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12 Fundamental Propositions

The Macrocosmic Logos

"Under the occult method, we must begin with the universal and the whole; in time the individual and the particular will stand revealed, but in relation to the whole." (EA 591)

Our subject is Prototypical Man, the Archetypical or Macrocosmic Logos of the Seven Cosmic Rays and the relationship of His circle of seven solar systems with His circle of twelve zodiacal constellations - or - in other words - the interaction of the seven Great Ray Lives who inform the seven solar systems with the twelve Great Lives who embody the constellations of the zodiac.

It is these relationships with which esoteric astrology deals, and from them the universal can be grasped and the particular understood. Everything in the three worlds is a reflection of that which is found in the heavenly realms and much may be learned through a comprehension of the great Hermetic aphorism, "As above, so below."

The student of the Seven Rays admits the Law of Correspondence and Analogy as the basis of his cosmological premises, and recognizes the Hermetic theory.

Stephen Pugh

Proposition One

Proposition Two

Proposition Three

Proposition Four

Proposition Five

Proposition Six

Proposition Seven

Proposition Eight

Proposition Nine

Proposition Ten

Proposition Eleven

Proposition Twelve

keynote quotes:

"...we can do no more than accept the fact of the inconceivable magnitude of that EXISTENCE which is manifesting through seven solar systems, and the extension of this concept of Being to embrace the entire vault of the Heavens. (TCF 412)

This greater whole, formed of seven parts (or seven solar systems), is itself immersed in the waters of space, is born of desire and, therefore, a child of necessity. (TWM 274)

"Life is the synthesis of all activity-an activity which is a blend of many energies, for life is the sum total of the energies of the seven solar systems, of which our solar system is but one. These, in their totality, are the expression of the activity of that Being Who is designated in our hierarchical archives as the "One About Whom Naught May Be Said. This is the world of Deity Itself, and of it a man can know nothing until he has passed through the major initiations." (EPI 332-333)

In parentheses, it is well to note that this Existence is termed "the One about Whom naught may be said", not because of secrecy or mystery, but because all formulation of ideas about His life and purpose are impossible until one has completed the term of evolution in our solar system. Note, I say, our solar system, not just our planetary existence. Speculation about the Existence who, through His life, informs seven solar systems is wasted energy. (TWM 274)

The relationship the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID to the solar Logos finds a faint analogy in that of the planetary Logos to man, the human unit. It profits not to extend the thought any further. (TCF 801)

12 Fundamental Propositions

Proposition One

Each one of the Seven Great Ray Lives is the recipient and the custodian of energies coming from:

1. The circle of seven solar systems: The Wheel of Life 2.The circle of twelve constellations: The Wheel of Outer Form.

The ray forces do not come from the twelve constellations of the zodiac, but emanate primarily from a world of being and of consciousness which lies behind our solar system, and which themselves come from the seven constellations which form the body of manifestation of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said.

Our solar system is one of these seven constellations. This is the world of Deity Itself, and of it a man can know nothing until he has passed through the major initiations.

It is with the ray influences that we are dealing here, and not with the zodiacal. (EPI 331)

Our cosmic Logos, is known as the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. From the standpoint of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, the seven solar systems are expression of his seven major etheric centers. The ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, is that cosmic Existence Who is expressing Himself through seven centers of force, of which our solar system is one. (EA 554)

The seven Great Ray Lives are impelled to work out the purpose of Their greater Source THE ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. He is the great Existence Who ensouls the seven solar systems and is the great cosmic Entity Who embodies our solar Logos as a center in His Body along with six other solar Logoi Who are, in Their totality, His seven centers. (TCF 393)

Every Great Ray Life is an expression of a solar life and animated by energy pouring into it from the seven solar systems. These seven great Ray Lives express the energy of the cosmic Will, in its planmaking, form-building nature. The nature of the Will is as yet unknown for only the Monad responds to its impact, and only after the third initiation does the initiate somewhat grasp the nature of the sevenfold Will. This "control of form through a septenate of energies" (Old Commentary) is an unalterable rule in the inner government of our universe and of our particular solar system, as well as in the case of individual man. (EA 12)

It is the union of the energies of the circle of seven Rays with the circle of 12 constellation which both produce the essential dualism of all manifested life within the our cosmic system and incidently, our solar system and Earth. "The seven rays express themselves, each through three of the zodiacal constellations. The analogy (but not the correspondence) is that these three constellations are to the life of one of these ray Beings what the three aspects of monad-soul-body are to a man. (EA 603)


Proposition Two

Within the etheric body of the our Macrocosmic Logos, the 12 constellations of the zodiac are the expression of His 12-petaled highest etheric head center and the Quaternary of the One cosmic Life. The seven solar systems are the expression of His seven major etheric centers.

