The Black Sun
(and Star Wars)
Verifiable information on the Black Sun is difficult to obtain, for this reason the concept can be defined most effectively using the pop-cultural film series Star Wars as a visual and symbolic example. Star Wars was one of the world’s most popular film series with a rich and developed mythology, iconic characters, fundamental themes of good vs evil and deep occult symbolism encoded into just about every frame of each film.
Throughout the six main films we had two warring factions depicted; one representing light or good (the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance), and the other being dark or evil (the Sith and the Galactic Empire). This was further distilled down to the schism between the light side and the dark side of the Force.
If you are unfamiliar with Star Wars, I highly recommend you take the time to closely watch and study the first six films of the series (the original trilogy (1977-1983) and prequel trilogy (1999-2005) – ignore the maligned non-canon Disney trilogy). The following information is a basic overview of two core concepts from Star Wars which relate directly to the Black Sun and the remainder of the real world information found on this page.
In fiction as in real life, symbolism reveals all; and most importantly –
symbolism does not lie.
(and the Black Sun)
Jedi/Rebellion = Light
The Dark Side of the Force
The dark side of the Force, was an aspect of the Force. Individuals who used the dark side drew their power from more intense, raw and darker emotions such as fear, anger, hatred, passion, and aggression. The Sith were perhaps the most well known practitioners of the dark side, and were the mortal enemies of the Jedi Order, who served the light side of the Force.
Despite the leanings of its practitioners, such as the Sith, the dark side of the Force was so-named because it was secretive. The Sith kept their knowledge and identities secret because they believed it would make it easier for them to impose order.
The dark side of the Force was considered highly corrupting. The Jedi Grand Master Yoda, for example, believed that a Force adept who had embraced the dark side would be fated to forever continue down the path of evil. Yoda taught that the dark side of the Force was not stronger than the light side of the Force but rather merely “quicker, easier, more seductive.” He also stated that the dark side stemmed from emotions such as anger, fear, and aggression and that these emotions were quick to join one in combat.
Sith/Empire = Darkness
The Sith are the main antagonists of the Star Wars universe. The Sith Order are depicted as an ancient monastic and kraterocratic cultist organization of supernaturally gifted Force-wielders driven by a Machiavellian agenda of galactic domination and revenge against their arch-rivals, the Jedi Order.
Sith are ruthless and totalitarian by design, in which a supreme autocratic authority is concentrated in a single individual granted the honorific Dark Lord of the Sith. Sith culture is of perpetual self-destruction and reinvention; transfer of power is conducted through state-sanctioned assassinations. Sith teach their apprentices to revere the dark side of the Force and to believe that the galaxy was theirs to rule by cosmic right. This kraterocratic system ensures that Sith society nurtures some of the most vicious and competitive individuals in the galaxy and is only governed by those strong enough to seize control.
Sith emphasize “survival of the fittest” and view restraint as a weakness. Members adhere to master morality, are characterized by the desire to seize power by any means necessary, leveraging force (both physical and supernatural), social maneuvering, and political cunning to their advantage. The Sith cultivate a connection to the dark side of the Force, which provides them with easy access to superhuman power and arcane knowledge; however, the trade-off is the severe cost of adopting a dark triad personality that corrodes their basic capacity for empathy, kindness, and love.