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Earth Compilation
From Esoteric Astrology, by Alice A. Bailey

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Constellations and Planetary Rulers in Connection With Disciples and Initiates
NOTE: In charts connected with the PATH, progress is from Aries to Pisces through Taurus, etc.
Constellation                       Ruler                      Ray                         Related to
9. Sagittarius                         The Earth               3rd ray                    Capricorn               "       "
Constellation                       Orthodox               Disciple                 Hierarchies
3. Gemini                                Mercury                 Venus                     The Earth.
9. Sagittarius                         Jupiter                    The Earth              Mars.
Constellation                       Ruler                      Ray                         Related to
3. Gemini                                The Earth               3rd ray                    Libra                     "      "
        Ray                                 Constellations                     Planets                 Planets                                                                                                                                                                  (Orthodox)           (Esoteric)
                                                Taurus, the Bull                                    Venus                     Vulcan.
IV. Harmony through         Scorpio, the Scorpion                          Mars                       Mars.
     Conflict                            Sagittarius, the Archer                        Jupiter                    Earth.
                                                Leo, the Lion                                         Sun                         Sun.
V. Concrete Science           Sagittarius, the Archer                        Jupiter                    Earth.
                                                Aquarius, the Watercarrier                 Uranus                   Jupiter.
                                                Virgo, the Virgin                                   Mercury                 Moon.
VI. Idealism. Devotion        Sagittarius, the Archer                        Jupiter                    Earth.
                                                Pisces, the Fishes                                                Jupiter                    Pluto.
It will be obvious to you how much correlating work and how much readjustment of ideas will be needed as the new astrology is worked out into practical usefulness and eventually substituted for that now holding sway (EA 86).
Enumeration of sacred and non-sacred planets
The non-sacred planets are only five:
        1. Mars                                           4. The Moon, veiling a hidden planet.
        2. The Earth                                    
        3. Pluto                                           5. The Sun, veiling a planet (EA 506-507).
Rays transmitted by planets
Non-Sacred Planets
2. The Earth           3rd ray
(EA 513).
Seven and five psychological Lives are manifesting through seven and five planets
Seven great psychological Lives, qualified by seven types of life force, are manifesting through the medium of seven planets. Five other Lives express themselves through five planets, of which two remain to be discovered.
        1. The Sun (Substituted for Vulcan)
        2. Jupiter
        3. Saturn
I.      4. Mercury
        5. Venus
        6. Mars
        7. The Moon (Substituted for Uranus)
        8. Pluto
II.    9. Neptune
        10. The Earth
        11. Undiscovered
III.   12. Undiscovered
(EA 650)
The influence of the energy emanating from the Earth upon living beings
There is one aspect of energy for which the modern astrologer makes very little allowance, and yet it is of paramount importance. This is the energy which emanates from or radiates from the Earth itself. Living as all human beings do upon the surface of the Earth and being, therefore, projected into the etheric body of the planet (for the reason that "man stands erect") man's body is at all times bathed in the emanations and the radiations of our Earth and in the integral quality of our planetary Logos as He sends forth and transmits energy within His planetary environment. Astrologers have always emphasised the incoming influences and energies as they beat upon and play through our little planet, but they have omitted to take into adequate consideration the emanating qualities and forces which are the contribution of our Earth's etheric body to the larger whole (EA 12-13).
In esoteric astrology, the Moon has no effect on the Earth
In esoteric astrology, the effect of the moon is noted as a thought effect and as the result of a powerful and most ancient thoughtform; nevertheless, the moon has no quality of her own and can transmit nothing to the Earth. Let me reiterate: The moon is a dead form; it has no emanation at all. That is why the moon is spoken of in the ancient teaching as "veiling either Vulcan or Uranus." This hint or inference has always been here and astrologers would do well to experiment with this suggestion I have made anent the moon and (instead of working with the moon) let them work with Vulcan when dealing with the undeveloped or average man and with Uranus when considering the highly developed man. They would find some interesting and convincing results eventuate (EA 13).
The Earth influences our etheric body
Besides these, it should be remembered that technically we should also add the radiatory influence which comes direct to us from the planet, the Earth, upon which we live. Then, and only then, can you have a fairly complete analysis and picture of the energies to which the etheric body of man (conditioning the physical body which is pre-eminently automatic and negative in its reactions) must and does ever respond (EA 15).
The signs of the zodiac influence the solar and planetary Logoi, pouring through Shamballa, the Hierarchy and Humanity
It might be added in addition that the signs of the zodiac are concerned primarily with the life expression of the Heavenly Man (as far as our planet is concerned) and therefore with the destiny and life of the planetary Logos. They are also concerned with the great man of the heavens, the solar Logos. I refer in this last instance to their effect as it makes itself felt in the solar system as a whole and with this effect there are few astrologers at this time fit to deal. I would remind you that to the lives who inform these great constellations and whose radiation—dynamic and magnetic—reaches our Earth, this effect is incidental and unnoticed. The primary effect that they have is upon our planetary Logos and this effect reaches us through Him, pouring through that great planetary centre to which we have given the name of Shamballa. It is, therefore, capable of evoking the major response from the monads, and these monads express themselves through the kingdom of souls and through the human kingdom; it consequently expresses itself through the Hierarchy and through humanity as a whole (EA 21-22).           
Esoteric astrology emphasizes 4 types of force which affect the personality of our Earth
There are one or two other points which might be noted here also. I note them for your enlightenment. Out of all the many energies which impinge upon, pass through and produce effects upon our planet, esoteric astrology emphasises the following four types of force because they affect what might be called the personality of our Earth:
        1. The quality of our solar system. God is a consuming fire but God is also love. This is the teaching of both esoteric and exoteric truth.
        2. The quality of the Logos of our planet as it pours through the chains, the rounds, the races, and the kingdoms of nature.
        3. The quality of the Earth's complementary planet, which is the Earth's polar opposite, esoterically considered. This planet is Venus.
        4. The quality of the attraction of the three planets which produce an esoteric triangle of force (EA 24).
The sense of rotation of the lower centers affect the magnetism of the higher centers.
The centres below the diaphragm—the base of the spine, the sacral, solar plexus and spleen centres—are galvanised into activity by the four higher receiving centres. This, when accomplished, demonstrates as personality and physical magnetism and influence until the time comes when there is a reversal in the way of passing—as a soul—around the zodiac. This is symbolised as the revolution of the sun around the zodiac from Aries to Pisces instead of the reverse movement, from Aries to Taurus. This is repeated in the human frame and the four lower centres eventually return that which has come to them. They thus reverse the process normally followed and the centres above the diaphragm become radio-active, dynamic and magnetic. This is an intricate occult study and is concerned with the response of the etheric body to the incoming energies. It relates finally the lowest centre at the base of the spine to the highest centre, the head centre. This is a correspondence to the relation of the Earth to the Sun. Think this out (EA 25).
The Tibetan makes clear that He is writing a treatise upon the 7 rays energies and their effect upon various planetary forces and the Earth
I am not writing a treatise upon astrology, but one upon the seven rays and their equivalent and corresponding energies, upon the effects of ray energy and the interplay of these energies with, and their effect upon, the various planetary forces, particularly those of the Earth. I am looking for these fair-minded astrologers to make due experiment with the factors and suggestions which I may indicate. With this in mind, let us proceed (EA 27).
DK reminds us that He is talking in terms of consciousness, and the effect of the emanation of our planet upon our aggregates
I would have you remember that I am talking entirely in terms of consciousness and of the responses and reactions of the individual to the forces which impinge upon him. The effect of the emanation of our planet, the Earth, is a correspondence to the effect of that aggregate of atoms and molecules which we call the dense physical body and of its response to the pull and the attraction of any or all of the subtler bodies (EA 29).
The influence of the 4 liberated Hierarchies reaches the Earth through our fifth Hierarchy
The first four Hierarchies achieved liberation in the first solar system. Their influence reached our Earth through the medium of the fifth Creative Hierarchy (EA 36).
The 3 constellations conditioning the solar Logos are relayed to the Earth via the sacred and non-sacred planets.
Eventually the energies of the twelve constellations and—at a final stage of experience and development—of the three great constellations which condition the solar Logos are blended with the innate energies of the seven rays or of the seven planetary Logoi. This marks a point of perfection. These extraneous energies (I refer here to those of the major constellations) are relayed to the Earth via the seven sacred planets and the five non-sacred planets, and when there is the complete fusion of the related energies and, therefore, full expression, a great world period comes to an end. For a long time during this cycle of reincarnations and periods of manifestation, the human being is conditioned almost entirely by the activity of the non-sacred planets. These, as you know, are five in number:
The Sun (veiling a planet)
The Moon (veiling a planet)
The Earth itself
Pluto (EA 53-54).
Analogies on the play of dualities. Discussion of the resolving duality between the Sun and rising signs, and three major constellations.
What is true of man in this connection is true also of humanity as a whole, of the planetary Logos of the Earth, as of all planetary Logoi, and of a solar Logos. The analogy between the fusion of the pairs of opposites, for instance, upon the physical plane can be seen in the conscious and directed fusion of the planetary forces with the energy of any specific planet or group of planets. The analogy, involving discrimination to regulate and offset the force of the pairs of opposites upon the astral plane, can be seen when the energies of the sun sign and of the planets are perfectly directed and adjusted. The analogy can also be carried forward onto the mental plane and when the energies of the sun sign and the rising sign are coherently blended and expressed (in the case of both the individual or a planetary Life) there comes a point of crisis wherein the soul and the personality are brought face to face. The Angel of the Presence, distributing solar fire and holding focussed electric fire, and the Dweller on the Threshold, expressing and utilising fire by friction, know each other "with intimate occult knowledge." The door then stands open wide through which the life and light of the three major constellations can—after the third initiation—be occultly available to the initiate, be he a liberated human being or a planetary Logos (EA 55).
The horoscope of the planet Earth consists in examining the spirit of the planet and the life informing it (analogy in disciple with the soul and the personality).
The horoscope of the planet itself as the expression of the life of the planetary Logos. This involves the studying of the horoscope of the spirit of the planet as well as of the informing Life and their joint relationship and interplay. The spirit of the Earth is to the planetary Logos of the Earth, for instance, what the personality (or form nature) is to the soul of man. The two horoscopes are superimposed and the "planetary pattern" then emerges (EA 59).
Incomplete information about a ‘fixed time’ to draw horoscopes
Also it should be remembered that as it is necessary to know the moment of birth and the place of birth in casting the horoscope of the individual, so in order to have a perfectly correct understanding and accurate deductions in connection with the constellation, the planets and our Earth there should be a fixed time from which to reckon. That fixed time is as yet unknown in exoteric astrology, though the Hierarchy possesses the needed information and it will be made available when the right time comes (EA 63).
The approach of the Hierarchy to the Earth went through Sagittarius and Gemini as found in Masonry
It has been stated that Sagittarius governs human evolution, as the Sun was in that sign when the Hierarchy began its Approach in order to stimulate the forms of life upon our planet. Sagittarius, however, governed the period of the subjective approach.
        The Sun was in Leo when physical plane individualisation took place as a result of the applied stimulation.
        The Sun was in Gemini when this Approach was consummated by the founding of the Hierarchy upon the Earth. This is one of the great secrets which the Masonic Rituals typify, for the symbol of the sign, Gemini, is the source of the concept of the two pillars, so familiar to Masons. It might therefore be stated that, symbolically speaking,
1. Leo governs the E A degree.
2. Gemini governs the F C degree.
3. Sagittarius governs the degree of M M up to the episode of the raising of the Master, and that Capricorn governs the final part of the ceremony and the H R A
Through the Earth and Saturn, the disciple becomes the Initiate
Sagittarius and Capricorn, through the Earth and Saturn, are related to Ray 3. The one-pointed disciple becomes the initiate (EA 67).
Gemini and Libra are connected through Ray three, through the Earth and Saturn
Aries and Capricorn in conjunction with 7th and 5th ray energy stand alone. The other constellations and rays are related in every case.
a. Ray 1—Taurus and Pisces, through Vulcan and Pluto.
b. Ray 2—Leo and Virgo, through the Sun and Jupiter.
c. Ray 3—Gemini and Libra, through the Earth and Saturn.
d. Ray 4—Scorpio and Aquarius, through Mercury and Moon.
e. Ray 6—Cancer and Sagittarius, through Neptune and Mars(EA 68).
