked for knowledge it didn’t en-

Bendu: I will show you the true nature of the Dark Side! (touches Ezra’s forehead lightly)

Ezra: Huh, what, where. What’s this? A Wookie family? A guy on television going “whip, whip, stir, whip, whip…” Oh no, oh no, I’m dead, the Bendu sent me to Hell, the Bendu showed me the Star Wars Holiday Special! I thought that was just some horrible Dark Side urban legend Kanan debunked. ARGH! ARGH! The Wookies can’t stop grumbling and the production values are shoddy. ARGGGH!

What Type of Villain Are You?
  • Outright Cruel Intentions: Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius
  • Used to be the Hero: Aries, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius
  • Getting Their Honor Back: Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn
  • Revenge - Hero Betrayed You: Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio
  • Naturally Born on the Dark Side: Taurus, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces
  • Good intentions but Unethical Ways: Cancer, Capricorn
  • Power Complex - Wants to Rule the World: Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, Aquarius
  • Being Forced to do Evil by Higher Power: Aries, Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces
  • Doing it For Lover: Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra
  • Finishing Family Legacy: Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius
  • Just Wants Attention, to be Loved: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Scorpio, Pisces
  • Cursed by the gods to be Evil: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Pisces
  • Redeeming Villain: Aries, Cancer, Leo, Capricorn

The Signs as Force Girls (pt.4 of 12)

Cancer - Asajj Ventress

Her way down the dark side began when Asajj - at that time a Jedi apprentice - witnessed the murder of her master. Still too young, Asajj turned her anger and frustration into vengeance, losing herself in the dark side. She later was to become one of the most infamous, cunning and merciless assassins of the evil Sith Lord Dooku. Asajj’s true nature is clouded by the dark side a long time until she is forced to cooperate with the Jedi master Quinlan Vos whom she finally falls in love with and who reaches out his hand to take Asajj another path. Asajj is extremely cautious regarding strangers, very private and of a totally sharp intellect. She often hides her true feelings to not appear weak. Quickly irritable, she won’t care a hoot for someone who doesn’t mean anything to her. Asajj can be temptingly manipulative and blocks out conversations she doesn’t want to carry on. But being so full of emotions is hard to hide: underneath her tough looking outward Asajj’s story left marks that are only understood by the ones sincerely opening up to her. Asajj is to be one of the unique individuals who eventually gives herself to the light side yet again.

Anakin and marginalized groups (p.1)

In Star Wars universe there is many groups seen as inferior by majority of people and who were opressed in various ways (lack of civil rights, harmful stereotypes or outright abuse and so on). The discrimination & marginalization touched especially Aliens during Empire’s regime, Clone Troopers during Clone Wars or droids, slaves & female Twi’lek in general.

I know that Anakin’s portrayal varied from one story to another (and no matter what, he is going to fall to Dark Side so his good nature will be twisted in awful way) but most of time he - especially as a boy / teenager - was mindful of those oppressed and marginalized by society, what I think comes from his personal life experiences (being born in slavery) and Shmi Skywalker’s influence (”Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other”).

So let’s talk a bit about young Anakin’s attitude towards marginalized groups and how his point of view humanized some characters (what I already mentioned in context of Jango Fett)

side note: I’m not trying to write a complete analysis; I’m simply focusing on what caught my attenion while reading books & comics.


CLONES*


*I’m going to write soon more detailed analysis about Anakin’s relationship with clone troopers so right now I’m just talking about basic details I noticed in various sources:


The Great Army of Republic was made from clone troopers; a loyal, obiedent group of men who were created with simple purporse: to destroy Jedi to fight & save Republic. Despite their sacrifices, clones never had any civil right. No one asked them if they want fight at all and when clones deserted - or rebelled - they were punished (at best imprisonment or at worst, hunt down and killed).

The first weeks / months of cooperation between Jedi and the clone troopers weren’t really easy. Clones grew up with stories about great, powerful Jedi - their future generals and commanders, yet the first Battle of Geonosis (and following battles) proved that Jedi aren’t infallible. On other side, Jedi were, I guess, confused about “their” clone army. It took some time, before mutual trust and friendship among Jedi and clones was born. Anakin’s view of clone troopers evolved too.

During Clone Wars, Anakin was disturbed that clones have numbers instead of names. He started the whole “naming clones” thing. Anakin respected his subordinates and kept calling clone troopers by names/nicknames. Remember “Darkness on Umbara”? “Master Krell, this is Rex, my first in command. You won’t find a finer or more loyal trooper anywhere”. This is Rex, a man, not numbers. Not just a clone, but trooper in full meaning of the word. What contrasts with Pong Krell or Legends!Vos or vastness of “normal” people who saw clones more as equipment than soldiers, as imitation rather human beings. And clone troopers were quite aware of such dehumanized view; because of such treatment (and “education” from youth) they saw themselves like that too.

