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Esoteric Psychology I - Some Tabulations on the Rays
The Rays and the Four Kingdoms

Note: Much information and several interesting hints are scattered here and there in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire and in this series of Instructions. I have gathered some of it together and students would find it useful to familiarize themselves with the tabulations and points noted below. - A. A. B.

The Numerical Influence of the Rays

  • The Mineral Kingdom
    Rays 7 and 1.
  • The Vegetable Kingdom
    Rays 2, 4 and 6.
  • The Animal Kingdom
    Rays 3 and 6.
  • The Human Kingdom
    Rays 4 and 5.
  • The Soul Kingdom
    Rays 5 and 2.
  • The Planetary Kingdom
    Rays 6 and 3.
  • The Solar Kingdom
    Rays 1 and 7.

The Expression of the Ray Influences

  • The Mineral Kingdom
    Ray 7 - Radiation.
    Ray 1 - Power.
  • The Vegetable Kingdom
    Ray 2 - Magnetism.
    Ray 4  - Harmony of color.
    Ray 6 - Growth towards light.
  • The Animal Kingdom
    Ray 3 - Instinct.
    Ray 6 - Domesticity.
  • The Human Kingdom
    Ray 4 - Experience.
    Ray 5 - Intellect. [413]
  • The Kingdom of Souls
    Ray 5 - Personality.
    Ray 2 - Intuition.
  • The Planetary Kingdom
    Ray 6 - The Plan.
    Ray 3 - Creative Work.
  • The Solar Kingdom
    Ray 1 - Universal Mind, Will.
    Ray 7 - Synthetic Ritual.

Some Sets of Correspondences


Mineral Gonads. Sacral Center.
Base of Spine.
Vegetable Heart.
Animal Stomach.
Solar Plexus.
Human Brain.
Vocal Organs.
The two Head Centers.

Mineral Base of Spine Adrenals.
Vegetable Heart Center Thymus.
Animal Solar Plexus Pancreas.
Human Sacral Center Gonads.
Egoic Throat Center Thyroid.
Planetary Ajna Center Pituitary.
Solar Head Center Pineal.

III. Process Secret Purpose
Mineral Condensation Transmutation Radiation.
Vegetable Conformation Transformation Magnetization.
Animal Concretization Transfusion Experimentation.
Human Adaptation Translation Transfiguration.
Egoic Externalization Manifestation Realization.
Some Notes on the Four Kingdoms
  1. The Mineral Kingdom is divided into three main divisions:
    1. The base metals.
    2. The standard metals.
    3. The crystals and precious stones.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.)

  2. The Vegetable Kingdom is...
    1. The transmitter of the vital pranic fluid. [414]
    2. A bridge between the so-called conscious and the unconscious.
    3. In an esoteric relation to the deva or angel kingdom.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p.564.)

  3. The four minor rays control the four kingdoms:
    1. The 7th ray controls the mineral kingdom.
    2. The 6th ray controls the vegetable kingdom.
    3. The 5th ray controls the animal kingdom.
    4. The 4th ray controls the human kingdom.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.)

  4. The 4th ray and the 4th kingdom form a point of harmony for the three lower kingdoms.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.)

  5. The 5th ray has a peculiar relation to the animal kingdom in that it is the ray governing the merging of that kingdom in the human.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 590.)

  6. The human kingdom is seeking to make manifest the desire or the love nature of the planetary Logos.
    The three subhuman kingdoms seek to manifest the intelligent nature of the planetary Logos.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, pp. 1043, 1044.)

  7. The mineral kingdom is responsive to the lowest type of energy, the lowest aspect of fire.
    The vegetable kingdom is responsive to that type of energy which produces the phenomenon of water.
    The animal kingdom is responsive to the type of energy which is a combination of the two above mentioned, fire and water.
    The human kingdom is responsive to the energy of fire at its highest manifestation in the three worlds.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, pp. 1071, 1072.)

  8. The period of radiation is longest in the mineral kingdom and shortest in the human kingdom.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 1075.)

  9. The mineral kingdom provides that negative yet vital something which is the essence of the human permanent atom. [415]
    The vegetable kingdom provides the negative energy for the astral permanent atom in the human kingdom.
    The animal kingdom provides the negative force which when energized by positive force becomes the mental unit.
    • Sattva - Rhythm - Mental body - Mental Unit - Animal.
    • Rajas - Activity - Astral body - Astral permanent atom - Vegetable.
    • Tamas - Inertia - Physical body - Physical permanent atom - Mineral.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 1134)

  10. Each kingdom in nature is positive to the one next below.

    (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 1135)

The Incoming Seventh Ray and the Animal Kingdom

  1. The animal kingdom is to the human body what the dense physical body is to the seven principles.
  2. The animal kingdom is the mother aspect, prior to the over-shadowing of the Holy Ghost.
  3. The animal kingdom is the field of individualization.
  4. Since Atlantean days the animal kingdom has been occupied with the development of karma.
  5. Domestic animals constitute the heart center in the life of the Entity Who ensouls the animal kingdom.
  6. The animal kingdom does not react strongly to the 7th ray.
  7. The human kingdom does, but the 7th ray will have three effects in relation to the two kingdoms and their interplay:
    1. It will refine the animal bodies.
    2. It will bring about a closer relation between men and animals.
    3. It will cause a great destruction of the present animal forms.
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