- Ahsoka Episode 5 showed her using this rare Force power.
- If she’s psychometric, she would join the ranks of Jedi like Cal Kestis, Rey, and Quinlan Vos.
- Making her psychometric would add a new depth to her fear of the dark side, as psychometric Jedi are more likely to struggle with the darkness.
Ahsoka’s fifth episode raised countless questions for the Star Wars universe. It brought fans the confrontation between Anakin and Ahsoka that they’ve long desired, and provides more information about Hera’s role within the New Republic. Additionally, it introduced scenes from The Clone Wars into live action for the first time, and in doing so, paved a future for more glimpses into that beloved time period.
Perhaps the most significant insight into the greater Star Wars universe, however, arose when the titular character was able to determine that Sabine left with Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati on the Eye of Sion after she touched the now-discarded star map to Peridea. This revelation welcomes Ahsoka to an elite group of Jedi: those with psychometric capabilities. It’s one of the rarest and most mysterious Force powers, and Ahsoka is the perfect chance to flesh it out further.
What is Psychometry?
Psychometry is a rare Force ability that allows its user to sense the history of objects, as well as the emotions the initial user was feeling, simply by touching them. When a psychometric Jedi interacted with something that had any sort of history, they would see a blinding flash of light. Then, they would experience a Force Echo, which is a type of distorted Force vision of the emotions, sights, and sounds that the original person witnessed when the initial events occurred. This made it particularly useful for tracking escaped targets, as the psychometric could see whether their quarry had been in that location recently.
Ahsoka marks the first time psychometry has potentially been acquired through external means. Typically, it’s an innate power – Force users are either born with the ability, or they don’t possess it at all. However, it doesn’t always manifest right at birth. In the novel Force Collector, Karr Nuq Sin didn’t begin experiencing visions until he was thirteen. Rey Skywalker doesn’t show signs of being psychometric untilThe Force Awakens (though this could just be because audiences didn’t see her until then, and very little has been provided about her backstory). It still remains unclear whether Ahsoka’s psychometry is simply appearing later in life, like it did for these two, or if gaining the ability is tied to her rebirth into Ahsoka the White. Either could be plausible, and it will be interesting to see which explanation is provided for her newfound ability.
Are Any Other Jedi Psychometric?
There are three other key psychometric Jedi in Star Wars canon: Quinlan Vos, Cal Kestis, and Rey Skywalker. Each uses the power in their own way, and each uncovers more and more of its mystery. Vos was the first of these to be introduced – in fact, he marked the first appearance of the ability entirely when he debuted in the third season of The Clone Wars. Psychometry made him uniquely suited to work in the criminal underworld, which is how he ended up working with Obi-Wan Kenobi as they searched for Ziro the Hutt. Eventually, Vos found himself entangled with Asajj Ventress when the two of them teamed up against Count Dooku (and ultimately fell in love with her as well).
Cal Kestis, the protagonist of Jedi: Fallen Order, is also psychometric. Throughout his travels across the galaxy, he encounters numerous Force Echoes, which not only allow him to learn about the people and places he discovers, but help him repair his fractured connection to the Force. In a series of visions of his time as a Padawan, he relives the most important moments of his training with his former master Jaro Tapal. Each one grants him access to another skill he suppressed after the trauma of Order 66, which marks the first time that psychometry has let its user gain a new skill. Rey Skywalker wields this ability as well, though she wasn’t officially labeled as a psychometric until The Star Wars Book in 2020. However, it’s been clear that she possessed it since her first appearance, when she sees the tragic history of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber after she touches it for the first time.
Could Psychometry Make Ahsoka More Susceptible to the Dark Side?
Because psychometry allows the wielder to feel the same emotions as the person whose memories they are sensing, they become inherently more vulnerable to the dark side. The Jedi Order often warned its psychometric members to be cautious about what objects they handled, as if they handled something that had been used as a weapon, the violence inherent in the artifact’s past could draw them closer to the darkness. Something like this occurred in Jedi: Fallen Order, when, during a confrontation with Second Sister, Cal touched her saber and saw the events that led her to the dark side. Additionally, it required massive amounts of training to be able to use properly. Without practice, it could become more of a burden than it was a blessing, with the uncontrolled visions inducing seizures and headaches that made it into a medical condition than an ability. Psychometric Jedi were best trained by others who had the power, and since it only occurred in a handful of Force sensitives, the Order wasn’t properly equipped to handle it when they did come across a psychometric student. This overwhelming amount of power, combined with the inability to wield it well, likely does nothing to assuage Ahsoka’s fears that she’s going to follow in her master’s dark footsteps.
This concern becomes even more justified with the added context that Rey, Quinlan, and Cal have all struggled with the dark side. During his hunt for Darth Sidious, Quinlan Vos fell to the dark side momentarily, and even went so far as to work alongside Count Dooku as his apprentice under the name Admiral Enigma. At the end of Jedi: Survivor, overwhelmed by the weight of his best friend Bode’s betrayal and the death of Cere and Eno Cordova, Cal Kestis momentarily succumbs to the dark side (though it’s worth noting that both of them returned to the light after remembering their love for Asajj Ventress and Nightsister Merrin, respectively). Rey battles with the dark side countless times throughout her three films, most notably when she sees a vision of herself sitting on the throne of the Sith alongside Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker after she makes contact with the wayfinder. Making Ahsoka psychometric adds a new level of depth to her concern that she’ll fall to the dark side alongside Anakin, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see if Ahsoka‘s conclusion explores this further. On top of that, psychometry is a fascinating power that deserves the chance to be explored in the show, and it will be interesting to see what directions it takes in the future.
New episodes of Ahsoka premiere Tuesdays at 9 P.M. EST on Disney+.
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