“Sitting in your chair you can travel farther than ever
Columbus travelled and to lordlier worlds than his eyes had rested on. Are you
not tired of surfaces? Come with me and we will bathe in the Fountains of
“It has been sometimes
said that the Green Ray is without wisdom – that is complete nonsense. It is
not the keynote of it, but there is a great wisdom aspect which develops from
the Green Ray, and its wisdom in this case is the superlative knowledge of the
subtleties and secrets of what is called Nature. Of the very deep inward
knowledge of fish and bird and beast, and of their ways and their needs, and
above all of a remarkable communication with their Group Souls.”
Excerpt from Orpheus, by Margaret Lumley Brown,
published in Pythoness by Gareth Knight
years ago, on the evening of the 14th of March, Dion Fortune gave a public talk
on the oft misunderstood concept of the Green Ray. A member of
the audience, also then a member of the Fraternity of the Inner Light, took notes
on the main points showcased during the lecture. This post presents a summary
of that presentation and provides a good insight into Dion Fortune’s then
thinking about the subject.
general understanding of some aspects of her talk covered that evening, particularly the elements of
psychology, has developed and moved on, much of
what she said remains fresh and pertinent for today’s audience.
“I am going to speak to you tonight on the subject
of the Green Ray, but before doing so I will explain what that means.
As you know, there are three aspects of
consciousness - sub-consciousness, consciousness, and super-consciousness.
Sub-consciousness concerns the past, consciousness the present, and
super-consciousness the future. In other words, everything belonging to
sub-consciousness was developed during the epoch of evolution that has passed
away, and its mode of function is generally forgotten by the civilised
individual whose mind is adapted to the mode of consciousness of the present
Super-consciousness is the level on which
realisation of the Divine is achieved. Esoteric work is concerned with these
three levels; mysticism with super-consciousness, occultism with consciousness
and the Green Ray with sub-consciousness. Mysticism is consequently beyond the
achievement of the average human being and he has lost touch with the Green
Ray, but through the technique of occultism these two aspects can be brought
within the focus of the lens of consciousness.
When dealing with the Green Ray we recover certain
methods of mentation belonging to the past, and it is the blending of these
with super-consciousness that is the aim of the initiate, for if the pendulum
swings too far in either direction equilibrium will be lost. If super-consciousness
alone is developed we lose touch with Mother Earth, and if the primitive aspect
is concentrated upon, we tend to “fall into sin.” As the Buddha truly said –
“The Middle Way is the Path.” That is the lesson we have to learn and which we
stress to our students.
The Victorian epoch was characterised by the
repression of the primitive aspect which had got out of hand during the time of
Charles II and the Georges; consequently there was a swing of the pendulum
towards idealism and restraint of the primitive nature. Then came the Great
War, and the whole of the civilised epoch broke off short.
Occultists knew this would happen because of the
movement of the Sun through the Zodiac which brings about changes of cosmic phases;
it is the coming in of the Green Ray phase of the Aquarian Age which is taking
place at the present time. The spiritual concept of the Victorian age is giving
place to the forces belonging to the elemental, instinctive aspect of our
We can see this change in the growing disturbances
in the peoples of various nations - in the tendency to appoint dictators - in
the outcry for strong leadership - in the tightening up of the reins of
authority and in the limitation of democracy. We can note the whole change of
tone that is coming about and we can see the influences of the old Norse Gods
coming into play. In Germany there has been a great deal of the recrudescence
of paganism and a curious revival of the old traditional worship of Thor, Freyja
In our own country we have an entirely new outlook
in psychology, very different from that of the pre-war type, which might be
described in the words of the old Scottish farmer after reading through the
dictionary “Very interesting, but very disconnected.”
The old psychology was accurate as far as it went,
but had neither system nor coherence. When Freud came in he showed the
underlying factor of the sub-conscious mind and its connection with
consciousness. This contribution was a very big one, but I think the stress
laid on sex was unbalanced. What he says may be true of the pathological folk
in Eastern Europe, but it does not apply to the same extent to the average
Anglo-Saxon. With this opening up of the sub-conscious the way was paved for a
change in the attitude of life and the attention of humanity turned to
sub-conscious things. Freud, Adler and Jung approached the matter
simultaneously but from different angles. Their systems were not branches of
the same tree, but other saplings of the same forest.