The two Great Wheels, the "Wheel of Seven and the Wheel of Twelve" both rotate around the identical cosmic center, Alcyone. The two wheels are the double links of One and the same Great Life. This "Life" is the Great Intra-Cosmic Logos - i.e., Spirit and Matter, symbolized by the two wheels, inseparable from each other.

The genesis of the host of Ray Logoi takes rise in, and from the "Hub" of the Great Wheel. The Grand Cosmic Sun of the esoteric astrologer is the center to which the motion of the Ray Logoi is to be ultimately referred.

Within the boundary or "ring-pass-not" of the cosmic Logoic system of the ONE OF WHOM NAUGHT CAN BE SAID, it is the seven solar systems and especially the Grand Cosmic Sun that determines the cycles of solar incarnation, solar evolution and the solar progress of the Ray groups of "solar bodies". Solar progress onward is the result of the united activity of the seven solar systems and it is their united activity that produces a uniform and steady cosmic momentum toward a Galactic Star Center in the Unknown wheel of Parabrahman known only to our Great Macrocosmic Logos.


Proposition Three

Alcyone, one of the seven Pleiades, (itself, one of the seven groups of solar bodies) is the star around which the seven solar systems orbit. For example, HPB states: "One of the most esoteric cycles is based upon certain conjunctions and respective positions of Virgo and the Pleiades." (Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, 454)

Within the Pleiades we find the star Alcyone called the "star of the Individual" and the "star of intelligence" as it is the central star marking the axial-inclination of the Universal system of our Individual cosmic Logos. Alcyone marks the point in the Heavens upon which the cosmic Logos rotates and revolves.

The second law of Attraction and Repulsion fundamentally describes the compelling force of attraction that holds our solar system and the six other solar Logoi revolving around our central unit, Alcyone. This is its expression of rotary-spiral-cyclic action, and the solar Logoi's recognition of their divine central cosmic magnet. Knit in a close and corporate union, the seven solar systems all revolve around the Grand Cosmic Sun.

This brings each one of the solar systems under the constant impression of the other six solar systems producing effects upon the united etheric body of the cosmic Logos. It likewise brings the seven solar systems under the inflowing streams of energy from zodiacal wheel of 12 constellations, which reach the solar systems via the Grand cosmic Sun.

This involves the study of the place of the solar Logos within the cosmic system, the study of extra-systemic astronomy, and the consideration of the relation existing between our solar system and the six other solar systems/constellations, and of our cosmic path in the vast arc of the heavens. It bears on the relation of the Seven Suns each with their seven major circulating "lesser" attendants; it concerns the study of their individual axial-rotation and orbits, and their interaction with their respective polar opposites.


Proposition Four

Our solar Logos manifests through the solar system, with its seven principle sacred planets, each of whom embodies one of His seven centers, just as "He in His totality" embodies one of the seven principle centers in the etheric body of our Prototypical cosmic Logos.

The seven solar Ray Logoi are the prototypes of the seven sacred planetary Logoi of our solar system. Each one of the sacred planets is a focal point for the force and power and vibratory life of the seven solar Logoi in exactly the same sense as the seven centers in a human being are the focal points for the influence of a corresponding planetary Prototype.

Each one of the seven solar Logoi has to attain to the consciousness of the cosmic Logos within Whose body He is a center and must find by experience along the Path of cosmic Initiation their respective place within the cosmic group of which they are a sevenfold part. The goal of a solar Logos is to attain to the full consciousness of the cosmic center He represents.

