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Cosmogony

Theosophy:   

     "Believing in seven planes of Kosmic being and states of Consciousness, with regard to the Universe or the Macrocosm, we stop at the fourth plane, finding it impossible to go with any degree of certainty beyond." (Key to Theosophy, p. 90)

        "The reader is reminded that Kosmos often means in our Stanzas only our own Solar System, not the infinite Universe." (Secret Doctrine I, p. 200fn)

       "These are the four lower planes of Cosmic Consciousness, the three higher planes being inaccessible to human intellect as developed at present." (Secret Doctrine I, p. 200)

[see diagram below from SD I, p. 200)  [8]

[HPB's footnotes to the above diagram:]

"* The Arupa or "formless," there where form ceases to exist, on the objective plane."

"† The word "Archetypal" must not be taken here in the sense that the Platonists gave to it, i.e., the world as it existed in the Mind of the Deity; but in that of a world made as a first model, to be followed and improved upon by the worlds which succeed it physically -- though deteriorating in purity."

"‡ These are the four lower planes of Cosmic Consciousness, the three higher planes being inaccessible to human intellect as developed at present. The seven states of human consciousness pertain to quite another question."

Neo-Theosophy:

        "We have thus the seven planes of a universe, a solar system, which, as we see by this brief  description, may be regarded as making up three groups: ...

i. Adi
ii. Anupadaka
I. The field of Logoic manifestation only
.
iii. Atmic
iv. Buddhic
II. The field of supernormal human evolution
.
v. Mental
vi. Emotional
vii. Physical
III. The field of elemental,  mineral, vegetable,  animal and normal human evolution  
.
(Annie Besant, A Study in Consciousness, p. 2)