Another aspect of the Green Ray phase is to be
seen in music. Jazz is the music of the sub-conscious. It works upon it,
bringing to the surface the primitive emotions of those who hear it in a way
classical music does not do.
In art also we see the Green Ray phase coming in.
The Impressionist picture cannot be interpreted by the intellect but only in
the light of our reaction to it. To my mind what the Impressionist artist is
trying to do is to interpret psychic vision - to draw the etheric aspect of a
thing – the lines of force surrounding it - the life side of it rather than the
thing itself. He is trying to represent the archetypal idea behind the object,
to open up the sub-conscious level on a higher arc.
Thus, in various ways we see the Green Ray coming
into operation and ethics and ideals of the Victorian age changing into the
realisation of the Neo-Georgian.
The Green Ray mode of mentation is largely
concerned with picture consciousness and not with words, and it is interesting
to note the proportion of these different types in different temperaments.
Those who are unable to think in picture consciousness and employ words only
are at a disadvantage in practical occultism.
In super-modern literature we see the attempt to
do sub-conscious thinking in terms of words. It is not satisfactory and the
Impressionist poem must be psycho-analysed to be understood. The writer is
trying to use a medium which is not designed for such use; that any result has
been obtained is an achievement, and reminds one of Dr Johnson's words
concerning a dog walking on its hind legs - "It is not done well, but one
marvels that it is done at all."
Let us now consider the psychological aspect of
the Green Ray. With Freud came the breaking up of conventional morality, and
there soon followed the breaking of actual morality. One thing is certain, we cannot
cohere as a civilised community without repressions and inhibitions.
Repression, however, is not the same thing as dissociation. Repression is a
holding in check. Dissociation is a splitting of a thing from consciousness,
making it a foreign body and a source of sepsis and trouble. The whole trend of
present day consciousness is to break away from restraint – to remove the
censor that Freud speaks of, which keeps back what we do not wish to think
about. The censor is really an exercise in attention.
Dissociation means we are deluding ourselves about
something. A true idea is one which represents accurately the object it is
supposed to represent as far as we are capable of accurate knowledge of it.
Dissociation is a twisting of an idea till it appears as something quite
different. It is not completely lost by this distortion, but it is so changed
as to become unrecognisable.
In the average man the powers of the sub-conscious
mind have remained infantile, and if awakened in this state will produce a dual
personality such as we get in the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. But the Green
Ray Initiate uses the developed and controlled nature of Mr Hyde to work with, for
he roust be able to extend consciousness both ways - to the spiritual super-consciousness
and to the elemental sub-consciousness in order to obtain the full range of
The archetypal ideas are in the super-conscious
mind, and these are our anchor within the veil - the ideas which direct our
course; but the driving force to carry them out is provided by the
sub-consciousness level of the mind.
It is on this level that we get the three great
instincts. First, the Self-preservation instinct which gives us the wish to
live - the desire for self-expression - the fighting instinct. It gives the “joy
of battle”, as long as we are on the winning side. Collective ownership tries
to do away with this instinct. The subjective aspect of an instinct is an emotion.
Thus, action gives a feeling of pleasure;
thwarting, one of pain, and in the imagining of a possible thwarting we feel
fear, for fear is a function of the imagination. The joy of battle is a healthy
thing, and you will seldom find that a person who “enjoys a good row” is of a
malicious nature. It is a pagan virtue and arguably one that is usually found
in the Celt more than in the Anglo- Saxon.
The Reproductive instinct is the second of the
great instincts. In normal function it should be a clean drive of force, its
higher aspects expressing themselves right up the planes, for like other
instincts it has its intellectual aspect. Unless, however, this force is undistorted
on its lowest level, it is useless to raise an aesthetic super-structure upon
The Herd Instinct is the latest in development. It
deals with social life; its emotional aspect concerns our feeling in relation
to those with whom we come in contact. Approval from them gives us pleasure,
while disapproval gives us pain.
All herd creatures, such as the dog, the horse, etc.
possess this instinct. They can be trained and trusted and can feel approval or
disapproval, this is not the case, however, with the cat which is not a herd
animal, or with the eagle. They go their own way regardless of the feelings of
All ethics and codes have their roots in the herd
instinct. They are not concerned with our relationship to God but with our
relationship to our fellow men. Psychology does not explain this very well, but
the science of esoteric doctrine gives us the key in the teaching concerning
the group mind and group-soul of the race and our relationship with them
through the emotional aspect of the herd instinct.