For our solar Logos this takes the span of seven solar systems (mahamanvantaras) of which the first three are minor, the next three major and the final on a minor ray. We are presently in the 2nd major system or 5th and have yet two to run after for Him to attain his ultimate goal. Only in System III will His seven etheric centers be characterized by "the fourth dimensional activity". [TCF 848]


Proposition Five

Each one of the seven solar systems maintains its respective orbital revolutionary period around the cosmic or central sun. The seven types of spiral-cyclic energy generated by their united motion are suggestive of the nature of the solar Logoi which they represent, and their mathematical rates of vibration are accountable for the nature of the seven Ray cycles within our cosmic system.

In other words, the seven solar systems rotate around Alcyone, each in its respective orbital position, and specific mathematical rate of vibration simultaneously appearing to pass through the 12 Great signs of the Greater Zodiac. The circle of seven solar systems affects primarily the soul on its own plane and it is the paramount focal point of the seven solar ray energies. The inner group of seven major or systemic energies work through the seven representative centers in the head.

When a man comes consciously and definitely under his soul ray, then he comes as definitely under the influence of one or other of the seven solar systems according to that Ray. (TWM 438)


Proposition Six

The present Great Ray alignments of our solar system are interpreted only in terms of the present 25,000 year Great Age of Aquarius on the 250,000 year clockwise wheel. The interrelation between the seven rays and twelve signs is only effective in this world period and will remain so until the end of the 25,000 year Aquarian Age.



Proposition Seven

The Wheel of Seven is Occultly ruled by the Perfect number, the "10". The whole astronomical and geometrical portion, as we know, of Occult cosmology is built upon the number 10.

When divided in the manifested sphere, in esoteric rendering, one will find the "3" and "7" that yield 10, or the figure X manifested and differentiated, the triple divine hypo stases and the appearance of the Seven Great Mystery Gods.

The metaphysical significance of Unified Decad, the 10, offers the key to understanding. Three of the Ten are in fact One; existing in possibility, not in action. The Absolute Three contain in the archetypal world only ideative and paradigmatically potentiality.

The potency of formative creation resides with the seven principal forces or Rays. The seven manifested and the three concealed form the complete body of the Cosmic Logos; the higher triangle stands for the invisible and metaphysical world, while the lower septenate for the physical realm.

The Unified Decad, stands for the sum total of the Abstract Three and the manifest Seven Seven Rays and represents the great Intra-cosmic or Macrocosmic Logos in all His Aspects. Just as the Monad is the sum total of the three Aspects and the seven Principles, so is the Head center a replica of this and has within its sphere of influence seven other centers with itself for the synthesis. These seven centers are likewise divided into three major and four minor centers.

As a consequence the Esoteric Numeral 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 Septennially. We see the One Logos radiate forth as fundamental Father-Mother-Son and these three, again, reflected through the seven ray Logoi. In other words, the One Ray demonstrates through the three major Rays and the four minor, making a Divine Septennially.

This symbolizes the same idea as the Sephirothal Tree, ten in all, yet when separated from its supernal triangle, leaving seven. 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 to the second manifested, the Triangle concreting into the Square, and then the seven Rays on the material plane. In the symbols of the Circle, Triangle and Square therefore, 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.


Proposition Eight

The cosmic Logos contains within Himself the three major principles or aspects, and their differentiation into seven principles. These make the ten of His ultimate perfection.

The Perfect 10 (3+7) of the cosmic Logos

Ray I: Monad. Great Bear.

Ray II: Soul. Sirius

Ray III: Personality. Pleiades

The seven centers of the cosmic Logos:

Ray I..............Head...............Great Bear

Ray II.............Ajna................Sirius

Ray III............Throat.............Pleiades

Ray IV.............Heart..............our solar system/constellation

Ray V.............Solar Plexus....Betelgeuse/Orion

Ray VI.............Sacral.............Antares/5th mag. companion

Ray VII............Base...............Draco


"The greater free will of the cosmic system is under limitation, just as is the free will of the system of which we are a part." (IHS 186)

"It must be remembered that the possible cosmic streams of energy available for use in our solar system are seven in number, of which three are major." (TCF 1182)

The Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades, the expression of the three major Ray energies "in a mysterious manner express themselves through the seven rays just as all triplicities subdivide into septenates, yet preserve their identity. These seven energies, emanating from the major three and transmitted via the twelve constellations, are embodied in the seven sacred planets and are represented on our Earth by the seven Spirits before the throne of God (the symbol of synthesis)." (EA595)

