She never renounced the Force
Initially, Ahsoka abandoned the Jedi, but not the Force
After she left the Jedi Order, but before Order 66 and Palpatine’s takeover, Ahsoka was still on reasonably good terms with the Jedi Council, or at least willing to cooperate with them on a common goal. Indeed, they entrusted her with the mission of capturing Darth Maul, and she was willing to accept it.
“It was so nice of your former masters to send you out alone and spare
me the exertion of a proper fight,” Maul said. “You’re not even a real
Malice dripped from his every word, and he bared his teeth at her. His
was the kind of anger that Master Yoda warned the younglings about,
the sort that ate a person whole and twisted every part of them until
they were unrecognizable. Ahsoka shuddered to think what Maul must
have suffered to become this way. Still, she was smart enough to use
it to her benefit: she needed him angry enough to think he had the
“It’ll be a fair fight then,” she retorted, looking him up and down.
“You’re only half a Sith.”
That was rude for no reason, the type of thing that would’ve had
Master Kenobi rolling his eyes, but Ahsoka couldn’t bring herself to
regret it. Taunting one’s enemy was customary, and Ahsoka was going to
use all the cards she was dealt, even if it wasn’t polite. He was
right, after all: she was no Jedi.
This serves as a strong indication that, despite Ahsoka’s disillusionment with the Jedi Order, she and the order shared enough mutual respect and sufficiently similar goals to be willing to work together. Notice, though, that even here, she’s emphatic that she is not a Jedi.
She’s still using the Force:
She reached out to the Force and found it waiting for her, a comfort
and a source of power. She opened her mind to it and listened with
every part of her that could.
Still, it would seem that she may have given up her lightsabers upon leaving the Order:
“Be careful, Ahsoka,” he’d told her, before handing over her
lightsabers and running off to save the Chancellor. “Maul is tricky.
And he has no mercy in him at all.”
After Order 66, she was more careful, but still followed the Force
Once Palpatine took over and killed all the Jedi, Ahsoka naturally was more cautious about open displays of Force power. She used her mundane skills to accomplish tasks, rather than su9ing the Force to enhance her talents as she might once have done:
Hoping that no one could see her, she ran along the tops of the
houses. Even with the danger, it felt better than anything Ahsoka had
done in a long time. She didn’t use the Force to run—there was no
point in taking unnecessary risks—but she did use it to make sure each
jump across the streets below was safe.
She still continued practices related to the Force though, such as meditation, as long as she could do so surreptitiously:
From there, it was easy to fall into her meditation. For a moment she
hesitated, afraid of what she’d seen—not seen—since the Jedi purge,
but then she let herself go. Meditation was one of the things she
missed most, and one of the few things that wasn’t likely to get her
caught, even if someone saw her doing it.
The Force felt different now, and Ahsoka wasn’t sure how much of the
difference was her. By walking away from the Temple, from the Jedi,
she had given up her right to the Force—or at least that’s what she
told herself sometimes. She knew it was a lie. The Force was always
going to be a part of her, whether she was trained or not, the way it
was part of everything. She couldn’t remove the parts of her that were
sensitive to it any more than she could breathe on the wrong side of
an airlock. Her authority was gone; her power remained.
It’s clear that even though she occasionally felt as though abandoning the Jedi meant abandoning the Force, the more sensible part of her realized that that was impossible. In any case, she still continued her meditations upon the Force. It seems very likely that during this period (about a year after Order 66), she did not continue her training in more active or flashy areas of the Force, for fear of exposure. She slacked off, in other words. But she still recognized the necessity of regular practice in order to keep her skills sharp:
Using the Force was a natural extension of herself. Not using it all
the time was strange. She would have to practice, really practice with
proper meditation, or someday she would need her abilities and be
unable to respond in time. She’d been lucky to escape Order 66, and
her escape had not been without terrible cost. The other Jedi, the
ones who had died, hadn’t been able to save themselves, powerful or
She lacked lightsabers at this point, though, having left them in order to persuade the newly minted Empire that she had been killed:
Ahsoka held her lightsabers, her last physical connection to the Jedi
and to her service in the Clone Wars. It was so hard to give them up,
even though she knew she had to. It was the only way to sell the con
of the false burial, and it would buy her a modicum of safety, because
whoever found them would assume she was dead, too.
Later on, she took a more active role, and adopted her own philosophy
Over the course of the novel of the same name, starting about one year after the rise of the Empire, Ahsoka decides to step back into the game, as it were, and take a more active role.
“In this fight, there will be people like Barriss who are focused on
the past,” he said. “And there will be other people who focus strongly
on the future. Neither of them is wrong, exactly, but even if we don’t
always walk the same path as one another, ours must be the middle
“That’s what I thought when I was trying to find the crystals that
power my lightsabers,” she told him. “I didn’t want to be alone, but I
didn’t want to be a general or even a Padawan anymore. I want
something in the middle of that, still useful but different than
She hasn’t been a Jedi for a while, as mentioned previously. But it’s here that she really strikes out and decides to form a unique outlook on the Force. She sees the flaws in what the Jedi Order was, and prefers to find her own way:
“I’m not a Padawan anymore, Senator, and it’s not safe to be Ahsoka
Tano,” she said. “Barriss Offee was wrong about a lot of things. She
let her anger cloud her judgment and she tried to justify her actions
without considering their wider effects. She was afraid of the war and
she didn’t trust people she should have listened to. But she had a
point about the Republic and the Jedi. There was something wrong with
them, and we were too locked into our traditions to see what it was.
Barriss should have done something else. She shouldn’t have killed
anyone, and she definitely shouldn’t have framed me for it, but if
we’d listened to her—really listened—we might have been able to stop
Palpatine before he took power.”
Her new attitude is symbolized by her adoption of a new pair of lightsabers: neither the blue or green of the Jedi nor the red of the Sith, but a neutral white.
This is the attitude that she has when she appears in Rebels. She’s no longer a Jedi, but she still follows and practices the Force. She is not a “de facto Jedi,” though she still seems to lean toward the light side. She’s rejected the ossification of Jedi tradition, and opted to find her own understanding of the Force. She’s not even entirely light side anymore, either.
How emphatically not a Jedi is she?
Well, she displays attachment, of course:
AHSOKA: Anakin. I won’t leave you. Not this time.
VADER/ANAKIN: Then you will die.
Star Wars: Rebels, “Twilight of the Apprentice Part II”
More importantly, she displays an unrepentant desire for revenge:
VADER/ANAKIN: Anakin Skywalker was weak. I destroyed him.
AHSOKA: Then I will avenge his death.
ANAKIN: Revenge is not the Jedi way.
AHSOKA: I am no Jedi.
Star Wars: Rebels, “Twilight of the Apprentice Part II”
And Anakin would know, wouldn’t he?
ANAKIN: I shouldn’t have done that. It’s not the Jedi way.
PALPATINE: [stands up, rubbing his wrists] It is only
natural. He cut off your arm, and you wanted revenge. It wasn’t the
first time, Anakin. Remember what you told me about your mother and
the Sand People.
Revenge of the Sith
Revenge is so much not the Jedi way, in fact, that the title was changed from Revenge of the Jedi to Return of the Jedi. That Ahsoka espouses revenge is a definite sign that she has developed a philosophy very different from that of the Jedi, and which, while generally benevolent, is perhaps not even entirely of the light.
In summary: Ahsoka gradually abandoned the ways of the Jedi Order, beginning with her actual departure from it. She returned as an ally, but never as a Jedi. She also never stopped using the Force.