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

in progress

& Ray 1

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 Aquarius with Ray 1



Sun Aquarius (or Ascendant Aquarius), R1P (or R1S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R5

A moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of the first ray through the first ray components of Uranus and Saturn—respectively the exoteric ruler of Aquarius, and a planet {Saturn}which has been considered the co-ruler of Aquarius, and is certainly the ruler of the first decanate.

The operative category of reinforcement would be Mild to Moderate by Rulership. Uranus is the most familiar ruler of Aquarius {the orthodox/exoteric ruler} but the first ray is transmitted through the monadic aspect, and thus is not easily accessed by those Aquarians who respond most immediately to Uranus {anyone under the category of initiate of the third degree}.

The degree of reinforcement may, however, be increased by the associations of Aquarius with the Great Bear and hence with the first ray. We are told: “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear”. {EA 349}    In the Triangle, Great Bear - Sirius - Pleiades; it is the Great Bear that corresponds to the energy of the first ray.

Another reinforcement affecting initiates most, could come through both Uranus and Vulcan—both with their strong first ray components—especially Vulcan. Uranus and Vulcan {with Neptune} are veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius. From the decanate perspective, Saturn, transmitting the first ray, is the ruler of the first decanate {in esoteric order} and the third {in exoteric order}.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.     The rebelliousness and anti-historical irreverence of the self-absorbed Aquarius person combines with the self-confident arrogance induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the first ray. (These undesirable qualities would be in the nature of a relapse or reversion to a formerly bound condition, as it is not possible to have a first or second ray personality unless one is at least an aspirant. The first or second ray may, however, enter the personality by other lines of influence.)

ii.    Anarchist. Overthrowing all authority other than one’s own.

iii.    Trespassing. Breaking established boundaries. Breaking laws.

iv.     Superficial change, without addressing the psychology of those changed.

v.    Disrespect for the individual

vi.     Nervy. Impersonal in a jarring way. Uranian, upsetting.

vii.     Abrasive. Lacking warmth and humanity. Disconnected from the heart.

viii.    Disrespect for the past. Naïve and presumptuous futurism.  Arrogantly ‘inventing’ or creating the ‘ideal future’ as if in a vacuum. Disconnected from all that is natural and sound.

ix.     Imposed radicalism.

x.    Enforced standardization and regimentation. Communism and Fascism—effacing the individual.

xi.     Heartless revolutionary.

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 foresightful experimentalism of the advancing Aquarius individual combines with a fearless adventurism induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the first ray.

ii.    Will-driven archetypalism.

iii.    Seeing the possible future with impersonality.

iv.     Willingness to embody an ideal, hold it and stand for it. Living up to high standard.

v.    The forceful reformer, fearless in the face of change.

vi.     The community leader; the group leader.

vii.    The revolutionary insistent upon “a better way”.  The forceful reformer.

viii.    The autocratic/democrat—first among “equals”.

ix.     Bold social and group experiments.

x.    Inciting change which respects natural process.

xi.     Invoking social transformation which takes the welfare of the individual into account.

xii.    Bringing in the new while aware of the unconscious factors which resist.

xiii.    On the Path of Discipleship: seeing the advantages of group consciousness.

xiv.    On the Path of Discipleship: serving with full strength and commitment.

xv.      On the Path of Discipleship: adopting the impersonal attitude for the welfare of the group.

xvi.    On the Path of Discipleship: bringing out the full, progressive potential of groups.

xvii.      On the Path of Discipleship: seeing the big picture and living beyond oneself as an individual.


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, Aquarius, with the first ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.     The power to transform and revolutionize—a power possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Aquarius, combines with a willingness to move forward rapidly upon the spiritual path, readily detaching from outworn formsa willingness induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

ii.    Dynamic leader with electric will.

iii.    Breakthroughs! Sudden infusion of dynamic energies. Ability to destroy limiting ring-pass-nots with bursts of electrifying energy.

iv.     Gifted with a large impersonal vision.

v.    Ashramically-driven revolutionary; transforming according to the Divine Plan and its archetypes, and not according to a personal vision.

vi.     Leader of ashramically-inspired groups.

vii.    Leader of new and progressive movements. Not only moving swiftly, individually, but capable of inspiring groups to make rapid, Plan-aligned progress.

viii.    ‘Potentialistic’ thinker and executive. Seeing the amazing future for humanity as it pre-exists in the higher worlds. Never allowing oneself to limited by traditionalists or ‘nay-sayers’.

ix.     Broadly inclusive. Thinking in terms of the One Humanity.

x.    Thinking and acting in terms of synthesis.



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

1.    Accomplish Electrifying Feats!

2.    Act Bravely And Courageously On Behalf Of The “Brotherhood”

3.    Align With Divine Will; It Ever Has The Greatest Good As Its Objective

4.    Associate With Those Who Are United By A Fellowship Of Purpose

5.    As “The Great Abstractor”, Abstract From Personal Consciousness And, Instead, Deliberately Stand Within Group Consciousness

6.    Atomic Power Can Be Lethal: Use It Only Under The Direction Of The Higher Will

7.    Be Resolute In Your Will To Abolish Slavery

8.    Be So Filled With Spiritual Will That You Work Strenuously To Ensure That Your Group Does Not Become A Selfish Group

9.    Be Victorious Over Egoism So That The Group May Be Victorious!

10.    Break-Up Old Crystallizations!

11.    “Burden Me Still More As I Enter The Beautiful Garden”.

