Colour_tofinalc by 1KeLzN7



                     C          olours
                   the Formula of Light

This work is intended to provide a review with original conjecture on colour, in context of the
esoteric philosophies as described by A. A. Bailey and H. P. Blavatsky. These pages will
therefore be most accessible to those familiar with the concepts presented in their works, and
no undue elaboration will be undertaken upon the theories commonly held in those writings.

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This work may, however, be of interest to those unfamiliar with these doctrines, who wish to
accept my assumptions and work with colour according to a comprehensive system (which
may seem complex or obscure to the new investigator). If one were inclined to accept the
basic premises, the information in the Practice Chapters could be utilized without the need for
the philosophical background; the suggestions may be used in creating meditative or practical
experiments for transformative personal, group, and global work, through visualisation or the
physical application of coloured lights.

This is primarily a mental approach, with I hope some inklings of the intuition coming through
occasionally (especially when the going gets excrutiatingly hard logically!) There is due
background given and attention paid to exoteric optics and colour theory, as I believe
knowledge of exoteric sciences may be fundamental to a well-rounded and logical system of
thought around the esoteric nature of colour. I have not used an experiential or experimental
approach in developing this material. I do not have any special sight or unusual sensing
abilities. I do not even believe that I ―see‖ or visualise colour mentally in ways common to
other meditators or those with strong visualization faculties.

The style of writing will range from matter-of-fact exoteric science, to quoted references, to
conjecture, pointed and circuitous questioning, sometimes coloured by exasperation! I use
colour, bolding, and various font size in certain places, which I trust will not distract the reader
but enhance a more vibrant and immediately accessible visual presentation of some of this
apparently vague, contradictory, or ‗blinded‘ material.

I have made assumptions of significances, emerging trends, original relationships and
correspondences. These conjectures are the result of my research, objectively and
subjectively surmised, unless otherwise stated. Chapter 8 outlines the major questions and
problem areas surrounding esoteric colour philosophy as I understand them, whether they
have been treated upon within the thesis or not. My only hope is that this treatise may be of
some use, put to the test and furthered by peers and students.

I welcome your comments;

Vicktorya Stone
20 February 2002

                                  CONTENTS OUTLINE


                           1.1      Foundational Comments: Intent and Scope
                           1.2      What is Colour? (Exoterically Considered)
                           1.3      Key Esoteric Doctrine References
                           1.4      Exoteric Colours: Science of Optics and Colour Theory


                           2.1      Esoteric and Exoteric Colours
                           2.2      Investigations of Individual Colours and Colour Combinations

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                         3      Macrocosmic: Esoteric Cosmology with Colour
                         4          Microcosmic: The Human Constitution: Vehicles, Centres,
                  and Colours
                           5        Tables and Charts (of combined macro, micro, and various


                          6         Analysis of various stanzas, Old Commentaries, words of
                  power, etc.…
                          7       Consciousness and Colours in Meditation, Transformation,
                  and other Application


                           8        Questions
                           9        References and Compilations

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                             DETAIL OF CHAPTER ONE


1.1. Foundational comments: Intent and Scope

1.2 What is the phenomenon of Colour? (Exoterically considered)

1.3 Key Esoteric Doctrine References

1.4 Science of Colour and Optics

                           1.4.1    Science and Colour
                                             a. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
                                             b. Colour and Sound
                           1.4.2    Overview of Physics of Optics and Physiology of Human
                           1.4.3    Additive and Subtractive Colour and the relationship between

                                          1. Overview

1.1. Foundational Comments: Intent and Scope

        To further the study of colour as presented by A. A. Bailey and H. P. Blavatsky.
        To offer original charts, tables of correspondences, and compilations on this material.
        To suggest some uses of colour that may be useful in consciousness transmutation,
         healing, or other applications.
        To sketch the outstanding questions and problems in this field, and provide a
         comprehensive reference and compilation of the colour materials from AAB‘s and HPB‘s
         books, to provide assistance to other researchers.

1.2 What is colour?

Physical and Linguistic-Cultural Considerations

In the physical world, colour is a phenomenon of the impact of light upon the visual sense
organs and its subsequent interpretation by the brain. Colour does not exist outside of the
perception of an observer. Colour is therefore a purely physiological phenomenon; not a
physical one. That is: there is not a physics of colour, but a physiology of colour. Thus, there
is no colour ‗out there‘; it is a product of our sense organs (eyes) and the interpretation of that
by our brains.

While this is true, it does not diminish the fact that our perception of and interaction with
colour has effect upon our inner psychological reaction. Additionally, knowledge of the
physical behavior of colour is useful to place the esoteric treatment of colour in perspective of
the physical or exoteric universe, and thereby find and create suggestive analogies and
logical relationships.

In the physical sciences, colour theory is primarily based on the work of Sir Isaac Newton in
1665-66. More popular perhaps among the esoteric community is the colour theory work of

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Johannes von Goethe, who devised many interesting experiments with less scientific rigor but
with perhaps created a more intuitively-based philosophical system for dealing with colour.
While Goethe's work is suggestive, it is not discussed in this treatise. While Newton may be
referred to as a reductionist, it is likely that he was an initiate of some standing, as the
magnitude of his work testifies. Further, his divisioning of the spectrum into seven colours
reflected his understanding of music and alchemy, and reinforces the esoteric doctrine‘s
assertion that form manifests through the archetype of septenantes. It is upon this basis,
therefore, that we proceed.

From Newton's foundational works in optics, we commonly recognize the following names for
the spectral colours, in the order of the rainbow or electromagnetic spectrum. These names
highlight the crucial role of linguistics and cultural factor in colour research: Red, Orange,
Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

When we see, sense, imagine, think of, and speak of colour, we are conditioned by our
particular language and culture. While each language has specific names for the various light
frequencies that cause colour sensation, even in similar modern-western cultures we share
no common one-to-one correspondence between languages and colour definitions. For
instance, in Russian there are two words for (what most English-speakers or ‗westerners‘ call)
the colour blue. The sensations most English-natives identify as ―light blue‖ and ―dark blue‖,
Russian-speaking natives would call two distinct colours, each with different names. Similarly,
in Hungarian there are two terms for what we normally include in ―red‖; in Japanese one word
that covers green, blue, or all dark stimuli; Welsh has one word that means green, blue, grey
or brown; and, many aboriginal and the New Guinea languages have only two terms meaning
light and dark. (See Chapter 8, 1a, for notes on further study.)

In general, the one thing common throughout cultures is the recognition of colours in terms of
temperature: "warm" or "cool". (This is effective in making distinctions even among those who
are colour blind.)

However, the seven names for colour are those primarily used in the esoteric doctrines, and I
believe some archetypal key is involved in their use. While other colour names are also used
(such as turquoise, sapphire, ruby, azure, gold, rose, etc.), I believe their use is qualitative to
the fundamental seven. Therefore, while for the purposes of this work we use these seven
colours, we must not assume that there actually are only – or „as many as‟ – seven colours, at
least not according to the physical sciences or sociological conventions. There is no
objectively recognized fixed number of colours. (Further, in the esoteric doctrines, we both
told that during this major time period there are only 4 colours we can be sure of, as well as
that there are myriads of colours unknown to us.)

Physiological Considerations

While there are three major receptors in the human eye (the often-called red, green, and blue
cones), this neither implies that there are three major colours.

There is a continuum of wavelengths. Thus, depending upon the degree of minute
measurement of the wavelengths, there could be defined ‗a different colour‘ for every
wavelength. With normal colour vision (i.e., healthy cone receptors) recognizing violet at
around 400 nm to red which becomes invisible around 700 nm, we can at least say there are
roughly 300 distinct wavelengths of colour – which isn‘t to say each of these 1 nanometer
differences could be discretely registered. However, this doesn‘t take into effect the millions of
recognizably different colours to the human eye, which result from combining and blending,
shading and tinting, and other optical effects.

Most people do notice 4 distinct divisions of colour, that is, they perceive: red, yellow, green,
and blue as colours distinct in themselves, and not due to blending. (This is regardless of
whether people know that yellow and blue pigments make green, or, more sophisticated, that
red and green light make yellow, in general these 4 colours impact most in the modern
western world as distinct colours.)

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In terms of our cultural use, colour is one of the first things we recognize about an object: "a
red car"; "a yellow dress", "a blue bird". It is also a primary descriptor for emotional states, ―he
saw red‖; ―I felt blue‖; ―she was green with envy‖; ―they view the world through rose-coloured
glasses.‖ In everyday language, colour adds a quality or 'feeling' to an object. Further, in our
environments, it is now well recognized that the use of colours can assist people to feel more
relaxed, or excited. Restaurant designers may propose the use oranges or reds to stimulate
appetite; waiting rooms are often in subdued hues, relaxing blues or greens. Colours are also
often referred to in terms of volume or texture, and interaction: ―Those are very loud colours‖;
―She always wears soft colours‖; ―those colours clash‖. The Fauvist artists were known for
their use of wild colours, pushing the limits of conventional expectations about what colour
was and how it should be used in painting. (See Chapter 8, 1b.)

While most of us in modern cultures derive beauty and emotional satisfication from the
aesthetic use of colour, there is ample evidence that the biological development of our colour
sense was likely due to the need to distinguish healthy food, in conjunction with the vegetable
kingdom‘s need to distribute seeds (in fruit-bearing trees). (See Chapter 8, 1c.)

With these few basic physical and cultural considerations in place, let‘s begin to lay the
foundation of the colour theory in the esoteric doctrines, and then we can more fully discuss
its potential relation with the physical or exoteric evidence.

1.3 Foundational References, and the Law of Correspondence and Mutation

From Letters on Occult Meditation:
―… it is not yet permissible to give out the esoteric significance of [Page 213] these colours,
nor exact information as to their order and application. The dangers are too great, for in the
right understanding of the laws of colour and in the knowledge (for instance) of which colour
stands for a particular ray lies the power the adept wields."

Yet the right correspondence and application of colour holds ―the key to all knowledge‖. From
Letters on Occult Meditation, pages 222-223:

         By the study of colours and the planes, by the study of colour and its effect and relationship to the life
         side, and by the study of the form side of the mind, will come much of value to the student of meditation,
         provided always he does three things:

         1. That he seeks to find the esoteric colours and their right application to the planes and centres, to the
         bodies through which he manifests, and to the bodies through which the Logos manifests (the seven
         sacred planets); to the rounds and to the races, and to the cycles of his own individual life. When he can
         do this he holds in his hands the key to all knowledge.

         2. That he endeavours to make practical application of all indicated truth …

         3. That he remembers ever that perfection, as we know it, is only partial and not real, and that even
         perfection itself—as grasped by the mind of man, is but illusion, and that only the next logoic
         manifestation will reveal the ultimate glory in view. As long as there is differentiated colour there is
         imperfection. Remember, colour as we know it is the realisation by the man using a fifth root-race body
         in the fourth round on the fourth chain, of a vibration that contacts the human eye. What then will colour
         be as visioned by a man of the seventh round in a seventh root-race body? Even then a whole range of
         colours of wondrous beauty will be outside and beyond his comprehension. The reason being that
         only two great aspects of logoic life are being thoroughly demonstrated and the third will be but
         partially revealed, waiting for the still greater „Day be with us‟ to flash forth in perfect radiance.

We begin with a conundrum: Colour holds the key to all knowledge, and the presence of
colour indicates imperfection. All knowledge therefore is a state well below perfection, and
this perfection will be a long time coming, (til the "Day be with us").

Let‘s start with the framework that 'imperfection' is caused by an evolution much greater than
ourselves, and is a demonstration of the One in Whom we Live and Move and have our Being
(of at least Solar Systemic levels, and likely beyond). Our "logoic life" is imperfect, or
coloured. He is evolving, and therefore working with the various coloured lives and levels of

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consciousness which make up his Being. Whatever we perceive or can know, or perfect, can
only be achieved in relative terms, within the limits of His colouration. One‘s colour is what
distinguishes one from another.

The Ahamkara, or ―I‖ principle, is what circumscribes the sense of a separated self, or distinct
identity. Even in the archetypal realms of a grand septenate of colour, such a separated self
as ―indigo‖ is limitation upon that Whole, which if perceived as One would be colourless, or all
colours blended into one white light. While we may rightfully strive towards absorption into the
Great Ray Life of Blue-Indigo, or Love-Wisdom, or Two, the true blue of our Solar Logos, this
is only temporary. It is a mark of, and indicator of, our specific level of our highest level of
achievable imperfection.

The doctrines suggest we have come from the synthesis achieved in the first solar system,
the Green system of Intelligence, are now in this Blue system of Love, and will eventually
attain perfection upon the final expression of the future Power or Red system. At that time,
this final, synthesis ‗solar system‘ will blend the three and white light result, which is our goal
of perfection (relative though that will also be in some grander scheme).

More locally, our planetary logos or local ―god‖, is evolving his particular colour. How do we
find and cooperate with Him in his immediate stage of development? From the doctrines, His
7 purpose is intimately related to colour.

From The Rays and The Initiations, pages 241:

         These seven types of purpose embody the seven energies which will reorganise and redefine the
         hierarchical undertakings, and thus inaugurate the New Age. ”...

So we have special need to focus on colour, because in cooperating with the purposes and
methods of our Logos we may help inaugurate the "New Age" – a furthering of His, and our,
evolution. Following, from page 246, we receive hints of this final phase or 7 purpose:

         g. The final phase of the divine purpose is the most difficult of all to indicate, and when I say indicate, I
         mean exactly that, and nothing more definite and clear. Does it mean anything to you when I say that
         the ceremonial ritual of the daily life of Sanat Kumara, implemented by music and sound and carried on
         the waves of colour which break upon the shores of the three worlds of human evolution, reveal—in the
         clearest notes and tones and shades—the deepest secret behind His purpose? It scarcely makes sense to
         you and is dismissed as a piece of symbolic writing, used by me in order to convey the unconveyable.
         Yet I am not here writing in symbols, but am making an exact statement of fact. As beauty in any of its
         greater forms breaks upon the human consciousness, a dim sense is thereby conveyed of the ritual of
         Sanat Kumara's daily living.”

While we are a long way from the consciousness of our God, we find colour is a key method
of power suggested for the aiding of evolution, for both the logos and the humble disciple.

While there are many more key quotes and foundational references, they will be included
throughout this thesis. Let‘s close this section with the following hint. From LOM, page 228:

         … colours are the expressions of force or quality. They hide or veil the abstract qualities of the Logos,
         which qualities are reflected in the microcosm in the three worlds as virtues or faculties. Therefore, just
         as the seven colours hide qualities in the Logos, so these virtues demonstrate in the life of the personality
         and are brought forward objectively through the practice of meditation; thus each life will be seen as
         corresponding to a colour.

Law of Correspondences

The Law of Correspondences is the major tool in understanding what is known in one area to
an area where less may be given or understood. So primary is this Law that it is prominent in
the Introductory Postulates in A Treatise in Cosmic Fire, p. 7:

         4. The Law of Correspondences will explain the details … This Law of Correspondences or of Analogy
         is the interpretive law of the system, and explains God to man.

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I rely upon this Law to maintain logic in the realms of conjecture. If a proposition does not hold
true, in the sense of being collaborated by natural systems and archetypal knowledge, then
the proposition is at least out of context and not yet of use if not erroneous.

While at times we know that a certain example is not intended to be an exact reflection, that it
is ‗analogous‘ and not a direct correspondence, there are other instances when we are
admonished that the correspondence, analogy, or correlation must be exact.

Principle of Mutation

As universe is a temporally evolving system, the ―principle of mutation governs every
department in the Law of Correspondences …‖ (page 600, TCF).

While something may be ‗true‘ – when was it true? The primary struggle for this human mind
has been to logically (correspondingly) place any conjectured relationships according to its
rightful time, or point of evolution, and according to its correct level of consciousness. The
complexity involved can suggest any number of ‗correct relationships‘, yet the beauty (and
agony) lies in finding the correct time and space in which to place that relationship.

Thus, in conjunction with the Law of Correspondences, the principle of mutuation must be
constantly held in mind, for without the ability to place a relationship in its proper time or
evolutionary context, we are unable to truly further advance this study. Right location and
relationship, in time and space, will be what helps us determine our direction and next step.

Complexity, Synthesis, and Perspective

In realization of the complexity of this subject, perhaps the main offering of this treatise may
be found in study of the correlated material, rather than in any depth of analysis or synthesis I
offer. I shall recommend light-heartedly, therefore, that the reader remembers these lines:
―We shall now come to a considerable amount of tabulation, for all that it is wise and possible
to give at this time are certain facts, names and outlines which can only be demonstrated
through the law of correspondence. The key to comprehension is always this law.‖

Along with what will be much abstract conjecture, I also attempt to maintain obvious simple
correspondences or analogies. For example, I think the key relationships are shown in the
colours that surround us. The most esoteric of truths may be found reflected in the blue sky of
day and the indigo of night, in the blue-greens of rivers and seas, from the vibrant yellow-
greens of spring to the flaming oranges of harvest. Perhaps in these omnipresent reminders
we are most easily shown the way.

Now let‘s move into some exoteric science, to give us potential for informed supposition and
suggestion, and then we will look into the esoteric fundamentals of colour.

If I may suggest to the reader that a review of the Chapter on Colour in Letters on Occult
Meditation will prove invaluable to your understanding and discrimination of any research
offered and conjecture proposed.

1.4 Science of Colour and Optics

                           1.4.1    Science and Colour
                                             A. The Electromagnetic Spectrum and the Ether
                                             B. Colour and Sound
                           1.4.2    Physiology of Light and Colour Sensation
                           1.4.3    Additive and Subtractive Colour and their Relationship

Early Light Theory

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While the focus of this thesis is upon the esoteric doctrines, a basic knowledge of objective
science allows coherent, insightful analogies to be made to the esoteric teachings. Some
mention of scientific and esoteric doctrine differences will be mentioned here; however, this
segment concentrates upon relevant exoteric topics, in abbreviated form. (Several references and
images from Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia and other public sources.)

         1.4.1     Science and Colour
The esoteric teachings indicate to us that the eye is one of the most significant features of
man and that we may find great meaning in understanding its working, as science now
unfolds. Early history of modern scientific knowledge of light and colour does not appear to
reflect what we now know about the physiology of the eye. The latter part of this section will
investigate what we know of the eye.
Apparently contrary to our current understanding, the Greek philosophers, including
Pythagoras, believed light issued forth from visible things, and most also thought vision, as
distinct from light, proceeded outward from the eye. Ptolemy experimented with optics, but he
too believed vision issued from the eye. An early Egyptian scientist through logic and
experimentation finally discounted the theory that vision issued forth from the eye. Other early
Greek ideas were close to our modern knowledge, such as the idea that light travels with
finite speed, and Aristotle explained the rainbow as a reflection from raindrops. Euclid
understood the law of reflection and the properties of mirrors, and early thinkers observed
refraction but did not explain its mathematical law.
Of course it may be hard to determine what was more esoterically known by early
investigators, or that what we now believe is not erroneous in more subtle terms. E.g., that the
faculty of divine vision was what caused the physical eye to evolve, and in that way vision
issues forth from the eye. Be that as it may be, this segment will concentrate on the exoteric
perspective, with some correlations to esoteric assumption.

                   A. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Light traditionally refers to a frequency range of electromagnetic waves we see with our eyes,
and call visible light. Color is our perceptual response to less than 1% (one percent) of the
total electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. All electromagnetic waves (can) travel at
the speed of light (roughly 186,000 miles per second in a vacuum, or exactly 299,792,458
meters per second). Light has been made to slow to as little as 38 miles per hour; as it travels
at various speeds in matter.

The ethers
For esoteric context, let‘s review excerpts from A.A. Bailey‘s Light on the Soul (page 54
forward) so that we understand the ether, before taking up the specifics of the
electromagnetic spectrum, scientifically considered.
As we know, Einstein proved that light can travel in a vacuum, and that the proposed
‗medium‘ for its propigation, ether or aether, was unnecessary for light to travel. Thus the
early scientific proposal of a required etheric medium required for the propigation of light has
been disproved. However, esotericists may logically enough presume that there is still a more
subtle form of energy which may be the truer, or higher subplanes of etheric matter of the
ageless philosophies. In this light, I suggest the electromagnetic spectrum is directly
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associated with (4 subplane) etheric material, as the Tibetan states, the sun is 4 etheric
matter and that the scientists in the latter part of the 1800‘s and early 1900‘s were working
with this level. Most of the quotes in this segment are from scientists of that day, and so much
be interpreted from their view of the then current thinking, which may have been as said, from
an obvious assumption, ―disproved‖.


         First: There is nothing but energy, and it functions through a substance which interpenetrates and
         actuates all forms, and which is analogous to the ether of the modern world. Matter is energy or spirit in
         its densest form, and spirit is matter in its most sublimated aspect.

         Second: As all forms are interpenetrated by this ether, every form has an etheric form or etheric body.

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           Third: As the tiny atom has a positive nucleus, or positive nuclei, as well as negative aspects, so in every
           etheric body there are positive centres of force in the midst of negative substance. The human being too
           has an etheric body which is positive to the negative physical body, which galvanises it into activity, and
           which acts as its coherent force, holding it in being.

           Fourth: The etheric body of man has seven main nuclei of energy through which various types of energy
           flow, producing his psychical activity …

           Fifth: Only certain centres are now functioning …

                      There is a universal substance, the source of all, but so sublimated, so subtle that it is truly
           beyond the real grasp of human intelligence. In comparison with it, the most delicate fragrance, the
           dancing radiance of sunbeams, the crimson glory of the sunset, are gross and earthly. It is "a web of
           light," forever invisible to human eye. …
                      Subtle and fugitive as this universal substance is, yet in another sense it is denser even than
           matter. … If we could conceive of an agent outside of universal substance—an hypothesis contrary to all
           fact and possibility—and if such an external agent attempted to compress universal substance, or in some
           other way affect it from without, then substance would be found denser than any known material.
                      Inherent in substance, and a perpetual counterpart of it, is life, incessant life. Life and
           substance are one and the same, one and forever inseparable, but different aspects however, of the one
           reality. Life is as positive electricity, substance negative. Life is dynamic, substance static. Life is
           activity or spirit, and substance form or matter. Life is the father and begets, substance is the mother and
           conceives. In addition to these two aspects of life and substance, there is still a third. Life is theoretical
           or potential activity, and needs a field of operation. Substance furnishes this and in the union of life and
           substance, there flames forth active energy.
                      Thus we have a single reality, universal substance—but at the same time a co-existent
           duality—life and substance; and at the same time, a coexistent trinity, life, substance, and the resultant
           interaction which we call consciousness or soul. Matter is energy in its densest or lowest form; spirit is
           this same Energy in highest or most subtle form. So matter is spirit descending and debased; spirit,
           conversely, is matter ascending and glorified.

This is a direct correlation to Einstein‘s discoveries that energy and matter are really the
same, matter just being very inert energy, which can be converted to energy by squaring.
Energy being related to Spirit or Life, and Matter to form, we read E = mc . (i.e.,

energy ‗may become‘ matter when multiplied by the square of the speed of light
– to something like:
spirit ‗may incarnate‘ into form when multiplied (densified?) by the personality by the soul.

The factor of squaring is a fundamental in the three-dimensional world, and correlates well
psychically with the creation of the quaternary (the personality necessary to interact in the 3
worlds of human evolution) animated by the soul or the incarnating Light. Geometrists may
correlate this to the squaring of the circle, by the triangle or trinity of the 1 Circle of Life. Thus,
animal man, the square of matter, becomes infused with the Hu-man, the threefold Energetic
Soul or Triad, and the ‗seven leaved plant or septenate of the incarnating soul is born. Seven
is the archetypal number of Light manifesting Life into Form, and thus our archetypal
spectrum is presented to us in the seven names of colour.

           In taking on density, energy takes on, or descends into, seven degrees or planes. … Three subplanes of
           the physical are known to every school-boy—the solid, liquid and gaseous, for example, ice, water and
           steam. In addition there are four subtler planes, or rather four different types of ether. These four are co-
           existent with each of the three well known subplanes, and interpenetrate them. The etheric counterpart,
           whether of man or of any physical thing, is of the universal substance, of universal life, and of universal
           energy. It partakes of all of these but it is not self-sufficient or independently existing. It draws upon the
           reservoir of universal energy, and in it the etheric counterpart lives and moves and has its being. Energy
           is thus functioning through the etheric.
This 4 ether is both exoterically this realm of Light, and esoterically, the representative realm
of energetic, soul light, on the physical plane. The 4 cosmic plane, the buddhic, is that of the
Soul, characterised by light and colour, and through the Creative Hierarchies this is the realm
of the Human Hierarchy and the Solar Angels. These are the Lords of Sacrifice, who, like
Lucifer or Prometheus, bring fire to animal man.

This phenomenon of wavelengths therefore, that animate our physical realm, can potentially
travel at the speed of Light (but not when) ‗in-forming‘ the matter of our bodies and environ-
ment, as the carriers of soul energy. These wavelengths, built on a dance between electricity

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and magnetism, meet at the midway point, the 4 or particularly human realm, and permeate
the denser planes with the spark of light, the animator or energizer of form.

                     Sir Isaac Newton … "And now we might add something concerning a certain most subtle spirit
         which pervades and lies hid in all gross bodies; by the force and action of which spirit the particles of
         bodies mutually attract one another at near distances, and cohere if contiguous; and electric bodies
         operate to greater distances, as well repelling as attracting the neighbouring corpuscles; and light is
         emitted, reflected, refracted, inflected, and heats bodies; and all sensation is excited, and the members of
         animal bodies move at the command of the will, namely by the vibrations of this spirit … But these are
         things that cannot be explained in few words, nor are we furnished with that sufficiency of experiments
         which is required to an accurate determination and demonstration of the laws by which this electric and
         elastic spirit operates."
                     [from the 1926 edition] of the Encyclopaedia Britannica … under the heading of "ether." …
         from time to time attention has been directed to the intervening portions of space from which sensible
         matter is absent; and this also has physical properties … These physical properties do not appeal directly
         to the senses, and are therefore comparatively obscure; but there is now no doubt of their existence; even
         among those who still prefer to use the term space. But a space endowed with physical properties is more
         than a geometrical abstraction, and is most conveniently thought of as a substantial reality, to which
         therefore some other name is appropriate. The term used is unimportant, but long ago the term ETHER
         was invented; it was adopted by Isaac Newton … [it] connotes a genuine entity filling all space, without
         any break or cavity anywhere, the one omnipresent physical reality, of which there is a growing
         tendency to perceive that everything in the material universe consists; matter itself being in all
         probability one of its modifications.... The properties of the ether are not likely to be expressible in terms
         of matter; but, as we have no better clue, we must proceed by analogy, and we may apologetically speak
         of the elasticity and density of the ether …
                     "We do not usually attend to the ether aspect of a body; we have no sense organ for its appre-
         ciation, we only directly apprehend matter. … We know that a body of characteristic shape, or indeed of
         any definite shape, cannot exist without the forces of cohesion—cannot exist therefore without the
         Ether—meaning … the unmaterialized part of it, the part which is the region of strain, the receptacle of
         potential energy, the substance in which the atoms of matter are embedded. Not only is there a matter
         body, there is also an ether body: the two are coexistent."
                     “… Light is an affection of the ether. Light is to ether as sound is to matter ... Subject to
         all the laws of time and space, fully amenable to the laws of energy, largely the source of terrestrial
         energy, governing all the manifestations of physical forces, at the root of elasticity and tenacity and
         every other static property of matter … Electric charges, composed of modified ether, are likely to prove
         to be the cosmic building material.... There is the great bulk of undifferentiated ether, the entity which
         fills all space and in which everything material occurs. A duality runs through the scheme of physics—
         matter and ether.
         All kinetic energy belongs to what we call matter, whether in the atomic or the corpuscular form; move-
         ment or locomotion is its characteristic. All static energy belongs to the ether, the unmodified and uni-
         versal ether; its characteristics are strain and stress. Energy is always passing to and fro from one to the
         other—from ether to matter or vice versa—and in this passage is all work done.
                     Now, the probability is that every sensible object has both a material and an etherial counter-
         part. One side only are we sensibly aware of, the other we have to infer. But the difficulty of perceiving
         this other side—the necessity for indirect inference—depends essentially and entirely on the
         nature of our sense organs, which tell us of matter and do not tell us of ether.

Science admits it can only determine the existence of observable, natural objects – those
which we have instruments, or organs, to perceive. (See Chapter 8, 1d). Thus, the higher ethers
may simply be yet unregisterable by common appliances or organs; however, the 4 etheric
subplane (of the cosmic physical plane) is exactly what we understand scientists to have
been working with early last century (according to A.A.Bailey‘s writings). These include all the
phenomenon of electricity, xrays, the cosmic rays, etc.:

                   Ether belongs to the physical frame of things, no one supposes it be a psychic entity; but it
         probably subserves psychical purposes, just as matter does. … It is invisible, permeates all matter and
         pervades all space by wave motion, without limit in the universe. It offers practically no resistance
         to radiant energy, even to light from the sun and the most distant stars discovered. It is the
         medium which transmits `radio' waves, wireless telegraphy waves, cosmic rays, X-rays, etc.

With this argument of the reality or rarity of the ether admitted, let‘s condition our thinking with
current scientific evidence and terms, making esoteric correlations where logic and the scope
of this paper dictate:

Electromagnetic waves (EM)
Scientifically considered, these are characterized by wavelength, frequency, and amplitude;

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these determine the type of energy, or what we call variously gamma rays, visible light, infra-
red, etc.

Wavelength is measured from crest to crest. Frequency is the number of times a wave
propigates (crest to crest) in one second (which is usually measured in Hertz, Hz, but electro-
magnetic waves of extremely high frequencies, such as light and X rays, are usually
described in terms of angstrom units, Å is a hundred-millionths of a centimeter). Amplitude is
the height of the wave (from midway between a peak and a trough to the peak of the wave),
which relates to the strength of the fields and number of photons in the light.

Light behaves both as a wave and as a particle. The particles are photons, like packets of
light energy, but not like ‗fixed‘ particles as they are not limited to a specific volume in space
or time. Photons are associated with specific frequencies of electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic waves are non-mechanical, in that they do not move the material through
which they pass. EM waves are a displacement of the electric and magnetic fields of force in
space or a vacuum. Non-mechanical waves can be propagated in ―matter‖, but do not require
a medium, unlike mechanical waves. (This difference is illustrated in the segment on colour and sound.)

All electromagnetic, non-mechanical waves are, as the name implies, a compound of electric
and magnetic waves, traveling perpendicular to each other. They wrap, or warp, around each
other: an electric wave moves forward, the magnetic wave whips around it, followed by the
electric wave, etc. Light is carried on electric and magnetic fields, thus:

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Light expands spherically, i.e., light particles or photons traveling on the electromagnetic
waves expand outward from its source in three dimensions (in a vacuum or uniform material)
in a spherical pattern (like a balloon expanding). Each point on a wave surface can act like a
new source of smaller spherical waves (which explains how light seems to spread away from
a pinhole rather than going in one straight line through the hole. The same effect blurs the
edges of shadows.)

