Where Did the Concept of Sailor Moon’s Star Seeds Come From?

A Star Seed... maybe?

A Star Seed… maybe?

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the world of Sailor Moon must be a tough one to live in.

After all, on any given day you could just be waltzing along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden some jerk comes along and saps your life force energy, snatches your Pure Heart Crystal, removes your Dream Mirror, or tears away your Star Seed. And if your name is Naru, it’s pretty much guaranteed that every single one of these will happen to you. Poor thing.

But out of all of these enemy-luring plot devices, the idea behind the Star Seeds always seemed the most confusing to me, especially as they relate to the general “citizenry” of the Sailor Moon universe. So, in an attempt to try to make some more sense of the whole thing, I decided to do some research into what a Star Seed actually is.

Join me as we take a trip back to the 1970s, and explore some New Age religions in an attempt to unravel what Star Seeds are, and how they tie into Sailor Moon. Sit tight, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Sailor Uranus and Neptune giving surrendering their Star Seeds to Galaxia

Sailor Uranus and Neptune giving surrendering their Star Seeds to Galaxia

While I could probably drone on for awhile about what it is about the Star Seeds that just don’t sit right with me, I think my biggest gripe is the fact that everyone has one. I get that Sailor Crystals1 and Star Seeds are supposed to be essentially the same thing, but the rules on how they operate are completely different.

And don’t get me started on the whole weirdness introduced in the anime of why having your Star Seed removed turns you into a Sailor monster. That doesn’t even begin to make sense, even in the context of the Sailor Moon universe.

So, as I’m wont to do, I decided it was about time that I take a look into whole Star Seed concept to see if anyone far wiser than myself had decided to tackle the issue. What I found, however, was far more surprising:

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Apparently Naoko didn’t make up the concept of Star Seeds.

That honor goes to author Brad Steiger,2 and his 1976 book Gods of Aquarius. Long time readers might be tipped off to other possible Sailor Moon connections with the Aquarius reference.

In his book, Mr. Steiger argued that:3

[C]ertain people originated as extraterrestrials and arrived on Earth through birth or as a walk-in to an existing human body.

These extraterrestrials-turn-human living among us are known as “Star People,” though alternatively referred to as “Star Seeds” or “Indigo Children.”

What’s most interesting about this concept — especially in context of applying it to Sailor Moon — is the idea of an extraterrestrial becoming a human through birth, i.e., being reborn on the Earth. To provide a little more background on this concept:4

Star Seeds are beings that have experienced life elsewhere in the Universe on other planets and in non-physical dimensions other than on Earth. Star Seeds may also have had previous life times on earth.

So there isn’t an exact 1:1 relationship between a person and a Star Seed, but rather a Star Seed is essentially the “soul” of sorts that is continuously reborn throughout the universe, and in certain cases on Earth.

Galaxia plays for keeps

Galaxia plays for keeps

Unlike what we see in Sailor Moon, according to the belief, not all humans are Star Seeds — in fact, only a small portion of the population actually are. Rather, Star Seeds (essentially, the spirits of beings from other worlds or dimensions) are drawn to the Earth and humanity in order to develop spiritually, as well as out of a desire to save humanity.5

The motivations for all Star Seeds to come to Earth are to help and serve mankind as well as planet Earth. These beings very often have gifts to share with others such as in the areas of healing, channeling and spiritual education. There is a strong desire in Star Seeds to help others and usually there is a plan made prior to birth as to how this may be manifested and expressed when they become a human being.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?6 Because the more I read about this, the more I start to suspect that Ms. Takeuchi took the basic concept behind the “Star Seed” belief and applied it to Sailor Crystals, all the while adding in her own magical storytelling touch, of course.

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Space aliens reborn on the Earth? Check. A strong desire to do good for humanity? Yup. Possessing special powers? Sounds about right. Reborn over and over again? Oh yeah.

While I’m by no means an expert on this system of beliefs, I think we can somewhat safely say that Ms. Takeuchi at least referred to the idea when putting together the Sailor Stars story arc. What’s most interesting to me, though, is the inclusion of everyone possessing a Star Seed and then using the actual Star Seed concept for the Sailor Crystals.

Usagi remaining compassionate in the face of losing so much

Usagi remaining compassionate in the face of losing so much

Though I can’t really say whether knowing about the inspiration that led to the Star Seeds as they appear in Sailor Moon makes them make any more sense, I can say that it definitely does give me a lot to think about, especially with regards to the Sailor Crystals and how many other Sailors there may be living on Earth, yet to be discovered.

But that’s just me. What do you think about all of this? An interesting insight into how Sailor Moon came together, or yet just another “cool-sounding” name borrowed for use in the series? Let me know your thoughts about this! And if you have any similar connections to Pure Heart Crystals and Dream Mirrors, I’d love to hear about them!


References:

  1. Which I will also be using to refer to the anime’s “True Star Seeds”
  2.  See Brad Steiger (Wikipedia)
  3.  See Star People (New Age Belief) (Wikipedia)
  4. See What Is a Star Seed?
  5. See What Is a Star Seed?
  6. Pinky?

9 thoughts on “Where Did the Concept of Sailor Moon’s Star Seeds Come From?

  1. Hey, I had heard of the New Age origin of star seeds a while back and had been meaning to leave a comment about it in that article about paranormal elements Takeuchi included in the second arc, but it kept slipping my mind. Great to see a more comprehensive look at the whole star seed idea!

    • Always happy to get ideas for future articles or hear other theories about the series, so if anything else comes to mind, please do comment! =D

  2. Given that Naoko was also big into astronomy, I wonder how much ‘we are all star stuff’ may have played into the concept of star seeds/sailor crystals. The general concept, that all the atoms in our bodies come from space/stars, works well with the idea of star seeds. Sort of works with the idea of the Galaxy Cauldron as well. Every atom in our body will eventually return to space.

    • I’d say that definitely must have played a big role the end of the story. I mean, everything is based around space and stars anyway, so I guess it’s the natural conclusion that we’re all the products of stars!

  3. The fact that people in the Sailor Moon story have all these things in them is a bit much. Energy? Sure. But crystals, mirrors and star seeds? Where do these objects go? Maybe they are just energy (and dreams) materialized as something tangible I guess.

    • I’ve seen some people make somewhat compelling arguments that these (Heart Crystals, Dream Mirrors, and Star Seeds) are all essentially the same thing, and that different enemies summon or “draw out” the energy from humans in a different manner, but I’m not entirely sold on that theory…

      • That is an interesting concept! What makes you not sold on it?

        Also, I would say that the star seed thing does jive a lot more with the original New Age definition in the manga XD. (And is just a lot clearer as its own concept really…)

        Since it’s been too long since my last rewatch, I went looking into the Phage hoping maybe to find the civilians as one step away from “spiritual guide” types (I was thinking maybe doctors or something like that) but NOPE just another bunch of idols basically XD. Oh well…

        Why their star seeds first come out shining and then turn dull is another part of the mystery, too I think…

      • Yeah, I don’t agree with that. They’re certainly all similar things, they’re aspects of someone’s personality (how virtuous and pure hearted they are, what their dreams and goals are, and um… I guess their hobby/occupation) and they manifest as physical objects that can be examined or used. But they’re not the same thing.

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