The science called
Gupta Vidya [Secret Doctrine] establishes seven Fundamental Keys
to the Ageless Wisdom. The first three Fundamentals were given by
H.P. Blavatsky and are contained within the Proem of The Secret
Doctrine, published in 1888.
Prior to commencing
with the study of the proposed Fourth, the student is advised to
carefully study and reflect upon the first three.
three absolutely fundamental Laws of the Universe as given by H.P.B.,
I. An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless and Immutable Principle.
The One Absolute Reality that antecedes all manifested conditioned
II. The Law of Periodicity.
III. The fundamental identity of all Souls with the Universal Oversoul
of the Great Unknown Life.
10 sacred numbers of the Seven Great Rays or Emanations.
Ray 1: 1 ........................
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3: 9 .......................
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5: 35 .....................
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6: 15 .....................
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7: 7 .......................
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Lodge formula of 10 Sacred Numbers runs as follows:
+ 5 + 9 + 2+5 + 3+5 + 1+5 + 7 = (43) = 7
added together the 10 Sacred Numbers of the Seven Great Rays produce
the [RAN] Reduced Alpha Number value (43), which when further reduced
equals plain (4+3 = 7) the Sacred “7” standing for the
Seven Rays. This indicates that the Perfect Man or Creative Logos
is a Quaternary and a Ternary or composed of Four Material and Three
The Eternal Kosmos, the Great Macrocosm, is divided like Man, the
Microcosm, into Three Principles and Four Vehicles, which are the
10-digit formulaic code of the Fourth Fundamental reduces to the
famous 3, and 4 and 7 of Esoteric Philosophy. The “4”,
preceding the “3”, shows that when the Heavenly Triangle
and Quaternary are reflected in the Universe of Matter as paradigmatic
Man, they are reversed, and the Triangle of formative potency is
thrown below the Quaternary.
On the terrestrial plane, the Universal Mind is reflected, in an
inverted sense, as in a mirror. In this 10 digit numerical sequence
and progression of numbers there is the underlying idea of the basic
number “7”, the compound of the “3”, and
the “4’, preceded by the “10”. Once again,
the fundamental significance of the Septenary must be emphasised
and the Occult fact that it takes, in Masonic symbolism Seven Masons
to form a Lodge. No human intellect can grasp the reason for the
use of the numbers 3, 4, and 7 throughout every centre of manifested
Life. All that we do know is that their use is the effect of an
action of Universal Law, and must be satisfied with that for present.
The foundation of the chief numerical doctrine in the primeval cosmogony
of the Archaic Secret Doctrine is thus shown to be identical with
the mathematical groundwork of the Fourth Fundamental of the Ageless
Utilising the 10 Sacred Numbers of the Seven Rays it is now permitted
to reveal to the sincere student of the Seven Rays the heretofore
secret method of turning the Astrological Key to the Secret Doctrine.
It is time to reveal the fact that H.P.B., has already given us
the Occult method for turning the sevenfold key in the initial commentary,
Stanza One, Shloka One,:
“1,000 is the number ten to the third power, and
therefore 7,000 is also symbolical.” (Commentaries,
It is the formula of “ten to the third power” in conjunction
with the 10 Sacred Numbers which produce the respective values of
the Seven Ray Periods.
the above formula the student may now give the key ‘seven
turns’. Let me demonstrate how to do so:
I. 10 x (1) = (10) x 10 = (100) x 10 = (1,000)
II. 10 x (5) = (50) x 10 = (500) x 10 = (5,000)
III. 10 x (9) = (90) x 10 = (900) x 10 = (9,000)
IV. 10 x (2.5) = (25) x 10 = (250) x 10 =
V. 10 x (3.5) = (35) x 10 = (350) x 10 = (3,500)
VI. 10 x (1.5) = (15) x 10 = (150) x 10 =
VII. 10 x (7) = (70) x 10 = (700) x 10 = (7,000)
These are the actual mathematical figures and periods incidental
to the spiral-cyclic efforts of the Seven Rays.
The general reader of Alice A. Bailey and H.P. Blavatsky is now
invited in the unprecedented effort to expose the numerical figures
and mathematical cycles of the Seven Great Rays or Emanations.
to the incompleteness of the astrological instruction given out
to A.A.B. and H.P.B., the reader who is already a student of their
combined works should not be surprised to initially find considerable
time dedicated to the general introductory and explanation of the
whole astrological portion of the secret sacerdotal language built
upon the number 10.
When writing this commentary on the Fourth Great Fundamental of
the Secret doctrine and the 3rd or Astrological Key, it was assumed
that those interested in it would already be somewhat familiar with
the books of H.P.B. and A.A.B., and although I have taken special
care that my exposition does not fall flat, shoot under the feet,
or fly over the head of the sincere student of the Seven Rays, it
is definitely a post-graduate work, not a series of simple instructions
though recondite or unfamiliar Occult terminology has also purposefully
not been avoided, I have truly sought to present the numerical ideas
and explanations in the best and clearest form.
this is a daring attempt to divulge hitherto undisclosed and veiled
Eastern Esoteric Instruction and reveal unimpeded the grandest truths
of the Great White Lodge, its most important and vital astrological
Mysteries and treat openly of the Celestial Doctrine of Sacred Numbers.
The Master Key with its secret numerical combination of 10 digits
will no longer remain exclusively with the Initiate alone but be
given to humanity.
It is well for the modern student to pause for a moment and reflect
on the fact that no secret was so well hidden and so secret with
the ancient initiate astrologers as that of 10 Sacred Numbers and
the method for calculating the numerically controlled periods of
the Seven Rays. I would remind students that when writing about
the key to the astrological Mysteries H.P.B. repeated in the Introductory
of The Secret Doctrine what she had earlier written in Isis Unveiled.
