2019 Sky Events

2019 is an unusual astronomical year , even for NASA. -JB

The 10 most noteworthy sky events. A total lunar eclipse, two close pairing-offs between the two brightest planets (Venus-Jupiter), a total solar eclipse for parts of Chile and Argentina and a rare transit of Mercury are among the celestial highlights that will take place in the new year.

Jan. 20: Total eclipse of the moon. Just 20 days into the New Year, a spectacular total lunar eclipse will occur over the Americas and Western Europe

Jan. 22: Venus and Jupiter, close embrace #1. Morning twilight crackles with the excitement of a close conjunction this morning between the two brightest planets. Venus will be passing 2.4 degrees to the upper left of Jupiter. Augmenting this display off to their right is the bright ruddy star, Antares

Feb. 18: Venus and Saturn. The goddess of love passes just over a degree to the upper left of the “lord of the rings” in this morning’s predawn sky; one of the closest bright planet conjunctions of 2019.

Feb. 19: Biggest “supermoon” of the year. On Feb. 19 at 4 a.m. EST, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2019: an extreme perigee distance of 221,681 miles (356,761 kilometers) away.

July 2: Total eclipse of the sun. This will be the first total eclipse of the sun since the Great American Total Eclipse of 2017, when the long, thin finger of the moon’s dark umbral shadow will again draw its tip – averaging 95 miles (150 kilometers) wide – across the Earth’s surface. But unlike in 2017, which offered a multitude of possibilities for land-based viewing, the 6,800-mile (11,000-kilometer) path of the 2019 eclipse is confined almost exclusively to the South Pacific Ocean. The total eclipse track begins at local sunrise, 2,175-miles (4,000-kilometers) east-northeast of Wellington, New Zealand.

Aug. 12-13: Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid meteor shower is considered to be among the best of the annual displays thanks to its high rates of up to 90 per hour for a single observer, as well as its reliability.

Nov. 11: Transit of Mercury (over the Sun). The beginning of the transit will be visible from the eastern third of North America, the southern third of Greenland, and all of Central and South America. This will be the last transit of Mercury available to North Americans until May 7, 2049.

Nov. 24: Venus and Jupiter, close embrace #2. Venus and Jupiter are very low in the southwest during the chilly November dusk. Their overtaking of each other this month occurs with a glorious conjunction that is further enlivened by background stars; for the second time this year these two bright luminaries have a rendezvous; the last was just over ten months ago in the morning sky. Back then they were separated by 2.5 degrees. This evening they’re even closer; Venus sits 1.4 degrees to Jupiter’s lower left.

Nov. 28: Majestic celestial summit meeting at dusk. Step outside about 45 minutes after sundown and look low near the southwest horizon. You’ll see Jupiter and to its upper left Venus. Just above Venus will be a hairline crescent moon, just 2.5 days past new. And finally, well to the upper left shines yet a third bright planet, Saturn.

Dec. 26: Annular eclipse of the sun. The final eclipse of 2019 will be an annular solar eclipse visible solely from the Eastern Hemisphere. North America will not see any part of it.


Venus-Jupiter Encounter May Explain Bible’s Star of Bethlehem

August 27, 2016



How often Venus and Jupiter come within 6 arc minutes of each other [appulse], in a dark or twilight sky as seen from North America?  We have to go as far back as Nov. 14. 1660, when the two planets were within 6 arc minutes as they rose above the eastern horizon a few hours before sunrise. Our next opportunity will come on the morning of Nov. 22, 2065, when Venus and Jupiter will be merged together as one brilliant singular point of light [occultation] as they rise above the east-southeast horizon just before sunrise.

Venus and Jupiter Occultations

Year Date/U.TIme Elongation
from the Sun
Venus, Jupiter Diameters
Geocentric Separation
2 BC 17 Jun 17:53 UT 45oW 26″,32″,28″ Very Large Elongation
Occurs over Middle East
1210 17 Sep 10:35 UT 7oW 10″,31″, 0″ Too Close to the Sun
Central occultation
1570 5 Feb 7:47 UT 25oW 11″,31″,18″ Occurred over South Atlantic, Argentina
No Historic Record
1818 3 Jan 21:51 UT 16oW 10″,30″,12″ Occurred over Far East
No History Record
Over Unpopulate Area
2065 22 Nov 12:47 UT 8oW 10″,29″,14″ Too Close to the Sun
2123 14 Sep 15:26 UT 16oE 10″,29″, 6″ Occurs over the Pacific Ocean


Appulse: There is no formal definition of how close two objects need to become for their close encounter (both longitude and latitude) to qualify as an appulse. On In-The-Sky.org, we list all appulses where planets or minor planets pass within one degree of each other.



Note: Venus-Jupiter conjunctions occur every year. However, an “appulse” (a longitude conjunction within 1 degree latitude) is a relatively rare event (last viewed in August 27, 2016 within 6 arc minutes; previously seen in 1660; next occultation [0 degree appulse] will occur on 2065 but will not be visible). Their astronomical significance, heralding the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in the quite visible Venus-Jupiter occultation of June 17, 2 B.C., may provide some hints about the physical reappearance of the Christ in the 21st century. The next visible occultation will occur in 2123. -JB

Aquarius 2019

The Fifth Ray in Aquarius:
the Loving Science of Healing Cleavages

19 January, 2019 @ 2 PM EST

Summary: This webinar will provide a general introduction to the energies of Aquarius channeling the Fifth Ray of Science in a zodiacal triangle with Leo and Sagittarius. The fact that during this 2019 Full Moon the Sun transits the sign of Aquarius within the orb of the last degrees of Capricorn provides an excellent opportunity to link up with the previous Capricorn webinar devoted to Religion and explore the bridges between Religion and Science in the New Aquarian Age.  The webinar will specifically address the purpose and work of the Seed Group of Scientific Servers within the New Group of World Servers.

