Just as white light is divided into seven colours, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, by a crystal, so is the real religion of unity split into seven aspects

9 Mar


Just as white light is divided into seven colours, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, by a crystal, so is the real religion of unity split into seven aspects. In the Eastern-Influenced system of Alice Bailey they were called Rays, and I thought there might be an interesting correlation between the two systems. Alas Bailey’s system is a little muddled when it comes to the planets and the colours system lacks the symmetry of the GD and its basic planetary ones which is here.

1 Violet Phul Moon Monday
2 Indigo Aratron Saturn Saturday
3 Blue Bether Jupiter Thursday
4 Green Hagith Venus Friday
5 Yellow Och Sun Sunday
6 Orange Ophiel Mercury Wednesday
7 Red Phalec Mars Tuesday

The seven rays did not spring from Bailey. They are her impression of a tradition that goes back to Ancient Greece. When Zeus takes the bull-form known as Taurus in order to win the heart of Europa his face “gleams with seven rays of fire.” The idea of seven rays appears in the Mysteries of Mithras and Dionysus, the Chaldean Oracles. The Gnostics and others worshipped a God of Seven Rays. However it is not clear what these rays were. They were often seen as an expression of the sun. But the idea of Olympic spirits places a different spin on them. If the seven rays are the seven archetypal Gods from which all religion is based, then all our attempts to find God through them are chasing shadows. The Olympic Spirits are fragments of the Divine Unity, as we are, and therefore must be bought together in the mind of the Magician as part of the journey home. They also provide us with direct control of planetary power. According to the Hermetic work Isis to Horus :

Seven wandering stars are there which move in the spheres before Olympus’ Gate… To these stars the human race is committed. We have within us Mene, Zeus, Ares, Paphie, Kronos, Helios and Hermes. By this means are we destined to draw from the living Aether of the Kosmos our tears, mirth, anger, our parenthood, our conversation, our sleep and every desire.

Religion is a vital part of the development of any Magician. In the Outer Order we are introduced to an officer called the Hegemon who carries the mitre-headed sceptre which she says “represents religion which guides life”. The Hegemon is the incarnation of the forces of balance – Maat so she is saying that by balanced use of religion you can be carried through the Outer Order.

So why is our religion not balanced? Simply because each person is born with one or more rays predominant and so they are naturally drawn to one Olympic spirit over another. If you look at your astrological chart you will see that some planets are weak and others cancel each other out so you are left with one or two predominant rays. As you begin your religious quest you will first be drawn to that Olympic Spirit that is closest to those rays. Society often dictates what religion is available but each of the bigger ones is capable of containing with their ‘church’ all rays. A Christian who is on the Och ray will be drawn to those churches which emphasis death and resurrection. Those who like lots of psychic experiences, such as speaking in tongues will probably head to the Churches where the Phul ray is predominant.

Everyone is trying to find that Olympic spirit which is predominant in their creation and when they find it they will get an appropriate set of rules and guidelines for living in the universe which was created by the Gods.

What is perhaps tragic is that with the fall of Christianity within Western society, many people have lost touch with the various Olympic Spirits. As such they have lost their spiritual guidance and are feeling a bit lost. Some managed to find the same spirits behind the masks of other religions but until a new modern religion replaces the Church then people will have to keep looking. It is probably for this reason that the neo-paganism movement has managed to gain so much ground. Worshippers are returning to the Olympic Spirits almost directly and finding that they have something to say.

However each ray is in itself unbalanced and subject to corruption. Solar religions tend to end up killing people, usually through a Leonine arrogance that they are completely right. Lunar religions end up castrating people either physically or metaphorically. Mercurial religions often play mind games, Saturnian religions are big on guilt and so on. But for most ordinary people the mystical power they provide is what they need to live out their life on earth. As the Arbatel says the Seven spirits decide people’s destinies.

