Law of Contraries

Law of Contraries

Below is the only known reference to the Law of Contraries in the writings of Alice A. Bailey (AAB) and Djwhal Khul (DK). Links on these pages of the Laws of Alice A. Bailey are to the online books at the Lucis Trust website.

For a discussion of what AAB means by a “law” please see  Alice A. Bailey – What is a Law?


We have now considered briefly and yet I believe instructively certain of the subjective influences and significances of the twelve signs of the zodiac. We have touched upon their mutual inter-relation and their planetary interplay and have sought to portray the reactions of humanity to these multiple energies and forces. These forces, pouring out from cosmic sources, find their way into our solar system, being attracted thereto through analogous quality or—under the Law of Contradictions or the Law of Contraries—find their way to certain planets. Thus they affect and condition units of life upon each of these receiving planets. We have seen man incited to progress by the nature of the forces of divine attraction and have noted the differing divine qualities which this play of energies evokes in humanity—as well as in all other forms of life. We have perhaps emphasised almost to the point of bewilderment the vast aggregation of impelling energies which play throughout our cosmos; individual man may well be stunned by a sense of his helplessness and his unique futility. But this is only due to the relatively undeveloped state of his “receiving apparatus.” When thus bewildered let him remember that potentially he possesses the creative ability to build and gradually to develop a better mechanism of reception which will enable him finally to be responsive to all impacts and to every type of divine energy. This capacity is indestructible and is itself a divine focus of energy which must and will without fail carry forward the good undertaken under the inspiration of The Great Architect of the Universe. He fashions all things to a divinely foreseen end and in this sign—through His agents, Venus and Vulcan, typifying the form and the soul—will lead man from the unreal to the real.

Esoteric Astrology , 3. Spiritual Effects of the Zodiacal Constellations. – Part 14


A quote on “contraries“:

“For a long time, the sense of dualism pervades the disciple’s being and makes his life appear to be a ceaseless conflict between the pairs of opposites. The battle of the contraries is taking place consciously in the disciple’s life. He alternates between the experiences of the past and a recollection of the experience of initiation through which he has passed, with the emphasis, first of all, in the earlier experiences; later, in the final great experience which is so deeply colouring his inner life.”  -Glamour: A World Problem


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The Laws of Alice A. Bailey