Geometric Tarot

The purpose of this essay is to consider possible numeric, geometric , musical and cosmological keys that may prove useful in deciphering the archetypal code of the CBD Tarot of Marseille. In Part I, the reader is introduced to the methods of inquiry. In Part II, the implications of this inquiry — related to the practice of Agni Yoga — are discussed.


There are 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards, and there are 22 — and only 22 — regular polygons with integer sides and angles which can be inscribed in a circle.[1] This coincidence suggests a cyclic (sinusoidal) pattern, as well as a “foolish” quest for the “squaring of the circle.”

Furthermore, the sides of this series of 22 polygons can be factorized as products of the prime numbers 2, 3,and 5, like in the 5-limit just intonation.[2]

Table 1. Factorization by prime numbers 2, 3 and 5.

2a x 3b x 5c = 3,4,5,6,8,9,…,40,45,60,72,90,120.

(for a=0,1,2,3; b=0,1,2; c=0,1)


However, the polygons of 360 and 180 sides, corresponding to a point and a line, do not have “conjugate” polygons in a 2-D plane. Conjugates are pairs of polygons in which the  number of sides in one correspond to the central angle degrees in the other. For instance, a triangle (3 sides) and a dodecontagon (120 sides) are conjugate polygons because their central angles are 120 and 3 degrees, respectively. The product of these two numbers always equals 360.

The triangle (3) is the first regular polygon of the remaining 20 polygons inscribed in a circle; the dodecontagon (120) is the last. The octadecagon (18) and the icosagon (20) are positioned at the midpoint of the series.

When we sort the 22 cards of the CBD Tarot of Marseille in reverse order, as shown in Table 1, and align them with the corresponding inscribed polygons, a semicircular (V) pattern emerges (Figure 1), with the Wheel of Fortune serving as the point of return corresponding to the conjugate polygons of 18 and 20 sides.

Figure 1



Therefore, there may be a 2-3-5 musical key to the Mysteries. Also, three octaves comprise 22 notes. The 5-limit just intonation generates 22 inscribed polygons, pointing to mathematical and geometric keys of the Mysteries, as hinted herein. A cosmological key may also be present — As Above, So Below — as in the Tree of Life, in the Sepher Yetzirah and the 22 letters of the Kabbalah alphabet.

Sepher Yetzirah

The 3 Mother Letters would correspond to the Triangle, the Square and the Pentagon: the factorization by the three prime numbers 2, 3,and 5 (“primordial” polygons) manifesting the Father, the One.

The 12 Simples would correspond to: 1, (2), (3), 4, (5), 6, 8, 9,10, 12,15,18, 20, 24, 30.

[30 is the end of the “simple” series, for a=b=c=1]

21 x 31 x 51=30

The 7 Doubles ([30 x 2 = 60] x 2 = 120) would correspond to: 36,40,45,60,72,90,120.

The point (1) and the line (2) precede the 2-D polygonal figures, whose respective archetypes begin to externalize (manifest) with the triangular polygon.

A Cubic Tarot


Three orthogonal axes of direction: East-West, North-South, Above-Below.

Six faces and the center: the Seven Rays (1-7, 2-6, 3-5 and 4 at the center)

Twelve edges: the Three Crosses of the Zodiac (Mutable, Fixed and Cardinal).

The Antahkarana Helical Bridge
3 + 7+ 12 = 22


The Probationary Path of the Prodigal Son, from the birth of the Fool to the Magician stage, has a turning point (Wheel of Fortune). This point must be crossed again, on the Way of Return, now led by the Soul — the true Magician within — back to the Source of all Light. The Fool has been transformed into a Buddha, the Enlightened One, an Initiate of the Mysteries (revealed on the Day of Judgment).

Figure 2. CBD Tarot of Marseille.


However, the order of the steps to be trodden in the Fool’s Journey is not lineal, but rather, labyrinthine, as shown in this 2-D rendition of a multidimensional process.

Figure 2 

Prime Generating Symmetry of the Number 22



As shown in Figure 2, any two numbers linked by a line add up to an irreducible prime number, signaling a new beginning in a path of many trials and errors, back and forth, ups and downs, until the Light of the Word — the Word of the Light, the true Archetypal World — is revealed.

