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Alcyone - The Star of the Individual - governing humanity. [D.K.]

 Other Names

  • Eta Tauri
  • HR 1165
  • HD 23630


  • RA 03 47 29.1
  • Dec +24 06 18
  • V 2.87
  • B-V -0.09
  • Spectral Type B7IIIe


  • The brightest of the Pleiades.


 “Even though I am endeavoring to lay the foundation for the new astrology and to provide some measure of technical information from the point of view of the Hierarchy, my underlying motive is ever the same: to indicate the way of living process and to stimulate that divine curiosity and that sense of outgoing spiritual adventure and eager aspiration for progress which is latent in all disciples and which, when stimulated, will enable them to proceed more serenely and sanely upon the [203] Path of Return. Otherwise the practical value of that which I seek to impart is of no real importance at all; I shall be understood and the new astrology will come into being according to the esoteric capacity of those who read and ponder my words”. [DK]

“I would remind you of a basic fact in the evolutionary process which astrology will eventually prove scientifically and past all controversy. This is the fact that energies and forces are pouring upon our system and our planetary lives ceaselessly, potently and cyclically. Yet they are only regarded today as existing when definite response is evoked. They come from all kinds of sources, extraneous to our system and planetary schemes, but until man responds and registers them both scientists and astrologers fail to recognize them and they are as if they were not. This is a point to bear in mind as I continue to teach you, for I may indicate some sources of active energy which may as yet be unknown to you as playing upon our system and its contents. The difficulty will not be because of my inaccuracies but will be owing to the lack of sensitivity in the mechanism of response which mankind and disciples are at present utilizing”. [EA199]

Ponder on this and remember also that our Sun is traveling through space (carrying our solar system along in its sphere of influence) around our own central and conditioning star which it has been rightly presumed exists in the constellation Taurus, the Bull, being found in the Pleiades. At the same time it appears, from the standpoint of our planet, to be passing through the twelve signs of the zodiac; this is a symbol macrocosmically considered, of the dramatic centralized point of view of the individual human being, the microcosm. [E.A.112]

Aquarius relates humanity to the Pleiades and therefore to Taurus in an unusual manner. The key to this relation is to be found in the word desire, leading, through the transmutative processes of life experience, to aspiration and finally the relinquishing of desire in Scorpio. Aquarius, Alcyone and Humanity constitute a most interesting triangle of force. Alcyone is one of the seven Pleiades and is called the "star of the Individual" and sometimes the "star of intelligence." It was potently active during the previous solar system wherein the Third Person of the Trinity was peculiarly omnipotent and active, just as today the cosmic Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is peculiarly active in this solar system. The energies coming from Alcyone impregnated the substance of the universe with the quality of mind. As a consequence of this most ancient activity, the same force was present at the time of individualization in this solar system, for it is in this system, and primarily upon our planet, the Earth, that the major results of that early activity have made themselves felt. Two of our planets, the Earth (non-sacred) and Uranus (sacred), are directly the product of this third ray activity. This is of great importance to remember. I would also ask you to link this thought with the teaching that through the divine center of intelligent activity which we call humanity, the fourth kingdom in nature will eventually act as the mediating principle to all the three lower kingdoms. Humanity is the divine Messenger to the world of form; it is essentially Mercury, bringing light and life to other divine manifestations and of this all divine world Saviors are the eternal symbols

This coming process of planetary service through the third divine center is only truly effective when Aquarius rules and when our sun is passing through that sign of the [EA201] zodiac. Hence the immense importance of the next 2000 years. Therefore, only when a man is a world server and becoming group conscious can this desired objective of manifestation begin to demonstrate. It is beginning to happen today for the first time in planetary history. It is one of the first fruits of initiation and only in the next root race to our present Aryan race will we begin really to understand the significance of the process and the true nature of the energies to be released through the medium of humanity upon the planet. It is for this reason that Jupiter and Uranus (expressions of the second and the seventh rays) are the exoteric and esoteric rulers of Aquarius.

You have, therefore, the following line of force to study:

Alcyone - in 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 aspect which nurtures the infant Christ.

Aquarius - the World Server, the transmitter of energy which evokes magnetic response.

Jupiter and Uranus - planets of beneficent consummation. The second ray of love and the seventh ray which fuses spirit and matter "to the ultimate glory" of the solar Logos are in the fullest eventual cooperation.

Humanity - the focal point for all these energies and the divine distributor of them to individual man and later to the lower three kingdoms in nature.

Thus you see, that from a generalization re the exterior constellations (exterior to the zodiac and the solar system itself) we are becoming more specific, showing how certain stars in these constellations are definitely related by direct [202] lines of energy to our planet; these lines of force usually reach us via one of the zodiacal signs and - in rare cases - directly to a planet. The latter case is, however, exceedingly rare.