Polarization refers to the direction of the electric field in an electromagnetic wave, e.g., a
wave with an electric field oscillating in the vertical direction is polarized vertically. If a wave‘s
electric field is vibrating in all directions, it is said to be unpolarized, such as the waves from
the sun. Sunlight reflected from a surface is partially polarized parallel to the surface.

Sources of light differ in how they provide energy to the charged particles, such as electrons,
whose motion creates the light. Incandescent sources provide energy from heat; luminescent
sources provide energy from chemical or electric energy:

In an incandescence light source atoms collide, transfering energy to electrons, boosting
them into higher energy levels. Electrons release this energy by emitting photons. Some
collisions are weak and some strong, so photons of different energies are emitted.
The sun is an incandescent light source with its heat energy released from nuclear fusion.
Different stars emit incandescent light of different levels or frequencies—and therefore appear
as different colours—depending on their mass and age. All incandescent (thermal or heat)
sources have a broad spectrum, meaning they emit photons spanning a wide range of
The colour from incandescent sources is related to their temperature, with hotter or more
energetic sources having more blue in their spectra, or ranges of photon energies, and cooler
or less excited sources having more red. To repeat: hotter sources emit more blue light
(which reflects the more rapid, intense or stronger frequency of collision of atoms); cooler
sources emit more red light (due to less intense collision).

A luminescent light source absorbs energy in a non-heat manner and is therefore usually
cooler than an incandescent source.
The color of a luminescent source is not related to its temperature. A fluorescent light is
a type of luminescent source based on chemicals called phosphors. As electricity passes
through the tube it excites the mercury atoms and makes them emit blue, green, violet, and
ultraviolet light. Phosphor electrons absorb ultraviolet radiation, release some energy to heat,
and then emit visible light with a lower frequency (i.e., violet, blue or green frequencies). The

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high latitude auroras are luminescent sources, created due to electrons in the solar wind
becoming deflected in the earth's magnetic field.

Chemiluminescence is a chemical reaction that produces molecules with electrons in excited
energy levels that then radiate light. The color of the light depends on the chemical
reaction. Chemiluminescence in plants or animals is bioluminescence, which is
manufactured in substances called luciferase and luciferin, which combines with oxygen.

A laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) produces light that is
polarized, monochromatic, and coherent: all the electrons radiate synchronously so the peaks
and troughs coincide over long distances.

White light and sunlight, like most light sources, do not radiate monochromatic light. What we
call white light (including light from the sun) is a mixture of all the colors in the visible
spectrum, with some represented more than others. Daylight, or other nearly whole-spectrum
or ‗white light‘ environments (certain types of incandescent bulbs, for example), displays all
frequencies of the visible light spectrum; i.e., the range from red (the longest wavelength
frequency the human eye can detect) to violet (the shortest wavelength visible to the eye).
When all of these are perceived together our sensory experience is of ‗white light‘. White light
therefore is not homogenous (of one frequency), but heterogenous (a composite, made up of
many different wavelengths).
Sunlight is close, but not identical to a white light spectrum. Sunlight has more EM waves in
the medium length (yellowish) frequency. Remember, this is the visible light waves, and only
about half the energy of sunlight at the earth's surface is visible, about 3 percent is ultraviolet,
and the rest is infrared. One way stars are classified is by their spectral signature; our sun is
considered a yellow star. Most accurately, it emits most the frequencies perceived as yellow-
green. Therefore, everything ‗under the sun‘ is coloured by its quality of light.
During the middle of the day, there is a distinct blue bias to sunlight. We see this in the color
of the sky. At this time ultraviolet radiation (roughly 290nm to 400nm) is strongest (and
causes the energetic effects such as sunburn, fading paints and fabrics). At sunrise or sunset,
the sun's light passes more obliquely through the earth's atmosphere, and filters out more of
the shorter ("blue" and "green") wavelengths and the light has a red bias, as we see in the
sunrise and sunset.

Prisms Splitting the Spectrum
Once full spectrum, or white light is split in a prism, there is no further subdivisioning into ‗sub
spectrums‘. For example, red or long wave radiations do not further subdivide into anything
other than red; e.g., the 700 nm wavelengths are 700 (red) no matter how many times they
pass through a prism.
This concept tells the esoteric investigator that a subray of a primary ray, e.g., the green
subray of indigo, cannot occur in exoteric science. Once indigo is split or separated from the
spectrum, it does not change its frequency, i.e. our perception of its colour. It may however be
recombined with other frequencies to create other apparent colours, but a 700, red, frequency
does not ‗sub-spectrum‘ or division into ‗fractals‘ of a prism.
The longest wavelength most humans see is deep red at about 700 nm. The shortest
wavelengths normally detectable is violet, at about 400 nm. Human eyes respond the most to
a yellow-green light, at 550 nm, which is about the brightest color in sunlight at the earth's
A prism, or rainbow, refracts the full spectrum of white daylight so that the various coloured
frequencies are distinguishable to the eye. If we analyze white light when split by a prism or
rainbow, we see it is made up of this range of colours which we commonly term red, orange,
yellow, green, blue, (indigo), violet, as described above. All light is reflected into the eye in
―white light‖.

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Detecting light depends on how the light was produced and what is the medium or organ of
reception or detection. For example, as heat produces incandescent light, this light produces
measurable heat when it is absorbed by a material or sensed on the skin. In a photoelectric
effect, atoms absorb photons and part of the photon's energy goes toward releasing the
electron from the atom and part goes to transferring the released electron in the form of
motion, or kinetic energy. The detection process is the change induced in photographic film
exposed to light, which induces a chemical change in photosensitive chemicals on film. The
film is then processed to convert the chemical change into a permanent image. Human vision
works somewhat similarly: light of different frequencies causes different chemical changes in
the eye, the chemical action generates nerve impulses that our brains interpret as color,
shape, and location of objects.

Interaction with matter causes light to behave variously. When light strikes a material or
object it interacts with the atoms in the material, depending upon the frequency of the light
and the atomic structure of the material. In transparent materials, the electrons in the material
vibrate while the light is present. This oscillation momentarily takes energy away from the light
and then puts it back. Materials that are not completely transparent either absorb light or
reflect it. In absorbing materials, like a dark cloth, the energy of the oscillating electrons does
not go back to the light but toward increasing the motion of the atoms: i.e., the material heats
up. In reflective materials, such as metals, the light is re-radiated, which cancels out the
original wave, and only the light re-radiated back off the material is observed. All materials
exhibit some degree of absorption, refraction, and reflection of light.

Refraction is the bending of light when it passes from one kind of material into another. Light
is not traveling at the speed of light when in matter, such as earth‘s atmosphere, but light
takes the shortest, or fastest path. It works according to the ―Principle of Least Time‖ that
means a light ray passing through different media will refract so as to minimize the time it
takes the ray to travel between points a and b. Since light travels at a different speeds in
different materials, when it changes speeds at the boundary between two materials, light on
the side of the beam that hits first is slowed down or accelerated before light on the other side
of the beam hits the new material. This makes the beam bend, or refract, at the boundary.
This produces the familiar colorful rainbow spectrum seen when sunlight passes through a
glass prism.

Red light, due to its longest wavelengths, bends the least, and the shorter violet wavelengths
of light bend the most. Esotericists could view this like red and orange lights are less affected
by the medium, while the blue and violet wavelengths are more adaptive or affected by the
density of matter.

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Reflection occurs when light hits the boundary between two materials: some of the light is
reflected back into the first medium. If light strikes the boundary at an angle, the light is
reflected at the same angle (like a ball‘s bounce). Light reflected from a flat boundary, such as
the boundary between air and a smooth lake, will form a mirror image.

Diffraction is the spreading of light waves as they pass through a small opening or around a
boundary. As a beam of light emerges from a slit, the light some distance away from the
screen will consist of overlapping wavelets from different points of the light wave in the
opening of the slit. When the light strikes a spot on a display screen across from the slit, these
points are at different distances from the spot, so their wavelets can interfere and lead to a
pattern of light and dark regions.

Scattering occurs when the atoms of a transparent material are not smoothly distributed. The
sky is bright because the variously distributed air molecules and dust particles scatter the
sunlight. Light with higher frequencies and shorter wavelengths (the violet and blue end of the
spectrum) is scattered more than light with lower frequencies and longer wavelengths (red
end of the spectrum). Therefore, the atmosphere scatters violet light the most, but since
human eyes do not see this color that well, the eye notices more the slightly longer blue
wavelength, the next most scattered color, and we therefore have a ‗blue sky‘. Sunsets look
red because the sunlight traveling along the horizon travels a longer distance or thickness of
atmosphere, and the thicker layer of air and dust scatter the blue to even longer wavelengths
of the warmer yellows and reds.

Interference is when lightwaves overlap. Constructive interference is when the peak of one
wave is aligned with the peak of the second wave, then the two waves will produce a larger
wave with a peak the sum of the two overlapping peaks. Destructive interference is when the
peak of one wave is aligned with a trough of the other, then the waves tend to cancel each
other out, producing a smaller wave or no wave at all.

Holography is an application of interference. A hologram is made by splitting a light wave in
two with a partially reflecting mirror. One part of the light wave travels through the mirror and
is sent directly to a photographic plate, the other part is reflected first toward a subject and
then toward the plate. The resulting photograph is a hologram. Instead of being an image of
the subject, it is an image of the interference pattern between the two beams.

                                             B. Colour and Sound
If we begin with the esoteric perspective, we may wish to consider, as repeated from the
earlier long quotation on the ethers from Light on the Soul, from Sir Oliver Lodge: ―… Light is
an affection of the ether. Light is to ether as sound is to matter ...‖

However, a recall of the nature of waves will help us understand the crucial distinction in
exoteric science between light and sound, which make the two qualitatively and behaviourly
different to each other. Sound and colour may perhaps, in some fashion be analogous or
even ‗married‘, but for this to be exoterically demonstratable, it would require crossing the
time, or light barrier.

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The primary distinction is that sound waves travel significantly slower than light waves:
between 331 meters per second to 345 – as opposed to light‘s roughly 300 million meters per
second. The speed of sound varies according to temperature and moisture (slower in cold
and dry and gasses; faster in hot and moist and liquids).

Another key difference is that light is a non-mechanical and sound is a mechancial wave, so
that rather than interpreting the two as ‗octaves‘ of each other as one may do in esoteric
science, sound waves (like waves in water) require and disturb the medium through which
they travel by compression and rarefication of the matter.

A longitudinal wave, as it travels through air, compresses and expands the molecules in the
air in the same direction that the wave travels – they shift forward and back, horizontally. A
transverse wave is like ripples on the surface of a pond, where the water is displaced verti-
cally while the wave itself travels horizontally – the water molecules do not move side to side,
but up and down. The behaviours of sound, and all mechanical waves, do have correlation to
electromagnetic light waves in terms of refraction, reflection and interference. In this sense at
least we have solid evidence for good correlations to be usefully made between the two wave
methods, and within the esoteric philosophies.

One popular area of relating colour and sound via electronically programmed machines that
produce a certain colour or patterned movement of colour effects when sound is made. This
however is a simple assigned association, not a relational one, nor in any way indicative of a
cause-effect relationship between sound and colour, exoterically considered.

In the esoteric and new age communities, relating notes to colours are of interest, but not
scientifically correlatable. For instance, the esoteric fact that ―fa‖ is ‗related to‘ green, cannot
be substantiated by scientific experiments. If we wish to assume that sound creates colour, or
vice versa, we must do so outside of a way which is yet understood, or understandable, to
scientific methodology.

Sound (in terms of the esoteric doctrines) must mean somethings other than sound as we call
it on the physical plane (as must Light and Colour). We speak of the ‗inner voice‘ and realize it
is not necessarily meant as a voice audible to our physical ears, but some effect upon the
‗inner ear‘, esoterically understood. Similarly, we may need treat esoteric understanding of
colour in the same context; not necessarily as relevant to the optical function of the eye, but
associated and significant to ‗inner sight‘.

Another esoteric correlative area of interest is the notion that humans hear sound and see
colour, and devas see sound and hear colour. As science isn‘t yet able to register devas with

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instruments either(!), this area will be touched upon in Chapter Two, Section 2.3. There are
other factors which also relate sound and light to the planes, and treat sound as primary to
light or colour, and it too will be addressed later.

As we move into the next section, I‘ll insert this reminder from the Tibetan, suggesting our
own research into scientific knowledge, and the illusory nature of sensory perception, from the
soul‘s perspective:
         Vibration: Some students make demand that I define what is the meaning of the word "vibration" and
         state exactly what a vibration is. If I tell you that vibration is an illusion, as sensory perception is known
         by the soul to be, do you comprehend (limited as all human beings are by the reactions of a series of
         vehicles, all of them instruments of perception) ? If I tell you that vibratory reaction is due to our
         possessing a mechanism which is responsive to impact, I am answering your question in part, but if this
         is true, what does it mean to you and from whence comes the impact? If I give you the scientific
         definition (which you can discover in any good textbook on light, colour or sound), I am doing work that
         you can do yourself, and for that I have no time.

In the ageless philosophies, the Masonic quest, and the search for Light, well suggests that
man is uniquely developed to perceive light. The development of vision is also characteristic
of this wave of human development, the 5 or Aryan Race, and so the themes of illumination
and the Greatest Light relates us to the mystical quest. And it is also true that the evolution of
the physical form developed to be sensitive to coloured light, based on some logical biological
needs, such as distinguishing ripe food in the vegetable kingdom.

Here follows the scientific background on the eye and the creation of its illusion, vision,
including some correlations to esotericism as may be useful.

1.4.2 Physiology of Light and Colour Sensation
Colour vision means that an animal (including human!) has a sense organ (such as an eye)
that can discriminate light stimuli on the basis of spectral content (different wavelength
frequencies). The animal must have at least two receptors (e.g., cone cells) sensitive to
different wavelengths of light in order to distinguish any difference in colour.

The colour that we perceive of an object depends on the spectral makeup of the light
impacting the object. If the frequency of the light changes, so does our perception of the
colour of the object. The same object therefore will appear different depending upon the type
of illumination.

Matter and energy are colourless; colour exists only in the observer‘s perception: the visual
system receives input and the brain creates colour perception as output. depending on the
context in which the light is viewed. For example, a red-pigmented object can, depending on
the light impacting it, appear red (in ‗white light‘), or scarlet, crimson, pink, maroon, brown,
gray or black! This is fundamental: there is no colour ―out there‖; colour is in the mind.

Additionally, and with good esoteric reference, simply detecting the presence of light does not
offer distinction or differentiation. It takes two (at least a duality, if not a triplicity or quaternary)
to create colour: i.e., two cones of differing sensitivity. Perceiving difference, contrast, design,
colour, are aspects considered integral to perceiving beauty. The polarity or circulation
between two or more is what allows the perception of distinction.

Additionally, the human eye only (normally) perceives ‗visible light‘. (We are not yet here
considering the proposed ‗etheric vision‘; however, let‘s review a comment from the esoteric
doctrines, in order to place the physiological nature of perceiving etheric vibration.

         "This registering of light within the periphery of the skull is connected with the relation to be found
         between the head center and the center between the eyebrows; that is between the area (localized around
         the pituitary body) and that localized around the pineal gland. The vibratory effect...of those two centers
         can become so strong that the two vibrations or their pulsating rhythmic activity can swing into each
         other's field of action and a unified magnetic field can be set up which can become so powerful, so
         brilliant and so pronounced that the disciple - when closing his eyes - can see it plainly. It can be
         visually sensed and known. Eventually, and in some cases, it can definitely affect the optic nerve, not to
         its detriment by to the extent of evoking the subtler side of the sense of sight. A man can then see

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         etherically, and can see the etheric counterpart of all tangible forms. This is physiological and not a
         psychic power and is quite different to clairvoyance. There can be no etheric vision apart from the
         usual organ of vision, the eye." Esoteric Psychology II, p. 607-8.

Etheric Vision as defined in the esoteric sciences is a function of the physical eye which will
enable humanity to see into the 4 ether, at least. It anecdotally occurs among many
psychically or spiritually-developed people, children, and some individuals with psychotic
diseases, but this phenomenon is not documented or recognized by mainstream science,
either within the realm of possible physical vision, or as an evolving or mutant development of

The distinction between (physical) etheric vision to (astral) clairvoyance should also be kept in
mind. Etheric vision is considered an inevitable and natural evolutionary development of the
physical eye. Astral clairvoyance is an ‗inner sight‘, not a function of the human eye, and
involves ‗seeing‘ entities, thoughtforms, or less organized effluvia on the astral plane. The
other esoteric planes of ‗sight‘, include this sense on the mental, buddhic and atmic planes,
respectively called ―high clairvoyance‖, ―divine vision‖, and ―realization‖. Light in terms of
seeing a ―light in the head‖ is considered by the Tibetan as a phenomenon affects the
physical body through the glandular system. (see Esoteric Psychology II, p. 611-2)

Structure of the eye
The diagram below shows the eye, The eyeball is spherical with the outer part made up of
three layers of tissue: 1) the outside is the sclera, a protective coating; 2) the middle layer is
the choroid which contains the iris; and 3) the innermost layer is the light-sensitive retina.



1. The outer cornea is tough and has five-membrane layers through which light enters to the
interior. Behind the cornea is a chamber of clear, watery fluid, the aqueous humor, which
separates the cornea from the crystalline lens.

2. The middle layer contains the iris or pigmented ‗colour of the eye‘, which lies behind the
cornea, in front of the lens, and has a circular opening in its center, which is the ‗black‘ pupil.
The pupil dialates or contracts based upon how much the cilliary, a ring-like muscle, relaxes
or constricts in response to the amount of light admitted to the eye. Behind the lens the main
body of the eye is filled with a transparent, jellylike substance, the vitreous humor, enclosed in
a thin sac, the hyaloid membrane.

3. Inside the eye is the sensory or light-sensitive cells of the retina. Directly behind the pupil is
a small yellow-pigmented spot, the macula lutea. In the centre of this is the fovea, the area of
greatest visual acuity. The central area of the fovea is packed entirely of cone-shaped (colour
sensitive) cells. Moving outwards from this central area of highest sensitivity are both rod-
shaped and cone-shaped cells, and towards the periphery of the sensitive, reflective area of
the retina, there are only rod-shaped cells. Therefore colour-sensitive cells are necessary for
the greatest perception of detail, with the more general distinctions of light and dark being
more periphereal.

The optic nerve enters the eyeball below and slightly to the inner side of the fovea. At this
juncture there are no light-sensitive cells, and this area forms the ―blind spot‖, as nothing can
be seen if it strikes this area of the eye. The optic nerve is the channel upon which the cellular
information transfers to the area of the brain that calculates and then interprets the stimuli as
visual and colour sensation. Interestingly, the part of the brain that processes colour is in a
different region of the cerebral cortex from the area that handles other types of visual

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Eye and the Indwelling Energy; Physiological Symbology
Here is an excerpt from Esoteric Healing, p. 572, about the optic nerve and structure of the
eye, and the relation to the threefold man to threefold deity.

         As occult knowledge increases a whole science of energy distribution will be built up around the eyes
         and their symbolic function, and their esoteric use will be understood. The time has not yet arrived for
         this, though already the power of the human eye when focussed on a person, for instance, is known to
         attract attention. One hint I can give you: the optic nerve is a symbol of the antahkarana, and the
         entire structure of the eye ball is one of the most beautiful symbols of the threefold deity and the
         threefold man.

Perhaps other insights into the distinction of man to animals may similarly be found in the
investigating the physioilogy of the eye. The eye of other vertebrate animals are similar to the
human. However, nocturnal animals have predominantly or only rod cells (and therefore they
lack detail and colour vision); however, the cells are more sensitive and more numerous than
in humans. The eye of a dolphin has 7,000 times as many rod cells as a human eye, enabling
it to see in deep water. Birds‘ eyes are elongated from front to back, permitting larger images
of distant objects to be formed on the retina. (The investigation of reptilian eyes may well
repay the esoteric investigator, of especial interest may be research into the New Zealand
Tuatara and its retention of a functioning third eye.)

Function of the Eye
In general, eyes act like simple cameras: the lens of the eye forms an inverted image of
objects on the sensitive retina which corresponds to the film in a camera. Review of optics
and convex and concave surfaces and focal length may repay the reader: basically, a convex
(rounded outward) lens inverts images onto the surface behind it. However, the eye is not as
precise as a camera, actually producing a yellowed, chromatically aberrated, fuzzy image, but
again, the brain‘s interpretative capacity makes the image sharper. And, the retina is not like
photographic film but more like a computer network of 200 million layered and highly-
specialized nerve cells that collect and process visual information, sharpening and filtering the
image, and synthesizing color information, before sending it on to the brain.

Reception of Photons in the Eye: Rods and Cones
As the photoreceptor cells, the rods and cones, are what absorb photons, let‘s take a detailed
look at them. Rods and cones are arranged perpendicular to the back of the eye so that each
photon must pass through all these layers, which increases the probability that photons will
strike one of the 10 million or so photo-pigment molecules in each receptor cell. These
photo-pigment molecules are the actual agent of vision; they are the transducers that
turn photons into nerve impulses.

Each photo-pigment molecule is looped seven times through pads in a membrane. The
chemical effect of light is that it straightens a segment of an amino acid chain. Intertwined with
the photo-pigment is a chromophore molecule that twitches or twists when the photo-pigment
is struck by a photon. Any twitch in a chromophore creates a nerve impulse in the membrane,
which is the first response to light. As more photons strike the chromophores, there is more
reaction by the nerve, and the intensity of light sensation increases. Vision is, so to speak, a
form of touch fused into a dense, three-dimensional array of light sensitive molecules.


The rods perceive intensity of light, and cones perceive the various wavelengths. There are
normally three types of cones in a human eye, which are responsible for three levels:
        blue-violet               short wavelengths
        green                     medium wavelengths
        orange-red                long wavelengths

These are commonly called blue, green or red cones, but more accurately they are
individually sensitive to roughly these frequencies:
              short or "blue" cones (B, most sensitive to "blue-violet" wavelengths around
                 435 nm).

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                 middle or "green" cones (G, sensitive to "green" wavelengths at around 530
                 long or "red" cones (R, actually most sensitive to "greenish yellow"
                  wavelengths around 565 nm)

The following diagram of cone sensitivity shows that these three levels of sensitivity are not
evenly spaced across the spectral bandwidth.


What we call the ‗green‘ and ‗red‘ cones, are actually very closely related and are sensitive to
light waves that are similar to each other. In terms of their peak sensitivity (530 and 565,
respectively), they could be called the green and yellow cones (not green and ‗red‘).

Remember though that all cones should be considered ‗colour blind‘ in the sense that they
are simply sensitive to a band of wavelength, not to a colour, and it takes at least two cones,
sensitive to different bands of wavelength, to provide enough information so that the brain can
interpret separate colours. The perception of colour is based upon the information from two
‗viewpoints‘, or different cells.

Red and Green
Defects in red-green vision are usually sex linked, because while the gene for blue-violet is
located on chromosone seven, the other two (red and green) are far away from blue, but near
one another on the X(sex) chromosone. Red-green color blindness occurs when the Rho and
Gamma sensitivity curves are exactly overlapped or if there are an insufficient number of
either of these red or green sensors. Roughly 40% of the amino acids are identical; however,
red and green pigment‘s amino acid sequences are 96% identical, suggesting they diverged
relatively recently in evolution.) Since women have two X chromosones, the likelihood of
problems in both sex chromosones is much less than in males, and thus women seldom have
colour blindness.

The differences between males and females in potential for evolutionary change in the visual
system is marked and curious. Colour blindness is about 12% (twelve percent) in European
males, and negligible in females. One of the tasks in which colour-deficient men are severely
handicapped in is picking ripe fruit. While for hunters, or for man living in urban environments,
this is not a too dangerous trait, in fruit-eating primates it could have been deadly, if not sorely
Day and Night Vision
The eye sees with greatest clarity in the region of the fovea in the retina, as this is where the
greatest concentration of cone cells exist. Cones are colour sensitive and individually
connected to other nerve fibers, so stimuli to each cell are reproduced directly and fine details
can therefore be distinguished. Conversely, the more general, light-sensitive, rod-shaped
cells, are connected in groups so that they respond to stimuli more generally. The rods,
therefore, respond to minute light stimuli, but do not separate small details. This is why dim
objects can be seen at night in peripheral vision more than when looking directly ahead.

In daylight, we see colour well, but after about ten minutes of low illumination, our eyes
become ‗dark adapted‘ and the cones stop responding, which is why we lose color vision at
night, except for isolated points of stronger illumination (distant stoplights or Mars).

Seeing at night involves sensitization of the rod cells by a pigment called visual purple or
rhodopsin (formed within the rod cells). Visual purple is bleached by the action of light and
must be reformed by the rod cells under conditions of darkness, which is why someone
coming from sunlight into a dark room cannot see until the pigment begins to form. The eye is
then able to perceive in low light levels and is dark-adapted. Another type of brown pigment in
the outer layer of the retina protects cone cells from over-exposure to light. If bright light
strikes the retina, granules of this pigment migrate around the cone cells, shielding them from
the light. This is called light adaptation.

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The following graph shows the spectral sensitivity of the rods, which is peaked at yellow-
green. This is in distinction to what we may intuitively or societally presume to be the blue
light of shadow (such as motion pictures portray moonlight). However, as all rods share the
same spectral selectivity characteristics and thus cannot create specific colour information,
any portrayed colour for low light is as good as the next, but most accurate would be a blurry
black and white image. Yellow-green is simply the brightest, most illumined segment.


Our visual system has greater sensitivity in low illumination, but the cones contribute little or
no sensitivity in this condition. Imaging is primarily accomplished by the rods when illumina-
tion levels are very low. In daylight, rods are largely "switched off" because their photo-
pigment rhodopsin is continuously saturated by light. Rods however can skew the perception
of normal colour. They are most affected by frequencies of around 500 nm ("blue green"), and
therefore, especially during the daytime when this band of the spectrum is strong, the rods
can become activated and shift apparent colours toward bluish green. We can observe this
most readily when spending time in the sun, and then looking at colourful orange and red
objects, such as a flower bed or bright prints, and notice their dullness or lack of ‗saturation‘.

Biological Evolution of the Eye; past and future
As mammals, we only share good spatial and full ‗normal‘ tri-chromatic colour vision with Old
World monkeys and apes, but daytime birds and surface-dwelling (coral reef) fish also have
good full colour vision. However, tri-chromatic cones may be the exception and not the rule.
This is not a clear area of concensus, and tetrachromats (4 cones) is not unlikely.

The first cone cells developed are believed to be those that are sensitive to the middle band
of wavelengths, or what we call the green cones. (These also provide sufficient information by
themselves for most mammals who rely on vision during the daytime.) Theory holds that each
type of cone cell developed at different stages in evolution, for different purposes. For
example, the second or ‗red‘ sensitive cone gene co-evolved with a class of tropical trees that
had fruits, too large for birds to take, and that were of a yellow, orange or red colour when ripe
(apples, oranges, lemons, etc.) Thus the tree is offering information of ripeness only to those
animals able to distinguish colours in this range. The cooperation of the vegetable (the 2
kingdom) with the (development of the visual system of the) animal and budding human
kingdom provides interesting food for thought!

Of note, some researchers suggest a 4th cone, called "orange" (O) sensitive to wavelengths
(around 590 nm – therefore sensitive more to long wavelengths than Red cones, may be as
prevalent as up to 50% in women (10% of men or about 32% of all people). (Obviously the
research isn‘t being aggressively investigated!) The assumption is also untested, in that there
is various assignments of the new cone being inbetween red and green, or, as suggested
above, 590, which is to the further side of red.

Whichever this case may be, both reinforce the assumption that there is a ―warm bias‖ in the
photoreceptor cells; the cones‘ sensitivity are skewed towards the longer wavelengths. This is
despite what may be logically supposed that evolution would have developed vision around
the preponderance of frequencies in earth‘s daylight (the earlier mentioned, ―blue bias‖ of
mid-day). One idea for this is that, although many birds and insects have evolved to see more
in the ultraviolet wavelengths, for longer lived mammals with a large eye UV radiation is
harmful (it destroys photopigment molecules and yellows the lens in the eye). The primate
eye may therefore be adapted in part to shift away from UV light, due to its potential for
damaging the instrument.

Esoteric Correlations and Conjecture to Etheric Perception and EM Spectrum
Sensitivity to blue-violet does not appear to be evolutionarily crucial, yet the introduction of
these very few cones in this area of sensitivity provided the necessary ability of the brain to
distinguish different colours along the range of green to blue-violet, such as aquas. Experi-
ments show that colour signals from the short-wave blue-violet cones give inexact information
about spatial position or depth perception, and information from the more abundant longer-

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wavelength cones are used to decide the exact position of an edge. This is what the second
longer wavelength sensitive cone offered, greater depth perception and clarity of edges.

Esoterically, as we are said to be in the second or ‗blue‘ solar system, the introduction of
sensitivity to this frequency could be interpreted as analogous to those few who are sensitive
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to the 2 ray or love-wisdom energy, as opposed to the masses characterized more by the 1
or 3 (green ‗solar system‘). We have been told in Letters on Occult Meditation p. 208, green
is the foundational colour of nature, and upon it blue is built. The suggestions would then be
that we would be becoming increasingly sensitive to blue-violet. If this is true, then it would
follow that there would be an increase in the number of blue-violet receptor cells in the eye.
However, this is not born out exoterically. The ―warm bias‖ in the vision receptors, and the
increasing evidence for orange cones, suggests an even further sensitivity to the longer end
of the spectrum.

If, as DK suggests, etheric vision is a function of the physical eye, would we not assume the
vision to be in either the ultraviolet or infrared end of the spectrum? The question is how does
etheric vision fit in here? Where does the etheric ‗bandwidth‘ lie on the electrom-magnetic
scale? If the Electromagnetic spectrum is logically ‗situated‘ in the 4 ether, then where is the
‗etheric wavelength‘? (Even if the etheric vibrations are is more properly in the 3 ether, a
step higher than what science has been working with for over a sentury, could also be logical
and it would then interpenetrate the EM wavelengths of the 4 ether, as opposed to being on
the developmental ends of our ‗normal sight‘.)

