Darkness & The Last Jedi

Open the book of Thyself in the cave under the cavern and read it by the light of thine own understanding, then presently thou shalt be born again, and be placed in the manger of the Moon in the stable of the Sun.
— Aleister Crowley, The Temple of Solomon the King

If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you may not wish to read further - cause SPOILER ALERT.

On Ahch-To Rey finds Luke Skywalker as well as the very birthplace of the Jedi Order. They have a cool ancient tree with ancient Jedi holy books and all kinds of cool stuff. A place of great Light. In her first Force lesson from Luke, Rey is almost sucked into a place of great Darkness, underneath the island. She feels it had something to show her. Luke was appalled that Rey had no resistance to the Dark side of the Force. Later Rey seeks this place out on her own, goes for an inadvertent dive, and ends up in an underground cavern. In the underworld. A very interesting scene plays out.

Rey finds herself in a seemingly infinite line of selves. Each action she makes is made by her other selves, each with slight delay, as dominoes falling. I could not help but think here, and throughout the movie of Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence. 

The heaviest weight. - What if some day or night a demon were to steal into your loneliest loneliness and say to you : ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it you will have to live once again and innumerable times again; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unspeakably small or great in your life must return to you, all in the same succession and sequence - even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned over again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!’ Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god, and never have I heard anything more divine. ‘ If this thought gained power over you, as you are it would transform and possibly crush you; the question in each and every thing, ‘Do you want this again and innumerable times again?’ would lie on your actions as the heaviest weight! Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to long for no thing more fervently than for this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?
— Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Rather than feel trapped, Rey's consciousness seeks out the end of the causal self or the ego self. In Hermetic Qabalah, we could think of this as coming to the Veil of Paroketh. In the movie Rey actually walks up to a veil. This veil, in Hermetic Qabalah, is on the path of Samekh between the two Sephiroth called Yesod and Tiphareth. Paroketh sits between the Sun and Moon. Between consciousness and subconscious. It is the veil that, going down the Tree of Life, is the mirror of the Abyss. Going up the Tree, it is the veil that separates us from out Holy Guardian Angel, our True Self, whatever you want to call it.

The point is, there is a dweller on this threshold. The Jungian Shadow. The Hermetic Dominis Liminis. If we think back to the planet Dagobah, where Luke received his training from Yoda, Luke too was sent down into a  dark cavern filled with writhing serpents. He encountered his greatest fear, Darth Vader. Having faced him and defeated him by decapitating the phantasm, Luke sees that his opponent was himself. 


This encounter with the Dweller on the Threshold happened just before both Luke's and Rey's empowerment as Jedi. For Rey, a shadowy person approached the veil from the other side. Slowly the image cleared and Rey beheld herself. She was confused and angered at this, having expected the Darkness to answer her egoic questions. Here's something to remember: when the Force awakens within us, expect a somewhat demonic visitor.