Seven Constellations

1.  Our Solar System One of Seven “Constellations” – hid in a threefold mystery:

a. The mystery of electricity.
b. The mystery of the seven constellations.
c. The mystery of the ONE ABOVE THE LOGOS.” (TCF 269)

2. The Relationship of Our Solar System to the Seven constellations: “This energy, or electrical manifestation, this “mystery of electricity” to which H. P. B. refers,50 is the foundation of all manifestations, and lies back of all evolution.  It produces light in ever-growing brilliancy; it builds and moulds the form to the need of the indwelling Entity; it brings about coherence and group activity; it is the warmth that causes all growth, and that fosters not only the manifestations of the vegetable and animal kingdoms but induces interaction between the human units, and lies behind all human relationships.  It is magnetism, radiation, attraction and repulsion, life, death, and all things; it is conscious purpose and essential will in objective manifestation, and he who has solved what lies back of electrical phenomena has solved not only the secret of his own Being, but knows his place within his greater sphere, a planetary Logos, is conscious of the Identity of that cosmic Existence we call a solar Logos, and realises somewhat the place of our system and its electrical relationship with the seven constellations.” (TCF 436)

3. Karma of Solar Logos Not Related to the “Seven constellations”: “In connection with the karma of the solar Logos, the subject is even more abstract and incomprehensible.  It lies hidden—not in the seven constellations— but in the three constellations which concern the three bodies of His Personality and which in themselves are but manifestations of a central LIFE past our concept and our recognition.  It concerns the manifestation in time and space of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, and Whose relationship to the solar Logos finds a faint analogy in that of the planetary Logos to man, the human unit.  It profits not to extend the thought any further.” (TCF  801)

4. The United Activity of Seven constellations: “Further, it must be added that the third type of motion to which our system is subjected, that of progress onward, is the result of the united activity of the seven constellations (our solar system forming one of the seven) which form the seven centres of the cosmic Logos.  This united activity produces a uniform and steady push (if it might so be expressed) toward a point in the heavens unknown as yet to even the planetary Logoi.” (TCF 1059)Commentary: This paragraph is full of enigmas. Our solar system (again) is one of “seven constellations”, but the seven constellations form the seven centers of a cosmic Logos, and a cosmic Logos has been described as having solar Logoi as centers! We must also attend to the word “system”, as in “solar system”; indeed, any system composed of stars (whether one star, seven stars or, perhaps 49 stars) could be called a solar system. In this paragraph, I tend to read the term “solar system” as equivalent to “constellation of stars”. If this were the case, the term “cosmic Logos” would have to be interpreted in a larger way than on TCF 293).Amazing that the point of destination is unknown even to the planetary Logoi!

5. Just for Perspective and to Help the Mind Reel: “The confines of the Heavens Themselves are illimitable and utterly unknown.  Naught but the wildest speculation is possible to the tiny finite minds of men and it profits us not to consider the question.  Go out on some clear starlit night and seek to realise that in the many thousands of suns and constellations visible to the unaided eye of man, and in the tens of millions which the modern telescope reveals there is seen the physical manifestation of as many millions of intelligent existences; this infers that what is visible is simply those existences who are in incarnation.  But only one-seventh of the possible appearances are incarnating.  Six-sevenths are out of incarnation, waiting their turn to manifest, and holding back from incarnation until, in the turning of the great wheel, suitable and better conditions may eventuate.

Realise further that the bodies of all these sentient intelligent cosmic, solar and planetary Logoi are constituted of living sentient beings, and the brain reels, and the mind draws back in dismay before such a staggering concept.  Yet so it is, and so all moves forward to some unfathomable and magnificent consummation which will only in part begin to be visioned by us when our consciousness [Page 1060] has expanded beyond the cosmic physical plane, and beyond the cosmic astral until it can “conceive and think” upon the cosmic mental plane.  That supposes a realisation beyond that of the Buddhas who have the consciousness of the cosmic physical plane, and beyond that of the planetary Logoi.  It is the consciousness and knowledge of a solar Logos. To the occult student, who has developed the power of the inner vision, the vault of Heaven can therefore be seen as a blazing fire of light, and the stars as focal points of flame from which radiate streams of dynamic energy.  Darkness is light to the illumined Seer, and the secret of the Heavens can be read and expressed in terms of force currents, energy centres, and dynamic fiery systemic peripheries.” (TCF 1059-1060)

6. Description of a Cosmic Wheel and Seven “Constellations”: “A cosmic wheel, or a group of seven constellations.  These are grouped according to: a. Their magnitude, b. Their vibration, c. Their colour, d. Their influence upon each other. These cosmic wheels, according to the esoteric books, are divided into forty-nine groups, each comprising millions of septenary constellations.  For purposes of study by the Adepts, they are each known by a symbol, and these forty-nine symbols embody all that can be apprehended anent the size, magnitude, quality, vibratory activity, and objective of those great forms through which an Existence is experiencing.  The Chohans of high degree [Page 1086] know the forty-nine sounds which give the quality of the consciousness aspect of these great Beings Who are as far removed from the consciousness of our solar Logos as the consciousness of man is removed from that of a crystal. (TCF  1085-1086)

7. Seven Creative Hierarchies in Relation to Seven constellations: “Each of these seven hierarchies of Beings Who are the Builders or the Attractive Agents are (in their degree) intermediaries; all embody one of the types of force emanating from the seven constellations.  Their intermediary work, therefore, is dual: 1. They are the mediators between Spirit and matter. 2. They are the transmitters of force from sources extraneous to the solar system to forms within the solar system.” (TCF  1196)

8. The Most Potent of the Seven constellations, as Far as Our System is Concerned: “Those who tread this second Path work with magnetic or attractive energy because they have identified themselves with it.  Eventually they will all pass on to Path VII, which is the Path of Absolute Sonship.  All that can be said here in regard to their efforts is the statement that this Path carries them (through the medium of the logoic head centre) into the Heart of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID.  They are swept out of systemic evolution altogether upon a great tide of attractive energy which emanates from one of the major centres of that great Existence Who is the source of the life of the solar Logos.

