Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins (c)

in progress

& Ray 3

Introduction - Expression in the self-centered - Expression in developed man - Expression in disciples and initiates - Directives - Mantra - Symbols - Contrasts - Similarities - Famous People 

Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn with Ray 3



Sun Capricorn (or Ascendant Capricorn), R3P (or R3S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1, R3 and R7

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of the third ray constellationally through Capricorn. The appropriate category of reinforcement would be, Strong by Constellational Transmission, and for disciples, Very Strong by Constellational Transmission,since the third ray reaches them, constellationally, through Capricorn rather than Cancer. Planetarily, much power is added to this mutual reinforcement through the transmission of the third ray through Saturn, the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Capricorn. If the third ray is both the monadic and soul ray of Saturn, we can see how very strong this influence would be for both disciples and initiates. The operative category of reinforce ment is Strong by Rulership—Class 1 and Class 2.

It remains to be proven whether the third ray transmitted through Saturn is as influential in the life of the ordinary person as the first ray. In the Triangle Leo/Pisces/Capricorn, Leo transmits the first ray through Saturn and Shamballa, and Capricorn transmits the third ray through Mercury and Humanity. Since the personality ray of Mercury is probably the third is it also reasonable {viewing this pattern} to consider that the personality ray of Saturn may well be the first. At least there is no pattern to contra-indicate this assessment. Probably, the third ray transmitted through Saturn is most influential in the lives of disciples and initiates.

A further reinforcement comes through Saturn, this time as ruler of the first and third decanates of Capricorn {esoterically and exoterically, respectively}. This influence of this reinforcement is probably greatest in relation to the first decanate in esoteric order, as disciples and initiates respond more to the intelligence aspect, the third ray aspect of Saturn.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.   The materialistic worldliness of the self-centered Capricorn person combines with a clever,  amoral manipulativeness induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii.   Intelligent materialism.

iii.   Cold, heartless manipulativeness. Always self-interested. Always looking for advantage.

iv.    Mind split from the feeling nature.

v.    “Pulling the strings” for strictly selfish advantage.

vi.    Cynicism. Disbelieving in goodness. Believing that there is no such thing as a good or unselfish motive. (Clearly this is projection.) “No good deed ever goes unpunished”.

vii.   Calculating, plotting, planning. Playing chess with life.

viii.   Secrecy for the sake of gaining power and advantage.

ix.    Veiling, concealing, misleading, deluding. Devious formulations of thought.

x.    Ambitious. Seeking to rise by fair means or foul—mostly by unfair means.

xi.    Moving fast to seized the high ground; out-maneuvering the opposition.

xii.   Heads of the Hydra: sex, money, ambition, pride, separativeness, cruelty.


Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray of either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple

i.   The resourceful pragmatism of the advancing Capricorn individual combines with the efficient, adaptive intelligence induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

ii. The person who has the brain-power to “get the job done”.

iii. Resourceful. Good understanding of material and financial resources, how, when and where to apply them.

iv.   A mind that can plan intelligently, rapidly and realistically.

v. There may be a need to overcome illusion more than emotional glamor.

vi.   On the Path of Discipleship: conceiving practical strategies for spiritual success.

vii.   On the Path of Discipleship: putting the powers of manifestation and materialization at the disposal of the soul. Rapidly solving the inevitable material problems so that the subtle worlds can successfully “find a place in this world”.

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: acute material intelligence placed in the service of the white-magical process.

ix.   On the Path of Discipleship: building intelligent forms and structures of thought to express the higher energies.

x. On the Path of Discipleship: development of an excellent sense of occult timing.


