Jedi Symbol: Appearances and Uses of the Jedi Order’s Crest

The Jedi Symbol is the crest or insignia of the Jedi Order. Forming a living sunrise, the crest features two curved wings on either side of a central blade of light with star-shaped flare. The emblem features a circular shape and may shown in different colors. Some versions of the Jedi symbol add an additional circular border on the outside.

One of the first known appearances of the Jedi symbol is on Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi’s shoulder armor in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series (2008).

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Finding the Jedi Symbol in Star Wars Canon

During the Clone Wars Jedi Generals and Jedi Commanders, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, may choose to wear some pieces of white clone trooper like battle armor during missions. Jedi General Kenobi wears a red Jedi symbol on his shoulder armor piece during Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

The Jedi Crest also appears in the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Self exiled Jedi Master Luke Skywalker reflects on the Force and examines the ancient sacred Jedi texts. The emblem from the texts is weathered and worn (hey, it’s ancient!) and features a gold blade of light flanked by blue wings.

The 2021 series of animated shorts, Star Wars: Visions, hides the logo in plain sight in two shorts. In “Lop & Ochō”, the emblem is in the foreground when Yasaburō tells Lop about the family heirloom lightsaber. In “T0-B1”, a robot named T0-B1 dreams of becoming a Jedi. During the film an extreme closeup on T0-B1’s eye shows a light reflection resembling the Jedi symbol. The series is considered non-canon, but catching a glimpse of the legendary logo is fun nevertheless.

Exploring Symbol Origins and Movie Posters

The iconic original Star Wars poster from 1977 almost certainly inspired the blade of light portion of the Jedi symbol. In the 1977 poster, a bare-chested Luke Skywalker heroically extends a white lightsaber above his head. The light flares in a star-like manner just above the hilt of the lightsaber.

Forty years later, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser post (2017) pays homage to the classic Star Wars poster and the Jedi symbol. In the poster Rey heroically extends a blue lightsaber above her head. The lightsaber flares near the hilt and morphs into a purple and then red blade toward the top of the blade.

Star Wars poster (1977) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser poster (2017)

Shopping for Legacy Lightsabers and Galaxy’s Edge Merch

You’ll find the Jedi crest on lots of officially licensed merchandise from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World. Products ranges from mugs, to patches, to costume shoulder armor and clothing. Some legacy lightsabers from prominently feature the logo, too.

Legacy lightsabers are the metal character inspired lightsabers you can buy from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. A circular emblem on the legacy lightsaber box unlatches the box and also denotes the allegiance of the character. If a character is part of the Jedi Order, then box for their respective legacy lightsaber will feature the Jedi emblem. The photo below shows the Mace Windu legacy lightsaber and the box’s Jedi emblem.

Mace Windu legacy lightsaber, Jedi Patch Set, and Shoulder Armor from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Etching Custom Lightsabers

The Jedi symbol, like many logos and emblems in general, proves popular as a custom-etched design flourish on a lightsaber hilt. The Jedi logo is extremely flexible. Make the emblem big or small. Put the emblem on a shroud or on the main hilt. Theme the hilt directly around Jedi or blend the emblem together with other themes. The photo below show two creative possibilities.

The left part of the photo shows a Norse-themed mashup hilt with a Jedi symbol at the top (photo and etching credit Shadowcrest Design). The right part of the photo show an etched shroud with a central Jedi symbol surrounding by lavish scrollwork (photo and etching credit Ng Sabers).

Jedi logo etching
Jedi emblem incorporated in Norse-themed hilt (left) and Jedi emblem hilt shroud (right) | IMAGE CREDIT Shadowcrest Design (left) and Ng Sabers (right)

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