the Key & 4th Fundamental

The Seven Ray Cycles

Occult Cosmology

Science of the Antahkarana & Ray Words of Power

Esoteric Astrology

Commentary on
Zodiacal Meditations

72 Faces of Man
Complete Text

Ray Words of Power
for the Third Ray




The Great Third Ray TRIANGLE

ALIATH - The Great Goat Star



Pleiades Genealogy

Individual Sisters


Ray Three - Active Intelligence


7+3+9+7+6+1+5 + 9+2+1+5+3+6+ 1+4 + 9 = 78 = 15 = 6


The 3rd ray word of Power is composed of 4 words with 16 letters or sounds. The processes of Intention and Visualization have been followed, and again the four stages of the Projection technique have been concluded. At the point of highest tension, the disciple utters the Word of Power for the third ray. It is not easy for the disciple on this ray to achieve the necessary focal point of silence; his intense fluidity leads to many words or to great mental activity, frequently carried forward under the impulse of glamour. This lessens the potency of what he seeks to do. But when he has succeeded in achieving "mental silence" and is simply a point of intelligent concentration, then he can use the Word of Power with great effectiveness. The difficulty is that he has to overcome the tendency to use it with the idea of physical plane results in his consciousness. Always he works from the angle of that divine quality which characterizes matter; just as the second ray disciple works always from the angle of quality and the first ray disciple from the positivity of spirit. But once he intuitively comprehends and factually grasps the concept that spirit-matter are one reality, and once he has achieved within himself the sublimation of matter, then he can divorce himself from all that the human being understands in relation to form. He can then utter the Word of Power which will make possible his complete identification with spirit, via the antahkarana. This word is "Purpose itself am I." [RI518]


The 3rd ray Word of Power "PURPOSE ITSELF AM I" is composed of four words with 16 sounds. Let us examine the numerical significance of the "4" and the "16".

Through meditation and contemplation on the word of power "PURPOSE ITSELF AM I" we should be able to discern and garner occult instruction as to the nature of the universal geometry, patterns, numbers and forms of the great 3rd Ray of Active Intelligence. As we do so we bring into close relation three allied 3rd ray centers, the Pleiades, Saturn and Earth.

I would remind you that the sixth Cosmic Path, the Path of Training Solar Logoi, leads to the Pleiades, the expression of the cosmic throat center and 3rd Ray.

This sixth Path is the Path being tread by Sanat Kumara, and when this is properly understood, it accounts for the real meaning behind the phrase that S.K., Who is the correspondence to the 3rd Personality expression of our Planetary Logos is the "personal disciple of the solar Logos". Reflect on this.

I remind you; tthe rays of the Earth Logos are simply 1, 2, 3 -- which when added together produce a sum of "6".

Great Goat Star: Aliath

As well, my brothers, this morning I will be discussing the Great Goat Star with you, ALIATH, as I legitamately prefer to spell it and "The Law of Elevation".

The Goat star leads us into arid ways in search of food and water. This is our "need for green", but the Goat leads us up ever on to the mountain top of Initiation. As AAB reminds us: "At the foot of the mountain the goat, the materialist, seeks for nourishment in arid places. The scapegoat on the way up finds the flowers of attained desire, each with its own thorn of satiety and disillusionment. At the top of the mountain the sacred goat sees the vision and the initiate appears."

Please briefly examine the numerology herein presented of our [proposed] third ray Protoype, the Great "Goat" star because the numbers in Her name will be seen to be of the utmost importance shortly.


Other Names

* Aliath *

Epsilon Ursae Majoris *
HR 4905 *
HD 112185

Data: see

* RA 12 54 01.7 * Dec +55 57 35 * V 1.77 * B-V -0.02 * Spectral Type A0pCr



Star III. The Great Bear

A + L + I + A + T + H
1 + 3 + 9 + 1 + 2 + 8 = 24 = 6

6 sounds with a value of 24 or 6.

7 + 6 + 1 + 2 = 16

Four sounds which equal 16 or 7. Two female and two male.


Law 5. The symbol for this is the mountain with a goat standing on the summit, and again an astrological sign, that of Capricorn, can be noted. All hard places can be surmounted, and the summit reached by the "Divine Goat," symbol of the group, viewed as a unit.

Law of Group Progress. The Law of Elevation. The Mountain and the Goat. Progressive energy. 7th Ray.

For each of these Laws, there is a definite formula and symbol. At this stage of teaching or through this Treatise, it is not possible to reveal or impart the formulas. The symbol may be described, and if the student will carefully ponder upon the nomenclature of the Law, its occult name and its symbol, much may be gathered anent group interrelations. It is these laws which the coming cycle of regeneration will enunciate, and which the Great Lord will demonstrate upon His appearing, and it is these laws which will gradually be applied to the working [TCF 1220] methods of all organizations, brotherhoods, fraternities and masonic circles.

The symbol of this sign [CAPRICORN, THE SIGN OF THE GOAT] is undecipherable and intentionally so. It is sometimes called the "signature of God." I must not attempt to interpret it for you, partly because it has never yet been correctly drawn and partly because its correct delineation and the ability of the initiate to depict it produces an inflow of force which would not be desirable, except after due preparation and understanding. It is far more potent than the pentagon and leaves the initiate "unprotected."

In an ancient astrological treatise which has never yet seen the light of day but which will be some day discovered when the right time has arrived, the relation between the horned animals of the zodiac is thus described:

"The Ram, the Scapegoat and the sacred Goat are Three in One and One in Three. The Ram becomes the second and the second is the third. The Ram that breeds and fertilizes all; the Scapegoat, in [156] the wilderness, redeems that all; the sacred Goat that merges in the Unicorn and lifts impaled upon his golden horn the vanquished form - in these the mystery lies hid."


With the keynote thoughts of this introductory of the Great "Goat" star in mind let the student proceed to a study of the third ray Word of Power.


Ray Three - Active Intelligence



7+3+9+7+6+1+5 + 9+2+1+5+3+6 + 1+4 + 9 = 78 = 15 = 6

In the first place, we can not help but note the close relationship between the 3rd ray and the 6th ray in the sequence of numbers. The glphs "6", and "9", are identical, as we know, simply revesed.

The [AN] value of the 3rd ray word equals "15", the "sacred" number of the 6th Ray and the [RAN] value, the "6", representing one-pointed purpose with the highest light in control.