12.    Centralize Group Will

13.    Champion The Idea Of Free Will Within Groups

14.    Control The Direction Of Group Process

15.    “Death By Air” Is Dispersion; Disperse Evil!

16.    Defend The Lodge

17.    Demand

18.    Destroy Selfish Clubs And Create Groups

19.    Devastate! Command The Devas!

20.    Direct Organizations

21.    Drive On Into The Future!

22.    Emancipate!

23.    Empower Networks!

24.    Energize The Group Will To Break Into The Field Of The Greater Ashram!

25.    Envision Group Destiny And Move The Group Towards It

26.    Eradicate The “Bad Old Ways”

27.    Exterminate The Contagious Agents Responsible For Epidemics

28.    Firmly Demand Modernization Despite Powerful, Entrenched Resistance

29.    Focus Group Will So That The Egoism Of Group Members May Be Destroyed

30.    Force Renewal And Renovation

31.    Fortify The Integrity Of The Group

32.    Hold The Idea Before The Group

33.    Identified As “The Lightning Which Annihilates” Wield The Destructive Power Of Fire Electric.

34.    Impel The Group Forward

35.    Inaugurate Group Initiatives

36.    Initiate Group Activity

37.    Insist On Change For The Better

38.    Inspire The Group To Pass Boldly Through The Gates Together

39.    Invoke Electric Fire Into Group Life

40.    Know The Brotherhood As A “Mighty Fortress”; Stand Together And Withstand

41.    Lead, But Lead In An Aquarian Manner, Respecting The Necessity For Decentralization

42.    Lead The Group Onto The Burning Ground, Oh, Friend Of The “Lord Of The Burning Ground”!

43.    Let Comradeship Reinforce Your Natural Fearlessness!

44.    Liberate From The Limitations Of Individuality, Oh, “Liberator Of The Form”; See All Amalgamated Factors Return To The Reservoirs From Which They Came

45.    Liberate New Energies For The Sake Of Freedom

46.    Oh “Ravisher Of Souls”, Know The Electric Bliss Of Group Oneness

47.    Never Give Until The Greatest Good Of The Greatest Number Is Achieved

48.    No Matter How Individually Capable Or Self-Directing You May Be, Always Put Group Purpose Before Your Own Individual Purpose

49.    Open The Door To Group Progress, Oh, “Opener Of The Door”

50.    Progress Onwards With Your Brothers Standing Firmly For The “Law Of Group Progress

51.    Proclaim The Freedom Of All!

52.    Protect The Lodge From Its Enemies

53.    Push For Reformation

54.    Realize That Brotherhood Is A Condition Of The Monad

55.    Reform Courageously

56.    Repudiate The Forces Of Selfishness And Isolation: Stand For Selfless Amalgamation

57.    Respond Especially To The Will Of The Ashram

58.    Revolt!

59.    Shatter Your Confining Ring-Pass-Not! Break Into The Greater Ring-Pass-Nots Of Ever Greater Groups

60.    Subject Your Strong Individual Will To Group Will

61.    Stand At The Center Of Groups

62.    Stand For New Ways Of Serving The Spiritual “Power Structure”

63.    Strengthen The Group So That Its Members, Together May Fight Evil

64.    Strengthen The Group So That It May Bear The Descent Of Initiatory Energy

65.    Synthesize The Group; Break Down Barriers To The Life-Giving Flow

66.    Take A Stand On Principle Against Selfish Groups

67.    “The Breath That Blasts” Roars Forth When “The Lightning Which Annihilates” Strikes; You Can Generate Shock Waves Which Strike The Many. Be Cautious With Your Power!

68.    With Full Force Of Will, Carry Heavy Burdens. Lift Weights Of All Kinds!

69.    Work Towards Leadership In “Utopia”. What Is The Meaning Of “Philosopher-King”?


Mantra for Aquarius and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

I intend with will and power, to become the willing Server of Humanity—the Bearer of “the Burden of the World”.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“I Assert the Fact” of Oneness All-Pervasive. As Knower of this Oneness, I Am the Willing Server of Humanity—the Bearer of “the Burden of the World”.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R1/Aquarius

Standing at the center in the ‘Nucleus of Power’, and beaming ‘Vibratory Life or Death’, the Leader


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Aquarius and R1

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 principally R5 constellationally


1.      R1

2.      Transmits principally R7, R2 and R4 (plus R1, R6, R7) through its veiled and unveiled planetary rulers


2.      R1

3.      Colors: turquoise (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) indigo, indigo violet, or violet. (A color-chromatic scale has fourteen steps and a musical chromatic scale only twelve—hence the discrepancies and alternatives. The shading of decanates may offer a partial solution.)


