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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 Six - Devotion/Idealism    

 Artwork by David Camp

The Four Rays of Attribute

The Sixth Ray : The Ray of Devotion/Idealism

Planets: Mars, Neptune

Concept: Intense focus of one-pointed devotion to ideals of beliefs; the purification of the emotions by the mind (Ray Six is a blending of Rays Two and Three)

Soul Level: the urge to transform selfish and personal motivation into selfless, impersonal devotion for the good of all; the bringing about of circumstances which reorient the exclusive to the inclusive for the greater expression of Love/Wisdom.

The Sixth Ray has been the primary Ray of the Piscean Age.  It is foremost the stimulator of religious devotion and idealism, but since AD 1625 its effects, as well as the energies of the Age which it inspired, have gradually been wtihdrawing from manifestation.  At the same time, the Seventh Ray energies of the Aquarian Age have been growing stronger, as they imprint their messages upon the collective consciousness of humanity.

The Sixth is on the same line of force as the Second and Fourth Rays.  In this respect we see in its expression the outpuring of the urge for Love/Wisdom in connectio with the Ray energy of Harmony Through conflict.  Mars and Neptune are the two planets most closely associated with the Sixt Ray. mars is the exoteric focus, whilst Neptune serves as the esoteric.  this indicates that the movement toward the revelation of the universal love which is so much a part of the highest, trascendental invludence of Neptune, is often masked and coloured by the exclusivistic and warlike nature of Mars.

Under the Sixth Ray, man is a living spark of idealism, born a devoted receiver for the needs of others. Eager to perform duties not necessarily his to accept - for some reasons others are unable to fully respond or perform - this cosmic servant (of the highest potential} lives in a constant state of devoted preparation. Renouncing whatever conflicts with his energy pattern, he will not be talked into what does not come naturally, even at the risk of seeming orthodox. Here is a Ray of maximum energy although it is not heavy in the physical sense. Since it arrives at a vibration so high it is difficult to embrace, the average man may well waste this potent energy. The negative tendency is then to avoid responsibility or to procrastinate. The lesson to master is how to excite eagerness of the heart, which must accompany any selfless act. This is a ray of devotion to an ideal, however there is a negative side, an impulsive one to recognise. It has a Martian vibration, therefore it is a notable attraction of war and conflict. Man usually reacts to the negative side of most vibrations first, it being the easier path in the short run.

Under the Second Ray, thoughts are seeded, while the opposite or Sixth-ray man is a projector of thought forms created specifically for the common good or at the request of others. His light is pure. His aura becomes radiant.

The Sixth Ray allows no isolation except for purposes of preparation for a step up in evolution and the social affairs of humanity. "We" (he is at one with God) can help, therefore we are in devoted service", characterises his thinking. He sets his desires aside and strives to become the cause for others. Once on the path, he devotes himself to a spiritual commitment intense and unalterable in direction. Identification teaches him the importance of synthesis and the power of will.

Under the Sixth Ray the individual leaves the either/or realm and finds the light in the middle of the path. With fiery enthusiasm he gets behind others, projecting his efforts for their progress. Once committed to a cause he is faithful to the end. His idealism is practically spent. So ardent is his single purpose that he has the power to evoke response in others.

The Sixth Ray is very much the individual expression of the second. Both are full of devotion. To some the Master Jesus appeared to be a revolutionary; he was rejected by many. But later He became and remains a symbolic cause for devotion.

Under the Second Ray the individual experiences union with the one pervading life; under the Sixth Ray one feels unity with a common cause. The lesson learned here is one arising out of dissatisfaction; choices made out of dissatisfaction nourish the ideal. Feelings of a Sixth Ray man are controlled; they are funnelled directly in behalf of the purpose. Devotion is his God; devotion to his purpose is his fulfilment. Sixth Ray love manifests as fiery enthusiasm. It is personified by the evangelist, the saint and the loving parent. Once the Sixth Ray man’s enthusiasm is aroused, he is able to see naught but the positive. Here we have the impulse dominating the astral body.

The Sixth Ray transmits its energy through the Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces triad. Its sacred planet is Neptune, which does not really belong to our solar system but supplies us with an extra sensory gift sorely needed for the next advance of mankind. Through it we may learn to feel that we may see farther. Jesus is Master of the Sixth ray. The Vegetable Kingdom is the Kingdom of the Sixth Ray.


Idealistic Devoted
Devoted preparation Unable to be persuaded against his choice
Potent but not physical energy Revolutionary
Faithful to the end Idealism practically spent
Ardent in purpose A feeling of unity with purpose
Love Affinity with emotion
Single-minded Subject to excessive emotions
Needing to maintain balance One pointed
Deep loyalty Tender feelings
Reforming Self sacrificing
Loving to share Just waiting to be called
Feeling good in all things Subject to unruly imagination
Potential for destruction Out of fanaticism arises quiet, controlled love
Enthusiastic love  ~

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