Commentary by Michael D. Robbins
Our Solar System One of Seven
is hid in a threefold mystery:
1. The mystery of electricity.
2. The mystery of the seven constellations.
3. The mystery of the ONE ABOVE THE LOGOS.” (TCF 269)
of Our Solar System to the Seven constellations: “This energy, or electrical manifestation,
this "mystery of electricity" to which H. P. B. refers,50
is the foundation of all manifestations, and lies back of all evolution.
It produces light in ever-growing brilliancy; it builds and moulds the
form to the need of the indwelling Entity; it brings about coherence
and group activity; it is the warmth that causes all growth, and that
fosters not only the manifestations of the vegetable and animal kingdoms
but induces interaction between the human units, and lies behind all
human relationships. It is magnetism, radiation, attraction and
repulsion, life, death, and all things; it is conscious purpose and
essential will in objective manifestation, and he who has solved what
lies back of electrical phenomena has solved not only the secret of
his own Being, but knows his place within his greater sphere, a planetary
Logos, is conscious of the Identity of that cosmic Existence we call
a solar Logos, and realises somewhat the place of our system and its
electrical relationship with the seven
constellations.” (TCF 436)
Solar Logos Not Related to the “Seven constellations”: “In connection with the karma of the
solar Logos, the subject is even more abstract and incomprehensible.
It lies hidden—not in the seven
constellations—but in the three constellations which concern
the three bodies of His Personality and which in themselves are but
manifestations of a central LIFE past our concept and our recognition.
It concerns the manifestation in time and space of the ONE ABOUT WHOM
NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, and Whose relationship to the solar Logos finds
a faint analogy in that of the planetary Logos to man, the human unit.
It profits not to extend the thought any further.” (TCF 801)
Activity of Seven constellations:
“Further, it must be added that the third type of motion
to which our system is subjected, that of progress onward, is the result
of the united activity of the seven
constellations (our solar system forming one of the seven)
which form the seven centres of the cosmic Logos. This united
activity produces a uniform and steady push (if it might so be
expressed) toward a point in the heavens unknown as yet to even the
planetary Logoi.” (TCF 1059)
Commentary: This paragraph is full of enigmas. Our solar system
(again) is one of “seven constellations”, but the seven constellations
form the seven centers of a cosmic Logos, and a cosmic
Logos has been described as having solar Logoi as centers!
We must also attend to the word “system”, as in “solar system”;
indeed, any system composed of stars (whether one star, seven stars
or, perhaps 49 stars) could be called a solar system. In this
paragraph, I tend to read the term “solar system” as equivalent to “constellation
of stars”. If this were the case, the term “cosmic Logos” would have
to be interpreted in a larger way than on TCF 293).
Amazing that the point of destination
is unknown even to the planetary Logoi!
Perspective and to Help the Mind Reel: “The confines of the
Heavens Themselves are illimitable and utterly unknown. Naught
but the wildest speculation is possible to the tiny finite minds of
men and it profits us not to consider the question. Go out on
some clear starlit night and seek to realise that in the many thousands
of suns and constellations visible to the unaided eye of man, and in
the tens of millions which the modern telescope reveals there is seen
the physical manifestation of as many millions of intelligent existences;
this infers that what is visible is simply those existences who are
in incarnation. But only one-seventh of the possible appearances
are incarnating. Six-sevenths are out of incarnation, waiting
their turn to manifest, and holding back from incarnation until, in
the turning of the great wheel, suitable and better conditions may eventuate.
Realise further that the bodies of all these sentient intelligent cosmic,
solar and planetary Logoi are constituted of living sentient beings,
and the brain reels, and the mind draws back in dismay before such a
staggering concept. Yet so it is, and so all moves forward to
some unfathomable and magnificent consummation which will only in part
begin to be visioned by us when our consciousness [Page 1060] has expanded
beyond the cosmic physical plane, and beyond the cosmic astral until
it can "conceive and think" upon the cosmic mental plane.
That supposes a realisation beyond that of the Buddhas who have the
consciousness of the cosmic physical plane, and beyond that of the planetary
Logoi. It is the consciousness and knowledge of a solar Logos.
To the occult student, who has developed the power of the inner vision,
the vault of Heaven can therefore be seen as a blazing fire of light,
and the stars as focal points of flame from which radiate streams of
dynamic energy. Darkness is light to the illumined Seer, and the
secret of the Heavens can be read and expressed in terms of force currents,
energy centres, and dynamic fiery systemic peripheries.” (TCF 1059-1060)
of a Cosmic Wheel and Seven “Constellations”: “A cosmic wheel,
or a group of seven constellations.
These are grouped according to:
a. Their magnitude,
b. Their vibration,
c. Their colour,
d. Their influence upon each other.
These cosmic wheels, according to the esoteric books, are divided into
forty-nine groups, each comprising millions of septenary constellations.
For purposes of study by the Adepts, they are each known by a symbol,
and these forty-nine symbols embody all that can be apprehended anent
the size, magnitude, quality, vibratory activity, and objective of those
great forms through which an Existence is experiencing. The Chohans
of high degree [Page 1086] know the forty-nine sounds which give the
quality of the consciousness aspect of these great Beings Who are as
far removed from the consciousness of our solar Logos as the consciousness
of man is removed from that of a crystal. (TCF 1085-1086)
Hierarchies in Relation to Seven constellations:
“Each of these seven hierarchies of Beings Who are the Builders
or the Attractive Agents are (in their degree) intermediaries; all embody
one of the types of force emanating from the seven constellations. Their intermediary work, therefore,
1. They are the mediators between Spirit and matter.
2. They are the transmitters of force from sources extraneous to the
solar system to forms within the solar system.” (TCF 1196)
Potent of the Seven constellations,
as Far as Our System is Concerned: “Those who tread this
second Path work with magnetic or attractive energy because they have
identified themselves with it. Eventually they will all pass on
to Path VII, which is the Path of Absolute Sonship. All that can
be said here in regard to their efforts is the statement that this Path
carries them (through the medium of the logoic head centre) into the
Heart of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. They are swept
out of systemic evolution altogether upon a great tide of attractive
energy which emanates from one of the major centres of that great Existence
Who is the source of the life of the solar Logos. This centre
is of course one of [Page 1250] the seven
constellations. As it is the most potent constellation
as far as our system is concerned owing to the fact that this system
predominantly expresses love or attractive energy and our Logos is as
yet polarised in His cosmic astral body, it is not permitted to hint
at the name of the constellation. The reason is that if the name
were known and if enough people could do the work of occult meditation
and visualisation, accompanying the work with a vivid imagination, it
might be possible to attract into our system such a downpour of attractive
energy from the constellation involved as to unduly speed up the processes
of evolution upon our planet, and thus upset the systemic economy most
dangerously. People do not yet realise the potency of meditation
and especially of group meditation.” (TCF 1249-1250)
to Think in Terms of the Whole: “The readers of this treatise
who really want to profit by this teaching must train themselves ever
to think in terms of the whole. The arbitrary tabulations, the
divisions into triplicities and septenates, and the diversified enumeration
of forces [Page 160] which are seen as emanating from the seven constellations, the ten planets, and the twelve mansions
of the zodiac, are but intended to give the student an idea of a world
of energies in which he has to play his part.” (EP I 159-160)
System One of the Seven constellations:
“The energies which astrologically affect a human being are
those which play upon him as a result of the apparent progress of the
sun through the heavens, either once every twenty-five thousand years
or once every twelve months. Those that constitute the ray forces
do not come from the twelve constellations of the zodiac, but emanate
primarily from a world of being and of consciousness which lies behind
our solar system, and which themselves come from the seven
constellations which form the body of manifestation of the
One About Whom Naught May Be Said. Our solar system is one of
these seven constellations. This is the world of Deity Itself, and
of it a man can know nothing until he has passed through the major initiations.
