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Two Articles by Stephen Pugh


Orion, is by far the most famous seasonal constellation. No other is more distinguishable or bright as this northern winter constellation.

The three stars of famous Orion's Belt makes it easy to find in the night sky. One of only three constellations to have two first magnitude stars, it also has the fourth and seventh-ranked 2nd magnitude stars - Bellatrix (magnitude 1.64) and number 7 is Alnilam, (Delta Orionis.)

The name ORION translates from Latin as "the female warrior" (a contrast with Orion as a giant male warrior), and sometimes as the "Amazon Star." She is great, due to the brilliance of Her stars:

Topping the list in beauty are the "5" stars of blue Rigel, and red Betelgeuse, at either end of the long vertical arm of Orions' cross, plus the three blue stars of the short horizontal or traverse arm.

These "5" bright stars so dazzle that we tend to pay less heed to Orion's other bright stars, Bellatrix (which ranks number 3) and Saiph (number 6, and brighter than Mintaka at the right-hand end of the traverse arm).

 

STAR COLORS KELVIN TEMPERATURE

The colour of stars are related to their age. Young stars generate more energy and are hotter shining brightly with a blue or white light. As they grow old the energy they produce dwindles and their temperature drops; the dominant light emitted then turns from white to yellow though to orange and
finally red, much like the dying embers of a coal fire. For example, the surface temperature of Betelgeuse is cooler than the Sun, as it is approximately 3000°C, compared with 6000°C for Sol.

 

BETELGEUSE ....Dull Red................................3,100 Kelvin
BELLATRIX .......Blue-white luminous ...........21,500 Kelvin.
RIGEL ...............Brillant white.......................11,000 Kelvin.
ALNILAM ..........Brilliant blue........................25,000 Kelvin.
MINTAKA ..........Blue......................................30,000 Kelvin
ALNITAK ...........Blue......................................31,000 Kelvin.
SAIPH ...............Sparkling blue-white light.....26,000 Kelvin.


ORDER OF BRIGHTNESS
DISTANCE LIGHT YEARS
LUMINOSITY

1. RIGEL....................1000 light years......40,000 Suns.

2. BETELGEUSE........600 light years.......40,000 solar to 100,000.

3. BELLATRIX...........470 light years.......6,400 times solar

4. ALNILAM.............1340 light years......375,000 solar luminosities

5. ALNITAK..............800 light years.......10,000 times solar

6. SAIPH....................720 light years.......57,500 times solar.

7. MINTAKA.............915 light years.......70,000 times solar.


RAY, CENTER
& STAR CORRELATIONS

TO THE SEVENFOLD CONSTELLATION
OF THE COSMIC LOGOIC SOLAR PLEXUS CENTER
OF THE OAWNMBS:
(postulated)

RAY I.

HEAD center.

ALNILAM.

Lit., "arrangement" (of pearls; middle of belt)

A R R A N G E M E N T
1 + 9 + 9 + 1 + 5 + 7 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 2 = [53] = 8

The word arrangement equals the same value as ALNILAM, the "8". In the [AN] value of the word arrangement we find the key dual sacred cipher, once again, the "53" or '35" of the 5th great cosmic Ray. The names Betelegeuse and Orion both contain the sacred "35".

Other Names: Alnihan; Alnitam. (Epsilon Orionis). Spectral Type B0Ia. The numerology of the stars' name equals [26] or "8", the master Number, the Alpha and the Omega. The [AN] value of 26 show that the master Head star of Orion is primarily of the 2nd order and intimately related to the Astral plane, the 6th cosmic plane.

The [RAN} value, of the master center is the "8", (1+7= 8), thus linking spirit and matter on all seven planes and the head, 1st center, and the base of the spine center, the 7th center. Alnilam, a hot B (B0) bright supergiant, is notably the most luminous. From Alnilam's measured (though rather uncertain) distance of 1340 light years, it spectacularly radiates (after correction for its great amount of ultraviolet light) 375,000 solar luminosities from its 25,000 Kelvin surface, and is so hot that it illuminates its own (faint) nebulous cloud from the surrounding interstellar gases.

 

RAY II. AJNA.

ALNITAK.

The numerology of the star name equals [23] or "5", the sacred number of the 2nd ray. Alnitak is a binary like 2nd ray Mizar/Alcor and 2nd ray Sirius A and Sirius B.

 

RAY III. THROAT.

MINTAKA

Numerology equals [24] or "6" "MIN", the root sound and of the name has a value that equals [4+9+5 18=9], the sacred number of the 3rd ray.

The 6 and the 9 are the identical glyph merely inverted showing clearly the negative-positive polarity and intimate lower-upper connection between the sacral and the throat centers.

 

RAY IV. HEART.

BELLATRIX.

Also called Gamma Orionis or the 'Amazon Star', it is a class B2 III star, which means it is a very hot, young giant star with a surface temperature of about 15-20,000 degrees.