Advanced Disciple; the Initiate: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Disciple; the Initiate
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Capricorn, with the third ray as either the ray of the personality or soul]

i.  The power to achieve mastery over the material processes of the three worlds—a power increasingly possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Capricorn, combines with a wide yet acute intelligence induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii. The “utilisation of the many for the use of the one”. (LOM 16)

iii. A strong, impersonal, creative intelligence.

iv.  Able to see in the widest possible perspective and to plan accordingly.

v. Working powerfully within the manasic aspect of the Triad; learning to see and understand as if within the Mind of God as it reflects itself in Triadal manas.

vi.  Seeing the coming together of many lines of energy and force. “…a vision of these powers and their many weaving lines (seen as rivers and streams of light) is given to the initiate from the mountain top of Capricorn” (EA 167)

vii. Working intelligently with the purpose of the Ashram.

viii. Working intelligently in accordance with the timing of the Ashram.

ix.  Intelligently correlating spiritual and material forces according to times, cycles and seasons.



(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work. These are Meant to be Suggestive; Your Intuition Will Supply the Directives and Counsels Most Suitable to You)

Directives for Capricorn and the Third Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work):

  1. Achieve The Peak Of Intelligence, But Use It For Selfless Ends

  2. “All Is Illusion, Oh, Dweller In The Shadows”: From The Mountain Of Illumination Disperse And Devitalize The Maya Of The Lower Worlds

  3. Although Financial Power Is Easy For You To Achieve, See Through Its Limitations

  4. As “Builder Of The Foundation” Prepare The Way For The Entry Of Humanity Into The Kingdom Of The Soul

  5. As The “Discriminating Essential Life” Discriminate Between The Upright And Inverted Pentagram; Your Energies Have Give You An Understanding Of Each

  6. As “Forerunner Of The Light” Prepare The Reveal The “Light Of The Soul” As It Streams Forth From The “Kingdom Of The Soul”

  7. As “Interpreter Of That Which Is Seen”, Open To That Which Is Not Seen

  8. Avoid Selfishness At All Costs; Intelligence Is Dangerous For Those Who Are Highly Intelligent

  9. Be An Example Of Mental Integrity

  10. Be The Far-Seeing Executive

  11. Beware Succumbing To Materialism

  12. Bend Every Power Of Mind To Reach Your Destiny

  13. Blend Utmost Practicality With Creative Thinking

  14. Clearly Comprehend The Laws Of Logic

  15. Comprehend The Law Of Economy

  16. Conform To The Requirements Of Intelligence In Matter (Essentialized As The Law Of Economy)

  17. Crystallization Of Thought Is A Danger Is One Does Not Open To The Inner Christ

  18. Demonstrate You Ability For Consummate Financial Planning

  19. Develop A Masterly Understanding Of The Laws Of The Material Worlds

  20. Encourage The Demonstration Of Freewill; Seek Not To Control The Lives Of Other Human Beings

  21. Endowed With The Power And Intelligence To Manifest Most Anything You Conceive, Determine What Should Be Manifested For The Greater Good

  22. Exert Control Through The Knowledge Revealed By The Network Of Intelligence

  23. Explain That None Can Evade The Record Of Karma As Held Within The Memory Of The “Lord Of Memory”

  24. Fight The Tendency To Cynicism

  25. Find An Intelligent Way To Help Others Attain The Heights You Have Achieved

  26. From Atop The Mountain Behold The Interweaving Of The Many Lines Of Heavenly Force

  27. Having Mastered The “World” Learn Also Of The “Soul”

  28. Intelligence Is The Precursor To Initiation, But Do Not Stop At Intelligence

  29. Know That Cynicism Is Blindness

  30. Knowledge Is Power; Use That Power Wisely

  31. Knowledge Of The Divine Plan Can Be Achieved; You Are One Who Can Do So

  32. Learn Spontaneity; Manipulation (However Intelligent) Cannot Lead To Spiritual Achievement

  33. Learn That Money And Power Need A Heart

  34. Let The Nature, Power And Intelligence Of The Atmic Plane Make A Significant Impression In Your Consciousness

  35. Make Things Happen—The Smartest Way, The Best Way

  36. Many Are The Attributes You Are Qualified To Present; Cooperate In The Presenting Of Attributes

  37. Many Are The Possibilities, But Only Some Can Be Achieved; Discern

  38. Master The Game Of Chess; It Has Many Applications To Real Life

  39. Offer Your Intelligence To The Service Of “The Ancient Of Days”; Thus Avert Futility

  40. Organize Circumstantial Forces Through The Power Of Intelligence

  41. Organize Complexity

  42. Perhaps You Wish To Be The Most Intelligent Of All. You Are Capable Of Being So, But Search Your Motive. Why The Emphasis Upon Mental Achievement?

