Training for the Incoming Ray: Ceremonial Order or Magic – Synthesis


“The Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order or Magic

Special Virtues:

Strength, perseverance, courage, courtesy, extreme care in details, self-reliance.

Vices of Ray:

Formalism, bigotry, pride, narrowness, superficial judgments, self-opinion over-indulged.

Virtues to be acquired:

Realization of unity, wide-mindedness, tolerance, humility, gentleness and love.

This is the ceremonial ray, the ray which makes a man delight in “all things done decently and in order,” and according to rule and precedent. It is the ray of the high priest and the court chamberlain, of the soldier who is a born genius in organization, of the ideal commissary general who will dress and feed the troops in the best possible way. It is the ray of the perfect nurse for the sick, careful in the smallest detail, though sometimes too much inclined to disregard the patients idiosyncrasies and to try and grind them in the iron mill of routine.

It is the ray of form, of the perfect sculptor, who sees and produces ideal beauty, of the designer of beautiful forms and patterns of any sort; but such a man would not be successful as a painter unless his influencing ray were the fourth. The combination of four with seven would make the very highest type of artist, form and color being both in excelsis. The literary work of the seventh ray man would be remarkable for its ultra-polished style, and such a writer would think far more of the manner than of the matter in his work but would always be fluent both in writing and speech. The seventh ray man will often be sectarian. He will delight in fixed ceremonials and observances, in great processions and shows, in reviews of troops and warships, in genealogical trees, and in rules of precedence.”


As I may have mentioned before my personality ray is ray seven. If you look closely you will be able to see the influence in the blog content.

The incoming ray is this ray ceremonial order or magic. Inherent in this is a major challenge for humanity, which so often is disorganised and in disarray. Winging it, is not seventh ray. The seventh ray may be précised as “the ray of having your shit together”. This is a long way from higgledy-piggledy and in some ways anti-hippie but in other ways it is the ray, par excellence, of natural rhythm. Everything should be in synch and on time with natural law and rhythm.

Yes, ritual traditional magic, craft, and mantra are a part, but only a small one.

Organisation, vivification, and energising are what proper order brings. An organism needs to organise and carry out its given physical plane learning. Karma can be thought of as residual “shit” that you have to deal with. Hence in working off your shit you get your shit together, less new karma, debt paid off.

Many people resist being organised and have never experienced the slick and the smooth of all cogs working in unison. People who are self-obsessed are separative and do not view themselves as part of the holistic whole. ME is a luddite spanner in the works. It causes discordance and discord, dis-chord, the sound jars.

The challenge of the incoming ray is to eradicate this notion of self and alchemize it into the holistic-whole, or ONE. The one humanity.

To say to a sloppy ill disciplined person, who is fond of the weird and the whacky, that they need to have their shit together is to ask for resistance.

“Hey man, that is not New Age!”

“Yes, it is! Get a haircut and pull up your trousers. You need to focus and stop being so dissipated!”

If one meanders and only cherry picks the easy fruit off the tree of teaching, then one will not taste the golden apples higher up the tree, which need more and continued effort to attain. Many choose only those teachings that are strap-on to normal life. Few want radical change. One could say people want to keep their cherry pie and eat it.

The seventh ray is also the ray of constant evolution and application. This is because Synthesis takes new learning and incorporates it with the knowledge heretofore garnered. Knowledge is never complete, because of constant synthesis one could say that knowing is a present participle synonym of evolving, knowledge relates to evolution. True knowledge cannot ever be concrete and finished.

Synthesis is an antithesis of Idealism and Devotion, the departing sixth ray. Sixth ray separates, cleaves and divides, seventh ray heals, stitches the rent wounds of division and stirs its synthetic pot of alchemy in search of the new.   

The seventh ray is unlike the division with which our current world is so very badly scarred!!

It is time to synthesise and not cleave, the synthetic cauldron of inspiration must overcome the axe of cleavage.

Ceremonial Order or Magic

It is perhaps timely to write about this given what is currently happening in England. Over the course of the next few weeks perhaps culminating in a coronation there will be a televised display of ceremonial order or magic.  The “wands” and symbols of state will be on show and the choreography will be precise and rehearsed. The organisation will be complex yet impeccable.