Further, if etheric vision is involved in seeing the ‗violet devas‘, this is consistent with how one
is often advised to put one‘s vision ‗out of focus‘ in order to see auras and other potentially
‗etheric‘ phenomenon, as the violet end is fuzzy. The dominance of the cones sensitive in the
longer frequencies would seem to make it more difficult for someone to stretch their focal
length into the level of fuzziness necessary to see actual ‗physical-etheric‘ phenomenon. (One
may also wonder whether the characteristic of ‗fuzzy thinking‘ could be correlated with those
who may be ‗evolutionarily advanced‘ but ―out of focus‖ with the norm.)
The fact that bees (esoterically considered a 7 , or violet ray, symbol) are sensitive to ultra-
violet light is additionally curious in this respect. Perhaps they are sensitive or can ‗see‘ the
scent of flowers in ultraviolet? The relation of smell and visual sense cells share similar
characteristics, such as how the amino acid chain traverses the cylindrical membrane seven
times (as all amino acids in the superfamily of heptahelical receptors). Bees do not have a
wider range of vision, however, and therefore our sensation of red would be, to them, infrared
or invisible. Bees also have the ability to see polarised light. (However, before we get all warm
and fuzzy about the bee and the 7 ray, some rodents also demonstrate a degree of visual
ultraviolet sensitivity.

This could suggest that what we know of as ‗red‘, and what this colour may more truly be
esoterically, is unexplored territory because, as it relates to the final ‗solar system‘ or impact
of the First or Red Ray, this has not fully externalised or impacted humanity. In this sense,
when the esoteric doctrine refers to red as a colour we have no cognizance of, this is literally
true in that we do not have cones specifically sensitive to the furthest end of that light; it would
take another new cone that is truly sensitive to long wavelengths to offer us more information
about the long (red) end of the visible light spectrum.

In this case, we could correlate the appearance of the green or middle wavelength logically
occuring first, biologically, then the blue-violet range (for the 2 system), and now perhaps an
evolvement of the more specifically longer or red wavelengths as humanity becomes more
accustomed to the impact of the will, monadic, red or Shamballic ‗frequencies‘. This would
correlate nicely with at least a recapitulation of evolution: the green system first, the blue
system second, and the red system, to come.

Colour as Perceived Psychologically
While there are (usually at least) three cone cells, humans experientially recognize four pure
hues: blue, green, yellow, red. That is, most people identify these four as pure colours that
'stand on their own', not necessarily as ‗mixes‘ of each other.

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The human eye does not function like a machine for spectral analysis; the same perceived
color can be produced by different physical stimuli. For example, in viewing coloured light, a
mixture of red and green light of the proper intensities can appear as exactly the same as a
pure spectral yellow, even though it may not contain any wavelengths that correspond to

The perception of colour is made depending upon which type of cones are stimulated, and to
what degree of intensity. Because there are three cone receptors, combined with black and
white, (the absence of full spectrum light and the full intensity of full spectrum light,
respectively), there are eight logically recognizable ―basic colours‖:

In working with colour, exoterically and esoterically, it is necessary to learn and
remember the combinations of these colours of light, or additive colour.
Colours produced from the simultaneous stimulation of two cones result in the secondary
colours, as shown:

B+G+R                               white
B                                   violet-blue
G                                   green
R                                   Orange-red
G+R                                 yellow
B+R                                 magenta
B+G                                 cyan
Bl                                  black

               3 Primary colours                              8 basic colours
                              pure wavelength, or as combined

Blue                      Green                      Red                        White

Note that magenta, created through the stimulation of the red and blue cones, does not
naturally appear in the electromagnetic spectrum. Note also that yellow is visually created
through the simultaneous stimulation of the cones sensitive to red and green (long and
medium-cool wavelength producing the medium-warm sensation). This is the ‗least intuitive‘
pairing, and should be commited to memory until it becomes a natural understanding.

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This is consistent with the esoteric terminology complementary pairs of:
Violet and yellow
Blue and orange

(We may wish to note that the complementary or opposite of this colour, which subject we will
investigate more fully later, would be a very dark, warm indigo or purple, and the esoteric
blinds used by the Tibetan and Blavatsky often consist of the use of calling a colour by its

An increase in intensity of the same spectral makeup of light causes the visual system to
raise or lower the perception level of each colour uniformly.
A change in the spectral quality of a source of illumination (e.g., the sun at noon to the sun at
late afternoon, or a fluorescent to incandescent light bulb) causes the visual system to adjust
so that the optimum perception of colour differentiation is maintained.

The visual system is unable to differentiate or equate same wavelengths independent of
adjacent stimuli. That is, we judge a colour by the company it keeps. Colour perception is
dependent upon all of the wavelengths of light that simultaneously impact the cones. The
examples in this area are fascinating, but due to the limitations in quality control of
reproduction, and scope of this thesis, I will not attempt colour examples. (Many good
examples can be found in colour publications on colour and vision, scientifically or artistically-
oriented texts.) In lieu of a colour diagram, the following phenomenon are suggested to the
reader‘s conceptual consideration:

THREE COLOURS APPEAR AS FOUR: Using the SAME GREEN (medium wavelength) on
an bluish background, and this same GREEN on a reddish background, would be interpreted
as a different colour (two distinct wavelengths). This is due to the visual system‘s attempt to
highlight differences of two adjacent colours. In this case, the green on blue will be perceived
as a more yellow-green – the colour further away from blue; the green on red will be shifted
towards the blue-green range – the colour further away from red.

appear the same (according to some specific wavelengths, not all.) In reverse of the example
above, if a yellow-green object is placed on a red background, it will be perceived as more
blue-green than it would on a white or black background (because the yellow wavelengths will
be diminished by the orange-red cones attempting to focus on the more prominent red
background). Similarly, if a blue-green object is placed on a blue background, it will be
perceived as more yellow-green (because the blue wavelengths cannot ‗compete‘ and will
therefore ‗move away from‘ the perception of the more prominent blue background.)

Colour reflected from an object is perceived differently depending upon the quality of light,
(e.g, sunlight, fluorescent light, incandescent light, individual spectra of light). As an object‘s
reflected colour is ONLY perceived due to the type of illumination impacting an object and
reflected into the visual system, this is a crucial consideration. (For example, an object that
appears white in full spectral ―white light‖ will appear red if illuminated by a red light; a violet-
blue hue will look much darker and impure in a yellowish light than in white light; a red tomato
illuminated by a green light will appear black; etc.)

The possible uses and further definition of these aspects of sight, and of the commonly used
terms ―visualization‖ and ―creative imagination‖(a sense related to ‗taste‘ in the esoteric
schematics), will be explored in the ―Practice Chapters‖.

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         DINA II, p367-8: Light upon the physical plane leads to vision, Light esoterically leads to increase in
         consciousness, recognition, perception, the role of vision in evolution, Human evolution or the human
         evolutionary process is entirely concentrated around the sense of sight, with its consequent effects and
         results of vision, recognition and perception—all of them constituting what we mean when we speak of
         The eye is esoterically speaking most important from the standpoint of humanity. Indeed humanity is
         offering the gift of Vision through the Eye of Consciousness to our planetary Logos, indeed its monad
         constitute the eye of the planetary Logos.

         DINA II, 291-3: "the Monad is to the planetary Logos, what the third eye is to man; this will become
         clearer to you if you will bear in mind that our seven planes are only the seven subplanes of the cosmic
         physical plane. The monadic world - so-called - is His organ of vision; it is also His directing agent for
         the life and light which must be poured into the phenomenal world. In the same way, the Monad is to
         the personality in the three worlds, also the source of its life and light.

         "The mystery of the eye and its relation to light (esoterically understood) is very great, and as yet not
         student, no matter how diligent, knows anything about it. For instance, brother of mine, when the third
         eye, the inner eye, and the Monad are brought into direct alignment with "the Eye of God Himself", so
         that what the planetary Logos sees can be partially (at least) revealed to the initiate, who can tell what
         that revelation will bring of results and enlightment? When the true nature of the will is comprehended
         and the self-will of the personality (of a very high order, necessarily), the will of the soul (as
         demonstrated by the activity of the highest tier or circle of the egoic petals), atma, expressing itself as the
         spiritual will, and Sanat Kumara are also brought, through initiation, into direct alignment, who, again,
         can predict what the revelation will be? When again ...the myriad thoughtforms of the concrete or lower
         mind are seen as illusion, and the lower mind, the knowledge petals of the egoic lotus, the abstract mind
         and buddhi or pure reason are all brought into alignment with the Lords of Karma in a direct relationship
         and as signifying the ending of karma in the three worlds, who can foretell the nature of the ensuing
         revelation? It is alignment that holds the clue or the key to all these deeply spiritual events " DINA II,

                          1.4.3 Overview of Additive of Light, Subtractive Colour of
                   Pigments, and the relationship between

In this section we deal with the combination of colours of light and colours of pigment. We
should first define the common and way of referring to colours:

Any color sensation can be duplicated by mixing varying quantities of red, blue, and green.
These colors, therefore, are known as the additive primary colors. If light of these primary
colors is added together in equal intensities, the sensation of white light is produced. A
number of pairs of pure spectral colors called complementary colors also exist; if mixed
additively, these will produce the same sensation as white light. Among these pairs are
certain yellows and blues, greens and blues, reds and greens, and greens and violets.

Most colors seen in ordinary experience are caused by the partial absorption of white light.
The pigments that give color to most objects absorb certain wavelengths of white light and
reflect or transmit others, producing the color sensation of the unabsorbed light.

The colors that absorb light of the additive primary colors are called subtractive primary
colors. They are red, which absorbs green; yellow, which absorbs blue; and blue, which
absorbs red. Thus, if a green light is thrown on a red pigment, the eye will perceive black.
These subtractive primary colors are also called the pigment primaries. They can be mixed
together in varying amounts to match almost any hue. If all three are mixed in about equal
amounts, they will produce black. An example of the mixing of subtractive primaries is in color
photography and in the printing of colored pictures in magazines, where red, yellow, black,
and blue inks are used successively to create natural color. Edwin Herbert Land, an American
physicist and inventor of the Polaroid Land camera, demonstrated that color vision depends
on a balance between the longer and shorter wavelengths of light. He photographed the
same scene on two pieces of black-and-white film, one under red illumination, for long
wavelengths, and one under green illumination, for short wavelengths. When both
transparencies were projected on the same screen, with a red light in one projector and a
green light in the other, a full-color reproduction appeared. The same phenomenon occurred

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when white light was used in one of the projectors. Reversing the colored lights in the
projectors made the scene appear in complementary colors.

Hue or Chroma, normally the commonly named colour
Saturation: the degree of strength or purity of the colour; the amount of gray; a colour is a
shade if it contains more black than the or tint
Brightness or Intensity.

Colours are described in terms of three fundamental characteristics:
Hue is the wavelength of light reflected from or transmitted through an object. This is the
commonly named ―colour‖, such as red, orange, or green. Hue is measured as a location on
the standard colour wheel and is expressed as a degree between 0° and 360°.

Saturation, sometimes called chroma, is the strength or purity of the colour. Saturation
represents the amount of gray in proportion to the hue.. Fully saturated colour approaches
black and is called the ―shade‖ of the hue; ―unsaturated‖ colour approaches white and is
called the ―tint‖ of the hue. An analogy in sound could be that of the amount of base or treble
quality to a note, or the amount of muting that is applied to the tone..
Brightness is the relative lightness or darkness of the colour, similar to volume in sound.

Exoteric science has well defined colour models to describe the various mediums of colour:
the two basic models are

Most of us are most familiar with pigments, as this is what we use in painting and how we
learned about colour combination. In both the light and pigment systems, there are three
primary colours in each of these systems, and the primaries are different in each model.
Light =                 Red, Green, and Blue              (RGB)            Light
Pigment Paints =        Red, Blue, and Yellow             (RBY)            Matter

The primary difference between colours of light and the colours of pigments is how they
respond in combination with their other colours. The two distinctions are termed: additive and

Light is ―additive‖ because when one wavelength of light is added to another, more light is
added, and the resulting colour is a combination of the two lights, thus brighter and more

Pigment is ―subtractive‖ because when one pigment is added to another, more material is
added, and the resulting colour is a combination of the two pigmented paints, thus darker and
less luminous.

Pigment absorbs light; Light reflects more light.
Light         =         Additive         = all colours = white
Pigment       =         Subtractive      = all colours = ―black‖ (a muddy dark colour)

Colour mixing laws refer to the law of vision. How either of these mixing laws take effect
depends on the point in the chain of effects between light emission and the arrival of the
wavelength upon the cones in the retina.

In additive mixture, the radiation itself strikes the eye. This is the most direct possibility of
colour reception upon the visual system. The subtractive system is one step removed from
the visual system, because the absorption performance of the filtered layers work together.
Each filter layer modulates the original radiation wavelength.

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If the appearance of a colour comes about because of light reflected off an object, this is
object colour. In contrast to coloured light, object colour reveals the most varied properties,
including translucence and opacity. All colouring agents, such as paints, pastels, etc., are
object colours, because they are ‗absorbing matter‘.

In both additive and subtractive mixing laws, the four missing basic colours are produced due
to the cooperation of the four existing basic colours.
Additive         – black,         plus    red-orange      blue-violet              green
Subtractive      – white,         plus    magenta         cyan (blue-green)        yellow

Light Model: RGB
In the visible light spectrum, three of the colours are considered primary. Through combining
the wavelengths of these three basic components of coloured light in various proportions and
intensities, nearly all the other colours in the spectrum can be produced. Specific frequencies
of these three primary colours combine and create white. (A few other specific combinations
of two colours, called ―complementary pairs‖ can also combine to create white, which is called
‗two colour‘ white.) While we just learned above that each colour, or wavelength, is
independently produced and has as much as ‗existence‘ as any othe frequency on the em
scale., the three ―primary colours‖ of Red, Green, and Blue are uniquely placed so that when
they overlap or are combined, they create the ―secondary colours‖ of light: cyan, magenta,
and yellow.

In common physical environment, the RGB model (additive colours) are used for creating
video, film recorders, lighting, and TV and computer monitors. These monitors creates the
wide range of colours through stimulating phosphors of just the three primaries.

In the additive trinity of light (RBG), combining:
        RED and BLUE                =                 Magenta
        BLUE and GREEN              =                 Cyan
        GREEN and RED               =                 Yellow

Note that the secondary colours are lighter or brighter than the primaries, because they have
benefit of two sources of light, thus more light or brilliance.

Pigment Model: RBY
This is the more commonly recognized trinity of primary colours, which is often used in
children‘s toys and on the artists‘ palette. These are the ―subtractive colours‖ of pigment are:
Red, Blue and Yellow. The difference from light and pigment primaries is the exclusion of
Green and the inclusion of Yellow.

In combining these three primaries, Red, Blue and Yellow, we arrive at the pigment set of
―secondary colours‖:
       Red and Blue             =       Purple
       Blue and Yellow          =       Green
       Yellow and Red           =       Orange

Note that the secondary colours of pigment are darker or more saturated than the primaries,
because they are created through two pigments, increasing the material which absorbs light,
and are thus duller or darker.

Pigments behave similarly to filters, because coloured filters ‗subtract‘ out light from the
source. However, let‘s call this a third model, which is not neatly defined as of light or
pigment, or additive or subtractive, as it has qualities of each and depends upon light to
produce its effects.

Subtractive mixture describes modulation of visible radiation through transparent filters.

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Subtractive mixture is the counterpart or reverse side of the complementary law of additive

The generation of colour due to subtraction occurs when something is ‗taken away‘ or
subtracted from the existing radiation energy by absorption. The subtractive basic colours are
yellow, magenta-red and cyan-blue.

E.g., through the yellow layer, no shortwave radiations can pass so the reception sector for
violet-blue will not receive any stimulation and therefore no perception of violet is possible;
yellow regulates the perception of violet-blue. (exoterically, 4 controls perception of 7)

Similarly, through the cyan layer, no red may pass; light blue regulates the perception of red.
(Exoterically, 6 controls perception of 1 … or 2 controls perception of 6)

Through the magenta layer, no green may pass; magenta regulates the perception of green.
(Exoterically, 6 controls perception of 3)
These are therefore the inverse of the RGB, light or additive, system

Colour photography, and in part, multicolour printing, work according to the laws of
subtractive mixture.

Achromatic white is always the indispensable initial basis for subtractive mixture. E.g, in
colour photography the white light, which is necessary to see a colour slide or in printing, the
white paper surface which is the foundation for the photo.

The CMY(K) Model; both additive and subtractive
light filters or films        (additive)
light-absorbing inks or dyes  (subtractive)

As noted in the RGB, or Light model, combining or overlapping the primaries of light resulted
in the secondary colours of light:
Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow

These colours are used in light filters and in photography, we have the additive effect of the
colours of light, yet we are working with a medium which blocks various frequencies of light.
As we see, CMY and RGB are in reciprocal relationship, i.e., each pair of CMY colours
creates a RGB colour. The main point to note is that the apparent resulting colour is not its
own frequency of light, but a combination of two.

As well, in the combination of RGB frequencies, the resulting secondaries produced through
combination of two primaries creates a new colour which, although it may appear the same as
a colour in the natural spectrum, it is a combination of two, and can be resolved into its
component parts. As well, combining just the three frequencies of RGB apparently makes
white light, yet it is ‗three colour white‘, and not full spectrum white.

E.g., magenta and yellow creates a ‗two colour red‘, it is not the red frequency, but in
stimulating both the medium (yellow) wavelengths and a mix of long and short (red and
violet), the combination appears red. The difference is that when you split a red frequency
from the light spectrum, you will only and always have just the red frequency wavelength. To
the contrary, if you split a red light that has been created from yellow and magenta filters
overlayed on white light, you will find its component parts are distinctly yellow and magenta.

Note: it is interesting that magenta is not found naturally in the em spectrum. Being a
combination of blue and red, it is impossible to have magenta in the ‗linear spectrum‘ as it
naturally occurs; magenta does not occur naturally in the electromagnetic spectrum, but must
be created through the application of red and blue separated lights. I.e., As infra-red and
ultra-violet are the two ‗ends‘ of the spectrum,

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Relationships of all three models
We see an integral relationship between the RGB model and CMY model. There is no direct
or symbiotic type relationship between the RBY model and either of these two. To be
suggestive to the esoteric sciences, this shows that pigment or matter is unrelated to the
worlds of light, but that if a material can be made light-sensitive, there is a direct relationship.

In the case of the RGB and CMY models, let‘s look again at the two primaries or trinities
involved. We see that through the relationship of any two in each trinity, the result is one of
the other trinity.

In the additive trinity of light (R,B,G), combining:
        RED and BLUE =                       Magenta
        BLUE and GREEN =                     Cyan
        GREEN and RED =                      Yellow

In the subtractive trinity of absorptive inks (C,M,Y), combining
Cyan and Magenta =                 BLUE
Magenta and Yellow =               RED
Yellow and Cyan =                  GREEN

We note there is no orange, or indigo, or violet in this model. Yet blue and cyan, could be,
respectively, Indigo and Blue within the esoteric model. The violet may well be Magenta, yet
violet as normally considered has much more blue than the red of magenta. So where is

We quickly find these colours that appear to be missing from the light models if we look to
pigments. In comparing the two major trinities of Light and of Pigment, we note the following
systems. The first primary, red, is repeated at the bottom in order to show the resultant 3
complements in each system. This is better illustrated in the accompanying chart.

                           LIGHT (additive)                             PIGMENT (subtractive)

         Primary           secondary                  primary           secondary
         Red/orange                                   Red *
                           Magenta*                                     Violet
         Blue/violet                                  Blue
                           Cyan (blue green)                            Green
         Green                                        Yellow
                           Yellow                                       Orange
         Red/orange                                   Red *

* The red normally used to create the truest purple is more of a cadmium, or bluish red. For
a clear orange, the red should not have the blue pigments but tend more towards a ‗true‘ or

chlorophyll a is a green dye. The absorption spectrum of chlorophyll (below) shows that it
absorbs strongly in the red and blue-violet regions of the visible spectrum. Because it absorbs
red and blue-violet light, the light it reflects and transmits appears green, e.g., plants appear
green because chlorophyl reflects green light and absorbs red and blues.

The definition of complementary colours and opposite colours can be complex..

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In the light model, a ―complementary pair‖ are two specific frequencies that produce white.
There are 3 pairs of light frequencies that produce ‗two-colour‘ white:
Yellow                            to              Blue
Magenta                           to              Green
Cyan (488 nm, blue-green)         to              Red (600 nm, orangish-red)

If we place these primary and secondary colours of light in a colour wheel model, we see that
the complementary pairs can also be considered opposites; however, truly the spectrum in a
continuum, not a circle or wheel. (However, the creation of the secondary colour magenta
does seem to bring the two ends of red and blue together.)

Note here that, esoterically, the ―complements‖ normally given are as follows. They are very
similar to the exoteric science:
Yellow                             to            Indigo (v blue)
Red (v magenta)                    to            Green
Blue (v blue-green)                to            Orange (v red)

In regard to the pigment model, we have the following ―opposites‖, normally considered.
Again, the similarities are just.
Yellow                            to             Purple (v blue or indigo)
Red                               to             Green
Blue                              to             Orange

The term ‗complementary‘ may not apply in the pigment model in the way which the light
model do, nor in the way the esoteric doctrines mean. Combining two opposite pigments
creates very muddy dark colours.

Reference of popular psychological impacts of colours. While the variation of personal
preference varies widely, and especially due to cultural factors, the following points give some
idea about the effect of colours on the majority of westerners.

Red symbolizes heat, fire, blood, passion, love, warmth, power, excitement and
aggression. It is an attention grabber. Words and objects in red get people's attention
immediately. In decorating and design, red items attract attention. It is an emotionally intense
and very extreme color. Red clothing can be uplifting and convey power and energy but may
invite confrontation. It is dominating. With automobiles there is a positive correlation between
the color red and theft rate and traffic tickets. It can elevate blood pressure and respiratory
rate. It has the effect of stimulating people to make quick decisions and increase
expectations. Red rooms make people anxious, but rooms with red accent can cause people
to lose track of time, thus are favored by bars and casinos. Restaurants often use red as a
decorating scheme because of its appetite stimulant function.

Orange is associated with warmth, contentment, fruitfulness and wholesomeness. It
looks strong and generous. It is the color most associated with appetite. It has a declassifying,
broad appeal. It can be used to indicate that a product is suitable for everyone, and can make
an expensive product seem more affordable.

Yellow When used in small amount, produces sensations of brightness and warmth. It
represents playfulness, light, creativity, warmth and an easygoing attitude toward life. It is as
inviting as a warm, sunny day. Yellow is like sunlight -- you want it to be there to feel good,
but you don't want it to be "in your eye". The pure bright lemon yellow is the most eye-
fatiguing color. Light is reflected by this bright color, resulting in excessive stimulation of the
eyes, causing eye irritation. It also speeds metabolism. Paint a room yellow, you will make
babies cry and grown-ups lose their tempers in it. Furthermore, yellow is not a good color for
notepads and monitor background. Although it can alert our brain and enhance concentration,
it is hurtful to our eye. Pure yellow is the most cheerful and sunny of the spectrum. A softer

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tint, however, will make it more pleasant to look at. Dingy yellow represents caution, decay,
sickness, jealousy and duplicity. The cheerful sunny yellow, is an attention getter. It is the
most visible color of all the colors, it is the number one attention getter. Yellow is also
associated with spirituality, and is a symbol of the deity in many religions

Green comes with many symbiotic meanings, among which, the strongest and the most
universal is nature. Related to that, it also signifies life, youth, renewal, hope and vigor. Brides
in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. It is the easiest color on the eye and can
improve vision. It is a calming color and has a neutral effect on the human nervous system.
The "green rooms" are designed for people who are waiting to appear on TV to sit and relax.
Green is also a popular color in hospitals because it relaxes patients. Various shades have
different symbolic meanings: Dark Green -- cool, masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.
Emerald Green -- immortality. Yellow-Greens -- least preferred color of consumers.

Blue represents solitude, sadness, depression, wisdom, trust and loyalty. Wearing blue to
job interviews indicates dedication and loyalty. It is one of the most popular colors. To
American consumers of both genders, blue is the favorite color. However, be careful when
using blue in association with food - it is a natural appetite suppressant and can be repulsive
in some instances. It is the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Blue-colored food is
repulsive to humans because when our ancestors searched for food, they learned to avoid
toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. During experiments, when
participants were served with food dyed blue, they lost appetite. It relaxes our nervous
system. It has a sobering effect on the mind and can cause people to be more contemplative,
which is the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue, which is a good color for
bedrooms, causes the body to produce calming chemicals. Darker shades of blue, however,
can feel cold and depressing. Blue surroundings, if not too dark, increase productivity. Studies
show that students score higher, weightlifters lift heavier weights in blue rooms. People retain
more when reading information written in blue text.

Purple is the color for royalties. It stands for luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also
the color of passion, romance and sensitivity. It is a rare color in nature. In ancient times,
people used a certain species of shellfish to create purple dyes -- a meticulous process.
Some people like purple decorations for its unusually posh and artistic look. To others,
however, it just looks artificial.

Pink is the most romantic and tender color. It is also tranquilizing. Research suggested
that pink makes people calm and soft-hearted. If prison cells were painted pink, it reduced
aggressive behavior among prisoners. Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the
presence of pink, he can't. The heart muscles can‘t race fast enough. It‘s a tranquilizing color
that saps your energy. Even the color-blind are tranquilized by pink rooms. Such effect
however may be short-lived as once the body returns to a state of equilibrium, a prisoner may
regress to an even more agitated state.

White stands for purity, chastity and innocence. In most of the western societies, brides wear
white to symbolize innocence and purity. It also represents cleanliness. Doctors, nurses, and
lab technicians wear white to imply sterility. White reflects light and keeps cool. So it is the
color for summer clothing. In general, it creates a cool and refreshing feeling

Black is controversial; associated with demons, witches and the devil; on the other hand,
sturdiness and reliability. It speaks with authority and power; on the other hand, despair and
mourning. It symbolizes evil characters and criminal activities; on the other hand, constancy,
prudence and wisdom. It is the clothes color of choice for many people for various reasons.
Some wear black for it feels formal and powerful and visually slimming, stylish or
sophisticated. Priests, on the contrary, wear black to signify submission to God.

Let‘s move now fully into the esoteric models of colour, and the blinds and contradictions that
are logically used.

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A synopsis of key elements of the visual system:

The perception of ‗true‘ white light occurs only if a sufficient range of frequency is registered
by various cone types simultaneously with the necessary intensity.

―White‖ doesn‘t describe the spectral composition of the emanating or reflected light.
Sunlight is considered white. Yet, the observer should note that sunlight, while the only
naturally occuring full-spectrum light we are exposed to, is of a ‗yellow‘ classification,
astronomically speaking. Further, the spectral quality of ―daylight‖ varies greatly depending
upon the time of year, position of the sun in the sky, atmospheric conditions, reflecting
surfaces (e.g., ocean or forest), etc.

Primary three:
There are ‗dominant wavelengths‘ that create the perception of the trinity of primaries: blue-
violet, green, and orange-red; these wavelengths correspond to the wavelengths to which the
primary three cone receptors in the eye are most sensitive. Secondary colours are perceived
from the combination of two cones being stimulated simultaneously; i.e., there is no single
receptor (cone) that transmits the information of cyan, magenta, or yellow.

Two colour white:
Certain combinations of wavelengths can create the phenomenon of white light. These
combinations are termed ―complementary pairs‖. All colour stimuli are considered
complementary if they together lead to the perception of whtie. The determinant of the
perception of white is not the spectral composition of the stimulus, but the interpretation of the
values within the visual system.

Complementary pairs:
Complements can be created through many combinations of wavelengths. Two colour white
can only be created through combination of wavelengths in the short wavelengths with those
in the long wavelengths (blue-violet colours with orange-red colours). This is because, as
magenta is only perceived through the combination of two colours, green has no single-
wavelength generatable complementary pair. However there are numerous complementary
pairs combined from specific wavelengths of the blue-violet and yellow, and the cyan-blue
and yellow-orange ranges. As we are utilizing the Newtonian or esoteric nomenclature for
colours, we have the following complements that agree in both exoteric and esoteric models:

Red    green
Blue   orange
Yellow indigo

Violet and white are not exoterically recognized as opposites, but suggested to be so

Black and white would be considered complements logically, but these are not registrable in
the visual system as frequencies, but as the absence of light or full presence of all
wavelengths, respectively.

2 Esoteric Theory and Relationships

         2.1      What is Colour? Esoterically considered
         2.2      Twofold and Threefold levels of meaning
         2.3      Blinds and Contradictions
         2.4      Investigations of Individual Colours and Colour Combinations

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2.1 The concept of esoteric and exoteric colours is repeated throughout the works of HPB
and AAB. The terms esoteric and exoteric refer to one being more true to the inner reality,
and the other more characteristic of the outer form, respectively.

One meaning of the term esoteric is: ―meant for the initiated‖ – one of the definitions of an
initiate is that he is the ―cause of evolution‖. A meaning of exoteric is: that which is commonly
available or obvious, or that which is an effect. (As cause and effect are relative terms, any
one cause being the effect of a greater cause, and any effect being the cause of a lesser
effect, let us hold in mind the relative ‗direction‘ of our definitions of esoteric and exoteric. The
major question will be: What caused the esoteric colour? Of What greater Cause is this
‗cause‘ an effect?) We are therefore commonly presented with a dual expression of colours: a
positive and negative polarity; a light and dark side; a vice and a virtue; a cause and effect

This dual way of interpreting colour, and any phenomenon in the lower worlds, is fundamental
to the esoteric doctrines. However, one also generally finds a triplicity of energies emphasized
in any full system. For example, in esoteric astrology, we are offered three levels of planetary
rulerships: exoteric, esoteric, and hierarchical. Further, the whole nature of triangles and the
circulation of energy in a threefold system is paramount when dealing more with the life
aspect than the form phenomenon.

And so in colour, we find occasions when a triplicity is offered, or can be logically applied to
colour. Any definition of a colour depends upon:
The vehicle or point of evolution which a Life of Colour is expressing through: e.g.,
personality, soul, or monad
The plane of consciousness upon which this Entity is polarised or ‗located‘
Plus the plane of consciousness and point of evolution of the observer

The notion of status (point of evolution) and location (polarisation) can be held here for both
the Entity under consideration and for the observer interpreter. Each of these adds its own
colouration in the deciphering of the correct quality or true nature of any entity in question.
LOM, p. 215: "In the esoteric interpretation lies hid half the mystery, and the other half is
concealed by the fact that all interpretation depends upn the standpoint of the interpreter, and
the plane whereon his consciousness is working."

A confirmation of both this twofoldness and threefoldness are colour are found in TCF, p.
1171-1172, Law 7, The Law of Colour: "… colour serves a twofold purpose: It acts as a veil
for that which lies behind, and is therefore attracted to the central spark; it demonstrates the
attractive quality of the central life. All colours, therefore, are centres of attraction, are comple-
mentary, or are antipathetic to each others. …

So the ―twofold purpose‖ is to
1.      act as a veil
2.      demonstrate the quality of the central life.