The Earth and the Moon are connected to the spleen and a center in the chest related to the thymus
Two of the non-sacred planets (the Earth itself and the Moon) are connected with two centres which in the highly evolved man are not of dominating importance:
        a. The spleen receiving pranic emanations from the planet on which we live and concerned with the etheric and physical bodies and their physical relation.
        b. A centre in the chest related to the thymus gland. This centre becomes inactive in the advanced man but has a connection with the vagus nerve, prior to the awakening of the heart centre (EA 78).
The spleen and the sacral centers are connected to the emanation of the Earth
It should be remembered that the sacral centre and the spleen are primarily connected with the planetary
emanation of the Earth itself (EA 80).
Scorpio. the sign of death and burial in the Earth
Scorpio, which brings about eventually the death of the personality and with which we shall later deal when we come to consider that sign. Esoterically as well as exoterically, Scorpio is the sign of death and burial in the earth, of descent into the depths in order to be lifted again on to the heights (the mountain top in Capricorn). It is stated in some of the most ancient books that "the heat of the earth, the mother, and the sting of the scorpion are the beneficent gifts which the turning of the wheel gives to the man at the beginning and the end." These gifts, when accepted and used, bring a man to liberation and eventually from the control and pain of the Fixed Cross (EA 96).
The heat of the Earth and the fiery temper of the mother destroys the form in Scorpio
The heat of earth, the fiery temper of the mother, destroyed the form, released the soul and so the lesser self was killed (Scorpio).
Death through fire, earth and water (the death through air is not known nor understood)
Thus there are symbolically the death through fire, the death through earth and the death through water—burning, suffocation and drowning—but, in this world cycle, the death through air is not either known or understood (EA 97).
Definition of the spirit of the Earth
The spirit of the Earth, the embodiment of the physical planet and the sum total of the form life in all the kingdoms of nature. These are the expression of the anima mundi or of the world soul (EA 113).
Planets active in the Mutable cross; the Earth stands for the sphere of experience
Orthodox—Jupiter and Mercury.
Esoteric—Pluto. The Earth. The Moon (hiding Vulcan) and Venus.
        As you know, Pluto stands for death or the region of death; the Earth stands for the sphere of experience; the Moon or Vulcan stands for the glorification, through purification and detachment, of matter, and Venus stands for the emergence of the love principle through the directing power of the mind (EA 126-127).
Influence of the planets on the advanced man on the mutable cross
        1. Through Venus—under the power of mind, transmuted into wisdom through the instrumentality of love.
        2. Through the Moon—under the bondage of form in order through form experience to achieve release and the "uplift of matter" in Vulcan.
        3. Through the Earth—under the influence of planetary experience (which is different to individual experience) in order to transmute his personal consciousness into group awareness.
        4. Through Pluto—under the destroying power of death—death of desire, death of the personality and of all which holds him between the pairs of opposites, in order to achieve the final liberation. Pluto or death never destroys the consciousness aspect (EA 127).
The interplay of the 4 constellations of the Mutable Cross; the importance of Venus, Virgo and Mother Earth at the end of a great cycle, representing the divine potencies of matter and substance
Venus is exalted in Pisces and at the end of the greater cycle, the Sons of God who are the Sons of Mind are raised up into glory through experience and crucifixion because they have learned to love and truly reason. The influence of Pisces, Gemini and Virgo is eventually fused and blended (symbolically the Cross must always become the line and then the point). Sagittarius, which is governed esoterically by Mother Earth, produces those conditions whereby the Path itself achieves glorification. Consequently, you have at the end of the age (I refer here to a greater round of the zodiac and to no shorter cycle), the glorification of Venus, of Virgo, the Virgin, and of Mother Earth—two planets and one constellation—and all these are potencies which produce definite changes in the solar system. They represent the three divine potencies of matter and of substance, plus the force of Sagittarius driving them on to a still greater consummation. There is a wide and interesting field of research to be found in the relation of
1. The planet Venus—ruler of the constellation Gemini.
2. The Earth on which we live, called often "Mother Earth."
3. The Fish-goddesses of the sign Pisces.
4. Virgo, the Virgin (EA 130).
Connection Gemini and Sagittarius and Venus
Gemini and Sagittarius are connected through their ruling planets (because the Earth is more closely related to Venus than to any other planet) (EA 131).
The Aquarian subject is neither hindered by Earth or Water (Capricorn and Pisces)
No planet is exalted in Aquarius and no planet falls in this sign because the true Aquarian—after due experience upon the Mutable Cross and the Fixed Cross—has reached a point of balance. He is held by none of the pairs of opposites but uses them both for spiritual ends. He is hindered neither by earth nor water (Capricorn and Pisces); [Page 147] he has surmounted the tests of both the processes of incarnation and initiation and so stands free, distributing energy and life, symbolised by the two wavy lines (EA 146-147).
The goat and the Unicorn in Capricorn: from the blend of desire and animal nature (earth) to the blend of soul and form
As the Goat, he is man, the earthly, human, greedy seeker after the satisfaction of desire, or man, the equally selfish aspirant hunting for the satisfaction of his aspiration. This sign portrays to us man, an ambitious animal in two senses of the word: in the early stage upon the Mutable Cross, man, the blend of desire (water) and the animal nature (earth), and upon the reversed wheel, man, the blend of soul and form. It gives us the picture also of the triumphant initiate, the "unicorn of God," the symbol of the unicorn, with its one horn out-thrust like a single spear upon his brow instead of the two horns of the scavenging goat (EA 153-154).
The Ram leads us into the creative life of Earth
and into the darkness of matter. This is the blue of midnight (EA 156).
Capricorn, the Earth and crystallization
First of all, Capricorn is an earth sign, and in it we have expressed the densest point of concrete materialisation of which the human soul is capable. Man is then "of the earth, earthy" and is what the New Testament calls "the first Adam." In this sense, Capricorn holds in itself the seeds of death and finality—the death which takes place finally and eventually in Pisces. Ponder on this. When crystallisation has reached a certain degree of density and so-called "hardness," it is easily shattered and destroyed and man, born in Capricorn, then brings about his own destruction; this is due to his fundamentally materialistic nature, plus the "blows of fate" which are the enactments of the law of karma. Again and again, a certain measure of concreteness is achieved, only again to undergo destruction, prior to the release of the life and the rebuilding of the form (EA 158).
Capricorn is an Earth sign; Ray 3 and 5 pour through Saturn and Venus; Saturn can be considered as the planetary Dweller of the threshold
On the Mutable Cross and on the Fixed Cross we have the so-called green ray, controlling not only the daily life of karmic liability upon the path of evolution, but also controlling the experiences and processes of evolution. The reason for this is that Capricorn is an earth sign and because the third and fifth rays work pre-eminently through this sign, embodying the third major aspect of divinity, active intelligence plus that of its subsidiary power, the fifth Ray of Mind. These pour through Capricorn to Saturn and to Venus and so reach our planet, the Earth. Saturn is one of the most potent of the four Lords of Karma and forces man to face up to the past, and in the present to prepare for the future. Such is the intention and purpose of karmic opportunity. From certain angles, Saturn can be regarded as the planetary Dweller on the Threshold, for humanity as a whole has to face that Dweller as well as the Angel of the Presence, and in so doing discover that both the Dweller and the Angel are that complex duality which is the human family. Saturn, in a peculiar relation to the sign Gemini, makes this possible (EA 164).
Sagittarius is connected to the appearance of man on Earth
This sign is, as you know, a peculiarly human sign and is connected in a definite manner with the appearance of humanity upon our Earth. There are three of the zodiacal signs which are more closely connected with man than are any of the others. These are: Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. In one peculiar (but not yet provable) manner, they are related to the three aspects of body, soul and spirit (EA 174).
The experience of the disciple upon the plains of Earth (Sagittarius)
He [the Sagittarius subject] "flies from point to point, searching for the arrows which he has discharged." He has, figuratively speaking, to dismount constantly from his white horse (the developed and purified personality) and find where the arrows of intuitional aspiration will take him; he travels upon the "wings of the soul" (note the relationship to the winged feet of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods) and becomes, in his own personality, himself the winged God: Mercury, as you know, governs Gemini, the polar opposite of Sagittarius. This he does until he has established a balanced relationship between the personality and the soul and can function as either at any desired moment with equal facility.
        This takes place upon the Path of Discipleship and is called the experience of the disciple upon the plains of Earth, for the path between the pairs of opposites runs straight and level, leaving the depths of personality experience and the heights of soul experience (at this point of development) on either side (EA 181).
Rulers of Sagittarius: for the disciple: the Earth
The ruler of Sagittarius from the orthodox angle is Jupiter, and from the standpoint of the path of discipleship it is the Earth itself. Mars governs this sign from the standpoint of the Hierarchies involved (EA 184).
I cannot here enter into a detailed analysis of the many energies which pour through the disciple as he arrives at the final stages upon the Mutable Cross, and in Sagittarius achieves the determination to "direct his steps into another way of life and with ardour firm to mount another Cross," as the Old Commentary puts it. I can only point out that the following ray forces pour onto the man through the medium of the following planets:
                | Mercury—4th Ray—Harmony through Conflict.
Exoteric  |
                | Jupiter—2nd Ray—Love-wisdom.
                | Venus—5th Ray—Concrete Science. Mind.
                | The Moon—4th Ray—Harmony through Conflict.
Esoteric  |
                | The Earth—3rd Ray—Active Intelligence.
                | Pluto-1st Ray—Destructive aspect.
Hierarchical           Mars—6th Ray—Devotion. War to the death of the personality or form (EA 187).
The “quality names” which are ourselves are related to the planets ruling Sagittarius
These planetary influences are distinctive of the Sons of Mind, of Venusian origin; they are characteristic of the Lords of Sacrifice and Will functioning in time and space as the fourth Creative Hierarchy. The form life is ruled by the Moon, veiling a hidden planet; these Sons of Mind live on the Earth and thus within the body of the planetary Logos, and are of a definitely intelligent nature, making them Lords of Knowledge, achieving their goal through the light of the mind and through the method of conflict, for they are also Lords of Ceaseless and Persevering Devotion. All the above names which are related to the planets governing Sagittarius will be remembered by students of The Secret Doctrine. They are the "quality names" of the Divine Manasaputras, the Agnishvattas who are ourselves (EA 188).
Both Earth and Saturn express Ray 3, and this relation brings the influence of Capricorn into Sagittarius, providing the passage from disciple to initiate
Both the Earth and Saturn (one a non-sacred and one a sacred planet) are exponents or expressions of the third Ray of Active Intelligence, and this ray relationship serves to bring the influences of Capricorn into relationship with Sagittarius, thus providing a field of energy wherein the one-pointed disciple can finally become the initiate. This is the set goal of the subject born in Sagittarius—whether it is the set goal of initiation into some form of sensuous experience or of spiritual undertaking and consciousness (EA 189).
The Earth and Uranus are the product of the activity of Alcyone impregnating substance with the quality of mind
The energies coming from Alcyone impregnated the substance of the universe with the quality of mind. As a consequence of this most ancient activity, the same force was present at the time of individualisation in this solar system, for it is in this system, and primarily upon our planet, the Earth, that the major results of that early activity have made themselves felt. Two of our planets, the Earth (non-sacred) and Uranus (sacred), are directly the product of this third ray activity (EA 200).
Death by drowning in Scorpio
"... Ancient One dies by drowning. Such is the test. The waters envelop him and there is no escape. He drowns. The fires of passion are then quenched. The life of desire ceases its appeal and to the bottom of the lake he now descends. Later, he re-ascends to Earth where the white horse waits his coming. And this he mounts, proceeding towards the second death" (that is, towards Pisces) (EA 214).