  43. Plan For Every Contingency

  44. Plan Rigorously For The Most Desirable Outcome

  45. Raise The Power Of Reasoning To Its Highest Level

  46. Realize The Importance Of Timing; Control The Timing Of Your Life

  47. Seek Financial Power To Philanthropic Purposes

  48. Selectively Gather Those Of Highest Achievement

  49. Serve The Divine Plan And Purpose With Acute Intelligence

  50. So Arrange The Forces Of The Lower Worlds That God’s Will May Manifest

  51. Structure Your Thought; Be Eminently Reasonable

  52. Stand Atop Brahma’s World And, From That Peak, Coordinate The Workings Of The Five

  53. Study Carefully The Law Of Karma And Learn Of Its Beneficent Intent; Seek Not Through Intelligence To Escape Your Fate

  54. Supreme Is Your Understanding Of Time And Space; And What Of That Which Transcends Them Body? Seek To Comprehend Buddhi.

  55. The “Dispenser Of Time” Knows The Hour Of Fulfillment

  56. Through The Spoken Word, Control The Forces Of The "Army Of The Voice"

  57. To Attempt To Evade Conscience Is To Attempt To Evade Karma; It Cannot Be Done

  58. Understand The Interweaving Of The Astrological And Rayological Cycles By Means Of Which The Divine Plan Comes Into Expression

  59. Understand Through Your Acute Intelligence The Synthetic Interplay Of Many Variables

  60. Utilize Astrology As A Tool For Intelligent Living And The Maximization Of Your Potentials

  61. Use Financial Resources As Well As They Can Possibly Be Used

  62. Use Your Intelligence To Rise To The Top Of Your Profession

  63. Vocational Planning Is Your Forte

  64. Waste Nothing; Achieve Maximum Efficiency

  65. What If The “World” Had Welcomed The Christ? Use Your Resources To Prepare The “World” To Accept Him!

  66. Will The Weaver Weave The Fabric God Intends Or With, Futility, His Own?

  67. When Personality Has Been Raised To Its Pinnacle Of Power, What Lies Beyond? The “Mind Of God” And All That It Intends.

  68. With Undisputed Acumen, Prepare The World Of The “Birth Of The Christ”

  69. Worldly Wisdom Is Yours; And What Of The Wisdom Of The Ages?



Mantra for Capricorn and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Creatively, with mind acute, with fertile, keen intelligence, I seek to learn the strategy to comprehend the synthesis perceived upon the “mountain top” by those who conquer death.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Purpose Itself am I”—a Purpose comprehended, when perceiving in the synthesis and “isolated unity” achieved upon the “mountain top” by those who, all-illumined, conquer death through keen Intelligence.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R3/Capricorn

Acute, alert and centered in the pulsing “Web of Life”, creatively the Weaver grasps the threads of mind and matter, which he deftly weaves together in a cable fashioned for escape—escape from limitation, from imprisonment in Time and Space, escape unto the “mountain top” where all illusions die.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Capricorn and R3

Utilize these contrasts to understand how these two energies may contrast or conflict with each other when they are found together within the human energy system.


In Comparison With


1.   Transmits R1, R3 and R7 constellationally


1.   R3

2.   Transmits principally R3, and R5 through its planetary rulers


2.   R3

3.   Colors: (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) blue-indigo or indigo, or indigo violet


3.   Colors: green, yellow, black

4.   Note: Possibly A


4.   Note: FA or F

5.   Expresses principally at the ajna center via Venus, and at the crown via R1. Further expressions may reasonably be found that the throat via R3 and Saturn, and at the base of the spine via R1 and R7. Unique expression may be found at the ‘unicorn center’ as distinct from the ajna center.