“The said key must be turned seven times before
the whole of the system is divulged. We will give but one turn,
and thereby allow the profane one glimpse into the mystery. Happy
he, who understands the whole.” (Vol. I. pg.60)
And, once again quoted from Isis Unveiled, H.P.B., unequivocally
“Which key is only darkly referred to as possible,
but refused absolutely, by these extraordinary men, as not permissible
to be disclosed.” (Vol. II. pg. 461)
In the Tibetan’s book Esoteric Astrology, A.A.B., when writing
of the key says the following:
“I would remind you that there is an astrological
key to The Secret Doctrine which cannot yet be given in completeness.
I can give you some hints and suggest some lines of approach, and
these, if carried in the consciousness of the illumined astrologers,
may enable one of them at a later date to discover that key and
then - turning it on behalf of humanity - reveal the fourth great
fundamental of the Ageless Wisdom of which three are already given
in the Proem of The Secret Doctrine.” (Esoteric
From the most ancient times, it was held as the highest transgression
to divulge anything pertaining to Ray Chronology and no Lodge astrologer
was permitted to reveal a single figure. The secret arithmetical
code and evaluative formulae of progress and regress recorded in
the annals of the Hierarchy have always remained veiled and closed.
have been taught that this law of silence was always imposed on
initiate astrologers and from the very dawn of human history has
been Hierarchical policy. The genuine Esoteric astrologer remains
silent and unknown and never publishes what he knows, even rarely
speaking of it because he knows to well the penalties for indiscretion.
Let the reader learn and appreciate all this. But very happily history,
as all else in nature proceeds in cycles and actual history repeats
the virgin trail of the Astrological Key to the Secret Doctrine,
which has long been hidden behind the impassable path of the few
hints and clues left by the Masters of Wisdom and thus, remained
concealed from view, has once again, resurfaced. Astrological instruction
deliberately drowned in the sea of doubt and denial or simply inextricably
lost in the jungles of the modern students mind have now re-ascended
and re-appeared on the surface.
Meanwhile, no one can realize more fully than this astrologer the
gravity of the charges which will fall from the lips and be levelled
by some of his peers against his audacity to attempt to expound
the Fourth Fundamental of the Ageless Wisdom and in the process
simultaneously claim to turn the Astrological Key to the Secret
Doctrine and the Third Key from out of the Seven Keys.
course, my attempt to unite 10 Sacred Numbers with the prototypical
Ideas of the Seven Great Rays must be accepted or rejected on its
own merits, fully or partially.
Moreover, the reader must be reminded, as a whole, what is now given
cannot be found in full anywhere. Instead of putting a mask on the
numerical Science of Correspondences, I have shown its face openly,
carefully revealing the heart and soul of the Divine Doctrine trusting
that its sacred truths will not be abused or used by in appreciative
students for their own selfish ends.
student now has the opportunity to learn the Numerical Alphabet
of Truth but, most assuredly, would be guilty of high treason to
attempt to manipulate the Sacred Numbers in any fashion whatsoever.
The punishment is terrible indeed for those who transgress the permitted
laws and timing of secret revelation.
Standing arrayed in battle-order in the Occultist’s arsenal
of weaponry, the 10 Sacred Numbers are most dangerous as double-edged
weapons, which must not be used to manipulate other people or only
freely lavish on the lower Self. Those few, whose inner natures
will remain unaffected by the double-edged blade of Occult Knowledge,
are the most fit to receive the master key to the geometrical-numerical
Mystery Language. Then, and only then, will a true sense of Hierarchical
timing be known along with the understanding of the correct hour
for the carrying out of the Hierarchical Plan in its future detail.
naturally, all of this will seem problematical at best to those
who have neither understanding nor knowledge in the power of Esoteric
Numerals. But to those who can reason from the standpoint of trained
disciples, this warning is not unworthy of credence and should not
be dismissed lightly. Those trained workers who understand the power
of thought will appreciate that a concerted power, were it turned
to Black Magic, could interfere with important Hierarchical Plans
on the verge of externalisation. This is, of course, one of the
principle reasons why, in the past, the actual figures, periods
and dates for the Ray Periods have always been withheld.
The proposed fourth fundamental herein given is expressed through
the correct combination of the 10 Sacred Numbers, which form the
foundation of the Manifested Kosmos. Each of the 10 Master Figures
stand for an external utterance of a numerical letter of the Universal
Word, the symbol for the Whole of Kosmos and correspondingly sets
the vibrational rate of substance on one plane or other of the seven
Universal planes of existence through which specific deific qualities
seek perfect expression. In other words, its arithmetical code ciphers
the Universal Symbol of the Deific Word of the Macrocosmic Logos
which in [Its] totality is Kosmos - the Universe made into terms
The 10 Sacred Numbers express and describe the architecture of the
Idea of the immovable Divine Thought in [Its] Absoluteness. They
give the key to understanding the mathematical blueprint of the
ideal conception of the Eternal Universe. The Celestial Logos is,
in the Esoteric interpretation, the total of the Number 10, which,
is symbolised by the Divine Decad.
Cosmic Symbols, the 10 Numerical Emanations constitute the true
Body or Form of the Celestial Logos, which is outwardly clothed,
as a farther expansion of the Divine Substance, in the visible world,
the Universal Word made flesh.
Esoteric Philosophy, the Decad Is made to emerge from the One Solitary
Impartite Monad of the Celestial Logos. As a Universal Symbol, the
Decad or the Perfect 10, best represents the idea of the Absolute
All manifesting itself in the Logos of Generative Power and Creation.
Circle is the “naught,” or the zero, representing Absolute
No-Thing while the vertical line stands for the Manifested Logos.