It is at a distance of 470 light years, and has a luminosity about 4000 times that of the Sun. If the Earth were orbiting this star at its same distance from our Sun, the solar radiation at the surface of the Earth would be 4000 times as high and no life would be possible.

Most of the bright stars in Orion are very young, perhaps only 50 million years old.

Esoteric numerology of the stars' name equals [40], or "4", the 4th center, the Heart.

It was once thought that all women born under the sign of Bellatrix would be fortunate and have the gift of speech. The star's name is often translated as Female Warrior or Amazon, and another name sometimes seen is, as just mentioned, "Amazon Star".

 

RAY V. SOLAR PLEXUS.

BETELGEUSE.

Bayer/Flamsteed Name: 58Alp Ori
Magnitude: 0.50 ; Spectral Type: M1-2I
Henry Draper Catalogue Number: 39801
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Number: 113271
Right Ascension: 5h55m10.3s ; Declination: 7° 24'25"

Notes: on the "5": RA: (5h55m = 555). (58 Alp Ori), the numbers of the 5th plane (3+5=8). (mag.0.50), the number of the 5th ray, the "5". Right Ascension: 5 hours. Declination: 5 degrees.

Notes: VariableOrange-Red Supergiant (M2 Iab Spectral Class). 3300K surface temp. The star names'numerology reduces to an [AN] value of "35", and an [RAN] value of [8,], the sacred numbers of the 5th plane, 5th ray and the solar plexus center. Betelgeuse, a well-known red super giant star, is also known as Alpha Orionis.

Betelgeuse can be likened to an enormous "boiling" ball of gas heated by the release of energy from nuclear fusion in its core. The circulating boiling pattern -- convection -- appears as large regions of hot upwelling gas on the star's surface. The bright red star is a red supergiant about 10 times more massive than the sun.

Betelgeuse actually changes its brightness. Astronomers now know that these regular brightness variations are caused by Betelgeuse's rhythmic change in size over an approximately six-year cycle. If at the location of the Sun, Betelgeuse -- one of the largest stars in our galaxy -- would extend to the asteroid belt, swallowing Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

The temperature of Betelgeuse's atmosphere has been measured to a height beyond the orbit of Uranus, more than six times larger still than Betelgeuse itself. The new picture of Betelgeuse's atmosphere also helps resolve the mystery of how massive amounts of dust and gas are expelled from red supergiant stars, an important source of enrichment for the interstellar medium. If their atmospheres were entirely very hot at lower levels, dust grains would not be able to condense there. Dust grains could possibly condense at higher levels, but there they would not get enough "push" from the star's radiation to explain their outward movement.

In the new picture, the relatively cool environment at lower levels allows dust grains to condense effectively; here they can be strongly propelled by the more-intense starlight, carrying gas with them. Indeed, dust has previously been inferred to form sporadically near Betelgeuse's surface, but its presence there was difficult to reconcile with the old picture.

Pronounced BET-el-jooze, the star's size varies from 419 to 580 million kilometers or the equivalent of 260 to 360 million miles in diameter, which is about the size of Mars' orbit. The dull red "Giant" is 33 times larger than our sun. Betelgeuse's color is described as a golden orange that has some red to it. Betelgeuse's temperature is estimated at 3300 degrees Kelvin (5120 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature is cool compared to other regular stars since Betelgeuse is a red super giant.

Betelgeuse is also the brightest "naked eye"variable star; its magnitude changes often, with an average period of variability of six years. It's brightness sometimes rises to 0.4 magnitude and it also may drop to 1.2 magnitude at its minimum brightness. Its average magnitude is 0.7 and is the 12th brightest star in the sky. As a massive red supergiant, it is nearing the end of its life and will soon become a supernova.

It was the first star seen as a sphere instead of a point of light by the Hubble Space Telescope on March 3, 1995, a red supergiant star about 600 light years distant, is seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image - the first direct picture of the surface of a star other than the Sun. A bright, as yet unexplained hotspot is revealed on its surface.

While Betelgeuse is cooler than the Sun, it is more massive and over 1000 times larger. If placed at the center of our Solar System, it would extend past the orbit of Jupiter.

Betelgeuse is also known as Alpha Orionis, one of the brightest stars in Orion, the Hunter. Like many star names, Betelgeuse is Arabic in origin.

 


RAY VI. SACRAL.

RIGEL.

The star's name numerology equals number "33", or [6], the number of the 6th ray, 6th plane and the 6th sacral center. Beta Orionis (Rigel) has a 10.4 visual magnitude companion at 202º and a wide 9.5" separation. This is a fixed system.

The brightest star in the constellation is Rigel. It is truly an extraordinary star which contrasts strongly with Betelgeuse. Although 65 times the size of the sun, it is nowhere near as large as Betelgeuse although it is far denser and hotter.

