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The seven Ray Lords and Their cyclic energies


When we speak of ray energy we are in reality considering the quality and the will-purpose aspect of a certain great Life to Whom we give the name "Lord of a Ray."


His divine intention, will, purpose, or the determined projection of His mind, creates a radiation or stream of energy which - according to type and quality - plays upon all forms of manifested life within our planetary ring-pass-not.

  • These Lords of the Rays are the creating and sustaining energies, which implement the Will of the planetary Logos.
  • They cooperate with Him in the defining and the expression of His supreme purpose.
  • Their radiating emanations are cyclically objectified and are cyclically withdrawn.
  • As they radiate forth into the three worlds, the impacting energies produce changes, disturbances, progress and unfoldment; they create the needed new forms and vitalise and qualify that through which the immediate divine intention is expressing itself; they intensify both the quality and the receptivity of consciousness.

At other times, during the process of being withdrawn "to their own place," they cause the fading out or the dying of form aspects, of institutions, and the "organising organisms" (to use a peculiar phrase); they therefore produce cycles of destruction and of cessation and thus make room for those new forms and life expressions which an incoming ray will produce.


Law of Periodicity: Rays manifest via cycles in cycles


We want to touch upon the apparent contradictions, which occur (and which may continue to occur) in Esoteric Psychology. Sometimes a ray will be spoken of as being in manifestation. At other times it may be referred to as being out of manifestation. We may speak about its influence upon a particular kingdom in nature, and then again still another ray may be regarded as of prime importance. These discrepancies are only apparent, and their cause lies hid in the right understanding of the Law of Cycles.

Until this basic Law of Periodicity is comprehended (and this will not be possible until man has succeeded in developing fourth dimensional vision) it will not be easy to avoid what may look like contradictions.

At one time a certain ray may be in incarnation and thus of paramount influence, and yet, at the same time, still another ray may govern the major cycle, - a cycle of which the ray under consideration may be only a temporary aspect. For instance, the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Organisation is now coming in, and the sixth Ray of Devotion is going out; yet this sixth ray is a major ray cycle and its influence will not entirely disappear for another 21.000 years. At the same time, this sixth ray might well be regarded as the sixth sub-ray of the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, which has been in manifestation for several thousand years and will remain operative for another 40.000 years. Yet at the same time, this fourth ray is out of manifestation as regards its minor and cyclic influence.


We fully realise that this information is of a most confusing nature to the beginner in occultism, and only those students who conform to the requirement of grasping the general outline and the broad basic propositions will be able to gather out of these instructions the true, intended perspective. If the reader loses himself in the mass of possible analyses and intricacies of the imparted detail, he will not emerge into the realm of that clear vision which is intended.


When he eliminates the detail and deals with the general conformation of the solar Plan, he will then be enabled to cooperate with the needed intelligence. Read therefore constructively and not critically, knowing that it is not easy to see the Plan as it exists in the minds of the Builders, Who work in the closest cooperation, conforming to the initial Plan, and yet carrying forward Their individual efforts with concentration and sustained enterprise.


Apart from the cyclic impulses continuously going forth, overlapping and superseding, and intermingling with each other, there are many which we might call lesser impulses (and the cycle of one hundred years to which H. P. Blavatsky refers is but one of the lesser impulses. There is a one thousand year cycle of greater moment). There are vaster cycles, of 2500 years, of 7,000 years, of 9,000 years, of 15,000 years, and many others, which only advanced initiates know of or can follow. These can break in upon any of the lesser impulses, and can be seen appearing, unexpectedly, as far as average man's knowledge is concerned, and yet they are but the returning impulses set in cyclic motion perhaps thousands of years ago.


Cyclic activity and non-activity of the seven rays


It may be of value here if we give you the following statement as to the activity, or non-activity, of the rays, begging you to bear in mind that this statement refers only to our Earth and its evolutions:


Ray One - Not in manifestation.

Ray Two - In manifestation since 1575 A.D.

Ray Three - In manifestation since 1425 A.D.

Ray Four - To come slowly into manifestation after 2025 A.D.

Ray Five - In manifestation since 1775 A.D.

Ray Six            - Passing rapidly out of manifestation. It began to pass out in 1625 A.D.

Ray Seven - In manifestation since 1675 A.D.


