Cycles and Rhythms

The Cycles of the New Group of World Servers


The chart (below) extends the tabulation given by Lucis Trust that began with 1933–34 and ended with 1992–93. The information is based on Alice A. Bailey's writings, and by way of reference, here is an excerpt from these books addressing the triplicity of Crisis, Tension and Emergence.

Today, the conflicts are numerous, vital and unavoidable; they are present in the individual consciousness and in the mass consciousness; they present constant points of crises and are today bringing about a point of world tension which seems well-nigh unbearable. But ahead of the individual disciple and of humanity lies a point of Emergence.

The Principle of Conflict is today active in all nations, in all religions, in all organisations, leading to the Emergence of the New Age .... Conflict produces points of crisis, then a point of tension, and eventually a point of Emergence. (1)

This updated chart begins in 1996-97 and extends through 2031–32. In looking at longer cycles, the Lucis Trust chart and this one consider 9-year (3 years each of crisis, tension and emergence) and 27-year (9 years each of crisis, tension and emergence) cycles, for which each set of 3 or 9 years marks a change in focus.

These cycles take place beginning from the Wesak Festival at the full moon during Taurus in the annual cycle.


Time Cycles of the New Group of World Servers
Original publication by Lucis Trust identifying these cycles
Archive pre-dates the more recent update, shared below


3, 9 and 27-year Cycles of Crisis, Tension and Emergence

With 7-year Cycles for the Festival Week of the
New Group of World Servers Indicated in Green

Year 3-Year Cycle    9-Year Cycle 27-Year Cycle
96–97 Crisis (Consolidation) Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)
97–98 Tension (Expansion)  
98–99 Emergence (Impact)
99–00 Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)
2000–01 Tension (Expansion)    
01–02 Emergence (Impact)
02–03 Crisis (Consolidation) Emergence (Impact)
03–04 Tension (Expansion)  
04–05 Emergence (Impact)
05–06 Crisis (Consolidation) Crisis (Consolidation) Emergence (Impact)
06–07 Tension (Expansion)  
07–08 Emergence (Impact)
08–09 Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)
09–10 Tension (Expansion)    
10–11 Emergence (Impact)
11–12 Crisis (Consolidation) Emergence (Impact)
12–13 Tension (Expansion)  
13–14 Emergence (Impact)
14–15 Crisis (Consolidation) Crisis (Consolidation) Crisis (Consolidation)
15–16 Tension (Expansion)  
16–17 Emergence (Impact)  
17–18 Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)  
18–19 Tension (Expansion)    
19–20 Emergence (Impact)  
20–21 Crisis (Consolidation) Emergence (Impact)  
21–22 Tension (Expansion)    
2022–23 Emergence (Impact)  
23–24 Crisis (Consolidation) Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)
24–25 Tension (Expansion)    
25–26 Emergence (Impact)  
26–27 Crisis (Consolidation) Tension (Expansion)  
27–28 Tension (Expansion)    
28–29 Emergence (Impact)  
29–30 Crisis (Consolidation) Emergence (Impact)  
30–31 Tension (Expansion)    
31–32 Emergence (Impact)    

In Alice Bailey's writings, the work of the New Group of World Servers is shown to align to these three-year cycles:

You are in process of gathering together your forces for another cycle of activity in connection with the New Group of World Servers. Forget not, all creative processes proceed with a cyclic rhythm. The rhythm set by the New Group of World Servers is a three year cycle and to this rhythm you will find yourself conforming. The end of one such cycle came in May, 1936. Another towards which we will proceed in a mounting crescendo of work and of success will be in May, 1939. The third will come in May, 1942. Have these dates carefully in mind and thus lay your plans for the future. Thus will you be working with the law and along the lines of least resistance.

Make each three year cycle conform to the rhythm of creation. In the first year, lay your emphasis upon the activity of the manifesting principle, using that which appears and with which you have to work. In the second year, let the clarity and the quality of the note to be sounded by the manifesting form appear and be heard. In the third year, behind the form and expressing itself through the quality, let the livingness and the work of the indwelling life emerge for all to see. Bear this in mind as you consolidate the work. The keynote of the first year's work is consolidation, that of the second year must be expansion whilst the keynote of the third year must be the making of a definite impact upon the public consciousness, by the sounding and the emphasising of some one clear note. If this cyclic measure is kept thus in mind, no serious mistakes will be made ....

The New Group of World Servers must work in these three year cycles and the foundation of cyclic attainment must be laid. This cyclic rhythm will release from strain and yet enable the workers in the Group to feel that there is no failure. It is impossible to do good work where a sense of failure or lack of attainment is found. (2)


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(1) Alice A. Bailey's The Rays and the Initiations, p. 639
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(2) Alice A. Bailey's Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 287
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