When we come later to study the zodiac and its relation to the rays
we shall work this out more [Page 333] carefully and so make the idea
clearer. It is with the ray influences that we are dealing here,
and not with the zodiacal.” (EP I 332-333)
Commentary: Here we must, I think, learn to think of our solar
system as a constellation, not because our one-Sun solar system
is a constellation, but because the term “solar system”
can also mean a system of Suns—thus, a constellation!
Gaining a Sense of Perspective: How the “Fall” Looks from the Perspective
of the Seven constellations: “Symbolically [Page 395]
speaking, some of the sons of God fell from their high estate, led,
at one time, by "Lucifer, Son of the Morning". This
"fall of the angels" was a tremendous event in the history
of our planet, but was nevertheless only a passing and interesting phenomenon
in the history of the solar system, and a trifling incident in the affairs
of the seven constellations, of which our solar system is but one.
Pause and consider this statement for a moment, and so readjust your
sense of values. The standard of happenings varies in importance
according to the angle of vision, and what (from the angle of our Earth's
unfoldment in consciousness) may be a factor of prime importance and
of determining value may (from the angle of the universe) be of trifling
moment. The affairs of an individual are, to him, of momentous
import; to humanity, as a whole, they are of small concern. It
all depends upon which unit holds the centre of the stage in the drama
of life, and around which central factor the happenings, trivial or
important, pursue their cyclic way.” (EP I 394-395)
Commentary: Again, we are faced within enigma, for our solar
system is mentioned as one of the seven constellations. Either
our one-Sun(ed) solar system is a real constellation, or the
word “system” can mean a “constellation”.
Note in the following, the use of the word “systems”:
“The cosmic Logos of our system works similarly through
three major systems (of which ours is not one), utilising
seven solar systems (of which ours is one), for the distribution
of His force and having myriads of sevenfold groups as the cells of
His body. (TCF 353)”
The term, “system” is an often blinded word, and can have at
least three levels of application, especially referring to a one-Sun(ed)
system or a seven-Sun(ed) system.
In the following we see the word “system” applied to the “cosmic level”:
“A cosmic system, involving lesser systems and holding them together
by the power of a unified life.44” (TCF 408-409)
A similar use of the word, “system” is found in the following:
“A constellation consists of two or more solar systems or
series of suns with their attendant planets. These systems
are held together as a coherent whole by the powerful interrelation
of the suns, whose magnetic rapport is so balanced that occultly "they
tread the Path together within the radius of each other's power;"
they preserve their relative distances, and vitalise their planets,
but at the same time they preserve an equality of balance and of influence.
In a few rare cases this balance is disturbed, and there is a waxing
or a waning of influence and of magnetic power.” (EP I 152)
Note that the word “systems” could apply equally to the “solar systems”
here mentioned, or to the result of combining these solar systems—i.e.,
Seven Creative Hierarchies in Relation to Seven constellations: “Each of these seven hierarchies of Beings Who are the Builders
or the Attractive Agents are (in their degree) intermediaries; all embody
one of the types of force emanating from the seven constellations.
Their intermediary work, therefore, is dual:
1. They are the mediators between Spirit and matter.
2. They are the transmitters of force from sources extraneous to the
solar system to forms within the solar system.” (EA 38)
A number of references in Esoteric Astrology refer to “seven
constellations”, but these references refer to groups of seven
selected from the Twelve Zodiacal Constellations.
Stars: “3. "The first `seven stars' are not planetary.
They are the leading stars of seven
constellations which turn [Page 656] around with the Great
Bear...." (S.D. III. 195.)” (EA 655-656)
Seven Solar Systems
by Michael D. Robbins)
The Sevenfold Word of the Seven solar systems
“9. The Great Word of our solar system keys in, if it
might be so expressed, with other Words, and is but one Word of the
sevenfold Word, known to that great Existence Who stands in the same
relation to the Solar Logos as the latter does to the Planetary Logos.
The sacred Words of seven solar systems (of which ours
is but one) make up this septenary sound, which vibrates at this time
in the cosmic spheres.” (IHS 160)
Commentary: This is an important reference to substantiate that
there is a “great Existence” Who is not the OAWNMBS (level-2),
but Who, instead, is a constellational Logos (called a “cosmic Logos”
on TCF 293). A planetary Logos is a chakra in a Solar Logos; following
the analogy, a Solar Logos would be a chakra in the “great Existence”,
Whose body of manifestation would contain seven such solar chakras.
I call such a “great Existence” a level-1 OAWNMBS—as, indeed, very little
if anything is said about the Logos Who informs the group of seven solar
systems in which our solar Logos is included. A Proportion: Great Existence/Solar
Logos = Solar Logos/Planetary Logos
An Absolutely Vital Reference: Third: The work
of a solar Logos is again of a corresponding nature:
[Page 292] a. He has to attain to the full consciousness of His entire
ring-pass-not, or of the seven planes of the solar system.
This covers a period wherein five of the Heavenly Men, or five of His
centres, and therefore, five schemes, reach a stage of accurate response
to contact and stimulation.
b. He has to attain to the consciousness of the cosmic Logos within
Whose body He is a centre. He must find by experience His place
within the cosmic group of which He is a part, in much
the same way as a planetary Logos pursues a similar course. This
is achieved when all the Heavenly Men or each of the seven centres are
awakened and functioning consciously and freely, with their systemic
inter-relation adjusted and controlled by the Law of Action and Reaction.
It brings within His control not only the seven subplanes of the cosmic
physical plane (our seven major planes) but necessarily also the cosmic
Commentary: It is precisely this “cosmic group” which I have
called (using DK’s term) the “Seven Solar Systems of which Ours is One”--SSSOWOIO,
and a level-1 OAWNMBS. This is an important point.
c. To attain to the consciousness of the centre in the body of the ONE
ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID. This centre is formed by the sphere
of influence of a cosmic Logos. In the body of a cosmic Logos,
a solar Logos is a centre.
Commentary: Points a., b., and c. are sequential. First
the solar Logos understands His own ring-pass-not; then the ring-pass-not
of the cosmic Logos in which He is included; then the ring-pass-not
of the still greater Logos—the OAWNMBS (level-2).
Here we definitely understand that cosmic Logoi form the centers in
the OAWNMBS, but that our solar Logos forms a center in a cosmic
Logos. Note that a solar Logos must “attain to the consciousness of
the centre in the body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID”, and
that this centre is formed by the sphere of influence of a cosmic
Logos. According to my reasoning which is based upon this reference,
a solar Logos cannot be a major center in the OAWNMBS, but can
only be a major center in a cosmic Logos.