[Archetypal cosmology] recognizes the multidimensionality, the intradimensional variability, and polyvalence of astrological archetypes, which underscores their inherent indeterminism [archetypally prophetic, but not factually predictive].
-Glenn Perry

The Practice of the Presence, as practiced by Brother Lawrence and Hedwig Lewis (At Home With God), could be understood as viewing life like a series of daily snapshots (“cards”) of meaningful coincidences (Jung’s synchronicity) presented to our consciousness for continuous contemplation (the last stage of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga). The practice of contemplating the Tarot cards may be viewed as a tool to hone this “spiritual reading” skill as we weave our “continuity of consciousness.”

The “three directions” of Agni Yoga  — the yoga of the Practice of the Presence — are profound attentiveness (mindfulness), serene expectancy and perfect adaptability. These correspond to the Will, the Love-Wisdom and the Intelligence of the practitioner. These three directions — when employed on each of the 7 days of the week, and on each of the 12 months of the year — may reveal meaningful associations related to the 7 rays (musical  notes or colors) of our psychological constitution, and to the 12 houses and signs of the zodiac in our birth charts. This practice may provide a “spread layout” of our personal Tarot cards in real life, unique to our specific circumstances.

How many times have we paused to reflect on the significance of apparently casual encounters and “co-incidences” related to archetypal figures of authority  —the Empress [3] and the Emperor [4]— and teaching  —the Popess [2] and the Pope [5]— represented by bosses, parents and advisors in our daily lives? The Lover card [6] may remind us of the choices that we make with consequences that accompany us for the rest of our lives. “The Chariot [7] and the Hermit [9],” according to  Ben-Dov, “can represent two opposites. The Justice card [8], with its scales and sword, can be weighing them one against the other, as well as ‘cutting’ and choosing between them in a particular moment.”  And so on, as so well described by Yoav Ben-Dov in his rendition of the Fool’s pilgrimage. 

We are all “Fools,” in the Christ’s sense: “Truly I tell you, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)

May this outline help others — and myself —  find the hidden keys deciphering the ARCHETYPAL code of the Tarot, to the Glory of the One.



Possible astrological correlates of the Tarot
by JB

(# and * marked as semantically exchangeable)

22 Fool Mercury (Hermes)
21 World Houses
20 Enlightenment (Judgment) Aries
19 Sun Leo
18 Moon Cancer
17 Star Ascendant
16 Tower Saturn#
15 Devil Pluto
14 Temperance Sagittarius
13 Untitled (End, Death) Pisces
12 Hanged Uranus
11 Force Mars
10 Fortune Jupiter#
9 Hermit Neptune
8 Justice Libra
7 Chariot Scorpio
6 Lovers Gemini
5 Pope Capricorn
4 Emperor Taurus
3 Empress Virgo*
2 Popess (Priestess) Venus*
1 Magician Aquarius

Theories of contrast in nature

In addition to the doctrine of the Sefirot and the letters, the theory of contrasts in nature, or of the syzygies (“pairs”), as they are called by the Gnostics, occupies a prominent place in the Sefer Yetzirah.

Seven pairs of contrasts are enumerated in the life of man:

  • Life and death (JB: Rays 1/7)
  • Peace and strife (JB: Rays 2/6)
  • Wisdom and folly (JB: Rays 3/5)
  • Wealth and poverty (JB: Rays 3/7)
  • Beauty and ugliness (JB: Ray 4)
  • Fertility and sterility (JB: Rays 2/5)
  • Lordship and servitude (JB: Rays 1/6).

Tarot of Cosmic Consciousness
(Sacred Geometry and Tarot)

  • Circle: (Dot in center) A beginning, Oneness (1) FATHER
  • Vesica Piscis: reflection of the One (2) MOTHER
  • Triangle: Multiplication (3) CHILD
  • Square: Order, stability (4) FOUR DIRECTIONS (crucified FOOL in the World)
  • Pentagon: Processes of life, Law of Analogy (5) SOUL, LIGHT (Third Eye)
  • Hexagon: Perfection, balance, harmony (6) COSMIC SEX (Love)
  • Heptagon: Eternal The (indivisible) VIRGIN (7)
  • Octagon: Expansion and contraction (8) PYRAMID, SOUND (Pranayama)
  • Nonagon: Completion Processes of life (9) INFINITY
  • Decagon: Wholeness (10) HEAD, PERFECTION (Human Kingdom)
  • Hendecagon: (11) HANDS, MAGICIAN
  • Dodecagon: HEART (Lotus), COMPLETION (Deva Kingdom)

Adapted from:


The Divine Feminine is not Feminist

International Women’s Day 2019

See adjacent text.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, the archetypal mother and wife, as an equal Partner of the Divine Masculine, the archetypal father and husband.