This centre is of course one of [Page 1250] the seven constellations.  As it is the most potent constellation as far as our system is concerned owing to the fact that this system predominantly expresses love or attractive energy and our Logos is as yet polarised in His cosmic astral body, it is not permitted to hint at the name of the constellation.  The reason is that if the name were known and if enough people could do the work of occult meditation and visualisation, accompanying the work with a vivid imagination, it might be possible to attract into our system such a downpour of attractive energy from the constellation involved as to unduly speed up the processes of evolution upon our planet, and thus upset the systemic economy most dangerously.  People do not yet realise the potency of meditation and especially of group meditation.” (TCF  1249-1250)

9. Learning to Think in Terms of the Whole: “The readers of this treatise who really want to profit by this teaching must train themselves ever to think in terms of the whole.  The arbitrary tabulations, the divisions into triplicities and septenates, and the diversified enumeration of forces [Page 160] which are seen as emanating from the seven constellations, the ten planets, and the twelve mansions of the zodiac, are but intended to give the student an idea of a world of energies in which he has to play his part.” (EP I  159-160)

10. Our Solar System One of the Seven constellations: “The energies which astrologically affect a human being are those which play upon him as a result of the apparent progress of the sun through the heavens, either once every twenty-five thousand years or once every twelve months.  Those that constitute the ray forces do not come from the twelve constellations of the zodiac, but emanate primarily from a world of being and of consciousness which lies behind our solar system, and which themselves come from the seven constellations which form the body of manifestation of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said.  Our solar system is one of these seven constellations.  This is the world of Deity Itself, and of it a man can know nothing until he has passed through the major initiations.  When we come later to study the zodiac and its relation to the rays we shall work this out more [Page 333] carefully and so make the idea clearer.  It is with the ray influences that we are dealing here, and not with the zodiacal.” (EP I 332-333)

Commentary: Here we must, I think, learn to think of our solar system as a constellation, not because our one-Sun solar system is a constellation, but because the term “solar system” can also mean a system of Suns—thus, a constellation!

11. Gaining a Sense of Perspective: How the “Fall” Looks from the Perspective of the Seven constellations: “Symbolically [Page 395] speaking, some of the sons of God fell from their high estate, led, at one time, by “Lucifer, Son of the Morning”.  This “fall of the angels” was a tremendous event in the history of our planet, but was nevertheless only a passing and interesting phenomenon in the history of the solar system, and a trifling incident in the affairs of the seven constellations, of which our solar system is but one.  Pause and consider this statement for a moment, and so readjust your sense of values.  The standard of happenings varies in importance according to the angle of vision, and what (from the angle of our Earth’s unfoldment in consciousness) may be a factor of prime importance and of determining value may (from the angle of the universe) be of trifling moment.  The affairs of an individual are, to him, of momentous import; to humanity, as a whole, they are of small concern.  It all depends upon which unit holds the centre of the stage in the drama of life, and around which central factor the happenings, trivial or important, pursue their cyclic way.” (EP I 394-395)

Commentary: Again, we are faced within enigma, for our solar system is mentioned as one of the seven constellations. Either our one-Sun(ed) solar system is a real constellation, or the word “system” can mean a “constellation”.

Note in the following, the use of the word “systems”:“ The cosmic Logos of our system works similarly through three major systems (of which ours is not one), utilising seven solar systems (of which ours is one), for the distribution of His force and having myriads of sevenfold groups as the cells of His body. (TCF 353)” The term, “system” is an often blinded word, and can have at least three levels of application, especially referring to a one-Sun(ed) system or a seven-Sun(ed) system. In the following we see the word “system” applied to the “cosmic level”: “A cosmic system, involving lesser systems and holding them together by the power of a unified life.44” (TCF 408-409)

A similar use of the word, “system” is found in the following: “A constellation consists of two or more solar systems or series of suns with their attendant planets.  These systems are held together as a coherent whole by the powerful interrelation of the suns, whose magnetic rapport is so balanced that occultly “they tread the Path together within the radius of each other’s power;” they preserve their relative distances, and vitalise their planets, but at the same time they preserve an equality of balance and of influence.  In a few rare cases this balance is disturbed, and there is a waxing or a waning of influence and of magnetic power.” (EP I 152) Note that the word “systems” could apply equally to the “solar systems” here mentioned, or to the result of combining these solar systems—i.e., to “constellations”.

12. Seven Creative Hierarchies in Relation to Seven constellations: “Each of these seven hierarchies of Beings Who are the Builders or the Attractive Agents are (in their degree) intermediaries; all embody one of the types of force emanating from the seven constellations.  Their intermediary work, therefore, is dual: 1. They are the mediators between Spirit and matter. 2. They are the transmitters of force from sources extraneous to the solar system to forms within the solar system.” (EA 38)

13. A number of references in Esoteric Astrology refer to “seven constellations”, but these references refer to groups of seven selected from the Twelve Zodiacal Constellations.

14. Non-Planetary Stars: “3. “The first `seven stars’ are not planetary. They are the leading stars of seven constellations which turn [Page 656] around with the Great Bear….” (S.D. III. 195.)” (EA  655-656)

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