The Fifth Ray Ashram is headed by the Master Hilarion, Who inspired Light on the Path, Teachings of the Temple and the Book of Revelation, and Who is “actively occupied in the field of America, stimulating the intuitive perception of its people. He has under observation all those who are true psychics, and who develop their powers for the good of the community. He controls and transmutes the great active movements which endeavour to strip the veil from the world of the unseen.”

Lastly, the progress on three imminent scientific discoveries prophesied by the Master D.K. will be addressed. “These three developments,” we are told, “will usher in the new age, will produce in this transition period the needed changes, and will inaugurate a new era wherein brotherhood will be the keynote, for it will be a demonstrated fact in nature.”


The 11th Hour of the Zodiac

Ray 5 triangle

The three glyphs (pictographs) of the Fifth Ray:
a tuned (taut bow, Sagittarius) chord (heart, Leo)
producing sound (waves, Aquarius).

Simple Harmonic Motion

of the heartbeat
(a measure of time: metronome).

A chord (harmonic) progression…

IV-V-I progression in the key of C major.
(the chords shown are F major, G major and C major)


Healing: making sound from within.
(The Seven Rays Techniques of Esoteric Healing)


EA: Today it would seem (curiously and convincingly) that we are entering into the eighth month of the gestation period; this is almost literally the case where humanity is concerned for—counting from Virgo to Aquarius, the sign into which we are now entering—we find that there are just eight signs: Virgo, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces and Aquarius, and this is surely the guarantee [Page 261] that the birth of the new age, of the new consciousness and the new civilisation and culture is inevitable and sure.


Orthodox ruler: Uranus (Ray VII)

Esoteric ruler: Jupiter (Ray II)

EP I, 86: [The Lord of the Seventh Ray] builds (using second ray cooperation) through the power of thought (thus cooperating with the Lord of the Fifth Ray and on the physical plane, which is His own essential and peculiar sphere). In another world period His relation with the other ray Lords may undergo change, but at this time His work will be more easily understood when He is recognised as aiding the building Lord of the Second Ray and utilising the energies of the Lord of concrete thought.

R&I 600: The great principle of cleavage (which the fifth ray governs) is the dominating factor in his time sense; he now differentiates sharply between past and present and that which has to be ascertained in the future. Cleavage, in the sense of separateness, is finished for him and he now feels and knows something of the essential unity of all manifested life; therefore, from the angle of space, he has dominated and overcome cleavage and division; in the sense of time he has not. The great heresy of separateness no longer exists in his consciousness; the consciousness of the initiatory process is not yet over, however for that involves the recognition of time.


Element: Air (Buddhic Plane)



Water of life am I,
poured forth for a thirsty humanity
(Baptism by Fire, the Fire of Electricity)

Aquarius 2019: The Scientific Servers

Jan. 21, Mo 12:17 AM EDT


 Bridge between
Religion (Capricorn: Initiation) and
Science (Aquarius: Service)


Celestial Events in 2019

January 20 — 21 will be your opportunity to witness a Lunar Eclipse. Provided your skies are clear, observers in North and South America, and western parts of Europe and Africa should have visibility of a Total Lunar Eclipse. While those of you in central and eastern Africa, Europe, and Asia won’t see a Total Eclipse, you will still see a Partial Eclipse of the Moon.”

Get up early (before sunrise) on January 22 to catch the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. These two bright celestial bodies will appear within 2.5 degrees of each other so make sure you don’t miss the view.

Ray V (Venus): The Seed Group of Scientific Servers

ray triangles and signs

Source: http://www.esotericastrology.org/

5 as the bridge
(antahkarana, at-one-ment)
between 1-3-7 and 2-4-6

The causal body is the monadic heart centre (TCF 504, 538).

[TCF 1170: … in esotericism the two and the five, the Son, and the Sons of Mind, are closely allied.]

[EP I, 88: The seventh ray and the first ray are very closely allied, with the third ray linking them, so that we have the relation expressed thus,— 1. 3. 7. There is a close association also between rays 2. 4. 6., with the fifth ray in a peculiar position, as a central point of attainment, the home of the ego or soul, the embodied plane of mind, the point of consummation for the personality, and the reflection in the three worlds of the threefold monad.]

[R&I 593: There is a tendency in the minds of esotericists always to refer to the great lines of force: 1-3-5-7 and 2-4-6. I would have you remember with still greater emphasis the relation of rays II and V and of the second plane, the monadic plane, and the fifth plane, the mental plane; it is the relation of these major energies which makes the initiation of the Transfiguration possible.]

R&I 601: I pointed out the close relation between love and mind, as follows:

a. Ray II and Ray V
b. Plane II and plane V
c. Solar system II and root race V

n all of these relationships, the fifth in order is the prime agent and the revealer of the second type of spiritual energy.


The bridging Principle of Analogy
is crucial to develop the abstract intuitive or seventh sense.
(the concrete logical mind being the sixth sense)

The Pentagram (Venus synodic cycle) and the golden section:
the smaller part is to the greater part as is the greater part to the whole.

The 2017-2025 Venus Synodic Cycle

[In Western musical notation, the staff (US) or stave (UK) (plural for either: staves) or pentagrama (Spanish)  is a set of five horizontal lines and four spaces that each represent a different musical pitch.]

Number 5 (vertical flip of number 2) ~ Letter S (swastika)
(Number 5 is a smoothed mirror image of letter Z (antahkarana symbol in Reiki),
both combining as a vertical lemniscate, the number 8,
itself a smoothed figure of the basic triangle of energies and forces)

[EA 460]


Figures of speech (metaphors and similes) serve a similar bridging function.