Modern feminism may be construed as an ideology of equality and sameness. I fully agree with the principle of equality. I take exception, though, with the pursuit of sameness, a gender neutral ideology pretending to negate the natural and universal Law of Polarity.

For instance, I disagree with the image of women in the battlefront, waging wars like men. Equality by imitating men is not progress, but rather, a regression to the mean. In this case, a regression to the frequently mean goal of waging unjustified wars to achieve ephemeral peace.

We need more men to imitate women’s natural approach to conceiving and giving birth to peace, rather than the masculine way to impose peace by defeating an enemy. Permanent peace can only result when justice is born, socially and internationally.

I agree with the image of women as rulers of countries, bringing their experience, formal and informal, as accomplished professionals, as well as wise mothers and wives, to decide the fate of the soldiers they will send in harm”s way. We need the balance of women’s and men’s wise judgment in governing, and in declaring just wars.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, discerning between equality and sameness. The former is progressive; the latter, rather regressive, regressing to the pre-Edenic stage of undifferentiated gender.

The future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender. That time is not yet, though. In the meantime, here and now, women keep inspiring men to be better men, as men keep inspiring women to be better women.

Archetypes, according to Plato and Jung, are meant for that purpose, as uplifting ideals for the progress of humankind.

So may it be.


PS: I understand the controversial nature of this statement. It is not my intention to stir controversy. Instead, I intend to present a point of view from a spiritual, but not religious, perspective. If it serves to simply stimulate conversation with an open mind, detached from ideological straitjackets, my objective has been accomplished.

Excerpts from Reviewer #1:

… the esoteric point of view …  we are moving toward androgyny – as the youth today seem to be expressing in their way of thinking – not identifying themselves as either male or female – they’re simply humans.

Like you, I do not identify with traditional feminism. I find it abhorrent that women go into military battle.  Their insistence on having done so is now karmically coming home to roost. We heard on the news a few days ago men are now demanding to make a new law that women be required to enlist in the military (be drafted) the same as men because women are now allowed to engage in battle, whereas before they did not.  To your point, ‘equal’ does not mean ‘the same’.  Of course, because we know something about rebirth, some of these women may have had a recent life as a man and remember the pull of battle.  What a dilemma.   But your points are “spiritual”, they are about consciousness.

We need to distinguish higher and lower masculine and feminine traits or tendencies.  It becomes clearer when we speak about ray energies (hard line and soft line rays), qualities, and positive and negative polarity, rather than gender differences.  For example, I do not find it true that the feminine is equated with love and the masculine is not, or that the masculine is equated with intelligence and the feminine is not.  Or that one is soft and the other is strong.  Both have all these qualities.  All can and do love.

Also, at one level the soul is genderless.  At another it is considered feminine whereas humanity is considered masculine.

And – we have the subtle distinctions of masculine / feminine vs. male / female.  The former are states of being in the realm of consciousness, the latter are physical facts.

Reviewer #2: Thank you for this splendid article. I deeply resonate with all of the ideas so clearly voiced, especially regarding discernment between sameness and equality. Although it is true that “the future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender” it is also true that “that time is not yet”. Equality by imitating men is indeed not progress.

One feminine voice in the world making a difference is that of Arianna Huffington who writes and speaks of what she calls “The Third Metric”, a new way, a third way, of measuring success in our now dysfunctional world and workplaces.  The first two measurements have been Money and Power. The third new measurement should be: Well-being, wisdom and wonder. And she speaks also of “The Third Revolution”: ” The first revolution was women getting the vote, the second was getting an equal place at every level of society…’  adding that this revolution is still unfinished. “The third revolution is changing the world that men have designed. It’s not sustainable. Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s personal sustainability….When we succeed at making these changes, not only are we going to have a lot of grateful men because they are paying too heavy a price, but we’re going to have a lot more women at the top. Many women currently leave the workplace because they don’t want to pay the price.”

And now we have women who leave the military because they don’t want to face the abuse.

This is telling us that the struggle should not be to have an equal place but to create a new place, a new way of being, where the best of the masculine and feminine principles complement each other for a harmonious and saner world.