5.   Expresses through the throat chakra and (to a degree) through the sacral chakra, also through the spleen as planetary prana, and, quite reasonably, through the ajna center when that center represents the Spiritual Triad

6.   Creative Hierarchy number V/X, unliberated


6.   Creative Hierarchy number I, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated

7.   Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via Saturn and Vulcan, the Human Kingdom via Venus and Saturn, the Kingdom of Souls via Venus, and the Kingdom of Solar Lives via Sun/Vulcan (ruler of third decanate).


7.   Related to the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives

8.   Identified with “God the Father” and “God the Holy Spirit”


8.   Identified with “God the Father”

9.   Endowed with the capacity for firmness


9.   Exhibits great flexibility and mobility

10.   Inclines towards isolation and aloofness


10.   Endowed with “blending power” (TCF 433)

11.   Identified with rectitude and uprightness


11.   At first identified with “bending the rules” and “stretching the truth”.

12.   Seriousness from start to finish (except for the occasional “Saturnalia”


12.   Frivolous and superficial at first.

13.   Symbolically, a sign with many straight lines and hard angles


13.   Sinuous and curving

14.   Always capable of organization


14.   Tending, at first, towards disorganization, discontinuity and, even, chaos


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Capricorn and R3

Utilize these similarities to further understand how these two energies may combine with or reinforce each other (for better of for worse) when they are found within the same energy system.

A.  The Third Ray is Distributed through Capricorn: Capricorn is closely related to the third ray as this ray reaches disciples through this constellation.

B. Related to “God the Holy Spirit”: Both Capricorn and the third ray are related to “God the Holy Spirit”.

C. Connected Closely to the Matter Aspect: Both energies are intimately connected with matter.

D. Related to the Previous Solar System and the Moon Chain: Both energies have strong ties to the patterns and energies of the previous solar system and to the Moon chain.

E. Time and Space: The third ray is the “Lord of Space” and “Dispenser of Time”; Capricorn is that sign most related to the structure of Time and Space—the essence of the “Great Illusion”.

F.  Related to Atma: Capricorn and the third ray unite in the expression of atma—spiritual will. Capricorn (the number of which is 10 or 1) might be considered the ‘peak or summit of Brahma’—the ‘acme of Intelligence’, the union of Law and Intelligence.

G. The Brain and Brain Consciousness: Both energies are identified with the brain and the limitations of brain consciousness.

H. Law of Economy: In terms of cosmic law, both influences are closely related to the Law of Economy.

I. Business and Commercial Interests: Both third ray and Capricornian types have strong business and commercial interests.

J.   Emotional Detachment: Both energies incline those they influence towards emotional detachment.

K. Related to the Third Initiation: Both Capricorn and the third ray should be considered active at the third initiation (when the personality, the third aspect of the human being, is subdued and relegated to its proper place.)

L.  Related to the First Initiation Process: Capricorn is active in relation to the first five initiations. The third ray is frequently found as the personality ray at the first initiation. Energy from the sacral center (conditioned by the seventh ray and partially by the third) is gathered into the throat center (conditioned by the third ray). There is a synthesis of forces related to the matter aspect of divinity (the third aspect); these third aspect forces are brought into a new relationship with the forces of the second aspect (the soul or love aspect) at the first degree.


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 3 Capricorn

Isaac Asimov
Prolific Writer in the Fields of Science and Science Fiction

Rene Descartes
French Philosopher, Mathematician and Scientist

Georges Gurdjeiff
Sufi (or Ray 1?)

Niccolo Machiavelli
Political Philosopher, Statesman, Playwright

French Playwright

Michel de Nostradamus
Physician, Psychic, Seer, Astrologer