Poetic math: Leo (5), Sagittarius (9) and Aquarius (11)

Leo as the midpoint (heart) between 1 and 9:
1,2,3,4 … 5 … 6,7,8,9

Sagittarius as the reciprocal of Aquarius:
1/9=0.1111… and 1/11=0.0909…


The Scientific Seed Group


Ray 5 triangle

EOH: The work of the seventh group, which is in the field of science, is closely allied to that of the seventh ray and is one with a most practical physical purpose. It is strictly magical in its technique, and this technique is intended to produce a synthesis between the three aspects of divinity upon the physical plane, or between life, the solar energies and the lunar forces. This involves a difficult task and much understanding; the work to be done is not easy to comprehend. It will be carried forward by first ray workers, assisted by seventh ray aspirants, but using fifth ray [JB: evidence-based] methods. They will thus combine, in their personnel, the work of the destroyer of outgrown forms [JB: revelatory Technique of the Presence to dispel illusion, Technique of the Light to dissipate glamour, Technique of Indifference to devitalize maya], the findings of the scientists who penetrated behind the outer form to its motivating energy [JB: study of symbols], and the practical work of the magician who—under the law—creates the new forms [JB: Rules of White Magic integrated into the revelatory Technique of the Presence (Agni Yoga)], as expressions of the inflowing life. [Page 57]

This group of disciples will make a close study of the problem of evil [JB: that good that should have been left behind; study of TIME/cycles], and they will bring about a better understanding of the purpose existing in matter or substance, and the inflowing enlightened and different purpose of the soul aspect [JB: Virgo keynote]. That is why (in my earlier discussion of the subject) I linked the results of religion and of science together; religion is concerned with the awakening to conscious purpose of the soul [JB: in timeless space] in man or form, whilst science is concerned with the activity of the outer form as it lives its own life [JB: unfolds in time, an additional dimension of space], yet slowly becomes subservient to that purpose and to soul impress [JB: telepathy, science of contact and reaction to impression]. This is the thought contained in the words “scientific service” as used by me. The work of this group is therefore a triple one:

1. They will take the most advanced inferences of the workers in the field of SCIENCE [JB: Lightness of Being], and will then formulate the new hypotheses [JB: revelatory Technique of the Presence] upon which the next immediate steps forward in any particular scientific field will be founded [JB: a conscious universe (magic), the survival of consciousness (Consciousness Survival Project), the creative work of the Deva kingdom (Hodson,  VBA].

2. They will avail themselves of the sensitive reactions [JB: etheric vision] which the new spiritual Approaches (as taught by the world religion of the time) will have made possible and—utilising the inferences thus made available in connection with the inner world of spirit—will outline the nature of the incoming forces [JB: the 7th Ray and “the inflowing enlightened and different purpose of the soul”] which will determine and motivate the [JB: future Soul] CULTURE of the time.

3. Taking the substance or material [JB: “the purpose existing in matter or substance”], and the spiritual inferences [JB: #2, above] and the scientific hypotheses [JB: #1, above], they will formulate [JB: revelatory Practice of the Presence integrated with the Rules on White Magic] those forms of service on the physical plane which will precipitate with rapidity the Plan [JB: Hint: “the initiate knows because he works”] for the immediate present. They will release through this blend of scientific knowledge and intuitive idealism, those energies which will further human interests, relate the subhuman to the human through a right interplay of forces [JB: Deva kingdom], and thus clear the way of those intellectual impediments [JB: dispel ILLUSION] which will (and always have) blocked man’s approach to the superhuman world.

I doubt that it will be possible to do much in connection with the forming of this group, and this for several reasons. [Page 58] The first is that such a group cannot be formed until a certain scientific discovery has been made of such moment that our present scientific inhibition in recognising the fact of the soul as a creative factor, will disappear. This discovery will be part of the acknowledged “facts of science” by the year 1975. Secondly, A.A.B. has not the necessary scientific knowledge to do more than grasp the broader outlines of the intended work, and then only primarily from the angle of the more mystical and philosophical approaches. Nor, my brothers, have I. It will take a fifth or seventh ray initiate to deal with this matter, and though I could invoke the assistance of such a brother, it does not seem to me a profitable expenditure of force at this time. The sigh of relief from A.A.B. as she grasps the fact that there is one less group to tackle on my and your behalf would almost warrant my making this a major reason!

TWM: It might be noted here that three great discoveries are imminent and during the next two generations will revolutionize modern thought and life.

One is already sensed and is the subject of experiment and investigation, the releasing of the energy of the atom.  This will completely change the economic and political situation in the world, for the latter is largely dependent upon the former.  Our mechanical civilization will be simplified, and an era ushered in which will be [334] free from the incubus of money (its possession and its non-possession), and the human family will recognize universally its status as a bridging kingdom between the three lower kingdoms of nature and the fifth or spiritual kingdom.  There will be time and freedom for a soul culture which will supersede our modern methods of education, and the significance of soul powers and the development of the superhuman consciousness will engross the attention of educators and students everywhere.

A second discovery will grow out of the present investigations as to light and color.  The effect of color on people, animals and units in the vegetable kingdom will be studied and the result of those studies will be the development of etheric vision or the power to see the next grade of matter with the strictly physical eye.  Increasingly will people think and talk in terms of light, and the effect of the coming developments in this department of human thought will be triple.

  1. People will possess etheric vision.
  2. The vital or etheric body, lying as the inner structure of the outer forms, will be seen and noted and studied in all kingdoms of nature.
  3. This will break down all barriers of race and all distinctions of color; the essential brotherhood of man will be established.  We shall see each other and all forms of divine manifestation as light units of varying degrees of brightness and shall talk and think increasingly in terms of electricity, of voltage, of intensity and of power.  The age and status of men, in regard to the ladder of evolution, will be noted and become objectively apparent, the relative capacities of old souls, and young souls will be recognized, thereby re-establishing on earth the rule of the enlightened.
    [JB: Hierarchical Democracy]
    This was the philosophic democracy, with all men having the right to become wise through self-discipline and 
    self-improvement, thus achieving the only aristocracy recognized by Natural Law. ...

Note here, that these developments will be the work of the scientists of the next two generations and the result[335] of their efforts.  Their work with the atom of substance, and their investigations in the realm of electricity, of light and of power, must inevitably demonstrate the relation between forms, which is another term for brotherhood, and the fact of the soul, the inner light and radiance of all forms.