D.K., says: "Curiously enough, there is a close relation between the third and the sixth rays, just as there is between the first and the second rays, and the second and the fourth. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rays have no such paralleling relations.

1 added to 1 equals 2, 2 added to 2 equals 4, 3 added to 3 equals 6. Between these pairs of rays there is a line of special energy flowing which warrants the attention of disciples who are becoming conscious of their relationships. This relation and interplay only becomes active at a relatively high stage of evolution."

In the second place, the ratio between the male odd numbers and the even female numbers speak clearly for themselves. What do I mean by this? From out of the 16 total sounds of the 3rd Ray word of Power 12 are odd numbers, on the 1-3-7 ray line, and 4 are female or even numbers on the 2-4-6 ray line. Once again, we find 12 + 4 = 16.

Some students have questioned without studying, I might add, the validity and occult veracity of the anglo saxon translations of the ancient SENZAR Ray Words of Power. I, after long years of study, have found, as we clearly see in this case, once again, great occult truths, hidden within each carefully numerically and mathematically constructed phrase or WORD.

DK> The sacral center and the throat. In this there comes a union between the twelve Creative Hierarchies and the quaternary, and the secret of the sixteen petals of the throat lotus is seen.[TWM88]

S> Keep in mind: The transference of energy from the solar plexus to the heart, and then from all the four centers up the spine to the throat center occurs, prior to the focusing of the energy of all the centers in the ajna center (between the eye brows).

The throat center synthesizes therefore, the energies of the FOUR centers, i.e., base, sacral, solar plexus and heart. Let me remind students to carefully note that the throat center is situated in the lower part of the throat, and properly belongs to the torso and not to the head. The energies of the throat center are eventually transferred into the correspondences within the head center. The sevenfold energy of the planes, and therefore of substance, finds its consummation when the four lower centers are fully active, synthesized in the throat center and transferred to the head center.

Let me remind you of what DK says:

"Saturn is the synthesizing scheme for the four planets which embody manas purely and simply, or is the major resolution of the minor four, and eventually for all the seven."

The throat center. Sixteen petals. Color silvery blue, the blue predominating.

DK> The throat, corresponding to the third creative aspect or the body nature, the active intelligence of the soul.[TWM44]

DK> The throat center synthesizes the entire personality life, and is definitely connected with the mental plane, - the three planes, and the two higher planes, and the three centers with the two other centers, the heart and head. [TCF]

DK> The energies coming from the Pleiades, an AGGREGATION OF SEVEN ENERGIES are connected with the active intelligent aspect of logoic expression, and influence the form side of all manifestation. They focus primarily through Humanity.[EA416] [S> RAY III. THROAT.]

DK> Saturn corresponds to the throat center, or to the creative activity of the third aspect. [TCF181]

The four schemes which form the logoic Quaternary [TCF406] will merge into their synthesizing scheme, that of Saturn, while Venus and Mercury will merge into Uranus and Neptune. No importance need be attached to the sequence of these names. The dual fact is all that is necessary to grasp.

Neptune, Uranus and Saturn will, therefore, have absorbed the essence of manifestation and (in connection with the solar Logos) they correspond to the three permanent atoms in the causal body of a man. We say "correspond" for the analogy is not in detail. Uranus and Neptune are reflections of the logoic astral and mental permanent atoms. Saturn is in fact the correspondence to the logoic physical permanent atom. This is an occult mystery and must not be separated from its allied truth in the cosmic scheme.

DK>I would like to point out here that in studying the solar system as the physical manifestation of a solar Logos, we are investigating:

1. The physical permanent atom of a solar Logos as contained within the logoic causal body on its own plane. [SATURN]

2. The seven types of force, or the seven logoic spirillae within that permanent atom. This, if realized, [537] gives a new outlook upon the subject of plane vibration.

3. The close correspondence between the planes and the seven spirillae in the permanent atom of a solar Logos.

On the 16 petalled Earth Scheme:

DK> "Each of these planetary schemes can be seen as a lotus having seven major petals, of which each chain forms one petal, but having also subsidiary petals of a secondary color according to the nature and karma of the Entity concerned. It is in the enumeration of these solar lotuses that occult students go astray.

It is, for instance, correct to say that the planetary scheme corresponding to the microcosmic base of the spine is a fourfold lotus and has, therefore, four petals.

There are four outstanding petals of a peculiar hue, but there are three of a secondary color, and nine of a tertiary nature. (To students with intuition the hint here conveyed may reveal the name of the planet, and the nature of its evolution). [TCF 1165]


4 + 3 + 9 = 16 petals

The EARTH Scheme

Third Ray

Four petalled Base of Spine Center

Physical body of Saturn

DK> However, Saturn, Mars and our Earth constitute, in a curious esoteric manner, the [EPII99] personality of a stupendous ray Life, Whose energy is that of the third Ray. There are, as has been stated elsewhere, seven sacred planets but ten planetary schemes, and in three cases, (those of the three major rays) three planets constitute the personality of each ray Life. Some esoteric thinkers believe that there are twelve planets to be considered in our solar system, and there is a basis for their conclusion.

The personality of this third ray Life functions through the following planets:

1. The mental body expresses itself through the medium of the planet Saturn.

2. The astral body expresses itself through the planet Mars.

3. The physical body expresses itself through the planet Earth.

The potency of this Life is such that He requires three complete schemes - all three closely allied and interdependent - through which to express Himself. Uranus, Jupiter and Venus are similarly allied in order to manifest or express a great Life.

These facts constitute a tremendous mystery, and in no way negate the truth that Venus has a peculiar and intimate relation to the Earth.

Keep in mind; The 3rd ray sacred Logos of the major planetary scheme Saturn. The Mother is the expression of the 16-petalled throat center in the solar system and the 3rd Ray Earth an expression of "Her" physical body.

In other words, the expression of Saturn on the physical plane is via the Earth. Hence, the mind-body connection between the Earth and its primary in the solar system, Saturn and the intimate conection of the "4" petals of the basic center of Mother Earth and the "16" of the solar throat center.



The Great Third Ray TRIANGLE:




Cosmic evil from the standpoint of our planet consists in the relation between

  • that spiritual intelligent Unit or "Rishi of the Superior Constellation" as He is called (who is the informing Life of one of the seven stars of the Great Bear, and
  • our planetary prototype) and
  • one of the forces of the Pleiades. (S. D., II, 579-581.)