The idea of representing the Absolute Unmanifest Logos by the circumference
of a circle, and the Creative Power - male and female, or the Androgynous
Logos - by the Diameter of the Circle, is best described in Indian
Philosophy by the symbol of the Brahmanical “Golden Egg”
from within which emerges Brahma, the Creative Logos from the Central
Point of the Circle.
in mind, the Decad is the ideogram of the Ideal Model of the first
Divine Idea or Thought from which springs the whole Kosmos. It stands
in its character for the Supreme Idea, which is beyond all finite
existence, secondary causes, laws and principles and upon which
all other ideas are grounded.
Containing every possible power of exact expression and proportion,
the Decad is regarded as the First Divine Manifestation. The vertical
diameter line is the primal One from which spring the 2, the 3,
the 4, the 5, the 6, the 8, and the 9. Occult Cosmogony begins therefore,
with the circle, the point, the triangle, the square, the pentagram,
the hexagon, the heptagon, the ogdoad and the triple ternary.
corresponding geometric figures or bodies represent the Sacred Numbers
objectively. The Form of the Universe, students must remember, is
not produced through or by number, but geometrically, that is, following
the proportions described and expressed by the numerical letters
of the Universal Word which is, as earlier stated, in its totality
the whole of Kosmos.
The fourth fundamental’s digitalized Code of Law sets forth
a geometric, numerical and astronomical system of exact science
founded on the integral values and ratios of the Divine Figures,
which form, on the plane of the Unified Decad, the realm of Reality.
Reflect on this. Its numerical formula pertains in its chief applications
to the serious study of cosmic, sidereal, terrestrial and spiritual
Mysteries. Although it requires arduous labour and necessitates
years of study to comprehend even the general gist, it is an easy
thing for one well versed in its sacerdotal puzzle to explain the
cycles of the Seven Rays. Keep in mind; the numerically controlled
periods of the Seven Rays are much more than a mere succession of
events, or a periodical space of time of more or less prolonged
the student must attempt to grasp is that, in Esoteric Astrology,
cyclical time is our abstraction of the Celestial Logos who is made
to manifest co-ordinately with the numerically controlled spiral-cyclic
efforts of the Seven Great Rays or Emanations.
The Esoteric system of Universal Numerical Symbolism reveals the
mathematical and geometrical relations of the Boundless Circle,
representing the! Absolute Principle, to the Point, the Triangle
and Square and all the integral Ray Emanations of the Divine area.
sequence of figures beginning with the Point within the Circle express
scientific descriptions of the order of the evolution of Kosmos
and forms the mathematical groundwork for the system of Occult Cosmology.
One who has studied the numerical evolution in the primeval Occult
Cosmogony begins therefore, with the symbol of the Boundless or
Infinite Circle and the One Unmanifest Logos and then proceeds with
the second Manifested, the Triangle concreting into the Square and
then, the Seven Rays on the material plane.
the symbols of the Circle, Triangle and the Square we see three
distinct representations of the Universe as the Pre-existing, evolving
from the Ever-existing, and the Phenomenal or again, the Initial,
the Manifested and the Creative Triad or the Three in One.
Consequently, the Esoteric Numeric System is based on the Divine
Septenary hanging from the Triad thus, forming the Decad. This indicates
to us that Logoic manifestation is of a septenary nature and the
Central Light of the Logos, the One Ray of Divinity, manifests first
as a triplicity and then as a septenary. We see the One Logos radiate
forth as fundamental Father-Mother-Son and these three again, reflected
through the Seven Ray Logoi.
other words, the One Ray demonstrates through the Three major Rays
and the Four minor making the Divine Septenary. This symbolises
the same idea as the Sephirothal Tree, ten in all, yet when separated
from its supernal Triangle, leaving Seven.
The key values in all aspects of the Seven Rays are expressed through
their mathematical and geometrical relations on the Universal Plane
of Nature. Their Universal Ray Figures are the Sacred Numbers or
vital figures, which come before the apparent figures.
Esoteric astrology a Sacred Number is the embodiment of a cosmic
Entity, Divinities and at the same time “Breaths” emanating
from the One Life, the All in All, who’s breath alone could
organise the Kosmos. Before the mathematical numbers therefore,
there are the self-moving numbers and before the figures apparent
the vital figures.
The 10 Sacred Numbers of the Seven Rays lie at the Root of the Manifested
Universe and guide the first differentiation of homogenous Substance
into hetergenous Elements and set the limits to the formative hand
of the Logos in Nature. Their Universal Essences are philosophically
viewed as the abstraction of expression or, the inwardness of manifested
Cosmic Symbols, the Sacred Numbers are an expression of the primal
qualities and essences of the Celestial Spirit, in the Spirit; are,
in fact, Spirit. In other words, they are the materialised embodiments,
the quality of the form or the condition of the Seven Ray Spirits,
each at a specific higher vibrational rate on one plane or other
of Kosmos and seeking expression through that particular form or
In no way therefore, are the mathematical figures and geometrical
bodies of the 10 Sacred Numbers an arbitrary or human-born doctrine,
system or code. Indeed, these numbers have their application in
the most sacred calculations of Lodge astrologers, as they are the
never-erring, perpetually recurring numbers, unveiling to the student
who studies them a truly Divine System and an intelligent Plan in
Nature. Taken collectively, they represent the Light of the Logos,
the direct reflection of the Unmanifest on the Plane of Universal
Manifestation; that is, the Divine Host of Sephiroth who have constructed
the Universe. All created Bodies on the Universal Plane of Nature
are built in proportion by their means and are numerically co-ordinated
in relation to their movements. The Chain of Hierarchy is great
and immutable and the numerical sequences unalterable. Never does
the geometrical pattern, the numerical progression, or the Law of
Correspondence break down.
becomes evident that Knowledge of the numerically controlled periods
of the Seven Rays will eventually lead humanity to a conscious working
with Divine Law and to an intelligent co-operation with the Plan
always of wide general interest to students of the Seven Rays, the
subject of the periods of the Ray Cycles has always been one, which
is withal very little, comprehended. Suffice it to say, the fourth
fundamental alone can provide the number of mortal years that run
along the sevenfold lines of the spiritual and physical evolutions
of the seen and the unseen because the events of mankind, as all
else in nature do run co-ordinately with the numerically controlled
periods of the Seven Rays.