We can see, then, that the Self-preservation
instinct deals with the lines of force of the four elements which all have
their part in the make-up of the physical body, and when we speak of the
elemental contacts it is this aspect that is referred to.
It is the Reproductive instinct that gives rise to
polarity, not only on the physical plane, but through action and reaction on
any level, for polarity can function on any plane, regardless of sex, and not
only between individuals but between a leader and a group for example, or
between a teacher and pupils.
The phallic side of this instinct is important in
the understanding of primitive religions, phallicism and the elements having
the keys to the Green Ray. Unless we hold these keys the highest aspects of
occultism are a sealed book to us, for super-consciousness alone will not give
the full range. This is only to be found in the equilibrium of the highest and
lowest levels of consciousness, and should manifest in perfect co-ordination in
daily life. It is from the elemental side of things we draw endurance and
stability. By connecting up with these currents of force we cease to be units
and become part of a larger whole, and thereby are enabled to be made channels
for transmission of that force. That is the fruit of the proper elemental
The occultist uses ceremonial ritual to contact
these forces because by this means it is easier to control them. If sub-conscious
contact is opened up it must not be left opened, but must be closed again and
normal consciousness restored. Different rites are used to open up different
elemental aspects, and sometime I hope to show you some forms of these ceremonies.
What I have told you tonight is the essence of the
whole principle of the Green Ray contacts, and it is because of these things
that Glastonbury is of such supreme importance, for it is an elemental centre
where these forces may be contacted in a very balanced and pure form.”
certainly plenty to ponder over from these faithfully made notes of Dion
Fortune’s lecture. I hope you manage to mine some gold from it.
fitting to finish off tonight’s post with a photograph of Orpheus, who has
often been described as “the Manu of the Celtic Race and Lord of the Green Ray”.
A term favoured by Theosophists and those working in the Inner Light Tradition,
a Manu can be seen as a great builder on the inner planes of a particular and
distinct cultural grouping and mind set. Essentially Orpheus is an Archetypal
Being who initiates and defines the characteristics we see now within much of
the Celtic Group-soul.
This particular photograph was taken a few years ago at
Prinknash Abbey and is of a beautiful copy of the original Orpheus mosaic found in
Woodchester Roman Villa, Gloucestershire. Woodchester, a rather haunted
treasure in the Stroud Valleys, is well worth a visit. Perhaps more about the
strange Woodchester will follow in a later blog post!
has been said, 'If you want to put the world right, begin with
yourself'. In its measure this is true counsel, but it needs a
corollary. The Alchemist says, 'If you want to work upon your inner
self, start working on something outside yourself.'”
does Druidry really offer to Humanity?
By Vivian Godfrey
July 2012 I pulled together a blog about the magical aspects of the
successful campaign to save Oxleas Woods from a proposed new East
London River Crossing. If
Trees Could Cry – Oxleas Wood - a 20th Century adventure in
told the story from the viewpoint of an active member of Dragon and
T.R.B. rather than the well-known public campaign by the marvelous
folk in People Against the River Crossing (PARC). I've subsequently
received a number of emails from people asking for more about the
at the fag end of January 2015,
little more about Dragon's campaign.
I was reminded by an old friend of one of the many awareness and
fund-raising campaigns Dragon
supported to galvanise interest in saving this special ancient London
woodland – the Save
Oxleas Woods Calendar. This
was an innovative and creative way to raise some funds and secure
more publicity-- a few years before the popular film Calendar
had burst on to the scene. It was also a great way for people to work
on themselves as alluded to by the earlier quote from Vivian Godfrey.
We often forget that sometimes the best way to work magic or change
is to work on outside factors. There are times for mundane
world activities such as petitions,
protests and fund-raising just as much
are times for meditation, visualisation and ritual! This
simple truth often seems to be forsaken.
key Dragon members-- one an accomplished artist and graphic
the other a very well connected priestess who was actively involved
Fellowship of Isis-- were both
in creating the calendar. Without their love,
and passion for Oxleas, the calendar would never have been published
would the additional campaign funds have been raised.
Well-known esoteric writers were contacted and asked to donate short
pieces of writing on the months of the year. A
wide range of published writers rallied to the call of this ancient
woodland and donated freely some fantastic contributions including Ronald
Hutton, Marian Green, Mike Howard and the late Melita Denning (Vivian
Godfrey) as well as
the wonderful recently
departed and much missed Olivia
calendar sold out quickly and helped to grab yet further public
in stopping the dark forces that wanted to carve up this beautiful
we are still (just
the doorway to 2015, I thought I'd share my favourite extract from
the calendar in all its glory – Melita Denning's contribution for
January. I hope you enjoy it!
