Does Darth Vader (in the suit) ever step foot on a living planet’s surface in these movies?
Kind of a strange question, but the detail is relevant to reincarnation meta… because if he didn’t ever physically step foot on green growing earth in 4-6, then that means Vader really is genuinely in the Underworld with his dead wife. He builds a castle on the dead fiery hell planet Mustafar where he fought Obi-wan, and he just stays there. He lives there. In the Underworld like he’s dead, or he’s the ruler of the Underworld, surrounded by lava and fire and nothing growing. He travels only on dead Star Destroyers, dead ships - he once steps foot on dead icy Hoth, another planet like a circle of hell. Not once does he step on a growing, living planet outside of visions. He refuses to let Luke take him down to return to green earth waiting below them, because he’s dead and in the Underworld already, he has been there for decades, he has never been separated from his wife. If she is dead, so is he.
Looking through a symbolism dictionary
After lowering down to earth, Rey walks out of the dead Star Destroyer into the sun, framed for long seconds by an enormous arch.
arch: “…passing through an arch is the symbolic act of rebirth, of leaving the old behind and entering the new. It also has a link to heaven[…]”
Kylo Ren comes down to earth in a very specific-to-him command shuttle that looks like a bat.
bat: “Bats symbolize death and rebirth. From womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so - from the womb is reborn every evening…”
Aevee Bee’s post-mortem of We Know The Devil is basically required reading for anyone looking to write a visual novel or text adventure (or any videogame really.) Choice quote:
After we bounced concept art and character profiles we would both have such a grasp of the characters we could both write scenes featuring them; Mia would message me at like 12AM with “this vine is totally Venus” and I’d be like, yes, and also the person who smashed the glass against her face is Neptune. We literally developed this game by shitposting with our own characters, so please value that work; it’s how we came up from everything from the underage drinking to the truth or dare and seven minutes in heaven scenes.
[Excerpt from Stealing the Fire From Heaven by Stephen Mace]
To begin, close your eyes and imagine a vertical line of white light, one passing from the nadir to the zenith right through the point of view behind your eyes. Next imagine a spot of light about two feet in front of this point of view. With this spot trace a horizontal circle around your head. Then trace an ellipse by running this spot up to the top of your head, down your back, under your feet, and up again to the top of your head. Then trace another ellipse from the top of your head down one side, under your feet, and up the other side to the top of your head. When you’re finished your point of view should be in the middle of a cage that looks like this:
With your fortifications now in place, you may clean out your imagination. To do this turn the line you first visualized into a pillar of fire and cause it to expand outward through your three rings. As it does, cast images of any persistent thoughts or fantasies into the flames and watch them burn until there is nothing left but three glowing white rings.”
Aside from serving to flush out your mind before and after magical operations, banishing is your first defense against obsessive thoughts from within and any kind of psychic attack from the outside.
Stephen Mace, Stealing the Fire from Heaven (Phoenix: Dagon Productions & Heathen World Productions, 2003), 15-16.