In their grand and simple combinations, the fundamental numbers
and geometrical figures describe by the Great Circle, the Luminous
Point, the Ideal Triangle and the Perfect Square contain the key
to the construction and evolution of Kosmos. In Esoteric Philosophy,
the Universal Postulate upon which the whole of the Manifested Universe
is based is the All-Presence of the Boundless Circle.
its character as a symbol the One Great Circle stands for the hidden
absolute existence, which contains within itself the noumena of
all realities, the One Permanent Reality. In the spiritual sense,
the Circle is the ideogram of the One Being which is the noumenon
of all noumena, which we know, underlie phenomena. The Circle, curving
in upon itself, stands as the chief symbol of the Absolute Perpetual
Motion and Endless Duration of the Unmanifest Logos.
the region of Occult metaphysics the Great Circle is the sign of
the Unknown and the Unknowable Mover, the truly Self-Existing One.
Whether, for example, as in the case of the Vedic Deity, Parabrahman
or the Jewish Ain Soph, the notion of Absolute No-Thing, a universal,
eternal essence, is always to be found symbolised by the Circle
or the “nought.” Ain-Soph is secondless and causeless
as is Parabrahman. In each system both are regarded as being nowhere
and everywhere, hence, the Absolute All in All.
in mind, the Circle symbolises pure Darkness because it represents
the hidden Absolute Light of Life. As a glyph, the plane of the
Circle exemplifies the absolute homogenous nature of the Divine
Essence and the abstract body of the ever-present abstraction, the
In Occult Cosmogony, Space is, in its abstract presence, the Unmanifest
Logos [Itself], the Ineffable and Unknown Cause. The idea of representing
Absolute No-Thing in the ideograph of the Great Circle brings to
view the idea of the Universe emerging from and in boundless Space,
the radiations from which are periodically aggregated into graduated
forms from pure Spirit to gross Matter.
fundamental dogma of Occultism is the Unity of All in Nature, in
its Ultimate Essence. Every new period of Universal Manifestation
or World Creation occurs out of the Eternal Esse, the pre-existent
eternal Substance, or Matter, which Substance is the Boundless Ever-Existing
Space, best symbolised by the Great Circle. In the Circle therefore,
we see the idea of the eternal immutability of the Unmanifest One
and the Changelessness of that Principle. The Circle, the archetype
of all round figures, contains a Triad in its construction composed
of Centre, Space and Circumference.
is the inherent Triad formed by the construction of the Circle,
which gives rise to the idea of the Triple Hypostasis of the Unnameable
and Unknown Essence, the Threefold Being of the Absolute Life, the
Root of the Seven Fundamental Cosmic Principle.
It is the hierogram of the Point in Circle, which denotes the dawn
of differentiation of the Unmanifest Logos from the passive or inactive
state of causal latency into one of intense activity. Esoteric Philosophy
forms its conception of a logical, universal and Absolute Logos
on the basis of the Point within the Circle. The essence of the
Point is Motion as it reveals the change from the Eternal Vibration
in the Unmanifested to Vortical Motion in the Manifested. In other
words, the absolutely eternal universal motion, or vibration, called
the “Great Breath,” differentiates into the primordial,
first manifested Cosmic Atom.
Point then, symbolises the Manifested Logos but [That] from which
[It] emanates, or of which, rather, it is the expression, the Unmanifest
Logos, is passed over in silence. Quite clearly, this indicates
to us that the unknown, indivisible, pregenetic Point, after its
manifestation as the Universe, is the veil, which conceals the Absolute
Silent All. Parabrahman or Ain-Soph, the No-Thing because the Infinite
and the All cannot be known except through the Luminous Point. But
even the Manifest Logos knows not Parabrahman but only [Its] veil,
Mulaprakriti, and not the One Unconditional and Absolute Reality
behind. The Absolute Unmanifest Logos remains the ever-incomprehensible
Occult Philosophers draw a clear line between the absolutely Ideal
Universe and the invisible though Manifested Kosmos. It is the Unit-Point
therefore, which is the chief symbol of the real esoteric Logos
or super-cosmic Monad, as it is called, in [Its] synthetic character.
In short, the Point symbolises the “First Born, the Creator,”
or the Divine Mind in creative operation. This indicates to us that
the Celestial Logos, the “Grand Heavenly Man,” evolves
as a Compound Unit of Logoi, who appear in their totality as the
the Spirit-Ray of the Unmanifest Logos differentiates the “Water
of Space,” by dropping a reflection of itself into the region
of Manifestion, the Three-fold Being of the One Absolute Life, synthesised
in the Point, issues forth and appears. Absolute Endless No-Thing
uses the Form of the One, the Manifested Point of Logos as the Vehicle
to descend into and manifest itself in the phenomenal world. In
this we see the Spirit-Ray of the Unmanifest Logos using the Manifested
Logos or the objective universe as the means to manifest. So, the
Circle represents the First Cause then, the Unmanifest Logos, the
original and Eternal Idea that manifests through the Second Logos,
or Adam Kadmon, the Point.
in mind however, the Intra-Cosmic Monad of the Unknown Logos is
only an emanation and reflection of the Point in the Phenomenal
world as it becomes the apex of the Second Manifested Triangle,
unifying the threefold nature of the Circle, or Spirit-Ray on the
noumenal plane in the supersenous World.
