Kuthumi: The Red Letters
the Red Letters KH is delivering a simple message. There is an esoteric
dimension to them but we will deal with this elsewhere, not in these
commentaries. KH’s identification of each sign with an energy centre in
the Solar Logos is not so much to give esoteric instruction but to
encourage an awareness of the connectedness of everything under the Sun.
his letter to Aries KH is setting the tone by emphasising the values of
directness, simplicity, lightness and action and issuing a challenge to
break with old assumptions
planet Uranus which is the hierarchical ruler of the sign Aries is
associated with liberation, and its way is to cut through complication and
impose a new order. In view of the nature of the events of 2012 which have
to release the planet from the effects of time and the ravages of mankind,
it is obvious why Aries should be the sign that ‘will become what Pisces
has been to the present era: the sign of the spiritual aspirant.’
is unavoidable that KH should seem to draw an unfavourable comparison with
the sign Pisces because we have a pressing need to end the association
between spirituality and passivity which has been one of the defining
characteristics of Piscean Age spirituality. For all the refinement of the
desire nature that has been achieved by the emphasis upon submission and
transcendence, the passivity within the consciousness of spiritually aware
people as a whole is a source of real concern to the Hierarchy at this
time. It is very unwise to be waiting for saviours when there are no more
saviours to come. We have to help ourselves. This is the strongest message
contained within the Red Letters.
remains the holder of the visions that inspires man to make himself more
than he is (Letter XII), which is and has always been, a role of
immeasurable value to mankind.
be light, a quality of lamb, may seem a tall order in the present
circumstances but by lightness KH means responsiveness to the life force
and appreciation of the possibilities that are present for as long as that
life force is present. Aries has this awareness but is frequently
criticised for wilfulness, selfishness and lack of thoughtfulness and
of KH’s intentions in offering the Red Letters is to encourage us to
look again at our fellow man and at ourselves also and bring forth from
ourselves a greater appreciation for the qualities we have come to view as
‘unspiritual’. The qualities of Aries may be well be amongst such
qualities. Yet it is by shedding complications and unimportant
differences, and by keeping things simple and direct that we create unity.
Appreciating differences and suspending judgement is a different route to
the same result.
is essential if we are to keep the human experiment going. Lack of
appreciation for life, for others and for ourselves accounts for the pall
of negative thought form which is hanging over our planet and shutting
mankind down to possibility.
is the life affirming quality of the fire signs that offer an antidote to
this negativity and if they are to give of their best they must be allowed
to be spontaneous and impulsive. As KH says in a later Letter (Letter
IV,), Aries looks after the spirit of man.
his letter to Ariens, KH is issuing a challenge to break with old
assumptions, especially those that encourage passivity and follow the
example of masculine, proactive Aries. This is to deliver quite a kick to
apple cart of the Western spiritual values.
is one the least understood signs of the Zodiac. This is because as an
Earth sign it is associated with materialism and, all too often, dismissed
as being without spiritual relevance. In fact the sign Taurus is likely to
be an influence of significance in the horoscopes of people with spiritual
missions to accomplish. From others the Taurean calls up effort and will,
and encourages an intelligent engagement with the material plane.
is the sign which confers the quality of perseverance, which enables the
Taurean to accumulate. Unlike
the sign Cancer which is also concerned with perpetuation and continuity,
Taurus uses a process of selection to enhance durability. Taureans are
determined pruners and ground clearers. The esoteric and hierarchical
ruler of this sign is Vulcan, which fields the First Ray within our solar
system and destroys the obsolete and outmoded.
builds its structures from the substance of the lower planes. Vulcan
(veiled by the Moon) rules the etheric world. Unlike Aquarius which is
also associated with the creation of form and which builds the vessels on
the material plane that will draw down and hold higher energies, Taurus
builds platforms that elevate the material and give the point to the
experience incarnation. The citadel in the head – the Third Eye - is
just such a platform, built by the sustained effort over lifetimes to
support a higher level of consciousness. Hence the association of the
white light of illumination with the sign Taurus.
throat which accommodates the lowest of the head centres and the seat of
creativity in the human personality is also associated with Taurus.
who so well understands the relationship between the material and the
spiritual knows that the foundations of human consciousness are laid in
physical vehicle Hence the association of the sign Taurus with the
involutionary process of physical reproduction, fertility and with the
lower correspondence of the throat centre, the sacral centre.
wick of the eternal flame of consciousness is made up of human vehicles.