Another important voice is that of Marianne Williamson, Democratic candidate for President of the United States. She quotes Gandhi: “Politics should be sacred”. She says this means, it should be approached from the level of the heart, the reverent, devotional aspect of ourselves. Would we not then take better care of our children, wage more peace than war? She does not emulate the male approach but speaks profound truths.  The media is completely ignoring this voice of the Divine Feminine.

There is indeed “much that needs undoing in belief systems”.






Esoteric Lent 2019

[HBH] To “summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.”

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

[JB] The Soul, with capital S, summons the Personality to experience and express the Life of the Monad. The soul, with lower case s, is the center of consciousness of the Personality.

The bridge between the soul, in the highest sub-plane of the concrete mind (the mental unit), and the highest sub-plane (atomic) of the abstract mind is the Antahkarana, woven by the Soul-infused Personality.

Prayer and meditation need a third vertex of action to complete the triad of service. In service, mind, emotion and skill in action converge on the physical plane to meet a need, human and planetary.

The Power of Meditation, the Loving Prayer and the Enlightened Action, in wise, loving and effective service. This fiery synthesis is Agni Yoga, the Practice of the Presence, “the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time.

This “call to the discipline of living at the highest possible point all the time – a (practice) for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey,” is Agni Yoga, a life lived from the constant “point of tension” of the Soul, the Angel of the Presence, in profound attentiveness, serene expectancy (Advent) and perfect adaptability.

Discipline and practice: two words that merit reflection. Discipline is an act of will. Practice is an act of love. Discipleship training involves both discipline and practice in order to skillfully serve.

“The initiate considers service as the spontaneous, easy expression of a definite soul contact, brought down on to the physical plane and giving insight, practicality and inspiration to the disciple as he works on the outer plane of expression.” – DINA I, 84


From: Esoteric Advent
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 5:30 PM
Subject: Invitation to Esoteric Lent – Begins Wednesday March 6 – on the New Moon of Pisces

Dear Friends of Esoteric Advent,

This Wednesday, March 6 (Thursday, March 7 in the South Pacific) – on the New Moon of Pisces, we shall begin the sacred ritual process of Esoteric Lent – which is a “call to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time”— in preparation for EASTER and the THREE ANNUAL FESTIVALS highlighting the year.  In this period, we shall move to unfold and stabilize yet another vibrational rung(s) on the ladder of the rising Christ – as individuals and as a consecrated Group, flowering the Soul of Humanity through which the Saving Force flows for all the Kingdoms of Nature.

In this purpose, when we work together as a group Soul, we summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.

Of this “call to discipline” the Master DK (MDK) has much to say to broaden our cooperation with Them.  Here follows an excerpt:

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

We are in the preparatory years of the Advent and “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ.  There is a balance needed between God Transcendent (what the Piscean Age brought forth) and The PRESENCE or God Immanent (what the Aquarian Age prescribes).  This too is an Advent – God Immanent is the manifestation of God through all forms:

“God Transcendent eternally exists, but can only be seen and known and correctly approached by God Immanent—immanent in individual man, in groups and nations, in organised forms and in religion, in humanity as a whole and in the planetary Life Itself.”    (EOH, 355/6)

In God Immanent, we manifest.  Between now and Easter Holy Week, the Esoteric Lent focus will be “a call” to the discipline of “living at the highest possible point all the time” – a training so to speak for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey —individually and as a consecrated Group in the rising Soul of Humanity. When we work together as a group Soul, soul-focused energy is greatly magnified. We work for Humanity as saviors in Christ.

In our preparations for the “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ, let us be renewed in our call “to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time.”

Halina Bak-Hughes and Sheldon Hughes for Esoteric Advent and the Soul Star Group

To participate, go to – Esoteric Lent



For the businessman time is money, a currency of discrete values to be efficiently earned, zealously saved and frugally spent, always cautious, even fearful, of wasting it.

For the disciple, time is a continuous golden thread woven out of his own substance wisely shared in service.

The heartbeat, our timekeeper, is both continuous and discrete. Its discrete pulsation is the visible rhythm of our individual will synchronizing with the universal heartbeat.

Life keeps flowing between heartbeats. The invisible but continuous stream of life in love can only be stymied by a skipped heartbeat, a sign of a weakened heart.

Let’s keep our hearts healthy, always in time and on time, synchronized to the all encompassing rhythm of the will of God.

May our lives naturally fall in love with the eternal Presence, like the birds sing, like the flowers bloom, fearlessly. JB

La Quinta Rosacruz

El destino me condujo a la Quinta Rosacruz en Aibonito el pasado jueves 29 de enero.

