|Brother Junior Deacon, the Tyler is at his post, is he?|
I began researching the question, and once I started looking for it, the evidence began to pile up almost immediately. 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, who was a source of great wisdom, enlightenment and leadership. And Yoda even looks a lot like some of our Past Masters today!
And of course, it becomes even more obvious that there is a connection with the Jedi Councils millennia ago and today's Masonic Temples when you realize some Jedis were members of the Ancient Order of Jedi Knights, and others were members of the Ancient and Accepted Order of Jedi Knights.
|Luke Skywalker--Obviously a member of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction or the eagle would be "wings down" on his helmet|
|Still angry at being suspended for un-Masonic conduct.|
The Younglings-- Entered Apprentices
The Padawan-- Fellowcrafts
Master Jedi-- well duh, that should be obvious. Once they get to this point they can start wearing their Master Jedi rings and put the emblem on their X-Wing Fighters. Luke Skywalker welded his ring right onto his android hand so he wouldn't lose it.
Jedi Knights-- The precursor of the York Rite
The Jedi Grand Master--Yoda sat in the East
Then there was the big annual Convocation where all the Jedi Masters came together and had a meeting, then enjoyed a few nice dinners together at a fancy hotel and pretended they didn't know the Jedi Nobles causing a ruckus across the street in the Cantina. Vendors were set up in the basement where the Jedi Masters could buy belt buckles, key-chains, and cufflinks with their well-known symbol on them--the crossed light sabers and blaster. They might even buy a nice sweater for the family dog that says "My Master is a Jedi Master."
So did Freemasonry really evolve from the Jedi Knights?
Of course it did.
Happy Star Wars Day!
Todd E. Creason, is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and is a regular contributor. He is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is the author of the From Labor to Refreshment blog. He is a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and currently serves as the Secretary, and is also a member of Homer Lodge No. 199 where he serves as Senior Warden. He is a member the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the Ansar Shrine (IL), Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, Charter President of the Illini High Twelve in Champaign-Urbana (IL), and a Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He is a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. He was named the 2014 Illinois Secretary of the Year Award by the Illinois Masonic Secretaries Association. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org