    Students need here to remember that the "seven sisters" are occultly called the "seven wives" of the Rishis, and that the dual forces (resultant from that relationship) converge and play through that one of the planetary Logoi who is the Logos of any particular planet, and is the "reflection" of any specific Rishi.

    In this relation, at present lacking perfect adjustment, lies hid the mystery of cosmic evil as it makes itself felt in any particular planetary scheme.

    Again, when the heavenly triangle is duly equilibrated, and the force circulates freely through

    1. One of the stars of the Great Bear,

    2. The Pleiad involved,

    3. The planetary scheme concerned,

    then again cosmic evil will be negated, and a relative perfection achieved. This will mark the attainment of primary perfection, and the consummation of the greater cycle.

DK> The seven stars in the constellation of the Great Bear are the correspondences to the seven head centers in the body of that Being, greater than our Logos.

DK> These seven head centers are the reflection in the microcosm of those "mansions prepared in the Heavens" which receive the sevenfold energy of the monad. These are the chambers prepared by the lower energy which are to be the recipients of "soul or the higher psychic energy."

DK. The sevenfold activity of spirit makes itself felt when each of these seven centers is not only fully active but is rotating as "wheels turning upon themselves," when they are fourth dimensional and are not only individually alive but are all linked up with the sevenfold head center.

DK> Just as the Monad is the sumtotal of all the three aspects, and of the seven principles of man, so is the head center a replica of this, and has within its sphere of influence seven other centers with itself for synthesis. These seven centers are likewise divided into the three major and the four minor centers, with their union and consummation seen in the gorgeous center surmounting and enveloping them all. TCF 16


DK> We must not ignore the three great waves of energy which sweep cyclically through the entire solar system from:

1. The seven stars of the Great Bear. The strength of these vibrations depends upon the closeness of the connection and the accuracy of the alignment between any particular Heavenly Man and His Prototype. The mystery here is profound; it is connected with the stage in evolution of the "imperfect gods" and the objective of the planetary deities. [S> ALIOTH] [TCF1053]

2. The Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, and from that one in particular who is occultly termed "the wife" of the planetary Logos whose scheme will eventually receive the seeds of life from our planet, which is not considered a sacred planet, as has before been stated. [S>ALCYONE]

3. The sun Sirius.



ALIOTH (Epsilon Ursae Majoris). Third star in from the end, "Alioth" relates not to a bear, but to a "black horse," the name corrupted from the original and mis- assigned to the naked-eye companion of Mizar, which took on the vaguely similar name "Alcor." Bayer's rough rule of assigning Greek-letter names more or less in order of brightness is quite violated here, as the Bear's bright stars are named from west to east, hence "Epsilon" for Ursa Major's brightest (bright second magnitude, 1.77) star, indeed for the 31st brightest star in the whole sky.

A white class A (A0) star with a measured temperature of 9400 Kelvin, Alioth shines at us from a distance of 81 light years with a luminosity 108 times that of the Sun, from which we derive a diameter of four times solar and a mass close to triple that of the Sun. Large and luminous for its class, Alioth is probably ageing, and is nearing the end of its main sequence hydrogen-fusing lifetime.

Of greater significance, Alioth is the brightest of the "peculiar A (Ap) stars," magnetic stars in which a variety of chemical elements are either depleted or enhanced, and in addition appear to change with great regularity as the star rotates. "Chemically peculiar" behavior in class A and B stars generally comes not from creation of elements, but from their separation in the relatively thin stellar atmospheres, some falling downward within the star's gravitational field, others lofted upward as a result of an outward push by radiation. Here, they are also apparently related to the Alioth's magnetic field. Alioth is classed as an "Alpha Canum Venaticorum" star (after the prototype, Cor Caroli).

Its magnetic field -- and the chemical composition -- change from our perspective during the star's 5.1-day stellar rotation period. Some elements are highly concentrated into distinct regions that swing in and out of sight as the star spins. For example, the abundance of oxygen is 100,000 times greater near the magnetic equator than near the magnetic poles (which are displaced from the rotational equator and poles); chromium behaves similarly. Heavier elements, such as the rare earth europium, also display strong variations.

Though visually the brightest of the peculiar A stars, Alioth is also noted for having one of the weakest magnetic fields among its class, only about 100 times that of the Earth, 15 times weaker than that observed for Cor Caroli.

S> Planetary Prototype



DK> At the sixth and seventh Initiations the influence of the planetary Prototype is sensed, reaching him via the planetary Logos working through the Initiator. [TCF 753]


[transmitted via the sun in Libra at the full Moon - the 49 year cycle: See article on The Decision and the 49 year cycle.]

DK> On extra-systemic or cosmic levels, the individualization process produces a corresponding activity in the egoic body of the Logos, and hence increased vibration in that center in the body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID, which our Logos represents. It also produces a reaction or "occult recognition" in the prototype of the Septenate, or in the seven Rishis of the Great Bear, and this reaction in cosmic circles will persist until the end of the mahamanvantara, when the Logos is set free (even though temporarily), from physical plane existence. [TCF 718]


Cosmic Avatars: They represent embodied force from the following cosmic centers among others:

1. Sirius.

2. That one of the seven stars of the Great Bear which is ensouled by the prototype of the Lord of our third major Ray.

3. Our cosmic center.

They represent entities as far removed from the consciousness of Man, as man is from the consciousness of the atom of substance. Thousands of those great cycles which we call "a hundred years of Brahma" have passed since They approximated the human stage, and They embody force and consciousness which is concerned with the intelligent coordination of the starry Heavens.

They have achieved all that man can conceive of as the transcendence of will, of love and of intelligence, and in the synthesis of those three have added qualities and vibrations for which we have no terms, and which cannot be visioned by even our highest adepts. Their appearance in a solar system is very unusual, and is only recognized on the highest two planes. Yet, owing to the material nature of our solar system, Their advent is literally the appearance in a physical form of a spiritual Being Who is fully conscious.

Such entities from Sirius appear at the occasion of the initiation of the solar Logos, and They have a peculiar connection with the five Kumaras and through Them (using Them as focal points for force) with the Mahachohan's department [3RD RAY] in all the occult Hierarchies of the system. Only once has such a Being visited our system, in connection with the appearance in time and space of the five mind-born Sons of Brahma.

The effect of such a visit as that of the Avatar from Sirius is seen [TCF 724] as the sumtotal of civilization and culture, viewing these from the standpoint of the entire system and in one flash of time.