As to the threefold roles or effects, let‘s arrange them under the three above mentioned roles,
and then add in other correspondences used in relation to the threefold nature of colour:
attraction/quality of Life         complementary            antipathetic
hierarchical                       esoteric                         exoteric
true colour                        complementary colour             antagonistic colour
true colour                        illusory appearance              reflection
colour                             complementary                    polar opposite
monad/initiate                     soul/disciple                    personality/aspirant
                                         st   nd     rd
This is in accordance with the basic 1 , 2 , or 3 aspect of colours. Simply, it appears that
each ‗true colour‖ or Life may be the term most appropriate to the originating monad, the
complementary colour relates to that of the esoteric nature or soul aspect, and the
antipathetic relates to the exoteric or personality aspect.

In daily life and consideratio, we refer to a colour in its exoteric form, or that which would be
the reflection or polar opposite or antagonistic colour to the 'esoteric' or 2 aspect version.
We are likely not given the 1 aspect of the true colour as at this level of exoteric knowledge

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getting in touch with the monad or originating source of a colour is beyond the scope of
printed material. The import of this is that, for all of us endeavoring to discern our personality
and soul rays, or these colours, that each of these are ‗effects‘ to the true colour, which
ramains unknown until at least the 3 initiation. Recognizing this major limitation, we note that
the ‗esoteric colour‘, the soul colour, the life of a colour, is in itself a reduction or distortion
from the true colour.

Adding some complication in deciphering the esoteric and exoteric and true colours, we are
on one occasion given two colours as the esoteric colours:. This reference is made in context
of the solar logos, "blue in colour, esoteric orange and green." Either with the orange and
green one is our normally considered esoteric or soul colour and one is the true or monadic
colour, else we have the possibility that there can be dual esoteric rulers. My tendency at the
moment is to take the former view, and in this instance, orange is the soul colour of the solar
logos, and green its true or monadic colour. Blue is its exoteric colour, (blinded by the
complementary yellow -- disk of golden light -- to our eyes). [Comment along further
ramifications on this topic are handled in Chapter Two.]

One reference makes clear the need to consider colours at their proper level: TCF, page 1011

         "The 'Eye of Shiva,' when perfected, is blue in colour, and as our solar Logos is the "Blue Logos" so do
         His children occultly resemble Him; but this colour must be interpreted esoterically. It must be
         remembered also that prior to the final two Initiations (the sixth and seventh), the eye of the white
         magician, when developed, will be coloured according to the man's ray—again esoterically understood.
         More anent this question of colour may not be communicated. According to the colour, so will be the
         type of energy manipulated …

Obviously here the reference is not made to exoterically blue-eyed children of the Blue Logos,
but those who resemble Him by quality of the 2 Ray. In this example, Blue is the esoteric
colour of the Solar Logos, Yellow its exoteric form we see in the sky. (Further, as a reference
suggests of the Blue Logos, "esoteric green and orange" -- this may be the Hierarchical level,
the one more esoteric than the esoteric, and relate it to its origin in the first solar system.)

Likely another factor in our not normally having the third or highest level of 'esoteric' colour
referred to, (here called true or hierarchical) is because, beyond the fact that this info is not for
the general public due to hazards of knowledge in magical work, but because the term 'colour'
isn‘t very useful or accurate beyond the 'buddhic' or 'soul' or esoteric level, as the distinctions
or separations, the sense of Ahamkara, is drastically reduced at this level of ‗group‘
consciousness. The futher we move ‗up‘ in consciousness (away from the heresy of the
concept of separation), the further we move towards pure light or white light, and away from
the divergencies of Colourations. However, this is relative, as distinction or colour must exist
up until the Final Day Be With Us.

Therefore, colour will always ‗be with us‘ up until that truly final event of perfection. Yet we
must pay attention to major changes in one‘s essential ‗sense of difference‘, which colour
suggests. We have one most notable level when we are told that colour is not. In considering
the 7 paths out of the solar system (entrance to the Cosmic Astral plane?), we find that the
Paths are beyond colour. I suggest this is a relative realization, and that the essence which
colour veils, continues, as does number, as far back along the paths of monadic emanation
until The One disappears back into the Absolute.

The point about esoteric and exoteric colours could be put simply that we must always look at
the level and relationship of the colour in question. ―Red‖ is both an exoteric and esoteric
colour – i.e., there is an exoteric expression called red, and an esoteric expression called red.
The question is, of what? These expressions may well not be the True Colour Red, but how
Red, as an entity, as a quality of Living Light, is perceived at various levels of distortion.
(There are two qualities of colour, Radiance and Translucence, which may shed additional
light on the meaning or deciphering of esoteric colours, yet they are not fully investigated

1. The eye of Shiva - the all-seeing eye, the eye which directs the will and purpose of Deity.
2. The right eye - the eye of Buddhi, of Wisdom and of Vision.
3. The left eye - the eye of mind, of the common sense and of sight.

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1. The eye of the Father - carrying light from the great Bear.
2. The eye of the Son - carrying light from Sirius.
3. The eye of the Mother - carrying light from the Pleiades.

We‘ll treat this question of colours as Living Light in the second chapter, on macrocosmic and
microcosmic correspondences. For now, we are simply well aware that there are at least two,
and likely three or more names for types of energy. These types of energy make appearances
which we call by the names of certain colours.

Some Examples of Exoteric and Esoteric Colours
In the Colour Chapter in Letters on Occult Meditation regarding esoteric and exoteric colours,
the main hint we are given is that this information and that in the Secret Doctrine "concerns
the first solar system and some concerns a portion of the second solar system." At this point
four colours are given with their exoteric and esoteric correspondences. (p. 224)

         Exoteric                   Esoteric
         Purple                     Blue
         Yellow                     Indigo
         Cream                      Yellow
         White                      Violet

We can assume these as relevant to the 4 rounds of this second solar system, as we are told
as much. DK then goes on to say that the esoteric colours of the exoteric red, green and
range may not be imparted to the general public … yet on an earlier page, 216, he offered
that "esoteric orange is a purer yellow, and the red is scarcely seen at all."

However, we are additionally also told that esoterically violet is white … and DK also stated
that (p. 214) in reference to the listing on p. 213 that "of all I have given only two
corresponding with their esoteric application, indigo and green. … the only two of which you
can be absolutely assured." So let‘s add these too:
         Violet                     White
         Green                      green
         Indigo                     indigo

From tabulations sourced out of the Secret Doctrine, we have the following relationships of
colours, and are told that these are blinded, similar to how DK blinds. These are said to be the
colours of the Rays, which perhaps differ from simply the colours, or from the colours of the

                           Exoteric                   Esoteric
Ray 1               Orange/flame            red
         Ray 2             Indigo with purple         light blue
         Ray 3             Black                      green
         Ray 4             Cream                      yellow
         Ray 5             Yellow                     indigo
         Ray 6             Red                        silvery rose
         Ray 7             White                      violet

We notice that exoteric Blue is not present, and there is no esoteric orange (although we are
told red is more like orange, and so perhaps esoteric yellow is like orange. If so, where is
esoteric yellow? Is it more like cream?)

While we are told that the esoteric and exoteric colours differ widely, yet in the instance of
orange, we are told that esoteric orange is simply more yellow and "the red is scarcely seen
at all." That isn't "widely different". Yet when we view some tabulations of (likely blinded)
exoteric and esoteric colours (reference), we find that there is wide divergence, especially in
the case of exoteric Yellow being esoteric Indigo, or exoteric white being esoteric violet (and
vice versa). In most of the other cases, the differences are not apparently widely different, but
usually a tint or shade of the exoteric version. (E.g., exoteric cream being esoteric yellow;
exoteric purple/indigo being esoteric light blue, etc.)

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Thus we have 7 colours given in their exoteric and esoteric forms. The point here is that we
may have the esoteric colours available for more colours than just those 4 of this round. The
only colour which is the same in the list of 4 and the key listing of colours on 213 is yellow,
that of the 4 or buddhic plane. We also find that the information in LOM may be giving us
some truer esoteric hints, less blinded, and we will work with the assumption that Indigo is
Indigo, and Green is Green. Yet, is Indigo THE colour for the second ray, or for the fifth, as
indicated in the esoteric descriptions, and as the 5 Plane is considered to be THE KEY plane
of … this solar system?

Contradictions and Blinds

In addition to being aware of the exoteric and esoteric (and probably hierarchical) forms of
colours, we must first determine if any information we have been provided is subject to blinds.
To safeguard the mysteries, apparent contradictions and the use of blinds, as a code for
those who are able to safely apprehend the information, is widely used in the esoteric
doctrine. As colour is one of the keys in physical plane manifestation, guarding its secrets has
been especially necessary, as those who may not be working from a motive of light could use
this most vital of keys to create effects most potently upon the physical plane. When one is
able to use the creative imagination and visualize ‗in colour‘ – they are manipulating the
energies of manifestation. If their intention and the imaginings are accurate, the potential for
magic is real, for good or ill.

In the Secret Doctrine and the writings of Alice Bailey, DK tells us that the colours referred to
differ, yet the blinds used are the same, and are applied according to the same rules.
Therefore, to our help, the use of contradicting information is not arbitrary, but is used
carefully used in a way that also holds keys for those who penetrate beyond the
appearances. We also know that from the above references about the Secret Doctrine, that
some of the information on colour referred to the first solar system, some to the second.
Therefore, our first ‗blind‘ and potential area for contradiction, lies in whether our reference
material is speaking about the personality (unless the first really was monadic) or soul aspect
of the solar system.

Predominantly, the major blinding technique used is that of complementary colours. In
addition to calling one colour by its complement, another type of blind is to speak ―in terms of
the plane and not in terms of the ray‖ (p. 207, LOM). This suggestion reinforces the idea that
the more accurate colour key is colour = ray, not: colour = plane.

Some examples of this usage will be explored below, but, before we go to the examples, let‘s
see what complementary means and how it is used in the esoteric and exoteric sciences.
First, here is a key esoteric references that mention ―Complementary colours‖, from TCF,
Stanze XIII, page 32 ―… Many the circling fires; many the revolving rounds, but only when the
complementary colours recognise their source, and the whole adjusteth itself to the seven will
be seen completion. Then will be seen each colour in adjustment right, and the cessation of

This quote suggests ―complementary‖ may relate to the exoteric form, because they must
―recognize their source‖. Else, it refers to the esoteric form, and its adjustment to the monadic
‗sources‘. At either level, it assumes the complementary colour has a ‗source‘. Once this
‗recognizition‘ is made, then the seven can blend, white light rays forth, revolution ceases, the
goal of evolution, perfection or synthesis, is achieved.

This next key quote again suggests the three levels of colour, and, in support of this theory,
we find that even in the practical application of colour in healing, we are suggested to use 3
colours. (In LOM, page 335)
         "The use of coloured lights. These lights are played on the body of the disciple and effect a shaking-out
         process and a simultaneous stimulation of the atoms. This cannot be done till further information is
         given anent the Rays; when a man's ray is known, stimulation will come from the use of his own colour,
         a building-in will be brought about by the use of his complementary colour, and disintegration of
         unwanted matter will be brought about by the use of an antagonistic colour. … " LOM, page 335

Thus we have the following basic practical relationship, (my notes in parenthesis added for

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A "stimulation" will occur through the use of an individual's "his own colour" (Often when DK
refers to someone's "ray" he appears to refer to the monadic ray – if he has not mentioned
context of the soul or personality. Thus we can call this the ―true‖ or ―hierarchical colour‖ of
the monad, that which stimulates Life. Don‘t go into the morbidity of the monad.)
A 'building in will be made by use of his complementary colour (the soul or esoteric level,
whose function is as the 2 aspect, to 'build').
A ―disintegration of unwanted matter‖ can be effected through the use of an antagonistic

This division reinforces the previous quote‘s probable meaning of the complementary colour
being ‗of the soul‘ or consciousness level, and ‗the source‘ that is to be recognized is ―his own
colour‖ or true colour, the monadic or level of origination.

Alternately, ―his own colour‖ and ―his complementary colour‖ could both be on the ‗soul level‘,
and are the two ―esoteric colours‖, and there is a duad: ―stimulation‖ and ―building in‖ both
referring to activities of the soul. ―One‘s own colour‖ need not necessarily refer to the monadic
or higher essence, yet if it does, we still have two ‗esoteric colours‘ -- one monadic and one
soular, both esoteric from the point of view of the personality aspect.

Exoterically, in the science of optics a ―complementary pair‖ is defined as any two colours
which when combined produce white. This is called ―two colour white.‖ This is a reminder that
white can be produced by two colours, as well as by specific combinations of three colours,
as well as through a full spectrum. Let us also remember that, in a spectrum, there are not
divisions of 7 colours, or 6 or 5 or 12 or any divisions at all, naturally. The spectrum is a
continuum, and it is based upon convention and the nature of human vision that we assign
colours into various divisions of colours. In most simple colour wheels for example, the basic
division is of three primary colours with the secondary or opposite colours, making 6. Adding
―indigo‖ as a 7 colour is not so common in spectral optics. This will be shown more clearly in
the next section on optics.

To return to the exoteric example of complementaries, to highlight their use as blinds in
esoteric doctrines, here are the 3 pairs that produce white:
Yellow and Blue
Magenta (blue-tending red or rose) and Green
Cyan (488 nm, a light blue-green) and red-orange (600 nm)

Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan are called the complementary colours, as they are formed by
combining the two adjacent primary colours of Light:
Red and blue make magenta,
blue and green make cyan,
red and green make yellow.

Esoterically, the complements are as follows. Similar, yet distinct in certain respect from
exoteric science:
Yellow and Indigo
Red and Green
Blue and Orange

(Note: Violet is not mentioned in complementaries; and remember its curious relationship to
white, and how white and violet are reciprocally each others esoteric and exoteric colours.
See pp.s 221 and 224 LOM – is this contradictory, the same, or reciprocal? Am I reading it
wrong? These could be used as blinds as well. As short explanations, our exoteric white is
esoteric violet because the entire cosmic physical plane, the 7 , can be considered violet as a
whole, and this is where we live and have our consciousness, this violet colour is actually
what we term White Light in common terms; we believe our ‗full spectrum‘ of the
electromagnetic band creates white light. Similarly, our exoteric violet is esoteric white
because on our 7 physical plane, the upper 4 etheric subplanes are called violet, yet the
ethers could be considered to be the dazzling solarized white of the ―violet‖ subplanes. This
will be looked at more closely in the chapter on pairs of colours, Chapter 4.)

To explore, what would be an example of a true colour, a complementary colour, and an
―antagonistic‖? What would antagonistic mean in this sense?

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Examples of blinds using Complementary Colours
According to DK, the following blinds involving complementaries are likely:
―Red may be called green and orange may be called blue.‖ Further, he adds that ―the key to
accurate interpretation lies in the point of attainment of the unit under discussion. If speaking
of the Ego one term used; if of the Personality, another; whilst the Monad or higher auric
sphere may be described synthetically or in terms of the monadic ray.‖ (LOM, p. 207.)

This again reinforces our assumption to always take into view these three levels of
consciousness, yet adds the question of when is the blind used on what level. For example,
Red, Blue and Green are commonly given as the colours for each of the three solar systems.
If we are investigating the Green or first solar system, which we believe developed the matter
or 3 aspect, to which level do we assume is this assignation of green? Is it the real colour of
the personality aspect, the soul aspect, or the Monadic? Or none of the above? Is the first
solar system, that which developed the 3 aspect, more truly the red solar system? Our
assumption that it IS green, may be the blind that we are referring to. Yet, if it is the Red solar
system, then does Red refer to the personality, soul, or monadic level? One sees the
complexity involved.

Examples of blinds through mixing references to Planes and Rays
Another type of blind, as touched on breifly, is to speak ―in terms of the plane and not in terms
of the ray‖ (p. 207, LOM). The example given is for the ―colours of the higher or lower mind‖.
Excluding for the moment the use of complementary colours as blinds, let‘s assume that the
colour of the higher mind is Blue, and the colour of the lower mind is Orange. (LOM, page
225-226.) The colours of the 5 Ray are given in various places, and refs above, as Yellow
(exoteric) and Indigo (esoteric). If we were dealing with a blind for the 5 ray therefore, we
could, for example, say that Orange is the colour of the 5 Ray. (The interesting thing about
this example, is that if we use the complementary colour blind, we find that the colours of the
rays and of the higher and lower planes are, respectively, the complements for each other.
Blue/Orange; Yellow/Indigo. Therefore, in the case of 5 Ray, if we were only dealing with the
possibility of the use of complementaries as a blind, we could safely say Ray 5 is either
Yellow or Indigo, esoterically. However, combining this with the blind of switching Planes and
Rays, it could be Blue or Orange …

To touch on another example, considering blinds in general. Let‘s take the atmic plane. We
are not offered a colour for the atmic planes, yet the third ray would be normally associated
with the atmic plane, and the colour for the third ray, is normally called green (sometimes
yellow). In this case the normal ray and plane are the same colour. (We have been given
black as an exoteric colour for ray 3, however, but that may have been first solar system.) If
we only consider that the Atmic plane IS green, we have to factor in green is a
complementary blind for red.

Could atma be red? Certainly it makes sense that Atmic plane could be red, because it is
where the will aspect of the monad is situated. Will is often related to Red. Yet -- Could the
third ray be red? If so – What aspect of it? As we are admonished, ―if in terms of the
personality one term, if the ego, another, the Monad another. Now if we wanted to refer three
colours to Ray 3 or Atmic Plane, this makes sense. Yet from which point do we start? And
what would be the third colour?
One method would be to assign the colour given as the exoteric or personality colour. Thus in
considering either the Atmic Plane or the Third Ray, in its exoteric or form aspect, they could
definitely be Green; yet in its esoteric or egoic aspect, they could be red. (The Third Ray may
have a willful soul!) In its monadic expression, however – where do we go? If we make a leap
to ―describe it synthetically‖, perhaps the Third Ray is yellow, the colour of red and green
combined. As Yellow is often termed a colour of the soul or middle principle, Atmic Plane is
                            nd  rd      th
the middle plane of the 2 , 3 , and 4 – the planes of the Monad.

While these examples are neither meant to frustrate us into futility, nor meant to suggest
endless possible logical ways to decipher the ‗true colours‘ – they are meant to give an
appreciation for the complexity involved, and the possibilities that may open up when even a
turn or two is made on this colour key. Let‘s retain this as integral to all work which will follow.

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My efforts in Chapter Two will be to offer some coherent systems which hopefully will bear out
some of these conjectures through simple charts, which resonate truth through their
correspondence to other keys. The conjecture there will be based upon the intuitions
garnered through pondering upon the variety of references on each colour, individually and in
combination, which is documented in Chapter 4, and through leaps of faith and possibly
unfounded confidence.

Esoteric Correspondences to Exoteric models
                                      His True, His complementary, An antagonistic
Can we put this all together? For example, let‘s assign Red as the true colour …

                                              In Light
the complement of Red is Cyan, or a blue green (perhaps turquoise or light blue). An
antagonistic must be one of the other primaries, not one of the complements. I say this
because if we take a red light and apply a magenta, yellow, or cyan filter – cyan we know
blocks the red light, or more accurately, combines with it to produce white – as they are a
complementary pair. Magenta and Yellow filters allow the red to pass through unaffected.
Thus, one of the other primaries, blue or green, must be antagonistic to Red. – is this a logical
reason that they are antagonistic?
What would best cause a ―disintegration of unwanted matter‖

Let‘s try another example, Blue. Blue is the true colour, its complementary is Yellow, and the
antagonistic colours would be red or green.

With Green as true colour, complementary is magenta (rose), and the antagonists are blue
and red.

                                              With the light-absorptive colours, same holds true in
If Rose is true colour, complement is Green, antagonists are cyan or yellow.
If Cyan is true colour, complement is Red, antagonists are yellow or magenta.
If Yellow is true colour, complement is Blue, antagonists are magenta or cyan.

In pigment:
If Red is true, green is complement, orange and violet are antagonists.
If Blue is true, orange is complement, green and violet are antagonists
                                          If Yellow is true, violet is complement, green and
                                 orange are antagonists

Polar opposite is esoterically the complementary, venus is polar opposite of Earth, but
esoterically it is the complementary.
Pigment and ink analogy
Blue Logos -- esoterically orange, green?
It looks like DK mainly uses the colours of pigment; however he also uses red, blue, and
green for the primaries of the solar system – red blue and yellow when talking about a man‘s
rays (the colours of pigment, or exoteric), and red, blue, and green when talking about cosmic
or planetary sources (the colours of light, or esoteric)

Begin insert of info from Leo Probe here, for incorporation into final thesis.

for Systemic Centres, (from Solar Septenary Chart of Planetary Schemes)
                                            I. Uranus
                                                  II. Neptune
                                                  III. Saturn
                                                  1. Vulcan
                                                  2. Venus

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                                                   3. Mars
                                                   4. Earth
                                                   5. Mercury
                                                   6. Jupiter
                                                   7. Saturn

for Planetary Centres (in Earth chain)
A. "Within each planetary scheme, are found the seven chains which are the seven planetary
B. "... seven planetary centres, or continents." (-- this is a complete dice toss!, just putting it 'in
the game'.)
C. Also adding in 5 kingdoms "and 5 planetary centres", and "3 major planetary centres"

                               I. Shamballa (Manu) or red (Russia)
                               II. Hierarchy (Christ) (USA)
                               III. Humanity (Mahachohan) (Britain)
                               1. Neptune (Russia & Asia) Geneva) HEART (vegetable
                               2. Venus (South & Central America)
                               3. Saturn (Europe) London: THROAT (human kingdom)
                               4. Earth (Africa)
                               5. Mercury (India, Asia) Darjeeling: AJNA (5th kingdom)
                               6. Mars (North America) New York: SOLAR PLEXUS
                               (animal kingdom)
                               7. Jupiter (Australia? Far East) Tokyo: BASE (mineral

"... outlets of planetary energy through the means of which great and general effects are
produced in the external, planetary life. In this fifth root-race, there are only five such outlets
as far as effects on humanity are concerned; man's responsiveness to them, is demonstrated
by the fact of their relative importance in conditioning world events and world affairs.
Wherever one of these outlets for spiritual force is found, there will also be found a city of
spiritual importance in the same location. These five points are: 1. London.—For the British
Empire. 2. New York.—For the Western Hemisphere. 3. Geneva.—For all of Europe,
including the U.S.S.R. 4. Tokyo.—For the far East. 5. Darjeeling.—For all of central Asia and

"... The soul and personality qualities of nations will be studied, the centres within each nation
which focus certain ray energies will be noted, and the qualitative emanations of its five or six
major cities will be investigated. Let me here give you an instance of what I mean: the
influences of New York, Washington, Chicago, Kansas City and Los Angeles will be the
subject of scientific research; the psychic atmosphere and the intellectual appeal will be
studied, effort will be made to discover the soul quality and the personality nature (the spiritual
and the materialistic tendencies) of these great aggregations of human beings which have
come into expression in certain fixed localities because they are expressions of the force
centres in the vital body of the nation. Similarly, in connection with the British Empire, a study
will be made of London, Sydney, Johannesburg, Toronto and Vancouver with subsidiary
studies of Calcutta, Delhi, Singapore, Jamaica and Madras which are all subjectively related
in a manner unforeseen by students at present. Under the plan and contingent upon the
energies pouring through the five planetary centres according [Page 530] to plan, there are
three great fusing energies or vital centres present upon our planet: a. Russia, fusing and
blending eastern Europe and western and northern Asia. b. The United States (and later
South America) fusing and blending central and western Europe and the entire western
hemisphere. c. The British Empire, fusing and blending races and men throughout the entire

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Individual Human Centres
"and which need to be studied from two angles, "a. From the orthodox angle. b. From the
angle of discipleship and initiation."
which I would guess are the exoteric and esoteric colours, not herein considered.
1. Head Centre first ray Pluto 2. Ajna Centre fifth ray Venus 3. Throat Centre third ray Earth 4.
Heart Centre second ray Sun 5. Solar plexus Centre sixth ray Mars 6. Sacral Centre seventh
ray Uranus 7. Base of Spine first ray Pluto)
1. Head Centre first ray Vulcan 2. Ajna Centre fifth ray Venus 3. Throat Centre third ray
Saturn 4. Heart Centre second ray Jupiter 5. Solar plexus Centre sixth ray Neptune 6. Sacral
Centre seventh ray Uranus 7. Base of Spine first ray Pluto:

                                I. Monad or red
                                II. Soul or blue
                                III. Personality
                                1. Vulcan 1st ray HEAD (Pluto)
                                2. Venus 5th ray AJNA
                                3. Saturn 3rd ray THROAT (Earth)
                                4. Jupiter 2nd ray HEART (complementary to indigo:
                                yellowgold) (Sun)
                                5. Neptune 6th ray SOLAR PLEXUS or ORANGE/BLUE,
                                (Mars = red/green)
                                6. Uranus 7th ray SACRAL ("washed white in the
                                7. Pluto 1st ray BASE (or FLAME, more esoterically,
                                kundalini afire)

This doesn't relate "the planetary centres to the human centres or of the systemic centres to
the planets." It just makes some suggested assignments, with little degree of certainity. At this
stage I just hope the background documentation may prove useful to others.

Reference only on basic points for Leo Probe
Full ref is Vic‘s ‗working draft of colour thesis‘

(Ref chapter on colour is DK‘s 7 letter in LOM. Also note it is here where he begins with
discussion of the Law of Substance, the law of supply and demand, and the injunction to use,
demand, and take, and that gravitation holds the secret.)

      Colour is primarily related to form and planes of manifestation [3].

(Conjecture into lives/rays [1]; and qualities/centers [2] is less certain, but can be resonant, or
used as blinds.)

     See LOM p. 229 and 218 & on 219, note these ray apportionments are ―one way to
consider the rays influencing the evolving life or form‖ … for these ―great basic colours‖:

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BLUE 1 =        LIFE =                                  Spirit, Consciousness, Self
HEART =         Sound
Relates to rays 2, 4, and 6 (Neptune/Venus?) The rays influence the evolving life in form
through 3-fold Beings, aspects of 3-Monad, Triad/Soul, 3-Personality.

INDIGO 2 =       INTELLIGENCE as LOVE-WISDOM = Mind, Vitality, Relation
HEAD =           Number/Vibration
Relates to Rays 3 and 5. (Star pentagrams, man, flashing forth, and Rays 3 and 5, as the
most ‗developed‘ rays from the previous system, is what the Two, love-wisdom system is
using as its ―foundation‖, here:

GREEN 3 =       FORM =                                  Matter, Vehicle, Not-Self
THROAT =        Colour and Light
Relates to Rays 1, 7, 5. The septenate planes, subplanes, centers, chakra, rounds, chains …

LOM p. 205: Because … the Solar Logos, for THIS solar system, ―uttered the great Cosmic
Word/Life‖ and 3, then 4, major streams of colour issued forth, creating the Cosmic Planes for
this 2 aspect of his threefold Life (monad, soul, personality, and other 3-fold levels):
Blue - Indigo - Green then the quaternary: yellow, orange, red, violet
A         U          M
      O              M

Remember this is B     IG    (Blue, Indigo, Green)       +         YORV
These 3 are the BASIC COLOURS, then …

      this 7-fold MATTER of the PLANES is what a 3-fold Life (Helios-Sol for example) uses
to ‗work through‘.
―orange, red, violet fall naturally together‖, because they are Sol‘s 3-fold Personality
Ref: The two kumaras who fell, or at least the orange and rose did; knowledge and love, to
create a flame/wisdom system? Blinded here:
(orange =) blue + (red/rose =) green = cyan, sacred blue        … see full refs in thesis,

Note the 3 triangles of Life (of Helios, e.g.) have the following relationships (see LOM p. 217)
and rays (also remember the alternate apportionment of ray influences above.)
                rd                                                           st
Personality or 3 aspect: form       green & orange           rays 3 and 5, 1 first solar system
         nd                                                                  nd
Soul or 2 aspect: love/wisdom indigo-blue & yellow rays 2 and 4, 2 this solar system
Monadic or 1st aspect: will         (blue) red & violet      rays 1 and 7, 3 last solar system

We see this (‗confusion‘ of) blue and red in terms of the 1 plane because
as shown in the BASIC COLOURS, the first, Logoic, or KEY Plane is BLUE
                                                            nd         nd    th
As Sol is the BLUE LOGOS because he is working on his 2 system, 2 or 6 aspect, Soul,
                                                                          st rd
THAT WHICH builds upon the form or foundation of the Green or activity, 1 /3 Personality
Blue is the KEY note and goal.

A hint: p. 208:
a. "Just as the green of the activity of Nature
forms the basis of the love aspect, or the indigo vibration of this love system,
b. so will it be found upon the mental plane ...
c. flame, even exoterically, blends all the colours."

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a. The atmic/mastery/active intelligence (green, old s. system)
IS the 'basis' or foundation for the monadic/love-wisdom (indigo-blue, present s. system).
b. "so will it be found on the mental plane".
                                                    st   nd       rd
c. If we assign the BASIC COLOURS to the 1 , 2 , and 3 subplanes of the mental, we
relate the
3 subplane of the mental,
green, the foundation, achievement of previous ss, basis & natural start
for the causal body on the 2nd, indigo-wisdom and then on the
 st                                   nd
1 or Will‘s vibration, which in this 2 ss is Love-Blue.

Green is foundation of Indigo vibe in Love system.
THREE (activity) is foundation of TWO (monadic vibe) in this One system (logoic keynote of

                                 st                                    nd              nd
This helps solve the red/will/1 ray confusion with the blue 2 , ray, as the 2 is PRIMARY
(It is like Blue is … in the Red position, just like the CHRIST is HEAD, or in the leader
position, of the Hierarchy.)