The third development, which will be the last probably to take place, will be more strictly in the realm of what the occultists call magic.  It will grow out of the study of sound and the effect of sound and will put into man’s hands a tremendous instrument in the world of creation.  Through the use of sound the scientist of the future will bring about his results; through sound, a new field of discovery will open up; the sound which every form in all kingdoms of nature gives forth will be studied and known and changes will be brought about and new forms developed through its medium.  One hint only may I give here and that is, that the release of energy in the atom is linked to this new coming science of sound.

These three developments will usher in the new age, will produce in this transition period the needed changes, and will inaugurate a new era wherein brotherhood will be the keynote, for it will be a demonstrated fact in nature.  It will be an age wherein men will walk in the light, for it will be a world of recognized inner radiance, wherein the work of the world will be carried forward through the medium of sound, and eventually through the use of words of power and the work of the trained magician.  These trained workers in substance, understanding the nature of matter, seeing always in terms of light and comprehending the purpose of sound will bring about those structural changes and those material transformations which will establish a civilization adequate for the work of the coming race.  This work will be that of the conscious unification of the soul and its vehicle of manifestation.  Those cultural methods also which will take the undeveloped of the race and carry them forward to a better manifestation, and a truer expression of themselves will be established and this it is the privilege of the coming generation of scientific investigators to bring about.

The outstanding characteristic, however, of the coming cycle will be an outgrowth of psychology.  It will be the emergence of a new factor from the standpoint of the modern psychologist of the materialistic school and will involve the recognition of the soul.


[JB] The Consciousness Survival Project (CSP).

DNA I 39: The seventh group is that of the Scientific Servers. They will reveal the essential spirituality of all scientific work which is motivated by love of humanity and its welfare [JB: Principle of SHARING in economics and esoteric healing], which relates science and religion [JB: ceremonies and rites to invoke the collaboration of the Deva kingdom] and brings to light the glory of God through the medium of His tangible world and His works. They have a most interesting function but one which will not become evident for a long time—not until the building forces of the universe [JB: Deva kingdom] are better understood. This will be co-incident with the development of etheric vision [JB: “sensitive reactions”]. This group will act as a channel of communication or intermediary between the energies which constitute the forces which construct the forms and fabricate the outer garment of Deity [JB: Deva Kingdom] and the human spirits. You will note here, consequently, the possibility that this group’s main initial work will be concerned with the problem of reincarnation. That problem deals with the taking of an outer garment or form under the Law of Rebirth.


Master Hilarion

IHS 59: On the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science, we find the Master Hilarion, who, in an earlier incarnation was Paul of Tarsus. He is occupying a Cretan body, but spends a large part of His time in Egypt. He it was Who gave out to the world that occult treatise “Light on the Path,” and His work is particularly interesting to the general public at this crisis, for He works with those who are developing the intuition, and controls and transmutes the great movements that tend to strip the veil from the unseen. His is the energy which, through His disciples, is stimulating the Psychical Research groups everywhere, and He it was Who initiated, through various pupils of His, the Spiritualistic movement. He has under observation all those who are psychics of the higher order, and assists in developing their powers for the good of the group, and in connection with certain of the devas of the astral plane He works to open up to the seekers after truth that subjective world which lies behind the grossly material.

TEL 163: In the Book of Revelations which was dictated 1900 years ago by the disciple who is now known as the Master Hilarion, reference is made to the “city which stands four-square.”

TCF 159: The Master Hilarion will also come forth, and become a focal point of buddhic energy in the vast spiritualistic movement…

EOH 506: The Master Hilarion is actively occupied in the field of America, stimulating the intuitive perception of its people. He has under observation all those who are true psychics, and who develop their powers for the good of the community. He controls and transmutes the great active movements which endeavour to strip the veil from the world of the unseen. He impresses the minds of those whose vision will justify His effort. And He has much to do with various psychical research movements throughout the world. With the aid of certain groups of angels, He works to open up the world of departed souls to the seeker, and much that has of late convinced the materialistic world of life beyond has emanated from Him.

R&I 586: All disciples and initiates in physical manifestation are at this time members of [the New Group of World Servers], which is the focal point of the present effort being made by the Hierarchy. Through it spiritual energy from five of the Ashrams is flowing. These five are:

  • a. The Ashram of the Master K.H., particularly in regard to the work of education.
  • b. The Ashram of the Master D.K. (myself), particularly in regard to aspirants for initiation.
  • c. The Ashram of the Master R., particularly in regard to the reorganising and the reconstruction of Europe, from the point of view of economics.
  • d. The Ashram of the Master Morya, as He seeks to find, influence and direct the activities of workers in the political field throughout the planet.
  • e. The Ashram of the Master Hilarion, as He supervises the discoveries (and the application of such discoveries) of the scientific movement in the world today.

You will note, therefore, the profound and widespread interest of this field of energy wherein ray energy is now active.

IHS 58: [Master R.] is at present handling the majority of the third ray pupils in the occident in conjunction with the Master Hilarion.

DINA I, 624: The pressure of work on the Masters Morya and K.H. is such that some of us are lifting what we can off Their shoulders. In the same way the Master Hilarion is lifting a good deal of the work of training sixth ray disciples off the shoulders of the Master Jesus. A number of inner adjustments are going on in the exigencies of the stress of this cycle. It is one work, my brother, and all forces are expressions of the energy of love and the potencies of wisdom.

LOM: This fundamental school has three main branches and a fourth that is in process of forming and which will make the four branches of this fourth round. These branches are as follows:—

1. The trans-Himalayan Branch.
2. The southern India Branch. (these are Aryan Branches)
3. A Branch that works with the fourth root-race and has two fourth root-race adepts at its head.
4. A Branch in process of forming that will have its headquarters in the Occident at some place not yet disclosed. It has for its main object the instructing of those connected with the coming sixth root-race.

These branches are and will be closely inter-allied and will work in the closest co-operation, being all focused and under the control of the Chohan at Shamballa. The heads of each of the four branches communicate with each other frequently and are really like the faculty of one stupendous university, the four schools being like the [Page 305] various major departments of the foundations—like subsidiary colleges. The aim of all is the evolution of the race, the object of all is to lead all to the point of standing before the One Initiator, the methods employed are fundamentally the same, though varying in detail, due to the racial characteristics of the races and types dealt with, and the fact that certain schools work paramountly with one ray and others with another.