Month of January
Roman calendar, on which ours is based, developed from a ten-month
Etruscan form combined with an older calendar of twelve lunar months
with an intercalary space in winter. In 153 BC the beginning of the
year was transferred from March to the beginning of January, to
follow the mid-winter feast:
is the rise of the new sun and the close of the old one” (Ovid).
month takes its name from the god Janus, the Door keeper. He is shown
with two faces, usually bearded, to look to past and future, and the
bears staff and key. He is the divine guardian of all portals. He is
'The Sower', bearing the seed of the past harvest to propagate the
next. In Rome he was invoked at the outset of any great undertaking,
and before any other deity, for it is he who gives access to them.
New Year's Day is thus propitious for every prayer.
the first day of January sets a pattern for all, workers who hope for
an active and prosperous year should at least handle the implements
of their work on this festive day. Dates, figs and honey are the
traditional festal foods and gifts, to sweeten the year now
beginning. Not only the New Year, but daybreak, and the first day of
each month, are under Janus' protection.
great feast however, is on the 9th January. His offering is of spelt
(a variety of wheat) with salt; this mixture thrown upon flame is
said to give prompt response to a petition.
traditional incense for rites of Janus is saffron, which can be
mingled with mastic or gum arabic.
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you.”
Cosmic Doctrine is perhaps Dion Fortune’s most overlooked and
undervalued work. Next to The Mystical Qabalah, it is also
possibly her most important. The text presents a near complete
cosmogony stuffed full with enough images and concepts to keep the
adventurous seeker busy for a lifetime. As a comprehensive
philosophical and magical system, it presents a detailed
interpretation of the origin of life, the Universe, Deity and
Humankind. Like any cosmogony, it has some imperfections,
interspersed with occasional annoyances and contradictions. This
article is offered in the hope that it will whet readers’
proverbial whistles to further explore the depths of The Cosmic
we go any further, it’s probably important for me to set out a key
foundational premise – the honoured place of cosmogony in the
occultist's toolbox. In any longer term esoteric endeavour, a basic
knowledge of cosmogony is vital. Without a functional cosmogony as a
cornerstone for the Work a superstitious disposition can exacerbated
due to the lack of a model to relate effects to their prime causes.
Possessing an effective cosmogony enables the occultist to see the
Western Mystery Tradition for essentially what it is – a means to
an end, that end being the betterment of the individual, their
community, nation and planet. Newer readers may wish to review an
earlier blog In Order To Serve to get some wider background on
students who approach The Cosmic Doctrine dive for safe cover
at the earliest convenience, settling for an arguably easier
cosmogony such as that offered by the Qabalah or Astrology. This is
understandable for it is not a book that you can read or understand
in the normal sense. It is more like a mysterious treasure trove
waiting to be mined over a lifetime for precious metals and rare
gems. If you do try reading it like a Tony Parsons novel, you will
probably suffer chronic indigestion and most likely never come back
for a second helping. No-one has ever been able to extract the
benefits of a deep mineral mine from the comfort of an armchair.
Instead, The Cosmic Doctrine is a work to be approached with
all of one’s efforts, intuition and imagination. It will only be
through drawing diagrams of its concepts, contemplating, meditating
and relaxed pondering that the text will open the inner doors of
understanding. A generous smattering of perseverance helps too.
material was originally communicated from the Inner Planes between
July 1923 and January 1924, while Dion Fortune was based in Chalice
Orchard at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. However, due to Alan
Richardson’s sterling researches, we also know that some of the
basic elements of the text display at least a surface façade of
similarities with some of Theodore Moriarty’s Aphorisms of
Creation and Cosmic Principles. There could be a number of
reasons for this and plagiarism isn’t one of them. My personal view
is that Dion Fortune had spent a great deal of time learning from
Moriarty and was essentially working on the same contacts as he and
his group. The Inner Plane Adepti tend to utilise the existing symbol
system in the receiving medium’s mind – well stocked or
The Story of Dion Fortune, Charles Fielding tells us that the
communications were accompanied by a mêlée of notable physical
phenomenon, due to the need to use elemental forces as a backup to
provide a stronger communication channel. On at least one occasion,
the altar light’s flame “rose about five or six feet in height
where normally the light only came up about an inch.” During one of
the sessions the scribe, “almost fainted as there was also a great
rush of wind when the flame increased.” Anyone who has been around
the Tor, particularly at the liminal portals of dawn and dusk, when
it is quiet and empty of New Age Travellers and sightseers, will
appreciate the dynamism of the full spectrum of elemental activity in
importantly, on the first page of The Cosmic Doctrine, the
Communicator makes it abundantly clear that this is an altogether
different type of work which should be approached in a particular
these occult teachings you will be given certain images, under which
you are instructed to think of certain things. These images are not
descriptive but symbolic, and are designed to train the mind, not
to inform it.”