An avatar from the cosmic center will appear as pralaya is nearing and will produce in the body of the Logos that which we call "Death." He is the cosmic Reaper, and (to reduce the above to words of an understandable nature) He belongs to a group which represents the abstracting energy of the cosmos, of which we find faint correspondences in the work of the "destroyer" aspect of the Logos, and in the forces which produce physical death, and the disintegration of the physical body of man. It is not possible to say more oil these fundamentally esoteric matters, and the value of what is said lies largely in the bringing to the mind of the student the reality of our cosmic interrelation.

There is, as we know, a cyclic shifting of polar inclination, [TCF 1056] due to the gradually increasing responsiveness of the planetary Logos to His heavenly Prototype, whereby influences from the Great Bear draw, or occultly, "attract," the attention of the Logos, and bring Him more into line with a greater impulsive Will. This shifting causes disruption in His lower manifestation, which is a condition on the cosmic Path of Initiation analogous to that undergone by a disciple.



"Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid."

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1837-8, Locksley Hall

My topic today on this third day of June is Open cluster M45 or Messier object 45 - the Pleiades. The classification comes from Charles Messier (June 26, 1730 - April 12, 1817). In 1771, Charles Messier, included the Pleiades as No. 45 in his first list of nebulae and star clusters.

3h 33m 48s (53d 27' 04") +23d 22' 41"(March 4, 1769) `A cluster of stars, known by the name of the Pleiades. The position reported is that of the star Alcyone.'

In this case the exoteric astronomical numerical classification exactly corresponds to the esoteric number correlations. Let me demonstrate this fact through a simple exercising of the Law of Correspondence and Analogy.

The Pleiades are the cosmic correspondence to the "Mother", or the third ray and 3rd department of the "Mahachohan" in the planetary Hierarchy of Earth.

The value of the word Mahachohan is "45".

Please note therefore the supreme significance of the symbolism of M45



4+1+8+1+3+8+6+8+1+5 = (45) = 9

The numerical value of the 10 digits which compose the name MAHACHOHAN equal "45" or "9", as (4+5 = 9). These are, in fact, the key or "SACRED" figures of the third ray.

The period of peak emergence, or the high-water mark of the third ray, is at 4.5 which occurs half-way through its period of 9. In the case of the great Mother, the Logos of the Pleiades, as just stated, we find that exoteric astronomical numbers exactly corresponds to Her Sacred Number - the "9".

In Occult Cosmology the Universal Postulate upon which the whole of the Manifested Universe is based is the All-Presence of the Boundless Circle. CIPHER "9", embodies the power and potency of "SPACE", since "9", is the value of the Great Circle (3+6+0=9).

The Circle, curving in upon itself, stands as the chief symbol of the Absolute Perpetual Motion and Endless Duration of the OAWNMBS. In the region of Occult Metaphysics the Great Circle is the sign of the Unknown and the Unknowable Mover, or the truly Self-Existing One.

The Circle symbolises pure Darkness, because it represents the hidden Absolute Light of Life itself. As a glyph, the plane of the Great Circle exemplifies the absolute homogeneous nature of the Divine Essence and the abstract body of the ever present abstraction - the OAWNMBS.

In Occult Cosmogony, Space is, in its abstract presence, the Unmanifest Logos itself, the Ineffable and One Unknown Cause. The idea of representing Absolute No-thing in the ideograph of the Great Circle brings to view the idea of the Universe emerging from and in boundless Space, the radiations from which are periodically aggregated into graduated forms from pure to gross Matter.

The fundamental dogma of Occultism is the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence. Every new period of Universal Manifestation or World "Creation", occurs out of the Eternal Esse, the pre-existent eternal Substance, or Matter, which Substance is the Boundless Ever-existing Space, best symbolized by the Great Circle. In the Circle therefore, we see the idea of the eternal immutability of the One and the changelessness of that Principle.

The Circle, the archetype of all round figures, contains a triad in its construction composed of center, space and circumference. It is the inherent triad formed by the construction of the Circle which gives rise to the idea of the triple hypostasis of the Unnamable and Unknown Essence, the Threefold Being of the Absolute Life, the Root of the seven fundamental Cosmic Principles.

In Occult cosmology, therefore the body of SPACE, the Unknown Life ,is best symbolized by digit "9. It is the "sacred number" of the Great Mother - the 3rd ray Logos of the Pleiades. Number "9", is the chief number of Initiation, or of the major Initiations of Manas, wherein man becomes a perfect Nine.

The "9", indicates that in all threefold manifestation - (the three major aspects Monad/soul/personality) - there is a ninefold unfoldment of consciousness.

Again, understand that in the decimal system digit "9", represents the limit of the digits - the extent of the form life. In its chief character then, this means it stands for the whole body or form, the third Principle.

The Triple Ternary, or the "9", is the Divine Glyph of the Immaculate Mother, the third major aspect of the Creative Logos. The Sacred "9", therefore, signifies the intelligent working out and material expression of the Divine Idea of the Plan. Its Cosmic Figure embodies the capacity to bring objectivity into recognised Divine expression and is the Universal Symbol of the intra-cosmic flux and flow, the electrical energy of substance itself, the fusion of Spirit and Matter.

As a Numerical Letter in the Divine Alphabet the "9", really stands for pure materialism linked with the distribution of matter and the scattering of the atoms - the basis for the separative action of atomic matter.

Number "9", is the Universal Symbol of synthesis on the physical plane and embodies the potency to manifest all aspects of the Great Plan of the OAWNMBS.

DK> The Pleiades are to the solar system the source of electrical energy and, just as our sun is the embodiment of the heart or love aspect of the Logos (Who is Himself the heart of the One about Whom Naught may be Said) so the Pleiades are the feminine opposite of Brahma." (The third aspect) (TCF156)

S> Third aspect: 16 petalled cosmic Throat Center. Negatively polarized as regards their masculine "husbands" the Seven Rishis of Ursa Major. [Head/Throat centers - 1st ray & 3rd ray respectively]

DK> 7 + 7 + 2 = 16. The 7 energies of the Great Bear fuse with the 7 energies of the Pleiades which produce the 14. We then add the Great Bear as a unit to the Pleiades as a unit to produce a total value of 16.

DK> I would remind you - and make literally: 7 + 7 + 2 = 16 = 7. In these numbers the mystery of our evolutionary process lies hid.

S> The Pleiades are the expression of the Throat center with sixteen petals of a silvery blue, with blue predominating.