3.      Colors: red, “roaring orange”, black

4.      Note: Possibly B flat


4.      Note: RE or D

5.      Expresses universally through all centers but especially through the sacral center via Uranus and heart center via Jupiter. Expression via the heart in the head and, pervasively, through the entire head center is also likely. Basal center expression via the Moon/Uranus (fire of matter) is also likely.


5.      Expresses through the base of the spine and the crown center

6.      Creative Hierarchy number VII/XII, unliberated


6.      Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, 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 Kingdom of Solar Lives and also the Mineral Kingdom

8.      While Aquarius is related to “God the Father” it is especially related to the revivifications of the Holy Spirit.


8.      Related to “God the Father”

9.      Related significantly to mind as well as to life.


9.      Related most strongly to life.

10.   The great sign of decentralization


10.   The great ray of centralization

11.   Distribution, dispersion, dissipation


11.   Consolidation, fortification

12.   Democracy


12.   Monarchy

13.   Equality


13.   Aristocracy

14.   Leveling the differences between men; communistic


14.   Elitist

15.   The overthrow of kings; revolutions


15.   The ray of kings

16.   Related mostly to the etheric body and the general radiation of the causal body


16.   Related to the etheric body, but specifically to the jewel in the lotus within the causal body and to the monad

17.   In one way, anti-hierarchical


17.   Hierarchical in the greatest measure

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Aquarius and R1

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.    United Through Uranus: The major first ray planet (from the monadic angle {cf. EP I 420}) is Uranus. Of course, Uranus is the usual ruler of Aquarius, thus relating Aquarius and the first ray.

B.     Related to the Energy of the Great Bear: Aquarius is associated with the Great Bear, which, as a whole, distributes the energy of the first ray. (cf. TCF 145-146) “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear”. (EA 349)

C.     Associated with the Atmic Plane: Aquarius has an atmic association—Universal Mind, if we begin by assigning Aries to the logoic plane, Pisces to the monadic, etc. The atmic plane is a point of tension in which both the first and the third rays are focalized.

D.     Related to Electric Fire: The fire of the first ray is electric fire. Uranus, the ultimate first ray planet is the home of “fire electric”. Aquarius (the prototype of Uranus) must, therefore, have much to do with “fire electric”. Thus, in yet another way, are the first ray and Aquarius related.

E.     Life—Electric and Vitalizing: As a constellation, Aquarius is associated with the life aspect of divinity. From one perspective. It is an electric and vitalizing sign. This relates it to the first ray which is similarly focussed.

F.    Connected to the Etheric Body: Both Aquarius and the first ray (as it is distributed through Vulcan veiled by the Moon) are connected with the etheric body. “The etheric vehicle from the circulatory angle, is governed by the Moon, as it veils Vulcan.” (EH 143)

G.     Radiation: Both Aquarius (especially via Uranus) and the first ray are related to the factor of radiation. Uranus is one of the planets ruling what we call “atomic energy”. The first ray rules the nucleus of any atom (physical, human, planetary or solar) and the liberating radiation which emanates from that nucleus.

H.     Disruption and Destruction: Both energies share the tendency to produce disruption and destruction. Aquarius destroys in order to reform and restructure. The first ray destroys (more generally) to clear the ground so that there may be a new construction.

I.     “Progress Onward”: The motion of the first ray is “driving forward through space or forward progression” (TCF 41) and “progress onward”. (TCF 1059) Aquarius (with Sagittarius) is perhaps the most future-oriented sign, and can certainly be related to the first ray, Uranian motion of “progress onward”.

J.      Related to the Process at the Third Initiation and Beyond: At the third initiation, the initiate comes into conscious contact with the monad (ruled archetypally by the first ray). Monadic radiation begins to mean something real and specific to him. Aquarius has certain first ray qualities, expressed through Uranus but also originating in the Aquarian connection to the Great Bear—a great first ray Source when considered as a constellation. There is something about the energy of Aquarius which embraces the idea of monadic radiation, or monadic pervasion, or monadic electricity.

It is also simply stated that Aquarius is associated with the third initiation. “In Aquarius—In this sign, the long effort of the soul is consummated and concludes the experience of the disciple upon the Fixed Cross. The man then takes the third initiation and becomes free from personality control, taking the next two initiations upon the Cardinal Cross”. (EA 144)

K.     Possible Connection to the Second Initiation: Aquarius is easily understood as related to the second initiation where a great cleansing or purification occurs. The myth of Hercules in Aquarius—how he ingeniously cleansed the Augean Stables of the accumulated filth of the ages, illustrates the applicability of Aquarius to the second degree. Further, at this degree, the disciple/initiate comes into relation with the will in a new way. A blow is struck at his innate selfishness, and the higher will redirects desire.


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 1 Aquarius

Alexander the Great
Conqueror and King of Macedonia

Susan B. Anthony
Leader in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement

Jeddu Krishnamurti
Sage, Teacher of Spirituality

Franklin D. Roosevelt
United States President During the Depression and WWII

George Sand
French Novelist, “Bohemian”