You have to
conceive of the Cosmos, in its primal aspect,
as three spinning movements. That's all there
is, just movement in space, a pure frictionless
movement and the prime movement which gives
rise to all that is. The Cosmos is bounded
by that movement which is called the Ring-Pass-Not.
But besides the Ring-Pass-Not there are movements
in two directions. These are the Rings Cosmos
and Chaos, "progression" and "opposition,"
and they are the sources of the forces influence
that which is within the Ring-Pass-Not, that
which is within this Ring cannot pass beyond
movements are the three "primaries" of the
Cosmos - the first Trinity. Everything in
the end is reducible to these three influences.
Whatever subsequent stresses arise may be
analyzed into the balancing of these three
The force of the Ring-Cosmos which
tends towards the center.
The force of the Ring-Chaos which
tends towards outer space.
The force of the Ring-Pass-Not which
holds the balance between them and prevents
either of these forces from going to extremes.
however, is derived from the Ring-Cosmos,
and therefore partakes of its nature rather
than of that of the Ring-Chaos.
must always be thought of as having its affinity
to unmanifestation. It looks towards the past
and ever seeks the conditions of the past.
endeavors to focus, as the Ring-Chaos endeavors
to diffuse. The tendency of the Ring-Cosmos
is towards the future.
can never build anything, because whatever
forces it may originate diffuse unconfined
into outer space. But the Ring-Cosmos, in
conjunction with the Ring-Pass-Not conserves
its forces. For the forces which the Ring-Cosmos
radiates into that space within its circumference
cannot pass out again because they are confined
by the influences of the Ring-Pass-Not. Therefore,
they act and interact among themselves, producing
ever greater and greater elaborations of influences.
Any form of
force, when it has reached the maximum momentum
of its type of movement, give rise to the
secondary movements which serve to carry off
the excess of the force which it is generating;
for force begets force when moving under frictionless
activity is MOVEMENT.
activity is LIGHT.
activity is SOUND.†
† See "The
Cosmic Doctrine," by Dion Fortune