Our solar system is yet a part of the sevenfold appearance of that same Essential Cause. As you know, from a study of The Secret Doctrine, our solar system is a tiny reflection or replica of the 1, the 3, the 7, the 12. Because of that innate, inherent correspondence, it has within itself the capacity to respond to the energies emanating from this fountainhead of light and will. (EA 603)


Ray I: The system of the Great Bear In the Body of the One about Whom Naught may be Said the seven stars of the Great Bear correspond to the seven head centers of this Great Entity." (C.F. 182)

"The seven stars in the constellation of the Great Bear are the correspondences to the seven head centers in the body of that Being, greater than our Logos.' (TCF 183)

"The first 'seven stars' are not planetary. They are the leading stars of seven constellations which turn [656] around with the Great Bear (S.D. Vol. III, 195)

"Great Bear, the higher correspondence of Atma." (RI 405)

Ray II: The system of Sirius

In His turn, the Sirian Logos forms one of the seven Grand Heavenly Men, (solar Logoi) who are the centers in the body of ONE OF WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID. (TCF 572)

"This fire of mind has its source in a constellation until recently unrecognized by exoteric science as having any relation of an intimate nature to our solar system, owing to its tremendous distance away. The sun "Sirius" is the source of logoic manas. (TCF 347)

The cosmic mental plane, and therefore with the constellation Sirius. First and foremost is the energy or force emanating from the sun Sirius. If it might be so expressed, the energy of thought, or mind force, in its totality, reaches the solar system from a distant cosmic center via Sirius. Sirius acts as the transmitter, or the focalizing center, whence emanate those influences which produce self-consciousness in man.

The cosmic Ajna Center works as the distributor of soul force and of spiritual energy. It symbolizes the work of at-one-ing the Logoic soul and the body, the subjective and the objective. The sum total of the force petals in the five cosmic centers (excluding the two head centers) amount in all to forty-eight petals. These cosmic energies in their two aspects of physical vital energy and soul qualities make up the ninety-six aspects or vibrations of the two petals of the cosmic Ajna center.

The five centers concern the varying activities of the organism as cosmic man demonstrates his physical instinct, his emotional reactions and his life intention.The five centers of the cosmic Logos, i.e. base of spine, 4 petals, sacral center, 6 petals, solar plexus, 10 petals, Heart center, 12 petals and throat center 16 petals with their combined forty-eight petals are synthesized therefore into the Sirian Ajna center, the expression of the two-petalled lotus, and then we have forty-eight plus two equals fifty, the number of the perfected cosmic personality of the OAWNMBS. Hence, the supreme occult significance of Sirius B orbiting the sun Sirius A in a rotation of 50 year cycles.

Ray III The system of the Pleiades

The Pleiades are the expression of the "feminine opposite of Brahma." (TCF 156)

"...cosmic center around which our system, and the greater system of Sirius revolve. (IHS 191) The Pleiades are the center around which our solar system revolves. (S. D., II, 251, 581, 582) "...the Pleiades, the mothers of the seven aspects of form life and the "wives of the seven Rishis of the Great Bear." They are connected with the Mother (3rd) aspect which nurtures the infant Christ. The cosmic buddhic plane, and the constellation of the Pleiades. (TCF 904)

Ray IV The system of which our sun is the focal point:

Our solar Logos "is the cosmic incarnation of the Christ." (TCF 242) "He, in his turn, forms the Heart center (for God is Love) of a still greater Entity." (IHS 100) The center in the cosmic body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID of which our solar Logos is the embodied force is the heart center.

Our sun is the embodiment of the heart, or love aspect, of the Logos (Who is Himself the heart of ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID) (TCF 156) Thus forming the twelve-petalled Lotus, or the heart center in the Body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID. (TCF 520)

The solar system is literally a twelve-petalled lotus, each petal being formed of forty-nine lesser petals. [TCF 1019] For the positive central life of every form is but an expression of cosmic buddhi, and the downpouring of a love which has its source in the Heart of the Solar Logos; this is itself an emanating principle from the ONE ABOVE OUR LOGOS, HE OF WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. (TCF 1226)

