Fellowship of Cosmic Fire
Commentary Semester VI Section II
TCF 574 - 586: S6S2
11 October – 26 October 2007

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1.                  Now we address the Laws of the Planes:
1. The Law of Vibration.--This is the law of the first plane, and it governs all the atomic subplanes of each plane.
2.                  We hypothesize this law to function under Vulcan and, to a degree, Uranus. Both are planets which strongly express the first ray.
 It marks the beginning of the work of the Logos, the first set­ting in motion of mulaprakriti.
3.                  This is the action of the Third Logos at the first outpouring.
4.                  The Law of Vibration is a law through which mulaprakriti is differentiated into diverse types of matter. Differing movements of the Third Logos (Fohat) ‘within’ mulaprakriti are the diverse types of matter.
5.                  In a way, matter is motion. From another perspective, matter is the vacuity caused by motion.
  On each plane the vibration of the atomic subplane sets in motion the matter of that plane.  It is the key measure.
6.                  We need to understand the keynote or key frequency of each plane (and sub-plane).
7.                  As on sub-planes lower than the atomic there may be different combinations of atomic sub-plane matter (i.e., different molecules), the units of matter of each sub-plane will not be uniform in their vibration, but each plane or sub-plane will, nevertheless, have its keynote.
 We might sum up the signif­icance of this law in the words, "light" or "fire."
8.                  The Law of Vibration is the law ruling the "Sea of Fire" and the sub-plane correspondence to the "Sea of Fire" on each of the systemic planes.
 It is the law of fire;
9.                  Vulcan is the major planet closest to the sun. Its color is occultly red or red-orange. It is related to all fiery processes within the solar system.
 it governs the transmutation of differentiated colours back to their synthesis.
10.             Here is where the energy of the planet Uranus has application. Uranus is, paramountly, the alchemical planet and governs the transmutative process-the “passage across from one state of being to another through the agency of fire”.
11.             Uranus (an essentially first ray planet) is also the planet of ‘occult synthesis’.
12.             The color synthesizing the colors in our solar system is indigo blue. Uranus can be associated with electric blue. Uranus has an important connection with the blue ray of Love-Wisdom as it appears in the following second ray alignment: Sirius—Pisces—Uranus—Hierarchy—Heart—Solar Plexus.
13.             When differentiated vibrations all return to a common frequency or measure, then homogeneity or complete synthesis prevails.
  It controls the breaking up of the One into the seven, and then the reabsorption back into the One.
14.             We notice the term “breaking” which suggest first ray action.
15.             When we speak of “reabsorption back into the One” the action of the synthesizing planets is suggested.
16.             It must not be forgotten that Saturn is a correspondence to the physical permanent atom of the cosmic physical plane (cf. TCF 406). Saturn is a planet of differentiation (as well as being absorptive of the Brahma aspect). We cannot dispose of Saturn when we look at how the Law of Vibration functions. Saturn also has a strong first ray component.
17.             Through the stabilizing influence of Saturn, a frequency established is sustained.
  It is really the basic law of evolution, which necessitates involution.
18.             Evolution proceeds through the gradual and ordered heightening of vibration. Involution proceeds through the gradual and ordered lessening of vibration.
It is analogous to the first movement the Logos made to express Himself through this solar system.
19.             Vulcan is always associated with ‘first impulsion’—the “hammer blow” which sets all into motion.
20.             The Sun is exalted in Aries. We could say that the Sun in Aries always veils Uranus, but from a certain perspective, it also veils fiery, impelling Vulcan.
  He uttered the Sound, a threefold Sound, one sound for each of His three systems, and started a ripple on the ocean of space.
21.             Vibration originates in sound. The Great Singer is naturally associated with Taurus (the sign which rules the throat center of all beings). Significantly, Taurus is ruled by Vulcan.
22.             This section of texts presents the Creative Process somewhat from the perspective of the “Eternal Now”. The “threefold Sound” is uttered at once, so it seems or, at least, in one utterance.
23.             The “ocean of space” can be considered the “Ocean of Matter”.
24.             The impact of the uttered Sound (the sung Sound) is equivalent to the hammer blow of Vulcan.
25.             It is as if the Vishnu aspect (the “Singer”) sends Fohat forth—Fohat vibrating to the tones of the Singer. Fohat’s differentiated vibrations/oscillatory movements are the “holes” dug in space. In this case “space” is mulaprakriti—whether utterly undifferentiated mulaprakriti which is Mulaprakriti, or that which is differentiated but (with respect to the system to be created) is minimally differentiated and thus serves the role of “root matter” for that particular system.
26.             It is not yet clear whether all systems are generated from undifferentiated Mulaprakriti, or whether such undifferentiated matter exists only at the very beginning of the entire cosmic process.
 The Sound grows in volume as time progresses, and when it has reached its full volume, when it is fully completed, it forms one of the notes in the major cosmic chord.