Taurus, the keeper of that flame, will never let it burn down.
the other double signs, Sagittarius and Pisces, the sign Gemini focuses
consciousness upon duality in the form of the higher and lower aspects of
relationship of spiritually aware people to the lower aspects tends to be
uneasy and ambivalent. How can we dare to be anything other than
condemnatory of those aspects which exist as obstacles to spiritual
evolution, whether expressed by ourselves or by others?
says that if we truly understand and love the process in which we are all
a part then there can be no judgement of ourselves or of others.
does not mean that we do not have to be able to identify and, eventually,
transform the lower but that we do not have to perceive it as aberrant and
abhorrent. Far from being aberrant it is as essential to the development
of man as involution is to evolution. We do not judge the arteries that
take the blood away from the heart because we understand that the blood
has to circulate in the body before it returns. The complementary
functions of the arteries and the veins make the heart the organ that it
sign Gemini corresponds to the heart centre of our Solar Logos.
minds and judgemental attitudes are life-denying. None of us can afford to
be afraid of life and its variety or to see the potential for
transformation in the most unlikely situations. Gemini understands this
and moves freely out into the world, finding grist for human consciousness
in new experiences and sensations and communicating his discoveries to
others. Into those situations into which he does not take himself
physically he will send his imagination. This is his contribution.
learning is the development of the discrimination that will enable him to
make suitable choices and through these choices to find his own way back
through the maze of human experience that he has helped to construct.
unevolved Gemini is amoral. The self-conscious Gemini is aware that he is
a battleground of conflicting desires and values and strives to do the
right thing. In Esoteric Astrology,
DK tells us that when the Sun is in Gemini the conflict in consciousness
is between soul and body; and when the sign Gemini holds the Ascendant the
conflict is between spirit and soul. The conflict is profound because even
if they are not equally beneficial to one who has consciously made
spiritual development his goal, the opposites remain equally attractive.
After 2012 this conflict will take place on a higher level and be more
subtle in nature.
hierarchical ruler of this sign is Earth for the experience under Gemini
enables us to understand that we come into incarnation to live fully and
to eventually learn from experience what helps and what harms the
development of human consciousness. The greater the experience, the
greater the depth of understanding. This is why DK says a Master must know
the heart of darkness, and why judgement is inappropriate.
men pass the same way and those who are further along the path have
trodden the same ground as those who come behind, and understanding this,
they will not judge those who now stand where they once stood.
sign Gemini stands for the human experience in all its stages.
the Cancerian there is safety in forms which have withstood
the test of time and he will turn back to the past for
guidance and direction when challenges confront him.
the sign Cancer holds the cusp of the fourth house, which is
also the IC, the arm of the Cardinal Cross which reaches down
into memory of all that has passed through the filter of human
consciousness. When people of genius are born under this sign
they may give the impression of having made themselves into a
receptacle for the pertinant knowledge and experience that,
over generations, have impressed the collective mind.
suggests that one of the contributions to be made by those
born under this sign is the retrieval by means of historical
research, literary exploration and psychic recall of the
responses given in earlier times to global upheaval.
assumes that preservation of familiar forms underpins
evolution. Unlike Pisces, another water sign which desires
release from the limitations of form, life without physical
form has very little meaning for the Cancerian. The unevolved
Cancerian is identified with form and immersed in materialism,
whilst the advanced Cancerian nurtures the form to maximize
the opportunities for the consciousness preserved within it;
both view home, family and the culture of birth as forms of
security and important aspects of identity. It is, therefore,
for Cancerians to carry the memories that will enable men in
unfamiliar circumstances to remember who they are and rebuild
and restore what once they valued.
is because of their affinity to the past, that Cancerians
respect the opportunity of the present moment for this is
where the past may be reborn into a new body and in indwelling
consciousness given a stronger vessel. KH says that it is for
this reason that Cancer is enthusiastic about the incarnating
experience which is perceived to be a process of restoration.
