Journey to Knighthood
Knights are the leaders of the Jedi Federation. It is obvious why many new members immediately want to know what they must do to become a Knight. Hopefully this primer will help to clarify the title of Knight and the process of earning the title as well as what the other titles within our organization mean.
Even though the quest to become a Knight is an important part of one’s training, it is also important to understand, from the beginning, that becoming a Knight should not be one’s primary goal. One’s goal should be to continuously improve the mind, body, and spirit, build relationships, and strive to improve the world. If one is working hard on those things, Knighthood will naturally come. After being knighted one will continue to improve your mind, body, and spirit, build relationships, and strive to improve the world. This is what it means to be Jedi.
We don’t wear the title of Knight as a badge and we don’t expect special treatment as Knights. Though some may feel a sense of accomplishment when getting knighted. Others may have new responsibilities within the organization. Whether one has been knighted or not, others should be able to see how dedicated one is, how much effort one has given, and how accomplished one is.
While it would be nice if we could simply knight every person who has shown even a little dedication and effort, there are reasons we insist on more before one can be knighted. The goal is to avoid giving the title to someone who may not be ready to model the virtues for which all Knights would like to be known. Everyone who is knighted should be proud that they have earned it and that other experienced and respected individuals have recognized their accomplishments. While we don’t want to set impossible targets or discouraging expectations, we do insist that one do a little extra to prove oneself.
Before one can be reocgnized as a Knight, one must demonstrate a Core Knowledge. This knowledge can be seen to include 5 areas of wellness.
Physical Wellness – Show a deep understanding of one’s personal wellness, and what one does to maintain or improve one’s physical fitness, whatever that means for the individual.
Emotional Wellness – Demonstrate Emotional Stability as a Jedi (through examples, and usual behavior). How well does one know oneself and one’s emotional reactions etc etc.
Intellectual Wellness – Jedi Knowledge, Philosophy, History. An ability to present educated thoughts and opinions on tough subjects, such as an argument for or explanation of transgender rights in our society.
Social Wellness – A look into the social circle of the applicant. How does one juggle work, relationships, and the Jedi lifestyle? How does one reconcile when friends act counter to Jedi philosophy? Is oney able to view the Jedi Path with seriousness but also a light heart and a good sense of humor? How does one treat those around oneself in thought and in action?
Spiritual Wellness – Just a good understanding of Force theory and the differing beliefs associated with it. Having a basis for one’s own definition and view on the Force and how it affects and interacts with one’s daily life. What does one believe in? (A solid spiritual belief, theism or specific religion absolutely not required.)
As each Chapter has its own focus or mission, they may add their own requirements as well. Please check with your Chapter/Region for specifics. (For example, Chicago prefers that its members have some familiarity with lightsaber work, Heartland has their members assist in Search & Rescue.)
A large part of the preparation for Knighthood is related to the Jedi Trials. These are specific areas in which one is expected to show the experiences and capabilities which have prepared one to be a model of what it means to be a Jedi Knight. While the categories of Trials are the same for each person, the exact situations which qualify as passing a particular Trial may vary widely. Sometimes a former life experience may be able to show that one has passed a particular Trial. Sometimes specific situations that come up during one’s training will be seen as the completion of a particular trial.
The Trial of Skill is a measure of one’s control, perseverance, and self-discipline. Lightsaber skills are often included in this Trial and other physical and mental skills may also be tested.
The Trial of Courage is a measure of one’s ability to persist in the face of fear, doubt, danger, or overwhelming odds. But beware, overconfidence can be a flaw and will not help one pass the tests.
The Trial of Spirit is a measure of one’s ability to overcome one’s own failings and limitations. One will not be a perfect person when one is presented for the Trials and will be required to recognize one’s temptations, flaws, and disabilities and show that one will not be defined by them.
The Trial of the Flesh is a measure of one’s ability to overcome pain, desire, or loss. One must maintain composure and become a stronger person through the Trial to have passed it.
The Trial of Insight is a measure of one’s ability to distinguish reality from illusion and look past the preconceived notions of oneself and the surround world. One’s mind must be able to release the distractions and avoid the tricks and traps of life.
One is recognized as a Knight after one has completed one’s training, passed the Jedi Trials, and faced the Knighthood Evaluation Board. Knighting Ceremonies are typically done at a Gathering so that all may share in the accomplishments.
(This oath is the standard oath. Others may be used for the ceremony)
I swear to act with courage and integrity in deeds and in words.
I will seek knowledge and understanding.
I will serve the Jedi Federation as best as I am able.
I swear to provide assistance to those who are in need.
I will work for justice and relieve the distress in the world.
This oath I give of my own free will.
There are 3 essential duties that a Jedi Federation Knight is to perform. A Knight will:
- Represent the Jedi Federation. As such, the Knight will uphold the vision and mission of the organization. The Knight will adhere to standards held by the organization.
- Support the Jedi Federation. A Knight may serve an administrative or leadership role. A Knight may follow a certain discipline.
- Add to the knowledge regarding the Jedi Path. A Knight could mentor a padawan or teach a subject. A Knight may create curriculum, programs, and other materials.
What is given are mere examples. A Knight can fulfill these duties in any number of ways. There may also be other responsibilities a Knight will be called to do.
From those we knight, we maintain a high level of accountability in their actions and high expectations in their continued education.
Please view The Knighthood Code of Conduct for more information.