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.

Supply and Demand – The Oxymoron of Growth

There is a very simple fact; endless economic growth as it is currently perceived is inconsistent with our continued planetary existence. Unless we fulfil science-fiction and leave behind our scorched and desolate Earth in cryochambers for another “Goldilocks” planet we will not survive as a species. We cannot sustain this greedy locust paradigm.

Who is to blame?

Evil tempting technology or our hungry birds in a nest clamour for shiny toys? Without our demand for gadgets and trinkets, there would be no supply. Of course, purveyors of such trinkets will tempt us, but do we have to succumb?

This paradigm of economic {but not spiritual} growth is getting a bit long in the tooth. It started a couple of hundred years ago.

We do not need to fly to {unspoiled} destinations in the middle of an ocean to send back fatuous on-line content for our followers and paymasters. We have Zoom, Teams, Skype and perhaps Telepathy.

Our computers here are eight and four years old. There is no need for a new one every year. Once a decade is probably OK.

The melting point of Silicon is 1,400˚C.

“Silica is the dioxide form of silicon (SiO2) and occurs naturally in the form of quartz. While beach sand is also largely quartz, the most common raw material for electronic grade is high purity quartz rock.  Ideally the silica has low concentrations of iron, aluminum and other metals. The silica is reduced (oxygen removed) through a reaction with carbon in the form of coal, charcoal and heating to 1500-2000 °C in an electrode arc furnace.

SiO2 + C → Si + CO2

The resulting silicon is metallurgical grade silicon (MG-Si). It is 98% pure and is used extensively in the metallurgical industry.”

Electronic Grade Silicon

A small amount of the metallurgical grade silicon is further refined for the semiconductor industry. Powdered MG-Si is reacted with anhydrous HCl at 300 °C in a fluidized bed reactor to form SiHCl3

Si + 3HCl → SiHCl3 + H2

During this reaction impurities such as Fe, Al, and B react to form their halides (e.g. FeCl3, AlCl3, and BCl3). The SiHCl3 has a low boiling point of 31.8 °C and distillation is used to purify the SiHCl3 from the impurity halides. The resulting SiHCl3 now has electrically active impurities (such as Al, P, B, Fe, Cu or Au) of less than 1 ppba.

Finally, the pure SiHCl3 is reacted with hydrogen at 1100°C for ~200 – 300 hours to produce a very pure form of silicon.

SiHCl3 + H2 →Si + 3 HCl”

Everyone who uses semiconductors, in mobile ‘phones, computers, tablets, Televisions, printers, cars, Fitbits and perhaps even “intelligent” sex-toys has a Silicon footprint too! Your precious gigabyte images are stored in the “cloud” which sounds all nice and fluffy. But the cloud is energy hungry servers which need vast amounts of cooling.

So not only do you have a Carbon footprint you have a Silicon footprint too!

How do you spend you Silicon budget?

How much Silicon do you use?

If we continue to consume and hence make demand, those fond of a buck or two will supply. Simple.

We do not need anywhere near as much as we demand and take. We have become accustomed to our vampiric interaction with the planet, sucking the blood out of it, ripping out its lungs {forests}, defecating plastic into its oceans and burning up its energy reserves to fly to St. Barts.  

We need to grow as a humanity so that we are no longer beholden to our materialistic addictions.

Until such time as we manage to escape the clutches of this misguided materialistic economic  “growth” mantra we will continue to repeat our folly until the planet becomes nearly uninhabitable. If we and our livestock are the only animal species left what then? There will be no tropical reefs to waste air miles on, no alpine glaciers to ski down, no birds to watch in the wetlands and no sharks for our shark fin soup.

Will we take selfies at the biological meat production facilities?

Or will we queue at the spaceport for planet Goldilocks hoping that the rising tide will not engulf us before blast off?

There is no Planet B!!

Walking on Eggshells – Coercive Socio-political Conformity

In many ways I am glad that I no longer work in higher education and pastoral care in particular. This is because the socio-political consequences of pronoun misuse have inter alia reached ludicrous levels. I have read of a teacher being fired for refusing to call a biological male she because said penis owner insisted on being called, she. If you think about it for a little an experienced teacher, full of knowing, is fired because the thought police deem that it has to call a teenage, and hence an emotionally volatile being, by its chosen pronoun.

It is so out of balance, so coercive and well, silly.

Thus we have so many people walking on eggshells and going through the motions of compliance with these dictatorial norms required by socio-political conformity.