The evolution of the Son, or the cosmic incarnation of the Christ, is of immense importance in the plans of the Being greater than the solar Logos, HE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. The animating principles of allied constellations and systems watch the progress of the evolution of the Son with keenest attention. [TCF 242]

Just as the planet called the earth is regarded as the turning point or the battleground between Spirit and matter, and is therefore, from that very consideration, of great importance, so our solar system holds an analogous place in the cosmic scheme. The cosmic man, the solar Arjuna, is wrestling for His individualized perfected self-consciousness, and for freedom and liberation from the form, and from the not-self. So man on this planet battles for similar ideals on his tiny scale; so battle in heaven Michael and His Angels, or the divine Heavenly Men, Whose problem is the same on the higher scale. [TCF 242]

Ray V The system of Betelgeuse/Orion

The cosmic center in the Body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID which is the source of conscious sensation. "...the solar plexus of that great Existence Whose all-embracing vitality holds our Logos, along with other solar Logoi, within the sphere of His consciousness. (TCF 1253)

Betelgeuse from the occult standpoint is a system of the second order, just as our solar system is one of the fourth order. There is consequently a relation between these two numbers both in the system and the cosmos. "...streams of energy definitely play upon and affect our planetary life, coming from that great star, Betelgeuse which are related to the constellations of the zodiac and whose force reaches us through these constellations and not directly." (EA 15)

The "solar plexus is the center which synthesizes the reactions and the essential virtues of the lower three centers." This point must be borne in mind when studying the system of Betelgeuse/Orion. (TCF 1253)

Ray VI The system of Antares:

"...streams of energy definitely play upon and affect our planetary life from Antares and other stupendous suns and solar systems which are related to the constellations of the zodiac and whose force reaches us through these constellations and not directly." (EA15)

"...it is the most potent constellation as far as our system is concerned owing to the fact that this system predominantly expresses love or attractive energy and our Logos is as yet polarised in His cosmic astral body. (TCF 1249-1250)

In the case of Antares, I remind students wrestling with the controversy between and over the Tibetan's definition of the difference between constellations and solar systems that the super giant Antares itself is not a single star system but composed of at least two suns, thus fitting into D.K's occult definition of a constellation.

Ray VII The system of Draco:

..."the constellation of the Dragon has the same relation to the ONE greater than our Logos as the center at the base of the spine has to a human being." (EA46)

These are the Primary [Laya] star centers qualified by seven different types of energy and limited by Their outward phenomenal appearance in the Cosmic Great Body of the Macrocosmic Logos.

Animating the Seven Centers (which have been created by Them) the Ray Logoi are the sum total of the Consciousness of the Universal Mind and the intelligent Entities through which the intra-cosmic Plan is working out. It is the Emanations of the cosmic centers, functioning within the boundaries of the cosmic system, that gathered together all that now appears.

Through the agency of their cyclic impulses and mathematical rate of vibration, the Ray Emanations give birth to the Universal Forms through which the Divine Ideas of the Intra-cosmic Logos can be carried forward into cosmic completion. All natural events, cosmic divisions of time, ray influences, and astronomical phenomena, with their action and reaction on celestial and terrestrial nature, are based upon and depend upon the cyclical activity of the seven primary [Laya] Star-Centres.

From the uniform and united spiral-cyclic motion of the seven solar systems then, are produced the protoypical mathematical rates of vibration of the Seven Rays. The mathematical rates of vibration are enumerated below:

Ray I: ...1, 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000

Ray II:...5, 50, 500, 5,000, 50,000, 500,000, 5,000,000

Ray III: 9, 90, 900, 9.000, 90,000, 900,000, 9,000,000

Ray IV: 2.5, 25, 250, 2,500, 25,000, 250,000, 2,500,000

Ray V: 3.5, 35, 350, 3,500, 35,000, 350,000, 3,500,000

Ray VI: 1.5, 15, 150, 1,500, 15,000, 150,000, 1,500,000

Ray VII: 7, 70, 700, 7,000, 70,000, 700,000, 7,000,000


Proposition Nine

The seven cosmic Paths or streams of energy, the seven aspects of the cosmic Antahkarana, make in their totality one great cosmic WAY. Each of the Seven Cosmic Paths, leads to one or other of the six solar systems which (with ours) form the seven etheric centers in the body of our cosmic Logos. The identification involved in this process is a cosmic and not a systemic process, and is itself sevenfold in nature.

