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The Epiphany of The Force Awakens- TWL

WampasLair_SquareIf you are a regular listener of The Wampa’s Lair, you know that I often like to attach my love of Star Wars with my own understanding of spirituality and my own faith life. The Force Awakens is full of amazing new themes, scenes, and images which can speak directly to someone’s spiritual journey.

For Christians, today is known as the Epiphany which recounts when the Magi from the east followed a star to find the Christ child in Bethlehem. They are guided by the light of a star to find the True Light which enlightens the whole world. The Christmas season comes to a close with the celebration of this feast, a season which is full of images of light.

zIn our spiritual journeys, we often encounter “stars” or rays of light which help lead us more to the fullness of what we seek. For the Magi of old, it was a star that led them to the God-made-human in the town of Bethlehem. Today, we might find stars in those we meet, or in works of art, anything that leads us closer to what we seek in life.

zIn The Force Awakens, we meet the sage-like character, Maz Kanata. While Maz admits she is not a Jedi, she clearly has a relationship with the Force in some capacity. She recognizes the light which resides in Rey and invites that light to guide her. As Maz so beautifully puts it to Rey, “Close your eyes, feel it. The Light; it’s always been there. It will guide you.”

Rey is clearly our new hero who is embarking on a hero’s journey. She has the Light within her, she always has, but it took a “star” like Maz to recognize that light and invite it to shine. Maz knows that the light in Rey is something to be trusted, to be fostered, to be drawn out.

We all contain a ray of Light within each of us, just as Rey does. Who is the Maz Kanata of your life? Who is someone that recognizes that Light and invites it out?

zLike Rey, we have a choice of whether or not we wish to allow that Light to guide us. But it is always there, a soft whisper in the core of our being that tries to guide us towards that which we truly are called to be.

When Rey finally chooses to let the Light guide her, it leads her to the one who can ultimately shape that inherent Light within her into what we can expect to be a light that will shine in a galaxy that has become so dark again. Rey follows the Light and it brings her to Luke Skywalker, who’s own Light has been dormant for so long. But with Rey entering the picture now, their Light can shine. The Force knows what it’s doing by calling Rey to seek out Luke. It will change her journey from a nobody, scavenger into a potential Jedi. And it will change Luke from an exiled Jedi Master to a Light to shine in the darkness of what he has left behind.

zLike Rey, we all have the ability to feel and know the Light which resides in each of us. As this Christmas season full of light comes to a close, find a way to tap into that Light within yourself. It’s the start of a new year, where is the Light guiding you?


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Journey to TFA Episode 5- TWL

WampasLair_SquareIn their final Journey to TFA mini episode, Karl and Jason discuss Star Wars and Christmas along with what merchandise they’re looking forward to coming out later this year in connection with TFA!

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Decorating The Casino – CCC Ep. 025

This week we are joined by Matthew Rushing of TrekFM to discuss some Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments.



It’s a fun-filled episode of holiday cheer as we kick back with TrekFM’s Matthew Rushing and discuss some of the best Star Wars Ornaments to come out including convention exclusives and the really cool The Force Awakens ornaments from Hallmark. Sit back and enjoy the ride scoundrel because you just got lucky.




The Meaning of Sithmas

 The Meaning of Sithmas

Since 2009 I have been celebrating Sithmas. At least that’s how long I’ve been calling it that. I have probably been doing it for far longer, but I know that’s the first time I started calling it Sithmas. Many people get caught up in words like Christmas, and Happy Holidays, and what is considered politically correct to use and say during this time of year.

I for one have never been that hung up on it, I say do what feels right to you. And for me, I have always celebrated Christmas with a bit of Star Wars mixed in. So for me, I have started to say Merry Sithmas instead. It’s just an expression of my Fandom during the Holiday season. I have always shared my love for Star Wars through the Holidays, well year round really, ever since the first time I was given a Han Solo figure, the wonder of what Star Wars goodie might I get this year, or give when it comes to my Children, has been a part of Christmas that I look forward to. But this time of year even Star Wars meme’s take on a festive feel, so why not Christmas. Each year my family pulls out the Ornament box, and along with all the keepsake ornaments like baby’s first Christmas and so on and so forth are my Star Wars ones that I bought from Hallmark over the years. And a few from other places. But these always go up. Every year. Even before I started saying Merry Sithmas, we had a Sithmas Tree and I never even realized it.

Another aspect of Sithmas is wearing something Star Wars. Or at least I like to always have a Star Wars T-shirt on under whatever I’m wearing. ‘Star Wars to the core’ as I like to call it. With my gear on and usually a marathon of Star Wars playing on one of the TVs in the house the stage is set. For me Sithmas is all about sharing my love for Star Wars with my loved ones, family, and friends. Discussing the films, the tv shows, and their impact on the books, the many possible outcomes that could spin from the new additions to the franchise are some of my favorite things to discuss with my Father. He and I both enjoy reading the novels, but he doesn’t read as much comics, so he always has questions about what fits where. And this tends to get others in the room involved, next thing we know we’re explaining what happened during the New Jedi Order with some friend or family member who isn’t as into Star Wars as we are. But Christmas is a time of gathering and what better place to share our love for Star Wars!

And Sithmas will only continue to get better as me move towards 2015 and Star Wars Episode VII. While the future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be shaky, the fact that Sithmas 2015 will be one of the best to come in a Century fills me with a warm glow that I can only image a Jedi must feel when walking in the caves of Ilum.

Will you be celebrating Sithmas this year?

Merry Sithmas!

Merry Sithmas!

Mark Hurliman