DK> You need here to bear in mind in this connection that the Pleiades - though they are regarded as embodying the matter aspect in manifestation - are in reality and literally the expression of that Principle of Life which we call vitality, prana in its various stages or degrees, ether or substance. [EA 504]

The Pleiades are the center around which our solar system revolves.- S. D., II, 251, 581, 582.

The Pleiades are the supposed wives of the seven Rishis of the Great Bear. (Vol. II, 579)

"The Pleiades are the central group of the system of sidereal astronomy.They are found in the neck of the Bull, the constellation Taurus. They are therefore in the Milky Way. They are thus considered (Alcyone, in particular) as the central point around which our universe of fixed stars revolves." (Vol. II, 582)

"The number seven is closely connected with the occult significance of the Pleiades, the six present and the 7th hidden." (Vol. II, 654)

DK>Cosmically there is a very interesting series of triangles which will be found by the student of esoteric astronomy and of occult cycles. They originate in the central sun of our particular group of solar systems. This series involves the Pleiades. The fact that this is so will not be known until the last decade of the present century, and will not be recognized by science till that time when certain lines of knowledge and discovery will bring scientists to a realization that there is a third type of electricity, which ever balances and forms the apex of the triangle. But the time is not yet.

"The sun (i.e. the solar system) has Alcyone in the Pleiades for the center of its orbit." (S.D. Vol. I, 545) [670]

DK> Alcyone - The Star of the Individual - governing humanity.[EA198]

The energies coming from the Pleiades, an AGGREGATION OF SEVEN ENERGIES are connected with the active intelligent aspect of logoic expression, and influence the form side of all manifestation. They focus primarily through Humanity.[EA416]

DK> Alcyone and Humanity constitute a most interesting triangle of force. Alcyone is one of the seven Pleiades and is called the "star of the Individual" and sometimes the "star of intelligence." It was potently active during the previous solar system wherein the Third Person of the Trinity was peculiarly omnipotent and active, just as today the cosmic Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is peculiarly active in this solar system. The energies coming from Alcyone impregnated the substance of the universe with the quality of mind. As a consequence of this most ancient activity, the same force was present at the time of individualization in this solar system, for it is in this system, and primarily upon our planet, the Earth, that the major results of that early activity have made themselves felt. Two of our planets, the Earth (non-sacred) and Uranus (sacred), are directly the product of this third ray activity. This is of great importance to remember. [EA200]

DK> When the work, of, all these triangles has been concluded, humanity (and in a mysterious sense our Earth) will be functioning in perfect rhythm and will respond to the energies pouring in from Alcyone. [EA484]

Esoteric Numerology of Alcyone and the Pleiades

Note: both have the same Alpha Number [AN] and Reduced Alpha Number [RAN] values - the "3", the 3rd ray.

1+3+3+Y+6+5+5 = [30] = 3

7+3+5+9+1+4+5+1 = [30] = 3


DK> On the THROAT center.

Please exercise the cosmic Law of Correspondence:

The Throat Center. This center is to be found at the back of the neck, reaching up into the medulla oblongata, thus involving the carotid gland, and down towards the shoulder blades. It is an exceedingly powerful and well developed center where average humanity is concerned. It is interesting to note in this connection that

1. The throat center is ruled by Saturn just as the two head centers are ruled respectively by Uranus (ruling the head center) and Mercury (ruling the ajna center). This is only where the disciple is concerned; the rulership changes after the third initiation or before the first. These three planets constitute a most interesting triangle of forces and in the following triplicities and their inevitable interrelations you have - again only in the case of disciples - a most amazing picture story or symbol of the ninefold of initiation:

1. The head center - The ajna center - Throat center

2. The Third Eye - - The right eye - - The left eye

3. Pineal gland - Pituitary body - Carotid gland

thus presenting the mechanism through which the Spiritual Triad, the soul and the personality work. [EH152] The key to a right understanding of process lies in the relation of the three planets: Uranus, Mercury and Saturn, as they pour their energies through these nine "points of spiritual contact" upon the physical plane into the "grounded sphere of light and power which is the man in time and space."

1. This center is related to the first initiation and develops great activity when that point in experience is achieved, as it has been achieved by the vast majority of men who are at this time the aspirants and the probationary disciples of the world. (Forget not that, technically speaking, the first major initiation from the hierarchical angle is the third. The first initiation is regarded by the Masters as signifying admission to the Path. It is called an initiation, by humanity, because in Lemurian days, it was then the first initiation, signifying entrance into complete physical control). It is the organ for the distribution of creative energy, of the energy of the third aspect by souls at the above point of evolution.

There are three centers in the human being which are related to and the major expression of the third ray or aspect at certain differing stages of development upon the path:

1. The sacral center for the undeveloped and the average man.

2. The throat center for the aspirant and probationary disciple.

3. The ajna center for disciples and initiates.

Here again you have a great triplicity of energies, containing great potencies today, owing to the fact that the expression of the third aspect of active intelligence [EH153] has reached such heights through human development and consciousness.

1. It is related to the personality by the creative thread, to the soul by the thread of consciousness, and to the monad by the sutratma or life thread. It is not related to any of the divine aspects by the antahkarana because that thread which links monad and personality directly (and finally independently of the soul) simply anchors the monadic expression of life in the head, at the head center. Then direct consciousness is established between the monad and the personality, and a great duality comes into being. Life, consciousness and form are then all focused creatively and actively in the head, and their activity is directed from the head via the two head centers.

The ajna center only comes into creative activity when the antahkarana has been built. In the earlier stages it is the throat center which is the creative agent, and in the earliest period of all the sacral center is active. You have, however, one interesting thing to remember. The building of the antahkarana only becomes genuinely possible when the creative life of the aspirant shifts from the sacral center into the throat and is becoming factual and expressive.

Of this connecting "bridge," the neck itself is the symbol, as it relates the head - alone and isolated - to the dual torso, consisting of that which lies above the diaphragm and that which lies below - the symbol of the soul and the personality united, fused and blended into one. The head is the symbol of what Patanjali describes as the state of "isolated unity."