The trans-Himalayan school has its adepts as known to you, and others Whose Names are not known.

The southern Indian school has special work with the deva evolution, and with the second and third sub-races of the Aryan race.

The Himalayan school works with the first, fourth and fifth sub-races.

The fourth root-race branch works under the Manu of that race and his brother of the Teaching Ray. Their headquarters are in China.

The Master R.— and one of the English Masters are concerning Themselves with the gradual founding of the fourth branch of the school, with the assistance of the Master Hilarion. Ponder on these imparted facts, for the significance is of profound importance.


LOM: …these different occult schools will be practically ray schools, and will have for their personnel teachers on some one ray or its complementary ray, with pupils on the same ray or complementary ray. For instance, if the school is a second ray school—such as the one in Ireland is purposed to be—teachers and pupils on the second, fourth and sixth rays will be found in it. At least one fifth ray teacher will be found in every school of occultism. If a first ray school, the personnel and pupils will be first, third and seventh ray, with again a fifth ray teacher among the others.  318


The Fifth Ray and Time

[R&I] Space and substance are synonymous terms; substance is the aggregate of atomic lives out of which all forms are built. … [Page 106] This is both an occult and a scientific truism. Substance is, however, a soul concept, and is only truly known to the soul.

Space [is] the field wherein states of Being are brought to the stage of recognition. When that stage has been reached and the Knower, the Soul, is fully aware and fully conscious, then there enters [Page 107] in a new factor which also affects space—though in a different way—but which is related to the monadic Life. That factor is Time. Time is related to the will aspect and is dependent upon the dynamic life, self-directed, which produces persistence and which demonstrates persistence in that dynamic focus of intention by periodic or cyclic appearance.

The disciple knows or is learning to know that he is not this or that, but Life Itself. … What then is he? A point of divine dynamic will, focussed in the soul and arriving at awareness of Being through the use of form. He is Will, the ruler of time and the organiser, in time, of space. This he does, but ever with the reservation that time and space are the “divine playthings” and can be used or not at will.

JB] The Fifth Ray: the study of TIME (Khronos and Kairos) and CYCLES of manifestation.

Kalachakra, the Wheel of TimeKalachakra

A seed thought for meditation about time

“The past has gone. I am that past. It makes me what I am. The future comes. I also am the coming destiny and, therefore, I am that. The present flows from out the past. The future colours that which is. I make the future also by my present knowledge of the past and the beauty of the present. And, therefore, I am that I am.”

From a meditation outline
suggested in a letter from Master D.K. to C.A.C.
(DINA I, 210)

The early Christian theologian St. Augustine (4th – 5th Century CE) probably thought more deeply about the nature of time than any philosopher since the ancient Greeks, but his deep thoughts remained inconclusive. Echoing the earlier comments of the Neo-Platonist Plotinus, St. Augustine famously encapsulated the experience of so many of us, when he observed: “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain it to one that asks, I know not”. He was only able to conclude that time was some kind of a “distention” of the mind which allows us to simultaneously grasp the past in memory, the present by attention, and the future by expectation. St. Augustine also adopted a subjective view of time, that time is nothing in reality but exists only in the mind’s apprehension of reality. [Source]

The Arrow of Time

According to the Theory of Relativity, the reality of the universe can be described by four-dimensional space-time, so that time does not actually “flow”, it just “is”. The perception of an arrow of time that we have in our everyday life therefore appears to be nothing more than an illusion of consciousness in this model of the universe, an emergent quality that we happen to experience due to our particular kind of existence at this particular point in the evolution of the universe.

Events and processes at the macroscopic level – the behaviour of bulk materials that we experience in everyday life – are quite clearly time-asymmetric (i.e. natural processes DO have a natural temporal order, and there is an obvious forward direction of time).

However, physical processes and laws at the microscopic level, whether classical, relativistic or quantum, are either entirely or mostly time-symmetric. If a physical process is physically possible, then generally speaking so is the same process run backwards, so that, if you were to hypothetically watch a movie of a physical process, you would not be able to tell if it is being played forwards or backwards, as both would be equally plausible.

The Feynman–Stueckelberg interpretation of antimatter and antiparticles is that these are regular particles of matter (standard model) traveling backward in time. [/JB]

R&I: The great principle of cleavage (which the fifth ray governs) is the dominating factor in his time sense; he now differentiates sharply between past and present and that which has to be ascertained in the future. Cleavage, in the sense of separateness, is finished for him and he now feels and knows something of the essential unity of all manifested life; therefore, from the angle of space, he has dominated and overcome cleavage and division; in the sense of time he has not. The great heresy of separateness no longer exists in his consciousness; the consciousness of the initiatory process is not yet over, however for that involves the recognition of time. 600


DINA I, 207: Go forward with your equipment as it is in full self-forgetfulness but seek to establish a rhythm in connection with time which will eventuate in a re-organisation, a fuller service and a more effective expression of the soul. Study, if you care to do so, the significance of rhythm as it produces melody and causes harmony.


DN: RAY V — This ray has been in manifestation for nearly seventy years. It will pass out (by special and unique arrangement) in another fifty years [JB: circa 1975-2000], thus breaking into its own normal cycle, because it is deemed that the needed special impulse has been adequate and that the impetus given to the human “spirit of discovery” has served its purpose. Any further intensification of the mental processes just now (except through the general pervasive effect of the third ray) might prove disastrous. The ray cycles are usually set and determined, but, in collaboration with each other and because of the imminent spiritual Crisis of Approach, the Lord of the Fifth Ray and the Lord of the World have decided temporarily to withdraw this type of force. It will take about fifty years to do this. 143

TCF: Mystery of Electricity. A group of scientists will come into incarnation on the [Page 456] physical plane during the next seventy-five years who will be the medium for the revelation of the next three truths concerning electrical phenomena. A formula of truth concerning this aspect of manifestation was prepared by initiates on the fifth Ray at the close of the last century, being part of the usual attempt of the Hierarchy to promote evolutionary development at the close of every cycle of one hundred years. Certain parts (two fifths) of that formula have worked out through the achievements of such men as Edison and those who participate in his type of endeavour, and through the work of those who have dealt with the subject of radium and radioactivity. Three more parts of the same formula have still to come, and will embody all that it is possible or safe for man to know anent the physical plane manifestation of electricity during the fifth subrace.