Rigel radiates nearly one hundred time more energy than Betelgeuse and shines brilliant white. Astronomers use a standard distance to compare the brightness (luminosity) of stars. The luminosity of a star is calculated as it would appear if it were placed at a distance equal to 10 parsecs from Earth; a parsec being 3.26 light-years, so 10 parsecs is equal to 32.6
light-years. If both the Sun and Rigel where placed side by side at a distance of 10 parsecs, Rigel (which actually lies at the remote distance of 1000 light-years) would shine as brightly as a crescent Moon, while the Sun would appear as very faint star barely visible to the naked-eye - in short Rigel's luminosity is some 50,000 time greater than our own Sun and its surface temperature twice as hot.

If we could cross the void and visit this gigantic powerful star we would be greeted by a spectacular sight. Rigel is actually a triple star system with Rigel B, a smaller blue companion
which orbits Rigel, and Rigel C which orbits Rigel B. The distance between Rigel and Rigel B is about 23 light days, while Rigel B and C are extremely close companions separated by about the diameter of our solar system. A small telescope
will show Rigel B.


RAY VII. BASE OF SPINE.

SAIPH.
Lit. "sword" or (hilt).

The Esoteric numerology of the stars' name equals [26] or "8",
directly linking the 7th or Basic center with the 1st or Head center, Alnilam, as both share the identical alpha and reduced alpha numbers: 2+6 = 8.

The word "sword" equals a [AN] value of "25", the sacred number of the 4th ray and stand stand for the fourfold base of spine lotus; moreover, it reduces to number '7", the number of the 7th ray and 7th center.

The word "hilt" itself equals umber "22", or the "4", of the basic center, as 8+9+3+2 = 22 = 4.


THE INNER TRIAD

The constellation's main feature is of course the three stars which form the "belt" or short traverse arm of the cross in the middle of Orion: from west to east Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak. Even the Bible makes reference to this famous group. God, while pointing out how all-powerful he was, is
purported to have asked Job if he (Job) was able to "loose the bands of Orion" (Job 38.31).

MINTAKA ... the western star. (Delta Orionis, 34 Orionis)
The rightmost of the stars that make up Orion's Belt is also the faintest, as seen from Earth (northern hemisphere). In fact, Mintaka is a highly luminous body, but appears faint due to its great distance: it is almost 1,000 light years from the Solar System.

MINTAKA (Delta Orionis). Orion is defined by his great belt, three bright second magnitude stars in a row that the ancient Arabs called "the string of pearls," which is the meaning of the name of the middle star, Alnilam.

The two flanking stars, eastern Alnitak and western Mintaka, both come from Arabic phrases that mean "the belt of the Central One," the Central One is the Arabic personification of our Orion, a woman lost to history.

Mintaka is the seventh brightest star in Orion, and the faintest of the three belt stars. One of the sky's brightest stars, first through third magnitude, Mintaka is closest to the celestial equator, only a quarter of a degree to the south,
the star rising and setting almost exactly east and west. The star is wonderfully complex. A small telescope shows a seventh magnitude companion separated by almost a minute of arc. At Mintaka's distance of 915 light years (very nearly the same as Alnitak at the eastern end of the belt), the faint companion orbits at least a quarter of a light year from the bright one. In between is a vastly dimmer 14th magnitude component.

The bright star we call Mintaka is ALSO double, and consists of a hot (30,000 Kelvin) class B, slightly evolved, giant star and a somewhat hotter class O star, each radiating about 70,000 times the solar luminosity, each having masses somewhat over 20 times the solar mass. This pair is too close to be separated directly. The duplicity is known through the star's spectrum (its rainbow of light), which detects two stars orbiting each other every 5.73 days, and also because the stars slightly eclipse each other, causing a dip of about 0.2 magnitudes.

Mintaka is most famed, however, as a background against which the thin gas of interstellar space was first detected, when the German astronomer Johannes Hartmann in 1904 discovered absorptions in the star's spectrum that could not be produced by the orbiting pair. From this discovery, and others that followed, we now know that all of the Galaxy's interstellar space contains an enormously complex medium of gas and dust that is the birthplace of new stars. Mintaka will also, to some distant generation of astronomers, be famed in death, as each of its components is so massive that their only fate is to explode violently as supernovae.

RAY III. ALNILAM.
The central star.
(Epsilon Orionis, 46 Orion) is the "middle" and "brightest of the three. The buckle on Orion's Belt - the central of the three famous stars that cross the central parts of Orion.

Alnilam is a blue supergiant, a massive and hot star. It lies close to the dense Orion Molecular Cloud, and brightens part of this cloud to form its own reflection nebula, catalogued as NGC 1990.

ALNILAM (Epsilon Orionis). "Three brilliant stars mark the belt of Orion the Hunter, from right to left (west to east) Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak.

The names of all three refer to the whole set. The outer two are named after the "belt" of the Arabs "Central One (a mysterious feminine figure), while Alnilam comes from an Arabic word that aptly means "the String of Pearls," which the trio so well represents.