Now, to expand the plane relationships:

Cosmic Physical Plane is Violet … with possible chakra and quality correlations):
blue     logoic           will = love of the father (1 & 2, red/blue) HEART-LIFE
indigo monadic            love = wisdom of mind and relation. HEAD/AJNA-CONSCIOUSNESS
green atmic               intelligence = mastery of the Son in the 5 worlds, THROAT-
yellow buddhic            SPLEEN – ―all need the vital AIR‖ (or AJNA – HEART IN HEAD?)
orange mental             mentation, the Son/knowledge fallen into the 5th plane, SOLAR
red      astral           devotion, mother/‘love‘ fallen into the ocean of red blood -- SACRAL
(wherein the father will wash his robes white)
violet physical           order, father's will fallen into the white light of the manifested worlds
(violet/white as exo/eso) BASE

5 Synthesis Colours
Red/white as synthesis of whole system of 7/1
Indigo as premiere synthesis (blue-indigo) for the 6 planes of Monadic achievement in 2 ss)
Green for the 5 worlds soul-personality: 2+3 = 5 worlds (from atmic plane)
Orange for the 3 worlds of personality (emanates from 5 or mental plane)
Violet on the 1 plane, physical

―It [astral permanent atom, see p. 512 TCF] is in the direct line of active force emanating from
the cosmic existence, and passing to it in ever-lessening degree, via the solar Logos in His
system of love, and the planetary Logos within a scheme, the Dragon of Wisdom-Love.‖

Or, the Violet center of Indigo-Blue system
(check final stanzas and all the purple and violet and blue references … mentioned in my
If we keep the same order for all planes (e.g. Blue is always THE logoic plane key) … then we
see this in terms of Agni, the Cosmic Mental, Astral and Etheric planes:

Ray & Create      Cosmic      Cosmic      Cosmic         Planetary          Comments
Hierarchy *       Mental      Astral      Etheric        rulers

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Gemini            Blue                                                Gemini as Cosmic Christ
                                                                      Causal Body Solar Logoi = 1
Cancer            Indigo
Leo               Green                                               Causal Body of Planetary
                                                                      Logoi = 3
Virgo             Yellow
Libra             Orange
Scorpio           Red
Sagittarius       Violet
Capricorn                     Blue
Aquarius                      Indigo
3 Pisces                      Green                    Pluto          Polarisation of Venus
4 Aries                       Yellow                   Uranus         Polarisation of Earth
5 Taurus                      Orange                   Vulcan
6 Gemini                      Red                      Earth
7 Cancer                      Violet                   Neptune
1 Leo                                     Blue         Sun
2 Virgo                                   Indigo       Jupiter        Human Monad
3 Libra                                   Green        Saturn
4 Scorpio                                 Yellow       Mercury
5 Capricorn                               Orange       Venus          Causal Body of Human
6 Sagittarius                             Red          Mars
7 Aquarius                                Violet       Moon

* obviously there is conjecture here that the astrological signs repeat themselves, and Sag
and Cap are not reversed ‗higher up‘. Anyway, as an exercise.

Note in connection to Sagittarius/RED “falling”, related to red As we are working ‗towards‘ the
cosmic astral, and do not yet have experience of it (via Cancer, veiling the Christ) the astral is
more like Life more Abundant, and indicative(?) of the next or Red solar system, so red is ill-
expressed ‗down below‘ and associated with the seas or astral plane, which will disappear.
(―He will wash his robes white in the blood.‖; there will ―be no more sea‖.) Further, Sag as
related to red, Mars, kundalinishakti, lunar lords, who ―took the fall‖ for Venus? – Orange as a
blind? Sagittarius has ‗taken the fall‘ for Capricorn, Also check relation to discipleship as an
interim experiment, something which will not ‗always be‘: disciples abnormal, earth‘s amount
of water unusual – but initiates always are … something here.)

For some tables … In terms of centers and planets, we may also apply this 3 + 4 colouration
(of the planes, matter): blue - indigo - green  +      yellow, orange, red, violet

I think the centers and planets would at least be affected by this major colouration-structure of
the Cosmic Planes, if not it being the same. This table below is based on Solar Septenary
Chart–and as given for the OAWNMBS and SSSOWOIO charts sent to the Leo Probe group.

                  * chart w/ systemic & planetary
                  Vulcan                                 Neptune
                  Venus                                  Venus
                  Mars                                   Saturn
                  Earth                                  Earth
                  Mercury                                Mercury
                  Jupiter                                Mars
                  Saturn                                 Jupiter
Another suggestive order is the systemic planes with their key colours as their logoic plane,
as shown below for the lower three, or personality of Agni.
This is again in the LOM plane order, and remember: violet is key for the Etheric:

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     Planetary        Systemic       Systemic        Systemic             Note
     Center           Mental         Astral          Etheric
     1 Uranus         Orange         red             Violet               These ‗fall together‘ as Agni
     2 Neptune        Red/rose?      violet          Blue                 ―mystery‖ w/ these 3:
     3 Saturn-        Violet         blue            Indigo
     1 Vulcan         Blue           Indigo          Green                LOM beginning order of colours
     2 Venus          Indigo         Green           Yellow               relate to the mental – blue in the
     3 Mars           Green          Yellow          Orange               1 place, logoic plane, thus:
     4 Earth          Yellow         Orange          Red                  Mental archetypal TRUE = Blue
     5 Mercury        Orange         Red             Violet               Astral archetypal esoteric =
     6 Jupiter        Red            Violet          Blue                 indigo
     7 Saturn         Violet         Blue            Indigo               Etheric archetypal exoteric =

However, this bears little relation to exoteric, esoteric, and True in terms of ‗each colour‘
Anyway, save that for now.

Transmutation from 226-227 LOM (good for macro, e.g., Agni, or microcosmic man.)
Could make this into a circular model to assist visualizing the spherical aspect.

Plane                     3 fold lives   3-fold reflection        Normal exoteric          transmuted          comments
Assumptions here                         correlation              descript, as above
Logoic                    1              Will                     I. blue                                      Red/blue link
Monadic                   2              Love-wisdom              II. indigo
Monad Body or             3              Activity                 III. green
Abstract Atma

Concrete Atmic            4              Atma will or                                                          Overall colou
                                         power                    1 Green
Buddhic                   5              Buddhi love-             2 yellow                                     Suggest orde
                                         wisdom                                                                violet Hierarc
Triadal Body or           6              Higher manas             3 blue                               *
Abstract Manas                           expresses
Concrete Mind             7              Mental reflects          5 orange                 Green of Atmic      Shows orang
                                         will                                                                  TRANS: ATM
Astral                    8              Astral reflects          6 red                    Yellow of           Link to ajna c
                                         love or wisdom                                    Buddhi              etheric (left) t
                                                                                                               TRANS: BUD
Etheric                   9                                       7 Violet                 Blue of Higher      TRANS: BLU
Physical                  10             Physical reflects                                 Mental              TO ETHERIC
                                         activity                 4 n/a all/white?                             Not sure on r
                                                                                                               left out or bas

* question: What is said to be the lowest point/body for next ss? Abstract mind? If so, then
eso and true colour may be violet, then red, correlating with red of physical in this sytem?

RAY Lives
Colour Frequency and SPEED
―Remember … out of the synthetic indigo one ray of this ss, imagine it more as a circle or
band of 7 colours circling and continuously shifting and moving through the planes … which
moves at different rates, passes ‗through all the planes, circling down and up again‘, they
move at different rates.”

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Exoterically at least, while all light ‗moves‘ at the same speed – that of light (duh), the
frequencies of vibration (Hz) are various,
from red ‗slowest‘ – meaning ‗longest‘ –
through the spectrum of (so called) orange, yellow, green, (cyan), blue, (indigo) –
to the ‗fastest‘ meaning ‗shortest‘ wavelength, violet.

To investigate:
Alpha and Omega
Longest to shortest These various rates are what (relate to ray cycles please …) cause the
changes (in rays and therefore in the numbers of those?) Investigate: wavelengths, not the
numbers we have assigned to them, are more intrinsically ‗colours‘ and qualifying than
numbers? Check therefore into the ‗chords‘ of colour, what harmonics are necessary here,
what 7 and what 5 make what 12? (e.g., back to Key Sound). See Rays heading, later in this
paper for correlation to 4 Fundamental

I believe it may be harder to correlate colours to rays as they relate more to life than form …
however, let that be no deterrent  Taking a slice of life, the weekday, what do we have:

Ray order, starting Sunday (as Ray 1, orange/flame/red as logoic plane)

1 Sun Sunday
2 Jupiter Thursday
3 Saturn Saturday
4 Mercury Wednesday
5 Venus Friday
6 Mars Tuesday
7 Moon/Uranus Monday

Week order, starting with Thursday (as Ray 2, blue, logoic)

2 Jupiter Thursday
5 Venus Friday
3 Saturn Saturday
1 Sun Sunday
7 Moon/Uranus Monday
6 Mars Tuesday
4 Mercury Wednesday

Some suggestive correlations may emerge.
1. Week order (ifstarting with Thursday, Jupiter) shows basic colour resonance to planes, per
blue - indigo - green (+ orange or yellow for the sun?)
         Rays 3 and 6, Saturn and Mars, are in very logical position
                            th                  th
         4, Mercury in the 7 place is logical, 4 ray related to base, but yellow?
         7, moon, Monday/Uranus is unlikely on the 5 plane, unless we consider the TCF p.
331 chart, HM colour, with his colour being/relating to our mental plane

2. Ray order (starts with Sunday and shows most common colours assigned to planes,
especially the Orange/red? Blue, green, as the first 3, the primary colours of light
 Ok, so what does all this have to do with the 4 fundamental?
if we try to assign frequency correlations to the colours, the order of ‗speed‘ may be in this
Does this have anything to do with these cycles, or even anything we think is ‗right‘
esoterically? ?
Let‘s look at what these ray cycles suggest:
Ray 1 = 1         cycles of 1 = 10 x 1 = 10 x 10 = 1,000
Ray 2 = 5         cycles of 5 = 10 x 5 = 50 x 10 = 5,000
Ray 3 = 9         cycles of 9 = 10 x 9 = 90 x 10 = 9,000

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Ray 4 = 2+5       cycles of 25 = 10 x 25 = 250 x 10 = 2,500
Ray 5 = 3+5       cycles of 35 = 10 x 35 = 350 x 10 = 3,500
Ray 6 = 1+5       cycles of 15 = 10 x 15 = 150 x 10 = 1,500
Ray 7 = 7         cycles of 7 = 10 x 70 = 700 x 10 = 7,000

first, just for the sake of remembering, from exoteric science:
(slowest or) longest is red …………..……….. ….(fastest or) shortest is violet
If put ‗in order‘ means longest to shortest: We have:
9          Ray 3 red               longest cycle
7          Ray 7 orange
5          Ray 2 yellow
3.5        Ray 5 green
2.5        Ray 4 blue
1.5        Ray 6 indigo
1          Ray 1 violet            shortest cycle

Could be suggestive. In terms of correlation, it is simply exoterically spectral, and there is
difficulty in assigning plane or ray colours accordingly. If we investigate by blinds, etc., we
may be able to create something, but I‘m hesitant.

Exoteric and Esoteric:
For good measure, a touch on this conundrum. I am frankly completely stymied here. The
only thing I can be ‗happy about‘ and haven‘t been proven wrong yet on (due to not knowing
how to investigate!) is this:

      There are three (discernable/usable) levels of colour ‗rulers‘, like rulers for each
astrological sign:
Hierarchical, Esoteric, Exoteric –
Which in colour may be called similarly or alternately, e.g.:
True, Complementary, and Antagonistic
(not sure about ―opposite‖, in exoteric colour science this is the complementary)

For BACKGROUND only – don‘t bother reading if you are seeking clarity?!
From tabulations sourced out of the Secret Doctrine, we have the following relationships of
colours, and are told that these are blinded, similar to how DK blinds. These are said to be the
colours of the Rays, which perhaps differ from simply the colours, or from the colours of the
planes, as I have conjectured is what LOM presents.
                         Exoteric                  Esoteric
Ray 1           Orange/flame              red
        Ray 2            Indigo with purple        light blue
        Ray 3            Black                     green
        Ray 4            Cream                     yellow
        Ray 5            Yellow                    indigo
        Ray 6            Red                       silvery rose
        Ray 7            White                     violet

 Exoteric (primarily from SD refs and DK               Esoteric (DK ref‘s)

DK says the esoteric colours of the exoteric red, green and range may not be imparted to the
general public … yet on an earlier page, 216, he offered that "esoteric orange is a purer
yellow, and the red is scarcely seen at all." (This would also contradict the esoteric Ray 1,
which was given as an orange, and is indicated otherwise to be RED, esoterically!)

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While we are told that the esoteric and exoteric colours differ widely, yet in the instance of
orange, we are told that esoteric orange is simply more yellow and "the red is scarcely seen
at all." That isn't "widely different". Yet when we view some tabulations of (likely blinded)
exoteric and esoteric colours (reference), we find that there is wide divergence, especially in
the case of exoteric Yellow being esoteric Indigo, or exoteric white being esoteric violet (and
vice versa). In most of the other cases, the differences are not apparently widely different, but
usually a tint or shade of the exoteric version. (E.g., exoteric cream being esoteric yellow;
exoteric purple/indigo being esoteric blue, etc.)

Additionally we read that ―esoterically violet is white‖ (not esoterically white is violet!) See
LOM 221 and 224 … and DK also stated that (p. 214) in reference to the listing on p. 213 that
"of all I have given only two corresponding with their esoteric application, indigo and green. …
the only two of which you can be absolutely assured." So let‘s add these too:
                  Green                    green
                  Indigo                   indigo

So is the first solar system, Secret Doctrine saying green is exoterically Black, or is it that
Black is esoterically Green (there is a difference?!) In either way, it isn‘t consistent with green
being green. Similarly with Indigo being Indigo. Ray 2 (SD ref so exoteric at least) has indigo
being ―indigo with a tinge of purple‖ and esoterically it‘s normally just called blue. With Indigo
being esoteric for Ray 5, yellow being its exoteric colour is a bit of a stretch. (And even if
‗blinded‘, the blinds would be violet and orange, which isn‘t helpful.)

Thus we have 7 colours given in their exoteric and esoteric forms. However -- We notice that
exoteric Blue is not present, and there is no esoteric orange. So not all are represented. The
point here is that we may have the esoteric colours available for more colours than just those
4 of this round. The only colour which is the same in the list of 4 and the key listing of colours
on 213 is yellow, that of the 4 or buddhic plane. We also find that the information in LOM
may be giving us some truer esoteric hints, less blinded, and we will work with the assumption
that Indigo is Indigo, and Green is Green.

Yet, is Indigo or Blue THE colour for the second ray, or for the fifth, -- or the FIRST?) as the
5 Plane is considered to be THE KEY plane of … this solar system? See chart above
illustrating the planes of Agni – the Systemic Mental Logoic Plane, the Key is True Blue,
Manas. One day orange and blue will blended be. (The blind!?, or the flames and the mental

Here, some KEY references: Page 55, LOM
The fifth great Breath has an effect peculiar to itself, for in its reverberation it holds the key to
all,—it is the Breath of fire. It created a similar vibration to that of the cosmic mental level,
and is closely allied with the [Page 56] first Breath. It is the dominant note (in technical
musical terminology) of the solar system, just as the third Breath corresponds to the major
third. It is the note of the Logos. Each breath attracts to the Logos for purposes of
manifestation, some entity on cosmic levels. The reflection of the method can be seen in the
microcosm when the Ego sounds the egoic note in the three worlds and prepares to manifest
or to come into incarnation. The note attracts around the permanent atoms or nuclei
adequate matter for the purpose of manifestation, and that matter is itself informed by some
vital entity. Similarly, the cosmic Lords of Fire, the great informing Entities of our solar
system, respond when this fifth subtone is sounded forth. Again, the Lords of the Flame
within the solar system itself responded when the microcosm sounded the fifth subtone of the
monadic note, and involved themselves in human evolution.
… Page 57, LOM
―When the Personality finds for itself (after lives of stress and search) its spiritual note with the
right key and subtone, what is the result? It accords with its monadic note, it vibrates to the
same measure, it pulsates with the same colour, the line of least resistance is at last found, …
First, he finds out the third of the Personality and sounds that forth … Then he finds the
dominant fifth of the Ego, the keynote of the chord …
Page 64, LOM:
In the egoic note,—as before said—you have a similar sequence, for it is the reflection on its
own plane of the Logoic. You will therefore have the basic note of the physical, the third of
the emotional, and the fifth of the causal levels.

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In all cases, it is the astral plane which stands revealed. The statement can here be made
that where there is colour, form and phenomena analogous to or a replica of that to be found
upon the physical plane then there is to be seen the "duplicating phenomena" of the astral
plane. Where there is materialisation of forms upon the physical plane you see the joint
activity of the astral and etheric planes. You do not have the phenomena of the mental or
soul levels. Bear this definitely in mind. The astral plane is—in time and space and to all
intents and purposes—a state of real being plus a world of illusory forms, created by man
himself and by his imaginative creativity. One of the major lessons to be learnt upon the Path
of Discipleship is to learn to distinguish that which is real from that which is illusion.

Also writing on

Each sign, and its colours, due to planets.

Aries, mars, red; mercury, yellow; uranus, orange …

Contradictions and Blinds

In addition to being aware of the exoteric and esoteric (and probably hierarchical) forms of
colours, we must first determine if information blinded. In the Secret Doctrine and the writings
of Alice Bailey, DK tells us that the colours referred to differ, yet the blinds used are the same,
and are applied according to the same rules. Therefore, to our help, the use of contradicting
information is not arbitrary, but is used carefully used in a way that also holds keys for those
who penetrate beyond the appearances. We also know that from the above references about
the Secret Doctrine, that some of the information on colour referred to the first solar system,
some to the second. Therefore, our first ‗blind‘ and potential area for contradiction, lies in
whether our reference material is speaking about the personality or soul aspect.

Predominantly, the major blinding technique used is that of complementary colours. In
addition to calling one colour by its complement, another type of blind is to speak ―in terms of
the plane and not in terms of the ray‖ (p. 207, LOM). This suggests, contradictory to my
presumption of LOM order = planes, that the more accurate colour key is colour = ray, not:
colour = plane.

Oh well. Some examples of this usage will be explored below, but, before we go to the
examples, let‘s see what complementary means and how it is used in the esoteric and
exoteric sciences. First, here is a key esoteric references that mention ―Complementary
colours‖, from TCF, Stanze XIII, page 32 ―… Many the circling fires; many the revolving
rounds, but only when the complementary colours recognise their source, and the whole
adjusteth itself to the seven will be seen completion. Then will be seen each colour in
adjustment right, and the cessation of revolution.‖

This quote suggests ―complementary‖ may relate to the exoteric form, because they must
―recognize their source‖. Else, it refers to the esoteric form, and its adjustment to the monadic
‗sources‘. At either level, it assumes the complementary colour has a ‗source‘. Once this
‗recognition‘ is made, then the seven can blend, white light rays forth, revolution ceases, the
goal of evolution, perfection or synthesis, is achieved.

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This next key quote again suggests the three levels of colour, and, in support of this theory,
we find that even in the practical application of colour in healing, we are suggested to use 3
colours. (In LOM, page 335)
         "The use of coloured lights. These lights are played on the body of the disciple and effect a shaking-out
         process and a simultaneous stimulation of the atoms. This cannot be done till further information is
         given anent the Rays; when a man's ray is known, stimulation will come from the use of his own colour,
         a building-in will be brought about by the use of his complementary colour, and disintegration of
         unwanted matter will be brought about by the use of an antagonistic colour. … " LOM, page 335

Thus we have the following basic practical relationship, (my notes in parenthesis added for
A "stimulation" will occur through the use of an individual's "his own colour" (Often when DK
refers to someone's "ray" he appears to refer to the monadic ray – if he has not mentioned
context of the soul or personality.

Thus we can call this the ―true‖ or ―hierarchical colour‖ of the monad, that which stimulates

A 'building in will be made by use of his complementary colour (the soul or esoteric level,
whose function is as the 2 aspect, to 'build').

A ―disintegration of unwanted matter‖ can be effected through the use of an antagonistic

This division reinforces the previous quote‘s probable meaning of the complementary colour
being ‗of the soul‘ or consciousness level, and ‗the source‘ that is to be recognized is ―his own
colour‖ or true colour, the monadic or level of origination.

Alternately, ―his own colour‖ and ―his complementary colour‖ could both be on the esoteric
level – from the personality‘s perspective -- two ―esoteric colours‖. There may also be a duad:
―stimulation‖ and ―building in‖ both referring to activities of the soul. ―One‘s own colour‖ need
not necessarily refer to the monadic or higher essence, yet if it does, we still have two
‗esoteric colours‘ -- one monadic and one soular, both esoteric from the point of view of the
personality aspect. (Note the reference to the Sun being ―esoterically orange and green‖. And
the fact of two colours is the least of concerns with that quote!)

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Detail of Chapter Two
Compiled Background References

2. Investigations into Individual Colours and Combinations

This chapter deals with comments about each colour individually, and various combinations of
colours. The basic order I‘ll use is that used by DK in his list on page 205 of LOM, (including
related colour names), in the following order: Blue, Indigo, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red,

Variant naming convention, exoteric and esoteric
Midnight blue                  sapphire
Royal blue                     sky blue
Emerald green                  Spring green
Sun yellow                     coronal glow
Fiery orange                   flame

2.1      Some references about all colours. Lists; synthesizing colours
2.2      Blue & Indigo – treated together, with Azure, Sapphire, Turquoise.
2.3      Green, including Emerald)
2.4      Yellow, including cream, butter, gold and golden.
2.5      Orange (and flame)
2.6      Red: including rose, reddish, ruddy, pink
2.7      Violet, including purple and lavender
2.8      Black, White, Silver, Gray

2.9      combinations – twos
2.10     combinations – threes
2.11     combinations – fours
2.12     other combinations

2.1. Various key Colour lists

Some colours (rays?) are considered ―synthesizing‖, in that they indicate perhaps a
consciousness comprehensive of the planes encompassed ‗inside‘ of its sphere of influence.
In the following list, the colours (or rays?) could be considered to be synthesizing of the
planes indicated. (Words in bold indicate direct reference, those in parenthesis indicate a best

The synthesizing colours.
(White or red? may synthesize 7 planes?)
Indigo Blue (synthesizes from logoic or monadic down?)
Green (synthesizes 5 worlds of human evolution)
(Yellow synthesizes buddhic worlds?)
Orange synthesizes 3 worlds of personality
(Rose synthesizes astral and physical?)
Violet synthesizes physical plane

Red, blue, and green are three colours of light
Red, blue, and yellow are three colours of matter

Light and absence of colour (7 paths out of SS)
what is colourless -- beyond colour.
Translucence, radiance?
Colours beyond comprehension

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2.2       Indigo and Blues (analogous) and other blues

CORRELATIONS of references
at face value – not figuring blinds: References not included in table; check compilations.
Bolding used to indicate stronger links of more confidence;
[X] for exoteric, [S] for esoteric, and [T] for True or Hierarchical proposal
      Rays:          2 [S] Light Blue and [X] Indigo
                     3 Indigo; blue; Venus – philosophy
                      th                                      th
                     5 WEAK LINK to RAY: (―Direction of 5 Ray: … blue of heaven … a label in
                     blue … build anew‖)
                      th                                                                          th
                     6 Light Blue; Mars, Rose, Blue – necessity for an object; Direction of 6
                     Ray: in the far distance stood a Mountain Blue …; ―6 ray is … taking with it
                     all forms whose keynote is … sapphire will become scarce and the turquoise
                     will lose its hue.
                     7 Clear blue; Jupiter (Esoteric Psychology reference)
                     NOTE: Strong references to rose and blue, in ray 6; other references to red
                     and blue and ambiguity with blue being the major colour in this solar system
                     thus of primary ‗logoic‘ importance.
      Planes:        1 Logoic (colour of Solar Logos: ―Blue Logos‖, Solar Plane)
                     2 Monadic (light Blue; Jupiter‘s plane – soul principle in the head.)
                     4 ―Blue or indigo dominates when the plane of harmony is reached.‖
                     5 blue of higher manasic [X]; ―Just as the green of the activity of Nature
                     forms the basis of the love aspect, or the indigo vibration of this love system,
                     so will it be found upon the mental plane.‖ – suggest green as concrete?)
                     6 Astral (light Blue; ―blue devas on astral levels‖)
                     7 ―blue ethers‖ (Secret Doctrine); Auric envelop or ―egg‖

      Constellatio   Gemini (2 Ray)
      nal            Leo (Sun [S]; 2 Ray)
                             nd           nd    th
      through ray    Virgo (2 Hierarchy; 2 and 6 Ray)
                               nd      th
      or direct      Pisces (2 Ray; 6 Ray)

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                     2 or ―Blue Solar System‖ [X]; Solar System is Blue (esoteric orange and
                     green); Blue Logos; symbol embodies green swastika of 1 manifestation …
                     adding concentricsand interlaced circles in blue, in groups of three …; solar
                     system is a vast blue lotus; Logos of our system is concentrating on the love or
                     blue aspect.       i
                     Sirius (Blue Lodge; three degrees of Blue Lodge related to three major groups
                     of lives on Sirius …)
                     Pleaides (―Silver Blue‖; throat center) TCF 1274-5 … Master of the sacred
                     Heart is He who builds a Path … great manasic orb … calling in the aid of
                     points of blue. These emerge from the heart of one of the seven (Pleiades).
                     NOTE: ―… in a peculiar and esoteric sense the sun Sirius and the Pleiades
                     hold a close relation to each other … analogous to that which the lower mind
    Planetary        holds to higher mind.‖ TCF, page 1258, Path IV, Path to Sirius (Orange/green?
    Links            Or green/blue?)
                     Solar system – blue [X] ―exoterically blue, esoterically orange and green‖
                     ―… triangles are in blue … the great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades.‖
    Days             Sun [S], (True colour of the Sun is blue … used to be called the ‗eye of
                     Jupiter (Light Blue)
                     Venus (Indigo)
                     DAYS: Thursday (light blue); Friday (indigo)
                     Synthesizes entire 7 planes, and all of 2 solar system; indigo ray the
                     blending ray;
    Hierarchies      2 Virgo, Divine Builders; Ether; Monadic Plane; numbers 7, II, 6; Jupiter;
    &                Burning Sons of Desire (astral vibration of solar logos; allied with Great Bear)
    Kingdoms         Path I: Earth Service: ―… from the green to the heart of indigo …‖
                     Path III: Training for Planetary Logoi: ―five pointed star in a deep indigo shade
    &                … a blazing sun of a warm dark blue … transferred to inner round and from
    Pathways         thence to the Jupiter scheme.
                     Path V: ―Symbol … five balls of fire (blue fire) …‖
    Planetary        Hierarchy (exponent of 2 aspect, Love-Wisdom)
                                     nd              rd          th    th        th      th
    &                Egoic lotus:: 2 petal blue; 3 indigo; 5 blue, 6 indigo; 8 blue, 9 blue and
    Human            indigo. [2, 5, 8, 9 = blue; 3, 6, 8 = indigo]
    Centers:         Head (Soul principle in the head; ―consciousness in the head‖; silence within
                     the head where blue and gold meet; ―way of escape‖/doorway in head (Indigo)
                     Ajna (one half blue and purple; left eye, manas and ?etheric)
                     Throat (Silvery Blue, blue predominating)
                     Heart (―… picture it as a blue lotus‖, more blue than golden)
                     Auric envelop or ―egg‖

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    Conscious-       Love-Wisdom (blue-indigo)
    ness             DIVINITY and JOY: ―Blue of Life Divine … healing and soothing.‖; higher
    qualities        consciousness or divinity; a deep electric blue; vivid electric blue; radiant
                     electric blue deep electric blue; living light, joy.
    Key              LOTUSES: Blue lotuses, heart lotus ―more blue than yellow‖; solar system is
    words            blue lotus.
    &                INSPIRATIONAL: ―blue of an inspiring contact‖; blue … one-pointed zeal
    phrases:         SKY and SEA: ―blue vault of heaven‖; ―dark blue vault of heaven‖; true indigo
                     is the blue of the vault of heaven on a moonless night. ―… haze of blue. That
                     blue protects‖; ―sea of blue‖; ―lake of blue water‖; ―quiet sea of midnight blue‖;
                     enveloping blue
                     MATTER & FORM: Indigo will absorb the others … it is the manifestation of
                     the second aspect … the Form builder, that makes this solar system … the
                     most concrete of the three major systems; ―The Ram … leads us into the
                     creative life of earth and into the darkness of matter. This is the blue of
                     midnight; ―darkness of soul, imprisoned within the form … a field of deepest
                     blue‖; ―… the indigo sub-ray of the indigo Ray forms the path of least
                     resistance from the heart of densest matter back again to the source.‖
                     DOORWAY: disk of blue; heart of blue disk, small indigo disk, oval opening;
                     point of dark blue electric light … esoteric ―door of departure‖; ‖a centre or
                     point of dark indigo blue – midnight blue … dark night, midnight hour, the zero
                     hour … an opening, a door … a way of escape.‖
                     WORDS: ―First word contains the value numerical of the synthetic indigo …
                     None have heard it save he who hath stood before the Prince of Doom, and
                     hath seen darkness descend upon the fivefold sons of flesh. … Second word
                     holds hid the number of the sacred blue. … third Word holds securely sealed
                     the key to the outer blue. It contains the order for inversion.
                     EYE: Eye which is blue produces that which is intended with great facility; Eye
                     of Shiva, when perfected, is blue; the triple group … the eye through which
                     these Lotus Lords gaze outward is indigo … eye of middle group who look up
                     is turquoise … eye of Lords of deep unmoving slumber gaze in through
                     sapphire blue.
                     SERPENT: Lipika Lords nearest our Planetary Logos is ―the Living Serpent‖ …
                     serpent of blue.
                     FIRE – BLUE-WHITE: ―cold blue light‖; ―clear blue flame‖; ―blue-white flame,
                     burns but destroys not‖; ―Concealed at the very centre or heart of the lotus is a
                     brilliant point of electric fire of a blue white hue (the jewel in the lotus).‖

Major references, key notes, paradoxes and questions:

c. The true colour of the sun is blue. (S.D. III. 461.)

The colours of the symbol have blue and indigo and gold dominant.

Blue is clear stated as eXoterically the colour for the sun and for the higher mind.
Indigo/purple is given as the eXoteric colour for the 2 ray; light blue as eSoteric.

In general then, we can relate blue-indigo primarily to 2, to love-wisdom, to the jewel, the

The interesting connection is to Ray 6, why light blue. Sky blue can literally be considered
inspirational, devotional, the colour of the sky. The colour of water, relates blue to the astral
plane, where it is put in counterpoint with rose, or red.

As the pl is working on the astral plane, perhaps this is why the ‗direct reflection‘ of the blue
logos, of the monadic realm, is to the astral.

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                                                             nd            th
Two and Six are the primary colours in alliance in this 2         ss. The 4 plane as well, is it
yellow, violet, or blue –

2, 4, and 6 are all blue …, and are given primary place (resonant to 1 energy) because of our
focus in the soul, or 2 aspect ss.

The primary natural analogy to keep in mind is that of the sky, day light blue, and indigo and
night. The light blue (esoteric Ray 2), the illusory forms are prominent. Ray 2 takes us into the
depth of matter. Capricorn quotes … indigo absorbs like the night sky, and all forms are
obliterated from sight. There is no possibility for vision in true absorbing indigo – certainly no
‗colour vision‘ of the various phenomenon of the world.

Path 5, the mental plane, the sons of mind, the linking of the blues with the yellow and
orange, this again is the note of this 2 aspect solar system, of the soul, of the middle
principle, of consciousness in relation to form.