Virgo and Pisces gave birth to the Christ
In certain ancient formulas, the great Teacher of the West and the present world Initiator, Christ, is spoken of as Neptune, Who rules the ocean, whose trident and astrological symbol signifies the Trinity in manifestation and Who is the ruler of the Piscean Age. The formula runs as follows, speaking esoterically: "... the fish goddesses who have leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ) who introduces the water of life into the ocean of substance and thus brings light to the world. Thus does Neptune
work." This is, however, a great mystery, revealed only at the time of the second initiation in which the control of the fluidic astral plane is demonstrated (EA 219-220).
Earth and water (Taurus and Scorpio) must be blended
In connection with the vertical and the horizontal life of the Fixed Cross, it is instructive to note that the vertical life of the man upon that Cross (no matter in what sign his sun may temporarily find position), is ever Aquarius-Leo. This indicates that the self-centred individual in Leo learns the lesson of the Cross and becomes decentralised, group conscious, and given to service. The horizontal arm is Taurus-Scorpio, indicating that desire for materiality is finally superseded by desire for the spiritual values, and this is demonstrated through the tests in Scorpio. Earth and water (Taurus and Scorpio) must be blended and related and it is this truth connected with these two signs of the zodiac which lies behind all teaching upon baptism and purification (EA 223).
In the future, Aries and Pisces, and Virgo and Libra, will form one sign: Fire and water , as well as Earth and air, will fuse
1. Aries-Pisces                      6. Virgo-Libra
2. Taurus                               7. Scorpio
3. Gemini                                8. Sagittarius
4. Cancer                                9. Capricorn
5. Leo                                     10. Aquarius
Fire and water will then blend, veiling the past which has gone instead of the future as is now the case. Earth and air will then fuse and in this way the old prophecy, repeated in the Bible, that "there shall be no more sea" will be proved correct. Air (heaven) will then have "come down to Earth" and fusion will be established (EA 231).
Relation of Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus through the Earth triplicity
Virgo belongs to the earthy triplicity and an understanding of this triplicity will also be found illuminating. The three earth signs are Taurus-Virgo-Capricorn and they are related to each other in a peculiar way in connection with the non-sacred planet, our Earth. The relation with which we are concerned is that of the meeting and fusion of the energies of these three signs upon the Earth and their effect upon the kingdoms in nature which our Earth manifests (EA 259).
The light of knowledge, of wisdom and of initiation must take place on the radiant surface of the Earth
…the light of knowledge of which Taurus is the custodian gives place to the light of wisdom of which Virgo is the guardian, and yields finally to the light of initiation in Capricorn. All this, however, takes place and must take place upon what is esoterically called "the radiant surface of the earth," the plane of form; the assumption or glorification of the Virgin has not yet taken place and the raising up of substance is not yet realised. It is interesting to note that Scorpio establishes the inevitability of this final assumption of matter into heaven in Capricorn, and this is previsioned for us in the story of Hercules in Scorpio when he raises the Hydra high above his head into the air (EA 260).
The Lord of our Earth is on the third ray. His relation to the 4th creative Hierarchy
The other point upon which I might here touch is that certain of the rays express themselves through two planets. For instance, the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict reaches us both through the Moon and through Mercury, whilst the first Ray of Will or Power reaches us through Vulcan and through Pluto. The real reason for this is one of the secrets of initiation and is hidden in the destiny of the fourth Creative Hierarchy and in the will-to-manifest of the Lord of our Earth, Who is Himself upon the third Ray of Active Intelligence; of Him it is said that "when the third great energy is related to the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the mystery of the perfected Seven will be understood." One of the more obvious of the significances of this statement is to be found in the unfoldment of intelligence and love in the initiate, at which time of manifested expression and at the last major initiation, he will be responsive to the synthesis of energies which emanate from the "seven spirits before the throne of God." These are the representatives of the seven Rishis of the Great Bear and Their other pole, the seven Sisters of the Pleiades, symbolically recognised as the seven wives of the Rishis of the Great Bear. Here again, in relation to our solar system, do we find another great triangle of energies, of which the focal points on our Earth are the seven Spirits before the Throne (EA 269).
The importance of Virgo as an Earth sign
There is another point in connection with the planetary influences which I would like to mention here because it emphasises again the synthetic position of Virgo and its contribution as a major focal point for the distribution of energy to the fourth Creative Hierarchy. Jupiter rules four signs and each of them represents a different element out of the four which are expressing themselves in the three worlds of human evolution. The following tabulation will make this somewhat clearer:
Virgo                      Pisces                     Sagittarius            Aquarius
Earth                       Water                     Fire                         Air
Hidden Christ       Hidden Saviour    Hidden Master     Hidden Server.
        Jupiter—ruler and the conveyor of EXPANSION (EA 280-281).
Venus in the earth sign, Virgo
Venus, pure love-wisdom, falls into generation in this sign and occultly "descends to earth" and stands (as The Secret Doctrine has so carefully pointed out) for the gift of mind and of divinity, embodied in the Son of Mind and thus for the descent of the Christ principle into generation or into matter. Virgo and Venus are together two aspects of intelligence (EA 281).
The static concretion in the earth sign of Capricorn when the form is the primary attention of the soul
There are two words also which convey the purpose and intent of expression upon the Cardinal Cross. They give the reason why the two "Doors of the Zodiac" open [Page 316] wide to the impulse and demand of the divine Spirit. One is the word "self-preservation" which leads to the impulse to incarnate in Cancer, which is the Door to the physical plane expression of spirit. This impulse (when the form is the prime object of the attention of the soul and that with which it primarily identifies itself) brings about the stage of static concretion in the earth sign Capricorn. The other word is "immortality" which is the divine aspect of self-preservation; it is the major conditioning factor in the creative process and leads to the whole revelation of evolution, to the recurrent appearance of life in form, and to the revelation of life in form. In Capricorn, at the third initiation, this life aspect assumes primary importance (EA 315-316).
In Virgo (earth) and Cancer (water), everything is latent
You have two signs of water and earth (Cancer and Virgo) in the stage of sub-conscious emphasis wherein everything is latent and hidden. Human consciousness is only embryonic in Cancer, for it is the mass mind which dominates and not the individual mind. In Virgo, the Christ life or consciousness is hidden and the Christ Child is as yet embryonic in the womb of matter and of time, and during this stage, the emphasis is upon the form which veils and hides the reality (EA 318).
Two rules in connection to the Law of Rebirth
It is here that there will be found certain basic indications as to the nature and the processes of the Law of Rebirth. It would appear that as yet only two rules are posited in connection with the return of an ego to physical incarnation. The first is that if perfection has not been achieved then the soul must return and continue the perfecting process upon the Earth. The second is that the impulse predisposing the ego to such action is some form of unsatisfied desire. Both these statements are true in part and generic in effect but they are only partial truths and incident to larger truths which have not yet been sensed or noted accurately by esotericists; they are secondary in nature and are expressed in terms of the three worlds of human evolution, of personality intent, and of time-space concepts (RA 324).
The nature of the light of Aquarius
Aquarius.—The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea. This is the light which ever shines within the dark and cleansing with its healing rays that which must be purified until the dark has gone (EA 330).
The light of Taurus
Taurus   Selfish desire.                       Aspiration.                            Illumined living.
        The Light of Earth.                       The Light of Love.               The Light of Life.
        Keynote: Taurus rushes blindly until Sagittarius directs (EA 332).
The path of Earth by the Cancer subject
It is the conflict of the soul [in Cancer] with its environment—consciously or unconsciously carried on—which leads to the penalties of incarnation and which provides those conditions of suffering which the soul has willingly undertaken when—with open eyes and clear vision—the soul chose the path of earth life with all its consequent sacrifices and pains, in order to salvage the lives with which it had an affinity (EA 342).
The great White Lodge on Sirius is the spiritual; prototype of the Great white lodge on Earth
It might be profitable to you to bear in mind at this point what I have often told you, that the great White Lodge on Sirius is the spiritual prototype of the great White Lodge on Earth, of which modern Masonry is the distorted reflection, just as the personality is a distorted reflection of the soul. I would also remind you again of the relation between Gemini and Masonry to which reference has frequently been made (EA 349-350).
Venus and the individualization and the triangle Venus-Mercury-Earth
It was the activity of Venus—under the influence of Gemini—which produced the great crisis of the individualisation when the two kingdoms "approached" each other. Venus, Mercury and the Earth then set up a magnetic field which made the intervention of the Great Lodge on Sirius and the dual stimulation of Gemini effective in producing significant results of which the fourth kingdom in nature is the expression. The fact that Gemini is the third sign and embodies what is called "a third potency" enabled it to reach, with its force, the third kingdom and produce that reaction which resulted in the individualising or the humanising of its higher forms of life (EA 355).
Gemini and Sagittarius are linked through their rulers, the Earth
It is interesting to discover that the hierarchical ruler of Gemini is the Earth itself, which is a non-sacred planet. The Earth is also the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, the polar opposite of Gemini. These are the only two constellations ruled by the Earth, and this fact is of major significance, creating an unusual situation in the solar system and a unique relation. The cosmic line of force from Gemini to Sagittarius and the reverse is subjectively and esoterically related to our Earth, thus guaranteeing its soul development, the unfoldment of form as an expression of that soul, and leading our sorrowful humanity upon this woeful planet inevitably to the very gate of initiation in Capricorn (EA 356).
Three energies, focused in three planets governing Gemini, are dedicated to the development of the forth kingdom
        1. Ray 3.—Active Intelligence, under the influence of this third sign, Gemini, slowly conditioning the etheric body.
        2. Ray 4.—Harmony through Conflict, under the influence of Gemini-Sagittarius, staging those situations upon the astral plane which will produce the conflict in the astral body which is essential to the final treading of the burning ground and subsequent release.
        3. Ray 5.—Concrete Knowledge or Science, under the influence of Capricorn, focussed through Venus, which will enable the man to take initiation.
        These three energies, focussed through the three planets governing Gemini, are essentially dedicated to the development of the fourth kingdom in nature and are polarised in the Earth, itself one of the rulers.
        Mercury, the star of conflict, is also the major planet of relationships, for it governs and "engineers" (if I may use such a term) the interplay between our Earth with its conditioning constellations (EA 357).
Gemini is to produce a steady pull between the pairs of opposites; in Virgo it produces that interior struggle between the exoteric not-self and the esoteric self, between the form-consciousness (planetary, human and subhuman) and the soul within all forms. In considering this subject you will have to consider the following astrological formations:
1. Gemini                                Virgo                      Mercury.
                                                The Earth
2. Gemini                                Aries                      Mercury.
                                                The Earth
3. Gemini                Scorpio  Mercury.                The Earth
The importance of these triple formations being based on the fact that they are conditioning triangles, with the energies of two constellations focussed through Mercury upon the Earth, i.e.;
The potencies of Gemini-Aries, instilled into our planetary life via Mercury, focus the energy of the conditioning will-to-be upon the Earth, producing initial beginnings [Page 359] as in incarnation, or initiation, or the start of organisation as well as organisms. It should be remembered that there is the will-to-be in form and the will-to-be free from form, but all these aspects of will are achieved through conflict and interplay of which energy both Gemini and Mercury are the eternal symbols (EA 358-359).
There is a relation between Earth and two constellations impossible to decipher. Some explanation about the above drawing
Mercury, as it relates Gemini to Scorpio and to our planet, has a mass or general effect, for it is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio and its effect is of a planetary nature far more than is usually the case, and is, therefore, far more difficult to trace at our present point of planetary development and human consciousness. Its true significance will not be understood until the consciousness of individual man is also planetary in its scope and grasp, which is never the case until after the third initiation. I have here emphasised two of these relationships between the constellations and the Earth even though it is not possible for you to grasp the implications. So often in our studies, one is apt to forget that it is not possible for any unit of consciousness, within the planetary sphere of influence, to conceive of conditions as they exist apart from the Earth because that small planet is inevitably for that unit the very centre of his known universe and—under the Great Illusion—the constellations with their rulers and with their prototypal counterparts revolve around the Earth. When man has progressed further and his consciousness is beginning to awaken to reality, the nature of this illusion will become apparent to him, but at present this is not possible. Even theoretically it is not possible. Study, for instance, what I can still further add as to the influence of these related constellations and see whether it truly conveys to you any exact knowledge beyond a general idea of focussed energies and related forces. Let me, therefore, add:
The influence of Mercury, as it relates Aries and Gemini to our Earth, establishes in time and space a unique situation, for it incites to trial efforts or initiates a series of beginnings in order to relate opposing forces and produce certain planned and definite effects upon our planet, thus influencing the kingdoms in nature or an individual soul-in-form. A conflict is thus initiated which leads finally to balance (EA 359-360).