That should read “ordinary people”. The magician is different. Their destiny is not to worship the Olympic spirits but to balance them in themselves and then move on to attain a unity with the God who expresses itself through the seven rays. This balancing act is probably what was suggested by the Gnostic idea of Aeons. When you die you face each of the Olympic Spirits. If you have mastered all of them you are permitted to go on your journey into the reality of the universe. How do you master them? You take the lessons and spiritual guidance they have to teach you.

Firstly you have to find out which ray and therefore which Olympic Spirit you are attached to. Firstly it should be the predominant planet in your chart. So take for example this nameless person.

Leo Sun (in the first house)
Scorpio Moon
Leo Mercury
Libra Mars
Virgo Venus
Gemini Jupiter
Pisces Saturn

With the Sun in the first house and in its favoured sign of Leo it is very strong. Mars in Libra, Pisces in Saturn, Mercury in Leo are not well placed and therefore weak. Jupiter is strong as is Venus. Therefore the main Olympic spirit will be Och although the person will be influenced also by Bether and Hagith.

Another case:

Gemini Sun
Gemini Venus
Taurus Mercury
Leo Mars (12th house)
Libra Moon
Leo Saturn
Taurus Jupiter

In this chart Mars in Leo would be the strongest but being in the 12th house it is blighted. The expansive Jupiter would not like the conservative Taurus. Saturn would not like the expansive Leo and Mercury is also weak. This leaves the Sun, Venus and the Moon as the strongest although neither are particularly obvious. Looking at the persons chart however we see that the Moon is not blocked by any bad aspects and actually is in a trine and sextile with the Sun. It would mean then that their Olympic Spirit would be the Phul although Och and Hagith would be also involved.

What does this mean in terms of the religion that both these cases would follow? The first case would look for a religion that followed solar cycles of death and rebirth. The religion would probably have a healing angle and may follow the ideas of re-incarnation. The second person would be attracted to a more mystical and psychic religion where feminine roles were more important and sexuality was sublimated. But for both of these people if they followed just their primary Olympic Spirit they would be badly imbalanced and fortunately have back-ups in their subsidiary rays. It is probably fair to define the fundamentalist in any religion as one who only sees one Olympic Spirit. If either of these two were occultists it would be important for them to work with and understand those Olympic Spirits which are blighted in their charts. Their natural tendency will be to manifest Och or Phul so they must work consciously to involve the others.

Symbols of the Olympic Spirits

The Olympic Spirits are the archetypes of ALL religions, not simply Greek or Roman. We are given their sigils, or signatures but the limited information on them also gives us symbols connected to them. These are often repeated which means that there are holes in the system but they seem to root themselves in more pagan deities. Reading through the list, which come from Dr Rudd’s Treatise on the Nine Hierarchies of Angels, it is possible to see them as similar to the descriptions of Celtic standards which were carried into war. They might be the images that are associated with the Olympic Spirit from the earliest time – the Totem animals and symbols behind the seven primal spirits. It is a nice idea, but unfortunately totally unproveable. It is also possible to see the symbols of the older Greek and Roman gods.


A bearded King riding a dragon
An old man with a Beard
An old woman leaning on a staff
A pig
A Dragon
An Owl
A black robe
A hook or sickle
A Juniper Tree


A King with a sword drawn riding a stag
A man wearing a Mitre in a long robe
A young woman with a laurel Crown adorned with Flowers
A Bull
A Stag
A peacock
An Azure Garment
A sword
A box tree


A King riding a Wolf
A man armed
A woman holding a shield on her thigh
A he goat
A horse
A stag
A red garment


A King riding a Lion
A crowned King
A Queen with a sceptre
A bird
A lion
A Cock
A Yellow or golden Garment
A sceptre


A King with sceptre riding a Camel
A young woman clothed and dressed beautifully
A naked young woman
A she goat
A camel
A dove
A white or green garment
The herb Savin


A King riding a bear
A fair young man
A woman holding a staff
A dog
a She bear
A magpie
Clothes of changeable colours
A rod
A little staff


A King like Arthur riding on a Doe
A little boy
A woman hunter with Bow and Arrows
A cow
A little doe
A goose
A green Garment or silver
An Arrow
A creature with many feet

Seals of the Olympian Spirits

Unlike the seals of the planetary spirits, which are based on magic squares, the seals of the Olympic spirits are a complete mystery. All but the seal of Ophiel are based on horizontal and vertical lines. Ophiel is more like a lightning flash. Phul appears to have departed slightly from the square boxes of the other Sigils and relies on a curved line which might represent a luna crescent.