Point retires into and merges with the Circle after emanating the
first Three Points and connecting them with lines, thus forming
the noumenal basis of the Ideal Triangle. In Occult Cosmogony we
find the Solitary Monad of the Manifest Logos turning in and coalescing
with the Boundless Circumference of the Great Circle as soon as
[It] has evolved the Uni-Triad.
The first geometrical figure after the Circle or Speheroid is the
Triangle. Its three aspects of Motion, Colour and Sound are made
to appear and disappear with the Manifested Kosmos, the visible
Triangle, so to speak, on the plane of the ever-invisible Circle.
After having emanated from itself the first Three Points and connecting
them with lines, the Point of Logos becomes the apex of the manifested
Triangle is the first absolutely Perfect Figure because, as we know,
in geometry one or two straight lines cannot represent a figure.
It is the junction of three straight lines, which produce the first
Perfect Figure - the First Perfection. Father-Mother-Son are unified
in the apex point on the noumenal plane. On the plane of the noumenal
world, the Ideal Triangle is the First Conception of the Manifested
Logos, its image Father-Mother-Son. The Ideal Triangle really stands
for the triune co-equal nature of the first differentiated Substance
or the Co substantiality of the manifested Father-Mother-Son.
is only the base line of the Triangle, which can furnish a basis
for differentiated consciousness. This indicates the origin of differentiated
Cosmic Matter is to be found in the base of the Triangle. The base
line is the symbol therefore, of the Universal Plane of Productive
Nature and unifies on the phenomenal plane Father-Mother-Son as
these were unified in the noumenal Universe in the Point.
The sum of the Sacred Numbers constructing the Ideal Triangle
is 6 as (1+5+9 = 15 = 6).
figure 6, the Hexagon, Double Triangle or Pythagorean “Star
of Life”, represents the animating or the informing Principle
emanated from the Trinitarian One. It stands in its chief character
as the symbol for the inseparability and junction and blending together
of pure Spirit and Matter. In other words, the number 6 is the symbol
of the Creative Logos, unifying the subjective and the objective.
It stands for the six forces or powers of Nature, all synthesized
by the invisible seventh.
1, the 5, and the 9, are the expression of fundamental Father-Son-Mother,
the radical Triple Ray in the Unmanifested and are the
Noumenon of the Square or the Manifested Kosmos. Within the decimal
system the symbolism is plain and clear. Digit 5, occupies the mid-way
position between the extremes of the Male-God or Father Ray, represented
by the vertical 1, and the Great Mother, represented by the 9. Number
9, represents the feminine in Nature because it stands for the limit
of the digits in the decimal system - the extent of the form or
in the super-spiritual and archetypal Universe, the 1, the 5, and
the 9, correspond to the Sephirothal Crown or Upper Triad. Reflect
The Ideal Triangle emanates from the One and becomes the Perfect
Square, the symbol of fundamental Father-Mother-Son as a Unity and
as a living manifestation. The “4”, is a Sacred Number
because it emanates from the One, the first manifested Unit or rather
Three in One. The symbol of the Square or Quaternary is the pyramid
with its square base and four triangular sides.
Esoteric Philosophy, the Square must build for itself a wall from
the Triangle, if it would be manifested. The Three becomes Four
due to the Law of Solids as the Triangle with its Three lines on
a plane surface takes on Four sides when it becomes a solidified
body. The Quaternary is the Three made Four and the Four made Three
and is represented on this Earth by the “3” and the
“4”, or the universal male and female glyphs showing
the first aspect of the evolving Logos.
a process of mystic transmutation the Triangle becomes a Square
and so becomes the Seven, the Creative Force, thus, making a Decad
with the primordial Triangle, which originated it.
other words, the Quaternary represents the One who is the Three
made Four, which are the Seven, which equal the Perfect 10.
The sum of the seven Esoteric numbers of the four minor
Ray Logoi composing the Great Square equals (28) or 10.
(4th Ray 25 =) 7
+ (5th Ray 35 =) 8 + (6th Ray 15 =) 6
+ (7th Ray) 7 =
28 = 10
2+5 + 3+5
+ 1+5 + 7 = 28 = 10
indicates that the Spirit of the Logos becomes, in [Its] manifested
state, the Makara or Kumura, the Perfect 10 - the Universe.
number 28 stands for the Liberated Lives of each Great Manvantara.
(It is the number of Stars in Capricorn, the 5th or 10th Creative
is upon a right comprehension of the Occult symbolism and numerical
values of the Great Circle, the Ideal Triangle and the Perfect Square
that the student’s progress has to depend because for the
further elucidation in one’s mind, the geometric bodies and
numerical figures offers the only sure clues which can guide one’s
let the student remember that the 10 Sacred Numbers are not fundamentally
concerned with the ability to function on a plane, nor the manipulation
of energy or matter. Numerology has previously been studied only
from the exoteric substance aspect with the emphasis upon the material
and not from the standpoint of the subjective consciousness with
the emphasis primarily psychological.
Initiation into the system of Universal Symbolism concerns Consciousness
and deals with the subjective Life, that is, Life as part of the
self-realisation of the Logos of a Ray, and not Life in Matter as
we understand it. Only when this latter point is sufficiently grasped,
is it safe and wise for the learner to proceed with this study.