2. It is the center through which the intelligence aspect of humanity focuses creatively. It is therefore the [EH154] center through which the creative energy of that great planetary center called Humanity flows. The three major planetary centers are Shamballa, Hierarchy and Humanity. When perfection has been achieved, the Shamballa energy of will, power and purpose will pour freely through the head center, the love-wisdom energies of the Hierarchy will flow through the heart center, and the energy of humanity will focus through the throat center, with the ajna center acting as the agent of all three. Then will take place a new activity on the part of mankind. It is the task of relating the three superhuman kingdoms to the three subhuman kingdoms, and thus establishing the new heavens and the new earth. Then humanity will have reached the summit of its evolutionary goal on this Earth.

3. The throat center is the organ specifically of the creative WORD. It registers the intention or creative purpose of the soul, transmitted to it by the inflow of energy from the ajna center; the fusion of the two energies, thus brought about, will lead to some type of creative activity. This is the higher correspondence to the creativity of the sacral center. In that center the negative and the positive creative energies are embodied in the separate male and female organisms and are brought into relation in an act of creation, consciously undertaken, though as yet without much definite purpose.

4. The dense physical externalization of this center is the thyroid gland. This gland is regarded as of supreme importance in the well-being of the average human being of today. Its purpose is to guard health, to balance the bodily equilibrium in certain important aspects of the physical nature, and it symbolizes [EH155] the third aspect of intelligence and of substance impregnated with mind. It is in reality connected with the Holy Ghost, or the third divine aspect in manifestation, "over-shadowing" (as the Bible expresses it), the Mother, the Virgin Mary. The para-thyroids are symbolic of Mary and Joseph and the relation they hold to the over-shadowing Holy Ghost. It will eventually be determined that there is a close physiological relation existing between the thyroid gland and the pineal gland, and between the para-thyroids and the two lobes of the pituitary body, thus bringing into one related system the entire area of the throat and of the head.

5. Just as the head symbolizes the essentially dualistic nature of the manifested God, so the throat center symbolizes the triple nature of the divine expression. The dualistic nature appears fused and blended in the head in the relation between the two centers and their two dense physical reflections. The three great energies which are brought into play during the divine creative activity are unified in activity by the full expression of the energy flowing through the throat center, through the apparatus of speech and the two lungs. You have in this relation: Life or Breath, the Word or the Soul, and the throat center of Substance in activity.

6. This lotus of the throat is inverted in the early stages of evolution, and its petals reach out towards the shoulders and include the two lungs or parts of them. During the life cycle of the soul, it slowly reverses itself, and its petals then reach out towards the two ears and include the medulla oblongata and the carotid gland. This gland is more closely related [156] to the thyroid gland than it is to the two other glands in the head.

Thus it will be apparent to you how whole areas of the physical organism can be brought into active and correct functioning, can be vitalized and kept in good and true condition by the activity in some form or another of the center nearest to the area of the body under consideration. It will also be apparent to you that deficiency and disease can result from the inactivity of a center.


Astronomy teaches:



Right Ascension 03 : 47.0 (h:m)Declination +24 : 07 (deg:m)Distance 0.38 (kly)Visual Brightness 1.6 (mag)Apparent Dimension 110.0 (arc min)

ALCYONE (Eta Tauri). Rising over the eastern horizon, Taurus's Pleiades star cluster announces northern autumn, telling of the cold months to come, when the group will soar high through the winter sky.

More famed as the "Seven Sisters," in mythology daughters of Atlas, the cluster sparkles with a jeweler's collection of blue-white diamonds packed into a circle a little over a degree across. Nine of the stars carry ancient Greek proper names, those of the seven maidens plus that of Atlas himself and of the sisters' mortal mother, Pleione. All cultures have stories of the group, whose risings and settings began and ended agricultural and navigational seasons; they have been flying doves, little eyes, and harvest baskets to hold the autumn bounty.

Ranging from third to sixth magnitude, all are potentially visible to the human eye, but because of crowding most people see 6 or perhaps 8, though the acute eye can see yet more. With the telescope, hundreds of lesser lights come into view. Chief among them is Alcyone (the last "e" pronounced), the only one to acquire a Greek letter name, Eta Tauri.

The six brightest stars make a small dipper, Alcyone located where the two-star handle (made of Atlas and Pleione) joins the bowl, three of the sisters (Merope, Electra, and Maia) making the bowl itself, Asterope, Taygeta, and Celaeno out in front of it.

All nine are bright and luminous B stars, Alcyone apparently somewhat evolved (considered a "giant"), and though (at nearly 13,000 Kelvin) not the hottest, quite markedly the brightest, having a luminosity 1400 times that of the Sun, the 365-light year distance of the group reducing Alcyone to bright third magnitude. Tucked next to it is a smaller binary companion only a few astronomical units away.

Typical of B stars, all named Pleiades but Maia are rapid spinners. Alcyone, rotating with an equatorial speed of over 200 kilometers per second (more than 100 times faster than the Sun), has spun gas from its equator into a surrounding light-emitting disk to make a "B- emission star" somewhat like Gamma Cassiopeiae, but one with a disk thicker than most. Pleione, which rotates even faster, over 300 kilometers per second, is similar. The Pleiades are now moving through a great dusty cloud of interstellar matter, the dust grains reflecting the light of the blue stars. Though not visible to the eye, long photographic exposures show this "reflection nebula" enmeshing the whole crowd. The nebula is particularly bright around Merope, just to the southwest of Alcyone, though bright Alcyone carries her own blue covering shawl. (Thanks to Jason Pero, who helped research this star.)

Atlas, 425 light years away (as is the rest of the cluster), is (at class B8) a bit on the cooler side (for the class), with a temperature around 12,300 Kelvin. It makes up for it by being a giant, a star that is now evolving with a quiet helium core.

Like the other naked-eye Pleiades, Atlas is brilliant, radiating 940 times as much light as the Sun, much of it in the invisible ultraviolet, the luminosity and temperature telling of a star with a mass about 5 times solar. Again like many other class B stars, Atlas is a rapid rotator, at least 212 kilometers per second, over 100 times faster than the Sun. Could we watch it spin, it would go around in under a day and a half. Atlas has a reputation as something of a mild "B-emission" star, implying a ring of radiating material formed as a result of its rapid rotation. Some 0.4 seconds of arc (at least 52 astronomical units, 30 percent farther then Pluto is from the Sun) away is a seventh magnitude class A companion that takes at least 150 years to circulate. The star also is variable, changing by a very subtle 0.2 percent over a few- day period. Some day all the bright Pleiades stars will be no more than small white dwarfs set within a merely modest cluster, one of thousands that dot the Milky Way.