One of the more interesting ideas, which fits into the context of this paper, is that the symbols are primal and are connected to the same symbols used to denote gods in stone age iconography.

The figure of Och for example could be a symbolic shorthand for the sun showing three rays emerging from it, or it could represent the solar stag with its horns. Unfortunately this is unlikely as one of the most important symbols in cave paintings and carvings is the spiral and these characters are all linear. If it represents the sun with three rays then the symbol has become corrupted as there is an important lateral line to the figure. Likewise the Stag is not an animal associated with this figure. The Stag is associated with Phalec and the antler motif can be imagined, but it is a little dubious.

Generally then, it is better to see these symbols as links to the primal power of which we have no intellectual knowledge yet.

The colours of the seals are based on the colours of the ray associated with them, which is tied to the colour of the planet.








Approaching the Olympic Spirits

The Arbatel gives fairly simple methods of approaching the spirits. You should get up at sunrise on the day assigned to the Olympic Spirit and say a prayer of request. The Prayer is:

Omnipotent and eternal God who has ordained the whole of creation for your praise and glory and for the salvation of man, I beseech you to send your spirit N.N. Of the Order of the Sun who shall inform and teach me those things which I shall ask of him or that he may bring me medicine against the dropsy &c. Nevertheless not my will but thine be done through Jesus Christ thy only Begotten Son our Lord, Amen

There is a warning that you should not talk to the spirit for longer than an hour unless he is the Spirit that is linked to you.

For as much as you came in peace and quietly and have answered my petitions I have give thanks to God in whose name you came. Now may you depart in peace to you abode and return to me again when I call you by your name or your Order or by your office which is granted from the Creator, Amen.

This is all basic and standard stuff. However if it were performed literally it would not work either. It is as if the writer of the Arbatel having given some detail about the Olympic Spirits had given up trying to tell any other details. But there are clues even here about what to do.

To call any of the seven lamps you have invoke the single light that is behind them.

The writer invokes the Omnipotent and eternal God who organised the whole of creation. The Elohim were creators but they were working under contract. This tallies with the 5=6 oath which requires you to invoke the highest power first.

Then it gets confusing as the Arbatel gives you the example of an unnamed Solar spirit being called to provide medicine for Dropsy. Surely the Arbatel has told you that the Solar Spirit being called is Och. If another spirit is intended then this means that the procedure is missing a few steps.

After invoking the light behind the lamps you must then invoke the Olympic Spirit while staring at the seal.

This can be done by vibrating the name of the Spirit and then step through the tablet into Olympic plane. You should find yourself close to a temple or some other form of religious hardware. You might find that the temple is generic and there are statues of many different gods and goddesses that manifest its ray or it might only appear as one. There you can approach the Spirit and ask :