esoteric ruler of Cancer is the planet Neptune which
symbolises the soul. Personality consciousness perceives
Neptune through the veil the Moon which represents form
sign Cancer corresponds to the solar plexus of the Solar
Logos. The solar plexus is the seat of desire, and it is
desire which drives the personality into incarnation where it
meets with objectified desire. This state of affairs accounts
for the phenomenon known as astral inversion which students of
esotericism usually find so difficult to grasp: the
non-aligned personality lives in world created from
sign Cancer is the door into incarnation. The shape of that
door is elliptical which is also the shape of the vagina and
of most sailing vessels. Water corresponds to the astral
hereon it is the ark, a vessel which floats on the water and
which historically is associated with the preservation of
life, rather than the crab which crawls under it, which
becomes the symbol of the sign Cancer .
KH speaks of ‘the point of it all’ he is talking about the
incarnating process as experienced by humans but also the
descent into manifestation as a principle. Manifestation
serves consciousness in the same way that fuel serves fire.
Without something to burn up, fire remains latent; without
expression in the world of manifestation, consciousness too
remains latent. Fire is the symbol of the mental plane.
their concern to raise consciousness to a level at which dense
physical incarnation is no longer required, spiritually aware
people brought up the Western mystical tradition have become
disconnected from physicality with the result that they are
both wary and weary of the personality and the physical world.
The Zodiacal exceptions are Leo and the Gemini for whom
Earthly life in all its variety is still an adventure. Their
contribution is made through the courageous way in which they
engage with life, Gemini seeking its complement, Leo seeking
love and recognition.
knows that that choice he faces is to master or to be
mastered. To be reminded of this is a tonic to his spirit and
Leo will often seek out a challenge to make himself feel
Leonine quest is for new opportunities to express his
creativity and to see himself in his own creations. The Solar
Logos is doing nothing any different through His own
personality vehicle. The human personality is considered to
give its highest expression in this sign which reflects the
urge of the Solar Logos to know himself through his creations.
The evolved Leo knows that through his creativity he is
serving something greater than himself and that as he
expresses himself he is serving the system of which he is a
part. His ability to participate is a source of pride to him.
is not interested in perfection; he is interested in the
challenge of engaging, and after making
his mark he will often
leave the field for others to take an experience through to
its logical conclusion. This quality makes Leo spontaneous,
careless and thoughtless. Lack of prudence and measure
accounts for the old lion’s often battered appearance.
The faults of Leo, including the egotism associated
with this sign, are the result of a failure to give adequate
time to a consideration of any point of view other than his
own. Yet Leo is forgiving of the faults of others and is never
petty. It is this generosity of spirit which makes him loved
of those who are not themselves petty, having learned how to
respect life and its experience. What Leo suffers at the hands
of others is disappointment resulting from perceived betrayals
of the opportunities contained within living and loving.
The energy of Leo warms up our world, as the sun warms up our planet. This sign corresponds to the pranic centre which distributes the life-giving energy of the sun.
©The DK Foundation
our Post War world in which personality consciousness has been
impressed with, on the one hand, the confident individuality
of Leo and on the other the mysticism of Pisces, those born
under the sign Virgo have tended to view themselves as being
of no great interest or significance.
is entirely compatible with the characteristic of modesty and
self-criticism conferred by this sign that they should look at
themselves in this way and find themselves wanting in
relationship to others with more flamboyant and obviously
to Virgo’s reputation for being controlled and analytical, it
may come as a surprise to learn that the hierarchical ruler of
Virgo is Jupiter, the planet associated with acceptance,
abundance, expansion and the quest for higher knowledge. But
Virgo serves the same quest by taking care of the vehicle that
is to make the journey.
rules the creative hierarchy of beings which forms the sacral
centre of the Solar Logos, supplying the substance that builds
the forms and permits the materialisation of higher energies
in our solar system.
the human kingdom undeveloped Virgos take care of physical
health, their own and that of others. Spiritually aware
Virgos, to ensure that the lower can access the higher, take
care of mental and psychic health, again their own and that of
others. This sign is associated with practical service to
sign Virgo is and will remain concerned with refining the
lower to receive the higher.
planetoid Chiron is one of Virgo’s orthodox rulers and
working under this influence are the Fourth Ray healers who
presently are cleaning up the planet and to training up the
responsible planetary citizens of the future.
is one thing to know about our possibilities but being
equipped to access them is quite another. Those who will
people the post 2012 world, will understand that they owe
their existence to the process of refinement which enabled
them to raise their vibration to the required level. The point
of Virgo’s careful, exacting ways will then be proven.