This sevenfold process we call the sevenfold cosmic Path. The third initiation is only the first major initiation and marks the moment in time and space when the initiate sees truly and for the first time the door which opens on to this sevenfold higher Cosmic Way of cosmic Identification or the Path of the major cosmic initiations.

The study of the cosmic paths reveal the secret of our evolutionary process which proceeds from unity to differentiation, and from differentiation to unity again. The relations between the seven Rays, the Paths and the cosmic centers is enumerated below:

Path I: Ray VII: cosmic Base of Spine. 1-7

Path II: Ray VI: cosmic Sacral center. 2-6

Path III: Ray V: cosmic Solar Plexus. 3-5

Path IV: Ray II: cosmic (dual) Ajna center. 4-2

Path V : Ray IV: cosmic Heart center. 5-4

Path VI: Ray III: cosmic Throat center. 6-3

Path VII: Ray I: cosmic Head center. 7-1


Proposition Ten

We have been taught that the apparent retrogression of the sun through the signs is based upon the precession of the equinoxes and is an integral part of the Great Illusion and, further, that the precession of the equinoxes is both a fact and an illusion.

The Tibetan also instructs us that changes which are all the time taking place due to the gradual shifting and changing brought about by the precession of the equinoxes cause the ray energies transmitted by the various constellations to change with equal regularity and steadiness.

There are, according to D.K. two primary types of ray cycles associated with the zodiac:

a. Those which are connected with a complete zodiacal round, about 25,000 years.

b. Those which are connected with each of the twelve signs, and which come in and out of manifestation approximately every 2,100 years. (EP1 265)

Both of these types of ray cycles are linked with the mathematical rate of the precessional cycle of the Earth. The greater ray cycles in the solar system are linked, under the Law of correspondence, not only to its rotation around an orbit but, as well, to the precessional cycle of the sun. Our sun does not return to the same point in the zodiac (cosmic spring) in its sweep around Alcyone as it reached in the previous sweep. (The correspondence to one year in the Life of our solar Logos.) It falls a little short with each successive sweep and retrogrades backwards through the signs.

There is a cyclic shifting of solar polar inclination, due to the gradually increasing responsiveness of the solar Logos to His cosmic Prototype, (one of the seven cosmic Logoi in the Great Unknown Wheel of Parabrahman) whereby influences from His protoypical cosmic Logos draw, or occultly, "attract," His attention and bring Him more into line with the greater impulsive extra-Cosmic Will.

The sun's axis is, at present, tilted at an angle of 7°15' to the ecliptic. The north ecliptic pole lies in the direction of the constellation of Draco, the Dragon, the cosmic center of the base of the spine and the source or home of the 7th great Ray. It must also be remembered that the orbital revolution of the solar Logoi and the rotation around an orbit even of the cosmic Logoi can be hastened, or retarded, by influences emanating from unknown or unrealized Galactic star centers.


Proposition Eleven

The zodical wheel of 12 constellations, as a unit, demonstrates the two fundamental cosmic motions of axial-rotation and orbital revolution. It therefore, as a "special unity" (containing the inner wheel of the circle of seven solar systems) both rotates on its own polar axis and revolves around its greater Galactic Star Center.

This being the case we must also logically posit that the zodiacal unit itself follows a clockwise precessional cycle within a greater Unknown Zodiac yet still within the "ring-pass-not" of the Unknown Wheel of Parabrahman.

The Great "wheel turns upon itself and rolls from north to south and then from east to west as it progresses onward and, in one moment of time, this it does." (Old Commentary) "The entire question of the revolving wheel with its dual action and its dual effect upon consciousness must remain a difficult and abstruse problem until such time as astrologers have developed a four-dimensional consciousness

"The wheel moves not only clockwise, but both ways at once and also at right angles to itself. It turns every way and both ways simultaneously. (EA 370) It should be remembered that the Crosses also turn, being the spokes of the great wheel. Both motions are in potent opposition and, symbolically speaking, produce eventually that "tearing asunder" which always precedes initiation and illumination and which is testified to by all the mystics and initiates.