The Earth is related to the brother who is waning (in Gemini) and Venus to the one who is waxing, hence the sorrow on Earth; the triangle Mercury-Venus-Earth is linked to the personality of our Logos
This activity [Gemini, Scorpio and Mercury are adjusted] is intensified by two facts: one is that the Earth is the hierarchical ruler of Gemini and the other that Venus is the esoteric ruler. This intensifies all that goes on and leads to the unfoldment upon our planet of the consciousness of universality—to which the word "Hierarchy" is the key. Venus is also the Earth's alter ego, as it is called in the occult literature, and its true supplementary and complementary planet. You have thus established a double dual relationship: that of Gemini itself, the two brothers, and that of the Earth and Venus. The Earth is peculiarly related to the "brother whose light is waning," for it is not a sacred planet, as you know, and to that aspect of divinity which is material or substantial; Venus is closely related to the "brother whose light grows stronger cycle by cycle" and thus to the soul whose nature is love. It is this Gemini-Venus situation which lies behind the fact that our Earth is uniquely the "planet of releasing sorrow and of purifying pain," the energy producing these releasing factors being focussed through Mercury and Venus upon our Earth. You will see, therefore, the significance of that triangle of planets at which I hinted in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire): the Earth-Venus-Mercury. From certain angles, these are related to the Personality of our planetary Logos:
        1. The Earth—planetary vital body.
        2. Venus—planetary astral vehicle, or Kama-manas.
        3. Mercury—planetary mind.
        The Earth itself is, on a small scale, also an intermediary or a relating planet, because it is found ruling both Gemini and Sagittarius and is potent, therefore, only within the line of this dual relationship, existing between this particular pair of opposites. In the Earth a great balancing process is going forward between two great streams of cosmic energy, emanating the one from Sagittarius and the other from Gemini. This condition, aided and influenced by Mercury and Venus, produces the somewhat unusual situation in our planet (EA 361-362).
The four-fold influence of Taurus, Gemini, Libra and Capricorn on Earth. The effect of the three rulers of Gemini on Earth; Ray influences.
Venus also establishes an interplay between Taurus, Gemini, Libra and Capricorn, which again (because the Earth is one of the rulers of Gemini) produces the "desperate conflict of the imprisoned soul upon the astral plane" which characterises our planetary life. These four-fold influences and relationships produce the minor initiations of the astral plane which ever precede the major initiations in Capricorn, in their turn prepared for in Scorpio. Taurus pours the energy stimulating desire, via Venus, onto our Earth; Gemini, via Venus, awakens in humanity (the focal point of our planetary effort) the sense of duality which is the basic factor in the conflict between desire and spiritual will; in Libra this reaches a point of balance wherein the one who struggles sees the issues clearly and achieves a desirable point of equilibrium through the wise use of the Mercury-Venus mind, ensuring the success of its final efforts in Capricorn. [Page 363] You will note, therefore, how necessary it is to realise accurately the point in evolution of the soul.
        The three planets ruling and conditioning Gemini (through out-drawn activity, though not through their own influence) are in this third sign effective in constituting this dual sign a working triplicity; it is the aid they give to our Earth which produces the appearance in form of the dual energies of soul and the subjective psychic personality. Ponder on this. It is the energies of the fifth, fourth and third rays, pouring through Venus, Mercury and the Earth, which are productive of the eternally recurring, divine triplicity and its work of releasing the soul from the influence of form.
        We have here considered the rays which directly affect our planet, the Earth, which are focussed through the three ruling planets and which emanate from certain of the constellations. In the last analysis, the planet is the result or the effect (should I say, resultant effect) of the ray influence, just as in the human being the physical body is the effect of the governing rays. Through the planets certain potencies manifest. These are three in number, and I might here point out that the sacred planets—so-called—are those ray potencies which are expressive of soul and spirit, with the personality ray of the great informing Life, the planetary Logos, subordinated to the two higher rays, such as is the case with the man after the third initiation. A non-sacred planet, such as the Earth, is still subject to the ray of the personality of the informing Life, and the correspondence to the esoteric monadic ray is non-effective (EA 362-363).
The effect of the triangle Taurus-Pluto-Earth on earth.
There is at this time, owing to the influx of the Shamballa force, the establishing of a peculiar relation or alignment between the constellation, Taurus (with its own specific alignment with the Pleiades and Great Bear) the planet, Pluto, and our Earth. This produces much of the present world difficulty and one which the modern astrologer would do well to consider. It constitutes a major cosmic triangle at this time, conditioning much that is now happening (EA 376).
Taurus is an Earth sign: its effect is on the outer plane of living
This sign is an earth sign and hence the working out of the Plan or the fulfilment of desire must be carried out upon the outer plane of living. This will or desire must express itself in the plane of outer living and in the environment whether it is the environment of an individual man, of a nation or of a group of nations (EA 378).
The relation between Venus and the Earth
Venus holds a unique relation to the Earth, different to that of any other planet and this, therefore, brings about a much closer relation between Taurus and the Earth than perhaps exists in any other zodiacal relation where our planet is concerned. In saying this, I mean in this particular world cycle and at the peculiar stage of evolutionary unfoldment at which mankind now finds itself. All is in a state of flux and change; as man unfolds his consciousness, other constellations may come into pronounced activity in conjunction with the controlling sign and still others may become more remote in their contact and effect. Today, however, Taurus, Venus and the Earth have a very close karmic relation and a very definite dharma to work out together. Just what that karma and relationship may prove eventually to be lies beyond ordinary human understanding but some idea of it may be gained by relating in your mind the words: Will, Desire, Light and Plan. In voicing it thus, I but step down and distort the relation, but until men can think in simple symbols and without words and can interpret these hitherto unrecognised symbols correctly, more it is not possible to add.
        To understand the relation of Venus and the Earth, I would have you ponder on what I earlier gave in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire:
        The entire relationship has been summed up in the words: The planet Venus is to the planet Earth what the higher Self is to the Personality. Remember that the planet Venus is one of the seven sacred planets whereas the Earth is not. This statement involves, as you can see, a deep mystery of relativity, of interplay and of eventual revelation. This revelation as to the relation of the Earth's alter ego to the world of human life will only be revealed at the third initiation, at which time all glamour and illusion is dissipated and "the light which shines through the eye of the Bull will be unimpeded" and carry light into the darkness (EA 383-384).
The symbolic earthy triplicity: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
The earthy triplicity has been designated by astrologers as embodying the idea of plains (Taurus), of caves (Virgo) and of rock (Capricorn). It might be stated that these caves exist in the rocks, deep under the plains. I am speaking figuratively and symbolically. Out of the rocky cave, the Christ emerged [Page 385] and walked again upon the plains of Earth and from that time "the woman knew Him not." Form had no further hold upon him for He had overcome it in the depths. Into the cave
of Initiation
, the light of resurrection streams when the stone at the entrance is rolled away. From life in the form to the death of the form—deep in the rocky place, down in the crypts of the Temple—the human being goes. But into that same place, the new life streams, bringing fresh life and liberation; old things pass away and the darkness becomes light (EA 384-385).
A prophecy about those who sleep in the caves
The prophecy now coming into the racial awareness that there are those "who sleep in the caves of the earth who will arise and bring liberation" has reference. But be not too literal in interpretation for "that which is of the earth can also be found in the sky" (EA 387).
The rays affecting Taurus
The two rays which directly affect the sign [Taurus] are, as we have seen, the fifth (through Venus) and the first (through Vulcan). These two when viewed in combination with the Earth (which is an expression of the third ray) demonstrate a most difficult combination of rays, for all are along the line of the first Ray of Energy:
Ray 1.—The ray of Will or Power.
Ray 5.—The ray of Concrete Knowledge.
Ray 3.—The ray of Active Intelligence (EA 393-394).
All rays influence the Taurus subject, except Ray 3 which is provided by the Earth
Through the three other arms of the Fixed Cross and their three streams of divine energy, the force of love can he brought indirectly to bear upon the man born in Taurus. The rulers of two of these signs, Leo and Scorpio, include the Sun (second ray), Mars (sixth ray) and Mercury (fourth ray). The Sun and Mars are esoteric rulers of Leo and Scorpio and Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio. Uranus is the orthodox and Jupiter the esoteric ruler of Aquarius. The Moon is also present but again veils Vulcan, whose influence we have already considered. The only ray influence lacking is that of the third ray and basically that is present also as it is the ray of Earth. Therefore, in this important sign, the Taurian person is under the influence—directly or indirectly—of all the seven rays for the reason that desire, leading to final illumination, motivates them all. Such is the amazing situation which faces the man—particularly the disciple or the initiate—who is born in this sign. Such constitute the difficulties with which he is confronted but such also bring about his immense opportunity for progress (EA 395).
Polestars have often changed for the Earth
I would remind you, however, that several times in the great life cycle of the Earth, there have been changing "pole-stars" and that our present pole-star has not always held that position. This science itself recognizes (EA 408).
One of the causes for the present situation on Earth; magnetic force from Sirius
A welling up of magnetic force on Sirius, which produces effects upon our solar system and particularly upon our Earth, via the Hierarchy (EA 409).
Another cause: the rapid disintegration of the Moon
Another factor little known is that the Moon today is disintegrating with increasing rapidity and this necessarily affects the Earth and produces terrestrial results (EA 410).
Analogies between solar and planetary Logoi and man: example: the shift of the axis of the Earth
In considering these points it should always be remembered that great shifts in consciousness, or great expansions of awareness, are followed inevitably by upheaval in the outer forms. This is true in the life of the solar Deity, of a planetary Logos, of humanity as a whole and of a man. Hence again today's world problem. A major event such as a change in the axis of the Earth is related to an initiation of the planetary Logos. Students can here note, therefore, the relation to the individual life as it shifts its consciousness steadily in the vital unfolding processes of the Path of Discipleship and of Initiation (EA 411-412).
Esoteric astrology deals with triangles and quaternary influencing the Earth, and not physical occurrences
This [esoteric] astrology has nought to do in connection with tangible happenings on the outer plane of existence; we, however, will see to it that our effort lies along the line of psychological life history and events and not along the line of physical occurrences. This difference is basic and must ever be borne in mind. Astrologers have begun to grasp a dim idea of the interlocking triangles of energy as far as our Earth is concerned in the rather arbitrary division of the twelve constellations into four triplicities, covered by such qualifying terms as earthy triplicity or fiery triplicity, composed each of a cardinal, a fixed and a mutable sign (EA 418).
Streams of conditioning energies related to each and the Earth
Certain major streams of conditioning energies will be seen related to each other and to our Earth and these fall into two groups:
        1. The ray energies which we are told emanate from the Great Bear in seven great out-raying streams of force.
        2. The inherent energies of the twelve constellations which blend with the ray energies, producing the essential dualism of manifested life, and incidentally are responsible for the peculiar difficulties confronting humanity on the are of evolutionary experience upon our planet (EA 421-422).
Streams of energy proceeding from constellations and planets affecting the Earth and disciples
At this time, I purpose to trace certain major conditioning streams of energy, as they proceed forth from their emanating source—via certain constellations and planets—to the Earth and, from within the radius of the Earth, reach the individual disciple, again via certain major planetary centres. (EA 423-424) (see the tables at the beginning of this compilation).
The signs of the zodiac fall into 2 groups of 7 and 5
The twelve signs of the zodiac fall into two groups of signs, and their related synthesis has much to do with the Science of Triangles. They are:
        1. Seven signs related to the unfoldment of planetary consciousness upon Earth and only incidentally involving the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the Human Hierarchy.
        2. Five signs related to the unfoldment, in time and space, of the Human Hierarchy. These five signs are of major conditioning importance and may be enumerated as follows:
a. Cancer
b. Leo
c. Scorpio
d. Capricorn
e. Pisces
        These five signs are related in the planetary sense to the five great races of which our present race, the Aryan, is the fifth. These five races, under the influence of the five signs, produce the externalisations which are called the five continents—Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
, America. These five continents are to the planetary Life what five major endocrine glands are to the human being. They are related to five centres (EA 425-426).
