the seven parent rays, but each rayretaining its dominant tint in all its sevensub-divisions—then we shall obtain a cluethat will aid us in grasping the intricacies of the permutations and combinations of Nature-Powers. As this is a most important subjectand as, without a thorough grasp of thetheory, the Orphic Theogony and Cosmogonywould remain an unintelligible chaos, I appenda most valuable passage from Proclus'
Comment. on the Timaeus
, Book IV; (Taylor, ii.281, 282) :" Each of the planets [? 'planetary chains']is a
, comprehending in itself many divine genera,
to us. Of allthese, however, the visible star has the government.And in this, the fixed stars differfrom those in the planetary spheres, that theformer [the fixed stars] have one monad [thesphere of fixed stars], which is the wholenessof them; but that in each of the latter[planetary spheres] there are invisible stars['globes'], which revolve together with theirspheres; so that in each, there is both thewholeness, and a leader [the 'planetary'] whichis allotted an exempt transcendency. For theplanets being secondary to the fixed stars,require a twofold prefecture, the one moretotal, but the other more partial. But that ineach of these, there is a multitude co-ordinatewith each, you may infer from the extremes.For if the inerratic sphere [of fixed stars] hasa multitude co-ordinate with itself, and earthis the wholeness of terrestrial, in the samemanner as the inerratic sphere is of celestialanimals [the 'sacred animals'—the stars beingensouled], it is necessary that each [intermediate]wholeness, should entirely possesscertain partial animals ['globes' or 'wheels']co-ordinate with itself; through which alsothey are said to be wholenesses. The intermediatenatures, however, are concealed fromour sense [are invisible], the extremes [thespheres of fixed stars (or suns) and visibleplanets] being manifest; one of them through