CHAKRAS , & THE SEVEN RAYS
ONE: THE CELTIC CROSS
are the product of three life-giving energies. The positive male god
force from the stars in our heavens reacts on the female goddess form
of the planet Earth beneath our feet to produce a consciousness energy
field that is finely tuned into the solar system 'body of god' through
the agency of the constant regular movement of the Sun ~ the true
symbol of man's beingness.
The individual Human being is of one Ray, and one Ray only. The part
of the individual that relates to their Ray is the Higher Self, which
in turn relates to a Human's true Monadic existence, which is only
subject to a threefold rather than sevenfold classification. In the
image of this Higher Self is the Personality, which relates not to
a Ray but to a Plane through its intimate connection to form. Astrologically,
the life impulse of a Human is shown by the Sun's natal position,
the consciousness type by the Ascendant, and the form aspect by the
The Sun 'controls' our conscious response to our natural environment
through the boundary of our sensory perceptions, and regulates our
form through the agency of our own planet's satellite, the Moon. This
total environment of a person is bounded only by their sensory perceptions,
so the signs of the zodiac have been used to set this limit. The progress
of the Sun through the signs demonstrates an individual's conscious
interaction with his environment through all its phases, whether it
relates just to himself, to his close surroundings and possessions,
to his family, his friends, his status, or the rest of Humanity. This
is because the Sun, in this instance, is the purveyor of the Second
Primary, the passionate attraction that produces the conscious objectivity
of a Human being from his surroundings.
The zodiac signs, in their role as the original Creative Hierarchies,
are responsible for the transmission of various Ray qualities as the
Sun, Moon and planets pass through them; and the planets use these
Ray qualities in their own unique ways to affect the inhabitants of
Earth through planetary influence.
A horoscope is a map of the angles of a particular place and time,
and demonstrates the unique angular influences operating at each point
on the surface of the Earth. Anything created at that place and at
that time will assume that individual angular pattern for the whole
of its natural existence.
This is because the horoscope symbolises an angular form that has
been constructed by the movement of the planets through the energy
fields of the zodiac: but the reason it relates to a living person
is through the agency of the Sun. Without the Sun, the form built
from angles would not have the ability to experience human life as
we know it, because the Sun signifies the individualised consciousness
aspect, the essential ingredient to produce intelligent life out of
an angular structure.
At the moment of birth, the Ascendant becomes instrumental in providing
the potential consciousness awareness for the Sun to use in its progressive
path around the zodiac signs as it builds its capabilities of individualisation.
It is the angles of the Ascendant that produce the Second Primary
consciousness initialised by the Sun, and the planets build the form
by providing the Third Primary.
Human beings react with planetary and zodiacal influence through the
seven major chakras or centres, which are energy vortexes that relate
to points on the Human spinal column and exist on numerous levels
above our normal physical reality and awareness.
The chakras do not relate to the energies associated with the astrological
planets. The planets act as centres in the body of solar system, and
their influence on Earth and its inhabitants is a secondary part of
The energy that works through the chakras is Ray energy, and by assigning
the chakras to symbolic points on the horoscope, we can appreciate
how the energies of the Rays work into the life of a human being.
Diagram 2 illustrates a simplified form of the horoscope circle, the
four major points on the horoscope: the Ascendant and its opposite,
the Descendant; and the Midheaven or M.C. and its opposite the I.C.,
are the points which join the equal armed cross to their enclosing
circle. They also relate to four of the main chakras of a human being,
the Head, Heart, Solar Plexus and Sex Centres.
The symbol of the Celtic Cross has many interpretations, and in this
instance can be used to show how the energies of the stars, planets
and the Sun are integrated into the Earth's own planetary energy system
through the cardinal compass points.
The Ascendant is the eastern point on the horizon and is the gateway
for life energies coming from the zodiacal belt of star systems. It
is these energies which produce life from the chemical elements of
our planet Earth, and so the Ascendant pinpoints the position in both
space and time where the form is instilled with the life-force to
produce a conscious response: the dawn of a new life signified by
the Second Primary of Conscious Awareness.
The Midheaven or M.C. is situated directly above the birthplace and
the point of entry of the First Primary of Life-force, which happens
at conception. The M.C. also relates to the Sex Centre, which obviously
ties in with conception, as well as the superconscious, which is an
adequate description of the incarnating ego. In a similar way, the
Ascendant relates to the Head Centre, which ties in with the newborn
child's first experience of earthbound consciousness.
The M.C. is instrumental in conception, by instigating the form building
activities of the planets because the M.C. angle connects a Human
being to his own eternal reality that decides the requirements for
his future life. The planets may be the Lords of Karma, but karma
is only metered out according to the needs of the Higher Self, which
is decided by his Monad in conjunction with the Karmic Lords or planets
before he is conceived. Then a symbolic plan is produced so that when
the planet's positions fit that plan, the soul is born into the world.