Three groups of energies impinging on Earth. The meaning of 666 and 999
These three groups of energies (each of them a fusion of six) make the dominating energies, controlling the human being, to number eighteen; this holds the clue to the mystery of the "mark of the beast" which is 666. This is the number of the active intelligent man and distinguishes his form nature from his spiritual nature which is 999. These three lines or streams of energy in man may be listed as follows:
        I.                                                      II.                                                            III.
        Will. Purpose.                               Love-Wisdom.                                       Active Intelligence.
        Spirit.                                              Consciousness.                                    Form.
1. The Great Bear                                  Sirius                                                      The Pleiades.
        Cosmic.                                          Cosmic.                                                  Cosmic.
2. Leo                                                     Pisces                                                     Capricorn.
        Zodiacal.                                        Zodiacal.                                                Zodiacal.
3. Saturn                                                                Uranus                                                   Mercury.
        Systemic.                                       Systemic.                                               Systemic.
4. SHAMBALLA                 HIERARCHY                                        HUMANITY.
        Earth.                                              Earth.                                                      Earth.
        Planetary head centre.                 Planetary heart centre.                        Planetary ajna centre (EA 427).
A stanza (II) about the line of Sirius-Pisces-Uranus-Earth
And then the heavens within the ring-pass-not responded to the light from Sirius which, passing through the sea of Pisces, lifted the fishes into the heavenly sphere (Uranus) and thus a lesser triple light appeared, the radiant sun of suns, the watery light of Pisces, the heavenly light of Uranus. This light descended on the waiting sphere and lit the galaxy of little lights upon the Earth. A Hierarchy of Light emerged from its own place; the planet was alight (EA 432).
Stanza IV about the line Pleiades-Capricorn-Mercury-Earth
The seven Mothers blend their light and make it six (refers to the lost Pleiad, A.A.B.) and yet the seven still are there. Their light is different from the other lights. This light evokes response from that which shouts aloud: `I am the densest point of all the concrete world (Capricorn. A.A.B.). I am a tomb; I also am the womb. I am the rock which sinks itself into the deep of matter. I am the mountain-top on which the Son is born on which the [Page 433] Sun is seen and that which catches the first rays of light.' To me a Messenger comes forth (Mercury. A.A.B.) and says `the Dayspring from on high is on the way, sent by the Father to the Mother.' Upon his way unto this nether star we call the Earth he stopped at a bright sun where shines the light of love (Sirius. A.A.B.) and there received the accolade of love. So thus he brings bright gifts to man. For he is man himself and from these three (The Pleiades, Capricorn, Mercury. A.A.B.) Man takes a nature which is his today. Son of the Mother, born from the tomb and showing after birth the light which he has taken from them all.
        Then to the lower three he turns and to these souls in prison he in time becomes a Messenger. Thus does the Lord of Mercury repeat himself. The Son descends again into the place of earth and iron. Again he knows His mother.
        And thus the little one upon the littlest sphere becomes the greatest God. From the directing centre of his life on Earth he toils and works and carries out the Plan. (The ajna centre is the directing centre. A.A.B.) He too awakens to the need and from the chosen place (the throat centre. A.A.B.) he utters forth the Sound which in time becomes the Word. And then the three are twain and these are One" (EA 433).
Masonry on Earth in the future
The latter fact [the Black Lodge] is responsible for the widespread attack made upon Masonry during this century. Masonry—inadequate and corrupt as it has been and guilty of over-emphasising certain forms of symbols—is nevertheless a germ or seed of future hierarchical effort when that effort is—at some later date—externalised on Earth. Masonry is governed by the seventh ray, and when certain important changes have been made and the spirit of Masonry is grasped instead of the letter, then we shall see a new form of hierarchical endeavour appear to aid in the restoration of the ancient and sacred Mysteries among men (EA 446).
The present influence of Uranus and the seventh ray on Earth
Finally he stands ready for the ordeal and the accolade of fire, preceding the first initiation. At that final stage, Humanity today stands. When (as is now the case) the influence of Uranus is added to the other influences and the seventh ray is at the same time entering into a major cycle of activity on the Earth, there is then present the energy needed to precipitate the crisis of initiation and produce a great rhythmic awakening. Astrologers would find it of interest to note similar combinations in the individual horoscope (EA 447).
Triangles affecting the Earth
It will be of course obvious to you that it will not be possible to deal with all the various triangles of energy which are effective on our Earth, and which, incidentally, affect humanity exhaustively. Their name is legion. But certain triangular relationships can be tentatively considered and their place in the planetary or in the individual horoscope can then be later worked out (EA 464).
        The major cosmic Triangle works primarily through six constellations at this time and—again at this time—the cosmic constellation and the two zodiacal energies focus through a particular planet, using it as a transmitting agency to the Earth. You have therefore:
These six influences aid greatly in the development of self-consciousness and later of the spiritual consciousness in the man who has succeeded in reaching the point of re-orientation upon the Great Wheel (EA 465).
Another group of energies reaching the Earth
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 planet Mars.
        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.
        In these eight constellations are to be found the influences which are mainly concerned with the evolution of the soul—in the solar system, in the planet Earth and in man. They are the "eight potencies of the Christ"; they govern the psychic unfoldment of the life in all forms. They are of the utmost significance to the aspirant (EA 467).
The triangle Leo-Virgo-Pisces will lead the planet to become a “sacred” planet
There is one triad of cosmic energy that is of supreme importance upon our planet and it is the united influence of its three constellations which will eventually bring about the initiation of the planetary Logos; this will warrant any future planetary expression of His life to be termed a "sacred planet." At present our Earth is not regarded as a sacred planet. Later, when these three energies have produced adequate effect and the needed planetary changes have been produced, the term "sacred" will be deemed correct and appropriate.
The change in the Earth etheric web from squares to triangles
My problem has been to choose which of the myriad interlocking triangular relationships I would take up with you and thus present this science in such a manner that it would prove of real interest. The inner web of light which is called the etheric body of the planet is essentially a web of triangles and when the evolutionary process is completed, it will have been organised. At present a pattern of squares is the major construction of the web but this is slowly changing as the divine plan works out. The etheric webs of the sacred planets are largely triangles whilst that of the Sun is that of interlaced circles. The effort on Earth today (as seen by the planetary Logos) is to bring about a transformation of the web of the planet and thus slowly change the existing squares into triangles. This is done by the creation of division, by the application of the Law of Separation, but also by the recognition, in consciousness, of duality, the application of directed motion and the appearance of two triangles in the place of one square. When this has taken place, the perceiving consciousness recognises identity and the rule of the square is ended. (EA 479).
The agency of the human thought reacting to zodiacal influences will lead Earth to be a sacred planet
I could fill many volumes with the indications of the various triangles as they are discovered to be related in time and space. Under the will of Deity and the unalterable energy at the heart of the manifested zodiac, they produce the changes in consciousness which make man divine at the close of the world cycle. But the theme is too vast and all I seek to do is to point the way towards a new science and towards those esoteric combinations of energies which will, when recognised, enable humanity to make more rapid progress, fuse and blend the energies of the three planetary centres and transform our Earth (through the agency of human thought, reacting to zodiacal influences) into a sacred planet. It is, therefore, the influence and combination of energies as they affect the aspirants and disciples of the world which must suffice for any increased understanding; with these I shall gradually deal and I shall also in the final part of this section give you an exegesis of the tabulation. In that tabulation is given the relation between the rays and the constellations and this is basic in its implications (EA 481).
The influence of the “Pointer” upon humanity leading the Earth to be a sacred planet
Aries, the initiator of impulses (either the impulse to incarnate or the impulse to return to the originating source) is closely in touch with one of the stars in the Great Bear to which we give the name "Pointer" in common parlance. This Pointer is a "major star of direction" because through it (in this world cycle) flows the will to unify and to bring about synthesis. This is the force which brings about the fusion or integration of the personality, the at-one-ment of personality and soul, the unification of humanity or the Great Approach of the Hierarchy to Humanity. It will produce also the integration of our Earth into the body of the "sacred planets" and the consequent establishing of a triangle of force composed of the Pointer, Aries and our Earth. This triangular relationship will have a potent effect upon the solar system as well as upon the planet itself and is also one of the factors producing the shift in the Earth's axis. Related to this triangle is a secondary one within our sun's orbit, composed of Vulcan, Pluto and the Earth. In the Archives of the Great Lodge this is referred to symbolically as:
This is one of the most interesting and informing astrological symbols I have given you and indicates a most momentous relationship. You have here two major and three minor energies brought into close relation; this is analogous to the two major rays and the three minor rays which condition a human being in manifestation. These are the five energies which concern the informing life of our planet. They produce, in humanity, conscious evolution, direction and the founding of Shamballa upon the Earth. They are the five energies connected with the will-to-be, but from the consciousness angle and not the material expression of manifestation. Their activity and united influence in the realm of consciousness produced the appearance of another triangle: Leo, Polaris and another of the Pointers and these two groups form an interlocking directorate, potently effective in the evolution of consciousness.
You have, therefore, through these related triangles, the appearance of Shamballa and Humanity—the two poles of divine expression—will and activity (EA 482-483).
The triangle Scorpio-Sirius-Mars producing the manifestation of the Hierarchy
We come now to another triangle, the activity of which produces the manifestation of Hierarchy—the intermediary between Shamballa and Humanity: Scorpio, Sirius and Mars. These, in relation to our Earth, produce the four streams of energy (initiating and transmitting) which lead humanity towards discipleship and initiation.
        When the work of all these triangles has been concluded, humanity (and in a mysterious sense our Earth) will be functioning in perfect rhythm and will respond to the energies pouring in from Alcyone. (EA 483-484).
Scorpio, Taurus and Pisces are 3 decanates in the greater zodiac: it is applicable to the solar system and the Earth
It is interesting to bear in mind that just as each sign is divided into three decanates which are ruled by specific planets, so the zodiac itself is a part of a still greater zodiac and is also divided into three parts. The three-fold division of the zodiac is ruled by three constellations which are to this greater zodiac what the planets are to the decanates. The three ruling constellations are Scorpio (on the Fixed Cross), Taurus (also on the Fixed Cross), and Pisces (on the Mutable Cross). This would necessarily be so because testing, trial, desire, illumination, matter, form and salvation are the keynotes of our solar system and of our Earth in particular. This solar system is a system which is expressing the second aspect of divinity and hence the emphasis upon the forces pouring through Scorpio, Taurus and Pisces (EA 486-487).
Capricorn makes the appearance of a new kingdom on Earth possible
H.P.B. pointed out that there came a time when the balance was reached between spirit and matter and from that time on the tendency of humanity was towards evolution out of matter and not involution into matter; humanity turned towards the Path of Return and not the Path of Outgoing; this has become increasingly apparent. Today, Capricorn is producing a third crisis in the long, long history of mankind—a crisis of initiation, and the possibility of this crisis proving effective and producing the appearance of a new kingdom of nature on Earth is steadily becoming more and more possible (EA 487).
The evolutionary process for the Earth is to make it responsive to cosmic impacts
Service is essentially a scientific mode of expressing love-wisdom under the influence of one or other of the seven rays, according to the soul ray of the serving disciple. The whole problem is one concerning our planetary Logos. It might be said (in order to make our theme comprehensible to you) that the evolutionary process—from the standpoint of the ordinary human being—is to make the non-sacred planet, our Earth, responsive to cosmic impacts thus bringing more inter-related and inner integration into the logoic body of expression. There are other purposes but it is only after the third initiation that a man begins to comprehend them ((EA 494).
The problem of the disciple on Earth
The problem of all disciples remains the same. This is to live simultaneously the acutely sensitive inner life of the Pilgrim upon the path of life, of a human being in the world of human events; to live the group life of the pledged disciple and the mass life of humanity; to fulfil his own spiritual destiny, through the medium of a controlled personality and, at the same time, to participate fully in the life of humanity upon Earth—this is no easy task (EA 498).