Green of the first ss,

to indigo – the exoteric colour of this system –
to blue – the esoteric colour, when we can see in the light of Day

to red of the next,

Parallel to
Green of the personality, the intelligence of nature – the true middle principle in the spectrum

to indigo of the lords of flame, the solar angels bringing consciousness
becoming blue of the blue logos, the sons of men become conscious, refining the bodies –
the actual fall of consciousness into the depths of matter – a fall, failure of compassion, clear
cold light

to red of the monad, the HOT burning

These are all BLUE
Venus hesperus and Venus Lucifer
Jupiter the lord of compassion, the beneficent, the second Sun
Solar Logos Himself
Gemini, Virgo, Pisces – all the love and compassion – plus Leo, esoterically, he who comes
to redeem

2.3 Green

(―Ref‖ will link to reference; ―BIG‖ will refer to ―Best Intuitive Guess‖:
using X for exoteric, S for esoteric, and T for True or Hierarchical proposal.)
    Rays:                   3
                            4 Esoteric Psychology and Esoteric Astrology
    Planes:                 3 (―Green of atma‖ [X])
                            5 (―higher manas expressing activity or intelligence aspect‖; ―two great
                            devas belonging to the green group on mental levels.‖; ―… subsidiary
                            rays d. Orange, e. Green, f. Violet.‖; in regards 4 ray: kama-manas.)
    Constellational         Cancer (3 Ray)
    (only if through        Libra (3 Ray, Venus and Saturn)
    rays or direct          Capricorn (3 Ray, and Saturn); ―The Goat … need for green‖.
    reference, planets
    assisting.)             Mutable cross and fixed cross ―… we have the so-called green ray, …
                            Capricorn is an earth sign … third and fifth rays work … preeminently
                            through this sign … these pour through Capricorn to Saturn and to
                            Venus and so reach … Earth.‖

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                              st   rd
    Cosmic and              1 , 3 aspect Solar System (―Indigo-green is the basis of the activity of
    Planetary               Nature, synthetic colour for system 1, and is the foundation for the
                            present manifested system.‖; ―… symbols … swastika of ten arms …
                            radiant green colour.‖)
                            2 solar system [S], ―esoteric green and orange‖

                            Four are the colours secondary in the cycle of discrimination … green for
                            Saturn (3 Ray; [X] ―In the potency of Green we have … Saturn.
                            Esoterically speaking … the vegetable kingdom is … advanced, thus
                            Saturn and Mars are active … prevalence of red, rose, yellow and
                            orange in the flowers.‖) !
                            Earth (3 Ray) supposing [T]
                            Venus (―… holding a trident of fire surmounted by five green emeralds‖)
                            supposing [S]

                            DAY: Saturday
                            Green synthesizes 5 lower worlds, atma and below. [X]
    Hierarchies/            3 , Libra, Lesser Builders
    Kingdoms                1st Kumara, Pisces, 3 Ray (― … a ball of green fire with three rays of
    &                       2 Kumara, Aries – symbolic only, ―A sphere, divided by a Tau, in
                            colours green and silver. 4 Ray)
    Pathways:               all 5 liberated hierarchies – the 5 Kumaras: ―… symbol … signifies gains
                            [of] System One … a bird of green and gold plumage with five wings
                            2 Kingdom; Vegetable
                            all Devic Hierarchies
                            ―Green is the basis of the activity of Nature … synthetic colour for
                            system 1 … foundation for presented manifested system … note of
                            Nature is green … great ray for the devic evolution‖; ―green devas of
                            vegetable kingdom … protectors of vegetable ;plant life … builders of
                            the vegetable kingdom‖; lowest type of evolutionary devas are violet,
                            next come the green, last the white.)

                            Path I: of Earth Service: ―wise-compassion … constellation of the
                            Dragon, via Libra … green dragon.‖ … one scale veiled in fire of vivid
                            green … From the green into the heart of indigo.‖ 6 hierarchy; Virgo?
    Planetary &             Humanity (exponent of 3 aspect, Active Intelligence)
    Human centers:          Human principle: lower mind (3 ray)
                            Instrument of sensation: centres up spine (3 ray)
                            Egoic lotus; petals 1, 4, 7
                            Throat (Saturn, 3 center)
                            Heart (green in spectral order; ―green has a definite effect upon the heart
                            and life streams‖.)
                            Solar plexus (―rosy with an admixture of green‖)

    Consciousness           HEALING: ―Green stimulates and heals.‖;
    qualities/words         NATURE: matter, mother earth, vegetable kingdom,
    associated:             CHALICE: ―… lower chalice … colour dark or somber … Chalice the
                            second rises from out the lower sheath as does the flower from out the
    Mystery:                calix green. Of colour rose it is …‖ Agni Yoga: ―Two contrasts are
                            emerald and ruby. The first is synthesis … Green is nearer to the
                            Secret Doctrine: Osiris, Aditi, divine Sophia, mother of the seven sons,
                            the Great Green One.

All about green having to do with nature, intelligence, chalice, matter

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Vegetable kingdom, devic kingdom
The colour from which we all sprang

the ‗middle principle‘ in the spectrum – intelligence, the basis for evolution …
                                                  st                           rd
atma, the king of the 5 worlds – Green is the 1 system, representing the 3 aspect.
3 ray, Saturn, karma, the material which we owe our due and through which we must ‗blue‘,

Blue the green – this is the injunction for this time, or for anyone becoming soul infused.
Blue green, turquoise/cyan – this is the sacred colour.

Green dragons and red dragons

Green as blind for red – green as actually indicative of 1 –
Green being primary, growth, highly evolved due to relation to vegetable kingdom, Varuna …

2.4 Yellow, Cream and Butter-coloured

      Rays:                 2 (Esoteric Psychology charts: Love/Wisdom)
                            3 (Sometimes given instead of Green)
                            4 ([S]; [X] cream); ―in the second system of love you have the love
                            aspect demonstrating through the yellow of the ray of harmony or
                            5 ([X]; [S] Indigo); ―Direction of Ray 5; key of pure gold.‖
      Planes:               4 Buddhic often referred to as [X] yellow; ―Why is buddhi exoterically
                            regarded as yellow?‖; ―Buddhi and Mercury correspond with each other
                            and both are yellow and radiant golden-coloured.‖
                            5 (reference Esoteric Psychology, lower mental plane; higher mind.
                            White and gold devas work on mental levels.
      Constellational       Gemini (2 Ray)
      (only if through      Taurus (4 Ray) ―Golden eye of Taurus‖
      rays or direct        Leo (Sun [X]; 5 Ray)
      reference)            Libra (3 Ray)
                            Scorpio (4 Ray; Mercury)
                                              th    th
                            Sagittarius (4 and 5 Rays)
                            Capricorn (3 Ray)
                            Aquarius (5 Ray)
                            Pisces (2 Ray)
                              st   rd
      Cosmic and            1 , 3 aspect Solar System‖
      Planetary             2 solar system: ―in the second system of love you have the love aspect
                            demonstrating through the yellow of the ray of harmony or beauty.‖
                            ―… Love of deity reaches our solar system primarily through gemini …
                            with GB and Pleaiades forms a Cosmic triangle, this is the triangle of the
                            cosmic Christ, the esoteric symbol behind the cosmic cross. .. ever the
                            triangle behind the fourfold phenomenon … ―Upon the golden triangle
                            the cosmic Christ appeared …‖; ―the stars are related to states of
                            consciousness, and … triangles related to spirit and synthesis … 5-
                            pointed star is depicted yellow or golden; the triangles are blue

                            Four are the colours secondary in the cycle of discrimination … yellow
                            the band that cometh …
                            Sun (4 Order System)
                            Mercury (―Sons of aspiration or Points of Yellow Life‖, ―golden-coloured
                            Mercury‖, 4 Ray)
                            Venus (5 Ray)
                            Saturn (3 Ray)
                            Earth (3 Ray)

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                              nd                   th
    Hierarchies/            2 Kumara, Aries, 4 Ray
    Kingdoms                1 Hierarchy, Leo
                            4 Hierarchy, Scorpio
    &                       Symbol of 5 liberated hierarchies/Kumaras: ―bird of green and gold
                            plumage with 5 wings outspread‖.
    &                       Kingdom of the souls; secret of the golden rose of light
    Paths                   ―tones of yellow and orange; and the mental calibre … influence of 4
                            ray … and 5 ray, synonymous to merging of intuition and intellect, have
                            definite effect upon vegetable kingdom and human aura, yellow-orange
                            shines forth in both.‖
                            Human secret: twisted golden cord with seven knots
                            Mineral kingdom: gold and silver are mineral manifestation of the second

                            Law of Sacrifice: ―the thread … golden oone of group love, group
                            understanding, group relations, group conduct. Symbol: A rosy cross
                            with a golden bird‖
                            Ray Path: ―energies are 5 in number and their major hue is gold.‖
    Planetary &             Humanity (exponent of 3 aspect, Active Intelligence)
    Human centers:          NGWS: symbol is a golden triangle …
                            Monad – Correspondence of the yellow of buddhi to the synthetic blue or
                            indigo of the second aspect of the Monad.
                            Egoic lotus: petal 3, 6, and all sacrifice petals (lemon yellow) 7, 8, 9
                            Etheric body: golden energy, light of love, golden prana; golden bowl;
                            ―golden light of cosmic intermediary‖ or universal ether; flame-coloured

                            Head, Foremost head centre
                            Ajna, ―one half yellow and rose – right eye of buddhi‖)
                            Solar Plexus
                            Spine ―Golden rod of power‖
    Consciousness           SUN, LIGHT and LOVE: Golden light of illumination, buddhi-manas,
    qualities/words         golden light of love; ―true spiritual sun hidden by a disk of golden light;
    associated:             Gold of living love
                            HEART, LOTUS; EGG; FRUIT: yellow lotus, field of lotuses. Golden
                            lotus of the heart, golden lotus of the soul, golden egg of universe;
                            golden egg of His thought … golden fruit, golden apple; golden womb of
                            the Absolute; golden ring
                            DOORWAYS, PATHWAYS, GATES: golden portal, golden pathway,
                            golden way to god, golden doorway, thread of gold, golden bridge,
                            golden stairs, golden cables, golden links, golden thread of group love
                            HARVEST: Yellow of autumn, of harvest, marks completion and fruition,
                            such times of perishing are acts of the destroyer aspect.
                            BIRDS; DRAGONS: Golden Dragon … the primordial Logos or Brahma,
                            first manifested creative power. Yellow Dragon – chief of all the others.
                            Secret Doctrine: gold bird; golden hawk (Sun and Osiris); Golden horn of
                            MAN: Divine golden-man. Third root race; Yellow races form the bulk of
                            humanity. Yellow qualifies the first race; golden yellow race (the Fourth)
                            Vigilence is Yellow; Agni Yoga

imagine yourselves as bathed in a vivid butter-coloured living light which is pouring
through the open
window ... p. 73, Dina II

The coming avatar comes through gates of gold.

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2.5 Orange and Flame

(using X for exoteric, S for esoteric, and T for True or Hierarchical proposal.)

    Rays:                   1 (X) Esoteric Psychology/Secret Doctrine. ―Orange ball of one-pointed
                                                 th                    rd   st
                            5 (Orange -- as 5 Ray? -- worked with 3 in 1 solar system;)
                                                                                 st            st
    Planes:                 1 Logoic Plane (Esoteric Psychology) and through 1 Ray and 1
                            5 (―Orange of mental plane‖; lower manas in particular; ―direct
                            connection with man as an intelligence … custodian of fifth principle of
                            manas; ―orange holds the secret for the sons of mind‖; ―This colour is for
                            our purpose the colour of the mental plane … epitomises separation.‖
    Constellational         Aries (1 Ray)
                                   st         th
    (only if through        Leo (1 and 5 Ray)
    rays or direct          Sagittarius (5 Ray)
    reference)              Capricorn (1 Ray)
                            Aquarius (5 Ray)

                            Uranus (representing Sun) Ray 1

                                                st   rd
    Cosmic and              Strong colour in 1 , 3 aspect Solar System‖
    Planetary               2 solar system, [S] orange and green, [X] blue

                            Sun ([X] Ray 1 colour)
                            Venus (5 Ray)

                            Synthesizes three lower worlds

                            Four are the colours secondary in the cycle of discrimination … orange
                            the cloud that hideth …
    Hierarchies/            1 , Leo, Divine Flames ―Lions, the divine and tawny orange Flames‖
                            Preponderance of orange and rose … secret of two kumaras who fell
    & paths
                            Path IV: Path to sirius … symbol, two wheels of electric fire around an
                            orange Cross, with an emerald at the center.
    Planetary &             Shamballa (1 Ray)
    Human centers:          Egoic lotus: ALL petals; Knowledge petals primary, and; ― predominant
                            orange hue … early stages orange has a dead aspect. … petals fully
                            unfolded … orange now of a gorgeous translucense.‖
                            Mental vehicle; ―Colours in the three bodies .. orange of the mental.‖
                            ―tones of yellow and orange; and the mental calibre … influence of 4
                            ray … and 5 ray, synonymous to merging of intuition and intellect, have
                            definite effect upon vegetable kingdom and human aura, yellow-orange
                            shines forth in both.‖
                            Head: Vital airs in skull (Ray 1 [X] colour); ―orange lights in room of dying
                            … aids focusing in the head‖
                            Etheric ―Orange stimulates the etheric body … removes congestion and
                            increases flow of prana. (Esoteric Psychology) ―Prana or life vitality‖
                            Ajna (5 center, synthesizer of personality)
                            Solar Plexus (5 center)
                            Base (―radiate with orange fire‖) Ray 1=light of kundalini
    Consciousness           ―Exoteric orange is a blend of yellow and red; esoteric orange is a purer
    qualities/words         yellow, and the red scarcely is seen at all.‖
    associated:             Burning sea of flame

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2.6 Red, Silvery Rose, Pink


    Rays:                   1 [S] red
                            2 (Reference Esoteric Psychology, Mercury, Yellow and Rose)
                            6 [X] red [S] silvery rose; ―rose and blue‖
    Planes:                 6 ―Rose and blue devas of astral plane‖; ―upon astral plane, the rose of
                            affection and of friendly feeling‖; astral or emotional plane, desire plane.
                              rd    st
    Constellational         3 or 1 aspect, ―Power‖ solar system
    (only if through        Great Bear (1 Ray)
    rays or direct
    reference)              2 Path and ―law of sacrifice … vortex of astral life … triangle of force in
                            shades of varying rose … as through an open door, He sends potency of
                            love into our planet. Path of Magnetic Work … to Heart of Sun, to cosmic
                            Mental, passing through and pauing on cosmic astral plane … this
                            second path.

    Cosmic and              Aries (1 Ray and Mars)
    Planetary               Leo (Sun [X]; 5 Ray)
                            Virgo (6 Ray)
                            Sagittarius (6 Ray)
                            Pisces (6 Ray)

                            Mercury ―yellow and rose‖
                            Mars ―Graduates of ruddy fire … clothed in red robes, work under first
                            aspect logoic, lines of the destroyer.‖ ―rose and blue, ray 6, Mars‖; ―Mars
                            as you know is red, corresponds to blood stream, passion, anger,
    Hierarchies/            6 , Lunar Lords
    Kingdoms:               6 Ray Kumara, Gemini

    Laws                    Preponderance of orange and rose … secret of two kumaras who fell
                            1 Pisces Hierarchy: ball of green fire with three rays of rose
                            4 Gemini Hierarchy: two stars of vivid rose linked by band of violet.

                            Law 1: Rosy cross with a golden bird
                            Law 6: Flaming rosy sun with sign symbolizing union of fire and water …
                            and hieroglyphic gives clue to earth sign and keynote to physical body of
                            planetary logos.

                            Path 1: ―Earth service … one scale hides behind a screen of red … ―left
                            hand side.
                            Path 2: ―most elementary and exoteric symbols … five fold star mounts
                            towards flaming sun of predominantly rosy hue.‖

                            1 Purpose of deity: robe of blue veils eternal purpose, in rising an setting
                            sun, orb of red is seen.
                            5 purpose of Deity: burning ground … drop within the rose-red centre
                            the nature that retards; purification by fire.
                            6 Purpose of deity: Why is desire red, red as blood, why is way red with

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    Planetary &             Shamballa (exponent of 1 aspect)
    Human centers:          Egoic lotus: 2 petal, all love petals and all sacrifice petals.
                            Astral vehicle: ―glamour of highest level of astral plane, glamour of rose
                            of aspiration as it pours through solar plexus and not heart‖; ―rose will
                            vitalise the astral counterpart of the heart center, both in the spine and
                            head center, first ray type needs rose of attachment.‖ ―deep and vibrant
                            rose … stimulate the astral aura‖. ―… dark and lurid reds in emotional
                            Ajna: one half rose and yellow – right eye (astral/buddhi)
                            Throat (Certain of the qualities of the sun are the qualities of the centres.
                            quality of throat centre is red light) ―higher reflection of [S] 6 ray); ―light
                            is warm and red … it pierces the third centre and removes all glamour
                            and desire …
                            Solar Plexus ―colour rosy with green‖
                            Sacral center (Esoteric Psychology [S] 6 ray seated in sacral center,
                            higher reflection in throat.)
                            Base; kundalini
    Consciousness           DESIRE: ―way of red desire‖, ―red of known desire; red is difficult to
    qualities/words         consider, considered undesirable, considered colour of kama or evil
    associated:             desire; red of greed and anger; ―The Chalice rosy red shines the inner
                            glow, til the red of earth desire becomes the glow of heaven‘s fire, all is
                            lost save aspiration that shades not the cup with karmic colour.‖
                            DEVOTION: ―rose is colour of devotion‖; ―pure rose of spiritual devotion‖;
                            ―astral plane … angels of devotion in whom divine love is pre-eminent
                            work with astral bodies, guard sanctuaries of churches …‖
                            LIFE/BLOOD/FIRE: Red of Blood, red life; ―dull red glow within heart of
                            mother … altar glows, red at the centre. Blood, red and white
                            corpuscles; through ―pouring out water which is the colour red there is
                            eventuating a liberation …‖ (animal kingdom); Burning ground of fiery
                            ― four angelic … orange they are but veiled in rosy light‖
                            AGNI REFERENCE‘s: ―red flame of revolt‖; ―red banners‖; ―pink can
                            bring relief the blue‖; ―pink rays flashed out and a prepared uprising of
                            an entire nation died down; ―ruby-like arrows will pierce blue of
                            consciousness‖; ―Great Hierophant pointing out chalice with red
                            beverage … drink, empty it to see mystery on bottom‖; ―noble ruby
                            colour … self sacrifice of attainment … ruby nearer to the eye of
                            Secret Doctrine; ―Red Sea of Death‖; ―red-haired monsters‖; ―the third
                            red‖; ―Adam is red, and so Brahma-Virah and Mars; water is the blood of
                            earth; all these names with earth and water, first men, shedding of
                            blood; ―great red Dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven
                            crowns upon his heads whose tail drew the third part of the stars of
                            heaven and cast them to earth.‖ ―Great Red Dragon … Serpent, etc, all
                            refer to adepts and initiates, who became the first race … prometheus.‖
                            ―Red and blue races … rudra as a Kumara, is Lilalohita, red and blue;
                            Siva the root Kumara, from moon-coloured,white, in his next
                            transformation he is red (exoteric version differs from esoteric teaching)‖;
                            ―Michael and the red Dragon‖ ―Python the red dragon connects apollo
                            with Michael, also is porphyrion, the scarlet or red Titan‖; ―samael or
                            Satan, the seducing Serpent, one of the primeval angels who rebelled, is
                            the Red Dragon, the Angel of Death, he and satan are the same, kille by
                            Michael, and by St. George, the Dragon Slayer.‖; ―Red Fiery Dragon the
                            Lord of Phosphorus and Lucifer or Light-bearer is in us, it is our Mind,
                            the emanation of the essence of the divine principle Mahat (intelligence).

Relation of 6th Ray, 6th chain, red, and 1st ray is highlighted in the 6th school. Note that the
6th globe of the Venus chain could likely be red, and its lines of force touch the 2nd, 4th, and
5th globes of the earth chain. – as MIND, satan and lucifer – cannot green and red be the
same? Green of higher mind, red of lucifer/Venus.

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2.7       Violet, Lavenders and Purples


      Rays:                 2: [X] eso psych ref, ―Indigo with tinge of purple …‖
                            5: esoteric psychology reference, ―etheric body, lower mind, the moon,
                            7: [X] ―… the violet ray, the Seventh or Ceremonial Ray.‖ ―[the seventh,
                            the violet ray] … a synthetic ray when manifested in the three worlds.‖
                            ―… the coming in of the violet ray, the seventh ray being one of the three
                            major rays in this round … ration to the 4, on the 4, under the 4.‖
                            7: [S] eso psych ref: violet
      Planes:               Buddhic: The buddhic plane is peculiarly the plane of violet, even
                            though all colours find their place there, the Lord … Who embodies the
                            violet ray or hierarchy, has a special relationship to the buddhic plane.‖;
                            ―Is the colouring of the 4 physical ether/buddhic plane blue, or is it
                            violet to correspond with our fouth physical ether.? … buddhi exoterically
                            is regarded as yellow
                            7 Etheric/Physical: ―It the ether which the violet ray uses as a medium.‖
      Constellational       Aries (7 Ray)
      (only if through      Cancer (7 Ray)
      rays or direct        Libra (7 Ray)

      Cosmic and            Cosmic Physical Plane
      Planetary             Etheric Physical Plane
                                        th                    th
                            Uranus (―7 , School of Magic of 10 order … Planet of the violet force …
                            cosmic etheric prana‖)
                            Jupiter (Purple opulence)
                            Moon (7 plane)

      Hierarchies/          7 , Aquarius, Elemental Lives
      Kingdoms:             7 Kumara, Cancer
      Planetary &           Egoic lotus: petals 1, 4, 7 and 8.
      Human centers:        Etheric/Physical body: ―strengthening of etheric web will be aided by
                            violet light, with corresponding sound.‖ ―Violet of the physical as
                            expressed by the etheric.‖ ―It is the ether which the violet ray uses as a
                            medium. (Correspondence of ―Violet of etheric and blue of higher
                            mental‖ ,―etheric responds most violently to the colour violet‖
                            (contradistinction to psychological studies where it is calming to people
                            in violet rooms.)

                            Ajna (one half purple and blue)
                            Throat ―… colour applied at night to key up throat … violet.‖ (suggests [s]
                            of third or manas).
                            Base (7 center)

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      Consciousness         Purple [X] of [S] blue;
      qualities/words       [S] White: ―Esoterically violet is white‖. (AND, white is esoterically violet
      associated:           – reciprocal relationship.)
                            Magic, etheric, devic
                            NEW AGE: ―The group of violet angels or devas who work on the four
                            etheric levels will be especially active …‖;
                            The CHURCH and Master Jesus ―with Him the groups of violet angels
                            cooperate‖ … ―violet devas working temporarily under the Lord
                            HEALING: ―violet light in lessening human ills and curing … sicknesses
                            which originate in the etheric body.‖
                            Ray of Violet, the great note G

Pur/violet is physical   to golden bowl is etheric          to            blue of higher mental
Violet [x] of physical   to gold-white/yellow of [s] etheric              to       [t] blue
Violet, yellow, and blue …

Etheric as yellow corresponds to [x] buddhic;
violet is [s] buddhic? Or blue … ?

                           EXO            ESO                     TRUE
buddhic           =        yellow         violet                  white
higher manas      =        blue           green
lower manas       =        orange         red
astral            =        red            orange                  blue
etheric           =        violet         blue                    gold/yellow
physical          =        2.8    Black, White, Silver

The Silver Thread, and regarding the Pleiades:
―All of these were the expression of divine energy as it poured into his mechanism,
via the silver thread of divine potency.‖
p. 479, Esoteric Astrology

The 7th law of the 7 laws of group work has the male figure holding a tray of silver, ―a
great reflector‖.


This section deals with major colour combinations, from those in pairs, to threes, fours, etc.

2.9      Two‘s

The complementaries or opposites.
Red & green
Red & orange

Blue two‘s

Blue and another colour
Throat centre, silvery blue, the blue predominating.

2.9.1    Blue and Indigo

―Relationship of indigo, blue and yellow lies hid a secret‖. LOM 220

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2.9.2 Blue/indigo and green –
Only two we are sure of esoteric colour

―Blue to the green is added and completion quick is seen. The vibration of the third is added
to the one.‖ (tcf, 24)

2.9.3    Blue/indigo and yellow/gold:

―PATH V. The Ray Path: The Adjuster holds the balances, and the scales are duly set … The
energies converge … five in number and their major hue is gold. … Three great Words are
spoken by the Adjuster … The first Word contains the value numerical of the synthetic indigo.
… This dual Word buildeth a wall which surroundeth the Son of Man whose lips are dumb. It
holdeth Him secure until the Word is spoken which will unseal the fount of speech. … When
the Silent One within the wall seeth the Ray approach, when He changeth the key of the
earlier spoken Word, the disruption of the wall is seen and a door openeth before Him. The
second Word holds hid the number of the sacred blue. … He struggleth for speech … he
utters the four deep sounds which cause the scale again to drop … The third Word holds
securely sealed the key to the outer blue. It contains the order for inversion …‖ page 1276-
1277, TCF

In the 5th direction of the Law of Repulse, the 4th Law of the 7 laws of group life:
―Through the opening on the summit of the pyramid, dropped from the blue of heaven, a key
came down. It landed at the feet of the discouraged worker. The key was of pure gold; the
shaft of light; upon the key a label, and writ in blue, these words: 'Destroy that which thou has
built and build anew. But only build when thou has climbed the upward way, traversed the
gallery of tribulation and entered [Page 170] into light within the chamber of the king. Build
from the heights, and thus shew
forth the value of the depths.' p. 169-170, EPII

―1. Withdraw your outgoing consciousness from the periphery to the point of silence within the
head, to the place where the "gold and the blue meet, blend and merge.‘‖ p. 421, DINA I

TWM, p 354, About souls ―in more advanced work in smaller groups. They idealize more and
are the thinkers and leaders of social reform … the higher devas guide them, the blue and
yellow devas …‖

2.9.4    Blue/indigo and Orange:

―Orange and blue in some more distant time will blended be …‖ DINA p. 675., and TWM,
page 468/9, ―a folded lotus flower, close petalled, but bathed in cold blue light. Orange and
blue in …

―The vibration of the third is added to the one. Blue to the orange blends, and in their wise
admixture is seen the stable scheme.‖ (TCF, 24)

Orange may be called blue, LOM p. 207.

c. Orange, which is the complementary to blue and which has direct connection with man as
an intelligence. He is the custodian of the fifth principle of manas in its relation to the totality
of the personality. LOM p. 208

p. 163 EP I, Ray III: Venus ―indigo, blue, bronze‖

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2.9.5    blue/indigo and red/rose/pink/ruby –

―… the stone, translucent now and unalloyed, of colour rose and blue …TCF, p. 16
― TCF, p. 22, Riseth the cave of beauty rare, of colour irridescent. Thineth the walls with azure
tint, bathed in the light of rose. The blending shade of blue irradiates the whole and all is
merged in gleeming.

Ep I, page 163, Ray VI, Mars, Rose and Blue

Agni Yoga, V 89: the pink [aura] can bring into relief the blue. In such complements are
contained currents of special intensity.

The following gives insight into the initiatory process, moving from warmth to coldness, from
red to blue. Especially note the final segment, where the relationship of flame (orange) and
blue seems to suggest the literalness of these opposite colours being a ‗blind‘. "The light is
seen, a tiny point of piercing light. This light is warm and red. It nearer draws as it reveals
the things that are, the things which may be. It pierces the third centre and removes all
glamour and desire.

"A light is seen through the medium of the lower light—a light of warmth and heat. It pierces
to the heart and in that light all forms are seen pervaded by a glowing light. The world of
lighted forms is now perceived, linked each to each by light. This light is blue, and flaming is
its nature. Between the warm and reddish light and this clear light there burns a glow of
flame—a flame which must be entered, ere the light of blue is entered and is used.‖ p. 538,

p. 354, TWM, about souls working only in mass formation, banded together by common
aspiration, the majority of Christians in the churches … aided by devas of rose and blue.

p. 768, R&I, ―Blue does it [Chalice the third] appear and blends with the rose … ―

―One of the four Lipika Lords … ‗the living serpent‘ and his emblem is a serpent of blue with
one eye, in the form of a ruby.‖ TCF 893

―… the eye which is blue in colour, and the eye which sees not red, when open, produce that
which is intended with great facility.‖ TCF 1007
regarding 1 purpose of Deity, ―His robe of blue … in the rising and the setting sun his orb of
red is seen. EP, I, page 63.

SD II, page 192, ―the divine Kings sturck the culprits with sterility. They destroyed the Red
and Blue Races … there were blue and red-faced men … Rudra, as a Kumara, is … red and

Agni Yoga v, 515: 515. How can the blue fire be transmuted into purple? The tension of
psychic energy will send out ruby-like arrows, and their growth will pierce the blue of

TCF, page 495: ―…the difference between the sapphire and the ruby … not until the fourth
ether is controlled‖.

2.9.6    blue/indigo and violet/purple

Blue and Violet
(transmute violet of etheric with blue of higher mental; blue flowers are outgoing, violet flowers
colour of ajna center;
exo and eso colour of Ray 2

(lom 227) ―direct correspondence between … violet of etheric and blue of higher mental‖

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TCF, page 129 & 132, and EH, page 421
The withdrawal of the etheric double of a man, a planet, and a system is brought about by the
following causes: d. By the transmutation of the violet into the blue. This we cannot enlarge
on. We simply make the statement, and leave its working out to those students whose karma
permits and whose intuition suffices.

EP I, page 121: ―…blue ray of devotion passes now into the violet of what we term the
ceremonial ray‖

EP I, page 418, Ray II, Jupiter ―exoteric indigo with a tinge of purple, esoteric, light blue‖

Agni Yoga v, 515: 515. How can the blue fire be transmuted into purple? The tension of
psychic energy will send out ruby-like arrows, and their growth will pierce the blue of

2.10     Green and other combinations

2.10.1 Green and yellow/gold

2.10.2 Green and Orange

2.10.3 Green and Rose/Red

2.10.4 Green and Violet/Purple

Relationship of 3 and 7, Saturn is 3 and 7th in the solar septenary, Saturn is 3rd in the Earth
Scheme, Jupiter is 7th. Jupiter often associated with 7 and violet, Saturn most often
associated with green. Three and seven, with five – Mercury - are the inner three globes in
the earth chain. This quote illustrates the violet and green devas, who have come in from
another planetary scheme. The number for the deva evolution is 6, and so perhaps the
Jupiter Scheme is suggested. In the Earth chain, Jupiter is given as the 7th chain, and 7 is
also one of the inner three of the earth chain.