This sign will be revered then as the influence under
which spiritual aspirations are realised.
Taurus, the other sign ruled by Venus, Libra is frequently
misunderstood: underestimated is probably a better word to use
in connection with this sign which is one of the four cardinal
Esoteric Astrology DK repeatedly makes the point that the
involutionary wheel reverses in the sign Libra to become the
wheel upon which consciousness returns to source.
is the awareness of others conferred by the sign Libra that
weakens identification and leaves the mind more receptive to
way of looking that are not simply the product of what
evolution has placed in the mind in the from of conditioned
assumptions, not to disregard the perspectives formed by the
past but to balance them with the new This creates an
opportunity to consciously and intelligently assess the
possibilities. This opportunity is symbolised by Uranus, the
planet of liberation, which rules Libra esoterically.
is associated with the middle way which passes between the
opposites: past and future, feminine and masculine; material
and spiritual; inertia and motion; in breath and out breath;
particular and general. In space between these two opposing
states is an opportunity to consciously gain control of the
process. The middle way is known as the way of freedom.
Librans understands that a space is full of potential, whether
than space is created in mind of or in the physical
environment. Libra’s skill in creating a harmonious
environment owes much to an understanding of the relationship
between objects and the space created between them.
sign Libra is associated with mental power and with the
discriminating mind. The hierarchical ruler of Libra is
Saturn, which also symbolises the mental body. Libra’s path
is created from purposeful assessment and conscious decisions.
The Libran who cannot make up his mind will not find his path.
Indecision can take him nowhere.
those born under this sign are underestimated or overlooked it
is surely because their resistance to identification with the
subjective view, makes them uneasy in situations where such
views are being upheld. Passion which is a Martian quality is
alien to Librans who will withdraw from disputes rather than
contribute towards resolving them. KH makes the point that
this aspect of Libra may need to be viewed as an abdication of
a responsibility to work actively for harmony and to make
their contribution through helping to establish balanced
creative hierarchy, the Lesser Builders which Libra rules,
holds the balance between the manifest and non-manifest. This
hierarchy represents the base chakra of the Solar Logos Who
delegates to the planets the task of moving in material realms
and Whose relationship them, as their regular orbits attest,
is one of balance.
DK Foundation /October 2005
challenge faced in the sign Scorpio is the challenge that
humanity collectively faces at this time. The nature of that
challenge is to raise the energy of desire from the solar
plexus to the heart centre by transforming desire, which leads
us into separation and suffering to aspiration for a life
informed by spiritual principles.
Such transformation can lead us back from isolation,
defensiveness and alienation, all of which are Scorpionic
2012, the members of the human family who have not raised
their vibration to a level, which permits them to handle the
higher vibration on our planet will reincarnate into another
system. In their
separated state they can meet with the kinds of experiences,
which will no longer be available on Earth, but which their
consciousness requires in order to lose its fascination with
the Glastonbury Zodiac, one of the Mysteries and a portal of
stellar energy, a busy trunk road cuts across the sign
Scorpio. This is not a modern outrage.
The Romans built a road that had the effect of lopping
off a part of the Zodiac and the modern road simply follows
their route. The symbolism is obvious to anyone who
understands that the culture of the Roman Empire, which was
governed by the sign Leo, expressed sacral centre
consciousness. The sacral is the centre to which solar plexus
energy will descend if it is not intercepted by an evolving
consciousness and sent towards the heart centre.
represents the heart centre of the Solar Logos and its colour
is topaz, which is the colour of certain leaves as they die.
Under the Scorpio vibration, lives as numerous as the leaves
on a tree or shrub can be redeemed by acceptance of the
emotional hurts, disappointments and rejections that make the
Scorpionic experience what it is. Then those past experiences
will give to being the mellow glow, which warms and
strengthens the spirit of others.
who are bitter, defensive and resentful have yet to learn the
lesson of acceptance. This includes acceptance of self.