Pulling down statues of slave owners like say Julius Caesar, does not change history. Are we to close the great pyramid of Giza, because the Egyptians had slaves. Must we empty the British Museum of all of its artefacts?

How long before we are burning books because they might “trigger”?

When and where will the burning stop?

Are we obsessed with groundhogs?

Who is the arbiter of this brave new world of coercive socio-political conformity?

We have started watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” and in that the main protagonist is walking on the most delicate and dangerous of eggshells. Is this the kind of future we envisage for ourselves, a future of intense coercive socio-political conformity. At present that conformity is enforced by exclusion and the cancel culture, how long before it is the bullet or the noose? A future where we are terrified of what we utter in public?

Pastoral care was always a minefield. In all honesty I doubt that I would be able to offer the care and support I once did in the current context. I am not phobic of people’s right to live how they wish, I do not wish to succumb if they seek to inflict their dogma on me. People call others transphobic. I doubt many are actually fearful, pitying perhaps, confused and unable to relate, maybe. Phobic, I doubt it.


In chemistry we have cis-trans isomerism. Which means that cis and trans forms can interconvert, the barrier, the activation energy for this is often not so high. Someone who insists that they are cis can easily, either with or without catalysis, convert back. It is not black and white nor is it written in stone. Cis-trans isomerism is happening right now, in your eyes, as you read this!!

This world of opposites, of dare I say it, black and white thinking, is separative and divisive! The pointing finger soon becomes the carbine.

Why do we need an US and a THEM?

Might we be better as we?

Are we as one humanity really that stupid and ignorant?

Being Alone- All One – Part One

I’ll try here to verbalise in a quasi-succinct manner some of my understandings.

The majority of people see themselves as separate from others and do not see themselves as a part of the One Humanity. They see Me, I, Us and They. Most people tend to be self-ish and self-centred, the world revolves around them.

They find it hard to don the moccasins of others. Why would they even bother?

I’ll estimate that most would be unable to answer in depth the question, what are you? If they were asked, who are you, they might give a manmade name and perhaps a curriculum vitae. In general, most people do not know themselves well and are not self-aware. They are too busy earning a living, engaging in pass times and their wants and desires.

A fair proportion of humanity allegedly believes in heaven and hell. But nobody can say where they are. Their images of these “places” may be similar to our manifested world. But that does not make any sense. When you die you cease to be manifest. Thus, the notion of a place in some 3-dimensional space plus time “world” is an invalid one.  Fire may burn meat, but when you have disincarnated, there is nothing to burn. The concept of being gifted a virgin as a reward for faith, is not meaningful. You are dead, you have no genitalia. You are not matter; you can’t shag.

A scientist might say that a human being is an organized bag of soft wet matter than has a structural skeleton and can process other types of matter to extract the calorific value therein which it then reacts with oxygen to release energy to do work. In also needs that energy to fend off the tendency of entropy to increase disorder and keep the bodily chemicals organised and co-operating. Humans are counter entropic beings. Much bodily function is unconscious because it would be quite simply impossible to keep track of all the bodily goings on. Viewed from one angle any meaty being is already way too complex for say a supercomputer to keep track of at molecular levels.

I don’t think that science really understands what animates the organism. It can measure some of the effects of the process of organising by electroencephalography or functional magnetic resonance imaging. It cannot comment on the cause of the organisation. Many are perhaps looking for some cerebral explanation for the fact of life, some electromagnetic explanation of beingness just as astrobiologists are seeking chemical building blocks for the first extraplanetary life forms. They are assuming carbon, nitrogen and water-based building blocks. What will animate these molecules into a life form.

How does one define life?

Of late the world has been plagued by a virus. This self-replicating piece of biology invades, takes over and makes copies of itself. In the process it messes up the functioning of human beings, badly

Is a virus alive?

Is it intelligent?

Can you kill a virus?

 A virus is a part of the One Life, just like you and I but it is not technically living according to science.

Some thing way smaller than the diameter of a human hair has turned “our” world, our “reality” upside down and inside out.

We could say that the virus is the cause of disease. But what caused the virus?

Did we as One Humanity cause this spiky bit of biology to invade. Perhaps we did but again we are not striving to understand causes. We are trying to juggle the effects and keep our materialistic plates spinning.

Humans are no doubt clever and resourceful but one day unless they start to look causally at causes; they will drop the balls and profound crisis will ensue.

I am guessing that humanity, as a whole, is heading for its very own dark night of the Soul.

These are not pleasant I can bear witness….


Time to feed trip hazard and do dinner…