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

in progress

& Ray 4

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 4



Sun Capricorn (or Ascendant Capricorn), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1, R3 and R7

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of rays either constellationally through Capricorn or through the planets ruling Capricorn. Nor is there decanate reinforcement or reinforcement by an exalted planet. Some there are who think that the fourth ray should be associated with both Venus and Mars, possibly in the mental nature, but such thoughts, while having some experiential justification, must remain purely in the realm of speculation.)


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.   The readiness to correct those who deviate from an expected pattern—a readiness characteristic of the self-absorbed Capricorn person, combines with the tendency to confront and struggle induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth  ray.

ii. A rather contradictory combination, probably not often to be found, as the fourth ray is not transmitted through Capricorn constellationally, and no planetary ruler of Capricorn transmits the fourth ray.

iii. Dealing repressively with inner stress.

iv.  Crushing conflict rather than trying to understanding it and work with it.

v. Capricorn promotes containment, while the fourth ray is always trying to break out of the Capricornian “box”. This produces ongoing stress and discomfort.

vi.  The stress of  one’s own internal conflicts is projected into the world; then one tries to suppress the ‘outer’ conflict, which is simply a projection of his own.

vii.  The war-like nature of the selfish Capricornian (for Mars is exalted in Capricorn) is aggravated by the frictional, conflictual aspects of the fourth ray. This produces selfish, isolated individuals who are always in trouble or difficult relations with others.

viii. Shows of strength hiding inner weakness—a weakness more felt than acknowledged and understood. The person is not as “strong and solid” as he often appears to be.

ix.   Pessimism (a Capricornian trait) and worry (produced by the fourth ray). A fearful and disagreeable attitude towards life—perhaps longing for harmony, but being cut off from it by one’s own isolative attitudes.


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 valuing of sound structure, coherent organization, and good form characteristic of the advancing Capricorn individual combines with an increasingly refined sense of aesthetics induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

ii.   Appreciating architecture—beauty of form  and soundness of structure.

iii.  Success in the arts relating to form and structure: architecture and sculpture.

iv. The ability to work for harmony (fourth ray) within any organizational setting (Capricorn).

v.   A willingness to find areas of trouble and work through them (fourth ray) simultaneously trying to uphold the highest principles (Capricorn). Thus, to work on resolving personal issues (Capricorn) in an impersonal way.

vi. On the Path of Discipleship: seeking to create a soundly integrated personality (Capricorn) by means of achieving intra-vehicular and inter-vehicular harmony (fourth ray).  Both Capricorn and the fourth ray are energies adept at promoting integration. The number four is a number of four-square-ness, suggesting solidity and stability. Capricorn is, in fact, the fourth sign, counting clockwise from Aries.

vii.    On the Path of Discipleship: creating a well-planned and beautiful environment in which spiritual values can flourish. The beauty of the outer world correlates with the beauty of the inner.


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 fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.   The capacity to take initiation, thus approaching and, eventually, entering the formless worlds (arupa)—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Capricorn, combines with a sensitivity to the buddhic or intuitive level of consciousness (also formless) induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii. The capacity to realize the meaning of the “Mountain whereon Form dies” (EP I 71)

iii. Capricorn rules the “mountain top” whereon form is transfigured and transcended. The fourth ray correlates with the life of the buddhic plane which is the Plane of Harmony and the first of the formless planes—into which the transfigured form is ‘translated’.

iv.    Intuiting the divine harmonies of the buddhic plane (fourth ray) and finding, creating, building the best structures through which to embody these harmonies.

v. An ability to intuit, the archetypal structures of the inner worlds. To understand that cosmos includes the concept of beauty. To understand that the Divine Plan (Capricorn) is inherently beautiful (fourth ray).

vi.    A  capacity to work from within the jewel-like structure of the “Jewel in the Lotus”, working simultaneously within form and formlessness.

vii.   There is a particular ability to live within the “Eternal Now”. Capricorn is a Lord of Time, but rules the merging into timelessness. The fourth ray is particularly related to the buddhi plane where on Time (as we know it) dissolves, into eternally present being within the Presence.

viii. A capacity to enter the World of Unity—“dimming the light of the soul and blotting out the light of form”. (R&I 20)

ix.    A combination which is excellent in the dispelling of illusion.