Houses ruled by the non-sacred planets, controlling the Earth; analogies with kingdoms
It is interesting here to note that the non-sacred planets rule the first, the fourth, the fifth and the eighth houses in the lesser zodiac. Our Earth is also a non-sacred planet. You have, therefore, four non-sacred planets, controlling or ruling a fifth non-sacred planet—a correspondence to the four aspects of the lower man. You have there, first the physical outer shell, the etheric or vital body, astral body and the mental body, plus a fusion with the fifth body, the personality. The task of our planetary Logos and of all advanced human beings is clearly to be seen. From a larger and more synthetic attitude, you have the four kingdoms in nature and the veiled fifth kingdom, the kingdom
of God
(EA 507).
Analogies Venus-Earth and Mars-Pluto; the triangle Earth-Mars-Pluto with Venus impels towards integration
From still another angle you have:
Aries—ruled by Mars.
Cancer—ruled by the Moon, veiling a sacred planet.
Leo—ruled by the Sun, veiling a sacred planet.
Scorpio—ruled by Pluto.
You will note that Pluto and not Mars is here mentioned by me as a non-sacred Planet, ruling Scorpio. The reason for this is that there is a relation between Mars and Pluto analogous to that between Venus and the Earth. Esoterically speaking, Mars is the alter ego of Pluto; the activity of Pluto at this time and in this lesser world cycle is very important on account of its esoteric approach to the Earth, impelled thereto by the vivification of its life by a display of Martian energy. The Earth, Mars and Pluto form an interesting triangle with Venus behind the scene acting as the impelling soul acts towards a rapidly integrating personality. This triangle should not be forgotten when casting the horoscope, because it indicates a relation and a possibility which can be (though it often is not) a major determining factor, prior to passing on to the Probationary Path. (EA 507-508).
The effects on Earth of Mars on the first house and the Moon on the 4th.
I might again point out that Mars is the transmitter of sixth ray force and it is this which makes the first house of action in the physical body that of the devotee who fights for that which he desires or for that to which he aspires. The warrior, devoted to a cause, comes into being upon the field of action, the Earth, which is itself an expression of the third Ray of Intelligent Activity. Aries, the first house, and Mars and the Earth initiate conflict, focussed in a form.
        Again, the Moon is the ruler of Cancer and is related to the fourth ray, and rules the fourth house. Here you have the idea of form being the custodian of a living spiritual essence, of the home, whether the home is the fourth or lowest aspect of the personality or the fourth kingdom in nature, but all ruled by the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict—a harmony to be wrought out within the form on Earth (EA 508).
Impossibility to determine the planetary influences on centers if the degree of evolution is not known
It is just as impossible to determine which of the planetary influences are conditioning the centres in the fourth kingdom in nature or in the Earth (viewing it as the vehicle of the planetary Logos) as it is in man, the individual, unless the point in evolution is known and it can be determined upon which stage of the Path of Return the Dweller in the form—macrocosmic and microcosmic—is standing. (EA 514-515).
Rays, planets and centers in the average man
1. Head Centre                      first ray                  Pluto
2. Ajna Centre                       fifth ray                  Venus
3. Throat Centre                   third ray                 Earth
4. Heart Centre                      second ray            Sun
5. Solar plexus Centre          sixth ray                 Mars
6. Sacral Centre                     seventh ray           Uranus
7. Base of Spine                    first ray                  Pluto (EA 517).
Chaos and difficulty for the Earth in the process of becoming a sacred planet
Our Earth, being a non-sacred planet, is in process of becoming a sacred planet. This means an interim of upheaval, chaos and of difficulty (EA 519).
There is no power or combination of power on Earth that can prevent man towards his destined goal
There is need however to overcome the inertia of the material nature in response to human need, individually and by the nations not engrossed with the essentials of the situation. This shows signs of happening. There is no power on Earth which can prevent the advance of man towards his destined goal and no combination of powers can hold him back (EA 533).
The passing importance of the triangle Leo-Capricorn-Pisces
There exists at this time an inter-relation between three of the constellations upon which I would like somewhat to enlarge, because their potency and the climax of their inter-relation is being reached at this time. From 1975 on, that potency will greatly lessen until it fades out. The period of this interplay of three major energies and their focussed potent effect upon our planet began in 1875, achieved momentum in 1925, will reach its highest expression (for good or evil) in 1945 and will then decline slowly until 1975. These three constellations are: Leo, Capricorn and Pisces. These are curiously and most mysteriously related to the fourth kingdom in nature and therefore to the evolution and the destiny of the human family. Add to these the emerging energy of Aquarius, and you have four energies which are playing upon the vehicles of men and producing peculiar effects—both destructive and constructive.
        Twice before has this relation and intensification of vibration occurred: At the time of the coming of the Sons of Mind to the Earth during the Lemurian age and once in the Atlantean period at the climax of the conflict between the Lords of the Dark Face and the Lords of the Shining Countenance. (See Volume II of The Secret Doctrine or the Vishnu Purana. A.A.B.) In the earlier activity, the fourth active constellation was Gemini and in the Atlantean it was Sagittarius. The effect then was on the physical plane (the earliest was on the mental) and the great Flood eventuated to which the Bible bears testimony. It brought about the destruction of the humanity of the time, but released the indwelling life for further experience and development (EA 537-538).
Two possibilities for Earth in the times to come: highest or lowest Capricorn
Capricorn is related, as you have been told, to initiation; it is also the sign of the coming world Saviour and these higher aspects of the Capricornian influences can be potently demonstrated if humanity so wills it and will take advantage of the Venusian influence to use the mind as the reflector of soul purpose. If this does not take place, the present situation will turn into something far worse—a situation wherein the mass of men will be "re-initiated into the Earth and forced to turn their backs upon the dawning light." A dark period of civilisation will ensue. Instead of the dark cave of initiation wherein the light of the initiate's own nature illumines the darkness and so demonstrates his command of light, the dark cave of materialism and of physical, animal control will take the place of the "lighted Way." The earthy aspect of Capricorn, the lowest concrete aspect of the mind and an increased control by the Taurian spirit in its worst form will take the place of the divine possibility of entrance into greater light, the manifestation of the soul nature and the recognition of the "light which is found in the eye of the Bull” (EA 542-543).
        The earthly influence of Capricorn made their [the Black Lodge] activity possible; they themselves have been evoked out of their evil past by the material side of humanity itself and the potency of the massed selfishness of mankind. In like manner, the Forces of Light can be evoked in tremendous potency but only by the massed aspiration and spiritual desires of the peoples of the Earth. Of this evocation, there are already signs (EA 544).
The present effect of Uranus through the triangle Aries-Aquarius-Libra
Uranus. This planet is the exoteric ruler of Aquarius; it is also the esoteric ruler of Libra and the hierarchical ruler of Aries. It is peculiarly active at this time and brings in the energy of the seventh ray. The circulating of its energies can be portrayed by the following symbol or diagram:
This triple inflow of seventh ray energy, coloured by the force of three great constellations, is potent to effect major changes in our little planet. It is interesting to realise that Aries, the Inaugurator, is rendered effective on the Earth through the organising potency of Uranus. Aries is the source, the beginning and the initiator of the New Age and its coming civilisations, of the appearance of the kingdom of God on earth and also of the individual initiate into the Mysteries. Aquarius is the present Determiner of the future. That which is now initiated in Aries will become manifested in Aquarius, and Libra will enforce the achievement of a point of balance or (esoterically speaking) of the "escape from opposing forces at the midway point between the source and the goal” (EA 548).
The effect of Saturn on Earth
Saturn. This planet applies the tests and is so chosen or invoked because the third ray is not only its particular ray but is also the ray of our planet, the Earth. The two notes synchronise. Saturn is also the hierarchical ruler of Libra and, therefore, it brings to the manifestation of mankind and to the various hierarchies involved, a point of crisis to which the clue and the outcome lies in the recognition of balance. As Saturn also controls Capricorn in two of its three expressions or fields of influence, it is powerful in the three fields—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical—and if you will relate what I here say to what I have said in an earlier part of this treatise re Capricorn, you will see how the sign of initiation hovers over our planet as well as over the destiny of the individual disciple. You have therefore an expression of the third ray force which the following diagram makes clear:
This makes factual and clear that at this time, the signs of balance and of initiation can be intelligently used to produce effects on our Earth and this they will immutably do (EA 549-550).
The accomplishment of the Cardinal Cross on Earth
The following quotation may carry understanding and help to illumine this most difficult subject, indicating the significance of this Cardinal Cross as a consummating influence and revealing that which lies ahead of those who attain hierarchical standing
        "All beauty, all goodness, all that makes for the eradication of sorrow and ignorance upon the Earth must be devoted to the Great Consummation. Then when the Lords of Compassion shall have spiritually civilised the Earth and made of it a Heaven, there shall be revealed to the Pilgrims the Endless Path which reaches to the Heart of the Universe. Man, then no longer man, will transcend nature and impersonally, yet consciously, in at-one-ment with all Enlightened Ones, help to fulfil the Law of the Higher Evolution, of which Nirvana is but the beginning," (Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. Page 12.) (EA 555-556).
Behind the two triangles: Venus-Mercury-Earth, and Taurus-Capricorn-Aquarius
"He who sees in the dark light of Shamballa penetrates to that which lies beyond our little sphere to that which can be sensed behind the holy triangle (Venus, Mercury, the Earth, A.A.B.). There is to be found the point of radiant fire which shines within the eye (Taurus), which burns upon the mountain-top (Capricorn) and which the water cannot quench (Aquarius). These are the holiest three” (EA 594).
Flow of energy from Great Bear, Sirius and Pleiades to the Earth through several steppings down or tuning out
From these three cosmic planes (embracing the sacred personality of the Logoi, solar and planetary) come the united energies of the three constellations which control and energise our solar system: The Great Bear, the Pleiades and Sirius; these work through the medium of the seven rays and these in turn express themselves through the twelve constellations which form the great zodiacal wheel. The Lords or ruling Powers of these twelve sources of light and life "step down" the potency of these three major energies so that our solar Logos can absorb them; they "tune out" those aspects of these three Potencies which are not suited to our systemic life at this point in the evolutionary process, just as the Hierarchy upon our little planet tunes out or steps down the energies from Shamballa. These three major energies in a mysterious manner express themselves through the seven rays just as all triplicities subdivide into septenates, yet preserve their identity. These seven energies, emanating from the major three and transmitted via the twelve constellations, are embodied in the seven sacred planets and are represented on our Earth by the seven Spirits before the throne of God (the symbol of synthesis). This tremendous inter-relation is embodied in one great process of: Transmission. Reception. Absorption. Relation and Living Activity. The method is one of Invocation and Evocation. In these two sentences, you have one of the most important clues to the whole evolutionary process; the key to the mystery of time and space, and the solution of all problems. But the factor which is of major importance is that the whole matter is an expression of focussed Will (EA 595-596).
The constellations in groups of three transmit the seven influences of the seven rays to our planet, via the Sun, and the relationships which I am here indicating are only those in connection with our Earth. They do not apply in relation to others of the planets in our solar system, where the configuration of the relationship is different. This is dependent upon the nature of the etheric web through which all transmission of energies takes place. The lines of approach might be indicated as follows (EA 604):
We can, however, gain some dim, human interpretations of divine goals by relating these rays and their transmitting constellations to our Earth and by noting how this triangular relationship can work out on our planet. Individual apprehension will be dependent upon the point of development and only the higher initiates will understand the real implications of my remarks (EA 607).