Today, as regards humanity, its highest expression is liberation—through death or initiation.




Antarctica is a scientific preserve, a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

Astrophysicists at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station study the celestial dome and cosmic microwave background radiation. Many astronomical observations are better made from the interior of Antarctica than from most surface locations because of the high elevation, which results in a thin atmosphere; low temperature, which minimises the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere; and absence of light pollution, thus allowing for a view of space clearer than anywhere else on Earth. Antarctic ice serves as both the shield and the detection medium for the largest neutrino telescope in the world, built 2 km (1.2 mi) below Amundsen–Scott station.

Science News (5 Nov 2018):
Physicists measured Earth’s mass using neutrinos for the first time

In this artistic rendering, a blazar emits both neutrinos and gamma rays that could be detected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as well as by other telescopes on Earth and in space. Credit: IceCube/NASA

[In this artistic rendering, a blazar emits both neutrinos (astrophysical messengers) and gamma rays that could be detected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as well as by other telescopes on Earth and in space. Credit: IceCube/NAS]

Typically, scientists determine Earth’s mass and density by quantifying the planet’s gravitational pull and by studying seismic waves that penetrate the globe. Neutrinos provide a completely independent test of the planet’s properties. Made using data from the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole, the new planetary profile agreed with traditional measurements.

Race Around the World” at the South Pole

The End


Reference material:

Three Signs of Synthesis

(Capstone of a Pyramid)


EA 141: Planetary influences are unusually potent in Aquarius during this world cycle because it is, in a peculiar way, a culminating sign for the majority of people who proceed from Aries to Pisces upon the Fixed Cross. A rare few consummate the experience of life upon the three Crosses in the sign Pisces, and so become world saviours. They know then, and only then, the highest aspect of the first ray as it expresses itself through the activity of Death. The bulk, however, of the world initiates climax their experience in Aquarius and become liberated world servers. They turn their backs upon all further progress for themselves in this cycle and on all satisfaction of their own spiritual aspiration and become carriers of the water of life to humanity, joining thus the ranks of the Hierarchy. Those who achieve in Pisces and make the higher and further grade in their development pass into that centre to which we have given the name of Shamballa, but the bulk of the initiates and disciples remain attached to the second centre, that of the Hierarchy of Service.

DN 140: In this world cycle it might be said that the emphasis of all spiritual power is placed in the Hierarchy which is, at present, the divine intermediary, interpreting the will of God, which is the purpose of Shamballa. It transmits or steps down the divine energy so that safe application to Humanity becomes possible. It will be apparent, therefore, why in the second decanate of Aquarius the Hierarchy can, as the representative of Shamballa and with the aid of Mercury, bring into physical manifestation the coming Avatar. This becomes possible when the work of the first decanate is accomplished and when Shamballa has released and definitely re-oriented the energies of the third great centre, that of Humanity. This release and readjustment leads to creative expression and renewed spiritual life. Planetary alignment can take place and this is a planned objective for which the Hierarchy is preparing and for which the Avatar Himself is preparing at Shamballa.

EOH: When the Great Invocation is thus rightly used and the world centres are consequently consciously interrelated, then certain extra-planetary Energies can be called in by the Ruler of Shamballa to aid in the re-adjustments required for the New Age and its coming civilisation. These Forces—spiritual and potent in nature—exist in two categories: solar Forces which are inter-planetary and cosmic Forces which enter into our solar system via Jupiter as the transmitter of divine energies from Virgo and Aquarius which Jupiter esoterically governs. Virgo is esoterically the mother of the Christ child and is, therefore, the emanator of energies which nourish and aid the growth of the Christ consciousness; Aquarius is the coming expression of the group consciousness which is the first and immediate revelation of the ever present Christ consciousness on a large scale in humanity. Jupiter also, exoterically and from the angle of orthodox [Page 156] astrology, rules Sagittarius, the sign of discipleship, and also Pisces, the sign of the world saviours. The implications will, therefore, be obvious to real students.

R&I: the effect of Aquarius upon the Hierarchy (as far as you, at your particular point in evolution can determine it) is to bring in the energy of Shamballa which is essentially the energy of life itself, implemented [Page 231] by the will.

The 2017-2025 Venus Synodic Cycle


Recent 8-year Pentagonal Configurations
of the Synodic Cycles of Venus



03 25 2017 Inferior Conj.  10:17 GMT … 04Ar57 [New  Moon Phase]
01 09 2018 Superior Conj. 07:01 GMT …18Cp57 [Full Moon Phase]

10 26 2018 Inferior Conj.  14:16 GMT … 03Sc06 [New  Moon Phase]
08 14 2019 Superior Conj. 06:08 GMT …21Le11 [Full Moon Phase]

06 03 2020 Inferior Conj.  17:44 GMT …13Ge36 [New  Moon Phase]
03 26 2021 Superior Conj. 06:58 GMT … 05Ar50 [Full Moon Phase]

01 09 2022 Inferior Conj.  00:48 GMT …18Cp43 [New Moon Phase]
10 22 2022 Superior Conj. 21:17 GMT …29Li27 [Full Moon Phase]

08 13 2023 Inferior Conj.  11:15 GMT …20Le28 [New Moon Phase]
06 04 2024 Superior Conj. 15:34 GMT …14Ge30 [Full Moon Phase]

03 23 2025 Inferior Conj.   01:07 GMT …02Ar39 [New Moon Phase]
01 06 2026 Superior Conj. 16:35 GMT …16Cp22 [Full Moon Phase]

Source: http://alabe.com/VeCycle-1.pdf

The precession of the Venus synodic cycle is now occurring within the tropical sign of Aries. It began on April 20, 1929 (29Ar48) and will end on March 20, 2033 (00Ar22). For this cycle, the signs of the tropical zodiac corresponding to the five “New Moon” phases of the Sacred Pentagram are Aries, Scorpio, Gemini, Capricorn and Leo.

