All things considered, all these metapsychic phenomena would be explained better by the hypothesis of spirits than by the qualities and peculiarities of the unconscious.. in the long run I have to admit that the spirit hypothesis yields better results in practice than any other. – Carl G. Jung, Seven Sermons of the Dead
When we speak of the Invisibles, called also the Mysteries and by the superstitious as ‘gods’, we are referring not to something that requires human faith, or ‘invested belief’, to exist. Although their personification is achieved through human imagination, the sea is still the sea and the moon the moon, each with their own Natural Laws, whether we personify them or not. Those Laws may be temporarily bent, but they will always return to their Nature. We might leave footprints in the sand, even build fantastic castles, but the tide will always wash them away. There is nobody who can command the tide, however many sacrifices they give. However, one may come to learn the Nature of these Laws, that one may live in harmony with them.
In the days of paganism, these personified Laws were called gods. During the reign of monotheism, these same principles become the angels, saints, prophets, and dæmons of the ‘wider pantheon’. In this day we are often embarrassed to talk about such things as ‘spirits’ and ‘gods’, since these ‘primitive’ beliefs have been proved superstition. Instead, we speak about the functions of the mind to produce material (such as art, or dreams) as manifestations of the archetypes. We might further designate the manifestations of these psychegens to result directly from certain functions of the brain; that is to say, they have a basis in neurology.
All these metaphors may be equally valid. They are all just as true as each other, all at the same time. They are also all just as false; one day even our most advanced scientific paradigms will be abandoned as superstition and false assumption. Such is the nature of progressive learning, and the evolution of ideas – with progress and evolution themselves also being modern assumptions; however useful they are, they are still only temporary models of reality.
All pantheons reflect, and are reflections of, human psychology. To say the archetypes reside within the collective unconscious of all humankind (rather than any specific tradition or culture; nobody has any monopoly here), and are reflected in the pantheons of the Invisibles, is just the same as saying the Invisibles reside in the Waters Beneath the Earth, and that these Waters reflect the sky (Voudon), or that Male and Female Mind are twin pillars of the same temple (Kabalah).
Since all pantheons concern human nature we can expect them to have certain correspondences. All have seven major Mysteries, and in all traditions these have been attributed to days of the week; Sun, Moon, Tyr, Woden, Thor, Freya, Saturn. In Christian mythology these are the seven days in which God created the world. In Hindu Tantrism, these same seven Mysteries are attributed the the chakras in the body where the gods ‘live’. There are seven visible planets in the sky, whose names are the seven major gods of Rome. There are seven Sephiroth below the Abyss, seven Archons in the theology of the Gnostics, seven Archangels attending the throne of God, hence seven essential archetypes in Jung’s psychological model. Again, we see seven as the ‘Key’ to unlocking this Greater Mystery. All these traditions are as different languages but the subject matter is the same; the seven rays refracted from the Light of the Greater Mind.
The material plane exists within the 49th Octave of Vibration of the electromagnetic light spectrum. Below this range are barely visible radiant heat, then invisible infrared, television and radiowaves, sound and brainwaves; above it is barely visible ultraviolet, then the invisible frequencies of chemicals and perfumes, followed by x-rays, gamma rays, radium rays and unknown cosmic rays.
Understanding existence and physical form as the processing of light energy through the physical eyes opens great potential to explore the energetic boundaries of colour, form and light that are perceived as reality (the Matrix). Esoteric philosophies assign the Mysteries (gods / the Invisibles) to the seven colours of the vsible spectrum, relating also to the Seven Chakras within the human body. These may also be corresponded to the seven brain-states from Sub-Delta to Hyper-Gamma.
Red; Azoth, Ea, Exu, Ganesh, Hermes, Janus, Legbha / Ayizan, Mercury, Nabu, Odin, O-Kuni-Nushi, Simbi-Makaya, Thoth etc. Invoked to Open the Way (to deeper consciousness / the Invisibles) and for sorcery generally.
Orange; Mars, Aries, Ashur, Athena, Mangala, Minerva, Nergal, Neith, Ogoun, Quirinus, Sekhmet, Septu, Tyr etc. Invoked for magical combat, war, justice, or matters surrounding male sexuality and libido.
Yellow; Amaterasu, Apollo, Auf, Baal, Balder, Bat, Braddha Rudra, Christ / Lucifer, Helios, Hepat, Horus, Hvare-Khshaeta, Krishna, Mithras, Mitra, Ra, Shamash, Surya, Set, Sol, Utu, Vushnu, Vulcan etc. Invoked also for matters of self development and self reprogramming.
Green; Aphrodite, Ashtoreth, Baalith, Benzaiten, Braddha R Ishana Rudra Shiva, Chandra, Cupid, Eros, Erzulie, Frigg, Ishtar, Lakshmi, Ossun, Qetesh, Shakti, Tara, Venus etc. Invoked also for enchantments of love, friendship, compassion, or to attract some other principle.
Blue; Asi-Suki-Taka-Hi-Kone, Brihaspati, Chango, Donar, Jupiter, Kami-Nari, Lei-Kung, Panchavaktra Shiva, Marduk, Susanopo, Thor, Zeus etc. Invoked also for wealth, money, honesty, justice, widom, and happiness.