Let us now briefly get an idea of this stream of energies as they move outward into space from Ursa Major, as they are transmitted, through certain zodiacal constellations to our solar system and thence, via the Sun to the seven sacred planets. These produce what are called "transformations" on our non-sacred planet, the Earth, bringing it increasingly into line with the will aspect of divinity. You have in reality the following explanatory diagram, which may make the whole process somewhat clearer to you:
This is the only way that I can give you an idea of the distribution of energies, their limitation within the bounds of the zodiac, and their focussing within the periphery of [Page 610] our solar system. Let me make it more specific as regards one of the rays and its triangular relationships as given in Tabulation X:
a. The Earth being itself one of the five non-sacred planets, only four are listed as among the transfiguring agents.
b. The darkened planets indicate the transmitting agents of the Forces, passed through the transformation process by the Sun.
c. The Sun and Moon are listed among the non-sacred planets as they are, in this instance, blinds or veils.
d. The origin of the hour glass is to be found in this diagram of the inflowing energies.
e. The above diagram can be used in connection with any of the seven rays, but will involve:
1. The use of other transmitting agents in the form of the appropriate three zodiacal constellations and their rulers.
2. The indicating of planets, different to those involved in the inflow of first ray energy.
f. The key to the whole process as far as the Earth is concerned—and the individual on the Earth—is to be found in the words:
Transcending.—The transcending cause.
Transmitting.—The zodiacal constellations.
Transforming.—The Sun. The Soul.
Transfiguring.—The planets (EA 610-611).
To these I might add one word in connection with the Earth and its humanity which is allied to all the above. This
word is Translated, for when the "souls of just men are made perfect," a process of translation takes place which lifts humanity off and away from the planet on to one or other of the seven cosmic Paths to which our seven initiations form the entering doors.
        In connection with the human individual and his progress and initiation or translation from one state of consciousness to another, there is to be found a small replica of the above:
a. The soul of man receives from all three major planetary centres or groups.
b. The darkened spots indicate awakened, alert centres.
c. The diagram indicates the "interior light chart" of an advanced aspirant on the verge of discipleship.          
        The whole story of extension from the One into the Many and of the Many into the One is contained in these macrocosmic and microcosmic diagrams (EA 611-612).
The keynote of ray one as it expresses on Earth: quote from the Old Commentary
Perhaps I can best sum up the keynote of the first Ray of Will or Power, as it seeks expression as dynamic purpose on Earth and in relation to the human being, by quoting or paraphrasing the Old Commentary.
        "The Transcendent One, the Life, the Whole, the All entered into communion with Itself and by this act became a vital point of life and focussed power.
        I am and I am not. Greater than This is That; smaller than That is This. But That must show to This the nature of the whole, and showing prove itself unto Itself.
        I, the beginning am. I am the outward and the inward Way and back into the point of concentration and from the point I turn again unto Myself, carrying within my heart of love that which I, the One, have served and that for which I sacrifice Myself” (EA 616).
Close connection between Capricorn and the Earth with the help of Saturn acting as transforming the Earth from non-sacred to sacred
CAPRICORN. This is the constellation by means of which comes the conquering will which releases from form life and initiates the man into the kingdom wherein the will aspect (not the soul aspect) of divinity expresses itself. You will remember that there is a close connection between the Earth and Capricorn. The reason for this is that the Earth provides ideal conditions for this particular type of achievement because it is in process of transforming from the stage of a "non-sacred planet" into that of a "sacred planet." This is why Saturn is so powerful a ruler and transmitter to the Earth of the dynamic quality of the first ray of power. This inpouring of first ray energy will be greatly accelerated from now on. These energies and their inflow must be carefully studied in connection with the diagrams given earlier in this treatise, remembering that visualisation is always a directing energy, employed to bring about a specific desired effect (EA 620-621).
Christ released the principle of love on Earth, an aspect of the Will
Christ, whilst able also to say "I am the light of the world," went further in His manifestation and gave a vision of the next step, demonstrating the light of the soul and pointing to the future, thus presenting that which could be because He had released on Earth the cosmic principle of love. Love is an aspect of the will, which is a point very little realised by the mass of men. It is the will to draw into itself or the will to attract into itself, and this will, when exerted toward that which is not material, we, in reaction to the differentiating mind, call Love. But humanity has to see that which must be loved before that power of the will is sufficiently evoked. Then the vision can become a manifestation and a fact in expression (EA 623).
The will-to-initiate brought by the Christ inaugurates the era when the kingdom of God can appear on Earth
The will-to-initiate or to condition demonstrates in Christ's work as He inaugurates the era wherein it became possible for the kingdom
of God
to appear on Earth. In reality, this will be a demonstration of the fusion of the two centres, Humanity and the Hierarchy. By fusion, I mean their complete reciprocal at-one-ment. It will inaugurate an era wherein—through increased capacity to see the vision and increased power to identify oneself with the vision—a race of men will be produced whose life expression will be that of love-wisdom (EA 624).
How the Trinity, Attraction, Subtraction and Abstraction knows itself
This Trinity [Attraction, Subtraction and Abstraction, or Father, Son, Holy Spirit] in manifestation knows Itself as the Transcending Reality and utters ever the word: "Having pervaded this whole universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain."            
        This Trinity in manifestation knows Itself as the Transmitting One and says through the words of the Christ: "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me." This, through the attractive power which the Transmitting One transmits.   
        This Trinity in manifestation knows Itself to be the Transforming Agent and through the voice of the many chants the words: "Glory to God in the highest, on Earth peace, goodwill to men"—glory, peace and the will-to-good being the effects of the transmitted life of the Transcendent One.
        Finally, at the end of the age, it knows Itself as the Transfigured One and realises that the paean of the angels: "Glory to God in the highest" is the enunciation of its ultimate perfection and triumph (EA 631).
Capricorn carries the will of Shamballa to the Hierarchy
CAPRICORN. This constellation stands for the influence which will carry the will of Shamballa to the Hierarchy or to the world initiates, giving to Them that dynamic and [Page 633] enterprising spirit which will enable Them to carry forward to completion the Will of God on Earth. It was the "angel, born under Capricorn" which came to Christ in the garden
of Gethsemane
and fused His individual will into the divine Will and thus enabled Him to carry out His mission to completion. This was not only the revelation of divine love to the world but—as the legend in the Masters' Archives goes on—He came "to fabricate the gossamer thread which bound the two together and linked the place of the Most High (Shamballa) with the Holy City (The Hierarchy) (EA 632-633).
Nature of the will understood through Rays 4, 5, 6, and 7
Through Ray IV, we learn to be at-one with this eternal synthesis and will; through Ray V, we develop the means to understand the nature of that synthesis and will; through Ray VI, we move forward to complete identification with that synthesis and will, and through Ray VII we demonstrate on Earth the nature of that synthesis through the medium of the appearing form and the purpose of that underlying will.
        And so the Many are absorbed into the One (EA 634).
Quotes in the Secret Doctrine about the Earth
"... our Earth was created or fashioned by terrestrial spirits, the Regents (the Spirits of the seven planets. A.A.B.) being simply the supervisors. This is the first germ of that which grew later into the Tree of Astrology and Astrolatry." (S.D. II. 26.) (EA 636-637).
"There are only seven planets specially connected with the Earth and twelve houses, but the possible combination of their aspects are countless. As each planet can stand to each of the others in twelve different aspects their combinations must be almost infinite." (S.D. I. 626.) (EA 637).
"There are only seven planets specially connected with the Earth, and twelve houses, but the possible combinations of their aspects are countless.... Each planet can stand to each of the other in twelve different aspects." (S.D. I. 626.) (EA 642).
"For Pythagoras the forces were Spiritual Entities, Gods, independent of planets and Matter as we see and know them on Earth, who are the rulers of the Sidereal Heaven." (S.D. I. 535.) (EA 642).
"Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus are the four exoteric planets and three others which must remain nameless (Pluto and the two hidden planets. A.A.B.) were the heavenly bodies in direct astral and psychic communication—morally and physically—with the Earth, its Guides and Watchers. The visible orbs furnish our humanity with its outward and inward characteristics and their Regents or Rectors with our Monads and spiritual faculties." (S.D. I. 628.) (EA 643).
"As to Mars, Mercury and the `four other planets,' they bear relation to the Earth of which no Master ... will ever speak...." (S.D.I. 187.) (EA 662).
"Mercury is far older than the Earth." (S.D.I. 180.) (EA 662).
"Mercury is the elder brother of the Earth." (S.D.II. 48.) (EA 663).
"The moon is now the cold residual quantity, the shadow dragged after the new body, into which her living powers are transfused. She now is doomed for long ages to be ever pursuing the Earth, to be attracted by and to attract her progeny. Constantly vampirized by her child, she revenges herself on it, by soaking it through and through with the nefarious, invisible and poisonous influence which emanates from the occult side of her nature. For she is a dead, yet a living body. The particles of her decaying corpse are full of active and destructive life, although the body which they had formed, is soulless and lifeless." (S.D.I. 180.) (EA 664).
"The Earth is a satellite of the Moon." (S.D.I. 212.)
(i.e., as the soul is today the satellite of form.) (EA 665).
"The seven rays of the sun are made parallel to the seven worlds of every planetary chain, and to the seven rivers of heaven and earth." (S.D. II. 640.) (EA 670).
"Venus ... has no satellite ... and is far older than the Earth." (S.D. I. 180. S.D. II. 35.) (EA 672).
"Light comes through Venus who receives a triple supply and gives one-third to the Earth.
a. Therefore the two are called `twin sisters.'
b. The spirit of the Earth is subservient to Venus." (S.D. II. 33.) (EA 673).
"Venus is the most occult, powerful and mysterious of all the planets.
a. Its relation with the Earth is the most prominent.
b. It presides over the natural generation of men.
c. It is called the `other sun.'
d. It is the Earth's primary or spiritual prototype." (S.D. II. 33-35.) (EA 673).
"The planetary Logos of Venus loved the Earth so well that He incarnated and gave it perfect laws which were disregarded and rejected." (S.D. II. 38.) (EA 673).
"Every sin committed on Earth is felt in Venus. Every change in Venus is reflected on Earth." (S.D. II. 35.) (EA 673).
"Venus ... is the light-bearer of our Earth, in both the physical and mystic sense." (S.D. II. 36.) (EA 673).
"The legend of Castor and Pollux is concerned with the mortal half of man, the personality, and the immortal part, the ego or spiritual individual. The personality has nothing in itself to survive and the other half which becomes immortal in its individuality by reason of its fifth principle being called to life by the Informing Gods, thus connecting the Monad with this Earth. This is Pollux, while Castor represents the personal, mortal man an animal of not even a superior kind, when unlinked from the divine Individuality." (
a. "Castor owes his immortality to Pollux.
b. Pollux sacrifices himself to Castor." (S.D.II. 130.) (EA 677).
"Each of the planets—of which seven only were called sacred—whether known or unknown, is a septenary, as is also the chain to which the Earth belongs...." (S.D. I. 176.) (EA 692).
Quotes about the Earth in TCF
"Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Vulcan are still developing the mind principle." (TCF 403.) (EA 645).
"Those who are working in the Uranus, the Neptune and the Saturn scheme work somewhat differently to those functioning in the Venus, the Vulcan, the Mars, the Mercury, the Jupiter, the Earth and the exoteric Saturn scheme, and so do the Manasadevas (the solar Angels) of the inner round. We should note here that we again have a triplicity of groups, representing a triplicity of forces and herein lies a hint. In the others, the higher group and the middle group hold sway as these planets are the most occult and sacred in manifestation, and are concerned with egos who are on the Path, and who are therefore group-active. In connection with Uranus, Neptune and Saturn, this might be expected as they are the synthesising planetary schemes, and provide conditions suitable only for the very advanced stages. They are called the `reaping' planets." (TCF 777) (EA 645).
"Mercury and Venus, the Sun and the Moon constitute the `Guardian angels of the four corners of the Earth'” (EA 645).
"The solar system is (from the higher cosmic planes), seen as a vast blue lotus and so on down the scale; even the tiny atom of substance can be so considered.... The solar system is a twelve-petalled lotus, each petal being formed of forty-nine lesser petals. The planetary lotuses differ in each scheme and one of the secrets of initiation is revealed when the number of petals of:
a. Our earth planet
b. Our planetary polar opposite
c. Our complementary equilibrising planet
is committed to the initiate." (TCF 1018) (EA 647).
The exoteric non-sacred planets are called in occult parlance "the outer round" or outer circle of initiates. Of these our Earth is one but being aligned in a peculiar fashion with certain spheres (or planets) on the inner round a dual opportunity exists for humanity which facilitates, whilst it complicates, the evolutionary process. The sacred planets are called often the `seven grades of psychic knowledge' or the `seven divisions of the field of knowledge'." (TCF 1175) (EA 649).