We must bear in mind that this enumeration is given from the standpoint
of the present, and from the angle of vision (relatively limited) of
the Heavenly Man of our particular scheme, and that it is therefore
circumscribed by His peculiar conditions, which govern the intelligence
of the cells in His body; it is given from the point of view of differentiation
and not of synthesis. A synthetic absorption proceeds eventually
in connection with all these Entities, and each undergoes a process,
paralleling on His Own level that undergone by the Microcosm; in the
case of the Microcosm the causal body or the body of the Ego acts as
the synthesiser of the energy of the Quaternary or lower Self, and the
EVOLUTION IN THE UNIVERSE
A “Mighty Cosmic Being” Who May Be the OAWNMBS (Level-1): “Universal
mind or manas permeates all, and is equally that Self-knowing, individualised
Entity Whose body contains our solar Logos as well as certain other
solar Logoi; Whose fire, heat and radiation embrace certain othersolar
systems and unify them with our own system so that one complete
vital body forms the manifestation of this mighty cosmic Being.
[Page 352] Vortices of force on the cosmic etheric plane form the etheric
framework of seven solar systems in the same way that
the bodies of the seven Heavenly Men are the etheric centres for a solar
Logos, and as the seven centres in man (existing in etheric matter),
are the animating electrical impulse of his life.” (TCF 351-352)
4 cosmic planes
& groups 2 cosmic planes
1 solar system
Commentary: It seems to me that the words “solar Logoi”, and
“solar systems” are here being used in a straight-forward, un-blinded
way. Further, given what is said above on TCF 293 about the four cosmic planes of manifestation of “cosmic Logoi” (I call them ‘constellational
Logoi’) One would expect cosmic buddhic vortices (etheric in
their own way) from the constellational Logoi who are centers in the
greater OAWNMBS. What I am saying, is that it is difficult to understand
the difference in etheric manifestation between a solar Logos
and a cosmic Logos.
The Cosmic Logos of Our System—How It Works: “A
solar Logos in a still wider sense is the permeating universal Mind,
the manasic principle, plus the buddhic and the will principle, working
in three major schemes, by means of seven centres of force, and through
the myriads of groups which are the cells in His body, in the same way
as human beings are the cells in the body of a Heavenly Man.
The cosmic Logos of our system works similarly through three major systems
(of which ours is not one), utilisingseven solar systems (of
which ours is one), for the distribution of His force and having myriads
of sevenfold groups as the cells of His body. (TCF 353)
Commentary: The question arises whether the “cosmic Logos” here
discussed is a cosmic Logos of the variety referenced on TCF 293 or
is “the Unknown”, referenced on the same page.
If the “cosmic Logos” of this section is, indeed “The Unknown” or the
OAWNMBS, then the “three major systems” are the Great Bear, Pleiades
and the Sirian ‘System’. The “seven solar systems (of which ours is
one), could then be either seven solar systems or seven constellations.
If He is using the word “system” (in “three major systems”) to denote
three great constellations, then the seven solar systems could
also be seven constellations. This section, therefore, could
be a blinded section.
Position of Systems within a Greater Whole: “Position
or the place of the system within its greater whole, and the corporate
nature of all manifestation. This involves the concept of:
A cosmic system, involving lesser systems and holding them together
by the power of a unified life.44
Commentary: As I understand it, such a “cosmic system” is the
Logos of a constellation.
A solar system, a portion
of that greater system of manifestation, [Page 409] equally involving
lesser forms of objectivity, and holding them likewise unified by the
power of its own life.
A planetary scheme, or subdivision of that solar system. This likewise persists as a unit by itself, yet
has no existence apart from other units.
Groups or unified bodies within the scheme. These are again individualised,
yet at the same time are a part of the greater whole.
Congeries or aggregations of cells, the subdivisions of groups.
These must be similarly interpreted.
The cells, or the individualised units, within the groups. Each
of these is a conscious entity, yet each has no existence apart from
Each of these divisions is characterised by:
An ensouling life, which—as far as we are concerned, emanates from the
ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, Who ensouls the seven solar systems, down through the Lord of a solar
system, through the cosmic Entities we call the Heavenly
Men, and the solar Entities ensouling groups and through that peculiar
central manifestation we call a human being to the little cell within
the body of that human being, and the atom which is the basic material
whereof all forms in all the kingdoms of nature are made. (408-409)
Commentary: This selection begins with the idea of a “Cosmic
Logos”; later this Being is called an “ensouling life” which emanates
from the OAWNMBS. This OAWNMBS (if we keep strict descending hierarchical
continuity) is a level-1 OAWNMBS—i.e., a cosmic Logos, and not
the “Unknown”—a super-constellational Logos.
Careful reading demands that we check our “antecedents”. The word upon
which to focus is “Who”; we have two alternatives: 1) an “ensouling
life”…Who ensouls the seven solar systems…” or 2) the ONE ABOUT
WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, Who ensouls the seven solar systems…”.
I tend to choose reading #1, estimating that this “ensouling life” emanates
from the OAWNMBS but is not the OAWNMBS, itself. That which emanates
is not, for practical purposes, the same as that from which it
Again, I read that a great constellational Logos, who is the ensouling
life of the SSSOWOIO (but Who is not the OAWNMBS) emanates from
the OAWNMBS, and ensouls the group of solar Logoi of which our
solar Logos, Sol, forms a part.
An EXISTENCE Manifesting through
Seven solar systems: “As regards cosmic position,
relation and limitation, little can be said, as e'en to the Heavenly
Men Themselves the matter is obscure. (I do not fail to take the
point!) That this is necessarily so must be apparent when
Their place in the scheme of things is realised and Their relative unimportance
is considered. Therefore, we can do no more than accept the fact
of the inconceivable magnitude of that EXISTENCE which is manifesting
through seven solar systems, and the extension of this
concept of Being to [Page 412] embrace the entire vault of the Heavens.
It is interesting to bear in mind in this connection that all that is
seen, being objective forms or Beings in manifestation through certain
spheres of light, may not be all that IS, but that there may lie back
of everything visible a vast realm or realms of Existences. The
very brain of man reels in contemplation of such a concept. Yet
just as there are tens of millions of human beings out of objective
manifestation, or discarnate, on the subtler planes of the solar
system, so there may be cosmic entities, in rank equal to
the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, Who are in a similar sense discarnate,
and found in realms subtler than that of the manifestation of light.
Commentary: Here there is discussed an EXISTENCE (I presume,
the “Unknown” of p. 293 of TCF), which manifests through seven solar
systems. We can assume that these seven solar systems
are 1) a blind for seven constellations, or we can say
2) that while this EXISTENCE manifests through seven solar systems,
it also manifests through six more groups of seven solar systems
In these case, the selection does not refer to the “seven solar
systems”, so the term “seven solar systems” may well be a blind for
seven constellations, and the Being called an “EXISTENCE” may
well be the OAWNMBS-level-2.
Alliance of the Seven Heavenly Men to the Seven solar systems:
“The Moon chain has in itself a curious occult history, not yet
to be disclosed. This differentiates it from the other chains
in the scheme and even from any other chain in any scheme. An
analogous situation or correspondence will be found in another planetary
scheme within the solar system. All this is hidden
in the history of one of the solar systems which is united
to ours within a cosmic ring-pass-not.
Commentary: When I read the word “cosmic” ring-pass-not,
I immediately think of cosmic Logoi, and believe that it is our
constellation which is being referenced, and not the entire
domain and ring-pass-not of the greater OAWNMBS.