(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 Fourth Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)

1. Achieve Serenity Through A Greatly Elevated Perspective

2. Adhere To Principle; Do Not Compromise Simply For The Sake Of Compromise

3. Ascend Towards Buddhic Realization

4. Avoid Rigidity In The Expression Of Art Forms

5. Beautify The Edifice

6. Be Diligent In Your Role As “Corrector Of The Form”

7. Be Exact In Your Arrangements Of Color And Sound

8. Blend Predictability And Unpredictability

9. Bridge Between Apparently Isolated Summits

10.    Bring Harmony Into The Lives Of Competing Professionals

11.    Climb To The Peak Of The “Mountain Whereon Form Dies”

12.    Codify Art Forms For Appropriate Use, As The Indian “Ragas” Have Been Codified

13.    Correct The Form For The Sake Of Consummate Expression; Be Exacting In This Regard

14.    Discern The Relationship Between Form And Formlessness

15.    Discipline Expressivity

16.    Display Humility Before The Beauty Of Creation

17.    Dwell In The “Holy Place” Found Atop The Mountain

18.    Encapsulate The Essence Of The Beautiful; Produce The Vital Seed

19.    Enforce Strict Artistic Discipline

20.    Enter The “Supernal Light” Within Which The Divine Harmony Can Be Intuited

21.    Establish Organizations For Sharing The Finest “Fruits Of Culture”

22.    Executive Power Is More Easily Preserved By The Executive Who Understands “Give And Take”; Therefore, Make Things Happen But Give And Take

23.    Express Beauty Through Consummate Form

24.    Express The Serene Majesty Of The Mountains

25.    Facilitate The “Birth Of The Christ” Through Beauty

26.    Finalize Peace Agreements

27.    Find The High Point From Which The Harmonization And Blending Of The Opposites Can Be Effected

28.    From The Throes Of “Constant Pain And Suffering”, Let The Christ Be Born

29.    Harmonize Society Through The Imposition Of Just Laws

30.    In Moments Of Sadness Realize That “This Too Shall Pass”—Inevitably

31.    In The Attempt To Express Beauty, Utilize Only What Is Truly Needed

32.    In The Battle Between The “Father” And The “Mother” Your Dharma In This Life Is To Side With The “Father”; Arjuna Must Choose

33.    Labor Intensively To Produce Harmony And Beauty

34.    Let Your Compositions Be Known For Both Their Drama And The Integrity Of Their Form

35.    Listen To The Call Of Buddhi Resounding On The Mountain Top

36.    Many Wills In Harmony Produce ‘Group Will’

37.    Mediate Between Opposing Governments Or Systems Of Rulership

38.    Meditate On The Expression Of Beauty Through Form

39.    No Dharma Was Every Realized Without Persistent Struggle;

40.    Observe The Manner In Which The Spiritual Hierarchy Manages To Bring Greater Harmony Into The Affairs Of Men

41.    Overcome Inconstancy

42.    Perceive The Way Which Leads To The Summit

43.    Ponder The Personality Of India, Conditioned By Capricorn And The Fourth Ray

44.    Practice The Highest Standard Of Conflict Resolution

45.    Preserve The Highest Aesthetic Standards

46.    Pursue A Career Where The Faculty Of Harmonizing Conflict Is Required

47.    Realize Initiation As The Revealer Of Intuition

48.    Recognize The Value Of Transcendent Expressions Of Art

49.    Reconcile The “Will Of The Father” To Matter Which Resists That Will

50.    Regulate The Relationship Between Tamas And Rajas

51.    Relieve Yourself From Pessimism; Try To See A Positive Future

52.    Restrain Excessive Fluctuation

53.    Reveal The Vision Of Buddhic Harmony As Seen From The “Mountain Top”

54.    Seek To Understand All That Is Required To Develop Consummate Artistry

55.    Sensitize The Hardened Ones Through Drama

56.    Seriousness, “Yes”; Depression, “No”

57.    Standing On The Summit, Sense The Ineffable

58.    Structure The Peace

59.    Study The Laws Of Harmony

60.    Struggle Until The Dawning Of The Day Of Achievement

61.    Symbolize To Encapsulate The Essence And Invoke Its Intuitive Recognition

62.    Suppress Unnecessary Frictions

63.    Surmount Discord

64.    Temper Ambition With The Need To Preserve Harmonious Relationships

65.    The Pressure Of The Creative Life Is Understood By Few; You Should Understand It

66.    Though Knowing Both The High And Low, Emphasize The High Rather Than The Low

67.    What Would You Give To Pass Beyond Time And Space?

68.    Who Shall Win? The “Grasshopper” Or The Ant? Or Do Both Have Their Virtues?

69.    Whole-Hearted Acceptance Of One’s Duty Will Induce Conflict In The Life; Accept The Imposition Of Duty And Accept The Resultant Conflict