Commentary on the 10 Sacred Numbers continues as follows:
First Ray of Will and Power
Digit “1’, in the first place is the chief symbol of
the Universal Unit, the Male-God and the Father Ray. Body the Great
of the “1`”, embodies the beauty of the idea of the
Creative Logos, the ultimate glory of the intelligent arrangement
of the Sevenfold Power and the majesty of the ordered forces, fusioned
Second Ray of Love-Wisdom
Digit “5” in the second position is the supreme symbol
of the Cosmic Soul, the Hierarchical Plan of Instruction, Love and
Wisdom. It is the glyph of lucid, coherent, sentient consciousness
and is viewed, Esoterically speaking, as the combination of Divine
Love and Wisdom in action - the Duad and Triad combined.
is therefore, above all other numbers instructive and embodies the
power of interpretation. In the Divine Code, the geometrical figure
of the “5”, or, the Pentagram, stands for Man; God,
the Man of the Heavens and Man, God on Earth. Once again, in the
close relationship between the Second Ray and its geometrical body
or figure, the Pentagram we see the close connection between the
Heart and the Mind and the principles and qualities of Consciousness
and Love. It is the Universal Mind of the Creative Logos, symbolised
by the “5”, which reveals the Divine Love, symbolised
by the ‘2”, and brings into rule the Spirit Aspect stimulating
the inner soul of all forms.
figure of the Pentagram stands for the quintessence of the Creative
Logos spread in every direction an informing all Matter. The Sacred
Number “5”, in the second place stands for the Universal
Mind of the Creative Logos which is occupied with the first formulation
of the Plan upon which the ideal Form of Kosmos is to be constructed
and the Divine Idea materialised. It stands for the complete illumination
of the mind and embodies the power of holding matter in coherent
forms through the application of consciousness.
see in the symbolism of the five-pointed star, the symbol of the
Cosmic Soul, which takes [Its] position in the “Middle Wheel”,
holding, as it does, the central point of the Supernal Triangle.
5 is the monogram of the Ray of the Illuminator. It’s supernal
radiance reveals beauty in relationship making it a blending number,
the Light-bringer, or light carrier. It is the Universal Mind of
the Creative Logos, symbolised by the “5”, which reveals
the Divine Love, symbolised by the “2”, and brings into
rule the Spirit Aspect stimulating the innermost soul of all forms
Third Ray of Active Intelligence
The meaning of digit “9”, in the third place is clear
and simple. In all threefold manifestation there is ninefold unfoldment
of consciousness; hence, “9” is the number of Initiation.
In the decimal system digit “9”, represents the limit
of the digits - the extent of the form life. In its chief character
it stands for the body or form, the third Principle.
in mind, each one of the Three Aspects of the Third Aspect is in
itself triple as, (3x3 = 9), and this is what produces the Triple
Ternary. So, the Triple Ternary, is the Sacred ‘9”,
and it is the Divine Glyph of the Great Mother, and the feminine
in Nature. Figure “9”, signifies the intelligent working
out of the Divine Idea of the Plan into material objectivity. It
embodies the capacity to bring objectivity into recognised Divine
expression and is the universal symbol of the intra-cosmic flux
and flow of the electrical energy of Substance itself, the fusion
of Spirit and Matter.
a numerical letter in the Divine Alphabet of Truth, it really stands
for pure materialism linked with the distribution of matter and
the scattering of the atoms - the basis for the seperative action
of atomic matter.
the student remember that Figure “9”, in the third place,
is the Universal Symbolm of synthesis on the Physical Plane and
embodies the power and potency to manifest all aspects of the Great
Plan of the Celestial Logos.
Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict
The combination of Seven Sacred Numbers contained within the Quaternary
begins with the number “2’ in the fourth place and the
second number “5” in the fifth place. The symbolism
of Dual Cipher 25, and the significance of its position in the numeric
code is simple to grasp and it’s meaning becomes immediately
apparent. The “2”, or the Duad is the imperfect state
into which the First manifested falls when detached from the Monad.
“2”, in the fourth place shows that the Square is only
a Secondary Perfection because it relates only to the manifested
planes. Keep in mind, the “2”, is ever the connecting
line between two points. It concerns the relation of the Knower
to the Known, the Self to the Not-Self and is the cause of objectivity,
evolution and the differentiation of Time and Space. As a Universal
Figure makes apparent the distinction between Spirit and Matter
and Good and Evil.
its lower aspect the Binary, beyond all other numbers stands for
the feminine, passive Evil principle, is the origin of contrasts,
war and discord. It indicates that which is Unreal, incorrect, inharmonious
and out of tune. Truly, the Binary is the number of Maya and Illusion.
Simply put, it best describes and expresses that which is double,
false, contrary and opposed to the One Reality.
Esoteric Philosophy, the world of Substance and Matter is one of
separation, illusion, reflection and duality. On the form side of
Life, the “2”, creates the opposite conditions of cold
and heat, night and day, dampness and dryness, sickness and health,
error and truth, male and female, etc.
clue to the whole problem of pain and suffering is contained within
the Great Binary figure. In this vein the “2”, is the
chief number of dissonance and indecision as it embodies the principle
of conflict - the opposition between the pairs of opposites.
In is highest aspect however, the “2”, signifies the
Wisdom and Love which illuminate the lower “Four”. In
this sense the “2”, is the esoteric cause of the cosmic
marriage of Spirit and Matter based upon the Love of the Logos.
On the higher spiritual plane the “2”, sounds the note
which brings release and harmony on the Buddhic plane. It is the
“2”, which embodies the capacity to suffer and the hatred
of causing pain. It embodies the potency, which brings about testing
and trial producing conflict in relationship.