Hence the impossibility of yet enlarging upon it. Each Heavenly
Man of a scheme is a focal point for the force and power and vibratory
life of seven stupendous ENTITIES in exactly the same sense [Page 416]
as the seven centres in a human being are the focal points for the influence
of a corresponding heavenly Prototype. Our Heavenly Man, therefore,
is esoterically allied to one of the seven
solar systems, and in this mysterious alliance is hidden
the mystery of the moon chain.” (TCF 415-416)
Commentary: I do believe that it is analogically fitting
in the ascending/descending “scale of things”, to think of each of our
Heavenly Men as related to a particular one of seven solar Logoi (like
our Sun, for instance), just as it is fitting to think of each of these
seven solar Logoi as related to a particular constellation in
the greater OAWNMBS.
If such a relationship were true, then there would be a particular affinity
between one of those solar Logoi and the entire system of seven, just
as, for instance on a lower level, there seems to be a particular relationship
between Jupiter and our Sun (which includes Jupiter as a chakric center).
I, therefore question which of the seven major solar Logoi (in
our constellation) is particularly related to the constellation
as a whole? Is it Sol? Is it Sirius?: Is it some other sun like Procyon
or Alpha or Beta Centauri?
If, as I hypothesize, there is a particular connection between our
seven solar systems and astrality or desire, (EA 467)
then the sixth ray solar Logos would be thus related to the constellation
as a whole. If I am mistaken, and our constellation (not just our Sun)
is related to the heart center of the OAWNMBS, then that solar Logos
representing the heart center would be particularly radiant and empowered.
This, then, would be our own Sun, Sol, and His system.
Forty-Nine Planetary Logoi within Seven solar systems:
“The forty-nine groups of solar fires concerned in the great work
are those spoken of, and they become the forty-nine planetary Logoi
in connexion with seven solar systems. In them is
hid the mystery of the three who become the sixteen—united or synthesised
by the seventeenth—a correspondence upon cosmic levels of the seven
with the eighth sphere. This must remain practically an insoluble
mystery to man at present. (Only “practically”? Let’s chew on this
one some time.)
The four groups who found their way to the Heart of the system will
reappear as the four planetary Logoi who are the twenty-eight and who
thus produce the possibility of the ten of perfection in another series
of manifesting systems.
The seven types of solar energy find the "path of return"
to their central emanating source; by the disruption of the tie between
them and the lunar lords (who are esoterically spoken of as "dead
or dying on the field of battle") the great sacrifice is consummated,
and they are free to return in triumph.” (TCF 879)
Commentary: Clearly, seven solar systems, as here discussed,
contain 49 planetary Logoi. Thus these solar systems are indeed
solar systems and are not a blind for seven constellations.
The Rays of a OAWNMBS May be Given: “Life is
the synthesis of all activity—an activity which is a blend of many energies,
for life is the sum total of the energies of the seven
solar systems, of which our solar
system is but one. These, in their totality, are the
expression of the activity of that Being Who is designated in our hierarchical
archives as the "One About Whom Naught May Be Said."
This seven-fold cosmic energy, the fused and blended energies of seven solar systems, including ours, sweeps automatically through
each of the seven, carrying the qualities of
1. Impulse towards activity.
2. Active impulse towards organisation.
3. Active organised impulse towards a definite purpose.
Commentary: This important reference can be read in various ways,
but again, DK seems to be talking about “life” as the energy of that
Being which animates seven solar systems. The seven solar systems
are “the expression…of the activity” of the OAWNMBS (level 2), but there
are not, necessarily, the total expression.
The words, “in their totality” must also be deciphered. Is it the proximate
seven solar system “in their totality” or all systems of seven
solar system each, “in their totality”.
However, I believe that the kind of OAWNMBS which is here being referenced
is a level-1 OAWNMBS, because it is a “sevenfold cosmic energy”
and cosmic energies have already been defined as expressing themselves
through a “cosmic Logos” which expresses itself through seven solar
Logoi. (I grant you, however, that the term “cosmic” can have a further
extension that the manner in which it is used on TCF 293.
Note must be made, however, of the potential rays of this “life”,
as being the third ray, then the seventh ray and then the first ray.
If this life (for any reason) were the OAWNMBS-level-2, then
the three constellations which carry these rays would be considered
the Pleiades (the major seven), Draco and the Great Bear. As for Draco
and the Great Bear, they are contiguous in space.
I find that this selection is not entirely unambiguous. I not the rays
apparently expressed as pertaining to this OAWNMBS. I cannot say if
they are appropriate to the great OAWNMBS. In a way, I think not, because,
I think, “cosmic buddhi” is so important to the greater OAW. Also, however,
I do not find the rays appropriate to the Logos of the SSSOWOIO, which
I connect with the solar plexus center of the great OAW, or (possibly)
the heart center of this greater Being. In any case, the rays 3, 7,
and 1, would not allow for this solar plexus and/or heart center connection.
So I find the rays assigned (if this tabulation is really such an assignment)
as enigmatical. What do you think?
I have worded these impulses as above in order to show the emergent
tendency through their mutual interplay. This triple energetic
impulse, borne on the impetus of the seven great [Page 151] breaths
or rays, started the world process of Becoming, and manifested as the
urge towards evolution,—towards an evolution which is active, organised,
and which works undeviatingly and unerringly towards a specific goal.
Commentary: Could the word “organised” be a blind for the second
ray of “form building”? The numbers 2 and 7 are certainly related. I
do not push this point.
This goal is known in its fullest measure only to that incomprehensible
Existence Who works through seven solar systems (in their
turn the expression of seven great Lives) just as our solar Deity works
through the seven planetary Logoi. All this has been hinted at
and outlined in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, and I do not propose enlarging
upon it here. I would point out, however, because it has a definite
bearing on the evolution of quality in the human family, that the seven
creative Builders or planetary Logoi of our solar system
are embodiments of the will, energy, and magnetic force which streams
through Them from the seven solar systems into Their various
spheres of activity. Thus, through Their united activity, the
organised solar system is produced, whose energies are
in constant circulation and whose emerging qualities are balanced and
demonstrated throughout the entire system. All parts of the solar
system are interdependent; all the forces and energies are
in constant flux and mutation; all of them sweep in great pulsations,
and through a form of rhythmic breathing, around the entire solar atom;
so that the qualities of every solar life, pouring through the seven
ray forms, permeate every form within the solar ring-pass-not,
and thus link every form with every other form. Note therefore
the fact that each of the seven rays or creative Builders embodies the
energy, will, love and purpose of the Lord of the solar system,
as that Lord in His turn embodies an aspect of the energy, will, love
and purpose of the "One About Whom Naught May Be Said."
(EP I 150-152)
Commentary: As I read this, I focus on the term “solar life”,
which I judge to the life of a solar Logos (of which, locally, there
are seven major in the group to which our solar Logos belongs.)
A First Statement of Fact Regarding the Seven solar systems:
Therefore the first proposition to be grasped by the student of
the rays is as follows:
I. Every ray Life is an expression of a solar Life, and every Planet
1. Linked with every other planetary life in the solar system.
2. Animated by energy emanating from one or other of the seven
3. Actuated by a triple stream of life forces coming from:
a. Solar systems outside
b. Our own solar system.
c. Its own planetary Being.
Commentary: Points 2 and 3.a would seem to be redundant. I presume
that point 3, taken as a whole, is detailed repetition (and an elaboration)
of what is found in point 2.