Seven names


The rays are the seven emanations from the "seven Spirits before the throne of God". Their emanations come from the monadic level of awareness or from the second cosmic etheric plane. In a certain sense it could be said that these seven great and living Energies are in their totality the etheric vehicle of the planetary Logos.


These (seven rays) are called by many names in many different lands, but for our purposes the following seven names will be used, the energy of:


1. Will, Purpose or Power

2. Love-Wisdom

3. Active Intelligence

4. Harmony through Conflict

5. Concrete Knowledge or Science

6. Devotion or Idealism

7. Ceremonial Order


The seven Rays can be divided into the three Rays of Aspect and the four Rays of Attribute:


Rays of Aspect:


Ray 1 - The Ray of Will, or Power


The Lord of Death

The Opener of the Door

The Liberator from Form

The Great Abstractor

The Fiery Element, producing shattering

The Crystallizer of the Form

The Power that touches and withdraws

The Lord of the Burning Ground

The Will that breaks into the Garden

The Ravisher of Souls

The Finger of God

The Breath that blasts

The Lightning, which annihilates

The Most High       


Ray 2 - The Ray of Love-Wisdom


The Displayer of Glory

The Lord of Eternal Love

The Cosmic Magnet

The Giver of Wisdom

The Radiance in the Form

The Master Builder

The Conferrer of Names

The Great Geometrician

The One Who hides the Life

The Cosmic Mystery

The Light Bringer

The Son of God Incarnate

The Cosmic Christ


Ray 3 - The Ray of Activity or Adaptability


The Keeper of the Records

The Lord of Memory

The Unifier of the lower Four

The Interpreter of That Which is seen

The Lord of Balance

The Divine Separator

The Discriminating Essential Life

The One Who produces Alliance

The Three-sided Triangle

The Illuminator of the Lotus

The Builder of the Foundation

The Forerunner of the Light

The One Who veils and yet reveals

The Dispenser of Time

The Lord of Space

The Universal Mind

The Threefold Wick

The Great Architect of the Universe


Rays of Attribute:


Ray 4 - The Ray of Harmony, Beauty, Art, or Unity


The Perceiver on the Way

The Link between the Three and Three

The Divine Intermediary

The Hand of God

The Hidden One

The Seed, that is the Flower

The Mountain whereon Form dies

The Light within the Light

The Corrector of the Form

The One Who marks the parting of the Way

The Master

The Dweller in the Holy Place

The Lower than the Three, the Highest of the Four

The Trumpet of the Lord


Ray 5 - The Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science


The Revealer of Truth

The great Connector

The Divine Intermediary

The Crystallizer of Forms

The Three-fold Thinker

The Cloud upon the Mountain-top

The Precipitator of the Cross

The Dividing Sword

The Winnower of the Chaff

The Fifth great Judge

The Rose of God

The Heavenly One

The Door into the Mind of God

The Initiating Energy

The Ruler of the Third Heaven

The Guardian of the Door

The Dispenser of Knowledge

The Angel with the Flaming Sword

The Keeper of the Secret

The Beloved of the Logos

The Brother from Sirius

The Master of the Hierophant


Ray 6 - The Ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion


The Negator of Desire

The One Who sees the Right

The Visioner of Reality

The Divine Robber

The Devotee of Life

The Hater of Forms

The Warrior on the March

The Sword Bearer of the Logos

The Upholder of the Truth

The Crucifier and the Crucified

The Breaker of Stones

The Imperishable Flaming One

The One Whom Naught can turn

The Implacable Ruler

The General on the Perfect Way

The One Who leads the Twelve

Ray 7 - The Ray of Ceremonial Magic, or Law


The Unveiled Magician

The Worker in the Magical Art

The Creator of the Form

The Bestower of Light from the Second Lord

The Manipulator of the Wand

The Watcher in the East

The Custodian of the Seventh Plan

The Invoker of Wrath

The Keeper of the Magical Word

The Temple Guardian

The Representative of God

The One Who lifts to Life

The Lord of Death

The One Who feeds the Sacred Fire

The Whirling Sphere

The Sword of the Initiator

The Divine Alchemical Worker

The Builder of the Square

The Orienting Force

The Fiery Unifier

The Key to the Mystery

The Expression of the Will

The Revealer of Beauty