Looking how TCW!clone troopers liked to mark their armors & bodies - thus creating a visible diversity between themselves - I guess it’s fair to say that Anakin supported growing sense of individuality between clones. He encouraged them by using their names, by being respectful for them and treating clones like they should be treated - as real people whose life matters. Because of that Anakin gained not only respect but trust of his soldiers as well.

(I think it’s worth to mention that even as Vader, he was still fond of clone troopers from Clone Wars era  what doesn’t mean he wouldn’t kill them if there was a reason for doing so)


DROIDS

Droids were treated differently in various parts of galaxy. On many - if not on most planets, people used and exploited them without any second thought:

Droids are intelligent mechanical contraptions that are vital to the smooth operation of galactic society. Every day, millions of subservient automatons negotiate treaties, repair hyperdrives, cure plagues, incinerate garbage, nurse children, haul cargo, deliver messages, cook meals, and kill enemies. At the same time, droids are often ignored and unappraciated, treated as chattel by many owners and looked at with outright hostility by others (by The Essential Guide to Droids)


However droids may be intelligent, they were still just machines. There were places where droids weren’t welcome at all (like cantine in Mos Espa) or were seen as nothing more than just equipment; since Separatist used army of droids against Republic during Clone Wars, the common distrust & bias toward them only grew stronger. Even some of the positive characters weren’t immune to prejudice toward droids. Some didn’t consider them as equal of living beings while others made biased comments e.g.:

  • ”Shmi assured the droid. She placed a comforting hand on his shoulder, then quickly pulled it away, thinking that a perfectly silly gesture to offer to a walking box of wires.” or
  • “The droid ganged into the socket on his starflghter’s left wing whistled something that sounded suspiciously like a human apology. Obi-Wan’s frown deepened. R4-P17 had been spending too much time with Anakin’s eccentric astromech; it was picking up R2-D2’s bad habits.

There were also societies who shamed people with cybernetic prostheses, making them feel like they were less human because of their disability & need of use the cybernetic parts (and remember Obi-Wan? He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil. Yeah, like Anakin’s lost of limbs was the problem here…).

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Rey and Kylo, The True Balance of the Force.

*Disclamer* I do not own any of the art of pictures used in this, as much I would like to be that artistically talented.

This Theory relies heavily on Yin/Yang, so yeah.

Everyone knows by know in the Reylo community how damn conflicted Kylo is in TFA, especially after he kills Han, So we’ve got that covered.

A little overview of Kylo Ren’s/Ben Solo’s character.

  • Currently a dark side force user.
  • Dabbles in the light side, as much as he doesn’t want to.
  • Comes from a light background

So we have Yin covered, what about Yang?

Well, if you read the title, Yang is Rey.

Rey, being the main protagonist in this series, is naturally a light force user, but like Luke in the original trilogy, she, after overpowering Kylo in the famous Starkiller Base battle, she feels the dark side, strongly, telling her to kill Kylo, and take his place. Which is naturally a dark side thing. (This is more portrayed in the novelisation rather then the film)

Obviously she recalls, for the sake of two extra movies, but this shows she has a Dark side, like Ren has a light.

So little overview of Rey’s character.

  • Currently a light side force user.
  • Dabbles in the dark side, as much as she doesn’t want to.
  • Background is unknown.

Two sides of the same coin, there is just one factor that is not yet canon.

Who is Rey’s parents? More importantly, where is she from?

To mirror Kylo, her parents and her background must be of the dark side.

Now Rey Kenobi theorists, don’t give up yet, as a theorist myself, she could still be a Kenobi, because it is thought among Rey Kenobi theorists, that Obi-wan’s daughter was brought to the dark side and had a child, being Rey, then at a young age, her parents died due to Luke & Ben killing them and she was put on Jakku to be kept away from the violence. (check out @gwendy85 ‘s video which supports this theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngNBmp18Qh4).

This would also parallel Ren’s background:

  • born in the lightside
  • grandparents/parent was of the darkside
  • ended up in the darkside like grandparent/parents

Rey’s background:

  • born in the darkside 
  • grandparents/parent was of the lightside
  • ended up in the lightside like grandparent/parents

So we’ve covered their past & present, what does this mean for the future?

For this, its time to look at the Grey Jedi Code.

Wow this is getting long

As much as this is still considered Fanon, the Grey Jedi are considered a common thing in the extended universe.

“The term Grey Jedi, or Grey, had two meanings. First, it was used by Jedi and Sith to describe Force-users who walked the line between the light and dark sides of the Force without surrendering to the dark side, and second, it described Jedi who distanced themselves from the Jedi High Council and operated outside the strictures of the Jedi Code. However, those who were considered to be true Grey Jedi met both qualifications and did not belong to any particular Force tradition. One example was Jolee Bindo, a former Jedi Padawan and a Grey Jedi that served the Old Republic.” - Wookieepedia, on the topic of Grey Jedi.