"The sun, Sirius, is the source of the Logoic mind (manas) in the same sense that the Pleiades are connected with the evolution of mind in the seven Heavenly Men and Venus was responsible for the coming of mind to the Earth." (TCF 347) (EA 658).
"The sun, Sirius, is the source of the Logoic mind (manas) in the same sense as the Pleiades are connected with the evolution of mind in the Seven Heavenly Men and Venus is responsible for the coming in of mind in the Earth chain." (TCF 347) (EA 659).
"Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered from the standpoint of the present time, as the vehicles of the three super or major principles. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three but a hidden mystery lies here." (TCF 299) (EA 661).
"Venus and Jupiter are closely connected with the Earth and form eventually an esoteric triangle." (TCF 370) (EA 661).
There is a ... "triangle formed by the Earth, Mars and Mercury. In connection with this triangle the analogy lies in the fact that Mercury and the centre at the base of the spine in the human being are closely allied." (TCF 181) (EA 662).
7. "Mercury, Mars and the Earth are closely allied with these three (Venus, Jupiter and Saturn)." (TCF 299) (EA 662).
"Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered ... as the vehicles of the three super or major principles. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three but a hidden mystery lies here." (TCF 299) (EA 664).
"The second hint I seek to give lies in the triangle formed by the Earth, Mars and Mercury. In connection with this triangle, the analogy lies in the fact that Mercury and the centre at the base of the spine in the human being are closely allied. Mercury demonstrates kundalini in intelligent activity whilst Mars demonstrates kundalini latent." (TCF 181) (EA 664).
"In the middle of the fifth round, the Lord of Mercury will, with the Logos of the Venus scheme and of our Earth, form a temporary triangle of force." (TCF 371) (EA 664).
"Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered from the standpoint of the present time as the vehicles of the three super or major principles. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three but a hidden mystery lies here." (TCF 299) (EA 667-668).   “Venus, the Earth and Saturn form at the present time a triangle of great interest.
a. It is undergoing vivification.
b. It is increasing the vibratory capacity of the planetary and individual centres." (TCF 181) (EA 668).  
"For some time the solar Logos has turned His attention to the Earth and to Saturn whilst Uranus is being stimulated." (TCF 357) (EA 668).
"There is a psychic link between the planetary Logos of Venus and that of our Earth.
a. The Venus scheme is more active than ours.
b. Its humanity are more advanced than ours.
c. Its radiation includes the buddhic plane as far as its humanity are concerned.
d. It could therefore open up, through stimulation, the same plane to our Earth humanity." (TCF 367)
(EA 674).
"Venus is negatively polarised and hence it became possible for a mysterious absorption by the Earth of Venusian force ... the karmic tie between the two planetary Logoi (one in a positive incarnation and the other in a negative) caused a planetary alliance. Light flashed forth." (TCF 323) (EA 674).
"In the middle of the fifth round, the Logos of Mercury will, with the Logos of Venus, and of our Earth form a temporary triangle of force." (TCF 371) (EA 674).
In the second solar system, and in connection with the method employed therein, another point merits attention. This fire of mind has its source in a constellation until recently unrecognised by exoteric science as having any relation of an intimate nature to our solar system, owing to its tremendous distance away. The sun "Sirius" is the source of logoic manas in the same sense as the Pleiades are connected with the evolution of manas in the seven Heavenly Men, and Venus was responsible for the coming in of mind in the Earth chain. Each was primary to the other, or was the agent which produced the first flicker of consciousness in the particular groups involved. In every case the method was that of a slow evolutionary growth till the consciousness suddenly blazed forth owing to the interposition of force, apparently from an extraneous source
1. "The Logos.—Solar System. Sirius.
2. Seven Heavenly Men—Planetary scheme. Pleiades.
3. Heavenly Man—earth chain. Venus."(TCF 347)(EA 679-680).
The fourth kingdom and the Hierarchy of the planet. The role of Venus
"Certain facts have already been grasped and realised by the average occult student who has been pondering this teaching with care. He is aware that the juncture of Spirit-matter and mind, or manas, was effected during the third root-race, and that the definitely human family became present upon earth from that date. He knows that this was brought about by the coming, in bodily Presence, of certain great Entities, and he has learned that these Entities came from the Venusian chain, that They achieved the necessary juncture, undertook the government of the planet, founded the occult Hierarchy, and that—though some remain with the chain—the remainder have returned to Their originating source. This in many ways sums up the totality of the present knowledge. Let us briefly enlarge upon it, correct certain erroneous interpretations, and ascertain one or two new facts. We might tabulate these as follows:
        First, it should be borne in mind by the occult student that
a. This advent signalised the taking of a physical vehicle by the planetary Logos, and was literally the coming of the Avatar.
b. This advent was brought about by a definite systemic alignment which involved:
The Venus scheme of the system.
The Venus chain of the Earth scheme.
The Venus globe of the Earth chain.
c. That the planetary Logos did not come from the Venus scheme but from the Venus chain of His own scheme, the Earth scheme. Owing to systemic alignment logoic kundalini could flow through a certain triangle of which two points were Venus and the Earth. This caused an acceleration of vibration, and enabled the Heavenly Man of our scheme to take a minor initiation, and to set about His preparations for a major initiation (EA 680-681).
        Next, it should also be remembered that in considering this matter we must be careful to view it not only as it affects our own globe and its present humanity, but from the systemic and cosmic point of view, or from the angle of its importance to a planetary Logos and a solar Logos. Hence it is a fact that this event was not only the result of the taking of a minor initiation by our Earth Logos, but in the Venus scheme was signalised by the taking of a major initiation by the Venusian planetary Logos on His fifth chain. In connection with a solar Logos it followed upon the stimulation of one of His centres and from the geometrical progression of the fire through the earlier mentioned Triangle.
        It has been stated that one hundred and four Kumaras came from Venus to the Earth; literally the figure was one hundred and five, when the synthesising Unit, the Lord of the World Himself, is counted as one. There remain still with Him the three Buddhas of Activity. I would call attention to the dual significance of that name, "Buddha of Activity," bearing out, as it does, the reality of the fact that Entities at Their stage of evolution are active love-wisdom and embody in Themselves the two aspects. The three Buddhas of Activity have a correspondence to the three persons of the Trinity." (TCF 386-387) (EA 681).
Perhaps some idea may be gained if we remember that, in an occult sense, Venus is to the Earth what the higher Self is to man.
        The coming of the Lords of Flame to the Earth was all under law and not just an accidental and fortunate happening; it was a planetary matter which finds its correspondence in the connection between the mental unit and the manasic permanent atom. Again, as the antahkarana is built by individual man between these two points, so—again in a planetary sense—is a channel being built by collective man on this planet to its primary, Venus.
        In connection with these two planets, it must be remembered that Venus is a sacred planet and the Earth is not. This means that certain of the planets are to the Logos what the permanent atoms are to man. They embody principles. Certain planets afford only temporary homes to these principles. Others persist throughout the mahamanvantara. Of these Venus is one." (TCF 298)
        "It would be well to enlarge here a little on the connection between Venus and the Earth, which is hinted at in some of the occult books, and is somewhat touched upon in this. I have stated that the interaction between the two schemes is due largely to their positive and negative polarity, and I pointed out that a similar relation underlies the relation of the Pleiades and the seven schemes of our solar system, and also the relation of Sirius and the system itself. This, therefore, sweeps into close interaction three great systems (EA 684).
Venus and its relation with the Earth (continued)
Just as Venus is negatively polarised to our Earth scheme, so the seven stars of the Pleiades are negatively polarised to our seven schemes.
        A very pertinent question might here be asked. We might justly enquire (in connection with the point that Venus is negatively polarised, and also that the Pleiades are equally so) why they should be termed negative if they are the donors and not the receivers, for to be negative is surely to be receptive. This is indeed so, but the question arises in our minds, owing to lack of information, and consequent misapprehension. Venus may have had much to do with the impartation of the stimulation which resulted in great events on Earth via the Venus chain of our scheme, but our scheme gave, in a mysterious manner, more than was received, though the gift was not of the same nature. The coming in of the Venusian influence to our chain, and to our planet, with the subsequent stimulation of certain groups in the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the human, caused a paralleling event of even greater magnitude in the Venus scheme. This affected the sixth Hierarchy, one of the deva Hierarchies, dwelling in the Venus scheme. This stimulation emanated via our sixth chain (or the second according to the angle of vision) and affected the corresponding chain in the Venus scheme. The magnitude of the difference may be seen in the fact that in our case one globe alone was affected, whereas the influence of our scheme on the Venusian was such that an entire chain was stimulated. This was brought about through the positive polarity of the Heavenly Man of the Earth scheme." (TCF 377-378) (EA 685-686).
Triangles Earth-Mars-Mercury and Venus-Earth-Saturn
The second hint I seek to give, lies in the triangle formed by the Earth, Mars and Mercury. In connection [Page 688] with this triangle, the analogy lies in the fact that Mercury and the centre at the base of the spine in the human being are closely allied. Mercury demonstrates kundalini in intelligent activity, while Mars demonstrates kundalini latent. The truth lies hid in their two astrological symbols. In transmutation and planetary geometrising, the secret may be revealed."
"... Just as in connection with our planetary Logos, the three etheric planets of our chain—Earth, Mercury and Mars—form a triangle of rare importance, so it may be here said that at the present point in evolution of the logoic centres, Venus, Earth and Saturn form one triangle of great interest. It is a triangle that is at this time undergoing vivification through the action of kundalini; it is consequently increasing the vibratory capacity of the centres, which are becoming slowly fourth-dimensional. It is not yet permissible to point out others of the great triangles...." (TCF 180-182) (EA 687-688).
The triangle Venusian scheme-the Earth-the Sun; the manifestation of the causal body
"The heart of the Sun, and its relation to the lower and higher mental bodies, producing that peculiar manifestation we call the causal body. In this connection it must be remembered that the force which flows from the heart of the Sun, works through a triangle formed by the Venusian scheme, the Earth and the Sun.
        "That another triangle was also formed involving two planets was to be expected under the law, and the triangles vary according to the scheme involved." (TCF 664) (EA 690-691).
Triangles within the Earth chains: its systemic effect
"We must recognise another triangle within the Earth scheme, of the chains called "the Earth chain," the Venus chain, and the Mercurian chain, but this triangle entirely concerns the centres of the planetary Logos of our scheme. A systemic formation of great importance in the next round should be pointed out which will bring three schemes:
The Earth Scheme,
into such a position in relation to each other that the following results will eventuate: A systemic triangle will be formed." (TCF 390) (EA 691).
Some discussion and analogies with triangles
"Three of the sacred planets, it should be remembered, are the home of the three major Rays, the embodied forms of the three logoic aspects or principles. Other planets are embodiments of the four minor rays. We might consider—from the standpoint of the present—that Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered as the vehicles of the three super-principles at this time. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three, but a hidden mystery lies here. The evolution of the inner round has a close connection with this problem. Perhaps some light may be thrown upon the obscurity of the matter by the realisation that just as the Logos has (in the non-sacred planets) correspondence to the permanent atoms in the human being, so the middle evolution between these two (God and man) is the Heavenly Man, whose body is made up of human and deva monads, and Who has likewise His permanent atoms. Always the three higher principles can be distinguished in importance from the four lower." (TCF 299) (EA 691-692).
Chains and globes of the dense physical planets
Earth     4th Chain               4th Globe   (TCF 373).
The Earth school
Earth (3rd)—The School of Magnetic Response. Another name given to its pupils is `The graduates of painful endeavour' or the `adjudicators between the polar opposites.' Its graduates are said to undergo examination upon the 3rd subplane of the astral plane (EA 693).
Names of human units
Vulcan (1st)—The School of Fiery Stones. There is a curious connection between the human units who pass through its halls and the mineral kingdom. The human units on the earth scheme are called `the living stones'; on the Vulcan they are called `fiery stones.'
Relation between Mercury’s and the Earth’s schools
Mercury (4th)—The pupils of this planetary school are called `The Sons of Aspiration' or `The points of Yellow Light.' They have a close connection with our Earth scheme. The name of this school is not given (EA 694).