Mauve; Aah, Artemis, Baalith, Bendis, Diana, Freyja, Hekate (Khaos), Inanna, Khonsu, Luna, La-Siren, Selene, Sin, Soma, Tanit, Terah, Tsuki-Yomi, Yamaya etc. Invoked for matters surrounding the female libido, and for divination.
Purple; Ancestors, Anubis, Ardhanarishiva, Baron Saturday, Charon, Chronos, Disir, Dis Pater, Duametef, Februus, Gede, Hades, Hapy, Hathor, Hella, Libitina, Merteseger, Mesta, Nephythys, Ninurta, Orcus, Osiris, Rudra, Saturn, Thanatos, Wepwawet, Yama etc. Invoked for matters of sex and death.
Ultra-Violet; Ahura Mazda, All Father, Brahma, God, Greater Mind etc. May only be approached through intermediaries and never invoked directly. Concerned with matters of spiritual transcendence and Illumination.
The nature of any individual’s character depends on which of the Invisibles has the strongest influence upon them. For example we might attribute a person of Mercurial nature to the orange ray. This is the reason why pagan worshippers were drawn to the service of one god/dess over another. It is what is meant in Voudon when they speak about the Master of the Head. It has also been called the Dæmon, Genius, and the Holy Guardian Angel. In terms of Jungian psychology it is the archetype with the strongest influence over a person’s psyche; in this case the Trickster.
To either side of this Invisible influence there are two more, which add their colour to the primary ray but have a lesser influence upon an individual’s character. For example let us imagine our Mercurial friend, whom we have attributed to the orange ray, is also a red-head with a quick temper and strong libido; we might attribute this to the influence of the red ray. Perhaps they also like to party, but is prone to occasional fits of morbid depression. We might attribute this to the influence of the purple ray.
These two secondary Invisible influences also have two more rays to either side of them. For example, the influence of the red ray upon our friend might be in turn be coloured by the green and the blue, so they most often get wound up about matters of love and money, whilst the purple is coloured also by the yellow and ultraviolet, suggesting bisexuality.
One, plus two, plus four, brings us to seven; each individual is subject, to a greater or lesser degree, to the influence of all seven of the Invisible rays.
Where any pantheon expands beyond seven, as most indeed do (for example there are thousands of ‘gods’ in Hinduism, just as there are lwa in Voodoun) we are still considering many different aspects/avatars of these same seven Invisibles. For example, consider Odin and Loki are brothers; two aspects of the same Mystery, just as Christ and Lucifer (Antichrist) are both described in the Bible as son of the morning.
The rays may refract further to become three shades of the same colour. Consider that Artemis has three faces; the waxing, full, and waning phases of the moon. There are also three Morae, just as there are three Fates, and three Wyrd Sisters. In Voudon we see three Erulie; Rada, Petro, and Makaya.
Consider also the image of an old man with a long white beard exists in all cultures to represent Wisdom. Anywhere in the world, in any age, a dream of such a figure would be interpreted this way; in Jungian terms it is a singular archetype. Yet almost any time we encounter this figure in religious iconography there are three of him; consider the three Magi that visit Christ at his birth, identified in Voudon with three Simbi, the three Pure Ones that transcend the Taoist pantheon, or the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
This same figure appears in nearly all religions as the Father Creator; the Ultimate Mystery whose true nature may never be known. Direct communion with the Ultimate almost invariably leaves the visionary insane; hence the euphemism touched – from touched by God. For this reason we commune with the Ultimate only through intermediaries; the seven ‘rays’ of One True Light’s refractions; the Invisibles.
Since the Invisibles are experienced by all humans in similar ways we can think of these commonalities as objectively real, even if our experiences of them are internal and subjective. We learn from this observation and, whilst expressing creativity, are not arrogant enough to think we can simply make up everything in our rituals and invent new gods according to whim – as certain lesser sorcerers have assumed.
Any ‘god’ we choose to ‘invent’ will either be simply another masque for one of these seven Invisibles or not actually real in any meaningful sense, lacking deeper psychological / spiritual significance. The ability to discern the genuine patterns of the cosmos leads to Wisdom – whereas mere apophenia leads only to delusion and failure.
To conclude; what we call here the Invisibles are those forces at the roots of human consciousness called in pagan times as gods, or laws, and in our modern age as archetypes (from the Gnostic ‘Archon’). They have been redefined by every culture in every age after man’s own image, yet we cannot with any certainty say they originate with us any more than we can say the opposite. Perhaps the truth is beyond the dichotomy of cause and effect and outside the circles of time.
Since we do not know what they are in any objective sense the term Invisibles is employed as a more honest expression of human experience than god, archetype, or other culturally specific terms might imply.
We experience the seven Invisibles most profoundly when the brain is in Theta, around 7Hz – the Schumann resonance, being also the frequency of Earth itself. The implication is that the human brain is a finite processing system with limited access to the Greater Mind; the collective consciousness of every human on the planet, living or dead. Yet if our brain attempted to process the entirety of this potentially infinite data pool – all at once – it would crash far more dramatically and permanently than any mere computer.
Just as the mystics say we cannot look upon God directly, we cannot process the infinite knowledge of humankind’s collective consciousness; therefore the Invisibles act as sub-systems through which we may more safely access the Greater Mind.