  • The personal name by which that ray manifests in your life. (It might be a god, archangel, etc.). Remember that the Olympic spirit is the archetype of all Gods and Goddesses which are part of that ray. They are there to provide you with advice on your life course, but they still ACT like Gods and Goddesses. Bether is just as likely to throw a thunderbolt at you as he is going to help you win the lottery. If Bether manifests to you as a bearded YHVH he will talk in absolutes. However he only understands things in terms of his own power. As the Arbatel keeps saying only the complete God knows all the answers. However it is the nature of Gods to want worship
  • Ask it to deal with your question or problem. If it agrees it will give you advice or assign a spirit to do the task. You should ask for the name of any servitor and you can work with it directly on the day of the Olympic spirit who gave him too you. This spirit might be another God. Remember that the Olympic spirits are the sources of all Gods. Rudd gives us descriptions of only some of the sorts of Spirits that are under the main Olympic Spirits. It is fairly clear that rather than being absolute descriptions they are what Rudd got when he tried it.
  • These are mostly planetary. For example the creatures that belong to Phaleg are tall brown, filthy, red with horns like a hart, griffin’s claws and make a noise like a roaring bull. You know if you get one because there is always thunder and lightning around your magic circle. However you have to remember that Rudd was a Christian so seeing the leader of the Wild Hunt (which it is fairly clear what he is describing) might have scared the willies off him. The Spirits of Hagith however are all beautiful maidens who charm him to come and play. These sound like Classical Greek Nymphs. The Impression he had of the spirits that were assigned to him by Mercury were fully armed knights who move like clouds and bring fear to those when they are around. Before we lapse into Tarot symbolism as a way of explaining this symbol let’s look to see if there is any thing Mercurial that would fit this description. Mercury was seen as a protector of travellers on journeys and was often seen as the person who led the dead to Hades. However the Celtic bear god Artor was thought of as being a form of Mercury who later evolved into King Arthur. Another spirit who fits the bill is Odin who was also very militaristic and carries the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Odin was also said to inspire fear.

The question is how you should approach the Spirits. If they are gods do they demand worship? One of the interesting things about early so-called pagan religion was that it was very matter of fact. There is little indication of a mystical expression outside the Mystery religions. Everyone knew the gods existed, they also sought to placate them with respect and doing the right rituals. If something went wrong with society, or a family then it was important to find out which gods had been insulted and attempt to placate them. But the feeling was that if you were pious the gods and goddesses left you alone and sometimes did you a favour. The Mystery religions were the first to take gods out of that cycle and look for a more intimate relationship.

The Olympic Spirits are like the One Thing on a lower arc. They are fragmented aspects of its Power. However I have yet to see any proof that the One Thing demands worship. There is little in the way of logic that suggests that a being so vast and multi-dimensional gets anything out of being told how wonderful it is. Humans might feel that power and want to express it, but it is not a necessary part of the equation. In fact the rational occultist might not want to do even that. Jewish religion treats the idea of worshipping fragments of God, just as humans, Gods, Angels with horror. Thus it is more likely that the Olympic spirits want to be understood and have willing assistants in the destiny of creation.

Next you should ask for a spirit (which may be a godform) who will provide you with what you want.

Then in the name of the Olympic Spirit you should ask for that Godform to manifest with what you desire. You could even use the seal of the Olympic spirit to call it.

Olympic spirits are ‘gods’ and cannot be ordered about.

The magical system of Olympic spirits gives you a way of asking the universe for something they are not ordering about. You cannot threaten them or do anything which is a standard tool of grimoire magic. You are getting in touch with one of the prime religious motivators in the universe and the most powerful source of magic. However they act according to their own will and according to their own plans. In some cases they will not give you want you want, and in other cases they will let you have it even if it is not a good idea. Gods are like that.

The form of magic will be religious

My own experience, and the experience of other magicians that have invoked the Olympic Spirits are that they feel much like an intense religious experience. Your invocations have to be emotional and almost mystical in your approach. Lots of appropriate candles, chanting and perhaps the odd sing song. In some ways they are the most simple and approachable magical experience you can have. In other ways they are hardest to archive.

The Olympic Spirits and their spirits

Olympic Spirit Gods Meaning
Och Osiris
Birth and death cycles
Sacred Kings
Corn gods
Men generally
Phalegh Ares
Mechanical skills
Overcoming evil
Active protection
Young men
Hagith Venus
Nature spirits
Young women
Ophiel Mercury
Bethor Jupiter
Sea Gods
Aratron Kronos
Building and construction
Phul Artimis
Women generally

Obviously the above list is just a start and some of the bigger gods and goddesses could appear under different Olympic Spirits. Isis could appear in several different slots depending on what she was doing. This is not because the Olympic spirit was mixed at any point but simply because early religions often swallowed other religion’s mythology. Paul’s version of Christ can fit under most Olympic spirits.




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