“Twilight is upon me, and soon, night must fall. That is the way of things. The way of the Force.” – Yoda
There is something captivating, almost theatrical, in the cyclical time between day and night. Symbolically, this splashy array of vibrant coloration, displays a state of vulnerability. Showing a significant contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight…..
The brightest light casts the darkest shadow….
In the vast darkness of night, only hints of loves light flickers. It’s a continuous flow of hope, a beacon, calling the heart home. The dark conceals this precious secret, one that defines the most sincere purities a love has ever known; for it is truly a gift. The dark protects it from the poison that would cast judgment, cruelty, and ultimately, breeding doubt and jealousy. Like a candles illuminating flame, love can be mesmerizing, leaving one blinded by wondrous beauty. Or is this a perception based on an illusion? Should love trust the night and take comfort in its embrace? Or is that the illusion? Has it deceived us by its so called protection? Love, like a flame, is alive and it breathes. If you betray it, hold it in contempt, it suffocates and all that’s left is the dark…
Darkness, Light, Love, Shadows, Jealousy, Flame, Twilight, Night, and the inevitable, Fall. Interesting coupling of words, isn’t it? Yet, our entire Star Wars Saga revolves around ALL of them. Well, at least the Star Wars that we have now….”Always in motion the future is.”
Getting back to my intro: contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight…. This highlights my Favorite scene of the entire saga! The Brightest light casts the darkest shadow….
A true joining of the Force! A spiritual or mind (Telepathy?) connection of two beings …. Twin souls … Twin flames. As Anakin is sent to the Council Chambers of the Jedi Temple, he is flooded with whispers of the Dark Lord’s devious temptations and promises. In that precise moment, a quick flash, like that of flickering candle, Anakin senses his Twin Flame.
A doleful, Padme peers out her apartment window at the exact time he (Anakin) overlooks the twilight sky of Coruscant; it is then that they share, a True Joining in the Force! The heart and mind act as one, spiritually they are unified as the force takes full control … and they know. A rush of emotions thrashes over both of them. One specifically, out-weighs all the rest; fear. An immense amount fear and it eats at Anakin’s heart. “Lost? What do you mean?” It is then that she realizes just how serious his fears were. Unfortunately she is too late and that spark of connectivity is severed, but not before her voice is heard through Anakin’s mind, “I truly, deeply love you. Before I die, I want you to know.”
Alone, cold, always and forever, without her….he shudders, “Padme, NO!”
Now, let’s delve a little deeper into this notion of twin flames/twin souls, shall we? Upon my research, I found this very intriguing article pertaining to our two, forbidden lovers. Well, I’ll allow you to be the judge of that …. “We all feel a sense of looking for true love because we long for the connection of this original mate. In the Bible we see marriage described…. “A man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh” and also “what God has joined together let no man part.” The twin flame union is the only one in which this is literal instead of just figurative by contract of marriage. Twin flames are eternally married in their very being which no one can change.”– Dr. Amy Queen.
Quite fascinating, isn’t it? And yet, there’s more. She continues to elaborate on a more spiritual level. “Twin flames are two souls (people) who were created in the beginning from one single soul unit with male and female aspects together. This singular soul unit was a unified energy sphere of male and female, and split into two souls creating the twin souls. A soul is made of energy much like electricity and is in essence a blue flame. This is why they are called twin flames. Each of these two souls after the split was a new and complete soul. The souls were polarized, one embodying mostly the male energy and one mostly the female energy of the original sphere. Each also retains a part of the other within them. The yin and yang symbol is one of the best illustrating this with each side holding a small dot of the other.”-Dr. Amy Queen.
The latter reminds me mostly of the bond between, Luke and Leia. They truly were their parents, Yin and Yang. Don’t you agree?
Let’s not stop there, symbolically there is much more to be revealed, to be connected. Both sets of twins, whether united by genetics or by fate, in the end it is Love that spiritually joins them. We see this continuously throughout the saga and practically almost always at the same time of day; the hour of twilight.
Just as Anakin and Padme reached out to one another in an hour of need, so do their children. Years later, as the sun begins to set upon a clouded city, Luke dangles from a weather vane. Alone and cold, he calls to the only person he knows will hear him, his twin soul, Leia. Is this a coincidence? I think not.
The maker has always given us symbols and meaning, not just in the names of characters or places, but in the visual aspects too. Speaking of which, would I be reaching if I were to mention that quite possibly these above scenarios tied into the, Twin Suns of Tatooine?
Think about it. We first see, young Luke gazing out on to the horizon as the two suns are setting; twilight. Wait, that’s really not his first twin sun sunset, is it? No. On a very similar eve, a robed Jedi delivers a small, precious package to a young couple on a moisture farm. The wife greets the stranger with a warm smile and carries the baby over to where her husband stands. As the sky radiates in hues of crimson, the family admires the beauty of the binary sunset, as they cradle their new found hope. Yet, somewhere off in the distance, parsecs away, twilight descends across a miraculous and vast mountainous planet. A Queen is accompanied by her husband as they embrace their newfound future and dreams for a better tomorrow. Is this similarity by chance?
Is the usage of twilight and twin flames/souls relevant? Was it an intention or a possible oversight? Before you come to a final consensus, let me just point out a few more instances where the two “twi’s” collide.
“I made this for you. So you’d remember me. I carved it out of a japor snippet. It’ll bring you good fortune.” A young, Anakin Skywalker says this as he gives Padme the good luck charm. True, they’re up in deep space and all is dark around them except the stars. Yet, our Queen’s handmaiden is cloaked in vivid oranges and hues of sunshine yellow. Yes, Padme illuminates like the binary sunset on Tatooine! Our soul flames connect for the first time and it couldn’t have been portrayed in a more perfectly, poignantly approach than this scene (IMO).
Then there’s the “farewell scene” on Coruscant, where Anakin goes looking for Padme before he begins his Jedi Training. Upon reaching her quarters, he is saddened by the news that she has gone on an errand for the Queen of Naboo. Anakin bows and looks down, then takes a peek at her. “I’m going to the Jedi Temple to start my training. I hope.” The regal Queen regards him with an expressionless stare as he continues to speak, “I may not see her again…and…I just wanted to say goodbye.” She puts on her best, political face and answers him: “We will tell her for you. We’re sure her heart goes with you.” All transpires as the hour of twilight engulfs the capital.
My last example of the flames/souls overlapping with the twilight skies is the prominent wedding scene. Not only do we have our bride and groom engulfed in a glorious sunset, but we also have another dynamic duo. Ok, they may be a little odd, but you can’t deny their prearranged importance; R2D2 and C3PO.
There’s so much to take in, to question, and to debate. With so much already on the table, let me just add another tidbit to the plate. The prefix “Twi” means two, as in Twin or Twilight. So I ask again, serendipity? Knowing George, I think “No Way!” See, in the very beginning, the early draft/script contained a description based on the “Son of Suns.”
“…And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as THE SON OF THE SUNS.”-Journal of the Whillis, 3:127
My feelings on the representation(s) of the symbolisms/meanings surrounding “Twi” (twin flames/twin souls and twilight)? Yes! Absolutely all were intended to show unison/unified/connection(s)! Well, what do YOU think? Do you think, ‘yea or nay’? Also, do YOU have a favorite scene? Please share your thoughts, leave me a comment or contact me directly.
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