Cipher 25 represent Man, the Logos, symbolised by the “5”
or the Pentagram, conscious of duality, the “2”, and
the path between Good and Evil. Added together, Dual Cipher 25 equals
Seven as (2+5 = 7). These numbers offer mathematical proof of the
philosophical truth that Man is truly the Manifested Logos in both
[Its] Aspects, Good and Evil.
is therefore, one of the supporters of the Universe, as necessity
for progress and evolution as night is necessary for the production
of day and death for life so Man live forever. Ultimately, the harmony
of the Universal Septenate is reached when the spiritual intuition,
symbolised by the “2”, synthesises everything that has
been achieved through the activity of the five-fold Mind. Harmonisation,
blending, fusing and illumination is attained through conflict,
the “2”, and discrimination, the “5”.
the one hand, as just mentioned, the “2”, stands for
the passive and the feminine, hence the desire to let things be,
to rest, the negative tamasic urge. On the other hand, in equal
proportion, it stands for the positive rajasic activity. In its
highest sense the “2”, stands for the Beauty and Unity
won through the dual conflict.
other words, it represents perfect blending, universal tolerance
and the resolve to harmony and synthesis. It is the intermediate,
the bridge of beauty born from the throes of constant pain suffering
which eventually brings about right universal relations and the
Spirit of Goodwill. The “2”, brings together the opposites
in intelligent unity. Once again, they represent the beauty and
the unity attained through conflict. Wisdom, the “2”,
entails the control of knowledge, the “5”, and the power
to create manifested forms, the “7”.
Duad and the Quinary are the coordinators of the diverse into the
homogenous. They bring order through harmonious vibration and rhythmic
adjustment; holding hid the secret of beauty in manifestation. Essential
refiners and produces of perfection within the form, together they
preserve the true pattern of the magnetised body of the Logos. They
are the light-carriers and instil in all forms the qualities of
love, beauty and the urge to harmony.
Cipher 25, in their highest aspect symbolises the synthetic comprehension
of the Great Plan, as it exists in the Mind of the Logos. They represent
the Love and the Intelligence of the Creative Logos perfectly blended
together, they show us that there is no beauty without unity, without
embodied idealism and resultant symmetrical unfoldment. It is their
energy, which brings about the beauty of those living forms, which
embody the Divine Ideas of the Creative Logos, which are seeking
its highest spiritual aspect the “2” and the “5”,
stand for the tolerance, compassion, unity, impersonality, inseparableness
and universality of the Creative Logos.
Fifth Ray of Concrete Science
The sixth and the seventh Sacred Numbers, in the 10 digit series
are the “3”, of Higher Manas and “5” of
Lower Manas. The number “3” falls in the sixth place
and the third “5”, in the progression of four fives
in the 10 digit series, rests in the seventh place.
in mind, the Fifth Logos is the Life that ever unites the “3”,
and the “5”. The fifth Ray is the perfect expression
of the Divine Knowledge, symbolised by the “5” or Pentagram,
which rests in pure being, symbolised by digit ‘3” which
represents the Spiritual Triad.
is the “3”, and the “5”, which together
embody the living spiritual fires of the “Middle Principle”
of the Creative Logos. Combined, they produce the Ogdoad or the
Sacred “8” as [3+5 = 8]. The “8”, is the
number of Christ or the Bodhisattva, and is seen as embodying the
Soul Principle. The “8”, ever stands for the eternal
and spiral motion of cycles - the Alpha and the Omega. In the highest
sense, the “3”, and the “5”, supply the
intellectual fruit and efflorescence of intellectual self-conscious
“3”, or Ternary represents the abstract mind, while
the “5”, or Quinary stands for the lower concrete scientific
mind. The “3”, is formless, the “5”, stands
for the form. The “3” is higher, the “5”,
is lower. The “3”, stands for the supernal light and
the “5”, stands for the light bearer. The “3”,
or Triad is seen as the symbol of pure Illumination, the Soul of
the Logos, represented by the “5”, or Pentagram, is
viewed as the agent of the Divine Illumination.
action of the supernal Triad within the fivefold Logoic mind crystallizes
electric forms in human consciousness. The “3” strands
for abstract truth penetrating into the world of divine Ideas and
the “5”, is the academic side of the Divine Art of Knowledge.
The “3”, indicates intelligent ability in the field
of mental knowledge, symbolised by the “5”.
again, we see the “3”, as the Spiritual Triad stimulating
or electrically vivifying the acquisition of mental knowledge on
the 5th plane of mind. The supernal Triad is the essence of synthesis
while the Quinary is the art of analysis. Together, the “3”,
and “5”, transfigure, transform and transmute the mind.
they are the agents of illumination to human souls and are where
Spirit and Matter are co-balanced and co-equal. Combined, they gather
all with wisdom into the boundary of the Plan of the Logos bringing
the Divine Ideas into being and materialising the supreme vision.
Dual Cipher 35 concerns form building and the utilisation of matter
and with the embodying of Ideas or Entities. These two numbers lead
to the scientific adaptation of matter to form. Together the “3”,
and the “5”, create and over-create material things,
producing the multiplicity of form, and, as well, create the multiplicity
of ideas. They define Logoic Power with definite Purpose and organise
and work with the Will. The “3”, embodies the pure light
of the Logoic day, the “5” expresses the darkness of
night. The “3” is the way out, the “5”,
is the way in. The “3”, and the “5”, are
the power of choice, of choosing the Way.
the Ternary and the Quinary are produced the means whereby perfection
is consciously carried forward and together they produce the sensitivity
to the Light and Wisdom of the Create Logos. Let the student learn
and appreciate that Dual Cipher 35 is the source of All Knowledge
and represent all that can be known of anything.