The brightest of the Belt stars (which Bayer lettered in alphabetic order, again from right to left, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta), and ranking fourth in the whole constellation, Alnilam shines at bright second magnitude (1.70).

Though all three stars have similar colors, classes, and temperatures, Alnilam, a hot B (B0) bright supergiant, is notably the most luminous: it is brightest even though farthest away, half again farther than the other two (which lie at nearly the same distance, about 870 light years). From Alnilam's measured (though rather uncertain) distance of 1340 light years, it spectacularly radiates (after correction for its great amount of ultraviolet light) 375,000 solar luminosities from its 25,000 Kelvin surface, and is so hot that it illuminates its own (faint) nebulous cloud from the surrounding interstellar gases. Alnilam has served for many years as a "standard star" against which to compare others. Its brilliant blue and relatively simple spectrum also provides a fine background against which to study the gases of the
intervening interstellar space.

Like most supergiants, Alnilam is losing mass. A powerful wind blows from the star's surface at speeds up to 2000 kilometers per second, the flow rate two millionths of a solar mass per year (20 million times that from the Sun). Though seemingly single, which disallows direct measure of mass by means of a double-star orbit, the luminosity tells of an evolving star with a mass some 40 times solar.

Currently, only 4 or so million years old, its internal hydrogen fusion is shutting down, if it has not done so already. The star will shortly turn into a magnificent red supergiant far more luminous than nearby (on the sky)
Betelgeuse, its only fate someday to explode.

 

RAY III. ALNITAK. The eastern star.
The last of these stars is also known as zeta Orionis, and is a well known, in direct correspondence to the 3rd ray, a "triple" star system.

The primary is a blue-white star, and its companion (165º, 2.3") is a dull red. Close by, just to the south, is the renowned Horsehead Nebula, a so-called dark nebula that is not visible in scopes but quite spectacular in long-exposure photographs. Zeta Orionis (1.9, 4.0) has a very slow orbit of 1509 years, and is currently at 165º and 2.3" separation.

ALNITAK (Zeta Orionis).

The easternmost of the three stars that make up Orion's Belt, Alnitak is a well-known triple star system. The primary is an O-type supergiant, one of the most luminous of star-types, meaning that shines as brightly as magnitude +1.7 despite being more than 800 light years away.

The name of the left hand star (northern hemisphere), Alnitak (Zeta Orionis), stands in for the whole string, and comes from a phrase that means "the belt of al jauza," "al jauza" the Arabs
female "central one." Separate Alnitak from the belt and it becomes a most remarkable star in its own right, the brightest class O star in the sky, a hot blue supergiant. Tucked right next to it is a companion, a blue class B hydrogen-fusing star about three seconds of arc away, the pair orbiting each
other with a period estimated to be thousands of years long. The region around Alnitak is remarkable as well, containing several dusty clouds of interstellar gas, including the famed "Horsehead Nebula" to the south. Alnitak approaches first magnitude even though at a distance of 800 light years.

To the eye (ignoring the companion), it is 10,000 times more uminous than the Sun. However, its 31,000 Kelvin surface radiates mostly in the ultraviolet where the eye cannot see, and when that it taken into account, Alnitak's luminosity climbs to 100,000 times solar. Such brilliance can only come from a star of great mass, Alnitak's estimated to be about 20
times solar (its dimmer companion's about 14 times solar). Like all O stars, Alnitak is a source of X-rays that seem to come from a wind that blows from its surface at nearly 2000 kilometers per second, the X- rays produced when blobs of gas in the wind crash violently into one another. Massive stars use
their fuel quickly and do not live very long.

Alnitak is probably only about 6 million years old (as opposed to the Sun's 4.5 billion year age) and it has already begun to die, hydrogen fusion having ceased in its core. The star will eventually become a red supergiant somewhat like Betelgeuse and almost certainly will explode as a supernova, leaving its companion orbiting a hot, madly spinning neutron star."

 

 

 

 

THE OUTER SQUARE: The 4 corners of the constellation are formed by:

Northwest....Betelgeuse.
North east...Bellatrix.
Southwest....Saiph.
Southeast....Rigel.

 

RIGEL (Beta Orionis, 19 Orionis)

