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The Virgin Birth of Star Wars

May the Force Be With You! And with your spirit. 

Did you know this connection between Christianity and Star Wars? Anakin Skywalker, that is Darth Vader, was a born of a Virgin.

You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this…boy?
            - Mace Windu

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 So Who Is the Virgin Mother of Star Wars?

All this talk of a Virgin birth. Well, who was the Virgin Mother? None other than Shmi Skywalker Lars:

Shmi is even costumed similarly to the Blessed Mother. The actress, Pernilla August, also has a similar skin tone and hair color to Mary as commonly depicted.

That’s not just the author’s opinion, either. Coincidentally, Pernilla August was also cast in the title role of the film Mary, Mary of Jesus (1999), which starred, the properly named, Christian Bale as Jesus.

Pernilla August isn’t the only actress from the Star Wars prequels to have played the role of the Virgin Mary. August shares that honor with  Keisha Castle-Hughes, who played the Blessed Mother in The Nativity Story (2006) as well as the Queen of Naboo in Revenge of the Sith.

Wait, there’s more! Who was Joseph to Keisha Castle-Hughes’ Mary? None other than Oscar Isaac, known to the Star Wars galaxy as Poe Dameron.

The Prophesy of the Chosen One

The Jedi Masters speak of the ancient prophesy of the Chosen One that is fulfilled by the birth and life of Anakin Skywalker. Clearly, this is the Star Wars version of a Messianic prophesy.

This Messianic prophesy is made blatantly obvious when we discover that he is the seed of woman alone (Gen 3:15), that he was conceived by the Force, that Shmi gave birth as a Virgin. Anakin is a Christ-figure. Jesus was conceived within the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1).

There's more, though.

Darth Plagueis and The Prophesy of the One

Did you catch that conversation between Palpatine and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith? Palpatine was telling Anakin of his own Sith master, Darth Plagueis. What's more, Palpatine was telling Anakin about the origin of the prophesy, about his own birth!

Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.
- Palpatine

This Darth Plagueis twist is fantastic storytelling. In the making of the The Rise of Skywalker, J. J. Abrams actually points to this moment as the genesis for the return of Palpatine.

Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine's own Sith master, whom he killed, never died ... it is said. Instead, he took himself bodily into the Force. He subsumed himself into the Force, by his own hand, by his own power over life and death. This is like a dark version of Christ's Ascension or even the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Darth Plagueis had not only learned how to keep people from dying, but how to prevent himself from dying. Doesn't this also sound like a dark, twisted version of the Resurrection?

There's more, though ...

The Virgin Mother, Shmi Skywalker

Darth Plagueis raised himself into the Force, so that he could be born again. He would be conceived by the Force, itself. Ultimately, Plagueis was born of the Virgin Shmi Skywalker.

Anakin was born purely from the midi-chlorians, the living source of the Force. Hopefully, this meant that Anakin was free of the dark influence of Darth Plagueis, but it doesn't appear this was completely true. A dark cloud would follow Anakin his entire life, as we know.

Let's re-cap. Anakin was conceived by the Power of the Force in the Virgin Shmi; Jesus was conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. Very direct connection, right?

Isn't it ironic, though? It's proof of Palpatine's terrible cunning rhetoric, much like that of satan in the Garden of Eden. Anakin was finally taken over to the Dark Side by his belief that Palpatine could teach Anakin to save Padmé's life.

Anakin, do you realize what you've done? You're the one who taught Palpatine in your previous Incarnation as Plagueis.

Does Anakin's Name Point to a Re-Birth or Virgin Birth?

Also, what about Anakin's name? An-akin? Or, Ana-kin?

The prefix "ana-" can mean some interesting things in biology in the Star Wars context. Here are the meanings of "ana-":

before vowels an-, word-forming element meaning: 1. "upward, up in place or time," 2. "back, backward, against," 3. "again, anew," from Greek ana (prep.) "up, on, upon; up to, toward; throughout; back, backwards; again, anew," from an extended form of PIE root *an- (1) "on, upon, above" (see on, which is the English cognate). In old medical prescriptions, ana by itself meant "an equal quantity of each."

One meaning of the Greek prefix "ana-" in biology is "again, anew". Take that with "kin", as in your family, ascendants and collaterals - those from whom you're born. Could that point to Anakin being Darth Plagueis being born "anew"?

This may point more to a reincarnation than an incarnation by Virgin Birth, unfortunately. The Sith always "apparently" twist everything, though.

Does Star Wars have an Immaculate Conception?

I doubt that the Star Wars prophesy goes so far as to support the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is too bad. You have to ask the question, though. Why and how did Darth Plagueis pick and prepare Shmi, to be his mother?

Why this unknown woman on sandy, desolate nowhere Tatooine? Doesn't Tatooine remind you of "Nazareth"? "What good can come from Tatooine?"

>> Here's also an article on the amazing meaning behind "What good can come from Nazareth?"

One last thing ...

The Pelagian Heresy or the Plageuis Heresy?

There is an ancient Christian heresy attributed to Pelagius. Does that name sound familiar?

How's the resemblance? It's almost like Pelagius is wearing Sith robes:

The Pelagian Heresy, opposed by Saint Augustine, held that man, by his own power, could achieve salvation. Basically, this is the heresy that man can save himself.

Pelagius held that man, without the grace of God, could be sinless. Basically, man could ascend to Heaven by his own power and will. Taking the power of life and death into one's own hands sounds remarkably like what Darth Plagueis taught.

Did Anakin Bring Balance to Force? Did Anakin Fulfill the Prophesy of the One? or Not?

I suppose a few questions remain.

Did Anakin bring balance to the Force? When did this supposed balance occur? With Anakin's birth? With his ascendancy as Darth Vader and the slaughter of the Jedis with Order 66? With the birth of his twin children, Luke and Leia? With Luke's ascendancy?

Or was it when Darth Vader kills Emperor Palpatine ... as revenge for Palpatine's murder of Vader's previous incarnation, Darth Plagueis?

OR ... Will The Force AwakensThe Last Jedi, and Rise of Skywalker finally answer this question with a new generation of Skywalkers?

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