Self-loathing is common amongst Scorpios who have allowed
their sense of vulnerability to adversely affect their
personal interactions and are harsh in their dealings with
tells us that amber, the stone close in colour to topaz is the
colour of acceptance and it is to be used in healing at this
time as it promotes positivity and raises vibration.
valuing the experience of circumstances and people, which have
hurt us, we will come to acceptance in our own lives.
If we truly understand how emotional pain leads to
spiritual awakening and reveals the way back from separation,
our gratitude will be as profound as it is sincere. Embodying
this understanding is the contribution of Scorpio in the run
up to 2012.
D.K. Foundation / November 2005
Dedicated to M. B.
symbol associated with Sagittarius, the horseman /archer,
exists as a symbol for all those who have found a spiritual
direction able to take them away from the emotional maelstrom
experienced under the sign Scorpio. On finding his new
direction the freed individual feels his interest and pleasure
in life return, and yet the memory of the Scorpionic
experiences are not eradicated: They create within him a
desire to understand the point of them all.
is an embittered heart that cannot take pleasure in the sight
of this enthusiastic canter of the freed Sagittarian towards a
different, higher reality.
Sagittarian is not grasping at life’s experiences like the
Arien; he is in the world searching for life’s meaning.
The spiritual quest is associated with the sign
Sagittarius. Some quest, by physically travelling in cultures
which are unfamiliar to them; others quest on the level of
ideas and amongst spiritual systems
questor, however is not yet the sage: fervour rather than
wisdom is the hallmark of the Sagittarian. He is prone to
unsustainable enthusiasm for anything that looks as though it
will disclose a mystery and alleviate the dullness of routine,
responsibility and familiarity, all of which weigh heavily on
can travel lightly, taking a minimum of luggage, finding what
they require en route and taking pleasure in the learning and
adventure involved in this. This quality is as evident in the
geographical traveller as in the researcher on the level of
ideas. They start out with little, confident they will find
what they need on the way, even if they have to make it
themselves. Sagittarians are resourceful, quick witted and
know how to bring things and people together. For this reason
they are considered to be the
the sense of adventure, resourcefulness and, above all, the
knowingness that is a meaning to be unravelled in all this
upheaval, if only they can find the end of string - these are
the qualities that will make Sagittarians so valuable to those
who accept the challenge of relocating geographically
a reply to a Red Letters querent who asked about preparing
children for 2012, KH said that there will be children playing
on the eve of destruction and on the morning after it. Of
Sagittarians it might be said that they will be enjoying the
adventure on the eve of destruction and enjoying a different
adventure the morning afterwards.
Earth rules this sign esoterically and those born under it
carry in their souls their love for this planet, which gives
them life and the adventures they crave. They will do their
best to help her heal from her hurts. Indeed, many are trying
now, notably the young who cannot breath in city culture and
yearn for open spaces. Drawing upon knowledge from other
cultures they are experimenting with other, less pernicious
ways of living,
the solar the solar plexus of the planet, those born under
this sign will shape life on Earth after 2012. They will give
a new direction to desire, heading it away from the
materialism and releasing it to the spiritual quest.
the sign Capricorn man decides his fate. Venus, the
hierarchical ruler of the sign, represents the principal of
discriminating mind, and it is by means of conscious,
intelligent decision that we release ourselves from karmic
patterns and the cycle of rebirth.
opposite sign Cancer is the door into incarnation: in
Capricorn we find the door to immortality. Its shape is
triangular and it admits those who choose to go onwards to
attain the highest levels accessible to human consciousness.
The three points of the triangle represent the three major
head centres, of which the throat is the first and lowest.
time, the glyph for the sign Capricorn will be reversed to
disclose the triangle presently inverted and concealed in the
body of the goat.
creative hierarchy governed by the sign Capricorn comprises
the throat centre of the Planetary Logos. This hierarchy is
the human personality, our very selves in incarnation learning
to choose between different courses of action and eventually
between the life of the personality and the life of the soul.
Venus’ rulership reminds us that the opposites are not
mutually hostile to each other but rather complementary
aspects of the experience of living.
material plane can be organised and made to serve the purpose
of spirit but this will not happen without understanding,
vision and discrimination. Through the agency of their ruler
Saturn, Capricorn shares this knowledge with Aquarius.
