Esoteric Astrology:

The Seven Rays, the Elements of the Zodiac Signs and the Crosses of Quality

by

Mo

 

The following is concerned with the Rays functioning through the angles of the personality as shown by the natal horoscope, and has nothing to do with one's Soul Ray.


Traditionally there are three zodiac signs allotted to each of the four elements.

SIGN
RAY
ELEMENT
QUALITY
Aries
1st Ray
Fire
Cardinal
Taurus
2nd Ray
Earth
Fixed
Gemini
3rd Ray
Air
Mutable
Cancer
4th Ray
Water
Cardinal
Leo
1st Ray
Fire
Fixed
Virgo
2nd Ray
Earth
Mutable
Libra
5th Ray
Air
Cardinal
Scorpio
6th Ray
Water
Fixed
Sagittarius
3rd Ray
Fire
Mutable
Capricorn
7th Ray
Earth
Cardinal
Aquarius
5th Ray
Air
Fixed
Pisces
6th Ray
Water
Mutable

 

The corresponding Rays for each zodiac sign reflect the quality of the element because they function as one third of an elemental angle. To understand how the elements work through the horoscope in conjunction with the Rays is to understand how the Soul Ray works with the consciousness energising (or trapped in) one's persona angles.

Fire signs channel the 1st and 3rd Rays through Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
Earth signs channel the 2nd and 7th Rays through Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
Air signs channel the 3rd and 5th Rays through Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Water signs channel the 4th and 6th Rays through Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Traditionally each of the zodiac signs attributed to an element has one of three qualities - Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable.

Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) relate to the First Primary Ray or Will
Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) relate to the Second Primary Ray or Consciousness
Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) relate to the Third Primary Ray or Form.


The grouping of 4 signs of a single quality are referred to as the Mutable, Fixed and Cardinal Crosses. Four elements, with three different qualities for each one, gives rise to our twelve zodiac signs arranged around the horoscope circle in a strictly ordered sequence.

Fire signs channel the 1st and 3rd Rays through Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

FIRE = VOLATILE
CARDINAL - ARIES 1ST RAY;
FIXED - LEO 1ST RAY ;
MUTABLE - SAGITTARIUS 3RD RAY

Earth signs channel the 2nd and 7th Rays through Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

EARTH = STABLE
CARDINAL - CAPRICORN 7TH RAY;
FIXED - TAURUS 2ND RAY;
MUTABLE - VIRGO 2ND RAY

Air signs channel the 3rd and 5th Rays through Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

AIR = TRANSIENT
CARDINAL - LIBRA 5TH RAY;
FIXED - AQUARIUS 5TH RAY;
MUTABLE - GEMINI 3RD RAY

Water signs channel the 4th and 6th Rays through Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

WATER = PERVADING
CARDINAL - CANCER 4TH RAY;
FIXED - SCORPIO 6TH RAY;
MUTABLE - PISCES 6TH RAY

The above can be used to estimate the Rays working through the personality angles of the horoscope. Each zodiac sign will be energized by the dynamic planetary angle that either occupies each sign natally or is passing through it. The planets do not relate directly to the Rays, except in their similarity to the zodiac signs they traditionally "rule", but work with the Ray energy of the zodiac signs they occupy in the following manner -

SUN ~ The stimulation of Ray energy directed by the Personality towards increasing conscious awareness, the best example being through Leo, using the First Ray.

MOON ~ The regulation of conscious Ray energy to produce rhythmic form, as in Cancer, using the Fourth Ray.

MERCURY ~ The connection of Ray energies, for example between the First and Third Primaries by utilising the Second Ray of Virgo, or the connection of different areas allowing Third Ray energy to pass between them, as in Gemini.

VENUS ~ The attraction of Ray energies. The Venus angles will attract energy to them, either specifically and personally through Taurus, using the Second Ray, or generally and impersonally through Libra, using the Fifth Ray.

MARS ~ Directed Ray energy. The angles associated with Mars will direct energy in the area signified by those angles, specifically and personally through Aries, using the First Ray, or in response to external stimulation through Scorpio, using the Sixth Ray.

JUPITER ~ The expansive use of Ray energies in development and progressive channels, as in Sagittarius, using the Third Ray, or in Pisces using the Sixth Ray.

SATURN ~ The establishment of Ray energy channels, as in Capricorn, using the Seventh Ray, or in Aquarius, using the Fifth Ray. Also, as the Lord of Karma, it will function with Third Primary energy.