The pattern of Rigel's variability suggests that it is turbulent and
energetic, with the star's internal processes sending complex patterns of
waves and ripples across its surface regions. The pulsating blue supergiant
Rigel has a diameter of about 100 million kilometres, some seventy times
that of the Sun. In the far distance a double blue star is visible - Rigel's
much less luminous companions. A blue supergiant star that remains very
bright despite lying almost 800 light years away. As the brightest star in
Orion, Rigel ranks as the seventh brightest star in all the heavens. It is a
visual binary; its companion is much fainter, but quite visible if you are
persistent enough. Beta Orionis (Rigel) has a 10.4 visual magnitude
companion at 202º and a wide 9.5" separation. This is a fixed system. RIGEL.
Like its rival in Orion, Betelgeuse, Rigel (Beta Orionis) is a supergiant.
Though Rigel is Orion's Beta star, it appears to us somewhat brighter than
the Alpha star, Betelgeuse, perhaps suggesting that Betelgeuse was somewhat
brighter in times past. Rigel ranks 7th in visual brightness, just behind
Auriga's Capella. At a distance of 775 light years, Rigel actually shines
with the light of 40,000 Suns. It is a "blue supergiant," a fairly hot star
with a surface temperature (11,000 Kelvin) about double that of our Sun. Its
warmer temperature gives it a bluish-white light that contrasts beautifully
with Betelgeuse. If the hot star's invisible ultraviolet radiation is
considered, the luminosity climbs to 66,000 solar, the radiation pouring
from a star 70 times the solar size. Rigel is accompanied by a fairly
bright, seventh magnitude companion nine seconds of arc away. Normally such
a star is easily found in a small telescope, but Rigel's brilliance nearly
overwhelms it. With an original mass around 17 times that of the Sun, Rigel
is in the process of dying, and is most likely fusing internal helium into
carbon and oxygen. The star seems fated to explode, though it might just
make it under the wire as a rare heavy oxygen-neon white dwarf. Rigel is a
part of a large association whose stars are related by birth. The group
includes the stars of Orion's Belt, the Orion Nebula of Orion's sword and
its illuminating stars, and many of the other hot blue-white stars in the
constellation.


BETELGEUSE (Alpha Orionis, 58 Orionis)

Carefully note the Galactic position and direction of Betelgeuse relative to
Earth's Sun. Note that, at this extreme scale, the two stars are effectively
in the same place. The Betelgeuse system - (the 5th Ray system) includes at
least five companion stars in orbit around the vast central Red star, which
is truly immense. Betelgeuse, the great 5th ray giant, is in fact one of the
largest stars known, with a diameter up to one thousand times that of the
Sun. This diameter is not fixed: the matter in Betelgeuse's outer shells
swells and contracts by up to a quarter of its volume, over an irregular
period of about "FIVE" years. This factor is reflected in its shifting
magnitude when viewed from Earth. It is significant to note as well,
patterns of 'starspots' have also been detected on Betelgeuse's surface.
Betelgeuse is a star in the last stages of its life. It has evolved to the
point where its raw material for nuclear fusion has almost been exhausted,
and it is approaching the point - a matter of just a few million years from
now - where a supernova will occur. BETELGEUSE glows with a dull red.
Although labelled alpha Orionis, it is less bright than beta Orionis
(Rigel), in the opposite corner of the constellation, to the southwest. Yet
if slightly less bright, it is much larger, estimated at around 250 Suns. If
one were to replace our Sun with Betelgeuse, its size would completely
engulf the Earth and extend as far as Mars. BETELGEUSE. The great star
Betelgeuse is one of the two that dominate mighty Orion of winter, the other
Rigel, the pair respectively called Alpha and Beta Orionis. The name
Betelgeuse is a corruption of the Arabic "yad al jauza," which means the
"hand of al-jauza," al-jauza the ancient Arabs' "Central One," a mysterious
woman. For us, it marks the upper left hand corner of the figure of the
Greek's ancient hunter (and since he is facing you, his right shoulder). One
of the sky's two first magnitude supergiants (the other 6th Ray Antares),
5th ray Betelgeuse is one of the larger stars that can be seen, indeed one
of the larger stars to be found anywhere. At its approximate distance of 425
light years, its measured angular diameter yields a radius 630 times that of
the Sun, 2.9 astronomical units. The star is so large that it is the first
ever actually directly imaged as a "disk" from Earth (by the Hubble Space
Telescope). From its size and temperature, allowing for its infrared
radiation, Betelgeuse shines an amazing 60,000 times brighter than our Sun
with a luminosity from 40,000 solar to 100,000 solar. Whatever the actual
numbers, Betelgeuse is clearly a highly evolved star, one whose central
hydrogen fuel supply has run out. As a result, the core contracted into a
hot dense state, and the outer portions swelled outward. We do not really
know the star's condition at the moment, but the odds are that it is now in
the process of fusing helium into carbon and oxygen in its core. Betelgeuse
is variable over long time periods, is ejecting part of itself through a
strong wind, and is surrounded by a huge shell of dust of its own making.
The wind and variability are perhaps related to huge hot spots on the star's
surface, one of which was seen by Hubble.