These events strike awe and claim obedience from subjects. The pageantry will be fabulous and impressive. The defender of the faith will be laid to rest. In the past monarchs sought to trace their lineage all the way back and there was something of the divine right.

When someone is knighted, they are initiated into a brotherhood using ceremonial order or magic. The rod of initiation is the monarch’s perhaps bejewelled sword.

The robes of ceremonial order of the priests and the officials of royalty will be on show. The “wizards” will lead the rites of funeral. There will be procession along the streets and in the great edifices of worship. The ceremonial carriages will be bedecked.

It will have a profound effect on the population with many wanting to take part in person. They are already camping out.

Yup we are in for a treat of Ray 7, Ceremonial Order or Magic.

Oaths, Vows and Other Spells

It is 34˚C in the shade outside and I am now in full summer dress which comprises army surplus camouflage desert combat trousers and a vest. I have adopted the local shaving habit.

I mentioned previously that my personality is best described as seventh ray. This means that I am interested in the synthesis of ideas, philosophies and thought. It also means that I am interested in ceremonial order or magic. Despite the word magic I am very fond of plans and in particular planning, the act of drawing up a plan.

I enjoy the planning, the scoping out, way more than execution.

Have a look at this quotation below and my image above. Do these two things belong together? What if I had a cape, a funny hat and a wand?

Excerpted from:

Esoteric Psychology II – Chapter II – The Ray of Personality – The Coordination of the Personality

By Alice Bailey and Djwhal Kuhl

Ray Seven

    ” ‘I seek to bring the two together. The plan is in my hands. How shall I work? Where lay the emphasis? In the far distance stands the One Who Is. Here at my hand is form, activity, substance, and desire. Can I relate these and fashion thus a form for God? Where shall I send my thought, my power the word that I can speak?

    ‘I, at the center, stand, the worker in the field of magic. I know some rules, some magical controls, some Words of Power, some forces which I can direct. What shall I do? Danger there is. The task that I have undertaken is not easy of accomplishment, yet I love power. I love to see the forms emerge, created by my mind, and do their work, fulfil the plan and disappear. I can create. The rituals of the Temple of the Lord are known to me. How shall I work?

    ‘Love not the work. Let love of God’s eternal Plan control your life, your mind, your hand, your eye. Work towards the unity of plan and purpose which must find its lasting place on earth. Work with the Plan; focus upon your share in that great work.’

    The word goes forth from soul to form: ‘Stand in the center of the pentagram, drawn upon that high place in the East within the light which ever shines. From that illumined center work. Leave not the pentagram. Stand steady in the midst. Then draw a line from that which is without to that which is within and see the Plan take form.’ “

It is not possible to be more explicit than this. This great and powerful ray is now coming into manifestation and it brings new energies to man of so potent a nature that the disciples of today must move and work with care. They are literally handling fire. It is the children who are now coming into incarnation who will eventually work more safely and more correctly with these new potencies.


I use mantra meditation and chanting. I have taken a foundation course in shamanism and have attended two Vajrayana empowerments, Guru Rinpoche to develop tantric abilities and Tara for protection, healing and developing compassion. Since then, I have experimented with other mantra, my favourite pertains to the heart sutra.

Tayatha om, gate gate, para gate, para sum gate, bodhi svaha.

Family legend has it that my great grandmother from deepest darkest Snowdonia was a witch. Sometimes the gift skips generations so I have a bloodline which may be suited to/for the gift.

From one angle these mantras can be viewed as spells. But a spell without intent is just a collection of words. It is the combination of intent and word that makes magic be that dark or white.

As I mentioned before I used to hang out in scientific circles and therein the notion of magic and things that go bump in the night are not widely accepted, to understate and by several orders of magnitude. What people might say in a nice city office surrounded by technology would differ if for example I had them out here, with no light pollution down by Le Jaudy at midnight. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility to induce a trouser changing moment for them. I could introduce them to the Korrigans who live by the river.

Le korrigan est une créature légendaire de Bretagne, comparable au lutin. Bienveillant ou malveillant selon les cas, il peut faire preuve d’une extrême générosité, mais est capable d’horribles vengeances.