URANUS ~ Functions ideally with Third Primary energy through the redistribution of angles using resonance. It is because this is a lateral rather than linear process that the results appear sudden and chaotic, because the planet's energy does not follow sequential linear time. It also responds to Fifth Ray energy through Aquarius.

NEPTUNE ~ Functions ideally with Second Primary energy, but we notice only its mystical qualities because with our limited perceptions we are unable to see this as a normal attribute of consciousness. It also responds to Sixth Ray energy through Pisces.

PLUTO ~ Functions ideally with First Primary energy, and the same comments apply as in Uranus and Neptune. It also responds to Sixth Ray energy through Scorpio, and Seventh Ray energy generally.

Fine tuning according to aspect angles is the final part of the process, keeping in mind the holistic view of the entire horoscope.

Harmonic aspects have a simple numeric relationship with the Seven Rays -

CONJUNCTIONS are first harmonic aspects and their influences are First Ray;
OPPOSITIONS are second harmonic aspects and their influences are Second Ray;
TRINES are third harmonic aspects and their influences are Third Ray;
SQUARES are fourth harmonic aspects and their influences are Fourth Ray;
QUINTILES are fifth harmonic aspects and their influences are Fifth Ray;
SEXTILES are sixth harmonic aspects and their influences are Sixth Ray;
SEPTILES are seventh harmonic aspects and their influences are Seventh Ray.

Another point to note is that at present Humanity on the Fixed Cross is influenced by the following Rays - 1st (Leo), 2nd (Taurus), 5th (Aquarius), and 6th (Scorpio). These will eventually be superceded by the Rays working through the Cardinal Cross, 1st (Aries), 7th (Capricorn), 5th (Libra) and 4th (Cancer).

Humans are Second Primary creatures of consciousness, so the Fixed signs are used on the Fixed Cross to symbolise Humanity.

However, in terms of Humanity's evolutionary journey, we are soon destined to ascend FROM the Fixed Cross (1st, 5th, 2nd and 6th Rays) TO the Cardinal Cross (1st, 5th, 4th and 7th Rays) and develop our alignment with Divine Will. The Rays of the Fixed Cross relate to the solar plexus centre and will therefore be phased out and replaced with the Rays of the Cardinal Cross functioning through the heart centre.

The importance lies in the elements of the zodiac signs and Rays listed above because each element carries the quality of the three Primaries and their corresponding Rays to form complete angles consisting of Intention (1st Primary), Consciousness (2nd Primary) and Form (3rd Prmary). Taken together the three signs of one element unify their Ray qualities and become a singular complete angle, representing everything in one's reality related to that element. So it is merely a shift in perspective to realise the following in connection with the transition from the Fixed Cross to Cardinal Cross --

The 2nd Rays of Earth (Virgo and Taurus) will learn to work with the 7th Ray (Capricorn) as a composite angle.
The 3rd Ray of Fire (Sagittarius) will learn to work with the 1st Ray (Aries and Leo) as a composite angle.
The 3rd Ray of Air (Gemini) will learn to work the 5th Ray (Libra and Aquarius) as a composite angle.
The 6th Rays of Water (Scorpio and Pisces) will learn to work with the 4th Ray (Cancer) as a composite angle.

From this we can surmise that moving from one Cross of Quality to another, as an act of cosmic initiation, gives priority to different evolutionary energies. Therefore the movement of Humanity from the Fixed Cross to the Cardinal Cross will involve the following movement of Fixed signs to Cardinal signs within each element and its composite angle -

FIRE = 1st Ray Leo to 1st Ray Aries (from territorial ruler to leader of people)
EARTH = 2nd Ray Taurus to 7th Ray Capricorn (from religion to magic)
AIR = 5th Ray Aquarius to 5th Ray Libra (balance between inner knowledge or intuition and its outer manifestation as practical knowledge)
WATER = 6th Ray Scorpio to 4th Ray Cancer (from external idealism to recognition of inner group connectedness)


It is not only Humanity involved in this time of transformation but the whole of creation. The Elementals of Fire, Earth, Air and Water, and the Devas who work these energies into manifestation - all are subject to this change. Let us approach this change with an open mind and do our part wisely by bringing peace, trust and love into the grand equation by working in harmony with our heart centres. And let us expel all notions of fear by recognising them as manifestations of solar plexus polarity.

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