Baptism in The Last Jedi

Star Wars movies have always been strong with religious motifs, and The Last Jedi is no different. Whether the viewer sees the Force as a deity-like power, the Jedi as monks or priests, or Emperor Palpatine as the embodiment of Satan, Star Wars is great at using religious symbolism. One of the religious themes I really enjoyed in The Last Jedi was that of baptism, by both water and fire.

Baptism by immersion in water symbolizes a cleansing as one descends into the water and emerges purified. It also represents a type of death and resurrection. Either way there is a change after someone is baptized by water. For example, in Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi fell into the swamps of Utapau after his clone troopers turned on him at the start of Order 66. He emerged from the water cleansed and changed. He became a hunted Jedi and was cleansed of the Jedi dogma and arrogance. When Obi-Wan emerged from the water on Utapau he was humbled. His humility focused his resolve, and humility is a requisite of baptism. No longer obligated to follow the Jedi Order’s strict precepts, Obi-Wan could concentrate his energy on defeating the Sith.

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Meet Heath Williams – Star Wars PhotoShop Expert!

If you’ve spent much time on social media, you may have seen some funny Star Wars photoshops inserting Constable Zuvio into interesting places. Heath Williams is a self-described history nerd, baseball and pizza fan, Rebel Legion cosplayer, and co-host of the Rogue Podron podcast. I caught up with Heath recently to find out more about his ideas and his love of perpetual pegwarmer Constable Zuvio.

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Core Worlds Couture Style Update: Jamberry Nail Wraps

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

In an October edition of Core Worlds Couture, the first series of Star Wars Jamberry Nail Wraps were presented and reviewed.

Since then, Jamberry has introduced an updated line of Star Wars nail wraps, which has expanded the total line to 27 different Star Wars styles, including some “junior styles” for little hands!

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Holding for General Hugs

“Let the past die. Kill it. If you have to.” Kylo Ren used those lines in the feature trailer for The Last Jedi and we all had our own ideas on what it could mean in the lead up to the film. Obviously it was foreshadowing for what would come while also representing a meta commentary for the Star Wars saga as a whole. The Last Jedi successfully (or unsuccessfully to some) manages to let the past die while also somehow keeping it alive at the same time.

*Spoilers for The Last Jedi*

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Force and Faith: The Cave of Wonders and Rebirth

There is nothing you know that can’t be known.  Eternity has invaded and fulfilled creation with its fullness.  Everything we learn is only that which has been passed on from some masters who found intimate and profound connection to the source of knowledge.  And this lesson is at the core of what Master Yoda has been trying to pass on to us younglings and padawans since 1980 or so.  Never stop educating yourself.  Never stop going to the source of goodness and growth and finding the lessons found in that long sought after place, for they are the beginning of eternal life. Read more

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Melinda’s Brew: I Give You The One & Only, The Enchanting BB-8

Melinda's Brew

What is white and orange with a touch of silver and black, rather roly-poly, and resembles a figure 8? [Like you need me to answer that question for you. 😉 ] That just happens to be the character who stole the show when The Force Awakens hit movie screens a couple of years ago – BB-8, who happens to be my favorite character from the new trilogy of Star Wars films. Off and on over the past year and a half, I’ve been naming my favorite characters from TFA and explaining why they have struck a chord with me, and now that the next installment is set to hit theaters in a mere two weeks [can you feel the electric excitement coursing through the air? I can!], it is only fitting that I reveal who caught my eye and touched my heart most of all.

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Empire Reveals Exclusive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Covers

Empire has revealed their January 2018 issue will be a celebration of 40 years of Star Wars, and will feature three exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers. Kylo Ren and Rey will each get the spotlight on their own covers, while a subscriber cover will be dedicated to the adorable avian creatures native to Ahch-To, the Porgs.

Check out the covers below:

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Entertainment Weekly Reveals New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Covers, Exclusive Photos [Possible Spoilers]

Entertainment Weekly has revealed four exclusive covers for their December 1 issue dedicated to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, along with a gallery of still images seen before in previous trailers and teasers. The first three covers feature Kylo Ren and Rey, Finn and Rose, and Poe Dameron with Admiral Holdo. The fourth cover, featuring Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa, is exclusive to Barnes & Noble. While there are no explicit spoilers in the images themselves, there are hints of what’s to come in the text. If you have been avoiding all new TLJ related images and content, feel free to look away. 

If not, you can see all the images below:

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens – Point/Counterpoint

In which two fans — or possibly two sides of my own brain — debate which of the new crop of movies is better: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

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Po-Zu Announces Pre-Orders for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rey Hi Black Boot

Heroine Daisy Ridley’s boot in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie gets a new colourway in the Star Wars | Po-Zu footwear collaboration

Po-Zu has announced the latest addition to its co-branded Star Wars l Po-Zu footwear collaboration: The REY Hi Black Boot.

This announcement follows the launch of the REY Hi Brown variation in August 2017 which was authentically designed and crafted to closely resemble what Daisy Ridley wears as the lead character Rey in the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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