esoteric astrology map Ray 3: intelligent activity

Ray 3 triangle

One of 3 rays of Aspect

form and structure, spiral patterns of growth and decay, manifestation and materialisation, the intelligent adaptation of thought and substance, emergent properties in complex systems.

Quality:intelligent activity
Originating Source:Pleiades
Third ray signs:Cancer (Libra, Capricorn). Third ray triangle: Cancer-Libra-Capricorn
Planets (inner/outer):Saturn/Earth
Colours (inner/outer):green/black or deep violet
Technique:selecting, diffusive
Symbols:the green of the Earth, the triangle, the ‘triple goddess’, three-sided stability.
Expression:change/experience Mercury in the chart, planets in Mutable signs

3.1 Group effect: Synthesis (Cardinal mode)

The first ray is primarily the source of the principle of ‘spirit’ or the urge to exist, demonstrated in every living entity as a primal ‘will-to-be’. The principle of will not only creates the energy needed to bring life into form, but also enables the same life to withdraw from the form it has created, often destroying what has been built so that the inner life is set free. This applies to a galaxy, a planet, an individual life or an idea.

The era when this ray comes into full expression is many millennia away, and any present manifestation of its power is stepped down by the love-wisdom of our second ray solar system before having any impact on the human world. The will to power in order to co-operate enables that power to serve as the primary agent of love and bring about the cessation of human isolation. ‘Love is the law, love under will’ is a fitting axiom for this process, since undiluted first ray power without the tempering energy of love would have only destructive effects on the world at this time.

Because Aries, Leo and Capricorn are currently all active (until the end of the Aquarian age cycle),the influence of ray one is particularly potent. {490}

3.1.1 Effect on groups of integrated beings (‘fifth kingdom’)

This ray is concerned with the process of government, political power and the primary sources of change behind the broader sweep of civilisations. It also comes into play at decisive points in the decline of cultures, breaking up any outgrown patterns that may be hindering the process of change. Groups of souls who work with this ray step down its power so that changes can be made with the minimum degree of trauma. The wise use of destructive forces thus prepares the way for renewed life.

As well as working in a dramatic way at crucial turning points, it also the will for life to remain within a form or structure over long periods of time, a quality acknowledged by the Theosophical idea of ‘seed atoms’.

3.1.2 Effect on groups of self-aware, integrating individuals (‘soul groups’)

This ray comes into its own is when it is energising the ideas behind any powerful campaign designed to force a change in attitudes towards a given issue. The idea of human rights—and all kinds of political or environmental direct action—are good examples of the kind of ‘people power’ the first ray stimulates. Groups who work in this way require input from other influences to retain their stability, otherwise the very energy they embody can eventually break them apart. In groups of individuals who have not learned to co-operate with others the first ray can have a disruptive effect, causing leadership struggles and disputes on policy, despite everyone’s best attempts to work together.

3.2 Personal effect: Intensification (Fixed mode)—role in the growth of human consciousness

This ray brings about those peak experiences and decisive moments that shift the course of our lives; significant occasions when we need to tap into our deepest resources; or feel that we are truly ourselves, as we really are.

3.2.1. In the process of alignment (Cardinal: integration of personality and soul—will)

A great drive to unite the often contrary forces of the personal self so that the true self can find adequate means of expression for its purpose. This can involve a certain degree of resolve and the will to remain steady in the face of conflicting demands. Holding a particular goal or ideal steadily in mind, no matter what obstacles arise, without resorting to fanaticism or rigidity of attitude, is a first ray quality.

The process of alignment allows the more creative traits of the first ray to emerge: strength, courage, steadfastness, truthfulness arising from absolute fearlessness, decisive power and dispassionate leadership, and the capacity to grasp key issues in a broad–minded way.

3.2.2. In the development of self-awareness (Fixed: emotional balance—love-wisdom)

The first ray has a rather dramatic and often disruptive effect on our emotional lives. It can bring loss, sudden gain or radical changes, revelations and surprises. It strips away our defences, enabling us to break through the protective veil of romanticism so that the genuine power of emotion is experienced.

Sexually, where this is driven by isolation and not through a fearful distancing, the first ray can highlight issues of dominance and submission. This might either be willingly expressed in sexual preferences, or acted out unconsciously as a culturally-fuelled power struggle between sexual stereotypes.

3.2.3. In the need for experience (Mutable: physical refinement—intelligent activity)

The effect of the first ray is to supply the motivation for a radical departure from former life patterns and habits. This may come through serious illness, natural disaster or—less traumatically—a volcanic outburst of the inner life that has been imprisoned within the old lifestyle. Sometimes, it can lead those living a self-destructive life to a complete about-face.

Once the initial awakening has occurred, the first ray individual who is lacking in wisdom often attempts to impose their way and ideas on others and, longing for power and authority, may even gather around them a group of compliant individuals who they can—directly or indirectly—control. There is often a lovelessness and fear of isolation at the heart of this desperate activity, and many individuals who follow this course—some of them gurus and spiritual ‘leaders’—are shaken from their arrogance by the collapse of the empire they have built, because first ray energy will always serve to shatter any forms that limit the growth of the life imprisoned within.

Those influenced by the first ray oat the personal level can be fairly detached and even cold towards others, considering the greater picture to such an extent that they avoid intimacy. To avoid the pitfalls of these faults they require a measure of tenderness, humility, sympathy, tolerance, patience.

3.3 General effect: Change (Mutable mode)

The first ray has a minimal effect on general human life, with its indirect influence being received primarily through the cultural changes and tides that sweep us all along in their wake. In those instances where a first ray personality is in a position of power, there is a danger of political rigidity, dictatorship or fascism. Just as the first ray—through powerful individuals—has contributed to the pyramidal or hierarchical power structures on which most industrialised cultures are based (based on the desire of the few for power over the many), it is now bringing about the rapid destruction of those same structures as their course is run.

3.3.1 Effect on average individual

Most people are unaware of the influence of the first ray, for they have little need of its power. They may experience turning points in life which are inspired by its energy, but it holds no permanent place in the individual consciousness of most people.

Those in positions of power, or anyone who is particularly successful, may through their ruthlessness or obsession with positions of influence utilise first ray energy for their own ends, but will not experience the liberating possibilities of its subtler effects.