“5. FOHAT TAKES FIVE STRIDES (HAVING ALREADY TAKEN THE FIRST THREE) AND BUILDS A WINGED WHEEL AT EACH CORNER OF THE SQUARE FOR THE FOUR HOLY ONES…AND THEIR ARMIES (HOSTS).
The “strides” refer to both the Cosmic and the Human principles – the latter of which consist, in the exoteric division, of three (Spirit, Soul, and Body), and, in the esoteric calculation, of seven principles – three rays of the Essence and four aspects.
(The four aspects are the body, its life or vitality, and the “Double” of the body, the triad which disappears with the death of the person, and the Kama-rupa which disintegrates in Kama-loka.)
“Four winged wheels at each corner…for the four holy ones and their armies (hosts).” These are the “four Maharajahs” or great Kings of the Dhyani-Chohan, the Devas who preside, each over one of the four cardinal points.
They are the Regents or Angels who rule over the Cosmical Forces of North, South, East, and West, Forces having each a distinct occult property.
There are three chief groups of Builders and as many of the Planetary Spirits and the Lipika, each group being again divided into Seven sub-groups.
The “Builders” are the representatives of the first “Mind-Born” Entities. They build or rather rebuild every “System” after the “Night”.
The Second group of the Builders is the Architect of our planetary chain exclusively; and the third, the progenitor of our Humanity – the Macrocosmic prototype of the microcosm.
The Planetary Spirits are the informing spirits of the Stars in general, and of the Planets especially. They rule the destinies of men who are born under one or other of their constellations;
the second and third groups pertaining to other systems have the same functions, and all rule various departments in Nature.
The Lipika are the Spirits of the Universe, whereas the Builders are only our own planetary deities. The former belong to the most occult portion of Cosmogenesis, which cannot be given here.
Of their highest grade one thing only is taught; the Lipika are connected with Karma – being its direct Recorders.”
H. P. Blavatsky