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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 Five - Concrete Knowledge/Science    

 Artwork by David Camp

The Four Rays of Attribute

The Fifth Ray : The Ray of Concrete Science/Knowledge

Planet: Venus

Concept: The vehicle of expression for the Ideas in the Mind of God; the urge to reveal Law through intellect,; the power to express divinity through deep penetration into matter.

Soul Level: Those who work to be connecting links of intelligence between the abstract world of pure ideation and the concrete world of practical application; precision and exactitude in creating those forms and invention which allow for the outpouring of Higher Mind Intelligence.

Just as the Fourth Ray prepares for the expression of Love/Wisdom through attunement to intuition via the struggles of daily life, the Fifth Ray is the expression of Love/Wisdom through the intellect.  This occurs in order that the Plan of Divinity may be revealed through the mind of man.  It will be at that point that Knowledge will eventually express Wisdom. It is thus that the Fifth Ray is connected to the Second, but it is also very closely linked to the Third Ray of Active Intelligence.

It is the purpose of the Higher Mind to penetrate and purify the lower so that humanity may perceive, identify and know the Mind of God behind all the forms of manifestation.  This is the great work of the Fifth Ray from the esoteric perspective, and the reason for development of the intellect.  By obtaining right knowledge, the Fourth Kingdon of Humanity will achieve complete balance, and thus be ready for its entry into the world of the Fifth Kingdon - the realm of the Soul.

Common sense and the ability to see matters clearly come under the focus of this fiery and challenging Fifth Ray. Challenging because through its intense energy man competes for nature’s secrets. Predominantly mental, the Fifth is the first of the outwardly directed rays, the will energy for developing understanding. It is the energy not only for accumulating knowing, but for projecting it for universal reasons and the good of mankind. A striving for accuracy is easy to detect. Under the focus of this Ray, humanity is stirred to activity for maximum creative development, which includes discoveries of all sorts.

The Fifth is the most fruitful of all the rays. By virtue of the Fifth one develops his individual brand of synthesis of whatever experience and knowledge has been accumulated. In some way he develops his personal method of mental usefulness. Hereunder he is stirred to scientific activity with a willingness to complete whatever he begins. Born a Fifth soul or personality ray promises an abundance of unmanifested understanding, just waiting to be tapped. We learned of the trusting drive for abstract knowledge under the Third Ray focus; under the Fifth is a thirst to acquire knowledge, but it must be factually proven. Doubt is a prodding stimulus here.

The epitome of the scientific Fifth Ray is spiritual realisation, more than understanding of life itself. We are reminded that only the ignorant man is buffeted about by nature, knowledge bestows it own reward - of self control and freedom. The key-phrase unlocking the mystery of the Fifth is "understanding will liberate you". In fact, knowledge leading to liberation is the highest expression of the Fifth; it provides the intense will to work for it. Here is the will to work for something better in rhythm with Gods harmony and to do so in an intelligent manner; investigating matter for its spiritual secrets, investigating the spiritual for its persistence in manifesting the material.

It is possible to balance spirit and matter. Spiritualising atoms so they mould into forms is a Fifth Ray universal reason. This Ray provides the will energy that carried the Kingdom of God through the traumatic switch-over from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age, specifically the 12 year transitional period leading up to the beginning of the Age of Aquarius in 1983. The Fifth ray will subside its strength at the turn of the century after the end of its stepped up period of intensification. This will be when the fever for discovery is cyclically completed by agreement of its Lord with the Rays Guardian Master. We have been illuminated to the following: As Neptune moved into Aquarius, a chosen one (master) will come among us to pave the way for still another who will follow, bringing a new part of the circlet of Universal Truth to the attention of mankind.

Under the Third Ray the impulse is for intangible knowledge such as astrology; but under the Fifth the motivation is for scientific knowledge of a tangible nature, such as astronomy, medicine or law. The mentality is analytical and thorough; there is the power to demonstrate what is learned and the desire to use what has been discovered. Logic is the god of the Fifth-ray individual, and there is sometimes a lack of adaptability to overcome, which is the virtue of the Third-ray or opposite-ray man. So, with his scientific energy the individual is somewhat rigid in his course of action. But he is brilliant, capable of accurate deductions, quick acting and excellent with detail. Here we have the specialist, the physical scientist, move must eventually move full circle into the realms of the metaphysical. The manmade dimension of time is a Fifth Ray creation.

Along with the Sixth and the Seventh, the Fifth Ray is an extroverted energy, the impulse dominating the mental body. Under the Fifth Ray, then, we have the wealth of understanding which necessarily must precede initiation. Referring to the spiritual tests, levelling in their efforts, which open the gates of initiation that lead to a higher level of consciousness.

Discipleship is attained under this Ray of knowledge, and it is the Master Hilarion who presides over it.

Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius are the assigned spiritual sign triad. They also provide mankind which the chief characteristics involved with the evolution of consciousness. Venus is the sacred planet. It provides the will to uncover secrets, thus to gain understanding.


Knowledge-seeking Methodical
Analytical  Truth tangibly manifested
Formal Mentally detached
Traditional in thought Researching
Logic is God Scientific impulse
Observant Reverence for laws of nature
Disseminator of knowledge Mathematical
Total belief in matter Common Sense
Fact loving Patient
Striving for accuracy Predominantly mental
Persevering Fruitful
In pursuit of discovery Understanding will liberate you
Special method of mental usefulness ~

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