It is impossible for the average thinker to grasp the significance
of this statement, but he can understand somewhat the statement that
every planet is a focal point through which forces and energies circulate
and flow ceaselessly, and that these energies emanate from the outer
cosmos or universe itself, from the solar system of which
his own planet is a part, and of which our sun is the centre, and from
that Being Who constitutes our own particular planetary Lord or Life.
I should like at this point to make clear the distinction between a
constellation and a solar system,
according to the esoteric teaching, even though the modern scientist
may not agree.
Commentary: DK must here have a good reason for doing so, and
I think we should attend to His distinction.
A solar system
consists of a sun as the central focal point, with its series of attendant
planets, which are held in magnetic rapport in their orbits around that
A constellation consists of two or more solar systems
or series of suns with their attendant planets. These systems
are held together as a coherent whole by the powerful interrelation
of the suns, whose magnetic rapport is so balanced that occultly "they
tread the Path together within the radius of each other's power;"
they preserve their relative distances, and vitalise their planets,
but at the same time they preserve an equality of balance and of influence.
In a few rare cases this balance is disturbed, and there is a waxing
or a waning of influence and of magnetic power. (EP I 150-152)
Commentary: Note that above, He calls constellations “systems”.
The word “systems” is quite generic. I find this section in which a
constellation is defined as absolutely vital, especially since we are
constantly dealing with “blinded” references. We might well ask ourselves:
“for the average solar Logos, what is the extent of the “radius of power”?
Commentary: Again, this is a supremely important section. It
makes the obvious point, that our seven planetary Logoi are, each of
them, related to a solar Logos (a ray life).
Seven Rays Expressions of Energies from the Seven solar systems:
“The relation of the constellations to the solar system,
which is the basis of astrological research, will be considered later.
I seek to point out here only the dual fact that the seven rays are
1. Expressions of energies emanating from the seven solar systems, which are, in their turn, animated by the Life
of the "One About Whom Naught May Be Said."
2. Influenced by, and therefore under the astrological control of, the
twelve constellations whose energies are contacted by our solar system
during the course of the journey of our sun through the greater Zodiac,
during the vast period of approximately 25,000 years, and in a lesser
degree during the course of the twelve months of the year, wherein the
lesser path of the Zodiac is trodden.” (EP I 153)
Commentary: Ray lives, it appears, are animated by solar Logoi,
Who are, themselves, animated by the Life of the OAWNMBS.
The OAWNMBS can here be 1) interpreted as a level-1 OAWNMBS (a cosmic
Logos), or 2) perhaps as a level-2 OAWNMBS Who animates the seven
solar systems and many other groups of solar systems
It is also possible that the term “seven solar systems” as used
here, could mean the seven great constellations in the Zodiac of Ten,
however, this page follows on from earlier pages in which it seems as
if a level-1 OAWNMBS is being discussed.
When we are told that the seven solar systems are animated by the life
of the OAWNMBS, we are not told that the no other groups of solar systems
are thus animated. So we are left with questions:
1. Are the seven solar systems animated by both their ensouling
Life and (in addition) the OAWNMBS?
2. Does the OAWNMBS animate only the seven solar systems (thus,
in effect, meaning that these seven solar system are really seven
3. Is the OAWNMBS responsible for animating not only the seven solar
systems, but a number of groups of seven solar systems (i.e., the constellational
chakras within its chakra system)?
A Second Statement of Fact Regarding the Seven solar systems.:
“Our second statement of fact is therefore:
II. Each one of the rays is the recipient and custodian of energies
1. The seven solar systems.
2. The twelve constellations.
Each ray passes these energies through its body of manifestation (a
planet), and thereby imparts them to the planetary form, and to all
forms upon and within it. These differentiated forms are therefore
animated by energy coming from the cosmic Life, from the solar Deity,
and from the planetary Life, and are consequently coloured by qualities
from the seven solar systems and the twelve constellations.
This blend of energies, working on substance, produces the forms, and
each subjective form, in its turn, produces the outer appearance.
Commentary: The continuity between the terms “cosmic Life”, “solar
Deity” and “planetary Life” should be clear. It is clear that the OAWNMBS
(level-2) is not usually called the cosmic Life, but,
rather, and fittingly, “the Unknown” (TCF 293), as, indeed, the OAWNMBS
is a Logos which is so unknown, that naught about Him can
It is not possible for us to study these forces and qualities in detail,
especially in connection with an individual human being, for the scale
is so minute, relatively, and the detail to be considered is so intricate.
But the nature of the qualities [Page 155] and energies can be somewhat
grasped as we study the seven ray Lives with their seven psychological
types, and the twelve creative Hierarchies, as outlined for us in The
Secret Doctrine. The 7+12=19, and if you add to these 19 expressions
of the Life the 3 major aspects of Deity, which we call the life of
God the Father, the love of God the Son, and the active intelligence
of God the Holy Ghost, you arrive at the mystic number 22 which is called
(in esotericism) the number of the adept. This simply means that
the adept is one who comprehends the nature of the 19 forces as they
express themselves through the medium of the triple divine manifestation,
as it in its turn relates itself to human consciousness. It does
not mean that the adept has mastered and can wield these 19 types of
energy. They are consciously wielded only by the three synthetic
Builders or Creators, Who are:
1. The Life which expresses Itself through seven solar systems. The One About Whom Naught May Be Said.
Commentary: By now it must be a familiar thought that I consider
this OAWNMBS to be a cosmic Logos, a constellational Logos,
and a level-1 OAWNMBS—i.e., not the greater super-constellational
Logos (the level-2 OAWNMBS)
2. The Life which expresses Itself through seven planets. The
3. The Life which expresses Itself through seven planetary centres,
or continents. The Planetary Logos......The Ancient of Days.
What the adept has done has been to bring his seven centres of force,
located in the etheric body, into a responsive condition to the higher
spiritual forces; as he progresses he will find that he will gradually
and sequentially become equally responsive to the above three types
of synthetic force.
On the path of discipleship, and until the third initiation, he learns
to respond to the energy and to the spiritual purpose of the Life of
his own planet. At the first and second initiations, and until
the third initiation, he has been led on and initiated by the influence
of the Christ, and under His direction he has submitted to two expansions
of consciousness and [Page 156] has prepared himself for a third.
When ready for this, he comes under the initiatory power of the planetary
Logos; and through the mediating activity of that great Being the initiate
becomes actively aware of energy emanating from the solar Deity.
He is therefore learning to respond to the second type of synthetic
After he has taken the highest initiation possible on this planet, he
is, for the first time, responsive to energy emanating from the outer
cosmic Centre. This last stage of expansion is rare
indeed, and only one hundred and eleven human beings, during our planetary
history, have passed on to this state of awareness.” (EP I 154-156)
Commentary: Is the number 111 symbolic? It almost seems so. He
is, on face value, telling us here that 111 human beings have taken
the 9th initiation (unless it is considered that only the
7th initiation is really available on our planet).
When we are told in The Rays and the Initiations, that only
a Master of the Wisdom can contact a planet directly (for instance,
the Logos of Venus or Mercury), then I believe that, since two more
levels of contact (our solar Logos, and the Logos Who uses our solar
Logos as a chakra) are possible before contacting the actual OAWNMBS
(level-2), that a 9th degree initiate is only capable of
contacting energy from the Lord of the SSSOWOIO, and not the energy
of the OAWNMBS.
