The Red in this spiritual portrait represents Padme's dominant trait, her concern for others. In Extraverts, the dominant function is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. She demonstrates this trait in her dedication to public service and desire for the health, happiness, and well-being of all people.
The Blue in this spiritual portrait represents Padme's auxiliary trait, her idealism. In Extraverts, the auxiliary function is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. She demonstrates this trait in her desire to find peaceful solutions to conflict arising from differing opinions.
Queen Padme Amidala of Naboo
When the prequel trilogy starts, Padme Amidala is the recently-elected teenage Queen of Naboo. When her term is up, she becomes a senator and she eventually marries Anakin Skywalker — strictly on the down-low, due to constraints imposed by his career as an aspiring Jedi.
Padme's spiritual portrait contains a lot of Red, which represents her passion, and Blue, which represents her idealism. Anakin Skywalker's image is the opposite, containing predominantly Green, representing his rationality, and Yellow, representing his pragmatism.
Padme's and Anakin's images are colorful — indicating their preferences are moderate — so they share plenty of common ground. In fact, as is commonly the case, these psychological opposites fuel a strong attraction between the two.
It is interesting to see how, at least as far as this simple yet revealing analysis goes, the dynamic between Padme and Anakin's personalities is analogous to the dynamic that existed between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.
The Red in Padme Amidala's spiritual portrait represents her passion. Understanding that Anakin is a Jedi and hence forbidden to marry, at first she tries to keep quiet about her strong feelings of affection for him.
Padme finally breaks her silence when she and Anakin face imminent execution, and there is no longer any reason to keep quiet about these feelings:
Anakin Skywalker: Don't be afraid.
Padme Amidala: I'm not afraid to die. I've been dying a little bit each day since you came back into my life.
Anakin: What are you talking about?
Padme: I love you.
Anakin: You love me? I thought that we had decided not to fall in love, that we would be forced to live a lie, and that it would destroy our lives.
Padme: I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly, deeply, love you, and before we die, I want you to know. [They kiss.]
— From Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002.
The couple miraculously survives this brush with death and — with Padme having finally revealed her true feelings — they secretly marry.
The Blue in Padme's portrait represents her idealism. She has made it obvious she embraces the democratic political ideals of the Republic, first as the Queen of Naboo, and then later as a senator.
Padme also embraces the ideal of a relationship with open communication — one in which both spouses are open and feel free to talk about whatever might be bothering them.
Padme Amidala: What is it?
Anakin Skywalker: Nothing.
Padme: Don't do this. Don't shut me out. Let me help you. Hold me. Like you did by the lake on Naboo. So long ago, when there was nothing but our love. No politics, no plotting, no war.
— From Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, 2005.
Anakin is fortunate to have a woman like Padme to listen to and love him. He can see this, of course, and it in turn makes him determined to do everything he can to preserve their relationship.
Padme and Anakin, and Palpatine
The prequel trilogy gives fans the background stories for characters in the original trilogy. Finally fans get to meet Luke and Leia's parents and see their passionate, illicit, and turbulent relationship.
The spiritual portraits in the prequel gallery on this site reveal how the opposing preferences in Padme's and Anakin's personalities fuel their strong mutual attraction. Sheev Palpatine's image is also enlightening, allowing a glimpse into the mind of a person whose ambition has morphed into a sadistic lust for
If you enjoyed looking at these images, and want to see the spiritual portraits of other Star Wars characters, be sure to visit the gallery for the original trilogy and the gallery of Jedi and droids.
About This Portrait
This spiritual portrait is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy:
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005
The book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind, by Travis Langley and with a forward by Carrie Goldman, was also helpful in creating these portraits. This excellent book is a collection of immensely entertaining and enlightening essays and if you are a fan of Star Wars, I recommend it highly!