Certain of the forces with which we are dealing govern [482] humanity in a peculiar manner and the effect of their influence is to bring about the at-oning of the three planetary centers.

There are four constellations, as you know, which convey the required energies which will make humanity divine. They are Aries, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. I need not enter into an analysis of them as this was covered when we studied each of them earlier and separately. I would, however, like to point out that each of these constellations is closely connected, as a transmitter of energy, with certain stars, lying outside our zodiac altogether, thus connecting our tiny planet with certain great focal points of energy.

Aries, the initiator of impulses (either the impulse to incarnate or the impulse to return to the originating source) is closely in touch with one of the stars in the Great Bear to which we give the name "Pointer" in common parlance. This Pointer is a "major star of direction" because through it (in this world cycle) flows the will to unify and to bring about synthesis. This is the force which brings about the fusion or integration of the personality, the at-one-ment of personality and soul, the unification of humanity or the Great Approach of the Hierarchy to Humanity. It will produce also the integration of our Earth into the body of the "sacred planets" and the consequent establishing of a triangle of force composed of the Pointer, Aries and our Earth. This triangular relationship will have a potent effect upon the solar system as well as upon the planet itself and is also one of the factors producing the shift in the Earth's axis. Related to this triangle is a secondary one within our sun's orbit, composed of Vulcan, Pluto and the Earth. In the Archives of the Great Lodge this is referred, to symbolically as: [483]

This is one of the most interesting and informing astrological symbols I have given you and indicates a most momentous relationship. You have here two major and three minor energies brought into close relation; this is analogous to the two major rays and the three minor rays which condition a human being in manifestation. These are the five energies which concern the informing life of our planet. They produce, in humanity, conscious evolution, direction and the founding of Shamballa upon the Earth. They are the five energies connected with the will-to-be, but from the consciousness angle and not the material expression of manifestation. Their activity and united influence in the realm of consciousness produced the appearance of another triangle: Leo, Polaris and another of the Pointers and these two groups form an interlocking directorate, potently effective in the evolution of consciousness.

You have, therefore, through these related triangles, the appearance of Shamballa and Humanity - the two poles of divine expression - will and activity.

We come now to another triangle, the activity of which produces the manifestation of Hierarchy - the intermediary between Shamballa and Humanity: Scorpio, Sirius and Mars. These, in relation to our Earth, produce the four streams of energy (initiating and transmitting) which lead humanity towards discipleship and initiation.

When the work, of, all these triangles has been concluded, [484] humanity (and in a mysterious sense our Earth) will be functioning in perfect rhythm and will respond to the energies pouring in from Alcyone.

The Seven Sisters, the Pleiades

References in The Secret Doctrine

1.        The Pleiades are the supposed wives of the seven Rishis of the Great Bear. They are also the nurses of the God of War, Mars, the commander of the celestial armies." (Vol. II, 579)

2.        "The Pleiades are the central group of the system of sidereal astronomy.

a.        They are found in the neck of the Bull, the constellation Taurus.

b.        They are therefore in the Milky Way.

c.        They are thus considered (Alcyone, in particular) as the central point around which our universe of fixed stars revolves." (Vol. II, 582)

3.        "The number seven is closely connected with the occult significance of the Pleiades, the six present and the 7th hidden." (Vol. II, 654)

4.        "The Pleiades were at one time the Atlantides and connected with Atlantis and its seven races." (Vol. II, 811)

5.        "One of the most esoteric cycles is based upon certain conjunctions and respective positions of Virgo and the Pleiades." (Vol. II, 454) [658]

From A Treatise on Cosmic Fire

6.        "The Pleiades are to the solar system the source of electrical energy and, just as our sun is the embodiment of the heart or love aspect of the Logos (Who is Himself the heart of the One about Whom Naught may be Said) so the Pleiades are the feminine opposite of Brahma." (The third aspect) (156)

7.        "Our solar system, with the Pleiades and one of the stars of the Great Bear, form a cosmic triangle or an aggregation of centers in the body of the One about Whom Naught may be Said." (182)

8.        "Two other systems, when allied with our solar system and the Pleiades make a lower quaternary." (182)

9.        "The sun, Sirius, is the source of the Logoic mind (manas) in the same sense that the Pleiades are connected with the evolution of mind in the seven Heavenly Men and Venus was responsible for the coming of mind to the Earth." (347)

10.     "Sirius, the Pleiades and our Sun form a cosmic triangle." (375)

11.     "The Pleiades are negatively polarized to our seven schemes." (377)