BELLATRIX. (Gamma Orionis)

Again, carefully note: The Galactic position and direction of Bellatrix relative
to Earth's Sun. Note that,at this extreme scale, the two stars are effectively
in the same place. In common with many stars, the blue giant Bellatrix has a
smaller and fainter companion. The star BELLATRIX's name is often
translated as "Female Warrior" or "Amazon", and another name sometimes
seen is "Amazon Star". BELLATRIX is Blue-white luminous and certainly
lives up to Her grand name. It is one of the hotter naked eye stars. With a
temperature of 21,500 Kelvin (at the hot end of class B. Its measured
distance of 240 light years shows it to radiate (accounting for a lot of
ultraviolet radiation from the hot surface) 6400 times more light than does
the Sun. If Bellatrix has not already ceased hydrogen fusion in its core, it
will soon, and is even now classed as a "giant." Such hot giants however,
are nowhere near as large as the classical orange and red giants. (Carrying
eight or nine solar masses, Bellatrix will become such an orange giant in at
most a few million years, and then die quietly as a massive white dwarf; it
is not quite large enough to explode). The star's great luminosity comes not
so much from its diameter (six times that of the Sun), but from its high
temperature. The small but measurable angular diameter gives the same
physical dimension as calculation from luminosity and temperature, telling
us that all our measures are right on the mark.


SAIPH (Kappa Orionis).

As bright as it is, mid-second magnitude (2.06), "Saiph" comes from a longer
Arabic phrase that means the "sword of the giant," and originally referred to
Orion's famed Sword that drops below his belt One of the hotter stars in the
constellation, Saiph, with a temperature of 26,000 Kelvin (hot class B),
shines with a sparkling blue-white light. At a distance of 720 light years, it
pours its radiation into space at a rate 57,500 times greater than does the Sun.
Though at about the same distance as Rigel, Saiph looks fainter because its
much higher temperature causes the star to radiate much of its light in the
invisible ultraviolet. From its spectrum -- its array of colors -- Saiph is classed
as a "bright supergiant," implying that it is well along in its evolution, having
entirely stopped hydrogen fusion. Confusingly, however, its luminosity and
temperature place it close to the region of hydrogen-fusion stability, as if it
were just in the process of developing into a supergiant. Whether true
supergiant or not, it is still large, both the luminosity combined with temperature
and a direct measure of angular diameter agreeing on a star about 11 times the
size of the Sun. Saiph seems to be single, and though it has a few peculiarities
(notably a slightly variable spectrum), it makes a good background source of
light with which we can study the matter in interstellar space. Though its
chemical composition seems otherwise normal, Saiph has only about a tenth
the solar carbon abundance. The star's great luminosity tells of a large mass
perhaps around 15-17 times that of the Sun. At such a mass, the star will (after
expanding into a red supergiant) fuse its interior elements into iron, which will
then collapse. And Saiph will explode.

 

and continuing ...

more on Names and Numbers of ORION

 

Dear Brothers,

I awoke early this morning "crunching" and extrapolating more star "names &
numbers" in my mind - not unsual "mental gymnastics" but this morning the
name ORION came strongly to mind and it was "impressed" upon me to share the
following numerical explanations.

Let me therefore explain, in the systemof spiritual mathematics, somewhat the
significance of ORION. In EsotericNumerology the "five" sounds of the name
ORION equal the [AN] Alpha Number value of "35", the "Sacred Number of
the Logos of the 5th cosmic Ray as 6+9+9+6=5=(35)=8.

The fifth Ray word of Power confirms the fundamental assertion that the
Sacred Number of the 5th Ray Logos is "35". The 5th Ray Word of Power:

"Three Minds unite"

(2+8+9+5+5)+(4+9+5+4+1)+(3+5+9+2+5)=(76)=(13)=(4)

This asserts the fact that the Universal Mind, the higher mind and the lower
concrete mind are blended through the projected antahkarana.

The 5th Ray Word is composed of three words each constructed of five letters.
Again, my brothers please carefully note that the 5th ray word is composed of
"3"words with "5" letters each. The [RAN] value is the "4", signifying that
when the "three minds unite" the buddhic or 4th plane is attained.

The following reference from the Tibetan makes it quite clear that "35" is
the geometrical symbol as well:

"One symbol that may be found in the archaic records in lieu of His Name or
description is an inverted five-pointed star, with the luminous Triangle at
the center. It will be noted that the points involved in this symbol number
eight.." [TCF705]

DK> The fifth Ray, which is the Ray of the fifth Kumara, is potently
responsive to the energy flowing through the fifth Hierarchy. As the student
of occultism knows, the Lord of the fifth Ray holds that place in the
Septenary enumeration, but under the fivefold classification, he holds the
third or middle place. [TCF

1. The cosmic Lord of Will or Power.
2. The cosmic Lord of Love-Wisdom.
3. The cosmic Lord of Active Intelligence 1.
4. The cosmic Lord of Harmony 2.
5. The cosmic Lord of Concrete Knowledge 3.
6. The cosmic Lord of Abstract Idealism 4.
7. The cosmic Lord of Ceremonial Magic 5.

Let us now pass on to the brief consideration of the future influence of the
third manasic ray of "Concrete Knowledge or Science." As I have elsewhere
pointed out this ray concerns itself with the building of form, with the
utilization of matter, with the embodying of ideas, or of entities, whether
cosmic, systemic, lunar, or subhuman.

