Keep in mind that although these are set standards for Knighthood, all this title is is a recognition of past work and experience in the community. California Jedi is made up of Jedi, and it’s members are fundamentally equal. Titles are there to simply highlight people as useful or experienced resources, support those who are trusted and ready to take responsibility for the training of others, and to celebrate sustained work and commitment to the Jedi path. Pursuing knighthood with California Jedi is open to all members, but required or expected of none.
Firstly, a Jedi Knight is someone who has walked the path despite obstacles and trials for a long time: long enough to deeply explore their path and internalize it so they are a Jedi every day, not just when it is helpful or convenient.
Secondly, a Jedi Knight takes on more work and responsibility than they did before, both in their own development and the development of the Jedi community.
Thirdly, a Jedi Knight experiences personal growth in mind, body, emotions, relationships, and spirit. This growth should be noticeable from the time the Jedi begins to pursue knighthood to the time they are being considered for the position. A Jedi Knight needs to be strong and well-rounded in all these areas, and have a training regimen for all of them.
If you are interested in nominating yourself for knighthood after meeting the requirements listed below, please contact either Katie Mock or Opie Macleod.
Basic Requirements Needed for Nomination:
- Minimum 22 years of age.
- Must undergo a background check (things revealed do not necessarily disqualify a candidate).
- Minimum 3 Years on the Jedi Path specifically. Verified by records (forum/facebook posts, emails, blogs, written encrypted codices, etc) and known members of the Jedi Community.
- Attended at least six in-person meet-ups or gatherings with the California Jedi, one of which must be a Annual Jedi Gathering, all of which take place before the Knighthood nomination. An Annual Gathering is defined as a gathering that contains enough Jedi from outside of California Jedi to give the nominee a strong sense of the wider offline community.
- Must be a California Jedi (a member of the organization and living in California at the time of your knighthood).
- Must know the Jedi Code from memory, paraphrased or verbatim.
- Must show strong capability or growth in the five aspects of wellness, as well as an ability to synthesize them together in their path. Many of these will be tested in the review board, or be evident in the candidate by the time of nomination.
- Must be able to explain or demonstrate work they have done or are doing to help their communities, online or off, as a whole or on an individual level.
- Must be nominated by an active member of California Jedi and seconded by another.
- Neither a master/padawan relationship nor training at an online academy is required for a Jedi to be knighted, but especially Jedi who are newer to the path should consider one; they are a wonderful tradition in our community.
Physical Wellness – Showing a core understanding of their personal wellness, and what they do to maintain or improve their physical fitness, whatever that means for the candidate.
Emotional Wellness – Demonstrate emotional awareness and control as a Jedi (through examples, and usual behavior), whatever that means for the candidate. How well do they know themselves and their emotional reactions 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 do they juggle work, relationships, and the Jedi lifestyle? How do they reconcile when friends act counter to Jedi philosophy? Are they able to view their path with seriousness but also a light heart and a good sense of humor? How do they treat those around them in thought and in action?
Spiritual Wellness – A solid spiritual belief, theism or specific religion absolutely not required. Just a good understanding of the Force, it’s uses, and what it means to you, and the differing beliefs associated with it. Having a basis for their own definition and view on the Force and how it affects and interacts with their daily lives. What do you believe in?
- Experience in Teaching, Mentoring, and/or Tutoring
- Communication, both Listening and Comprehension and effective communication of ideas
- Service to Others (charity projects, community service, etc)
- Commitment: overcoming adversity and keeping to the Path
Minimum three references who can attest to your Jedi Training as well as personal character, two Jedi and one non-Jedi. Every reference given after the three should alternate between a Jedi and a non-Jedi (i.e. two Jedi and two non-Jedi or three Jedi and one non-Jedi, etc.)
Updated as of 2/4/2016.