readers would do well to heed this, particularly the section I have
italicised, which is often misquoted, resulting in a subtle but
importantly different meaning. The language within the text can be
exceptionally difficult at times and some of the terminology can be
easily misinterpreted if taken out of context or at face value.
question at the forefront of many commentators’ minds has been,
“Does The Cosmic Doctrine have any practical relevance for the 21st
Century”? This is an important one to ask, for arguably the most
important keynote of the Age of Aquarius is practicality. Gone or
fast fading are the patriarchal days of the Piscean Age. “So long
and thanks for all the fish....” Increasingly in this epoch,
responsibility rests squarely with individuals to take the lead in
their own life journey and developmental opportunities. Practical
application is a crucial enabler with this. “Greetings and welcome
to the Water Carrier!”
practicality coupled with responsibility can be a tough old thing for
the best of us. Many students appear to pursue the Western Mysteries
for the opposite reason, for some respite from the burdens of life’s
responsibilities and practicalities. They often do this quite
unconsciously. Being unable to cope with mundane challenges and not
finding it easy to get on with others, they seek an escape route.
Indeed the avenues of escape from modern life are legion, from smart
phones, computer games and social networking to complete submersion
in the enticing opiates of the global entertainment industry.
occultism is no way to escape from the responsibilities of life. Even
a short period invested in thoughtfully mulling over the images and
concepts presented in The Cosmic Doctrine should encourage the
seeker into a further immersion into the depths of the Game of Life
with its attendant joys, pains, challenges and rewards. That can only
happen if we get up and go to work, leaving the comfort of the coal
fire and armchair behind, along with endless attendant theorising.
While theory may well provide many happy hours in the armchair with
accompanying warm and sweet feelings of excitement, practice, work
and play will bring a far richer life journey.
the deep mine shafts of The Cosmic Doctrine there is much
practical advice to be found. While some of the material can take
years to percolate, much of it is immediately practicable. Perhaps
the most rapidly accessible advice found within the communication is
that relating to the text’s Seven Laws.
of the implications of these interdependent laws are so far-reaching
that one can rapidly leave considerations of practical application
behind if not careful. Other aspects have far more immediate
application in mundane life. Ultimately the full value of these Seven
Laws will be better appreciated once a wider understanding of the
concepts from The Cosmic Doctrine is gained alongside further
brief analysis and commentary on the Seven Laws is offered below. It
assumes a basic appreciation of the esoteric concept of the Seven
Planes. For those readers who do not already have an understanding of
this, in order to more fully understand what follows, I would
encourage you to check out Dion Fortune’s own comments throughout
her published works on the Planes prior to reading the next section.
The Law of Action and Reaction
one sense, this is not dissimilar to Newton's third law, the law of
action-reaction, which explains the nature of the forces between two
interacting objects. According to Newton’s law, the force exerted
by one object upon a second object is equal in magnitude and opposite
in direction to the force exerted by the second object upon the first
The Cosmic Doctrine this Law goes beyond that and postulates
that action and reaction are both equal and opposite on the Plane of
their operation. But as an action on one Plane causes a reaction on
another Plane, then the active and reactive forces are related by a
definable ratio. This ratio can be determined by the number of Planes
separating the levels of inception and reception of the forces in
related potency can be seen as rising by the square law. So, as an
illustrative example, if a person’s particular action on the
physical or 1st Plane gives rise to a reaction on the next Plane,
then the potency of the original action would be squared, and the
equivalent amount of energy would be released on this 2nd Plane.