The Capricornian knows how to build structures which
enable him to climb higher – hence the association of
Capricorn with the mountain and the goat which scales the
rocky places. The Aquarian knows how to draw down the higher
into the lower. Capricorn relies upon physical exertion and
sustained effort; the Aquarian on ingenuity.
Capricorn without a vision stares into a void, finding nothing
beyond the ephemeral achievements of the human personality.
But the Capricorn who is aware of the triangular shaped door
slowly and determinedly works towards his goal, disciplining
himself to use his time in incarnation wisely and responsibly,
build the vehicle, the causal body, that will take him through
it. The seriousness associated with this sign comes from the
Capricorn’s awareness of time and his need to keep control
over it in order to fit in all that needs to be done.
It is through this sense of urgency that Capricorns will make their contribution in the run up to 2012.
retrograde motion of the vernal point –the place of
interception of the equator and the ecliptic- is known as the
Precession of the Equinoxes.
This process gives us the Great Year.
The Great Year comprises approximately 26,000 calendar
years, and during this time each of the twelve constellations
which give their names to the Zodiacal signs will provide the
stellar backdrop for the regressing vernal point.
This is why the Age of Aquarius follows on from the Age
of Pisces - basic knowledge to an astrologer but often
a source of confusion to the lay person expecting Aries
to follow Pisces.
the Age of Pisces, form life is sacrificed for the sake of its
indwelling consciousness, and the two exist in a dualistic
relationship with each other: physicality of soul
the Age of Aquarius, by contrast, physicality is not
sacrificed but, rather, deployed to serve the development of
the indwelling consciousness or soul. This understanding is a defining quality of the Aquarian Age.
The Seventh Ray –the ray of Ceremonial Order– is
associated with the sign Aquarius through its orthodox ruler,
Uranus, and confers upon Aquarians an understanding of how to
manipulate form to attract higher energy, which is the purpose
of magic. The spiritually aware Aquarian attracts higher energy to
assist in the raising of consciousness.
talk freely about being in the Age of Aquarius, and on the
mental plane the Aquarian vibration is consolidating its hold,
but the physical reality of this does not occur for several
hundred years yet. Throughout
the twenty-first century the sign Pisces remains the backdrop
of the vernal point, and so on the material plane which
has a lower, slower vibration than that of the mental plane
and which, expressed in terms of time, is behind the mental
plane, form life is still being sacrificed to the indwelling
consciousness in the Piscean way.
This is the context of 2012.
The events of that year will occur when the Aquarian
energy is conditioning the mental plane, but the material
plane is still under Piscean influence.
the Age of Aquarius, KH says, man
saves himself by what he knows. It
falls to Aquarians to work out at this crucial time how form
life may be deployed and how to fight the inertia on the
physical plane where, under the influence of the Piscean
vibration, and caught up in materialism, humanity passively
waits to be sacrificed to the developmental needs of the
is formative on the physical plane; ritual is formative on the
etheric place; thought is formative on the mental plane.
All these different levels must be deployed by the
Aquarian who understands that materiality is not the enemy of
spirit and, if it is used with knowledge and discipline, can
be made its servant. But first he has to bring his own physical being under
by the act of creation on the mental plane, the Aquarian often
does not stop to ground his own ideas and they remain
unrealised, whilst he squanders his physical energy in
activities which do not do justice to his visions.
sign Aquarius corresponds to the sacral or form-making centre
of the Solar Logos.
awareness, discipline and the inspiration provided by group
membership are required to make the creation of form serve the
evolution of consciousness rather than the biological
this discipline is the concern of the First Initiation.
From the numerological angle, the difference between the Sign 1 (Aries) and Sign 12 (Pisces) is the number 2. Two is the number of femininity and other: it is also the number of consciousness. One is the number of life, self and power. In the number 12 (which is the number of the personality), life meets with consciousness; self with other. The symbol for the sign Pisces, the two fishes bound together, expresses the tension, sadness and guilt in this relationship: self cannot escape its awareness of other and awareness of other is compromised by the needs of the self which, although they may be denied, may not disappear.