This is in reality that which produces the destruction of the veil of illusion and is symbolically referred to in The New Testament as "the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." This constitutes the result of the dual activity of the Great Wheel. (EA 277) "humanity is beginning to mount the Fixed Cross of the disciple, thus reversing its progress upon the circle of the zodiac. (EA 284)

"Owing to the constant movement everywhere, inherent in the solar system and the zodiac - onward, interior and revolving - some idea can be grasped of the intricacy of the entire pattern. "...one of the major difficulties and great problems of the disciple is his extreme sensitivity to impacts from every side and his rapid ability to respond to contacts coming from "all points of the compass, from every angle of the zodiacal wheel and from that which is within as well as from that which is without, from that which lies above, below, and upon every hand," as the Old Commentary expresses it.

The initiate is responsive to planetary, systemic and certain cosmic influences and becomes - like a lens through which "the many lights which are energy itself" can stream and thus be focused upon our planet. "To these energies, the initiate tunes his consciousness and thus becomes a planetary server ." "It must be remembered that, from certain angles, the circle of twelve signs or constellations constitutes a special unity which revolves within our universe of heavens as our planet revolves in the centre of our circle of influences." (EP II 196)

"The zodiacal wheel is itself essentially a cosmic center; it is a twelve-petalled lotus, but it is a twelve-petalled lotus within the thousand-petalled lotus of an unknown cosmic Entity, the One referred to in my earlier books as the One about Whom naught may be said. "(RI339) The great experience of life takes place upon the "three wheels within the wheel of Life". It should be remembered that the Crosses also turn, being the spokes of the great wheel. (EA 94)

The three wheels within the Great Wheel manifest the three basic cosmic energies seeking expression and influence.

If students will bring this idea to the study and understanding of the three crosses within the Great Wheel and will refuse to lose sight of the related triple energies, they will greatly simplify their studies. The Macrocosm eternally reflects itself in man, the microcosm, and hence we have within ourselves the possibility and the potentiality of total comprehension. Correspondingly, the microcosm, when known, holds ever the clue to the Macrocosm.

I. The wheel of the Mutable Cross: Turns with a backwards or clockwise motion from right to left.

II. The wheel of the Fixed Cross: Turns with a forward or anti-clockwise motion:from left to right.

III. The wheel of the Cardinal Cross: This is the "wheel which turns upon itself and rolls from north to south and then from east to west as it progresses onward and, in one moment of time, this it does."The Cardinal Cross in reality governs both processes but this is only understood when initiation has taken place. (EA 152) The energies of the Cardinal Cross blend with the energies to which we can give no greater name than cosmic energy even though that word is meaningless. They carry the quality of the One about Whom Naught may be Said and are "tinctured with the Light of the seven solar systems" of which our solar system is one. (EA 556)

The twelve constellations of the zodiac, each with its own interrelations, peculiar to its own integral Life, form - each of them - part of a triangle of energies. Each of these triangles is a unit in itself but in conjunction with the other triangles forms part of that major quaternary which is the cosmic analogy of the quaternary of the One Life - soul and the dual psychic nature, called in some of the esoteric books kama-manas, plus the vital nature. These four are the expression of the One Ineffable Cause. (EA 609)

I. Aries-Leo-Sagittarius: Soul aspect

II. Libra-Aquarius-Gemini: Mental aspect

III. Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces: Emotional aspect

IV. Capricorn-Taurus-Virgo: Vital/physical aspect

"Astrologers have begun to grasp a dim idea of the interlocking triangles of energy as far as our Earth is concerned in the rather arbitrary division of the twelve constellations into four triplicities, covered by such qualifying terms as earthy triplicity or fiery triplicity, composed each of a cardinal, a fixed and a mutable sign. They thus divide up the entire zodiac into a fourfold group of interlacing and interrelated triads, each conditioned by one of the basic elements and thus qualified. These constitute a series of basic triangles with a definite reference to our planetary life."

The 12 signs of the zodiac which fall therefore into the four categories of Fire, Air, Water and Earth concern primarily the man who lives below the diaphragm, and who utilizes the lower four centers: - the center at the base of the spine, the sacral center, the solar plexus and the spleen.