―There is another group of devas about which much may not as yet be communicated. They
have come in from another planetary scheme, and are specialists in their particular line. They
have attained, or passed through, the human kingdom, and are of equal rank with certain
members of the Hierarchy, having chosen to stay and work in connection with the physical
plane evolution. They are not many in number, being only twelve. Four work in the violet
group, five in the green group, and two in the white, with a presiding officer of rank equal to a
Chohan.‖ p. 914, TCF

Complicating this, it appear in TWM that these could be the lowest type of devas: ―1. The
lowest types of devas or builders on the evolutionary Path are violet devas; next come the
green, and, last of all, the white devas. These are all dominated by a fourth and special
group. These control the exoteric processes of physical plane existence.‖ p. 389, TWM

Agni Yoga V 89, … the purple aura is not averse to the green. … in such complements are
contained currents of special intensity.

2.11     Yellow or gold in combination with another colour

2.11.1 Yellow/gold and orange

2.11.2 Yellow/gold and rose

Yellow and Rose
―Preserve your meditation as hitherto, but change the colour of your field of lotuses from
yellow to a deep and vibrant rose. This will serve to stimulate the astral aura.‖ p. 387, DINA I

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2.11.3 yellow/gold and violet/purple

2.12     Orange in combination with another colour

2.12.1 Orange and rose

2.12.2 Orange and violet

2.13     red/rose in combination with another colour

2.13.1 red/rose and violet/purple

Red and White
―As the blood system, with its two types of channels (arteries and veins) and its two types of
builders (the red and the white corpuscles), is studied from the occult standpoint, much will be
ascertained of a revolutionary nature.‖ p. 901, TCF

―When there are a sufficient number of people who are in conscious touch with their souls,
then the sheer weight of their numbers, plus the clarity of their intentions and their widespread
distribution over the face of the earth, must necessarily become effective. These people will
then bring about changes of such far-reaching importance that the culture of the future will be
as far removed from ours today, as ours in its turn is removed from that of the red Indians
who roamed for centuries over the
American continent and of whose possessions the white race took charge.‖ p. 705, EPII

Red and Black

2.14 Some Threes
In any of these correspondences, one can be likened to A, one to U, one to M; or to life,
consciousness, and form, etc. Trinities are represented in each triangle.

Regarding Path 3: Of special interest, having to do with blues …
―The third group is the strange mysterious triple group whose name must not be heard as yet
within those planetary spheres whose colour blends not with the blue in just proportion. The
eye through which these Lotus Lords gaze out upon the cosmic Path is outward turned. Its
hue is indigo. The eye through which the middle group of Lotus Lords look up is turquoise
blue, whilst the Lords of deep unmoving slumber gaze in through sapphire blue. Thus is the
WAY of triple blue formed into one.‖

―The first Word contains the value numerical of the synthetic indigo. … The second Word
holds hid the number of the sacred blue. … The third Word holds securely sealed the key to
the outer blue.

Seems to have relevance to Formula 1, and the eye of fire, the monad, being the indigo eye
outward turned; the eye of vision, the soul, being the turquoise blue looking up, and the eye
that knows, being sapphire blue, gazing in. As well, we can assign the
1      indigo                       Lotus Lords – gaze out              monad/2nd          eye of fire
2      sacred blue/turquoise        middle lotus lords- gaze up         soul/4th           eye of
3      outer blue/sapphire          Lords of slumber- gaze in           personality/6th eye that

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2.14.1 Blue/Indigo, Green, and Yellow/gold

The fairies of high development are blue, green and yellow.
―the blending of blue and yellow in [the 1 ss] had much to do with the production of activity‖
(lom 214); ―blue and yellow blended result in green, and the synthetic blue or indigo
dominates when the plane of harmony is reached. It leads then to the third plane of atma
whereon the green of activity dominates‖ LOM 215

―in this primary grouping lies much of interest‖ blue, indigo, green and yellow

2.14.2 Blue/Indigo, Green, and Orange/gold
―Our solar system is disclosed as being: … b. Blue in colour, esoteric orange and green.‖

COMMENT: Esoteric in this context may mean, past, as the orange and green were
prominent in the previous solar system, and the blue is now its colour, more ―exoterically‖ as
the Solar Logos is commonly referred to as the Blue Logos.

2.14.3 Blue/Indigo, Green and rose/red
the common trinity of light: blue, green, red.

2.14.4 Blue/indigo, green, and violet/purple

2.14.5 Blue/Indigo, Yellow/Gold, and Orange/gold

Another type of blind, as touched on breifly, is to speak ―in terms of the plane and not in terms
of the ray‖ (p. 207, LOM). The example given is for the ―colours of the higher or lower mind‖.
Excluding for the moment the use of complementary colours as blinds, let‘s assume that the
colour of the higher mind is Blue, and the colour of the lower mind is Orange. (LOM, page
225-226.) The colours of the 5 Ray are given in various places, and refs above, as Yellow
(exoteric) and Indigo (esoteric). If we were dealing with a blind for the 5 ray therefore, we
could, for example, say that Orange is the colour of the 5 Ray. (The interesting thing about
this example, is that if we use the complementary colour blind, we find that the colours of the
rays and of the higher and lower planes are, respectively, the complements for each other.
Blue/Orange; Yellow/Indigo. Therefore, in the case of 5 Ray, if we were only dealing with the
possibility of the use of complementaries as a blind, we could safely say Ray 5 is either
Yellow or Indigo, esoterically. However, combining this with the blind of switching Planes and
Rays, it could be Blue or Orange … To go intuitive, one could say that blue of day sky is
lower mind, and indigo of night is higher mind; the day shows all the forms we live in, the night
absorbs all and shows the far off worlds.

2.14.6 Blue/Indigo, Yellow/Gold, and rose/red
       (EPI, p. 247)

2.14.7 Blue/Indigo, Yellow/Gold, and violet/purple
Referring to colours of the 4 cosmic ether, the buddhic plane TCF 354.

regarding path 3: ―In the centre of the Cross is to be seen a five-pointed star in a deep indigo
shade, and behind it is a blazing sun of a warm dark blue. Above the whole are certain
Sensa characters, depicted in gold, and conveying to the initiated adept the name of one or
other of the planetary Schools in which this particular line of study is undertaken. There are,
as has been already said, seven such schools and candidates for this Path from our planetary

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scheme are transferred to the inner round and from thence to the Jupiter scheme. [VSK note:
figure ‗warm dark blue‘ is purple]

2.14.8 Blue/Indigo, Orange/gold, and rose/red
egoic lotus petal two

2.14.9 Blue/Indigo, Orange/gold, and violet/purple

2.14.10 Blue/indigo, rose/red, and violet/purple
relationship of blue, red, and violet is a mystery LOM 220

                                  TCF, 33, STANZA XIII

Through the band of violet that encircleth the Heavens passeth the globe of purple dark. It
passeth and returneth not. It becometh enrapt in the blue. Three times the blue enfoldeth,
and when the cycle is completed the purple fadeth and is merged into the rose, and the path
again is traversed. Three the great colours in the cycle that counteth as the fourth, violet, blue
and rose, with the basic purple in revolution. Four are the colours secondary in the cycle of
discrimination in which the revolution taketh place. It is circled to the midmost point and
somewhat passed.

Agni Yoga v, 515: 515. How can the blue fire be transmuted into purple? The tension of
psychic energy will send out ruby-like arrows, and their growth will pierce the blue of

SDI, page 125. ―make a hanging … of blue, purple, and scarlet …‖

Green with any other two

2.15.1 Green, yellow/gold, and orange/gold
―Yellow the band that cometh, orange the cloud that hideth, and green for vivification.‖ TCF,
Stanza 13, p. 33)

2.15.2 Green, yellow/gold, and rose/red

2.15.3 Green, yellow/gold, and violet/purple

2.15.4 Green, orange/gold, and rose/red

2.15.5 Green, orange/gold, and violet/purple
(EPI, p. 248)

2.15.6 Green, rose/red, and violet/purpleyellow/gold with other two

2.16.1 yellow/gold, orange/gold, and rose/red

2.16.2 yellow/gold, orange/gold, and violet/purple

2.16.3 yellow/gold, rose/red, and violet/purple
       ―A centre of violet, orbed by yellow, melts into red. Yellow develops and protects. It
ensheaths the nucleus. When you attain the significance of violet, the laws of health and

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magnetic alleviation will be no longer sealed. The seal is being loosed by the devas of the
shadows; the yellow approaches the violet and the red progresses. The ranks approach and
cooperation is possible. In loosening the seal the gateway opens. These three are the great
Helpers and in Their hands lies knowledge for the next generation.‖p. 765, R&I

Orange with other two‘

2.17.1 orange/gold, and rose/red, and violet/purple

Any of these with black or white:

2.18.12 Black, rose and green
I have sought in the above few phrases to give the gist of what is expressed in the
Commentary, through the means of a few symbols and a cryptic text. These old Scriptures
are not read in the way modern students read books. They are seen, touched and realized.
The meaning is disclosed in a flash. Let me illustrate:—The words "the One enunciates the
word which drowns the triple sound" are depicted by a shaft of light ending in a symbolic word
in gold superimposed over three symbols in
black, rose and green. Thus are the secrets guarded with care.

2.19 Some Fours
not all possible combinations are offered, just those which are specifically mentioned.

Blue/Indigo, Yellow and Orange

Blue, yellow, orange, rose
TWM, page 547: ―At the four corners of the square, the four angelic … are seen. Orange they
are, but veiled in rosy light. Within each form the yellow flame is seen and round each form
the blue.

2.19.2. Purple, Yellow, Cream, White
& Blue, Indigo, Yellow, Violet

2.19.3. Red, Orange, Yellow and Violet
The Salamanders, or the fiery lives which can be seen by clairvoyants leaping in the flames of
a furnace or of a volcano; this group can be subdivided into four groups according to colour—
red, orange, yellow, and violet—the last of which approximate very closely to the devas of the
fourth ether.
p. 904, TCF

2.20 Other Combinations and Patterns

Egoic lotus, sacrifice petals:
2.20.1 Petal 1: Yellow, rose, orange, green, violet

2.20.2 Petal 2: yellow, rose, orange, blue, violet

2.20.3 Petal 3: Yellow, rose, orange, indigo, blue

White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green
―THE HIDDEN PORTAL: An immense cone of fire is seen in the midst of an arid desert … Its
flames have swept the country and left the desert bare. … All green things die and the
dwellers on the sphere recede before its flame … White is its inner heart, red the surrounding

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flame, and yellow the spreading fire … Like a pall of rosy red tinged with an orange deep it
veils all the distance. … From out the country full and green …‖
p. 765, R&I‖

blue, gold, orange, red, and white – SD I

Involutionary Colours
b—The Dark Brothers who occasionally employ these elemental forces to wreak their will and
vengeance on all opponents. Under their control work sometimes the elementals of the earth
plane, the gnomes and the elemental essence as found in evil form, some of the brownies,
and the fairy folk of colours brown, grey and sombre-hued. They cannot control the devas of
high development, nor the fairies of colours blue, green and yellow, though a few of the red
fairies can be made to work under their direction. The water elementals (though not the
sprites or sylphs) move on occasion to their assistance, and in the control of these forces of
involution they at times damage the furtherance of our work.

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                            DETAIL OF CHAPTER Three

                                             3. THEORY (Chapters Three and Four)
Explanation of organization of Chapters Three and Four:
Chapt 3 Macrocosmic: Esoteric Cosmology with Colour Correspondences
Chapt 4 Microcosmic The Human Constitution: Vehicles, Centres, and Colours

2.1      Colour and Number, Sound, Light, Vibration
2.2      Basic Cosmology with Colour Correspondences
         Astrological constructs:
Trinity of Great Bear, Pleaides, Sirius
Other Triangles, Heavenly Men, Schemes, Rounds, Chains, Globes

2.3     Rays and Planes (charts), Creative Hierarchies, Rays and Planes (charts), Creative
Hierarchies, Devas, Raja Lords, Plane Lords, Elementals (green and orange)

2.4      The Buddhic Plane, Ethers and Prana (yellow, violet)

2.5   The Mental Plane; Sons of Mind; Abstract and Concrete mind (Orange and Blue will
someday blended be)
2.6   Time, Mutation and Distortion; Desire, Sons of Necessity; Love … Rose and Red
2.7   Cosmic Physical Plane; space, maya; violet and white
2.8.  The Egoic Lotus (as archetypal pattern in cosmos)
2.9.  Spiritual Numerals: Planets, Signs, Metals, Perfumes, Shapes etc.
2.10  Other Correspondences and Tables: Laws, Nations, etc. (charts)

2.0      Colour in the Macrocosm

In this first chapter on colour applied theoretically to macrocosmic correspondences, much of
the assumptions are based upon background information in Chapter Two. Through a detailed
study of the individual colours, and the colour combinations, I then conjectured into the
cosmic structures. The reader may wish to review Chapter Two before perusing this Chapter,
or should feel free to reference to the background quotes and conjectured information while
reading through the relationships posited herein.

In order to avoid undue discussion and explanation, I will simply make assertions as to my
best assumption of what the best colour association is in the various areas. My goal is to
place the bulk of conjecture here, relying upon the macrocosmic analogies to set the stage for
the microcosmic in Chapter Three. This Chapter is therefore the main section which presents
what I hope is a coherent picture of the colours and their essential correspondences.
However, if the reader is left with grave confusion as to why certain associations are made,
he may find the answer under the individual colour or a colour combination, in Chapter Two.

We have seen how colour is interpreted physically, but what is the philosophical or spiritual
meaning to colour, according to the wisdom traditions? What is the way we can look at colour
to further our knowledge about realms invisible, the spiritual perspective?

is 'colour', in itself, something? I propose that colour is, at least a part of or the expression of
both the archetypal Seven Rays (Ray Lord), if not one of the truest manifestations of the Ray
Lords themselves. Also, colours may be an essential quality of the planes or levels of
consciousness through which these Rays manifest. My assumption is that Colour is some
kind of Being, beyond a quality of a life or plane or environment which it ‗colours‘. Colour in
this way is a name, just as are number and figure. LOM, page 249, ―… science of numbers,
being in reality the science of colour and sound … colours will eventually supersede figures.‖
LOM, page 213, further suggests this correlation of colour to ray: "…in the right understanding
of the laws of colour and in the knowledge (for instance) of which colour stands for a
particular ray lies the power the adept wields."

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Who are these entities called Colour, veiling lives of light, who lie behind the entities called
Number? Perhaps an example will start us off into the depths of this inquiry:

For example, blue and indigo are often considered analogous, and often used apparently
interchangeably. There may be some correlaton to the first and second aspects, so
intertwined in this second solar system, and as also seen in the workings of the first and
second ashrams. This duad, of male and female, positive and receptive, active and passive
energies, may be represented for us in nature as the blue of day and the indigo of night. Our
living Earth shows us this dual blue nature daily; one does not exist without the other. (The
use of black would indicate some ‗other worldly‘ energy, reference beyond the Saturnian ring
pass not?) The Blue Ray therefore, may be associated with Ray 1, and the Indigo Ray to Ray
                                                     st     nd
Two. Love-Wisdom then is the dual expression of 1 and 2 aspects.

The relationship of blue and red, and its use for both the logoic and astral planes, just as the
                        st     th
often confusion of the 1 and 6 rays, is also suggestive. This unclear relationship is
highlighted in LOM where DK does not give the corresponding sub qualities to what one
                                                    st      th
would expect are blue-blue and blue red, for the 1 and 6 positions in that LOM ordering of
A possible explanation for this is that the cosmic astral plane is in superior position (a 1 ray
position) to the cosmic physical plane. This 6 ray (Red or Rose Ray) is therefore qualifying
all of what is ‗above‘ us, and our next immediate (cosmic) goal. Red/Rose will then always
have a first-ray type quality, but it is due to being the quality of the much higher cosmic astral.
In the cosmic logoic sense, assuming a second ray (blue ray) solar system, blue is the likely
keynote or colour of the cosmic logoic. Hence, in resonance, all first or logoic planes are blue,
as are the ―eyes‖ of the solar logos, with all monads resembling him.

Love-Wisdom, Blue-Indigo also shows the joining of Jupiterean (the second sun) blue to
Saturn (the black-green ruler of the first solar system of the intelligence or third aspect.) Blue-
black is an apt description of indigo, and suggests the demonstration of the current solar Son
of Love upon the foundational work of the Son of Intelligent Matter. While the formulation
normally used is indigo-blue (and not blue-indigo), and would correlate more directly with
wisdom-love (and not the more common love-wisdom) my current hunch is that blue does
relate more directly to love (Jupiter, and the esoteric colour of the Sun – see orange/green
eso, blue exo, ref), and indigo to wisdom, as indigo suggest the intermixture of blue (love) to
black (material intelligence).
Indigo-blue also implies the supremacy of the 2 aspect in this system, a more two-one
emphasis than one-two. If relating this to the masters, we see the close connection of KH to
Morya, and it could be said this is a KH-Morya Hierarchy (rather than a Morya-KH Hierarchy),
yet we see their work in the closest cooperation, if not inseparable.
             st             th
The Blue (1 ) and Red (6 ) Rays similarly hold potential confusion because red-rose as the
qualifyer of the cosmic astral, and it is ‗above‘ the physical plane, thus impressive on all the
planes, behaving like Ray 1. In essence, the entire cosmic physical is violet or qualified by the
  th                                                   th
7 Ray, and the cosmic astral is qualified by the 6 or Rose Ray – red is therefore superior to
all colours or sub plane rays on the cosmic physical. Thus any reference to Red can indicate
the next great goal, the cosmic astral, and thus we refer to the coming (first ray oriented)
system as the ‗red‘ system. We could say then, archetypally, that any step into the future is a
will-full or red act, our present state is a calm, inertial or contemplative blue (indigo-blue), and
as it is qualified by the past, the green-black Saturnian or 3 aspect system of matter‘s

Red shift and blue shift?

In the last system the colours for Ray Two are suggested to be indigo with touch of purple,
                                    rd    th
and light blue. We know that the 3 and 5 rays were very active in the first system (as 2 and
5 are in this … and perhaps 1 and 5 will be in the next?) This exoteric purply indigo could be
                                     th                  th
caused by admixture of the violet 7 plane or the rose 6 plane.

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Blue light when mixed with green light, creates cyan or a light blue. Using the astrological
symbols, if the Sun (blue) is mixed with Saturn (green), we create Jupiter (light blue), as a
type of second sun. Venus as indigo, rules the wisdom aspect, and Jupiter the love aspect, so
we see how Jupiter-Venus, our two beneficents, are directly related to blue-indigo, love-
wisdom. Venus is hermaphroditic, representing (in pigment mixing) a merging between black-
green (Saturn-Saturn) and blue-green (Sun-Saturn).

If each colour is therefore an entity in and of itself, and if any one Being is part of greater
Beings, then in their eventual merging, as we know in Light, all these colours will become
white, pure, and there will be no more ‗colour‘, or separation. The Great Heresy of Separation
is also the existence of Colour. We notice distinction, and while true in the temporal worlds of
evolution, are heretical in the real of true Being.

As an example then, Red (beyond what we agree to call that range of visible electromagnetic
spectrum which our eye sees), is at least a philosophical essence. In the esoteric doctrines,
whether this entity Red expresses through Ray 1 or Ray 6, or through the first or sixth planes,
or through the head or throat or solar plexus or sacral or base chakras (yes, all of those!) –
red is more than an expression of quality, but is a Life in itself, independent of a plane, or
chakra or rate of vibration. And what we call Red, essentially understood, may bear no
resemblance whatsoever to any optical effect it produces that our eye registers and our brain
interprets and our language calls ―red‖.

As we will note in the section on exoteric colour and the scientific basis of optics and vision on
the physical plane, it may well be that what we see and know of colour is truly ―upside down
and backwards‖ to the original impression, and what we observe as a colour is every colour
but that one. We see a very narrow bandwidth, and mostly the colour that is ‗rejected‘ by an
environment. Thus it is most likely that the opposite of our assumptions will be closer to the

As we move in consciousness more into the life aspect and away from the apparent form
nature, we can begin to see the energy that is Red … or Blue, or any of the Names of
Colours. We can begin to see them in their truer nature, as the Lives of Light. They are Our
very Selves.

a.      Colours are the vibratory essence of the Rays or Lives of Consciousness, at a
frequency which the human kingdom is particularly susceptible
b.      Colours are the qualities the varied Planes of matter or manifestation themselves;
colours are the expressions of devic lives

From TCF, 1081: ―Many more names might be given but these will suffice to indicate the
general nature of these energy summations, under which all the members of the human
family are gathered and placed according to:

a. Their rhythm,
b. Their quality,
c. Their heat,
d. Their light,
e. Their magnetic influence,
f. Their radiation,
g. Their activity.‖

These 7 categories may also be helpful in relating colours to rays and planes, life and form.
1.     rhythm          blue (egoic)              violet           head              sun
2.     quality         indigo (monadic)          blue             ajna
3.     heat            green (atmic)             green            throat            saturn
4.     light           yellow (buddhic)          yellow           heart

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5.       magnetic          orange                     indigo            solar plexus       venus?
6.       radiation         red                        orange            sacral             mars
7.       activity          violet                     red               base               moon

Depends on ‗who‘ is using the centers or their state of consciousness, as to what is the ruler.

2.1 Colour and Number

While numerology and Number, are often thought to be primary entities, on LOM, p. 249, we
find that the science of numbers is really the science of colour and sound, and ―Colours will
eventually supersede figures‖.

Perhaps however we know more about numbers, and if we can assign colours satisfactorily to
numbers, we may then be able to translate. While we made a cursory view of the exoteric
relationship as lacking overt analogies, let‘s focus on the inner relationships.

Light, Sound, Vibration, Colour
Colour is alterately placed in various places in this quaternary of

2.2. Basic Cosmology with Colour Correspondences: Cosmic Entities & Planetary Schemes,
Rounds, Chains, Root Races, etc.

Following on as well from the first solar system to the evolution up to our perceived 4 chain
of this fourth round, we again should look to the four given exoteric and esoteric ‗colours‘:
(purple, yellow, cream and white – and blue, indigo, yellow and violet, respectively can be
associated with: Ray 2, Ray 5, Ray 4, and Ray 7 – in this order (as these are the correlations
to the pairs given).

Astrologically, we are given the names of the planets for the numbers of the rounds in the
earth schemes, and are told that numbers and not the names would prove more helpful.
Hence we have at least another way of associating colours to the names of certain planetary
energies as well.

Taking advice from page 224 of LOM, we look to the significance of white being esoterically
violet, and the role of the seventh ray as one of the three major rays – in this round. (Rays 7,
2, and 1 are the major rays ―at this time‖, TCF, page 600.) We additionally see the
association to the dominant hierarchies, 2, 5 and 4, as given in TCF, pages 1201-1203.

Great Bear        Red
Pleiades          Green (mother aspect), silvery green
Sirius            blue, indigo (higher mind = blue)

―...sevenfold brooding Mother, the silver constellation, whose voice is as a tinkling bell, and
whose feet pass lightly o'er the radiant path between our worlds and hers.‖ p. 1258, TCF

Aries             red
Leo               yellow, gold
Sagittarius       orange

Taurus            green
Virgo             light blue? white
Capricorn         indigo (black, green)      this ss, thru cap 5 ray flows to Saturn and Venus

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(exo blue, eso orange and green)
Gemini          yellow-white
Libra           turquoise
Aquarius        electric blue

Cancer            violet, silver
Scorpio           maroon, magenta
Pisces            rose

Check all pers, soul, and monad rays of the planets and correlate.

Green and orange: Saturn & Venus?
Colours of solar system, eso considered
—exoterically blue (Sun/Jupiter?)

this is likely a blind: green and orange (suggesting the Ray 3 and Ray 5 that were potent in
the first ss), are blinds for red and blue, the true colour (monadic) and esoteric colour (soul) of
the Sun, the reference to ―exoterically blue‖ is likewise a blind, for the sun being exoterically
orange, the colour of flame, and that which exoterically unifies the visible worlds and the three
lower worlds of manas – our God is a consuming fire.

The colour changes appearance, but is the more descriptive and truer nature of the Ray. E.g.,
Ray 1, in lowest manifestation or exoteric colour of Ray 1 is Red (demonstrating desire
through the life blood). The Red Ray then refers to Ray 1 ‗unredeemed‘.

The Red Ray is the White Ray, esoterically, and the Gold Ray monadically – all called Ray 1.

The Indigo-Blue Ray is the Orange Ray esoterically, and the Yellow Ray monadically – Ray 2.
(Orange and Blue will one day blended be – at the end of the second ss, see Green, below)

The Green Ray is also the Green Ray esoterically, as it has merged itself (from the first ss‘s
completion – and as we see demonstrated in the Planetary Schemes with Saturn blending
with itself, exoteric with esoteric.) The Green Ray monadically may be black (indigo?)

                  exo guess                           eso guess
Sun:              yellow, gold                        indigo-blue
Vulcan:           red                                 indigo (all sacred planets may be blue)
Mercury:          orange                              white, blue, violet
Venus:            indigo                              yellow, orange, indigo
Earth:            yellow                              turquoise (monad = 1 = red?)
Moon:             violet, gray                        white
Mars:             red, magenta                        rose
Jupiter:          light blue,                         blue, indigo
Saturn:           green, black                        green
Uranus:           electric blue                       indigo
Neptune:          violet, lavendar                    silver
Pluto:            maroon                              black

Moon, mercury, venus, sun, mars, jupiter, saturn
Violet, orange, indigo, yellow, red, blue, green

Three of the sacred planets, it should be remembered, are the home of the three major Rays,
of the embodied forms of the three logoic aspects or principles. Other planets are
embodiments of the four minor rays. We might consider—from the standpoint of the
present—that Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered as the vehicles of the three

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super-principles at this time. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three,
but a hidden mystery lies here.

Mercury, Earth, Mars:
Venus, Jupiter, Saturn: ? Yellow, blue, green (higher devas)

Colours demonstrating through, or are:
        Rays (includes planetary Lives and all consciousnesses, as exponents of Ray Lives)
Hierarchies, or Kingdoms

Sometimes blinds used in referring to colours or rays of of a plane.

Connection between rays and planes due to similarity of colours. Rays and planes are not the
same; neither are their colours – although they may have resonant colours, and hence are
more able to express through various planes.
E.g., the 4 plane. (chart 331)
4 plane is violet, as it is as our etheric physical matter, when viewed ‗truly‘ from the point of
view of the SOLAR LOGOS.
4 plane is light blue, as it is as our higher manas, when viewed ‗esoterically‘ from the point of
4 plane is yellow, when viewed ‗exoterically‘, i.e., from the point of view of man.
                th                   th
That‘s the 4 plane – but is the 4 ray exoterically yellow, esoterically blue, and truly violet?

Rays -- From HPB
                            Exoteric                  Esoteric
Ray 1                Orange/flame            red
         Ray 2              Indigo with purple        light blue
         Ray 3              Black                     green
         Ray 4              Cream                     yellow
         Ray 5              Yellow                    indigo
         Ray 6              Red                       silvery rose
         Ray 7              White                     violet

DK gives a certain order: To what does it correlate: rays, planes, exoteric, esoteric? Why?

As mentioned briefly in Chapter One regarding esoteric and exoteric colours, let‘s start our
exploraton of Colour and basic cosmology with this basic and enigmatic reference about the
solar logos, "blue in colour, esoteric orange and green." As I mentioned therein, I am
proposing that orange is the soul colour of the solar logos, and green its true or monadic
colour, and blue its exoteric colour, (blinded by the complementary yellow -- disk of golden
light -- to our eyes).

In this way, we see replicated the fact that the monad is first. Green in this instance, therefore,
is the monadic ray of the Solar Logos, and represents the whole of the first solar system, aka
―the green system‖. Green relates most commonly to Ray 3.

As apparently opposed to what is normally posited that we are moving from the matter aspect
developed in the first solar system to the spirit or monadic essence to be realized in the 3 or
―red system‖, this suggestion is that Green is the truest essence of these three solar systems.
In the first or green system, the monad immetalized itself into the mineral kingdom of matter,
and thus intelligence began, and the orange of intelligence (the 5 Ray) cooperated with the

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Third. These gave birth to the son, the Blue Logos, our sun, who appears to us through His
complement, yellow. This is a second ray solar system because the Blue Logos, the Son of
the first solar system, is seeking to realize his ‗soul‘ aspect.

However, if we apply the rules of the blinds, we see that Green is likely a blind for Red,
Orange a blind for Blue, and Blue analogous to Indigo or a blind for yellow. Thus the true
colour of the monad of the 3 solar systems is Red, the esoteric or soul colour of it is Blue, and
the personality aspect is Indigo, the colour of the 2 ray, the form building and relationship
aspect, that of the son, the third expression.

TCF: ―the three planets that make a triangle with the earth, namely Mars, Mercury, and Earth.
These three planets—in connection with this inner round—are considered only as existing in
etheric matter, and (in relation to one of the Heavenly Men) hold a place analogous to the
etheric triangle found in the human etheric body.―

―5. The absorbing Triangles. This term is applied to the evolutionary schools found located in
the three major [Page 1177] planets of our system—Uranus, Neptune and Saturn—and to
those found in the three major chains, and three major globes in a planetary scheme.‖

Uranus=Red, blue                    violet             etheric
Neptune=blue, yellow                rose               astral
Saturn=green green                  orange             mental

Saturn            orange green               mental               head
Neptune           rose   blue(yellow)        astral               heart
Uranus            violet red                 etheric              base

2.3. Rays and Planes (charts), Creative Hierarchies, Devas, Raja Lords, Plane Lords,

from Dany‘s work:
astral light –
"The secret of life lies hidden in the serpent stage, - not the life of the Spirit, but the life of the
soul, and this will be revealed as the "serpent of the astral light" is truly approached, and duly
studied. One of the four Lipika Lords, Who stand nearest to our planetary Logos, is called the
"living Serpent" and His emblem is a serpent of blue with one eye, in the form of a ruby, in its
head. Students who care to carry the symbology a little further can connect this idea with the
"eye of Shiva" which sees and knows all, and records all, as does the human eye in lesser
degree; all is photographed upon the astral light, as the human eye receives impressions
upon the retina.
Relate this to ‗afterimage‘ and the way the retina holds the opposite in order to balance out
the impress of a strong colour or image. VSK

Here is an interesting correlation of three groups of devas, the blue and rose working with
souls who work in mass, the blue and yellow working with souls in smaller groups who are
thinkers and leaders, and the two‘s and three‘s (never more than in groups of nine) of the
disciples, who work under guidance of white and gold devas. This correlates well with the 6th
                    nd th th
ray blue/rose, the 2 /4 /5 ray blue/yellow devas, and the 1st ray, head center colours of
gold/white for the advanced groups working in groups of nine or less, even singly.