The planetary Logos of this fifth systemic Ray holds a peculiar position in
the scheme of things. He is theembodiment of the fifth logoic principle of
manas. His is the synthesizing scheme for the five schemes of the five
Kumaras Who are Brahma, when viewedas the sum total of the third logoic
aspect, though He is not the synthesizing factor for the seven schemes
which are the sum total of logoic manifestation considered as the union
of the second and third aspects.

This is a point of prime importance to bear in mind. His is the influence that
leads to the scientific adaptation of matter to form, and His is the life that
unifies ever the three and the five. Let us see if, by illustration, we can make
this idea more simple. He is, as we know, the embodiment of the fifth principle.
His influence, therefore, may ever be felt in His numerical correspondences,
for He is the Lord of the fifth Ray in the system, and Ruler of the third Manasic
Ray when considering only the third aspect.[TCF424]

 

S> (3+5=8)

S> DEDUCTIVE NUMERICAL COMMENTARY: Dual Cipher "35".
The Fifth Ray of Concrete Science

Keep ever 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 [superficies] or superior Triangle of the
Spiritual Triad. It 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 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 Egotism. In Esoteric Numerology,
the "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 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.

The 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 I deas 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". Or 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. Together, 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. Through 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.


DK> Betelgeuse. (blind).

S> Betelgeuse. (postulated) Betelgeuse corresponds to the lesser "systemic"
solar plexus of the Greater cosmic solar plexus (ORION) of the OAWNMBS
correlating to the upper point of the fundamentally dual-pointed center.

DK> On the third cosmic Path which leads to the cosmic solar plexus center:

The adept who chooses this path preserves in a peculiar way the faculty of
sense-perception plus identification with the spiritual aspect. They are
constantly spoken of in the occult archives as the "Lords Whose mayavirupa
continuously recurs." As they work with the psyche or the soul of
manifestation and are primarily concerned with the subjective side of life
they are connected with that center in the Body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM
NAUGHT MAY BE SAID which is the source of conscious sensation.
Therefore, they are vitalized from 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.

As is well known, 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 this cosmic path.


S> The Universal Figures of Dual Cypher 35, hold hid the key to the position
of the system of the Regent of Orion in the body of the OAWNMBS.

"Orion is the Grand Heavenly Man whose all-embracing vitality holds six
other heavenly Ray Regents within the sphere of His consciousness. He is the
source of conscious sensation to His six brothers and synthesizes the
reactions and essential virtues of the lower three Logoic centres. When
considering the activities and influence of Orion, this fact should
continually be borne in mind. The principle of sentiency is seated in the
solar plexus and its outstanding quality is consciousness as response to
knowledge.

In the Brahmanical portion of the Vedas, the constellation of Orion is
personified as one of the seven primitive Rishi-Prajapati. Orion, in the
Hindu Brahmanas, is seen under the form of a stag in pursuit of his own
daughter, the beautiful roe, Rohini, the star Aldebaran. In this chase
Orion is transfixed by the three jointed arrow - the belt stars- shot by the
avenging hunter Sirius. In the ancient astronomical Treatise Surya
Siddhanta, Orion is figured as a running antelope.

The name antelope hunter is given to neighboring Sirius. Here, the Deer
Slayer stands for the cosmic Soul. The three-jointed arrow, symbolic of
the Logoic Triad, transfixes the animal nature of the lower cosmic personality.
The intervention of Sirius is due to Orion's desire for the roe, Rohini, or
Aldebaran in Taurus. Aldebaran and Taurus symbolise the attractive lure
of the feminine or lower aspect of manifestation.

Orion, that is, the expression of the cosmic solar plexus centre is located
between the higher and lower aspects of the Logos between Sirius on the
one hand and the Pleiades on the other. Orion is entirely south of the
ecliptic and so is visible from every part of the globe. A line through the
belt of Orion extends westwards and reaches the Bull's eye and in the
opposite direction the brightest star in the sky, Sirius.

The celestial equator passes through the three belt stars, thus dividing the
celestial sphere into its upper and lower regions. Betelgeuse, the red
supergiant is located above the celestial equator while the brilliant
extremely hot Rigel is found below the equator. The star Mintaka, the
westernmost, lies on the celestial equator dividing the Great Warrior Giant
between the two hemispheres. Astronomy inform us the center star, Alnilam
is one of the hottest stars known.

The Solar Plexus Centre is a dual centre and contains within two points of
light, one in the upper region and one in the lower region. The lower point of
light is concerned with attracting and centralizing of the lower energies. The
upper centre is connected with transmuting the energies and refining them to
the point where transference to the Heart Centre becomes possible.

These two points of vital life withinthe solar plexus centre make this centre of
major importance, as it is the clearing house for the centres below the diaphragm
to those above it. The lower point is connected with the lower psychic and astral
life,while the upper point is brought into conscious activity by the soul. The other
centres above the diaphragm have one vital point of energy as do the other
centres below the diaphragm. What is unique about the solar Plexus is that
it has two points of dynamic interset. Betelgeuse, corresponding to the upper
point of light transfers the refined and transmuted energies into the Logoic Heart
Centre, our solar system.

