The Force Priestesses and Their Connection to the Living Force

Star Wars 5 Priestesses Mini Statue

The Force Priestess mini statue is inspired by the large statue that stands outside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The statue depicts an ethereal Force Priestess reaching out to a floating ball.

During the Clone Wars, Yoda journeys to Mortis and meets beings called the Force Priestesses. These beings embodied the link between the Cosmic and Living Force.

The Force Priestesses

Five mysterious ethereal beings who inhabited the Force planet and possessed knowledge of spiritual immortality. They mutated into forms of serenity, joy, anger, confusion and sadness and could appear before the living at will. Jedi Master Yoda encountered the Force Priestesses during the Clone Wars, where they put him through a series of trials that forced him to face his own hubris and resist great temptation.

While they were not Jedi (or Sith), the Priestesses did exemplify the connections between lifeforms and the Living Force, and the larger, timeless cosmic Force. They also possessed a long lifespan and could fly, and they were able to preserve their identity after death.

The Force Planet

The Force is strong in many places, but there are a few planets with a particularly special connection. One such place is Tatooine, where Luke Skywalker trained under Jedi Master Yoda and became a Jedi himself. A second is Takodana, where Maz Kanata and Rey met in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But the most notable planet is Ahch-To, the home of the Resistance and its leader, General Leia Organa. It’s also the site of the first Death Star’s construction and destruction. The rocky world is also home to the ancient Jedi enclaves that Rey finds on her journey. It’s a place of mysteries and wonders that has a deep connection to the Force. Interestingly, a similar connection is found on Tython, a mystical planet that sparked the formation of the Jedi Order.

The Force Ghosts

Those who have achieved a full and unbroken oneness with the Force are able to transform into a Force ghost upon death. It’s a way of preserving their identity away from the Force, which would otherwise absorb them completely and replace them with its own essence. Sith Lords also mastered this technique, though they would often find themselves driven mad by solitude or their own dark side inflicted madness.

Jedi who live with a clear sense of purpose and strive for balance with both the living and Cosmic Force can achieve this form of immortality. However, it’s a skill that must be earned, not simply given.

Qui-Gon Jinn learned this practice from the Force Priestesses on The Force Planet, and Yoda followed suit. It’s why fans believe that Kenobi can interact with Leia in The Rise of Skywalker, even though his body vanished from view.

The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars is one of the most critically acclaimed animated series ever, but it was canceled in 2013 before its creators could wrap up its story. Now, the final season is airing on Disney Plus and will cover a crucial conflict known as the Siege of Mandalore.

Jedi Master Yoda comes into contact with Force Priestesses on the Force Planet who embody the midi-chlorians’ link between the Living Force and Cosmic Force. These shape-shifting beings can manifest as Serenity, Joy, Anger, and Confusion.

Ahsoka Tano is tasked with helping her Padawan Luminara Unduli and her clone commander Barriss Offee survive a factory infested by mind-control Geonosian worms. The Jedi then find themselves in a war with a tribe of furry natives on the desolate ice planet Orto Plutonia.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A massive improvement over the muddled style-over-substance prequels, this relaunch of the franchise feels like Star Wars again. It’s a real movie experience with John Williams’ still-enveloping score, a gripping story and believable characters that make you forget that 30 years have passed since the second Death Star went kablooiy.

Han, Leigha and Luke return along with newcomers X-wing pilot Finn (John Boyega) and his droid BB8, plus the scary Supreme Leader Snoke and Captain Phasma. And although at first glance Kylo Ren seems like a second-rate Vader, Adam Driver’s performance shows plenty of depth and emotion. His lightsaber duel with Rey is everything the over-choreographed prequel duels were not. It’s a testament to Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) that by the film’s end, you care about these characters almost as much as the ones who populated the original trilogy.

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