I would also suggest that strict hierarchical continuity should be preserved
when interpreting the above statements. There is a continuity between
a planetary Logos, a solar Logos, and a cosmic Logos (Who expresses
itself through seven solar Logoi)
Three Major Propositions: “We
have been studying the significance of the work of the seven creative
Builders, as They express the life aspect and qualify the phenomenal
appearance through which the One Life manifests. It is the quality
in time and space that determines the phenomenal appearance, and this
is the third major proposition of which the two previous are:
a. Every ray Life is an expression of a solar Life, and every planet
is therefore linked with every other planet, animated by energy from
one or other of the seven solar
systems, and actuated by a triple stream of force.
b. Every one of the rays is the recipient and custodian of various energies,
coming from varying sources.
To these two we add:
c. It is the quality of a ray Life, in time and space, which determines
the phenomenal appearance.
In these three propositions you have summed up the basic teaching of
this Section. Here I can point out with success, I believe, the
practical efficacy of a true understanding of these rather advanced
occult teachings. If, for instance, you study the first proposition,
you will note how a ray Life is an expression of a solar Life.
Commentary: My interpretation is that a “solar life” is the life
of a Grand Heavenly Man—the Logos of a star.
Now take this broad idea and make it personally specific by referring
the same proposition to an individual man, grasping the fact that every
personality is intended to be an expression of a solar angel, and is
consequently linked to every other solar angel in the kingdom of souls.
Each is animated by the energies coming from all the seven groups of
solar angels, and is likewise in touch with the life of the planet,
of the solar system, and with extra-systemic
[Page 192] force also.
Commentary: Re this analogy: there are individual solar angels;
and groups of solar angels—in fact seven groups of solar angels.
Then, I presume, there is a life which ensouls all the seven
groups of solar angels. I interpret the analogy in the following way:
1. The individual personality is as a planet.
2. The solar angel supervising that personality is as a solar logos.
3. A group of solar angels is as a cosmic Logos (a constellational Logos)
4. The seven groups of solar angels are as “The Unknown”, the OAWNMBS,
a super-constellational Logos.
Is this not of vital, practical import? Does it not warrant
close study and consideration of the attitude of the personality towards
life, and of the measure of success of the solar angel at any given
point in time and space (which is all that the personality is, in the
last analysis) as it builds and qualifies its phenomenal appearance?
Here we can see the scientific value of the study of ideals, of concentration
upon the virtues and divine qualities, and upon an intellectual analysis
of the divine attributes of any of the great sons of God.
Again, the second proposition states that the seven rays, being each
the recipient and custodian of energies coming from the universe, bring
in the basic concept of inter-relation, of inter-communication, of inter-dependence,
of cooperative responsibility, and of service. These relationships,
as we well know, underlie the principle of Brotherhood, which the race
is just beginning to grasp and to discuss. Thus one of the major
propositions which govern the building forces of the universe is of
real practical application to the mental life and attitude of man today.
The first proposition relates to the ego, or solar angel, and its realisation.
The second proposition relates to the mental grasp of the "inspired"
man—inspired from on high by his solar angel.
The third proposition, which states that quality determines the appearance,
is intended to control or direct the feeling or desire life of the personality,
for according to the quality of his desires will be the gradually emerging
Man is innately and truly divine, but the quality of the solar angel
only makes its presence felt slowly and during the evolutionary cycle;
it demonstrates only dimly as yet, and only emerges occasionally; though
the sum total of characteristics in any one life is coloured by divine
quality according to the egoic capacity to control or express, it is
distorted by [Page 193] substance in the early stages almost past all
recognition. These three propositions warrant careful thought
and even meditation,
for as they express the laws under which the seven creative Builders
work, so do they express the laws under which the aspirant can now begin
to work.” (EP I 191-193)
Entities—Ever More Inclusive: “Space
is an entity and the entire "vault of heaven" (as it has been
poetically called) is the phenomenal appearance of that entity. You
will note that I did not say the material appearance, but the phenomenal
appearance. Speculation about the nature, the history and identity of
that entity is useless and of no value. Some dim idea, providing analogy
even when eluding specifications, might be gained if you will endeavour
to think of the human family, the fourth kingdom in nature, as an entity,
as constituting a single unit, expressing itself through the many diversified
forms of man. You, as an individual, are an integral part of humanity,
yet you lead your own life, you react to your own impressions, you respond
to exterior influences and impacts, and in your turn you emanate influences,
send forth some form of character radiation and express some quality
or qualities. You thereby, and in some measure, affect your environment
and those whom you contact. Yet all the while you remain part of a phenomenal
entity to which we give the name of humanity. Now extend this idea to
a greater phenomenal entity, the solar system. This entity is
itself an integral part of a still greater life which
is expressing Itself through seven solar systems, of which
ours is one. If you can grasp this idea, a vague picture of a great
underlying esoteric truth will emerge into your consciousness. It is
the life and the influence, the radiations and emanations of this entity,
and their united effect on our planetary life, the kingdoms in nature
and the unfolding human civilizations, which we shall have briefly to
consider.” (EA 8)
Commentary: Here, again, it appears as if we are experiencing
a logical progression of entities, from one level, hierarchically
considered, to the next . I see no reason to think that DK is not talking
about the group of our solar Logos (TCF 292), the Logos of which
expresses itself through seven such solar systems.
The Location of Large Etheric Centers: “The next point
for each of you to grasp is the fact that the ether of space is the
field in and through which the energies from the many originating Sources
play. We are, therefore, concerned with the etheric body of the planet,
of the solar system,
and of the seven solar systems of which our system is one, as well as with the
general and vaster etheric body of the universe in which we are located.
Commentary: The “universe” as here discussed, is not the
totality of all stars and all starry systems (manifest and unmanifest).
It is a more local entity, possibly a galaxy. If the word “universe”
meant the entire entirety there would be no sense in using the
word “located” with respect to our position, as all beings,
whatsoever, would also be located within the universe as an ‘entire
I employ the word "located" here with deliberation and
because [Page 10] of the inferences to which it leads. This vaster field,
as well as the smaller and more localised fields, provides the medium
of transmission for all the energies which play upon and through our
solar system, our planetary
spheres and all forms of life upon those spheres. It forms one unbroken
field of activity in constant ceaseless motion—an eternal medium for
the exchange and transmission of energies.” (EA 9-10)
An Important Continuity of Correspondences—a VITAL Reference:
“This "control of form through a septenate of energies"
(as it is defined in the Old Commentary) is an unalterable rule in the
inner government of our universe and of our particular solar
system, as well as in the case of individual man. There are,
for instance, in our solar system,
seven sacred planets which correspond to the seven individual force
centres in man, the seven solar
systems, of which [Page 12] our solar
system is one, and in their turn the seven
energy centres of the One to Whom I have referred in my other books
as the One About Whom Naught Can Be Said.” (EA 11-12)
Commentary: This is a VITAL reference, showing a consistent hierarchical
progression of chakra systems and demonstrating that the “seven
solar systems of which our solar system is one” is not
the same as the “seven energy centres in the…One About Whom Naught Can
Be Said.” The phrase, “in their turn” is very important, as it
shows that the seven solar systems (“in their turn”) correspond
to the seven energy centres in the OAWNMBS, but are not those
The term, “in their turn” is a hint to us of a divinely, logical progression
which can be enumerated as follows:
1. Seven sacred planets within our solar system.
2. Seven solar systems (presumably within a larger system)
3. The “seven energy centres of the…One About Whom Naught Can Be Said.”
A Ninefold Energy Impact:
“The following is a list—incomplete but adequate
for our purposes—of the major influences which find their way from far
distant Sources into our planetary life and produce definite effects
upon individual man and humanity as a whole.