The next synodic cycle will begin on March 25, 2017 (04Ar57), ending on March 23, 2025, quite close to the Spring Equinox of the Hierarchical Conclave year of 2025. The New Moon in Aries of 2017 will occur on March 27.

Venus Synodic Cycle by JB

  • Every 8 years Venus completes a pentagram returning to the initial point of the 5-pointed star.
  • Because it’s not exactly 8 but 7.99 years, there is a precession effect. That’s why the pentagrams shift slightly counterclockwise, taking about 13 precessed returns to complete the transit in a given sign (currently in Aries for 104 years: 8×13=104).
  • There are 5 new moon (inferior or inner) and 5 full moon (superior or outer) alignments in each 8-year period.  Therefore, there are 1.6 years between each successive new moon.  Of course, between two new moon there is a full moon. A similar pentagram could be drawn for the full moons but the new moon is considered the natural starting point of a cycle.
  • A geocentric Venus-Sun conjunction (either inner or outer) occurs every 0.8 years (1.6/2=0.8), that is, every 9.6 months (0.8×12=9.6). That’s why we will observe the next full moon alignment in September 9, 2018 and the next new moon will be in August 14, 2019.

[Alan Oken] Venus’ position in the natal horoscope represents “the urge to merge”. She is the magnetic force which brings people together for the purpose of creating greater beauty and harmony in life. Venus not only acts in this unifying capacity between others, but she acts in the same way within the individual.

It is the power of Venus within each one of us that urges us forward towards releasing what is course and chaotic and creating, both for ourselves and others, what is more refined and harmonious. In this respect, she is the patroness of the arts, the poetic muse, and the inspiring voice of our idealistic dreams for personal fulfillment. She is the dream in the artist’s brush, the grace in the dancer’s step, the sigh in the lover’s mouth. In the daily life of the personality, Venus is prime factor in establishing and maintaining proper codes of social behavior. Her urge is to create a world in which the Law of Right Human Relationships predominates all human interactions.

TCF 593: What is the effect of this ray upon humanity as a whole and at this time? The effect of these influences is very great and of supreme importance in this fifth root race, the Aryan race, in this second solar system. Again you can see the clarity of the correspondences which are emerging. I would have you note them again.

1. Ray II, the Ray of Love-Wisdom; and Ray V, the Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science.

2. The second plane, the monadic plane; and the fifth plane, the mental plane.

3. The second solar system of love; and the fifth root race, the Aryan race, of active intelligence.

In all these basic relationships, that which is the fifth in order is destined to be the instrument, the vehicle or the implementing factor for the second. The Universal Mind, as it works through all the planes of our conscious planetary life, is the creative agent and the form-building factor which makes the revelation of love possible.

The Soul Kingdom………………Rays 5 and 2.

The Kingdom of Souls……..Ray 5……..Personality.
………………………………………….Ray 2……..Intuition.

TCF 578: After initiation, the causal body is found on the second subplane of the mental plane, and monadic control then commences.

TCF 538: the causal body is the correspondence in the monadic manifestation to the heart centre. It is a flaming wheel of fire within the monadic auric egg, which embraces the five planes of monadic manifestation…

R&I: Initiation III. The Transfiguration. Ray V. <Pages 589,602>
The Energy of Concrete Knowledge.

As all disciples have to be focussed on the mental plane and must operate from that level of consciousness, the understanding of this type of consciousness is one of major importance. It is glibly and most easily said that disciples and (necessarily so) initiates must use the mind, and that their polarisation must be mental. But what does this mean? Let me give you some concise definitions of this ray energy, leaving you to make your own individual application, and from your study of these concepts anent the mind, learn to gauge your own mental condition.

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1. The energy of what is so peculiarly called “concrete science” is the quality or the conditioning nature of the fifth ray.

2. It is pre-eminently the substance of the mental plane. This plane corresponds to the third subplane of the physical plane, and is therefore gaseous in nature—if you care to use its correspondence as a symbol of its nature. It is volatile, easily dispersed, is the receptive agent of illumination, and can be poisonous in its effect, for there are undoubtedly conditions in which “the mind is the slayer of the Real.”

3. This energy is characterised by three qualities:

a. The quality which is the result of relationship with the Spiritual Triad. We call this “abstract mind” and the impact which affects it comes from the atmic level of the Spiritual Triad, that of spiritual will.
b. The quality which in this solar system is easily responsive to the major ray of the planet, that of love-wisdom. So responsive is it that—in conjunction with emanations from the three worlds—it has produced the one existent form upon the mental plane. This form (in the planetary sense) is that of the Kingdom of God and, in the individual sense, is that of the ego or soul.
c. The quality which is basically related to the emanations or vibrations arising from the three worlds; these creatively result in the myriads of thoughtforms which are found upon the lower levels of the mental plane. It might therefore be said that these qualities or aspects of the fifth ray of spiritual energy produce:
Pure thought
The thinker or the Son of Mind

4. This energy (as far as mankind is concerned) is the thoughtform making energy, and all impressions from the physical, etheric and astral planes force it into activity on the level of concrete knowledge, with a resultant kaleidoscopic presentation of thoughtforms.

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5. It is fundamentally the most potent energy at this time in the planet, because it was brought to maturity in the first solar system, that of active intelligence.

6. It is the energy which admits humanity (and particularly the trained disciple or initiate) into the mysteries of the Mind of God Himself. It is the “substantial” key to the Universal Mind.

7. It is profoundly susceptible to the energy of Love-Wisdom, and its fusion with the love aspect is given the name of “wisdom” by us, because all wisdom is knowledge gained by experience and implemented by love.

8. This energy, in its three aspects, is related in a peculiar sense to the three Buddhas of Activity. These great Lives reached Their present state of development in the previous solar system.