« Korrigan » (du breton korr, nain, suivi du diminutif ig et du suffixe an (ancien diminutif qui n’est plus utilisé en breton moderne et populaire contemporain si ce n’est dans des mots figés, tels que korr-ig-an, traduction littérale le nain-petit-petit), pluriel breton : korriganed) signifie « petit nain » avec un suffixe hypocoristique très fréquent dans les noms de personnes. Au féminin, on trouve parfois une forme féminisée à la manière française, « korrigane », qui peut désigner une fée malfaisante. Bien qu’il soit connu comme « le lutin de Bretagne », le korrigan renvoie étymologiquement au nain (korr) et non au lutin. Les préfixes corr- (littérature galloise) et cor- (ancien cornique) désignent tous deux un nain et le cornique moderne au mot korrik (pluriel korrigow) pour désigner un gnome ou un lutin.

La langue bretonne connaît un très grand nombre de mots pour désigner le petit peuple, et dans cette « région infestée de lutins », il est commun de les distinguer par leur habitat. Pierre Dubois attribue aux kornikaneds les bois, aux korils, courils, corrics, kriores, kéréores et kannerez noz les landes, aux poulpiquets les vaux, aux teuz les prés, aux boléguéans les tumuli, aux hoseguéannets les cercles de pierres et aux boudics, boudiguets et bouffon noz les fermes. Mais la Bretagne connaît aussi des « farfadets », « duz », « korrigs », « kerrighed », « komaudons », « korandons », « kormandons », « kérions », « ozégans », « fomiquets » ou encore « chorriquets ». Au fil du temps, toutes ces petites créatures jadis distinctes sont venues à être désignées sous l’unique nom de « korrigan ».

See the thing is that many people have a tendency to scoff about things that they personally have no experience of. Especially if that makes them look good amongst their peers and pals.

The words in any spell are designed to aid in building intent to empower the spell and so often it is the increasing rhythm and volume that shows the intent is building. Magic always has some rhytym.

I mentioned that I have, in effect, taken the Bodhisattva vow in this lifetime because of my repeated reading of it. I have checked out numerous translations.

A long time back I apparently entered an apprenticeship with someone claiming to be a nagal being. This involved making some kind of binding oath to him. We fell out for one reason or another and I spent the next three years or so skilfully getting him to release me from this apprenticeship, because some spells need the release of another party. If that release is not given, they remain binding to a degree. The power may wain but not the connection.

When I got him to say in writing that my apprenticeship was terminated, I felt a magnificent sense of release.

Any oath or vow then can be viewed technically as some form of spell.

You may not believe in magic but how many contracts have you entered into? Is the wording in such things a bit like a Harry Potter spell? What costumes do the wizards in the highest court wear?

I have participated in a massive magical ceremony or two at The Royal Albert Hall where the rites of passage of degree for thousands of youngsters was presided over by my colleagues and me. I was dressed in a funny gown with a weird hat. We were led out onto the stage by someone holding a ceremonial rod. There we presided.

When I was a co-founder of a spin out company the document we signed was very binding of us. The intent was clear. It was to make sure that we could not leave the company. It was a spell of attachment because we had not put huge amounts of personal cash in.  The second round funding document is close to one kilo in mass. They kindly let us sign in ink and not blood. The release document was a single side of A4.

A marriage is a form of binding spell, and this is backed up in most cases by sex. These spells therefore run deep and although unpicked on paper the binding persists for many years. We see it in the Depp/Heard case. They are using a bunch of magicians {lawyers} to sift through the debris in public.

I have vowed my allegiance as a child to a flag bearing the Southern Cross, Australia.

Having said all of the above I can also say that I have measured quantum mechanical tunnelling phenomena using mass resolved two colour resonant multiphoton ionisation mass spectroscopy with a resolution of 0.2 cm-1 or ~6ppm in energy. I have carried out Ab Initio calculations at MP4 level using Møller–Plesset perturbation theory.

One needs a fair bit of Arcane training so to do.


They control the pleasure of our birthright

And to survive we have to struggle and fight

The present confrontation of our mind

The flexibility of our vision


What is life? I try to see

What is life? It’s unity

What is life? Life is a dream

What is life? Life is a treat


Black Uhuru