The Seven Rays Today



by Mo Hone

(reprinted from an article which first appeared in the U.K. magazine "Prediction" in 1978) 

Why has the number seven always held so much mystical significance? Besides the obvious answer, that the ancients knew of the existence of only seven heavenly bodies, many occultists hold an entirely different opinion. They accept the ancient eastern tradition that each man's spirit is not the same, but belongs to one of seven arbitrary divisions. This sevenfold division of man's higher self has evolved into the concept of the seven rays. Although the seven rays are best known through their theosophical associations, it is not generally recognised that they have connections with yoga.

The yogis established seven separate schools of yoga in order that any aspirant could choose the one most suitable to his individual spiritual leanings, and there is a definite correspondence between these schools and the rays, as can be seen from the following brief list:

First ray of Will - Raja yoga

Second ray of Love - Karma yoga

Third ray of Form - Jnana yoga

Fourth ray of Links - Hatha yoga

Fifth ray of Truth - Laya yoga

Sixth ray of Devotion - Bhakti yoga

Seventh ray of Completion - Mantra or Yantra yoga.

So what are the seven rays? They are the various facets of the Absolute's manifestation; they emanate as totally abstract principles and in the course of their descent through the levels of their own making become clothed in the substance of each level. They are, therefore, the highest representations of the Absolute's principles to be found on each level, and act in their sevenfold manner to motivate their manifested form in the direction laid down by the Absolute. Consequently, there is a sevenfold division in all things, including man, even though this is often difficult to appreciate.

Each of us belongs fundamentally to just one ray, but we also possess minor qualities of other rays which help to form individual characters. As each ray is linked to a colour, a clairvoyant can analyse an individual's spirituality by studying the variety of rays shown in his aura.

The first three rays are known as the primary rays, and are associated with the three primary colours red, blue and yellow. The first ray is red, and this colour indicates the energy and impetus behind all positive conditions. The second ray is blue, indicating the negative void of total unity which can be achieved by the highest expression of the emotions. The third ray is yellow, which indicates the background of form, or the intellectual organisation responsible for manifestation. These descriptions are usually simplified as Will, Love and Form or Mind respectively.

The remaining four secondary rays are compounds of the primaries, and can be defined by their colours which represent the same proportions of the qualities indicated by the primary colours involved.

The main quality of the fourth ray is the ability to form links between any of the rays. Its colour varies according to the rays involved, but it is always a pastel shade. The fifth ray, green, has the quality of truth and is a combination of second ray emotions and third ray intellect. The sixth ray has the qualities of devotion and idealism, and its purple colour is a combination of first ray will and second ray emotions. The seventh ray has the quality of completion or attainment. Its colour, dark brown, combines those of all three primary rays, indicating its secondary quality of wholeness or independence.

Our characters are dependent on many different influences, so the following information on 'typical' ray subjects is only intended as a basic guide.

First ray

These subjects are motivated by their will and have lots of energy and drive. But this very active force needs creative outlets otherwise it may degenerate into lust or violence. Basically egocentric and often showy, such subjects are very original, but their natural instinct to rush things sometimes leads to a lack of care. They are stern and sometimes severe, but also fair-minded, paternal, gentle, loving, kind and capable of compassion. Such subjects need to be the dominant partner and, although independent, occasionally need someone to react upon. They tend to have sudden and stunning effects on others, and their will-power is strong enough to force those around them to do what they demand without question.

Second ray

These subjects are motivated by their emotions stemming from a desire to raise themselves to the heights, so that they can enjoy a unifying relationship with their Maker. They exemplify the passive, feminine quality that is in direct opposition to the positive, masculine assertion of the first ray subjects. They are strongly attracted to all things, whether people or concepts, that they feel are above them. Consequently, they often use love, the strongest human emotion, in their efforts at drawing themselves upwards. But wisdom is very important to these subjects also, so awareness or consciousness is a necessity in their relationships. Therefore, they usually play the more passive role. They are affectionate, friendly, kind, quiet, and often endowed with an attractive appearance and disposition.

Third ray

The mind or intellect motivates these folk. They can give form to ideas and transform them into concepts. The first two rays deal with the intangible, but a third ray subject will resolve such abstractions into tangible realities. Practical in all things, with a good aesthetic appreciation of quality, they consider intelligence a virtue and manifestation a necessity. They are good at discriminating and formulating their own opinions, hold things connected with the senses in high regard, and have keen perceptions. Happiness is important to these subjects, whether through the ordinary pursuits of pleasure or education and knowledge. They like doing things with others, enjoy discussion and deliberation, sport, games and art. Because of a deep urge for outside stimulation, such folk need the company of others similar to themselves and, as they are very tactful and diplomatic, they make good advisers and organisers.

Fourth ray

These subjects are motivated by a deep sense of harmony in all things. They act as the link between the separateness of things, creating unity and making all things equal by bridging apparent barriers. This harmonising effect comes from the inside, acting outwards, and is therefore totally selfless. Consequently, such subjects are opposed to selfishness and hold true brotherhood of man as their highest ideal. They are adept at co-ordinating various projects and, being able to see a common denominator in opposing people or ideals, have a good understanding of these paradoxes. Although they can take pleasure from this ability to see things from another's point of view, it can also lead to painful and disturbing experiences. They enjoy become involved with a lot of people, but are very aware of how others see them; this leads them to give only what they receive. These folk are easygoing, preferring to give way rather than upset a peaceful atmosphere.

Fifth ray

These subjects are motivated by a strong yearning to discover the ultimate truth, a goal they continually pursue. Because they use every part of themselves in this quest they may appear cold and unemotional. Errors which another would ignore are noticed by these folk whose emotions are channelled into the uplifting spiritual pursuit for higher truth. Their interest in searching out the truth gives such subjects the inquisitiveness to find answers to everything. They must know how things work and how things are in precise detail and, being naturally meticulous, they expect absolute perfection in everything. Associates, social or otherwise, are firmly placed in their correct positions, and great value is laid on correct methods and manners. Such folk are always prepared well in advance for any eventuality. And, in their personal affairs, are good at holding a stable, objective viewpoint in any situation which may arise.

Sixth ray

These subjects are motivated by a deep and intense devotion to high ideals, accompanied by a longing for absorption into eternal bliss. Intensely emotional, they act mainly on faith which they trust far more than logic. They are very persistent and cannot be deterred from following their own path and any kind of sacrifice is seen only as a steppingstone towards their aspirations. Deep involvement, loss of self-identity and single-minded idealism keep them solidly fixed on far distant goals. Unfortunately, they may appear gullible and meek to others and often suffer as a result. They are devoted and loyal to their friends, easily become emotionally involved in relationships and are quite often hurt. Consequently, such subjects sometimes assume a brash facade which barely covers their inner lack of peace and security.

Seventh ray

A need to materialise on earth all that exists above, by making realities out of other men's dreams, motivates these subjects. Therefore, they act as they think, feel and will. They are extremely aware of the separateness of each thing, and function naturally as a complete, self-sufficient unity. This makes them very independent and earthy with the capacity to do without other people entirely. This independence, unlike the first ray subject's freedom from restrictions, indicates complete attachment to material surroundings. Through their unity of being and detachment from others they can become self-centred and find it difficult not to use other people for their own purposes. They are materially minded and sow seeds solely that they can gather the fruit - always expecting a return from their investment and favours. These subjects have to be the dominant in their relationships with others and may develop a tendency to treat everybody as either possessions or servants.

Summing up

So, from this broad outline it can be seen that a study of the rays may be considered as an extension of astrology. Both help us to gain a better understanding of others - and ourselves.



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