Sixth Ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion
The second digit “1”, in the numerical formula falls
in the eighth place while the fourth digit “5”, in the
numerical progression falls in the ninth place.
body or Sacred Figure of the second “1”, in the eighth
place it is the symbol of the Germinal Cell of the Creative Logos
with all its material potentialities. It is the principle figure
of the Divine Seed, the spark of Life itself. Its primal purpose
and function is to create build and to preserve forms of life, hence,
it represents the dynamic seminal essence of the Logos creating
life forms and reveals that the Logoic prana or life force is most
strongly concentrated in the seed or germ of star, planet, man,
animal or plant life.
figure “1”, here stands for the purest and most intensely
concentrated Life. It really represents the “Spiritual Plasma”,
the immortal portion of the Logoic Body developing through means
of successive assimilations. It is seen as embodying the qualities
of the germ that develops the foetus, which pre-exists in the parent,
the final development and characteristic of that germ awaiting only
the right conditions and being developed in Nature. Every seed or
Germ is an ethereal organism, from which evolves a celestial being,
the system of Universal Symbolism, the second digit “1”,
in the eight place reveals that the Spirit of Life is from a spiritual
potency above the whole of the form and that the Life of the Father
repeats itself in its progeny. The fourth “5”, in the
series of four fives in the numeric key falls in the ninth place.
Nine is the Sacred Number of the Third Aspect, the number of the
body or the form.
This numerical symbolism indicates to us that the physical body
or form of Man is built and replicated based upon the Ideal Plan,
the ”5”, furnished by the Mind of the Logos. The physical
body is the active, creative manifestation of the Logos and is consecutively
and serially reproduced and rejuvenated. The Logoic Mind is basic
to everything that exists in the material world. It is most concerned
with the demonstration of Universal Electric Energy and the physical
organisation of the Creative Cosmic Life with active intelligence.
the “1” and the “5”, procreate and reproduce
the Logoic Great Body. In unison, they embody the qualities and
capacities to see the Ideal Reality lying behind the outer objective
form. Objective Idealism asserts that Spirit, the ”1”,
and Mind, the “5”, are basic to everything that exists.
Absolute Idealism asserts that there is only one living Spirit of
which all things are manifestations.
Dual Cipher 15 clearly reveals that the Sixth Ray method is a one-pointed
application of the Will, the “1”, and the Mind, the
“5”, in order to produce the perfect expression of the
Divine Ideals of the Creative Logos.
Universal Figures, the Unit and the Quinary embody the capacity
to manifest the true, sincere and vital expression of the Logoic
Spirit in Form on the physical plane. The “1”, and the
“5”, stand for the production of the Light and the Illumination
of the Mind. As a Dual Cipher, the “15” is the great
symbol of the power and potency of the Creative Logos to focus upon
the Divine Ideal and upon the physical expression of living truth.
Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Magic and Order
The 10th and final digit in the numerical progression of 10 digits
is the Sacred “7”, which ever stands for the power,
periodicity and potency of the Creative Logos in Nature. As you
know, the control of form through a Septenate of Ray Emanations
is an unalterable rule in the inner government of our Universe,
and of our solar system, as well, as in the case of individual man.
“7”, is always viewed, in the pure Pythagorean Code
of Numbers, as a compound number produced through the combination
of the Triad and the Quaternary, that is, the union of the male,
symbolised by the odd number “3”, and the female, symbolised
by the even number “4”.
The supernal Triangle is the realm of Divinity and the Quaternary
is the realm of manifestation of the Divine Form. The “3”,
of the Spiritual Triad spiritualises the “4”, of the
outer Form. The “4”, representing a solid or objective
body, stands for the Matter Aspect. The “3” stands for
the first Divine figure while the “4”, stands for the
first solid body. The “3”, is invisible, the “4”,
is visible on the plane of objective perception. The “3”,
stands for the Pyramid, the “4”, is the number of the
Cube. The “3”, and the “4”, lead to the
use of spiritual powers for Divine Manifestation and the magical
work of interpretation (abstract intelligence) and manifestation
“7”, embodies the understanding of the Plan of the Temple
and is the unified factor co-ordinating the magical work of form
production. A compound digit, born from the union of the “3”,
and the “4”, the Sacred “7”, embodies the
principle of fusion, blending, synthesis and sharing. It embraces
with accurate formation and arrangement that which is Above with
that which is Below with complete conformity with Law.
The “7”, ever stands therefore, for the adaptability
of the form in conformity with the inner Life urges of the Spirit
of the Celestial Logos. It brings into synthetic relationship the
pairs of opposites, negative and positive, life and substance, subjective
reality, and outer form. We see that the Plan of the Celestial Logos
is brought to outer manifestation through the power of the Sacred
In summary, let me say to my future interlocutors in the 21st century
that every student of the Seven Rays eventually finds proofs of
a certain and special character, which become irrefutable and are
undeniable in the long run. For a series of years such mathematical,
geometrical, philosophical, astrological and historical proofs have
been worked by me. Naturally, this is only my personal view, but
then, I have not found that the Key has proved to old or rusty to
turn and does, in fact, unlock the door leading to the arcana of
the innermost Sanctuary hidden within the Heart of the Hierophant
of the Great White Lodge. I have held high the banner of the Esoteric
Sciences and marshalled the time-honoured Figures of Occultism.
The 10 Numerical letters of the Divine Alphabet of Truth now stand
arrayed in battle-order, having been awakened from their age-long
secrecy and presently knock for admission in the modern student’s
Occult arsenal of weaponry. Many were the hints thrown out in the
direction of the astrological key in The Secret Doctrine
and a still greater number of references may be found scattered
throughout the numerous books of the Tibetan. A corner of its veil
was lifted by H.P.B., and then, another and larger rent was made
by A.A.B., and now, finally, the veil has been rent in two, its
gossamer fabric severed by the sweep of the Occult sword. The Dragon
of the Astrological Wisdom, in its numerical interpretation now
restored, naked, and unadorned with fancy, its living figures standing
as living-symbols of pure truth of the Spirit of the Celestial Logos.
has been shown and demonstrated that the numerical and geometrical
portion of the secret sacerdotal language, whose keys are in the
keeping of the hands of the Great Adepts, is not an arbitrary or
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