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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 Four - Harmony through Conflict    

 Artwork by David Camp

The Four Rays of Attribute

The Fourth Ray : The Ray of Harmony throughConflict

Planets: Mercury. Moon

Concept: The principle of beauty existing in all things; the urge to balance opposing tendencies in order to bring about a greater harmony; the art of living; the urge to achieve perfection.

Soul Level: The ~Divine Artist~, one who seeks to raise humanity's consciousness through the realisation of the beauty and harmony existing in nature and in the world of forms, the mediator between heaven and earth.

All of life and every expectation is laced with death. Death is a fulfilment one step closer to perfection. Through the Fourth Ray flow the seeds of death, allowing a release back to the original unit. Through the Fourth there is a finishing up to begin again, but in a different way. Ponder the rose bush striving to grow under all conditions, reaching its potentially perfect states, and then the seeds of death of the devolution stage sets in. These seeds of death, though, do not necessarily mean the successful repetition of the same acts. The esotericist knows that unless he wills it death cannot occur. Death is announced by a surge of intuition - from divine will to the individual will, from soul to personality to monad. The monad decides, and the ego obediently responds. What is death anyway, but a passing on to another state.

When soul and spirit (Sun) are fused, the reward is intuition - the highest expression of the Fourth ray. Intuition is a frequency between one’s Soul and the Divine Spirit. By learning to lubricate the linking thread with conscious effort towards spirituality, the supernormal faculty of intuition begins to flow freely.

Under the Fourth Ray, which divides the outward and inward rays, we have the causes of conflict. Out of the balancing for harmony a trinity is satisfied; a new conflict erupts. Under the Fourth Ray, if one has achieved harmony through limitation {self set}, the individual can master himself; he wills his intuitions away. Always there is the confrontation between life, the crux of all there is, and the acceptance of limitations.  Remember, we are dealing here with a dominant ray for evolution. At the very moment harmony is achieved by intuitive acceptance, it creates the point of endings, or no return - the seeds of death. When this step of evolution has been completed - it is replaced with another cause for conflict.,

Kernelled in the Fourth Ray is the breaking loose of destructive will for new construction. When the Fourth Ray man has achieved harmony through tense conflict, he becomes cosmically conscious and obedient. Through meditation for the unfoldment of truth, he is able to penetrate the laws of life. The consciousness deepens to where his wisdom is supported. He is a goal setter who serves his purposes well. Triumphantly he gains  at-one-ment with all. Through acting and interacting forces, the Fourth Ray man can see the beautiful side of life. The evolutionary need to move out from previous inward and introverted experience to capture and balance the outer essence of what is already understood.

When dealing with the Fourth Ray (and for that matter the 5th, 6th and 7th as well) the Holy Spirit aspect of the mighty trinity is the underlying factor. Under the Fourth Ray life and harmony are one and the same. More than under any of the others, here the individual feels encumbered in the earthly form. This is the impulse of the artist, for out of perfect stillness the creative imagination knows no bounds. He needs mental quietude if he is to enjoy insight. The bridge (antahkarana) between the higher and lower self is recognised and utilised through this soul type. Here we find creative darkness before the light, but once that light is seen, there is naught but beauty for those who see all as it was truly meant to be, godly and good. Nothing is more beautiful than nature, this the artist recognises. Every effort is veined with beauty.

The dreamers who seek perfect expression are motivated by the Fourth Ray. It is the resting Ray between the First, Second and Third Rays - inwardly seeking and self reliant - and the 5th, 6th and 7th -expressing Rays dependant on outer conditions. The Fourth Ray is the connecting with energy that manifests harmony and beauty between the ensouling 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rays and the forming 5th, 6th and 7th. This striving for beauty energy is the balancing impulse between the three pairs of opposite Rays, the 1st and 7th, the 2nd and 6th, and the 3rd and 5th.

In the life of the individual motivated by the Fourth Ray only, beauty, loveliness, peace and light are nourishment for his soul. Having a wide breadth of vision and versatility to spare, he can master many things. He can provide a link to whatever or whomever needs it.The sign triad is Taurus, Scorpio and Sagittarius. Mercury is the sacred planet. The Master Serapis controls its outpourings. The Kingdom of Humanity itself is under the Fourth Ray. It is the will to annihilate dissonance.


Cultural Joy in following impulse
Keenly perceptive Avoiding specialistion in the worldly sense
Balanced position Beauty and intuition are wedded
A soul burning to express Quick intellect
Mental balance Rhythm
Beauty Striving for harmony
Affectionate Moods of the mind bear fruit
Withdrawing for creativity Imitation
Pretending Striving for equipoise
Light conscious Pivotal
Appreciate freedom Inward and outward life fused
Artistic expression To understand is to find balance
What is thought/felt is portrayed Need to blend the inner and outer self
Accepting ups and downs of life Life is not black and white

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