MEROPE (23 Tauri). Among the classic six visible stars is fourth magnitude (4.18) Merope, which ranks fifth within the striking group. Of the Pleiades, only Alcyone carries a Greek letter (Eta), the rest designated only by Flamsteed numbers (Merope otherwise called 23 Tauri). Merope, a mid- class B (B6) subgiant lies, along with the rest of the cluster, at a well-determined distance of 385 light years. From its hot, blue- white 14,000 Kelvin surface, it shines with a total luminosity (allowing for ultraviolet light) of 630 times that of the Sun. It is a particularly fast rotator, spinning with an equatorial speed of at least 280 kilometers per second, 140 times that of the Sun. Given that the star is 4.3 times the solar size, it makes a full rotation every 18 hours. The fast rotation affects the star's surroundings and the spectrum. Like others in the Pleiades crowd, Merope is an emission-line (Be, class B emission) star, its rapid rotation flinging out a disk of bright, emitting gas though Merope's is quite thin compared with others such as Pleione. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently dense and hot (from shock waves) to produce observable X-rays.

Merope's greatest claim to fame, however, is not the star itself, but its surroundings. The Pleiades is enmeshed in a cloud of dusty gas. The stars are not hot enough to make the gas glow (as they are to make the Orion Nebula). Instead, the tiny dust grains embedded in the cloud scatter and reflect the starlight to make the quite-blue Pleiades reflection nebula. It is at its brightest around Merope, so bright as to have special names, the Merope Nebula and "IC 349," the "IC" standing for Index Catalogue, a large addendum to the standard "NGC" or" New General Catalogue" of celestial objects, which in turn is an updating of the great Herschel "General Catalogue." (The NGC and IC together contain over 12,000 clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.) Long thought to be the remnant of the Pleiades birth, the nebula is instead a chance occurrence, as the cluster is merely passing through an interstellar cloud. (The cluster actually leaves a wake as the cloud blows past.) The bright class B stars of the Pleiades are all relatively massive, Merope (which appears to be beginning to evolve) containing some 4.5 solar masses. Since higher mass stars evolve first, the cluster and its stars must be relatively young, Merope and the other Pleiads a mere 100 million years old.

Pleiades Mythology from:

The mythology associated with the Pleiades cluster is extensive; Burnham alone devotes eight pages to the subject, and Allen more than twice that number (see references). Here only Greek legends are presented. Even so, these are manifold and often contradictory, being patched together from many different cultures over a long period of time. Further uncertainty is added by most Pleiads sharing names with otherwise unrelated mythological characters. So enjoy, but please do not consider this information to be infallible.

Possible Name Derivations

plein, `to sail', making Pleione `sailing queen' and her daughters `sailing ones.' The cluster's conjunction with the sun in spring and opposition in fall marked the start and end of the summer sailing season in ancient Greece.

pleos, `full', of which the plural is `many', appropriate for a star cluster.

peleiades, `flock of doves', consistent with the sisters' mythological transformation.



The Pleiad(e)s were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, and half-sisters of the Hyades, whose mother was Æthra (`bright sky'; a different Æthra than the mother of Theseus).

They were perhaps also half-sisters of the Hesperides, who were daughters of either Night alone, or Atlas and Hesperis (`evening'), or Ceto and Phorcys.

Both Pleione and Æthra were Oceanids, daughters of Oceanus and Tethys, the titans who ruled the outer seas before being replaced by Poseidon.

Atlas (`he who dares' or `suffers'; from the Indo-European tel-, tla-, `to lift, support, bear'), another titan, led their war against the gods, and was afterward condemned by Zeus to hold up the heavens on his shoulders.

The Pleiades were also nymphs in the train of Artemis, and together with the seven Hyades (`rainmakers' or `piglets'; individual Hyad names are not fully agreed upon) were called the Atlantides, Dodonides, or Nysiades, nursemaids and teachers to the infant Bacchus. The Hesperides (`nymphs of the west'), apparently not counted in this, were only three, and dwelled in an orchard of Hera's, from which Heracles fetched golden apples in his eleventh labor.



Individual Sisters

For each, a name translation is given first, followed by available biographical information, and parallel stories of like-named characters.

Alcyone or Halcyone - `queen who wards off evil [storms]' -

Seduced by Poseidon and gave birth to either Hyrieus (the name of Orion's father, but perhaps not the same Hyrieus) or Anthas, founder of Anthæa, Hyperea, and Halicarnassus.

Another Alcyone, daughter of Æolus (guardian of the winds) and Ægiale, married Ceyx of Trachis; the two jokingly called each other Hera and Zeus, vexing those gods, who drowned Ceyx in a storm at sea; Alcyone threw herself into the sea at the news, and was transformed into a halcyon (kingfisher).

Legend has it the halcyon hen buries her dead mate in the winter before laying her eggs in a compact nest and setting it adrift on the sea; Æolus forbids the nest to be disturbed, so the water is calm for 14 days centered on the winter solstice, called the Halcyon Days. The actual bird does not build nests however; instead the story probably derives from an old pagan observance of the turning season, with the moon-goddess conveying a dead symbolic king of the old year to his resting place.

Though this Alcyone and the Pleiad Alcyone appear to be separate individuals, they may be related: in 2000 BC, a vigorous period of ancient astronomy, the Pleiades rose nearly four hours earlier than they do today for the same time of year, and were overhead at nightfall on the winter solstice, when the Halcyon supposedly nested; their conjunction with the sun during spring equinoxes at that time may have something to do with the association of the cluster with birds, which are often used as symbols of life and renewal.

Asterope or Sterope
- `lightning', `twinkling', `sun-face', `stubborn-face' (Indo-European ster-, `star', `stellar', `asterisk', etc.)

In some accounts, ravished by Ares and gave birth to Oenomaus, king of Pisa. In others, Oenomaus was her husband, and they had a beautiful daughter, Hippodaima, and three sons, Leucippus, Hippodamus, and Dysponteus, founder of Dyspontium; or, Oenomaus may instead have had these children with Euarete, daughter of Acrisius.

Another Asterope was daughter of the river Cebren. Still another was daughter of Porthaön, and may have been the mother of the Sirens, who lured sailors to their deaths with their enchanting singing.

A possible alternate name is Asterië (`of the starry sky' or `of the sun'), which may also be a name for the creatrix of the universe, Eurynome, in the Pelasgian myth. Graves mentions her as a Pleiad only in passing, with no other mention in the other references. Perhaps she was at one time a Pleiad when different names were used, or an earlier version of Sterope, whose name is similar; or perhaps Graves is incorrect. He also in passing calls the titan or oak-goddess Dione a Pleiad, without explanation or corroboration. Does the term have a broader meaning in some contexts?