Proposition Twelve

The seven spiral-cyclic ray periods of the seven racial rays are presently under the astrological control of the zodiacal sign of Pisces. Pisces is the starting point on the clockwise wheel at this time for the greater round of approximately 25,000 years. In other words, each lesser zodiacal ray period of 2,100 years in each sign is still colored by and under the Great 25,000 year Pisces 6th ray rulership. Moreover, Pisces is the Alpha and the Omega on both the greater 250,000 year round of the greater zodiac and the 25,000 year Lesser Zodiac.

Keep in mind; the 250,000 year cycle also moves in the clockwise mode. The 250,000 year period has reference to the rotation of our 4th order solar system around Alcyone and the 25,000 year period has reference to the rotation of our 4th order planetary system. The cumulative forces of the 25,000 year "great 6th Ray Piscean Age" on the 250,000 year greater round are powerful, fundamental and, at this time, potently destructive. According to the Tibetan, we have just simultaneously completed both a 250,000 year round on the "greater" zodiac and a 25,000 year round on the "lesser" zodiac.

He further states that "it must be borne in mind that we are entering another greater round of the Zodiac, and this coincides with the lesser zodiacal activity because Aquarius governs the greater immediate cycle of 25,000 years and is also the sign into which the sun is now moving for a period of 2300 years - a most amazing happening and full of import in our planetary history;"

Both the greater and lesser zodiacal ray cycles of 25,000 years with 12 lesser periods and the greater zodiacal cycles of 250,000 years also with 12 lesser cycles are prefixed by the sacred numbers of the Great 4th Ray, the "25". The "25", strikes the mathematical rate of vibration and keynote for the whole duration of our 4th order solar mahamanvantara. Every 25,000 years,due to the turning of the great wheel the systemic and planetary ray charts are altered and changed to the new emeging ray energies.

Therefore we find:

Greater Zodiac: A 250,000 year period with 12 lesser zodiacal ray periods. Pisces and the 6th Ray rule the present 250,000 year round and it is the Alpha and Omega of the greater round. Pisces marks both the end and the beginning and is, for this great cycle of the zodiac, the Alpha and the Omega. [EA347]

Presently, the sign Aquarius rules the next 25,000 years (almost half-way through the 5,000 year transition period). The great sweep of the sun around the greater zodiac (a period of 250,000 years, or a complete round) came to an end when the sun entered Pisces over two thousand years ago. We are, therefore, not yet free from incidental turmoil. (EA410)

5,000 year transition period between the outgoing Great 6th Ray Age of Pisces and the emerging 25,000 year great 7th Ray Age of Aquarius. "The succession of the greater rounds of the zodiac or a period of cycles of approximately 250,000 years has a correspondence to the life cycle of the Monad. "

Lesser Zodiac:

Lesser round of the zodiac: 25,000 years with with 12 lesser periods: Pisces 6th ray

Alpha and Omega, Pisces is the sign with which the modern world (and by that I refer to an immense long period of time) is primarily concerned, for Pisces is the starting point on the clockwise wheel at this time for the greater zodiacal round of approximately 25,000 years - the date of which beginning is not yet revealed to the modern astrologer or subject to revelation through his science. (EA344)

Presently we are entering the lesser period of Aquarius (half-way through transition period. (emergence 1640A.D.) 7th Ray: Uranus. "The passing of our Sun out of the sign Pisces into the sign Aquarius is another of the conditions bringing about the present confusion. This confusion of forces in the solar system is notably affecting our planet. In the process of passing from sign to sign, as for instance the transiting out of Pisces into Aquarius as is now the case, the period covered is approximately five hundred years. [EA410]

The end of the Piscean Age. This simply means that the energies coming from Pisces during the last two thousand years are now being rapidly superseded by energies coming from Aquarius. These result in major changes in the life of the planetary Logos and potently affect His body of manifestation through the medium of His three major centers: Shamballa, the Hierarchy and Humanity.

Humanity is on its way to a right understanding of services and is learning to react to the steadily imposing will of that great Life who informs the constellation Aquarius, just as our solar Logos informs our solar system and our planetary Logos informs our earth planet. (EPII 122) (EXH 568)

During His cycle of close on two thousand five hundred years, a specific number of men will pass on to the Path of Initiation, and take at least the first Initiation, thus transferring their centers of consciousness out of the purely human into the early stages of the spiritual." [TCF 443]







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