27.             Presumably the note which the Sound is sounding is the same note from the outset. What differs over time is the intensity of volume.
28.             The phrase “major cosmic chord” is important. DK may mean one of the following:
a.      That the chord is important and, hence, “major”
b.      That the chord is (in musical terminology) major rather than minor. This would mean that the chord was sounding in a major key—i.e., it possesses a major third rather than a minor third.
c.      From another perspective, a “major cosmic chord” may be created by when seven great Sounds peal forth from seven allied solar systems. This is the cosmic and not the systemic perspective.
29.             Within our solar system, it appears that the note related to each systemic law and, thus, to each plane, is one of the notes of this major intra-systemic chord. This would mean that the note to be sounded when all seven laws are ‘sounding’ has seven notes and, therefore, is no ordinary triad, no ordinary musical chord.
30.             Until we know more it would probably be best to interpret the words “major cosmic chord” as ‘important cosmic cord’, perhaps involving seven solar systems and also, eventually, a reflection of the cosmic chord through seven systemic laws and the seven planes of the cosmic physical plane.
31.             A little thought will reveal to us that this major cosmic chord is very much “in the making” and is not sounding yet sounding at its full volume. Our Solar Logos is far from being fully developed.
32.             If the chord involves other solar systems, our Solar Logos must reach the point at which His note in the sevenfold whole is properly tuned to the other notes and sounding at the correct volume, with the correct timbre and quality.
  Each note has six subtones, which, with the first, make the seven;
33.             This statement applies to the cosmic physical plane and also to each of the sevenfold sub-planes of the cosmic physical plane—i.e., the sevenfold solar or systemic planes.
34.             Always the one will be surrounded by the six others equal to the one. Depending upon the systemic plane concerned, that central one will represent one of the seven rays and that one of the planets which most represents that ray.
35.             There is an incredible order in this whole process of differentiation.
 the Law of Vibration, therefore, comprises eighteen lesser vibrations and three major, making the twenty-one of our three systems.
36.             One way of arriving at the composite number of our three systems (i.e., the number twenty-one) is to consider:
a.      Five as the number of Brahma, Ruler of the first major solar system
b.      Seven as the number of Vishnu, Ruler of the second major solar system
c.      Nine as the number of Shiva, Rules of the third major solar system
37.             Another way is as follows: for each solar system there is one keynote vibrating or sounding forth on the logoic plane—the atomic plane of the system. All the notes of the other six lower planes are considered sub-tones or lesser notes.
38.             This will provide us with all twenty-one vibrations for the three solar systems—the major vibration on the atomic plane of each sevenfold system, and the six vibration of the six subsidiary planes of each sevenfold system.
39.             It may be questioned whether the planar structure of each of the three major solar systems, is identical—i.e., sevenfold. DK seems to hint that it is, but one also things of a sequence of fivefold, sevenfold and ninefold  structures.
40.             If we look at the numbers eighteen plus three, we will also see the eighteen lower sub-planes and the three higher sub-planes of the higher mental plane.
41.             We may infer that each of the three sub-planes of the higher mental plane sounds a note correlating with one of the lower three systemic planes:
a.      The first and highest sub-plane correlating with the entire mental plane
b.      The second sub-plane of the higher mental plane correlating with the entire astral plane
c.      The third sub-plane correlating with the etheric-physical plane
42.             The perspective advanced here, however, suggests that the atomic sub-plane sets the note for its subsidiary six sub-planes.
a.      The highest mental sub-plane setting the note for the entire systemic mental plane—higher and lower
b.      The highest astral sub-plane setting the note for the entire systemic astral plane
c.      The highest etheric sub-plane setting the note for the entire etheric-physical plane.
Two multiplied by nine (2x9), makes the necessary eighteen, which is the key number of our love system.
43.             Eighteen is, in a way, the number of the Moon. In ancient India the Brahman’s lineage was considered lunar. They were the great teachers and thus represented the second ray.
44.             Nine always represents completion, and the nine multiplied by the two correlates with the second major system, yields eighteen.
45.             From this perspective, nine would be the number of the first major solar system: we would have 1 x 9. Eighteen would be the number of the second major solar system; we would have 2 x 9. Twenty-seven would be the number of the third major solar system: we would have 3 x 9.
46.             The two together might suggest combining a ninefold series of physical initiations and a ninefold series of astral initiations.
47.             To get to the deepest root of why eighteen should be the “key number of our love system” more pondering will be required.
  Twenty-seven holds hid the mystery of the third system.
44.             If this is the case, then nine must be the key number of the first solar system.
45.             We have three sets of key numbers for these three systems:


Key Numbers

Key Numbers

Key Numbers

First Solar System




Second Solar System




Third Solar System




46.             In these calculations, it is important to remember that nine is an important number relating to consciousness, for nine is the number of initiatory steps in consciousness, just as seven suggests the structural phases of the form.
On the path of involution, the seven great Breaths or Sounds drove to the atomic subplane of each plane, and [Page 575] there the basic vibration repeated in its own little world the method of logoic vibration, giving rise itself to six subsidiary breaths.
47.             “Breaths” are “Sounds”. This suggests the fusion of the first and second aspects. The “Breath” is always associated with the first aspect. The Sound can be associated equally with the first, second or third divine aspects.
48.             It would seem that Fohat is operating under the impulsion of the “seven great Breaths of Sounds”. We remember that Vishnu is the Divine Singer, and so Fohat responds to Vishnu.
49.             Fohat sets into motion only the atomic sub-plane of each systemic plane. Yet how did the six subsidiary systemic planes arise, for they are sub-planes of the highest of the systemic planes—or are they?
50.             Perhaps Fohat carries seven fundamental vibrations and when encountering Mulaprakriti creates seven vibratory domains, six of which are subsidiary to the first. These seven would be created simultaneously, and would not have to be chained together—the second awaiting the first, the third awaiting the second, etc.
51.             When we read the words “drove to”, we sense a first ray process in motion—a first ray impulsion within the realm of third ray Fohat.
It will be remembered that the first great outpouring from the Logos vivified universal substance and caused every atom of matter within the "ring-pass-not" of His system to vibrate in seven different measures of vibration. [The work of logoic Fohat] [Fohat only differentiates matter on the atomic sub-planes] The second outpouring caused molecular combinations, thus forming the six subplanes below the atomic on each plane, and produced form. (EP I 168)
52.             From what is stated in the reference above, it would seem that Fohat created directly from Mulaprakriti the seven differentiated vibrations. It is not that the lower six had to be created by molecular combination from the vibrations of the first systemic plane.
53.             And yet, if Occult Chemistry is to be credited as accurate, the matter of the atomic sub-planes of each of the lower six systemic planes is all relatively molecular—i.e., in a state of combination when compared to the matter of the first systemic sub-plane.
54.             It would seem, then, that Fohat (when working to create the six lower atomic sub-planes) creates atomic sub-plane matter which is (when compared with the matter of the first systemic sub-plane) molecular matter. This must be further investigated.
55.             In a way, all forms are molecular if they have any combined parts whatsoever. So the term “molecular” is a relative term.
 We get the same correspondence here as we did in the matter of the Rays, for we shall find that the lines of vibration are 1-2-4-6.  Logically this would be so, for involu­tion is negative, receptive, and corresponds to the feminine pole, just as the abstract rays were 2-4-6.  This truth requires meditation, and an attempt to think abstractly; it is linked to the fact that the whole second system is receptive and feminine; it concerns the evolution of consciousness of the psyche.
56.             Involution is a process of form-building. The second ray is the form-builder and rays four and six are derivative of ray two. Yet, ray one must set the whole process in motion.