Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ghost Writer: Was Master Yoda A Freemason Or Not?

This is the part of my ongoing Ghost Writer series--a collection of my most commonly hijacked pieces over the years.  This piece was originally published on May 16th, 2012 on both this blog, and the Midnight Freemasons. I got the idea when I'd read that Star Wars was celebrating 35 years in May of 2012.  I couldn't believe it--I was one of those kids that went to see it in 1977.  So this was my "Ode to Star Wars" piece.   

This was another of those pieces that turned into a huge (and very unexpected) hit, and as a result has traveled far and wide.  It's also one of my personal favorites.  Some serious Star Wars fans chimed in on this one.  In fact, I was told about million times that the first sentence of this piece is completely wrong--Star Wars takes place in the past.  You know, "A long time ago . . . in a galaxy far, far away."  I'm sorry I was so sloppy in my research.  You'd have thought I'd misquoted scripture!  I decided to leave the mistake. 

But by far one of the funniest emails I've ever gotten was in response to this piece--a 33rd Degree Mason and Past Grand Master sent me a single sentence that read "what do you mean Star Wars isn't real?"  I think that says it for a lot of us.  And the original post goes like this:

"Good point that is Brother Senior Warden--
order more pancake mix for our
breakfast fundraiser we will." 
"Do or do not . . . there is no try."

Jedi Grand Master

Is it possible that the Jedi Knights are Freemasons--the evolution of our Craft thousands of years in the future?

I couldn't help but notice as I watched the Star Wars movies again how similar the ancient order of Jedi was to Freemasonry.  I began to wonder if maybe George Lucas hadn't modeled that ancient Jedi order on the Craft. Once I started looking for it, I noticed how often terms like "apprentice" and "Master" and "Knight" had been used in the movies. And of course there's the Jedi Council that meets in the Temple--and they have a Grand Master, Yoda. A source of great wisdom, enlightenment and leadership.

Sure enough, I wasn't the only person that had noticed it--do a Google search if you dare. The stark symbolism of darkness and light. The emphasis of staying on the more difficult enlightened path, and not being seduced by the dark side. The goal of becoming a better man. The idea of old mentors of the Craft helping apprentices learn traits and skills that enable them to be a force of good in the world.  All very strangely Masonic (yes, I know, it could apply to a lot of organizations, but I'm telling this story).

He's still angry over being expelled for
un-Masonic conduct
And then there are the levels, much like in Freemasonry:

The Younglings--  Demolay?  Or perhaps Entered Apprentices?

The Padawan--  Fellowcrafts?

Master Jedi--  well duh, that should be obvious. I'll bet there are rings--and lapel pins!

Jedi Knight-- maybe a title for those who have advanced in the York Rite of the future?

The Jedi Grand Master-- I'll bet Yoda sits in the East!

The movies never show what happens after the regularly stated meetings, but I wonder if there are hot dogs and green beans afterwards?

Sir Knight Yoda?
I wonder if they have a big annual Convocation where all the Jedi Masters come together and have a meeting, then enjoy a few nice dinners together at a nice hotel.  There are probably vendors set up in the basement where the Jedi Masters can buy belt buckles, key-chains, and cuff-links with light sabers on them.  Of course they'll have those little round Master and Knights emblems for sale for the back of the family Landspeeder, and maybe a nice sweater for the family dog that says "My Master is a Jedi Master."

So was Yoda a Freemason?  I don't know how to tell you this--you better sit down.  Star Wars isn't real.

No, Yoda is not a Freemason. But try watching those movies again now, and not seeing the similarities.

May the Force be with you!


Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014

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