A finales de los 1970s había visitado Aibonito por primera vez con mi abuelo, Francisco Becerra Landrón, cuando me mostró la casa donde nació.

Mi abuelo carpintero

Luego, a principios de los 1980s, como médico de pacientes de Aibonito en el Proyecto de Migrantes Agrícolas en Cidra, pude visitar hogares de pacientes en los barrios de Aibonito. En una de esas visitas, un contacto local me llevó a ver el óleo de un antepasado mío, Diego Becerra, pintura expuesta entonces en un salón de la casa alcaldía.

Diego Becerra Muñoz

Don Diego Becerra Muñoz, propietario del Hotel San José del Roble (1898), fue alcalde de Aibonito en el 1932. Su padre, Diego Becerra Otero fue hermano de Francisco Becerra Otero, el abuelo de mi abuelo. El padre de mi abuelo, Francisco Becerra Zayas, murió a los dos años de vida de mi abuelo, partiendo su madre viuda, Francisca Landrón Otero, a vivir con su hermano Enrique Landrón Otero, administrador entonces de la Central Azucarera Cambalache en Arecibo. Enrique Landrón Otero se convirtió en el padre adoptivo de mi abuelo, empleándolo de adolescente en la Central y pagándole sus estudios de ingeniería mecánica en Tulane, Nueva Orleans, capacitándolo así para trabajar como ingeniero en la Central. Mi abuelo nunca regresó a vivir en Aibonito.

En algún momento cuya fecha no puedo precisar, mi abuelo me entregó copia de una monografía que resumía la genealogía familiar Becerra, oriunda de Caguas y extendida a Aibonito. Fue escrita por Don Diego Becerra Muñoz y esa copia le fue entregada a mi abuelo por su nieto Herbert.


Hermanos José y Enrique Becerra López, nietos de Francisco Becerra Landrón

Así he podido establecer mi linaje familiar, complementado por entrevistas personales en reuniones familiares a través de los años. Con la reciente muerte de la hermana mayor de mi difunto padre, José Becerra Otero, se cerró permanente la fuente mas fiable que me quedaba para documentar mi pasado familiar. O así pensaba yo hasta visitar la Quinta Rosacruz la semana pasada.

El óleo de Don Diego había sido adoptado en un nuevo hogar, la Casa Museo Degetau en Aibonito. Allí nos reencontramos Don Diego y yo, a la vez que conocí la ingente obra de Federico Degetau, tan bien salvaguardada por Angel Miguel Rivera Rolón, un ángel que inmediatamente reconocí como un amigo de antaño, de otra familia, la espiritual.

He encontrado muy poco publicado de la obra Degetau, pero el lema de su vida, que se encuentra incrustado lapidariamente en la Quinta Rosacruz, me tendió un puente para acercarme a su vida y a su obra. Ese lema es: ama y trabaja.

En ocasión del centenario del nacimiento de Federico Degetau (1862-1914), Angel M. Mergal Llera escribió una biografía espiritual de Federico Degetau. Mergal muy acertadamente describe a Degetau como un “hombre simbólico” que “siendo tan isleño fue también tan universal”. Su obra fue su vida y su vida se resume en su lema: ama y trabaja. “Eso quiso ser Degetau”, nos dice Mergal, “un colaborador en el cumplimiento del destino histórico de su terruño. Ama y trabaja sintetiza su vocación hacia la plenitud, sentida como grandeza espiritual en la pequeñez geográfica de su isla. Eso quiso ser, índice hacia plenitud, y eso fue”.

Federico Degetau. Oleo en Casa Museo Degetau

Esa “vocación hacia la plenitud” puede bien resumir el sendero de búsqueda del Santo Grial de la Rosa y la Cruz ,el Amor de la Rosa (el Verbo) y el Trabajo en la Cruz (el Cáliz) . Nos revela Mergal que en 1903 a Degetau le fue conferido el grado masónico 33 del rito escocés estadounidense en Birmingham, Alabama por el Consejo Supremo para Alabama y Puerto Rico. Uno de los grados del ritual masónico se conoce como el Caballero Rosacruz, según lo describe Aldo Lavagnini (Magister) en su libro Manual del Caballero Rosacruz.


Cuando Degetau muere todavía no se había fundado en Puerto Rico la organización AMORC, una versión moderna de esa antigua tradición que comparte con la masonería esa “vocación hacia la plenitud”. Por lo que pienso que quizás sea más probable que la alusión al ideario rosacruz en la Biblioteca Rosacruz de la Casa Museo Degetau esté más relacionado al grado masónico de Caballero Rosacruz que a pertenecer entonces a una organización rosacruz.