9. This energy, in so far as it is considered as the mental energy of a human being—and this is one of its minor limitations though a major one for a human being—is the higher correspondence of the physical brain. It might be said that the brain exists because the mind exists and needs a brain as its focal point upon the physical plane.

10. The quality of this energy of concrete knowledge or science is twofold:

a. It is extraordinarily responsive to impressions coming from some source or other.
b. It is rapidly thrown into forms in response to impression.

11. The impressions received come from three sources and are sequentially revealed to man. These three are:

a. Impressions from the three worlds; these come, first of all, from the individual and then, secondly, from the levels of planetary consciousness.
b. Impressions from the soul, the Son of Mind, upon the level of mentality itself.
c. Impressions from the Spiritual Triad, via the antahkarana; these come when the antahkarana is constructed or in process of construction.

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12. This energy is essentially a lightbearer. It responds—again sequentially in time and space—to the light of the Logos. It is for this reason that the mind is regarded both as illumined when higher contacts are present and as an illuminator where the lower planes are concerned.

13. This energy is (from the human standpoint) awakened and brought into activity through the action of the five senses which are the conveyors of information from the three worlds to the mental plane. It might be said that

a. Five streams of informative energy, therefore, make their impact upon the concrete mind and emanate from the physico-astral plane.
b. Three streams of energy, coming from the soul, also make an impression upon the concrete mind.
c. One stream of energy—during the initiatory process—contacts the mind. This comes from the Spiritual Triad and utilises the antahkarana.

14. The energy of this fifth ray might be regarded as the commonsense, because it receives all these impacts of varying energies, synthesises them, produces order out of the many ceaseless impacts and interprets them, thus creating the multiplicity of forms to which we give the name of “world thought”.

15. This energy transforms the divine ideas into human ideals, relating the knowledges and sciences of humanity to these ideals, thus making them workable factors in human evolution, its cultures and civilisations.

There is much more that I could add, but the above gives you a series of simple definitions of value as you study the mental unfoldment of the disciple, as he undergoes the initiatory process which is our theme at this time. It also throws light upon the ray effects upon humanity as a whole. This ray energy is indeed sadly concrete in its expression in our Aryan race—a race, however, which will see more people take initiation than ever before in human history, and which will, in a peculiar sense, see the descent of the Kingdom of God to Earth as a result of the ascent of so many upon the ladder of evolution. Just as the disciple [Page 593] or the initiate is a soul-infused personality, so will humanity—upon the physical plane—be also soul-infused, thus precipitating the Kingdom of God and giving birth to a new kingdom in nature. This great spiritual descent will be prefaced (if I may use such a word) by the appearance of the Christ among the peoples of the world and by a stupendous inflow of love-wisdom. There is a tendency in the minds of esotericists always to refer to the great lines of force: 1-3-5-7 and 2-4-6. I would have you remember with still greater emphasis the relation of rays II and V and of the second plane, the monadic plane, and the fifth plane, the mental plane; it is the relation of these major energies which makes the initiation of the Transfiguration possible.

R&I: Let me now summarise the effects of this fifth ray energy in relation to humanity and to the individual initiate:

1. I gave, first of all, fifteen items of information anent this fifth ray energy, or fifteen definitions of its activity. These will warrant careful study.

2. The effect of this fifth ray energy upon humanity in this fifth root race was considered; it was noted that this Aryan effect was dominant and dynamic in the extreme and that it has greatly hastened human evolution.

3. I pointed out the close relation between love and mind, as follows:

a. Ray II and Ray V
b. Plane II and plane V
c. Solar system II and root race V

In all of these relationships, the fifth in order is the prime agent and the revealer of the second type of spiritual energy

4. The fifth ray energy produces three major areas of thought, or three prime conditions wherein the thought-form-making energy expresses itself:

a. Science … education … medicine
b. Philosophy … ideas … ideals
c. Psychology … in process of modern development

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5. This fifth ray energy operates in connection with the Law of Cleavages.

6. It is also responsible for the rapid formation of great conditioning ideologies.

7. This fifth ray energy is the important factor in making possible the first major initiation, the Transfiguration Initiation.

8. Fifth ray energy works in three ways in connection with the three aspects of the personality:

a. As the transmuting agent … the physical body
b. As the transforming agent … the astral body
c. As the transfiguring agent … the mental body

This gives you much food for thought; it indicates the personality goal and the mode whereby it is attained. After the third initiation, we reach out in consciousness to higher expansions of consciousness and will then enter a realm of ideas which are not yet easy for the disciple to appreciate or to understand. Much that I will have to say anent ray energy and the higher initiations will mean little to many, but it will mean much to the initiate-consciousness. The world initiates will be coming into incarnation at this time, and will read my words towards the end of this century with great understanding.—


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José Becerra, MD, MPH, FACPM.  Since his professional retirement, Dr. Becerra has become a full-time student of the four classical disciplines (Quadrivium) of number, geometry, music and cosmology applied to solve the problems of humanity. Since 1999, Dr. Becerra has devoted his esoteric work (http://www.ngsm.org/2017/home.html) to the study and practice of Agni Yoga, having recently translated the book Introduction to Agni Yoga by Vicente Beltrán-Anglada  (http://english.agni-yoga.org). Dr. Becerra has worked along with the New Group of World Servers in the fields of government, medicine, international health and mathematical epidemiology (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbecerramd/).




Pledge of the Solar Angel

Vicente Beltrán-Anglada ( http://english.agni-yoga.org ) was able to read and transcribe the Pledge of the Solar Angel from the Akashic Records (included in Appendix D of my translation of his book Introduction to Agni Yoga). I adapted it as the lyrics of my music rendition of the Pledge.

I’ve created a short (1 minute) video of the score (written and played in MuseScore)


to facilitate sharing it with anyone willing to sing along as we welcome 2019. Best wishes in the New Year!

Warm regards,


José Becerra


PS: The eccentric 8/4 tempo is equivalent to unusual 4/2 (I just tried to avoid the messy note ties in 4/4; I do prefer the octagon geometry for math reasons 🙂