So whats this got to do with the Yin/Yang symbol?

Well first we must look at the meaning in Yin & Yang:

Yin and Yang are two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, negative force, and yang the active, positive force.

Two forces in the universe huh?

Sounds a lot like the force if you ask me.

furthermore:

Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (for instance shadow cannot exist without light).

*cough* -reylo- *cough*

The underlined aspects are what represent Ren & Rey the most.

But well despite that fact Rey’s name literally means ‘King’ and the skywalker men have a tendency to come off as whiny and girly but shhh

(remember: nether forces are ‘bad’ or ‘good’ like the Jedi & Sith code but it depends how you act on it is what decides its morals)

Joining forces,  and what this creates.

Separately Rey and Ren will never fit in the darkside or the light, because in order to become a true Sith/Jedi, you must clear all light/darkness in your soul. This is achieved in different ways in the different sides.

But for Ren and Rey, try as they might, they will never be able to destroy the light or darkness in their souls. It is part of them.

This is why they will never feel complete in either side, this is why they need to be grey Jedi, not darkside of light, but something in-between.

This gives a whole new concept in the canon star wars universe, no longer is this concept just star wars fiction, and imagine what they could do with this?

This would also be a good way for reylo to be canon, because they might just join forces, but lets be serious, we need another trilogy.


-Ash-

(Please send me asks telling me about your theories and if you agree with mine, I would love to hear your opinion. This is my first long theory post so I would love to know how I can make future theories better!)

Lesson 3: Chakras!

Okay everybody - info time! We’re going to talk about chakras, something a lot of you have heard about.

Have you ever seen this? 

It’s the cover art for Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon. It represents what happens when you take pure light and shine it through a prism: the light will break into seven colors, the colors of the rainbow (roy g. biv).

Every color has its own vibration. You might have learned this in a physics class in high school (I did): red has the lowest frequency, violet has the shortest wavelength and fastest/highest frequency. I know you’ve probably seen segments on the news about how different colors are good for different things, like calming or relaxation. Keep that in mind.

Now, back to chakras themselves. ‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word for ‘wheel’, and this is very appropriate because of what chakras are. They’re a spinning wheel in the body, drawing in energy on a vibratory level. This means that chakras can draw in microwaves, emotions, color vibration, etc. Chakras run from the top of your head and down your spine.

I think it’s also appropriate to add something else. Do you see this image?

It’s a star tetrahedron (two interlocked tetrahedrons), or a Mer-Ka-Ba. This is what the energy field that surrounds our bodies looks like. A tube runs from the upper apex to the lower through your chakras. It is said to look like a glass fluorescent tube, except that is has a crystalline structure at the ends that fit into the two apexes of the star tetrahedron. Before the fall of Atlantis, we used to bring prana energy simultaneously up and down this tube and the two prana flows would meet inside one of our chakras (it hasn’t been confirmed which chakra it is yet). This is how we used to breathe.

The most popular chakra system is the system of 7, but there are also the systems of 8 and 13. (There are said to be hundreds of chakras, but many of them are less important than the primary ones and are scattered around the body.)

Let’s talk about the 7! All chakras radiate energy as well as draw it in. They govern over a major gland or organ in the body, as you can see below.

Why are we even talking about chakras? Because having aligned chakras makes you happier, healthier, and more conscious (meaning it makes you more in tune with yourself and the universe). When one of your chakras is out of sync, meaning that it is underactive or overactive, it can cause problems. It can affect the organs surrounding it, or it can cause other chakras to go out of sync. Having out-of-sync chakras can affect your moods and emotions.

Aligning your chakras is all about balance. You balance mind, body and spirit. You balance different methods to activate your chakras. You balance your entire life.

The order of chakras actually goes from bottom up, starting with the root chakra (the red one you see in pictures) and ending with the crown chakra (the violet one you see in pictures). Every chakra has a specific trait.

  • The root chakra is associated with survival. It’s connected to the adrenal glands.
  • The sacral chakra is associated with sex/interaction. It’s connected to the gonad.
  • The solar plexus chakra is associated with power/ego. It’s connected to the pancreas.
  • The heart chakra is associated with love. It’s connected to the thymus gland.
  • The throat chakra is associated with communication/expression. It’s connected to the thyroid.
  • The third eye chakra is associated with the third eye itself, or psychic/intuition. It’s connected to the pituitary gland.
  • The crown chakra is associated with spirituality. It’s connected to the pineal gland.

If you always find yourself seeming heartless or have trouble expressing yourself and communicating, it may be because your heart or throat chakras respectively are under-active.

Now that we’ve covered the chakras and what they are, see part two to figure out how to open and charge your chakras!