Only four centres are shown on the horoscope because conventional
astrology deals with two-dimensional space. If the horoscope is viewed
as a globe, then two more centres are shown, above and below the middle
point of the circle. These two centres are the other head centre,
the Crown, and the Base Centre at the base of the spine. The final
major centre is shown by the central dot of the horoscope circle,
which is the Throat Centre or Daath in quabbalistic terms, the transitional
point between 'worlds'. In this way, the central dot of the horoscope
or Celtic Cross can be viewed as the axis of a three dimensional circle
or globe, one chakra placed above the point, one placed below and
one centrally placed.
Only the four centres shown on a normal horoscope are subject to planetary
influence. The three central chakras do not function objectively,
but require association with one of the other four centres, usually
the Head Centre, for us to be aware of their influence.
So in a two-dimensional drawing of a normal horoscope circle, the
central point will represent three of these centres, and the difference
is only visible on a three dimensional globe or from a different two-dimensional
To fully understand the relevance of the Celtic Cross to esoteric
astrology we have to study it three dimensionally as a sphere, by
assuming it is formed from three circles. One joins the Ascendant
and Descendant - the blue line on the horoscope in DIAGRAM
2, and this is called the Line of Awareness. One joins the M.C.
to the I.C., the red line in DIAGRAM 2; this is the Line of Volition.
The last is the conventional circular form of the horoscope, the yellow
line in DIAGRAM 2, the path we assume the Sun and planets travel through
the signs of the zodiac. This circle represents the Line of Form.
Taking the idea one stage further, and remembering the two lines of
the cross represent the circumferences of extra circles, then the
line joining the Ascendant to the Descendant relates to the Second
Primary, the line joining the M.C. to the I.C. relates to the First
Primary, leaving the actual horoscope circle of signs and houses as
the Third Primary.
This illustrates how the usual horoscope circle of zodiac signs represents
the ever-changing form of Third Primary life environments, which affect
both the variety of Human conditions of consciousness, as well as
the fluctuating condition of the volition or will. This is made possible
because the Second Primary ASC/DESC axis and the First Primary M.C./I.C.
axis progress at an equal rate through these 360 degrees every day.
In addition, by viewing the figure as a sphere we are able to see
how these three axes relate to each other. Both the Line of Awareness
and the Line of Volition connect the Crown Centre to the Base Centre,
but esoterically volition consists of positive energy and therefore
passes through the Sex and Solar Plexus Centres, whereas awareness
is considered negative energy and this passes through the Head and
Heart Centres. The interaction of these two, as representatives of
the First and Second Primaries, produces the balanced energy of form
through the Personality, representing the Third Primary, which connects
the four centres we are generally aware of through our normal senses.
The interaction of the three Primary energies work through these four
major centres as they represent crossing points of angles. The horizontal
axis gives form to conscious thought patterns at the Ascendant via
the Head Centre; and to unconscious emotional patterns at the Descendant,
the Heart Centre. The vertical axis produces different types of form
activity, inspired by the subconscious and instinctual desires at
the I.C., via the Solar Plexus Centre; or inspired by worldly drives
to succeed at the M.C., via the Sex Centre.
Each centre stands at the point where the circumference of two of
the three circles intersect, except the Throat Centre, which occupies
a point that could be considered as the connection point of the circumferences
of further circles or globes in separate or different realities, as
well as being the centre point of the circles of Volition, Form and
Awareness. Table B demonstrates how these three circles can interact
through these centres.
centre can work with any Ray energy but each centre will have a strong
affinity with a particular Ray. This is because each centre works with
a particular frequency range that enables it to access different levels
of awareness, giving it the ability to convert Ray energy to activate
angles in many different areas of the psyche. So although the Head Centre
for example is associated with Second Ray energy, it can use any Ray,
but it will use it in such a way as to affect the consciousness aspect
of the individual in question, because the Second Ray deals mainly with
a person's condition and quality of consciousness. The Rays work in
many different ways depending on how they are viewed, so please bear
this in mind when considering the following correspondences:
CROWN CENTRE works with First Ray energy,
HEAD CENTRE works with Second Ray energy,
THROAT CENTRE works with Third Ray energy,
HEART CENTRE works with Fourth Ray energy,
the SOLAR PLEXUS CENTRE works with Fifth Ray energy,
the SEX CENTRE works with Sixth Ray energy,
BASE CENTRE works with Seventh Ray energy.
By transposing this to a horoscope - we have Second Ray energy at the
Head Centre working through the Ascendant; Fifth Ray energy at the Solar
Plexus Centre working through the I.C.; Fourth Ray energy at the Heart
Centre, working through the Descendant, and Sixth Ray energy at the
Sex Centre, working through the M.C.
The complications arise when considering the influences that work naturally
through the three hidden centres represented by the central dot of the
horoscope, as these influences originate with the Primary Rays, which
have a separate existence to the Seven Rays:
First Primary, acting as the First Ray, works through the Crown
Second Primary, acting as the Third Ray, works through the Throat
Third Primary, acting as the Seventh Ray, works through the Base