12.     "Our seven planetary Logoi are transmitters, via Their seven schemes to the seven stars of the Pleiades." (378)

13.     "Three constellations are connected with the fifth logoic principle in its threefold manifestation: Sirius, two of the Pleiades and a small constellation whose name must be intuitively ascertained." (699)

14.     "Three great waves of energy sweep cyclically through [659] the entire solar system from...the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades, from that one in particular who is occultly termed "the wife" of the planetary Logos whose scheme will eventually receive the seeds of life from our planet which is not considered a sacred planet"...(1052)

15.     "Cosmic evil...consists in the relation between that spiritual intelligent unit or "Rishi of the Superior Constellation," as He is called (Who is the informing Life of one of the seven stars of the Great Bear) and our planetary Prototype and one of the forces of the Pleiades...The Seven Sisters are occultly called the "seven wives" of the Rishis...(990)


Inextricably bound up with the secret symbolical arithmetical language of the Initiates is the supreme mystery the Central Spiritual Sun. In Occult Cosmogony it is the ever mysterious Central Sun which is the parent root source of the 10 Sacred Numbers which lay at the base of the Manifested Universe. On the theme of the Central Sun in Vol. XII of her Collected Writings, H.P.B. wrote:

"It is towards this eternal Esse that everything, as every being, is gravitating, gradually, almost imperceptibly, but as surely as the Universe of stars and worlds moves towards a mysterious point known to, yet still unnamed by, astronomy and called by the Occultist - the Central Spiritual Sun." ( pg. 46)

The whole order of Kosmos evinces a progressive march towards this higher Life, the One Homogeneous Divine Substance-Principle which is latent in every atom in the Universe, and is the Universe itself. It is the central point, the omnipresent impersonal Reality from which all energies emerge, around and towards which all Kosmos gravitates. Even exoteric science is forced to accept the notion of a Grand Cosmic Sun astronomically, for it cannot refute the presence in our sidereal space of a central body in the Milky Way which the host of Ray Logoi turn around because the whole physical universe gravitates towards it manifested centre - cosmically.

Theo-Astrologers, schooled in the metaphysical aspects of Occult Cosmology maintain upon the plane of the Great Illusion or [Mahamaya], the [Ever-Invisible] Primary Body of the noumenal Universe, [i.e., the Central Spiritual Sun,] casts a "shadow" and thus, appears a central physical star - [Its] visible "reflection." This means, while it remains a "Principle" in the relatively noumenal Universe, it becomes "Substance" on the plane of the manifested Universe, an Illusion. Beautifully expressed, in the grand philosophical and highly poetical language of the Archaic Doctrine it is expressed thusly:

"A bright star dropped from the Heart of eternity; the beacon of hope on whose Seven Rays hang the Seven Worlds of Being." (Vol. 1, 5:4. 179.)

Though in a neutral or laya state the Central Spiritual Sun is, nevertheless, the one attracting, as also the ever emitting, Life-Centre of the noumenal Universe. Visualised from the purely abstract metaphysical point of view, it is seen as the seven faceted "Jewel in the Lotus" centred in the Hub of the One Great Wheel of our small Universe. In Esoteric astrology it is maintained that the supra-divine Essence of the intra-cosmic Logos is equally in every domain and place. The Central Sun is simply the centre of its Universal Life-Electricity and is the reservoir within which that Divine Radiance, already differentiated at the beginning of every new period of activity, is focussed. During the inactive periods of rest or "Sandhyas" between Mahamanvantaras or Universal Manifestation causality is latent and the Central Sun only emits what H.P.B, terms "passive Creative Light." It is only with the commencement of the active period of manifestation the Central Sun gives rise to a ceaseless stream of ray vibrations whose energies attain increasing volume and power and imparts a definite mode of motion to the [Laya] star-centres within its sphere of action. Thus, there is but one Absolute Basis in the spiritual sense, from which is built for purpose of manifestation the Kosmos. H.P.B. writes:

"Outside the boundaries of the Solar System, it is other Suns, and especially the mysterious Central Sun - "the Abode of the Invisible Deity" as some reverend gentlemen have called it - that determines the motion and the direction of bodies."
(Vol.2. 396)

Alcyone is the Great Group “point at center” for the One Cosmic Hierarchy and the center of the sweep of the circle of the Seven cosmic Initiates, the Lords of the Seven Great Creative hierarchies. Alcyone is seen as the seven faceted atomic Jewel at the central Hub of the Great Wheel. It is the supreme symbol of Synthesis, consummated light expression and the cosmic Whole. All Seven of the cosmic Paths eventually lead via the Seven Centers to the central Hub of the Great Wheel and all Seven strands of the Great intra-cosmic Antahkarana emanate from it.






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