Understanding this is essential for practical magical purposes, in
particular, in relation to working with elemental forces which can
readily be rendered available on the 2nd Plane.
to say, the converse is also true. So, if an action on a Plane reacts
on a lower Plane, the originating energy will also be reduced to its
square root. If we extrapolate this thinking, it doesn’t take much
to figure out that the effects of raising a force in the human being
from, for example, the instinctive level of the 2nd Plane to the
abstract mental level of the 5th Plane, have a significant and far
this line of thinking, and continuing with the mathematical analogy,
it can be suggested that normal Involution, the journey into
manifestation, takes place by repeated addition. From this we can
also surmise that on the Evolutionary journey, progress is made by
repeated multiplication. This is why you will sometimes hear it said
that successful initiation leads to condensed personal evolution.
Conversion of energy from one Plane directly to the next higher Plane
is marked by the squaring of the original force. It is doubtful if
the body of the lower level would carry this force. Hence what Dion
Fortune says in The Mystical Qabalah, “.......and God (Jehovah)
said to Moses, 'Thou canst not look upon My face and live.'”
terms of practical use, if an Inner Plane communication takes place
to a contacted physical Western Mysteries group, the communicator
essentially brings force “down” the Planes. For this to happen
successfully, the physical terminal must be thoroughly well prepared
to raise a similar quantity of energy and consciousness to the same
level if satisfactory contact is to be made. Aristotle was close to
the mark when he said, “horror vacui” - nature abhors a vacuum -
even a partial one.
Law of Limitation
its most basic level, this is perhaps the most easily deducible Law
to see in use or indeed to personally use for simply getting things
done in day-to-day work and play.
is essentially “a restricting rule or circumstance”, and, as such, the mastering of this Law is a key enabler of all matters to do with the workings of force and
form. To some degree there is something of the magical symbol of the
Cord in this.
can be seen as the primary law of manifestation and the first law of
power. For example, in The Cosmic Doctrine, even the Logos
circumscribed (or limited) Itself when manifesting.
second Law implies a concentration of power by the rejection of all
that is superfluous to that which is to hand. To invoke a force
without directing it is to disperse it. In order to bring energy into
manifestation it is necessary to provide it with a limited form to
act as a vehicle.
can be defined as the science and art of building forms for the
reception, direction and utilisation of spiritual forces. If the
operation furthers the ends of Evolution and serves the betterment of
Humankind, its magic in the past would have been called "white";
if not, it was called "black". While life has mostly moved
on from this two dimensional monochrome version of magic, these
labels are very worthy of further pondering from time to time as the
occultist struggles with the ethics of their art.
the development and expansion of consciousness, the basis of
limitation is achieved. Limitation implies discrimination and the
careful selection of experience. But a limited, undeveloped
consciousness implies only the exclusion of experience. That sort of
limitation is an altogether different matter.
this second Law governs the processes of Involution, the "descent
into matter". This always reminds me of Dion Fortune's words,
“Until the descent into matter is complete, the ascent into spirit
cannot begin.” This leads us nicely into the third law.
The Law of Death
comes to all living things. For many people it is a thing to be
feared. Ultimately some change how they live their lives out of this
fear. The Cosmic Doctrine presents a detailed and compelling
commentary on death which can ultimately help individuals to take the
sting out of death.
the death of a particularly close relative, I was profoundly affected
by the words of John Spencer Muirhead shared by the relative’s
church minister. Muirhead wrote:-
know no birth, I know no death that chills;
fear no fate nor fashion, cause nor creed,
shall outdream the slumber of the hills.
am the bud, the flower, I the seed:
I do know that in whate’er I see
am the part and it the soul of me.”
the first time in days since the death, I felt a wave of light flow
through me; I felt invigorated and truly alive. My deep-seated fears
of death departed like the morning fog. The Cosmic Doctrine
does something similar. Anything which takes the sting or fear out of
death has huge practical import. A huge amount of energy tied up with
worrying about death of self or others around you can be realised for
far more productive use.
original text goes to great lengths describing the full spectrum of
deaths, indeed, the chapter in the original edition is entitled “The
Seven Deaths”. However, the essence of what it says is as follows:-
and reaction are equal and opposite upon the Plane of their
inception. However, when transmuted from one Plane to another, they
stop manifesting upon the first Plane and come into being in a
different form on the next Plane.
this transmutation is viewed from the Plane of the inception of these
forces, it is called "death". If viewed from the Plane of
reception, it is called "birth". Both are interdependent
and it is impossible for one to happen without the other.
