A New Age Symbol
by Foster Bailey
This symbol indicates some of the significant
forces and deeper factors now increasingly operating as the
new age advances.
The symbol is set in a limitless
field of blue, which signifies the sphere of life expression
of our solar Logos, who is said to be a deep blue, second-ray
Logos. The potency and quality of his pervading life maintains
and conditions all within the solar system including the life
and destiny of our planetary Logos, Sanat Kumara. It is the
most powerful factor which we are able to touch mentally.
The golden disc, against which the triangle
and the star appear, symbolises the all inclusive background
of our life on this planet. Sanat Kumara may look through
it. We look at it, being aware of its reality. It is spoken
of in that most ancient of all mantrams, the Gayatri: "Unveil
to us the face of the true spiritual Sun, hidden by a disc
of golden light, that we may know the truth".
Behind the entire symbol, extending beyond
the disc of golden light, emerges the cosmic cross, which
is found in the consciousness of the great ones on that distant
sun, Sirius. This cosmic cross is the origin of all
the cross symbology as perceived and used by humanity down
through the ages.
As evolution proceeds, spiritual potencies
ebb and flow. In the coming age certain forces are available
to Sanat Kumara not formerly at his disposal. This is largely
so because he has achieved an expansion of solar consciousness,
or, as we might put it, "taken an initiation".
Some of these forces are partially available
in the council chamber of Shamballa, and from thence in the
Hierarchy led by the Christ. Our symbol touches only
a few of these new potencies and includes a blend of both
the old age and the new. It is the perfecting of this blend
which is a supreme task of the Christ at this time. A blend
must be achieved which is suitable to the condition of humanity
as it is now.
The triangle superimposed upon the disc
is yellow, because that is the colour of buddhi. The Hierarchy
functions on the buddhic plane, so-called, and the potencies
of this triangle make their entry into our planetary life
there. This triangle is formed by the three great extra-planetary
entities now aiding the Plan for the planet, and especially
standing behind the Christ to aid his work for humanity. The
values they bring, therefore, reach us primarily through him.
Their influence on human consciousness is of transcendent
power. How that power is used is up to us, and will be constructive
if we respond to the Christ.
One of these great beings is known to
us as the Lord Buddha. This, however, limits our understanding
far too much. His work as the founder of what has become the
Buddhist religion, is completely transcended. He, like the
Lord of the World himself, has achieved an expansion of consciousness,
making him now of extra-planetary potency. He brings a balancing
wisdom especially adapted to human need. He is the closest
of the three to the Christ. He stands at the right hand of
the Christ, depicted, therefore, at the lower right hand point
of the triangle.
At the lower left hand point stands the
great Entity who carries the potency of solar equilibrium,
now newly available to Sanat Kumara. He Is referred to by
the Master Djwhal Khul as the "spirit of equilibrium",
and also as the "spirit of peace, the peace that passeth
all understanding". The active agent of peace is goodwill,
which will find ultimate expression in the human family as
established right relations. Right human relations are the
practical goal of the coming Christ in the new age.
At the top of this new and unique triangle
stands the Avatar of Synthesis, whose direct influence is
now identifiable in the human consciousness in emerging trends.
He is the most potent of the three in relation to mass consciousness
at this time. His permeating influence hastens the realisation
by humanity that, in fact, we live in one world as one humanity
with a common destiny.
Such, in brief, indicates a small part
of the significance of the new triangle now standing behind
the Christ to aid his work.
Superimposed upon the triangle of new
age forces is the five pointed star of the Christ. This star
has been his vehicle in the human family during the entire
Piscean era. It has been, and is today, of marvellous potency.
The Star is blue because it represents as much of the solar
quality to which humanity can respond.
Humanity today, in mass consciousness,
is largely the product of Piscean pressures. Although we are
already entering the Aquarian age, the established rhythms
of the old era are still dominating humanity as a whole and
will do so for what may seem to us a long time. Were the Christ
to abandon the old and go all out for the new, the automatic
inevitable revolt of the sons of men would crucify us all.
The old and the new must merge. The problem is not a fight
to kill out the old, but a wise and rightly timed infiltration
of the new into the boiling cauldron of our times.
Our symbol, therefore, blends the two
eras and rightly pictures the work of the Christ today and
the forces he must wield. The point in the centre is the place
where the Christ stands. It is the centre of the star, the
centre of the triangle, and the centre of the disc of golden
From that centre he works, and as he works
the cross of the new era emerges. This is the equal-armed
cross, reflecting its cosmic archetype, which will in its
own right become the cross of humanity in the days to come.
It symbolises the balanced life of right relation to God through
aspiration and right relation to man through service and sharing.
Eventually we shall know and live by the fact that nothing
actually belongs to any individual man.
By focusing attention on this centre of
power in our symbol, illumination comes. Concentration on
this point, where the Christ stands, reveals the entire field;
this, according to our individual spiritual status.