The source for this new information came from Alice A. Bailey, who acted as an amanuensis between 1919 and
1949 for the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul, or D.K., one of the Masters of Wisdom.
The series of 24 books were written mainly for the many souls who would be incarnate in the West around the
turn of the century. The teachings therein are profound, multi-levelled, and timeless, synthesising Eastern and
Before discussing some techniques of Esoteric Astrology, take a look at some tabulations of the Seven Rays,
noting all the qualities that apply to yourself, trying to be as honest as possible! By spending a little time doing
this you may start to isolate some ray expressions in your make-up.
There needs to be a process of discrimination as to what ‘body’ is expressing which ray. For example, you may
have Ray 7 for the physical, Ray 6 for the astral, or Ray 4 for the mental. You could be a Ray 2 soul with a Ray 3
personality, so these five Rays would constitute your ‘Ray Structure’.
This information does not come instantaneously, nor can be derived from your horoscope, but will emerge after
patient pondering, meditation and reflection.
Virtues: Strength, courage, steadfast, truthful, fearless,
Vices: Ruthless, hard, cold, proud, arrogant, ambitious, tyrannical,
Virtues: Calm, strength, endurance, patience, love of truth,
Vices: Coldness, indifference, self pity, fear, love of being loved,
Virtues: Wide abstract views, sincerity, clarity of intellect,
patience, caution, planning.
Vices: Intellectual pride, devious, scheming, inaccuracy, obstinacy,
Virtues: Affectionate, sympathetic, courageous, devotion,
generosity, quick intellect.
Vices: Worrier, inaccuracy, self-centeredness, cowardice,
extravagance, mood swings.
Virtues: Perseverence, commonsense, accuracy, rational,
uprightness, keen intellect.
Vices: Narrowness, harsh criticism, lack of sympathy, arrogant,
proud, prejudice, cold.
Virtues: Devotion, single-minded, tenderness, intuitive, loyal,
Vices: Selfish, jealous, sentimental, deceptive, fiery anger,
narrow, sectarian, fanatical.
Virtues: Strength, perseverence, courage, courtesy, detailed, self-
Vices: Formalism, bigotry, pride, opinionated, superficial
This may take a while, and one method is to ‘try a ray on’ for a month or so, observing yourself and others in your
The rays are also dual in expression,
hence the following tabulation:
(Note the planetary rulers below can be applied to types A & B)
Type A: Persistent. Never gives in. Depended upon by others.
Type B: Destroys that which prevents free expression of life
Type A: Magnetic, radiant, sharing, compassionate,
Type B: Emphasis on wisdom, not knowledge. Dispassionate.
Ray 3 Active-
Type A: Philosopher, theorist. Emphasis on abstract ideas.
Type B: Businesslike. Practical. Manipulator. Gamesmanship.
Type A: Brings harmony from conflict. Mediator.
Type B: Colourful. Strong contrasts. Artistic. Volatile. Forceful.
Type A: Researcher. Intellectual. Accuracy. Clarity.
Type B: Technician. Practical in applications.
Type A: Receptive. Passive. Loyal. Worshipful. Tranquil.
Type B: Fiery zeal. Strives toward ideals. Aspires. Aggressive.
Type A: Highly organised. Plays by rules. Meticulous in action.
Type B: Emphasis on creative process. Manifests into forms.
Identifying rays through Occupations
Politicians, occultists, leaders, explorers, executives,
Teachers, healers, sages, servers, scholars, humanists,
Philosophers, organisers, astrologers, mathe-maticians,
economists, historians, business people.
Artists, mediators, architects, poets, psychologists,
Ray 5 Concrete
Scientists, researchers, alchemists, engineers, analysts,
Ministers, mystics, missionaries, devotees, orators,
Builders, administrators, designers, revolutionaries,
The Seven Rays correspond to many ‘septenaries’, which provide the basic building blocks of occultism. Planets
‘rule’ rays, similar to astrological rulerships, hence the interface between rays, planets & zodiac signs. Remember
though, do not make the mistake of trying to ascertain the rays from the horoscope; determining the rays, then
interpreting the horoscopein light of the rays, is ideally the correct procedure.
Ray Chakra Colour Jewel Planets
Crown Red Diamond Vulcan
Heart Indigo Sapphire Jupiter
Throat Green Emerald Saturn
Base Yellow Jasper Mercury
Ajna Orange Topaz Venus
Blue Ruby Neptune
Sacral Violet Amethyst Uranus
The above chakra assignations vary according to one’s stage of evolution.
All life is conditioned by the Seven Rays, whether it be an animal, a tree, a human, an organisation, a city or
nation. The rays have their own cycle periods which connect with the greater astrological ages of 2,160 years, the
Great Year of 25,920 years, and the Yugas, or secret cycles of the Hindu adepts.
A major cycle of Ray 6 has just finished in the Piscean Age, and a Ray 7 cycle is starting, which overlaps into the
These rays and Ages have their sympathetic resonances of course, ensuring maximum effect upon humanity.
Esoteric Astrology has been called the ‘science of all sciences’ because it is a system of relating every living
entity - a planet, ray, sign or human being. It describes the qualities and energies of these living beingsthereby
allowing comprehension, and also understanding of how theyinteract with each other.
Therefore it is truly the Science of Relationships - human, planetary, zodiacal and stellar.
When the word ‘science’ is used, bear in mind that it refers not to concrete analysis that employs the tangible
senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. ‘Science’ comes from the root ‘scire’ - to know or discern - it is
really the knowledge of the ‘higher self’, soul or abstract mind, which perceives the whole synthetically, intuitively
and inclusively; hence the term Occult Science.
The disciplines of Esoteric Astrology and The Ageless Wisdom incorporate the concrete tangible sciences, but also
draw upon that intangible ‘sixth’sense: intuition.
‘Esoteric’ means: “understood by, or meant for a select few…the initiated”. (Macquarie Dictionary.) This is not to
be misunderstood as any kind of elitism. What was esoteric becomes mainstream eventually, yet there will always
be a core that remains esoteric, waiting to be unveiled by the generations of enquirers on the spiritual path.
The similar word ‘occult’ means “hidden ... beyond the bounds of ordinary knowledge” or, “of a nature not
understood, as physical qualities”. In itself, ‘occult’ does not have the negative implication which mainstream
media has promoted.
Those who have done the necessary work, have undergone various disciplines (such as meditation) and have
developed these ‘subtle’ senses, are ready to receive esoteric knowledge. The unprepared would have no
foundation within which to ‘ground’ it, though many are capable of developing these faculties.
The zodiacal signs are another ‘occult’ factor, i.e. they are ‘unseen’, yet act as a channel through which the
archetypes of the zodiacal constellationsfocus. That the two types of zodiac do not align, as argued by astrologers
of the tropical and sidereal schools, or astronomical sceptics, is secondary to the primary fact that the potent
‘thoughtforms’ of the signs exist and act as gateways for the rays and planets.
Astrology is based upon illusion in the sense that the zodiac is built around the ‘ecliptic’, the apparent path of the
Sun around the Earth. Of course we know that the Earth’s path or orbit is around the Sun, so we work within this
paradox, in the knowledge that eventually humanity will transcend this illusion. This is the source of one of our
greatest mysteries, and we are told that the situation will be ‘rectified’ in the Age of Capricorn, following the Age