―Some souls can work only in mass formation, banded together and unified by a common
aspiration. Such are the majority of Christians, for instance, in the churches. These, knowing
not the laws of occultism, and only sensing the inner truth, work on broad lines of preparation.
They are aided by bands of lesser devas or angels who suggest, guide and control.
Others more advanced work in smaller groups. They idealize more and in them you see the
thinkers and leaders of social reform, of humanitarian regeneration and of church leadership,

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either Christian or Oriental. The higher devas guide them, the blue and yellow devas [could
relate to rays 2, or 4, or 5],
as the former group are guided by the blue and rose [6 ray].
Back of them stand the still more advanced—the aspirants, probationers and disciples of the
world. They work singly or in twos or threes and never in groups exceeding nine—the occult
significance of these numbers being necessary to the success of their work. Great white and
gold devas attend their labours.‖ p. 354, TWM

Hierarchies and Entities (charts)
(p. 1278, TCF) The symbols for the five hierarchies which have passed on may be stated as
1. A ball of green fire with three rays of rose. [Pisces, 3 ray]
2. A sphere, divided by a Tau, in colours green and silver. [Aries, 4 ray]
3. A bird, with plumage dark and with the eye of radiant fire. [Taurus, 5 ray]
4. Two stars of vivid rose linked by a band of violet. [Gemini, 6 ray]
5. An ovoid of colour indigo with five letters or symbolic words within its borders. [Cancer, 7

From dany‘s work
"the Monad is to the planetary Logos what the third eye is to man" DINA II, 291.
In this regard I wonder if we could expand the table given in EP I, 222, in adding a column
giving the corresponding eyes to each of the kingdoms in nature:

 Kingdom         Process                     Secret                     Objective              Eye
1. Mineral       Condensation                Transmutation              Radiation.             Alta
2. Vegetable     Conformation                Transformation Magnetization         Pituitary
3. Animal        Concretization              Transfusion           Experimentation
4. Human         Adaptation                  Translation                Transfiguration Third eye
5. Egoic         Externalization             Manifestation              Realization
         Inner eye
6. Divine                                                                                      the
all seeing eye

1. Mineral kingdom         base of spine     Adrenals.
2. Vegetable kingdom       heart centre      Thymus.
3. Animal kingdom          solar plexus      Pancreas.
4. Human kingdom           sacral centre     Gonads.
5. Egoic kingdom           throat centre     Thyroid.
6. Planetary kingdom       ajna centre       Pituitary.
7. Solar kingdom           head centre       Pineal.

Works to DK order:
violet, rose, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue.
Humanity seems to be yellow, not green – and it‘s third ray, throat center association is
therefore more accurate in this lineup. Why Egoic Kingdom green?

1. The pineal gland.
2. The pituitary body.
3. The thyroid and para-thyroid glands.
4. The thymus gland.
5. The pancreas.
6. The adrenals.
7. The gonads.

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These centres are:

1. The head centre.
2. The centre between the eyebrows.
3. The throat centre.
4. The heart centre.
5. The solar plexus centre.
6. The centre at the base of the spine.
7. The sacral centre.

This order, orange, violet, may be not according to DK order so well.

Are silver and gold colours? Black and White? They refer to consciousnesses. Mineral
kingdom, gems, refer to some level of consciousness. Sapphire Throne, for instance, may
refer to a logos (Sanat Kumara), in physical incarnation, as Sapphire is a mineral and hence
                    th                         th
suggestive of the 7 or physical plane or the 7 kingdom, the mineral.

Show various outline models of esoteric light combos:
Light Spectrum red-violet, and reverse
DK's version from LOM, and reverse
Mystic and occult - directions up or down
And blinds
9 of consciousness on the 7 of form: red, blue, green - dual
3 aspects,
astrological and various levels of planetary rulers, eg.

2.4. The Buddhic Plane, Ethers and Prana

From A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, the following excerpt is taken from page 321:

… We are employing the word "colour" here in its original and basic sense as "that which
veils." Colour veils the sevenfold differentiation of logoic manifestation and, from the angle of
vision of man in the three worlds, can be seen only in its full significance on the buddhic
plane. All fire and electrical display will be seen to embody the seven colours.

2.5      The Mental Plane; Sons of Mind; Abstract and Concrete mind

2.6      Distortion, Time, Mutation, Desire, Son of Necessity …

2.7      Cosmic Physical Plane
         ethers, etheric vehicle as not lunar, physical plane as junction of solar and lunar lives.
Necessary for initiation to be incarnated. Where colour is most found, paths out = out of
TCF, p. 1241: ―It should also be noted that the Adept Who undergoes the discipline and who
passes through initiatory rites which will enable him to tread those seven Paths, has
transcended colour, has passed beyond the veil and has expanded His consciousness so
that he is at-one with the conscious life of His planetary Logos. He has therefore arrived at a
stage incomprehensible to man now; He is passing out of the realm of substantial forms
altogether into the realm of energy. He knows the life of the two aspects, the soul and the
body, and is passing away from the realm of awareness altogether. This will sound to the
average reader as a foolish jingling of words and a splitting of hairs but he who reasons by

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the Law of Correspondences and who has grasped the basic essential relativity of the three
aspects to each other has arrived at the knowledge that back of all form* is a subjective Life
which is known by its quality, its colour, and its attributes; he has expanded his
consciousness until gradually he has ascertained and made a part of his own conscious
ensemble those attributes and qualities. But the pulsating dynamic vibration which is the
producing cause of both the subjective life and its qualitative form is as yet—to him—the
mystery of mysteries and the ineffable secret. It becomes the goal of his endeavour as he
sets foot upon one of the seven Paths which face him after the fifth Initiation.‖

* technique of the presence

1. The mineral kingdom—Pluto and Vulcan
2. The vegetable kingdom—Venus and Jupiter
3. The animal kingdom—The Moon and Mars
4. The human kingdom—Mercury and Saturn
5. The kingdom of souls—Neptune and Uranus
6. Synthesising these five—The Sun

1 – black, red, gold
2 – green, yellow-orange, lt. Blue
3 – violet, red
4 – yellow-orange, green
5 – violet, electric blue
6 – orange, blue

2.8. The Egoic Lotus
– (charts) - ref to 3's, 4's and 5's in combination.
Egoic Lotus - here and not under human constitution, as this is considered archetypal
for many levels of 'man', logoi, etc.

relate orange, pink, yellow, to lower three planes: physical, astral, mental.

knowledge petals: predominance of orange, as blind or reflection or illusion of
extensive development of green in the first system. Orange and Green as allies: Thus
indicating knowledge petals

Similarily for the love, pink and its blind/reflection of blue, light blue or indigo ... for
the astral plane.

Mental plane relating to the sacrifice petals --

or need to consider the 'downward reflection' of these planes -- so mental and
knowledge, astral to love, and physical to sacrifice -- thus yellow being with opposite

questions of whether there are 3 or 4 primary colours -- buddhic/etheric are coloured, or
three dense?

primaries --red blue green
orred blue yellow -- references relating to 3rd ray and 4th ray.

2.9. Spiritual Numerals: Planets, Signs, Metals, Perfumes, Shapes etc. (charts)

Spheres/Rounds/circles - blues/indigos
Ellipses/curves - yellows/indigos
Cubes/rectangles/lines - reds, oranges,
Stars - violets

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2.10. Other Correspondences and Tables: Laws, Nations, etc. (charts)

EA: p. 455-456:
"The following relations must consequently be borne in mind:

I. Head centre . . . Shamballa . . . 1st ray . . . 1st & 7th races . . . Will; the goal.
Energy of Life. Synthesis.
Seven centres awakened and functioning.
In first root-race alive and faintly vibrating.
In seventh root-race fully awakened.

II. Heart centre . . . Hierarchy . . . 2nd ray . . . 6th root-race . . . Love; the goal.
Energy of Identification. Achievement of fusion.
Six centres functioning.
The focal point of the egoic consciousness of divinity.
The fifth kingdom. The Kingdom of God.

III. Ajna centre . . . Humanity . . . 5th ray . . . 5th root-race . . . Intuition; the goal.
The energy of Initiation. Development of inclusiveness.
Five centres rapidly awakening.
The focal point of personality.
The human kingdom, the fourth kingdom in nature.

IV. Throat centre . . . Animal . . . 3rd ray . . . 3rd root-race . . . Intellect; the goal.
The energy of Illumination. Creating in the light.
Four centres functioning.
Focal point of the instinctual consciousness.
The third kingdom in nature.

V. Solar plexus . . . Vegetable . . . 6th ray . . . 4th root-race . . . Instinct; the goal.
The energy of Aspiration. Unfoldment of sensitivity.
Three centres functioning.
Focal point of psychic response.
The second kingdom in nature.

VI. Sacral centre . . . Deva evolution . . . 7th ray . . . 2nd root-race . . . Responsiveness;
the goal.
The energy of Magnetism. Power to build.
Two centres functioning; heart and sacral centres.
Focal point of vibratory response to the "eye of God."

VII. Base of spine . . . Mineral . . . 4th ray . . . 7th root-race . . . Synthesis; the goal.
The energy of foundational Synthesis. Completion.
All centres functioning as one.
Focal point of evolution.
The first kingdom in nature.

EA Ray order:
Crown:       1:1st/7th rr (Shamballa) blue/red/violet
Heart:       2:6th rr (hierarchy)    indigo/rose
Ajna:       5:5th rr (humanity)      orange/orange * (atomic)
throat:     3:3rd rr (animal)        green/green * (monadic)
solar plexus:6:4th rr (vegetable)     red/yellow/green (atmic strongest in vegetable:
5th mastery)
sacral:     7:2nd rr (deva)          violet/indigo
base:       4:7th rr (mineral)       yellow/violet (buddhic strongest in mineral)

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Detail of Chapter Three
Continuation of Theory

3.0 Microcosmic Constitution: Rays and Colours in the Human System

Fundamental to this thesis is application of colour to the human condition; therefore,
this section deals with the various human vehicles and associated colours. An overview
of this relationship is shown in the following key quote:

―Every individual vibrates to some particular measure. Those who know and who
work clairvoyantly and clairaudiently find that all matter sounds, all matter pulsates,
and all matter has its own colour. Each human being can therefore be made to give
forth some specific sound; in making that sound he flashes into colour, and the
combination of the two is indicative of some measure which is peculiarly his own.

Every unit of the human race is on some one of the seven rays; therefore some one
colour predominates, and some one tone sounds forth; infinite are the gradations and
many the shades of colour and tone.

VSK -- Necessary to continue this quote beyond here?
Each ray has its subsidiary rays which it
dominates, acting as the synthetic ray. These seven rays are linked with the colours
of the spectrum. There are the rays of red, blue, yellow, orange, green and violet.
There is the ray that synthesises them all, that of indigo. There are the three major
rays—red, blue and yellow—and the four subsidiary colours which, in the evolving
Monad, find their correspondence in the spiritual Triad and the lower quaternary.
The Logos of our system is concentrating on the love or blue aspect. This—as the
synthesis—manifests as indigo. This matter of the rays and their colours is confusing
to the neophyte. I can but indicate some thoughts, and in the accumulation of
suggestion light may eventually come. The clue lies in similarity of colour, which
entails a resemblance in note and rhythm. When, therefore, a man is on the red and
yellow rays, with red as his primary ray, and meets another human being who is on
the blue and yellow rays, with a secondary resemblance to the yellow, there may be
recognition. But when a man on the yellow and blue rays, with yellow as his primary
colour, meets a brother on the yellow and red rays, the recognition is immediate and
mutual, for the primary colour is the same. When this fundamental cause of
association or dissociation is better understood, the secondary colours will be made to
act as the meeting ground, to the mutual benefit of the parties concerned.

Of the colours, red, blue and yellow are primary and irreducible. They are the
colours of the major rays:
a. Will or Power Red
b. Love-Wisdom Blue
c. Active Intelligence Yellow

We have then the subsidiary rays:
d. Orange.
e. Green.
f. Violet, and the synthesising ray,
p. 126-128, EPI

―I would like to describe these centres in greater detail, dealing with them as seen in
etheric matter, and basing what I say upon a similar statement by Mr. C. W.
Leadbeater in "Inner Life," Vol. 1, page 447-460. We will note the colours and petals:
1. The base of the spine, four petals. These petals are in the shape of a cross, and
radiate with orange fire.
2. The solar plexus, ten petals rosy colour with admixture of green.
3. The heart centre, twelve petals glowing golden.
4. The throat centre, sixteen petals of a silvery blue, with blue predominating.

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5. The head centre in its twofold divisions:
a. Between the eyebrows, consisting of ninety-six petals, one-half of the lotus being
rose and yellow, and the other half blue and purple.
b. The very top of the head. A centre consisting of twelve major petals of white and
gold, and nine hundred and sixty secondary petals arranged around the central
twelve. This makes a total of ten hundred and sixty-eight petals in the two head
centres (making the one centre) or three hundred and fifty-six triplicities.‖
Page 168, TCF

Violet and white

Yellow and rose, and purple and blue
Yellow and rose = right eye, and either referring to buddhic and astral
Purple and blue = left eye, and either referring to etheric and mental

If combining purple and yellow– we have complementaries of the buddhic plane
If combining rose blue – we have complementaries of the astral plane



Solar plexus and spleen



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5. Consciousness and Colours

5.1. Colour in Occult Meditation and Visualization
5.2. Triangles: Life, Form, Intelligence
5.3. Transmutation and Initiations; Application
5.3.1. Centers and Planes
5.3.2. Exoteric and Esoteric models (charts)
The 2,4,6 are all blue/indigo, 1 & 7 red/white, 3 & 5 green, thus the three primaries, to
abstract to the 1 white.
The lower three become yellow/blue on the 4th.

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6. Commentary, Stanzas of Dzyan, Paths, and other Descriptions, Words of Power

The various Stanzas of Dzyan (both from TCF and The Secret Doctrine), Old
Commentary sections, Ray and Cosmic Paths are full of colour imagery. Here are some
attempts at some possible meanings for a few of the more suggestive passages.

Path of Earth service: red and green as atmic, highest of 5, lowest of upper 3.

From TCF, Stanza VIII:
Blue to the green is added and completion quick is seen. The vibration of the third is
added to the one. Blue to the orange blends, and in their wise admixture is seen the
stable scheme. To the yellow and the red, to the purple and the ultimate is the
vibration of the seventh adjusted as the Primary.


Stage I.

The life has climbed the stairway long through daily use of form. Through the lesser
three, with progress slow, the long path has been travelled. Another door stands open
now. The words sound forth: "Enter upon the way of real desire."

The life, that only knows itself as form, enshrouds itself in vivid red, the red of known
desire, and through the red all longed-for forms approach, are grasped and held, used
and discarded, until the red changes to rose and rose to palest pink, and pink to
white. Forth flowers then the pure white rose of life.

The tiny rose of living life is seen in bud; not yet the full blown flower.

Stage II.

The picture changes form. Another voice, coming from close at hand utters another
phrase. The life continues on its way. "Enter the field where children play and join
their game." Awakened to the game of life, the soul passes the gate.

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The field is green and on its broad expanse the many forms of the one moving Life
disport themselves; they weave the dance of life, the many patterned forms God
takes. The soul enters "the playground of the Lord" and plays thereon until he sees
the star with five bright points, and says: "My Star."

Stage III.

The way of red desire fails. It loses its allure. The playground of the sons of God no
longer holds appeal. The voice which has twice sounded from out the world of form
sounds now within the heart. The challenge comes: "Prove thine own worth. Take to
thyself the orange ball of thy one-pointed purpose." Responsive to the sounded word,

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the living soul, immersed in form, emerges from the many forms and hews its onward
way. The way of the destroyer comes, the builder and again the tearer down of forms.
The broken forms hold not the power to satisfy. The soul's own form is now the great
desire, and thus there comes the entering of the playground of the mind.

But in these dreams and fantasies, at times a vision comes—a vision of a folded lotus
flower, close petalled, tightly sealed, lacking aroma yet, but bathed in cold blue light.

Orange and blue in some more distant time will blended be, but far off yet the date.
Their blending bathes the bud in light and causes future opening. Let the light shine.

Stage IV.

Into the dark the life proceeds. A different voice seems to sound forth. "Enter the
cave and find your own; walk in the dark and on your head carry a lighted lamp." The
cave is dark and lonely; cold is it and a place of many sounds and voices. The voices of
the many sons of God, left playing on the playground of the Lord, make their appeal
for light. The cave is long and narrow. The air is full of fog. The sound of running
water meets the rushing sound of wind, and frequent roll of thunder.

Far off, dim and most vaguely seen, appears an oval opening, its colour blue.
Stretched athwart this space of blue, a rosy cross is seen, and at the centre of the
cross, where four [page 676] arms meet, a rose. Upon the upper limb, a vibrant
diamond shines, within a star five-pointed.

The living soul drives forward towards the cross which bars his way to life, revealed
and known.

Not yet the cross is mounted and, therefore, left behind. But onward goes the living
soul, eyes fixed upon the cross, ears open to the wailing cries of all his brother souls.

Stage V.

Out into radiant life and light! The cave is left behind; the cross is overturned; the
way stands clear. The word sounds clear within the head and not within the heart.
"Enter again the playground of the Lord and this time lead the games." The way upon
the second tier of stairs stands barred, this by the soul's own act. No longer red desire
governs all the life, but now the clear blue flame burns strong. Upon the bottom step
of the barred way he turns back and passes down the stairs on to the playground,
meeting dead shells built in an earlier stage, stepping upon forms discarded and
destroyed, and holding forth the hands of helpfulness. Upon his shoulder sits the bird
of peace; upon his feet the sandals of the messenger.

Not yet the utter glory of the radiant life! Not yet the entering into everlasting peace!
But still the work, and still the lifting of the little ones.

You are primarily along the occult line. You work with energy and, actually and
mentally, you are fairly well controlled and coordinated. You need to work with the
physical body and use it in the work you have to do and right there is where
hindrance creeps in.

Add more here, on line of occultist and assigned meditation has much about colour.

Colour and Sounds, Words, and Language

Pronunciation of various sounds may also be successfully correlated to colour. Some
seemingly logical inferrences correlating sound to colour may be made; however, I rather tend

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away from that here as this requires much more investigation than lies within the scope of this
work, and music is not my field. Additionally, I am skeptical of the more common correlations
of sound to colour based upon a pseudo-scientific octave correlation of ‗octaves‘ along the
electromagnetic spectrum (since, physically speaking, sound and colour do not use the same
medium of wave propigation – i.e., compression waves and electromagnetic waves,
respectively, as I defined in Chapter One. Light travels at, that‘s right, the speed of light, a
constant, and sound travels at various speeds, all under ‗the sound barrier‘, and dependent
upon temperature and altitude, usually somewhere below 700 miles per hour. Sound is not

Nevertheless, let‘s investigate what we can based upon the Tibetan‘s assignments, checked
with other correlations. A common correlation is based on simple spectral assignments, one
to one, usually starting with red at ―C‖ or the note ―DO‖. This is usually assigned to the crown
or base. The Tibetan does give green as the note of nature, and correlated to ―FA‖, and the
crown, or base, and within the logic of the philosophy, the note SO, or SOL, is easily related
to the soul, the Sun, or Blue, the Blue Logos, or the Heart centre.

Here is an example of these schematics:

Do             Red             Crown
re             Orange          Ajna            Crown
me             Yellow          Throat          Ajna
fa             Green           Heart           Throat
so             Blue            Solar           Heart
la             Indigo          Sacral          Solar
ti             Violet          base            Sacral
Do             Red                             base

               Wavelength      1 A = 10*-
                                          Converted to                       Orchestra     Physical
               Angstrom        10th                                   Note
                                          Hertz                              Pitch         Pitch
               Units           Meters
 Infra Red                                or                      ~
               7653A           to 7813A                               G      392 Hz        384 Hz
 Begins                                   392X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Red           7228A           to 7317A                               G#     415 Hz        410 Hz
                                          415X10*12thHz           ~
 Red-                                     or                      ~
               6818A           to 7042A                               A      440 Hz        426 Hz
 Orange                                   440X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Orange        6438A           to 6522A                               A#     466 Hz        460Hz
                                          466X10*12thHz           ~
 Orange-                                  or                      ~
               6058A           to 6250A                               B      493 Hz        480 Hz
 Yellow                                   493X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Yellow        5736A           to 5859A                               C      523 Hz        512 Hz
                                          523X10*12thHz           ~
 Yellow-                                  or                      ~
               5415A           to 5474A                               C#     554 Hz        548 Hz
 Green                                    554X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Green         5110A           to 5208A                               D      587 Hz        576 Hz
                                          587X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Green-Blue 4823A              to 4878A                               D#     622 Hz        615 Hz
                                          622X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Blue          4552A           to 4688A                               E      659 Hz        640 Hz
                                          659X10*12thHz           ~
                                          or                      ~
 Indigo        4298A           to 4392A                               F      698 Hz        683 Hz
                                          697X10*12thHz           ~

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                                        or               ~
 Violet        4054A           to 4098A                     F#     740 Hz                    732 Hz
                                        740X10*12thHz ~
 Ultra-Violet                           or
              3827A           to 3906A
 Begins                                 784X10*12thHz
                           Frequency X Wavelength = Speed Of Light

               Radiation Type          Frequency Range (Hz)         Wavelength Range
                                                    19                  -12
               Gamma rays              above 3 x 10                 < 10 m
                                             17          19
               X-rays                  3 x 10 - 3 x 10              1 nm - 1 pm
                                                14          17
               Ultraviolet Radiation   7.5 x 10 - 3 x 10            400 nm - 1 nm
                                                14             14
               Visible Spectrum        3.8 x 10 - 7.5 x 10          750 nm - 380 nm
                                          11          14
               Infrared Radiation      10 - 3.8 x 10                25 um - 2.5 um
                                          8     12
               Microwaves              10 - 10                      1 mm - 25 um
                                          4     8
               Radio waves             10 - 10                      >1 mm

I have indicated to you certain vowels and consonants which are the nearest approach which
I can make to making these Words clear, and I have done so in the case of the first and
second rays. I shall give you no others, as it is entirely useless. I shall only give you the
significances, the concepts involved and the meaning of which these archaic word-forms
(which I have attempted to portray in Anglo-Saxon letters) are the embodiment. As the race
passes more and more into the world of meaning, these word-forms assume less and less
importance, and only the concentrated thought, based on understanding comprehension, can
achieve the results. It is into this somewhat new form of work we are now pioneering.

Words of Power

Here is an attempt to define, via colour and sound, the two Words of Power as given by DK
for the first and second rays. First, some background referencing from the Rays and the

The vivid light of the second ray soul (the most vivid in this second ray solar system)
dominates the light of form and radiates out to the triadal light. Then comes a moment of
intense concentration and the peculiar Word of Power of the second ray is enunciated. Of this
Word, the dual symbol Sxprulxs takes form in the mind of the disciple and signifies the
assertion: "I see the greatest Light." This statement has relation to the Central Spiritual Sun
and not to the Heart of the Sun; it involves, if I might so express it, the most intense effort to
see in the light the relation of the whole, and this is one of the most potent experiences to
which the disciple can be subjected. It is not vision or even aspiration to see the vision. It is
complete sight and of this the Masonic symbol of the "Eye of God," the "All-Seeing Eye," is
the expression. It involves realization of the light of the divine countenance; of this the light of
the soul is the dim reflection. The disciple has learnt the significance of solar and lunar light
(soul and form light), but this is something other. It is the great obliterating light of reality itself,
revealing the fact of the higher Lighted Way which leads to Nirvana.‖

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UKRT two syllable, "oo-curt" invocative, alignment to fire: "oo", sort of 'upward tending
invocation' then "curt", DOWN!

APKL two syllable word: AHP, KHUL -- ahp, being the disciple putting himself into this
column or, 'round of fire', oneness making, then KHUL ... don't know, (KL) something indigo ...
death of separation ... killing out desire .... hmmm, ponder ponder ...

STI      sound of the Fiat, it is done, assertion of fact: STI!

Sx pru lx S
"the most intense effort to see in the light the relation of the whole, and this is one of the most
potent experiences to which the disciple can be subjected."

I think there is a strong relation to the english sound/word/meaning SEX, and SX, in relation
to this second ray (dualword.
First sound -- incorporating sounds that aren't normally used in English speech however, so,
big guess, something like:
ssssecks (sex, with emphasis on a hissing sss sound at the beginning, the snake, serpent,
kundalini coming into the 8 of matter -- 1+8, Aries/Scorpio, etc.

then, PRULXS (prew or maybe prewl), as the path between the two SX XS pillars,
LXS, as we conjecture, LUX as the root of Light, with the closing sound "Xcess", 8+1, the
serpent coiling back out, raising into the dragon, blinding light.

Interesting, light-wise, S = 1, related to red, and also, in the closing position, violet, it brings
the spectrum 'around', with the LUX, being the most brilliant portion of the spectrum, the
yellow-green (3rd and 4th ray, 'busiest' lights, casting the most light on substance).

So, a colour pronunciation could be like this:
SX = 1+8 = RED black (snake of will to incarnate, son of necessity ...)
PR = 7+9 = violet indigo/black (2nd solar system, descent into deepest form)
UL(X) = 3 = yellow green (black) -- L, the Light (against the blackness)
(X)S = 8+1 = black RED (inclining towards next solar system, the coiled snake becomes the
dragon, rising above the pillars, in front of the sun. (hmmm, sounds like a cosmic path we
know and love?)

written here:

****black ********* black****
antahkarana ..... antahkarana


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7. Exercises

1.4.2. Medical, Psychological, and Other Applications Healing; Birthing and Dying Environmental Uses; Feng Shui

1.5 General Trends, Probabilities, and Experiments

Colour trends or fads – in decorating, clothing – variously the use of colour is considered elite
or common. Sometimes bright colours will be a sign of the utmost taste, and other times it is
garish and unrefined. Black is often a sign of wealth and sophistication, and at other times or
other cultures, the colour of utilitarianism.

The main point in psychological analysis would be to determine the cultural constants of the
person or group under question. How is colour, in general, and any specific colour, defined in
the culture and times?

Esoterically correlations of colour preferences to ray influences and sub and branch races
would be most interesting. This could be done for individuals and perhaps more suggestive,
on larger populations, nations or major racial components over longer periods of time.

Luscher tests, etc.

Blue is the most commonly preferred colour among Europeans, considered ―concentric,
passive, sensitive, perceptive, unifying, xpressive of tranquility, tenderness and ―love and

Orange-red is alternately considered to be eccentric, active, offensive, aggressive,
autonomous, competitive, and expressive of desire, domination and sexuality.

The tests which offer a preference for one and a rejection of another colour can be indicative
of psychological and physical needs. For instance, preference for blue and rejection of red
can be seen in those frustrated and anxious in the business world, they are looking for a
vacation from the active world in favor of tranquility.

In psychological terminology, blue and yellow are always different:
        Blue: depressed ―feeling blue‖
        Yellow: happy and gay, feeling ―sunny‖
        Blue: loyal, ―true blue‖
        Yellow: cowardly, ―he‘s yellow‖

Red is the most stimulating
violet the most calming

Chromotherapy, does not require the visual system to be active, but is an effect of wavelength
upon the skin.

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From DINA I: 482-483
Each evening write your diary from four points of view. Let it be written with real
thought and a determination to find something to relate in connection with each
point. This will engender in you a constant watchfulness over your daily life, a vital
attentiveness to life as it is lived around you and a reflective daily meditative
attitude which is to take the place of the prolonged, definite, morning meditation.
The four points to be dealt with and covered in your diary are as follows:

1. What things, attitudes, and words of beauty did I come across today? Note these
down and note also your reactions to them when recognised—a sunset of radiant
colour; a face or look which brought good remembrance; a paragraph in a book which
illumined your mind. Write it all down so as to share it with your fellow disciples.
Write, for instance, the paragraph which attracted your attention or the spoken
words which brought you light. Hunt every day for beauty and record it.

2. What act of service did I render which was other than my usual programme? What
services did I note that other people were rendering? List what you see your
fellow-men doing each day that strikes a note of selfless service and learn thereby the
wonder of the human being. Give your reactions to that which you record.

3. What colour or colours predominated in my life today? Upon the physical plane—a
blaze of sunshine, the grey of a rainy day, the blue of the sky, the riot of colour in the
flowers in a garden or a shop? Upon the astral plane—the rose of affection and of
friendly feeling, the blue of an inspiring contact, the gold of physical well being, the
interplay of colours which your emotional nature can be trained to recognise?

4. What dramas came my way today, in my own life or in the life of others? Seek for
drama under the dull exterior of a person, in the world of daily happenings as you see
it functioning around you. See it everywhere—the drama of life as lived by yourself,
your environing associates, and also the nations of the world. Evoke and cultivate the
sense of the immanent beauty of drama, and note the recognition of it in your diary;
note also the lessons to be learnt as you sense and study them.

This diary will reveal to you what you lack; it will train you in the objective and
subjective recognitions which you so much need; it will lift you out of yourself and
will carry to you revelation and joy and an enlarging horizon. Ponder upon the words:
Beauty, colour, service, outer relationships, inner linkings. No more I give you now
except my blessing.

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8. Questions and Notes for Further Study

      NOTES for Further Study, from
1a. (from Chapter 1, p. )
This raises many interesting inquiries to the esoteric investigator about root races and the
qualities of each sub or branch race … As well, the influence of certain rays upon cultures
and times would be considered in this analysis.

A study into the use of various colours in art in different cultures and in different times could
be illuminating, especially in regard to ray, sub and branch race influences.

A study into the biological development of colour vision, and the connection to the vegetable
kingdom is suggestive. Fruit trees, bearing produce that reflected yellow, orange and red light,
seem to be instrumental in the development of tri-chromatic vision in new world monkeys.

Legitimate instruments are normally only those considered to be mechanical or of the physical
senses, if the results can be replicated consistently by someone with a similar instrument or
sense organs. (In the same way we hope to prove the nature or existence of the soul,
scientifically. Science normally approaches every question in an effort to prove it false; a strict
view of science is that it never can prove anything as true, but can hold that a preponderance
of good evidence may suggest something is at least more likely to be true than other options.
While ether is not now proven as existing, in neither the form that esotericists or early
cosmologists may have suggested, it can neither say ―it does not exist‖. ―We do not know‖ is
always a prudent statement, and one we can be most assured of!)
Emerging or proto sciences do admit that the psychical senses (i.e., 6 sense-type
perceptions) organs) may be legitimate ‗instruments‘ – if there are sufficient sensors
(psychics, clairvoyants, meditators, etc.) in an emerging group who can reliably predict and
reproduce results among those of similar capability. This would be a great area for more
scientific and cooperative experimentation by scientists and those with extra-senses or




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In the way of problems to solve:

1. violet and white: esoteric or exoteric? Both referencess

2. Esoteric and Exoteric relationship of blue and indigo.

3. Main problem – various levels of colours. Primary assumption is
True colour, Esoteric Colour, Exoteric Colour;
analogous to:
Primary; Complementary; antagonistic

and as in esoteric astrology: Hierarchical, Esoteric, Exoteric.
(Also relevant to the levels which Hermetic theory uses: 4 levels; King, Queen, Knight and

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9. References & compilations (colour*, visual*, creativ*, imag*)

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