The Seven Rays of Light
First mention of the concept of the seven rays can be traced back to at least the 6th century BCE of the Aryan race in both the Western World and India.
Information about the rays appeared in early Western mystery traditions such as Gnosticism, and found in texts and the icon art of the Catholic Church from around the Byzantine era. They are also an aspect of the Hindu religious philosophy and Scripture dating back to at least the Vishnu Purana period, post Vedic era.
Beginning in the 19th century, the rays were modified by the likes of H.P. Blavatsky, which was then further developed later in the 19th century and early 20th century by C.W. Leadbeater, Alice Bailey and other influential authors.
Other Interesting Facts about the Rays
In ancient Greek Mythology it is said that the face of Taurus gleams with ‘seven rays of fire.’
The Chaldean Oracles convey the seven rays as seven purifying agents of Helios.
It is said that seven rays represent the planets.
In Christian art the dove of the Holy Spirit/Ghost is often shown emanating with seven rays.
The Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai shows the transfiguration of Christ with seven rays of light shinning from His luminous body.
The St Lewis Cathedral in Missouri has an engraved circle with symbols of the Holy Trinity, and the inscription from this circle reads: “Radiating from this symbol are seven rays of light representing the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost.”