Celæno - `swarthy' - Had sons Lycus (``wolf'') and Chimærus (``he-goat'') by Prometheus. No other data.

Electra or Eleckra - `amber', `shining', `bright' (Indo-European wleik-, `to flow, run', as a liquid); electrum is an alloy of silver and gold, and means amber in Latin, as does the Greek elektron; Thales of Miletus noted in 600 BC that a rubbed piece of amber will attract bits of straw, a manifestation of the effects of static electricity (outer charge stripping via friction), and perhaps the origin of the modern term -

Wife of Corythus; seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Dardanus, founder of Troy, ancestor of Priam and his house. Called Atlantis by Ovid, personifying the family. May also, by Thaumas, be the mother of the Harpies, foul bird-women who lived in a Cretan cave and harried criminals, but this could be a different ocean-nymph of the same name.

Another Electra was a daughter of Oedipus, though this may not be the same Oedipus who killed his father and married his mother. She is said to be mother of Dardanus and Iason.

Yet another Electra was a daughter of Agamemnon and Clytæmnestra, with an alternate name of Laodice, and with brother Orestes and sisters Chrysothemis and Iphigeneia (or Iphianassa), though the latter sister may have been Clytæmnestra's niece, adopted from Theseus and Helen. Agamemnon was king of Mycenæ and led the Greeks against Troy; he was murdered at his return by Clytæmnestra and her lover Ægisthus, both of whom Orestes and Electra killed in revenge, whence the psychological term `Electra complex'. This Electra was also wife to the peasant Pylades, and bore him Medon and Strophius the Second.Maia - `grandmother', `mother', `nurse'; `the great one' (Latin) -

Eldest and most beautiful of the sisters; a mountain nymph in Arcadia. Seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Hermes. Later became foster-mother to Arcas, son of Zeus and Callisto, during the period while Callisto was a bear, and before she and Arcas were placed in the heavens by Zeus (she as Ursa Major, he as either Boötes or Ursa Minor).

Another Maia was the Roman goddess of spring, daughter of Faunus and wife of Vulcan (his Greek counterpart, Hephæstus, married Aphrodite instead). Farmers were cautioned not to sow grain before the time of her setting, or conjunction with the sun. The month of May is named after her, and is coincidentally(?) the month in which the solar conjunction happens. By our modern calendar, the conjunction occurred in April in early Roman times, with the shift since then due to the precession of the Earth's axis; but calendars too have changed over time, especially before the time of Julius Caesar, so the month and the cluster's solar conjunction may have lined up then as well.

Merope - `eloquent', `bee-eater', `mortal' -

Married Sisyphus (se-sophos, `very wise'), son of Æolus, grandson of Deucalion (the Greek Noah), and great-grandson of Prometheus.

She bore Sisyphus sons Glaucus, Ornytion, and Sinon; she is sometimes also said to be mother of Dædalus, though others in the running are Alcippe and Iphinoë. Sisyphus founded the city of Ephyre (Corinth) and later revealed Zeus's rape of Ægina to her father Asopus (a river), for which Zeus condemned Sisyphus to roll a huge stone up a hill in Hades, only to have it roll back down each time the task was nearly done.

Glaucus (or Glaukos) was father of Bellerophon, and in one story was killed by horses maddened by Aphrodite because he would not let them breed. He also led Lycian troops in the Trojan War, and in the Iliad was tricked by the Greek hero Diomedes into exchanging his gold armor for Diomedes' brass, the origin of the term `Diomedian swap'. Another Glaucus was a fisherman of Boeotia who became a sea-god gifted with prophecy and instructed Apollo in soothsaying. Still another Glaucus was a son of Minos who drowned in a vat of honey and was revived by the seer Polyidos, who instructed Glaucus in divination, but, angry at being made a prisoner, caused the boy to forget everything when Polyidos finally left Crete.

The word glaukos means gleaming, bluish green or gray, perhaps describing the appearance of a blind eye if glaucoma (cataract) derives from it. Is the name Glaucus a reference to sight, or blindness, physical or otherwise? It is also curious that meropia is a condition of partial blindness.

Another Merope was daughter of Dionysus's son Oenopion, king of Chios; Orion fell in love with her, and Oenopion refused to give her up, instead having him blinded. Orion regained his sight and sought vengeance, but was killed by Artemis, or by a scorpion, or by some other means (many versions).

Yet another Merope and her sister Cleothera (with alternate names of Cameiro and Clytië for the two of them) were orphaned daughters of Pandareus.

Still another was mother of Æpytus by Cresphontes, king of Messenia. Her husband was murdered by Polyphontes, who claimed both her and the throne, but was later killed by Æpytus to avenge his father's death.

One last, more often known as Periboea, was wife of Polybus, king of Corinth. The two of them adopted the infant Oedipus after his father Laius left him to die, heeding a prophecy that his son would kill him, which, of course, he eventually did.

Taygete or Taygeta - ? tanygennetos, `long-necked' -

Seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Lacedæmon, founder of Sparta, to which she was thus an important goddess. In some versions of the story, she was unwilling to yield to Zeus, and was disguised by Artemis as a hind (female red deer) to elude him; but he eventually caught her and begot on her Lacedæmon, whereupon she hanged herself.

Another Taygete was niece to the first. She married Lacedæmon and bore Himerus, who drowned himself in a river after Aphrodite caused him to deflower his sister Cleodice. One of the Taygetes may have been mother to Tantalus, who was tormented in Hades with thirst and hunger for offending the gods; however his parentage is uncertain; his mother may instead be Pluto (not the Roman version of Hades), daughter of either Cronus and Rhea or Oceanus and Tethys, and his father Zeus or Tmolus.


One day the great hunter Orion saw the Pleiads (perhaps with their mother, or perhaps just one of them; see Merope above) as they walked through the Boeotian countryside, and fancied them. He pursued them for seven years, until Zeus answered their prayers for delivery and transformed them into s, king of Pisa. In others, Oenomaus was her husband, and they had a beautiful daughter, Hippodaima, and three sons, Leucippus, Hippodamus, and Dysponteus, founder of Dyspontium; or, Oenomaus may instead have had these children with Euarete, daughter of Acrisius.






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