The Nine Pillars of Sithism

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{ This is an excerpt from Book One of Sith Academy: Acolyte Training. }

Sithism is the dark side philosophy and path of power followed by the Sith. In Darkspeech we call it Zith-Zovrâd (Sith Philosophy) or Zithodûn (Sithism). Below are the nine Pillars, or fundamental precepts, of this philosophy.

The Primacy of Power

“What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the Will to Power, power itself in man. What is bad? All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power increases—that a resistance is overcome.” This belief in the primacy of power (râkâ) is the Diamond Rule of Sithism.

The Tao of Darwin

Darwinian evolution is the central fact of life on this planet. From the simplest microbes to the most complex intelligent life forms, from genes to memes, nations to corporations, everything in nature exists in a perpetual struggle for dominance. This struggle is the source of all progress, all empowerment, all evolution. The Sith therefore embrace Darwinism as a moral imperative.

The Force and the Source

The Sith believe that all life is driven by a vital energy called the Force (Zy), which emanates from a Source (Tozg) that takes many forms. Identifying a Source and cultivating its Force is the key to increasing one’s personal power and attaining Sith mastery.

The Power of the Dark Side

“Man needs what is most evil in him for what is best in him.” To maximize his power, man must learn to embrace his shadow-mind (kâmûd-hûz) and awaken all aspects of his nature. Man’s dark side can be his most potent ally, but only if it is brought under control with Sith discipline.

The Superman

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss.” The Sith are in the process of giving birth to a new species of supermen (shârûk-togz) — a conquering race that combines the ferocious spirit of the strongest beasts with the intellect and spirit of the highest men.

Mind Power

Mind power (hûz-râkâ) is the bridge between the metaphysical and the physical; between mind and matter; between the Source and the material world; it is the mental sorcery that takes the energy from the Source, which we call the Force, focuses and directs it to alter reality and achieve one’s goals.

Multiversalism

Sith mystics believe that everything imaginable exists in a larger multiverse of mind. Therefore the Sith of the Galaxy Far, Far Away are real, but exist in another universe accessible only through the “third eye” of imagination. The basis of this belief was the inter-universal transmission of knowledge from Darth Omega to our Order’s founder, Darth Imperius.

Galactic Empire

For the Sith, the cosmos is a call to greatness and a place to acquire unlimited power. The primary exoteric goal of the Sith is to drive civilization toward ever-higher levels of organization and power—to establish global, solar and galactic Empires (Kârzathk) under Dark Side rule.

Formlessness

The Dark Side, like the shadows, has no inherent form, but only takes temporary forms depending on the nature of the light that is cast upon it. By staying as fluid and devoid of shape as the Darkness, the Sith Lord can hide in plain sight, gathering formless, invisible power. Sithism is the way of formlessness (chanbrânûk).