DK> Students may be surprised to know that the source of the peculiar
cosmic energy which is found streaming towards our system along this
cosmic Path is that of the sun Betelgeuse. This name is, however, a blind.

The reason that certain facts connected with this sun have lately come
more prominently before the public is in reality a subjective one. The
science of the soul in its various aspects (mental, psychical, and spiritual)
is making much headway now in the world, and is absorbing more and
more the attention of thinkers. This is the result of certain waves of energy
impinging upon our solar system and thus eventually finding their way to
our planet. 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. This influence reaches our system via the sign Sagittarius.

The work that adepts on this path have to accomplish primarily is to make
possible the manifestation of the Monad of the solar Logos through the
medium of the body of consciousness, or through the soul-form. They thus
repeat on a higher level the work of those Builders who create and make
manifest the body through which the soul seeks to express itself. They are
not concerned with objectivity, and have a relation to that fifth Hierarchy
which gives to man his egoic body.

 

S> Note: this order number assigns the cosmic position of Orion on the 2nd
cosmic Monadic Plane as it is a "system of the 2nd order". Keep in mind;
order numbers have to do with plane manifestation. Hence, the influence is
stepped down via Jupiter, (School of Training for Path III) and Creative
Hierarchical ruler of the "Monads" on the 2nd systemic monadic plane of our
solar system. Again, carefully note the phrase, "make possible the
manifestation of the Monad of the solar Logos"

The adepts on our Earth planet who seek this path do so through the
department of the Mahachohan, which [1256] works with the intelligence or
mental aspects of manifestation. From this third department they pass under
the direct training of one of the Buddhas of Activity, and in the final
stages are personally taught by Sanat Kumara, functioning as the embodied
planetary Logos. This training concerns itself with three main subjects:

1. With color, that which veils the Spirit aspect, as dense form veils
the soul.

2. With sound, that which Spirit utters in order to make itself
conscious, and to produce psychic awareness. The whole science of mantra
yoga is mastered by them, but only in connection with the higher planes and
where the cosmic planes are concerned.

3. With the nature of duality, that which is basically the science of the
soul.

It is difficult to express in words the method employed by a Master of the
Wisdom as he enters this cosmic Path. It has been called the method of
prismatic identification, for it concerns the color veils which shroud the
spiritual energy. Another mode of expressing the same truth is to say that
it is the method of understanding the song of life. As the "stars sing
together," as the "chant of the Gods" peals forth in the great choir of the
Heavens, it produces a corresponding color symphony. This particular mode of
identification enables the adept to act as a director in the chorus and to
produce the needed color effects and chords. When he can do this to
perfection he is then in a position to take up office as a planetary Logos.
More it is not permitted to say and the above is but a symbolic way of
expressing a basic and difficult truth.

The symbol of this Path (and the only one it is possible to make exoteric)
is a radiant Cross of colored light; it has the long limb formed of the
seven colors of the solar spectrum, and the transverse limb is composed of
twelve gradations of colors as yet unknown to man. In the center of the
Cross is to be seen a five-pointed star in a deep indigo shade, and behind
it is a blazing sun of a warm dark blue. Above the whole are certain Sensa
characters, depicted in gold, and conveying to the initiated adept the name
of one or other of the planetary Schools in which this particular line of
study is undertaken. There are, as has been already said, seven such schools
and candidates for this Path from our planetary scheme are transferred to
the inner round and from thence to the Jupiter scheme.[TCF1257]

The quality gained is cosmic etheric vision, the extent of the vision
developed being within the seven systems which form (along with our solar
system) the seven centers in the cosmic Life with whom our solar Logos is
allied. This is sometimes called septenary cosmic clairvoyance.

One more fact of interest might here be added. This Path is sometimes called
the "Lotus Path," as it concerns itself with the construction of the logoic
Lotuses of solar Logoi. The schools which prepare for this work are called
in the mystic parlance of the adepts the "lotus lands." The curriculum is
termed at times the "Lotus sleep," as it involves a condition of complete
negation where the form side of manifestation is concerned and an entire
abstraction, thus producing a type of solar samadhi. Whilst this is being
undergone the adept functions in a form or vehicle which is a correspondence
upon the plane of atma to the mayavirupa on the plane of mind.

PATH III. THE PATH OF TRAINING FOR PLANETARY LOGOI

Attributes - cosmic vision, deva hearing and psychic correlation.
Source - Betelgeuse, via the sign Sagittarius.
Hierarchy - the fifth.
Method - prismatic identification [TCF1258]
Symbol a colored Cross, with a star at the center, and backed by a blazing
sun, surmounted by a Sensa Word.
Quality - cosmic etheric vision or septenary clairvoyance.

 

S.D.P.

 

 

 

 

 

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