Alice Bailey (1880-1949) left us the Astrological legacy of the Esoteric rulers and the 7 Rays, Bailey was born on June 16, 1880, in Manchester, England she was educated with an influential Christian branding of Astrology reminiscent of Astrologers practising in Copernican times, her beliefs in God the spirit world and Astrology did not conflict, they where all there to serve a greater purpose and understanding for us to evolve as humans. In some ways, She was one of the first evolutionary astrologers although her technique differs greatly, her broader concepts of a type of spiritual path and understanding that path along with an awareness of how it can positively or negatively affect natives resonate with today's Evolutionary Astrologers. And although Alice was of the belief that personal gain was not to be accomplished from knowing one's chart but more so community consciousness. I am of the belief a better you creates a better us and that the constructs she was developing were symbiotically linked to today's evolutionary folk. Around Alice's mid teens, Alice claimed she had psychic visions and messages foretelling she would achieve some spiritual mission and play an important role in the future. In 1915 she joined the Theosophy Society in the US where she met an influential player in the society Foster Baily who she later married. Within 5 years she left the Theosophy movement due to her becoming a little too driven and influential, her claim to channel spiritual beings like ( The Tibetan, Djwhal Khul ) somewhat imitated Madam Blavatsky the founder of the Theosophy Society and some of the membership were uncomfortable with this. By now Baily had her own following and began the teachings of Djwhal Khul to her students. Some of those teachings included The 7 Rays and The Esoteric Domicile rulers.
Below I am going to lay them out for you to ponder and give some chart examples. However, I must insist this is only a brief description and Alice Baily has many bodies of work to study. Firstly I realise many will say oh my esoteric domicile rulers! more to remember, and do they really matter? well, my answer is yes I think they do matter in an evolutionary perspective. I think of an esoteric ruler much like I do a fifth harmonic aspect it’s a broader harmonic then that of the sextile but because it doesn't produce stuff we see or do people don’t always look for them but the talents and abilities they harbour are more prominent and activated in a chart than a sextile would be. Of course, tangible and practical things develop from those manifestations as do they from the rays & esoteric rulers and knowing where they lay in the chart allows us to see where we are best to invest our energy as Alice may have put it where God has given us his grace. As Alice saw the 7 rays as a source of divinity that filter through the cosmos the closer to Earth the less ethereal and more dimensional they become like the grace of God. The seven rays much like the planets had affiliations with colours, stones and symbols much like the signs. This short blog is only here to serve the purpose of wetting your appetite, Alice has an enormous amount of work to read on this subject matter as I will indicate below.
Alice Bailys modern esoteric sign rulers
Taurus Vulcan (Hypothetical)
Sagittarius Earth (Oppose The Sun)
What are the energies of the 7 rays
Ray 1. Will-Power-----------------Leo
Ray 2. Love-Wisdom --------------Virgo
Ray 3. Active-Intelligence ------ Libra
Ray 4. Harmony-Conflict -------- Scorpio
Ray 5. Concrete Science -------- Sagittarius
Ray 6. Idealism. Devotion -------Sagittarius
Ray 7. Ceremonial Order ------- Cancer
What ray each sign represents
• Aries: 1, 7
• Taurus: 4
• Gemini: 2
• Cancer: 3, 7
• Leo: 1,5
• Virgo: 2, 6
• Libra: 3
• Scorpio: 4
• Sagittarius: 4, 5, 6
• Capricorn: 1, 3, 7
• Aquarius: 5
• Pisces: 2, 6
What Planets each ray represents
• Ray 1 Pluto and Vulcan
• Ray 2 Sun and Jupiter
• Ray 3 Saturn and Earth
• Ray 4 Mercury and Moon
• Ray 5 Venus
• Ray 6 Neptune and Mars
• Ray 7 Uranus
We look to the Sun, Moon & Ascendant much like other forms of Natal Astrology. However, in this instance, the sign the Sun is in represents the ray graced upon the native's personality. The sign the ascendant is in or on the cusp of represents the ray or grace given to the native's soul. And the sign the Moon is in represents the ray or grace representing the native's past life. Aspects to these points should be taken into consideration in delineation. But more importantly, the esoteric rulers of the sign of the rays involved should be looked at to find their placement of house and sign. Look for corresponding rays and themes. It should be said that we can look at any point or planet to see its ray and this can be useful to see in what way your Mars, for instance, may be stimulated eg: through intellect or action as this would paint a whole different picture for the native.
Above we see the chart of Steve Irwin, the Sun is in the 3rd house of Pisces representing the ray 2 Love & Wisdom and 6 Idealism & Devotion, Steve was graced with the gift of this ray in his passionate communication and devotion to the environment around him as the 3rd 9th axis deals with themes of ones immediate and greater environment we find ourselves in as well as communications. Pisces esoteric ruler is Pluto and it's in the 9th house of foreigners and travel.
His Asc is in Capricorn representing ray 1 Will & Power 2 Active Intelligence 3 Ceremonial order, Steve's soul purpose was to strive to create repetitions of his own thoughts. And the soul's esoteric ruler is in the 2nd house of resources values and income.
While his Moon is in the 6th house of Cancer representing ray 3 Active intelligence 7 Ceremonial order Steve's Moon depicting his past as in his early childhood and or past life shows repetition using his intellect productively. The 6th 12th house axis represents big and small animals and past and future routines. While Steve's past childhood and past life esoteric ruler is in the 11th house of groups community and aspirations.
In its entirety, this quick 3 step method does show how the rays and rulers point to his role in bringing an up close and personal view of the natural environment to the wider world using his love, kindness and greater knowing.
Below you can find a biography link of Steve Irwin.
Keppler College – Profile of Alice Baily
Alice Baily - A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS VOLUME III
Alice Baily - A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS VOLUME 1, 2 & 3
Astrology blog written by William Lamont Bellingen astrologer Australia on the astrology of Alice Baily.