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STAR WARS: Symbolic Cycles Of The Moon

STAR WARS: Symbolic Cycles Of The Moon

Becca's Chava Chat

Femininity Behind The Moon

It’s no secret that the Star Wars saga is intricately laced with symbolism and mythology throughout its entirety. In fact, the amount of its ambiguity is so immense that the conversations continue to grow and flourish up until this very day, some thirty-eight years after it all began.

One of the ongoing topics for discussion is the lack of women that are represented or portrayed within the storyline, that, and the lack of a storyline within the Prequels. Perhaps, those that feel so strongly about both accusations are going about it all wrong …

stretch out your feelings

“Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.” – Ben

Following this advice, let’s move along and continue on with this exhibition of mine, shall we? Since returning home to my humble abode after Celebration Anaheim, there’s been a lot of time spent in quiet contemplation, as to reflect on my journey of Star Wars and self-exploration. In that time, Mother’s Day had come and gone. Still, I found a chance to expound upon the maternal significance that hides behind the cornea of the prequels … Femininity Behind The Moon.

naboo moons

Some cultures believe that the cyclical time changes of the moon coincide with, or are reflective of, all the stages of a woman’s life. Based on that notion alone, it rings poetically true to that of the beginning portion of the Star Wars saga; our Prequel Trilogy. Like the trilogies, the moon has three phases or cycles: new, full, and old. As does a woman’s incarnations or life stages: maiden, mother, and crone. Following so far? Good … move along, move along …

The Phantom Menace introduces us to Shmi and Padme, both women signify two distinct stages of life based on the cyclical phases of the moon. Padme is our maiden or new moon phase, while Shmi symbolizes the crone or old moon phase. Interestingly enough, what George did here by portraying two very different women, both polar opposites when it comes to their life’s journey, something astonishing transpires; an emotional eclipse. Where one’s journey or cycle is coming to a close, the other is only beginning, hers overlapping and obscuring the path, until she can fully take over; completing the cycle.

shmi and ani

It has been said that moon represents the shadow side of the sun’s light, reflecting the secrets and fears within our souls. Now is it just me, or does that not describe both (Shmi and Padme) of their relationships with Anakin? After all, he is the son of the suns … so symbolically, if women are the moon, then this makes total sense where Star Wars in concerned. In fact, some Native American cultures believe that the moon wields her force and influence by relying upon the sun’s light to mirror her own image, therefore illuminating a symbol of subtlety, of passiveness.

Delving deeper into the prequels, we see a saturation of symbolic meaning behind color representation. In Attack of the Clones, Padme, our ‘maiden moon’ is draped in an array of shades, varying from white to hues of blue. White has almost always been a prominent sign of purity and also healing in most cultures or origins. Whereas blue, delineates good fortune and love related ideals. Intriguingly enough, in Revenge of the Sith, Padme has reached full moon phase or the mother stage of the women’s life cycle and she is adorned in bluish silver tones during most of her moonlight scenes. Furthermore, the color silver is associated with the moon which represents the female essence of life. Coincidence? Not likely, I’m sure ‘The Maker’ knew exactly what he was doing, when he was doing it.

padme moon

So, do me a favor. Next time you decide to watch the prequels, pay close attention to these small symbolic details that pertain to ‘Femininity Behind The Moon’ and her cyclical life phases. Sometimes there’s more than meets the eye and remember …

“If droids could think, there’d be none of us here, would there?” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

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6 Comments

  1. Jedizaugg
    May 21, 2015 at 12:43 Reply

    I love this, Becca! Another beautiful symbolism. Giving yet more meaning to the prequels. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Becca Benjamin
    May 21, 2015 at 20:47 Reply

    Thank you, Alan! Means a lot, truly 🙂 I really appreciate your support and kind words.

  3. Erica
    May 22, 2015 at 13:11 Reply

    Shmi is one of my favorite characters and she is so overlooked! And I’ve always felt all of the blue around padme was an important and conscious choice. I’ve often thought it was water to Anakin’s fire (tattooine, mustafar) but I love the idea of connecting that color to the moon!

    Thanks m’lady! Well done 🙂

    1. Becca Benjamin
      May 25, 2015 at 14:42 Reply

      Hi Erica! Thank you! And yes, like you, I ‘too’ feel that Shmi and other women of the GFFA have been overlooked. But … with that said, perhaps we took our own ‘sights’ for granted and like Ben said, “your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.” In other words, we need to be ‘feeling’ those scenes, not watching.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, it means a lot! xo

  4. Melinda
    June 11, 2015 at 16:33 Reply

    Powerful musings, Becca. Powerful musings. 🙂

    I don’t know if I’d necessarily agree with your assessment of Shmi as representing the ‘crone’ stage of a woman’s life (to me, that stage is represented by one who has reached the later, more advanced years of life … passing along one’s wisdom from a lifetime of learning and experience), but that truly matters not. I like what you have to say about Shmi and Padme representing the two very different stages of life (in TPM), and how that pertains to Anakin. (The ‘mother’s’ stage truly does last for many, many years. 😉 )

    Fascinating factoids about the color of some of Padme’s clothes. Although she wears garb throughout the prequels that come in a wide range of colors, it’s intriguing to think about some specific scenes, and the colors of her costumes. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this information. I will pay closer attention the next time I watch the films. 🙂

    As always, Becca, it has been a pleasure. 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

    1. Becca Benjamin
      June 14, 2015 at 19:20 Reply

      Hi Melinda! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts too. Regardless of whether or not we agree, your feedback is always welcome and appreciated 🙂

      Hope you are well! xo’s

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