Astrology and the Seven Rays
by Bruno & Louise Huber
Linking astrology with the seven rays enables people to recognise their own deepest qualities. According to the ageless wisdom, the seven rays are cosmic streams of energy that pervade all life on earth. Astrology and the Seven Rays introduces the psychological application of the rays, giving insights that could not otherwise be obtained from the astrological chart.
Bruno Huber discovered a new method that can be used by both specialist and layman to determine the rays in the individual horoscope. This enables you to find your own personal ray combination and those of others.
Astrology and the Seven Rays opens up a new approach to esoteric psychology and esoteric astrology, and provides insight into the process of spiritual development.
Bruno and Louise Huber have taught a new dynamic direction of astrology for over thirty years, reflected in their series of eight books on astrological psychology. Their work was grounded in the esoteric teaching of Alice Bailey and in the psychosynthesis of Roberto Assagioli. They are founders of the internationally known Swiss school of astrological psychology in Zurich.
The text is an edited transcript of an inspirational seminar given by the Hubers in England in 1998, supplemented with some new material translated back from the subsequent German publication. It represents the fruit of a lifelong dedication to the synthesis of spiritual, psychological and astrological understanding.
Paperback, 216 pages. First published 2007.
Review by Sue Lewis
“One of the main aims of the seventh ray [is] to produce something that goes beyond the person who created it, that persists longer and can be used by others – this is very important.”(p58)
In the above quotation, Bruno was referring to the Age of Aquarius with its mission to support humanity superseding the call to martyrdom of the Piscean Age where “in those 2000 years there were monasteries, where mystical people were sacrificing themselves and their sexuality, suffering until they were so pure that they could get a place in heaven!” (p43)
This very important workshop on the Seven Rays, held in 1998, was the last given in England by Bruno and Louise before Bruno’s death, and a word for word transcription has been available since 1999. Inevitably, as happens in workshops where the programme is ambitious and the need for interaction with the audience and experiential activity take time, chunks of key material were undelivered. Personality rays were cantered through and rays of the mental body didn’t get an airing. Now we have a book that fills those gaps and gives us much more.
Have you ever wondered, for example, when you loved someone dearly and didn’t want to cause any pain, why you found the lifestyle imposed upon you by this person utterly stifling? Personality quality as indicated by the ray can open up a whole new realm of understanding. One of the insightful supplements to the new edition of Astrology and the Seven Rays is an extended look at the personality rays.
Moving from the personality ray to the soul ray, the sessions on ‘Transformations’ and ‘The Law of the Triangles in the Signs’ have been reorganised by Louise to demonstrate more fully what is meant by soul consciousness and at-oneness with the Avatar of Synthesis, and how to build the Rainbow Bridge.
There’s an index and quite a bit extra in this volume to make it useful, even if you already have a copy of the A4 bound transcription.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Seven Rays as the esoteric backdrop to Huber Astrology, this book will inform you of what you need to know and how it relates to the astrology you work with. Bruno and Louise have taken their insightful and well-controlled broomsticks to the complicated and obfuscating-the-uninitiated treatises dictated to Alice Bailey by her Tibetan Master, related them to Astrological Psychology and shown how important this material is for our times. Formulae for finding your personal rays are included, and all but the soul ray can be generated by the computer. There’s a good notes section directing you to what else you might read if you want to go further.
Esoteric astrology isn’t easy to express because each of us has to find our own way of co-ordinating inner and outer, personal and transpersonal, and often we don’t communicate at the same level. Uranus can grab the profile but still have some way to go before assimilating the content. Last October, a group of us attended ‘The Golden Seam’ workshop at Buckland Hall, for which excellent material had been prepared, but where the room and its arrangement were oppressive. We couldn’t deal with planes of mind and beyond while turning our backs on the trees and the sky. Two of our group brought in wreaths of leaves and undergrowth, and other plants to energise the space, as we turned the room around. More than ever we need to be grounded and connected at the physical level, as we align ourselves at a higher level to help and to heal.
Several references are made to Jupiter, the Earth and the seventh ray, and their significance in the New Age. I recommend Astrology and the Seven Rays to everyone. It’s well produced and set out, and covers important topics you may not take in all at one read; so you’ll want to revisit this territory as your studies and your clientele develop.
Thank you, Barry, for delivering this key text in such a neat and user-friendly edition.
Sue Lewis, Conjunction 42, 2007