1. The constellation of the Great Bear.
2. The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades.
3. Sirius, the Dog Star.
1. The seven solar systems of which ours is one.
2. The seven sacred planets of which ours is not one.
3. The five non-sacred planets or "hidden" planets.
1. The seven planetary centres.
2. The seven centres of force in the human etheric body.
1. The twelve zodiacal constellations.
We thus have a ninefold energy impact. This is a major chart but it
should be remembered that there are other impacts of relative insignificance.
Commentary: Here again, it seems quite clear and straightforward,
that the energies of the seven solar systems are in addition
to the energies of the Great Bear, Pleiades and Sirius which have
be theorized as being contained within the seven.
The Proposition given in EP I, is also given in EA p. 26.
The Seven solar systems are Other than the Great Bear,
the Pleiades and Sirius: As regards the
influence of the seven solar systems, I should suggest (more
I cannot do) that they are linked up astrologically with the constellations,
the Great Bear, the Pleiades, and Sirius. They are intimately related
to them, but their exact effect is a transmitted one and cannot be noted
as producing noticeable results, as yet, upon humanity and the other
kingdoms in nature. The effect of the three great constellations also
cannot be noted by individual man until such time as he becomes conscious
of the monadic vibration, after the third initiation. There are many
potent influences playing upon our solar system and the
planet all the time but—as far as man is concerned—his response apparatus
and his mechanism of reaction remain what is called "occultly unresponsive,"
for they are not yet of a quality which will permit any noticeable recognition,
either in the dense or subtler vehicles or even by the soul. Later in
the evolutionary process, recognition and response will come, but for
all astrological purposes and recognisable produced effects, they may
be regarded today as non-existent except as they react upon the fourth
kingdom of nature as it constitutes a living unit in the body of the
planetary Logos. As little conscious effect is produced by these forces
as the effect of a [Page 30] high moment of contact in your morning
meditation produces an effect upon the atom or cell in the little finger
upon one of your hands. There may be a general response and stimulation
throughout the entire body, but the intelligent atom makes no conscious
response. The vibration is of too high a character. (EA 29-30)
Commentary: To these great Beings, tiny man is as an atom or
cell. To extend the analogy it would repay us to make a clear continuity
of such entities as: cell, inter-cellular structure; molecule; atom;
neutron/proton; electron; sub-atomic particle (in their own hierarchies).
Introducing a Tabulation Which Lists Seven
solar systems with the Three Great Constellations, and
not Including Them: “The following is
a tabulation showing some of the astrological relationships in connection
1. The constellation of the Great Bear.
2. The Pleiades or the Seven Sisters.
4. The seven solar systems.” (EA 33)
Commentary: I know you have theorized that the ten are always
to be found within the seven, but I see no reason to sustain this theory.
Eight zodiacal constellations are given as expressing four groupings
of constellations: Cancer and Capricorn for Sirius (regarding Sirius
as a constellation); Gemini and Sagittarius for the Pleiades; Aries
and Libra for the Great Bear; and Taurus and Scorpio for the Seven Solar
Systems. If the ten were really within the seven, such a fourfold/eightfold
assignment could not be made.
Achieving the Freedom of the Seven solar systems: “In
the second great stage, he passes from Aries to Taurus, because desire
has at last been transmuted into aspiration. After proving his steadfastness
to the ideal of the spiritual life in the intervening signs, he passes
again into Pisces, from the opposite direction to his usual procedure,
having earned the right to mount the Cardinal Cross of the Heavens,
the power to take a final planetary initiation and the privilege of
passing on to one of the seven paths to which I have made reference
in my other books; these eventually give him "the freedom of the
seven solar systems," as it is called in contradistinction
to "the freedom of the seven planetary spheres," which the
experience of initiation has guaranteed him, after a process of intensive
training in one or other of the planetary schools (according to his
ray type) and the path of service chosen.” (EA 108)
Commentary: Are we here talking about the freedom of our
seven solar systems, or the freedom of seven constellations which
are blinded by calling them solar systems?
Since there is so much training for the seven or nine paths which takes
place within our solar system, it is not clear that advancing
lives upon our planet quickly leave the constellation in which our Sun
is a chakra.
Is it possible that not only are certain planets within our solar system
training grounds for the seven or nine cosmic Paths, but that certain
solar Logoi associated with our solar Logos are also still more
advanced training grounds for treading such paths. This question (which
is really logical) opens up whole new areas of speculation.
The Seven solar systems and the Zodiac of Ten:
“I would like also to emphasise—perhaps unnecessarily—that Sirius, the
Great Bear and the Pleiades work through the medium of the twelve constellations,
pouring their influences through nine of them in particular, but that
these major constellations are not part of the zodiac with which we
are concerned. They, with theseven solar systems of which ours
is one, are the ten constellations connected with a still greater zodiac
which is not conditioned by the numerical significance of the number
twelve. Hence ten is regarded as the number of perfection. There is
confusion in the minds of some of the less learned students (astrologically
considered) on this point.” (EA 112)
Commentary: There are at least two views of what constitutes
the Zodiac of Ten: 1) the three Great Constellations plus the
seven solar systems; or 2) that the three Great Constellations
plus seven other constellations for the Zodiac of Ten.
This reference could be one of those in which “seven solar systems”
actually means seven constellations.
Just are there are three great Beings in a solar system Who
work through three planets each, there could be three Great Beings within
the OAWNMBS Who work through three constellations each. If so,
which might those constellations be?
If the Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades each have three energies
which express through three constellations of the zodiac, then may it
also be possible that the Seven Solar Systems (considered as a constellation)
might also have three such energies. Thus all the signs of the zodiac
would be covered. 3+3+3+3=12
On the other hand, probably all the constellations in the OAWNMBS express
through different constellations of the Zodiac. I do not think that
expression of such constellations of the zodiac is limited to the Great
Bear, Sirius, and the Pleiades alone.
Seven solar systems Working
Through Taurus, Scorpio and Mars: “Another group of energies
can be touched upon though any true elucidation is not possible. They
concern the focussed energies of the seven solar systems
of which ours is one. These energies (six in number) reach our solar
system, via the constellations Taurus and Scorpio and the
Their peculiar nature, objective in evolution and basic purpose is only
revealed to initiates above the fifth initiation. They are concerned
with the problem of desire (which is to humanity a problem but not in
its higher octaves) and with its transmutation into spiritual will and
divine purpose. They are the originators of conflict, are closely connected
with the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict and are, therefore,
in a peculiar relation to the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the human,
and to our Earth in this fourth round.” (EA 467)
Commentary: If the seven solar systems were really seven
great constellations, they would not be confined to expression
through Taurus, Scorpio and Mars. Taurus, Scorpio and Mars would be
far too limiting for their expression, because, presumably, among these
greater constellations would be Lives such as those of Orion, and the
Dragon, (not to mention the Little Bear, Who, from my perspective) should
The seven great constellations which are cosmic Logoi and are
also chakras in the OAWNMBS level-2, have meanings far too high and
far too deep to be expressing only through Taurus/Scorpio/Mars.
