What Daily Life Is Like For A Jedi
Although the life of a Jedi might seem terribly exciting, the truth is their day-to-day is not as glamorous as you'd think. After all, they don’t spend all of their time battling Sith Lords or fighting in wars to defend the Republic. Jedi jobs are often far more mundane. As a pseudo-religious group, the Jedi schedule is generally filled with activities such as learning, meditating, and exercising, rather than taking part in dangerous missions.
So if you've ever wondered how Jedi spend their time outside of the high-adrenaline action of the movies, look no further. Most fans' knowledge of the Star Wars franchise doesn’t begin to cover the intricacies and complexity of the jobs Jedi have to do as part of the Order. Padawans, Knights, and Masters all follow a strictly regimented routine that governs their everyday life. Daily life for Jedi is both austere and deeply tied to ritual. Let's dive in and finally answer the question: What do Jedi do all day?
Younglings Start Each Day With Studies
The average day for a Jedi Initiate, otherwise known as a youngling, starts off with study. These young trainees learn about all the theoretical aspects of the Force and the Jedi Order, with specialist instructors teaching them the history of the Jedi and how to connect with (and use) the Force.
Younglings are also given a strict academic routine that involves learning about galactic law, politics, strategy, culture, the sciences, and language. As set out in Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, this ensures the future Jedi will have a thorough understanding of the galaxy, and will be able to deal with a wide variety of scenarios.
Younglings Then Move Onto Physical Training
Around midday, Jedi Initiates typically begin physical training (after lunch, of course). This involves learning basic lightsaber combat techniques, as demonstrated in Attack of the Clones when Yoda instructs a small class. However, The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force also explains that trainees are put through demanding physical routines to get their bodies into prime condition.
Each Jedi Initiate Has To Set Aside Time To Meditate Five Times A Day
Meditation is an important part of every Jedi's life. Every member of the order meditates throughout the day to learn better self-control and acquire a deeper connection with the Force.
Jedi Initiates have to set aside time to meditate at least five times a day outside of the rest of their studies and training. They don't really have time for hobbies. As described in The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, this is a part of a youngling’s upbringing in the Jedi Order, and it is considered just as essential as any other aspect.
Trainees Are Also Expected To Explore The Jedi Temple
The Power of the Jedi Sourcebook outlines how Jedi younglings are expected to explore the Jedi Temple. This part of their education is aimed toward steeping the trainees in the traditions and teachings of the Jedi in a natural, organic way. Jedi Initiates have to learn the entire layout of the temple by heart while also exploring the various areas to learn about past Masters, important events, and other significant pieces of Jedi history.
Younglings Eat, Sleep, And Live Together With Their Clans
All of this learning, training, and exploring is expected to be done as a group. Each initiate is placed in a clan (of which there are dozens). As stated in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, these clans essentially become a youngling’s family.
Made up of between 10 to 20 members, the clans do almost everything together, from eating their meals to training to sleeping. They also take part in all of their classes with their clanmates, and have an assigned instructor who helps teach them the basic tenets of the Jedi.
Padawans Are Expected To Follow Their Masters And Mimic Their Routines
After graduating from the academy, the daily routine of Jedi changes dramatically. No longer are they faced with a regimented schedule. Instead, they are paired up with a Jedi Knight or Master who has chosen them and continue their education on a one-to-one basis. This relationship between apprentice and master is detailed in the Jedi Apprentice series of books, whereby a Padawan has to balance his or her assignments and continued education along with the missions they are sent on with their master.