Strictly accurate statements, justice (without mercy), perseverance, common sense, uprightness, independence, keen intellect.
Vices of Ray:
Harsh criticism, narrowness, arrogance, unforgiving temper, lack of sympathy and reverence, prejudice.
Virtues to be acquired:
Reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, wide-mindedness.
This is the ray of science and of research. The man on this ray will possess keen intellect, great accuracy in detail, and will make unwearied efforts to trace the smallest fact to its source, and to verify every theory. He will generally be extremely truthful, full of lucid explanation of facts, though sometimes pedantic and wearisome from his insistence on trivial and unnecessary verbal minutiae. He will be orderly, punctual, business like, disliking to receive favors or flattery.
It is the ray of the great chemist, the practical electrician, the first-rate engineer, the great operating surgeon. As a statesman, the fifth ray man would be narrow in his views, but he would be an excellent head of some special technical department, though a disagreeable person under whom to work. As a soldier, he would turn most readily to artillery and engineering. The artist on this ray is very rare, unless the fourth or seventh be the influencing secondary ray; even then his coloring will be dull, his sculptures lifeless, and his music (if he composes) will be uninteresting, though technically correct in form. His style in writing or speaking will be clearness itself, but it will lack fire and point, and he will often be long-winded, from his desire to say all that can possibly be said on his subject.
In healing, he is the perfect surgeon, and his best cures will be through surgery and electricity.
For the fifth ray, the method of approaching the Path is by scientific research, pushed to ultimate conclusions, and by the acceptance of the inferences which follow these.
*In un-evolved man it is usually the vices of a ray that are expressed.
Esoteric Psychology I – Section Two – I. The Seven Creative Builders, the Seven Rays
By Alice Bailey and Djwhal Kuhl