También nos revela Mergal que Degetau había estudiado la Doctrina Secreta, libro publicado por Helena P. Blavatsky en 1888 en Nueva York. La publicación de este libro inauguró una nueva dispensación de enseñanzas espirituales para el mundo occidental, continuando la tradición masónica y rosacruz. La Doctrina Secreta fue actualizada en el siglo XX por Alice A. Bailey, quien transmitió enseñanzas espirituales más avanzadas, que a su vez serán próximamente actualizadas por otra vertiente procedente de la misma fuente original, unos venerables Maestros que residen en las montañas azules de los Himalayas. Algunos de esos Maestros de Compasión y de Sabiduría han vivido entre nosotros a través de la historia, como lo hicieron Pitágoras y Platón, representados simbólicamente por los venerables Maestros de la tradición masónica.

El lema ama y trabaja que ya San Benito había adoptado para su Orden como Ora Et Labora, nutre las raíces de esa misma tradición esotérica. El contraste entre orar y amar es iluminador, así como el contraste entre trabajar y servir.

El brazo vertical de la cruz prometeica del sacrificio humano invoca lo divino -ora- para que el amor de la divinidad, inmanente en nosotros, se exprese a través de sus brazos horizontales como servicio sabio y amoroso. Cuando oramos, como lo hace el girasol, invocamos un poder superior que nos ama y al que amamos y que encuentra su justa expresión horizontal en el servicio del trabajo redentor, ese que redime, espiritualizando alquímicamente todo lo material. Esa es la “vocación hacia la plenitud” que inspiró la vida de Federico Degetau y que con su lema lapidario nos insta subliminalmente a seguir en su Quinta Rosacruz, en clave musical pitagórica.

En el centro de esa cruz hermética de servicio amoroso se encuentra una rosa pentagonal, la rosa mística del corazón intuitivo, el Santo Grial de los Templarios.

Fuente: Manual del Caballero Rosacruz por Aldo Lavagnini

El sendero ígneo hacia ese centro místico se forja golpe a golpe, verso a verso, con nuestras propias vidas, haciendo camino al andar, como ora el poeta:

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.

Al andar se hace camino
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.

Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar…

Así anduvo Federico Degetau. Apenas nos dejó estelas en la mar, reflejadas en cada amanecer cuando el Lucero del Alba irradia la Quinta Rosacruz en las montañas azules de Aibonito.

Degetau nos legó su lema de vida: dos verbos primordiales inmanentes en el Misterio del Cáliz y el Verbo. Así como el Padre amó a la Madre para procrear al Hijo redentor de las almas, nos corresponde amar y trabajar para construir un futuro digno de la raza humana, un futuro glorioso que restablezca el Plan de Amor y de Luz en la Tierra y selle la puerta a todo mal.

La Gran Invocación

Desde el punto de Luz en la Mente de Dios,
Que afluya luz a las mentes humanas,
Que la Luz descienda a la Tierra.

Desde el punto de Amor en el Corazón de Dios,
Que afluya amor a los corazones humanos,
Que Aquel Que Viene retorne a la Tierra.

Desde el centro donde la Voluntad de Dios es conocida,
Que el Propósito guíe a las pequeñas voluntades humanas,
El Propósito que los Maestros conocen y sirven.

Desde el centro que llamamos la raza humana,
Que se realice el Plan de Amor y de Luz
Y selle la puerta donde se halla el mal.

Que la Luz, el Amor y el Poder restablezcan el Plan en la Tierra.

Agradezco profundamente al profesor Angel Miguel (Guelo) Rivera Rolón el haberme recibido como familia en la Casa Museo Degetau y reconozco su inmensa labor altruista, salvaguardando el patrimonio cultural e histórico de Aibonito y la obra Degetau.

José Becerra y Angel (Guelo) Rivera 


En testimonio de la Luz y al servicio del Plan,

José Enrique Becerra López

4 febrero 2019
(rev. 2019.02.07)




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, 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


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]


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 ( to the study and practice of Agni Yoga, having recently translated the book Introduction to Agni Yoga by Vicente Beltrán-Anglada  ( Dr. Becerra has worked along with the New Group of World Servers in the fields of government, medicine, international health and mathematical epidemiology (