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The Rays

Let us remember that ~ Ray~ is but a name for a particular force or type of energy, with the emphasis upon the quality which that force exhibits and not upon the form aspect which it creates. The seven primordial energies are beyond complete, exact depiction in words, or even in thoughts on the planes of this world.

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The Rays in Esoteric Astrology - An Introduction

The Astrological Significance of the
Seven Rays

For more details of the Rays click on the picture links below

Ray One

Ray Two

Ray Three

Ray Four

Ray Five

Ray Six

Ray Seven


The Rays through the Signs An Introduction

The Rays through the Triad of Fire Signs 

The Rays through the Triad of Earth Signs 

The Rays through the Triad of Air Signs 

The Rays through the Triad of Water Signs


The Ray Tables

   Showing how to calculate the Soul Ray, Personality Ray &  Sub Rays


My sincere thanks to the visionary artist David Camp for the wonderful pictures used on these Ray Interpretations. He not only gave me kind permission to use the ~Portals~ ones but also created several ones specially for this site. Please take time to visit his web site where there are many wonderful galleries of his work by clicking on the pictures.


The Rays and Corresponding Chakras











































Ray Three - Active Intelligence    

 Artwork by David Camp

The Three Rays of Aspect

The Third Ray : The Ray of Active Inteligence

Planets: Earth, Saturn

Concept: Mental illumination, the power to produce, synthesis on the physical place, the blending of will/power and love/wisdom to produce the forms of life.

Soul Level: The birthing of ideas to benefit humanity, the structuring of time and activities to allow for group energies to flourish, inherent, objective intelligence ready to be used in service to humanity in all ways

The energy of the Third Ray permeates into every form of life.  The Third is the Active Intelligence of Divinity and represents the inherent intelligent within all matter.

The energy of the Third Ray is synthesising in nature.  It works to effectuate the Plan of Creation by blending the energies of Rays One and Two, bringing them into objectivity through intelligence and the mind. the Third Ray extends the matrix of the Second Ray into those channels of activity which result in the infinite forms of life.  As we shall see with the Four Rays of Attribute (Four through Seven) , all are emanations of this great Ray.

Unlike the other Rays, the Third, we are told, is naturally conditioned into the brain matter and is a will energy by stimulation. It energises the mental processes and is the Ray that brings forth the Holy spirit. Here we have the magical will that urges man on to more rapid progress through the revolutionary process by way of adaptability. It is a tactful energy. With the Third Ray one is willing to be what one is through what life can offer in the way of experience. The man highly affected by active intelligence is flexible in his goal setting and is manipulative and communicative as well.

Under the focusing of the Third we find a path for the disciple who accepts what is, regardless. Here we have the drive toward education and progress for evolutionary reasons; also a drive for knowledge and a willingness to believe without tangible proof. As a part of a self serving adaptability, symbology is absorbed and sorted. Everything experienced leads to accumulated wisdom. Incentive for growth is at the core of active intelligence. Many mental pursuits, ESP included, are stimulated under this ray. Incentive stimulus being the main keywords and clearer now for our comprehension are incentive {positive response} and excitement {negative response}. When incentive is activated, a reasonable goal is actively stimulated, all the working of intelligence are set into motion.

Dealing with outer conditions is dominant under the Third Ray. Both the planet Mercury and the Third Ray are associated with adaptability. Mercury gives an inclination toward the outer world, but the Third Ray provides the will for it. It is easy to understand why the Rays must be interpreted before the horoscope. The Third Ray bestows a striving to identify with self, and through doing so one obtains the release of total consciousness. Thus the Higher self follows the release and becomes willingly creative. Harnessing this will energy for constructive use is accomplished largely by focusing it through the testing sign of Scorpio and through Capricorn of crises, which provides the soul with initiation. It is natural that the Third Ray is the will to incentive, and its release comes through eventual wisdom. Bear in mind when dealing with the Third Ray that incentive stimulus and the need for release are embraced as one.

Under the Third Ray of the thinker, life and thought are synonymous. Understanding abounds, as to fundamental principles of life; this is a chord of abstract intelligence, of limitless creation ideation. Through great capacity as a tactician one is able to deal with the various principles of life, so fertile is his comprehension. A man born prepared is the archetype of the Third Ray. To him Truth is God, and God is Truth. Here we have a provoker of men. He sends those less learned into avenues of which they thought themselves incapable and this he accomplishes by encouraging them to work individually, on their own so to speak. The Third Ray is the ray of the philosopher, the astrologer and the intermediary. We get a good idea of the fertile potential ideation, for it is the energy attracting the secrets of the Holy spirit. The ability to concentrate is enormous. The Third-ray man will withdraw into himself to nourish the thoughts he is confident he will find there awaiting his creative release.

The cardinal signs of Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the designated triad of the Third Ray of Active Intelligence. Saturn is the sacred planet. The Venetian Chohan presides over its affairs. It is the will to be intelligent and a radiant outpouring for creative and constructive use.  The Third Ray is the Ray of the Animal Kingdom.Being a ray for perfect timing, the Third Ray is the creative force of the astrologer who interprets the intangible and abstract sides of life, for he comes to know the nature of magnetic forces.


Truth seeking  Clear seeing into the mysterious
Fertile conception Self confident
Regenerative and transforming Without partiality
Interpretive prowess Economy in all facets of life
Penetrating insight Fostering communications of every type
Clear and comprehensive intellect Selective
Comprehending the significance of things as they may relate to states of consciousness Discriminating
Sincere in purpose Not prone to worry
Broadmindedness Understanding the unitary value of things
Soul expression through abstract intelligence Seeing and understanding the significance of things
Thought power to mould matter Learns to weigh each word
A continually generating sponteneity Having a grasp of relationships
One who understands the problem Capable of moving into several fields
Interested and sensitive to things Thought power to mould matter
Reasoning for outer or exterior significance Trough fixed contemplation
  Thoughts are magnets
  Knowing truth liberates

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