The Law of Impactation
the original text this section has the uncatchy subtitle “The
transmission of action from one Plane to another.”
Oxford English Dictionary rather unhelpfully defines impactation as
“the condition of being or process of becoming impacted.” We are
perhaps more used to the term being used to describe the situation of
one tooth growing underneath another. However, in the esoteric sense,
impactation can be regarded as the act of bringing a force of a
subtler Plane through to a denser plane during the process of
Involution. Two tangential forces are locked into a functional unit
on the lower level. This was the method of creation of the original
Cosmic Atoms described in The Cosmic Doctrine.
impactation is the act of advancing the development of a force by
developing it upon the "form" aspect. The next section on
the Law of Polarity, will further help those readers who are not
familiar with this concept.
process must be most carefully distinguished from the same process
performed during Evolution. This is called "degradation".
The Law of Polarity
the text this section is fully entitled, “The Law of the aspects of
force or polarity.” The interaction of positive and negative
etheric bodies has a great revitalising force. Ultimately, all
polarity is rooted in the Rings Cosmos and Chaos, both of which are
well described in the text. These are the primal Pillars of the
Temple of the Mysteries, and from them stem all true complementaries.
Illustrative examples of these include:-
can be helpful to spend time making your own further complementaries
and keeping a record of them, for they will be useful in your later
esoteric endeavours. From two forces, one positive,
the other negative, a form is built. This
process is universal. Force is a unity and form is a duality. Magic
is about form building. Indeed, it is the prime human activity!
The Law of the Attraction of Outer Space
particular law can be particularly hard-going. My old teacher rightly
called it “abstruse”, a term also used recently by Gareth Knight to describe The Cosmic Doctrine generally. Essentially its relevance is often not
apparent until later, more advance stages of practical work. However,
it may be useful to summarise its key elements now to seed later
is the aim of "will" to function unconfined, just as it is
the tendency of "form" to centre on conditioning and
limitation. The text suggests that when a unit of consciousness is
released from a manifested System by transcending Law, it becomes a
Great Entity in its own right. However, when a unit of consciousness
that has not mastered the Law escapes from the System, it functions
as an unconditioned will. This is the mystery of evil, often
personified as the devil.
penultimate Law teaches that Godhood is not attained by running away
from the limitations and conditions of form, but by adjusting the
balance to a dynamic and dancing equilibrium. The image of a whirling
dervish comes to mind. In some respects, this is the “Great Work”
or “Summum Bonum”.
The Law of the Attraction of the Centre
last Law contains the secret of Evolution within this System. It
refers to the mystery of Cohesion, which can be seen as the mystery
grappling with this it can be a useful starting point to consider
that that which is a multiplicity in its manifestation, by the
perfection of its development, arrives at Unity. The approach to what
The Cosmic Doctrine calls “the Centre” is not simply a
movement in space, but a unification.
difference between unification and simplification should be carefully
considered. Unification can be seen as the final synthesis;
simplification as the ultimate analysis, or alternatively as a return
to type. The former is an advancement to completion, whereas the
latter can be seen as a failure in purpose or regression to the
essence of Evolution as put forward in The Cosmic Doctrine and
many other Western Mysteries frameworks is unification. The
manifestation of the unificatory principle upon the planes of form is
Love. Love, in all its aspects, is the symbol of the Logos as One.
Whoever loves, no matter how dim may be their understanding of Love,
is manifesting a unification. Deity is One; Love makes one; therefore
it is truly said "God is Love".
often confuse Love with sentiment, but this can be unhelpful at the
best of times. Taking this last Law into consideration, it is
possible to review Love and see it in an altogether new light, where
it can be seen as being the functional cohesion of the Cosmos. This
has practical applications for how we view and carry out
relationships with both our fellow humans and the wider environment.
is hoped that this initial introduction to the Seven Laws within The
Cosmic Doctrine provides some inspiration for future
explorations. To conclude the article, I thought it would be apposite
in the current political environment to include a quote from the
final page of the original text:-
expresses Love brings Spirit, which is One, into manifestation.
be loving is to be good.
expresses hate brings separateness into manifestation.
be separate is to be dead.
choose Love and live.”
Cosmic Doctrine, Dion Fortune (1949, 1966 and 1995 editions)
Story of Dion Fortune, as told to Charles Fielding and Carr Collins,
Cosmic Doctrine – How it all began, Gareth Knight, 2013