This is one of those references which, to my mind, proves that
the seven solar systems are definitely other (and lesser) than
the seven great constellations in the Zodiac of Ten. We have debated
long and hard over whether seven solar systems should be credited with
having independent existence as real solar systems or whether
the term “seven solar systems” is always a blind for the seven constellational
centers in the OAWNMBS. I think this reference proves the reality of
seven solar systems as real solar systems, and also their distinction
from (even though they may be included within and among) the seven constellational
Logoi Who are the centers in the OAWNMBS.
Further, we see that the seven solar systems, are indeed distinct from
the Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades, (listed earlier a page or two
before) as not belonging to these seven solar systems, and expressing
themselves through different zodiacal constellations and planets.
The Cardinal Cross and the Seven solar systems of Which
Ours is One: “d. The energies of the Cardinal
Cross blend with the energies to which we can give no greater name than
cosmic energy even though that word is meaningless. They carry the quality
of the One about Whom Naught may be Said and are "tinctured with
the Light of the seven solar systems" of which our solar
system is one.” (EA 556)
Commentary: Depending upon our point of view, we would have to
decide 1) whether the Cardinal Cross expresses both as distinct,
or 2) whether the two are really different names for the same entity.
I naturally choose the first option.
Our Solar system Caused by the OAWNMBS:
“1. The seven stars of the Great Bear or Ursa Major are involved in
an intricate relation with Ursa Minor and the Pleiades. With this we
shall not deal. This major [Page 608] triplicity of constellations has
a peculiar relation to that Great Being to Whom I have at times referred
as the One About Whom Naught Can Be Said. All that can be hinted
at is that these three galaxies of stars are the three aspects of that
Indescribable, Absolute Monad, the Ineffable Cause of the seven solar
systems—of which ours is one.” (EA 607-608)
Commentary: This is an extraordinarily important reference, and
the way it is understood will affect our placement of Sirius (and/or
the Sirian System) within the anatomy of the OAWNMBS.
With the above reference should be read the following:
“We have also brought into relation to our solar system another
constellation, called the Little Bear which is a reflection of or a
corollary to the major energies of its greater prototype, Ursa Major,
the Great Bear. These facts contain a great mystery connected with the
inter-relation of Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and the Pleiades; they constitute
one of the greatest and more important of the triplicities to be found
in the heavens as far as we have astronomically ascertained the nature
of our immediate universe. This is a perfectly unimportant piece
of information as far as you are concerned and is only of significance
to initiates of the fourth degree. It serves, nevertheless, to add its
evidence to the essential integrity and interlocking dependencies of
the universe.´(EA 202)
Commentary: We must ask why Great Bear, Little Bear and Pleiades
is considered a “major triplicity”. I am of the opinion that because
it is a major triplicity, the Little Bear must be a major center in
Our Solar system in Relation
to the OAWNMBS: “Let us take the facts and analogies as they
stand and study them from the standpoint both of the macrocosm and the
We note that the form absorbs and uses the substance wherein it is immersed.
Our solar system is one
of many, and not the greatest. It constitutes a fragment of a
greater whole. This greater whole, formed of seven parts (or seven solar systems), is itself immersed in the waters of
space, is born of desire and, therefore, a child of necessity.
It draws its life from its surroundings. Streaming into our solar
system from all sides are force currents, emanating from
what A Treatise on Cosmic Fire calls the "One about Whom naught
may be said". These currents embody His will and desire,
express His love or attractive capacity, and manifest as that great
thought-form we call our system.
In parentheses, it is well to note that this Existence is termed "the
One about Whom naught may be said", not because of secrecy or mystery,
but because all formulation of ideas about His life and purpose are
impossible until one has completed the term of evolution in our solar system. Note, I say, our solar
system, not just our planetary existence. Speculation
about the Existence who, through His life, informs seven
solar systems is wasted energy.
Commentary: I am led to the conclusion that, indeed, we must
complete the “term of evolution” within our solar system before moving
on to vaster constellational spheres. It is my opinion that even though
a Path to greater constellations may be chosen at the sixth degree (still
a planetary initiation) that, following that choice, the term
of learning and expression within our solar system may yet be
I further wonder whether some training on that star within the SSSOWOIO
which is allied to a constellational chakra within the OAWNMBS,
may not also occur.
To an extent, I wonder whether training within Venus and the Heart of
the Sun does not lead eventually to Sirius—but that the Heart of the
Sun of our Solar Logos (and all that it may offer) is not first necessary
before going to Sirius.
On our planet, only such great lives as the Buddha, the Kumaras
and the planetary Logos, are beginning to sense the dynamic impulse
of the greater Whole, and even they are only sensitive to it but are,
as yet, utterly unable to conceive of its trend, for it lies beyond
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for which we have no terms and tendencies which are as yet not even
remotely visioned on our planet.” (TWM 254-275)
Commentary: As I contemplate the words above, I am led to the
conclusion that even knowledge of the Logos of the SSSOWOIO would be
an amazing expansion of consciousness and being.
Our Solar system is one
of Seven Systems: “Man is immersed in forces which are to
him as the waters of space are to our solar
system. He finds himself, as does our sun and its attendant
planets, forming part of a whole, and just as our system is but one of seven systems, drawn together
to form the body, or manifested expression of a life,
so is the human kingdom of which he is an infinitesimal part, one of
seven kingdoms. These are the correspondences in the life of the
planetary Logos to the seven solar
systems. When he begins to sense the life of the solar
Logos as it expresses itself through the seven planetary schemes we
will have touched the consciousness of the planetary Logos of our special
scheme, who is sensing somewhat the united vibrations of the lives of the seven solar Logoi.” (TWM 275)
Commentary: To me the phrase “the lives of the seven solar Logoi”
is an unambiguous reference to the idea that our planetary Logoi must
first be connected to the particular solar Logos within our own local
constellation to which they are related, before being related
to the huge constellations which constitute the constellational-chakras
within that Entity in Whom our local constellation is just one
of the chakras.
Our Solar system is one of Seven: “Astrology
now deals primarily with the personality for whom the horoscope may
be cast and with the events of the personality life. When, through
meditation and service, plus the discipline of the lunar bodies, a man
comes consciously and definitely under his soul ray, then he comes as
definitely under the influence of one or other of the seven solar
systems, as they focus their energy through one or other
of the constellations and [Page 438] subsequently one or other of the
seven sacred planets. Eventually, there will be twelve sacred
planets, corresponding to the twelve constellations, but the time is
not yet. Our solar system, as you know, is one
of seven. (Is this not a straightforward comment to be taken
a face value? In my opinion, “Yes”) When a man has arrived at this
point in evolution, birth months, mundane astrology, and the influences
which play upon the form aspect become of less and less importance.
This circle of solar systems affects paramountly the soul and it becomes
the focal point of spiritual energies. This is the problem of
the soul on its own plane,—responsiveness to these types of energy,
and, of them, the personality is totally unaware.” (TWM 437-438)
Commentary: I am led to believe that the soul is affected by
many Sources; the ray lives or planetary Logoi are one such Source.
I believe the seven stars or solar systems within our local constellation
are additional Sources which affect the soul.