70.    Wrestle With Your Evident Fate! The Law Of Karma Does Not Demand Passivity And Acquiescence



Mantra for Capricorn and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Through conscientious exercise of harmony, I seek to rise above to fray—to stand upon the “mountain top” from whence the lower worlds conflicted may be seen embraced in deathless beauty.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Two Merge with One”—a One revealed in beauty when intuiting the synthesis and “isolated unity” achieved upon the “mountain top” by those who conquer death through wielding Harmony Divine.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R4/Capricorn

Vibrantly responsive to the scintillating ‘Spectrum of all Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of his Life’ who is determined to give shape and form to Harmony Divine, conceives and then constructs a form of beauty of the rarest kind, of a crystalline perfection—revealed to his transfigured sight.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Capricorn and R4

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

Ray 4

1.   Transmits R1, R3 and R7 constellationally


1.   R4

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


2.   R4

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


3.   Colors: yellow, green, cream

4.   Note: Possibly A


4.   Note: MI or E

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 ajna center at a relatively advanced point of evolution. Related as well to the fourfold base chakra and to the fourth center, the heart center with its four chambers

6.   Creative Hierarchy number V/X, unliberated


6.   Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, 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 Vegetable Kingdom and the Human Kingdom

8.   “God the Father”, “God Transcendent”


8.   The bridge between “God the Father” and God the Mother/Son—the soul-infused personality. The bridge between God Transcendent and God Immanent

9.   Conduces to logic and rigorous thought


9.   Conduces to intuition

10.   Emotionally reserved


10.   Emotionally expressive

11.   Represents the three condensations called spirit, soul and body—the three periodical vehicles


11.   Represents the links between the three periodical vehicles

12.   Functionalism, practicality


12.   Aesthetics, inspiration

13.   Organized, sequential progression


13.   Acting by inspiration (or discontinuously, by whim or caprice)

14.   Economy


14.   Carelessness, dissipation, prodigality,

15.   Rigidity, tendency towards crystallization


15.   Spontaneity, improvisation, creative courage

16.   Impressive


16.   Receptive

17.   Often materialistic and skeptical—“earth-bound”


17.   Open to more subtle impression (but also to glamor)

18.   Regulatory, disciplining


18.   Rebellious, resisting discipline


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Capricorn and R4

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.  Makara, Capricorn and the Fourth Creative Hierarchy: The linking of Capricorn Creative Hierarchy (the Makara) with the fourth Creative Hierarchy of human monads (a Hierarchy ruled by the fourth ray) created the Human Kingdom.

B. Buddhi and the “Mountain Whereon Form Dies”: Capricorn represents the “Mountain whereon Form dies”. Form dies, symbolically, when it is exposed to the energies of the buddhi plane, the fourth plane and first of the “formless” planes—a plane whereon, according to numerical affinity, the fourth ray holds sway. Capricorn is could be called the ‘doorway to buddhi’—the second principle expressing as intuition on the fourth plane.

C. Mediation: The fourth ray is the ‘ray of mediation’, standing midway between the three Rays of Aspect and the lower three Rays of Attribute. Capricorn (relating to all three divine aspects and to five initiations) is, in a way, a sign of mediation, and the initiation with which it is archetypally the most associated (the third initiation) stands midway between the first and fifth initiations. At the third initiation the elevated human soul steps into its role as effective mediator between the personality and the monad.

D. Sight—the Ajna and Brow Centers: Capricorn is connected to the ajna center and the brow center and their capacity to see. The imaginative, ‘vision-receiving’ fourth ray, through Mercury, is also related to the ajna center.

E. Struggle and the “Devil”: The Capricornian “devil” has two horns representing the struggle between the Pairs of Opposites. Indeed Capricorn, is involved with the “fight with the forces native to the underworld” (EA 159). The struggle between the great dualities is, as well, the common experience of those strongly influenced by the fourth ray of Harmony-through-Conflict.

F.  Relation to the Third Initiation and the Period Immediately Following: Really, this combination relates to the period immediately succeeding the third initiation, during which the buddhic consciousness continues to unfold within the “supernal light” revealed. Also there is a tendency (under this combination) to descend from the “mountain top” towards humanity (ruled by the number four), bearing the gift of revelation. Thus, a dual course of action is charted—one towards Renunciation and Crucifixion at the fourth initiation (governed by the fourth ray), and the other towards the practical (Capricorn) redemption of the human mass (Cancer, Moon, Fourth Kingdom) also ruled by the fourth ray.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 4 Capricorn

Paul Cezanne
Impressionistic Artist

Auguste Rodin

Robert Schuman

Alexander Scriabin
Composer, Artistic Synthesist

Arturo Toscanini
Orchestral Conductor