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

in progress

& Ray 2

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 2



 Sun Aquarius (or Ascendant Aquarius), R2P (or R2S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R5

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of the second ray through Jupiter, the esoteric ruler of Aquarius, and monadically through Neptune, one of the three veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius.

The operative category of reinforcement would be Strong by Rulership—Class 2 and Class 3. Disciples, advanced disciples and initiates will be those who most respond to this Aquarius/second ray interplay. The response will be, perhaps, strongest for those responding primarily to the esoteric ruler. Neptune is only one of three veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius, and it is only in its monadic aspect that the second ray is to be found.

So while the effect upon initiates could be significant, it would only be at a very high level of advancement—perhaps at the fourth initiation when the heart center {at that time influenced by Neptune and the second ray} comes under special stimulation. This combination—Neptune, second ray, heart—brings the energy of the buddhic plane and buddhi to the heart for wide expression. This ‘flooding’ of the heart with buddhic energy is exactly appropriate at the fourth degree.

One other mild reinforcement appears because of the strange second ray association with Uranus, the exoteric ruler. It is not given that the second ray in any way “rules” or “governs” one of the vehicles of Uranus—at least not one of the periodical vehicles—but, nevertheless, Uranus is sufficiently resonant to the second ray to be an agent of transmission for it: Sirius—Pisces—Uranus—Hierarchy—Heart—Solar Plexus.

From the decanate perspective, Venus transmits the second ray {probably through its personality vehicle} and Venus rules the third decanate {in esoteric order} and the first decanate {in exoteric order}.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.    The superficial extension and diversification of the self-concerned Aquarius person combines with an inability to establish clear boundaries—an inability induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the second 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.     Superficial affiliativeness. Having too many friends. ‘Belonging’ (a second ray word) to too many groups.

iii.     Losing one’s center. Participating in so many activities, but forgetting who one really is. Loss of individuality.

iv.     Defining oneself by one’s affiliations. “Birds of a feather flock together”. But can one tell one bird from another?

v.     Going along with the group for the sake of ease. Overly-receptive. Indiscriminate.

vi.     Overly hopeful in relation to future possibilities. Naïve about the changes of instituting the new. Overlooking the entrenched, regressive instincts and desires of humanity (related to the signs Taurus and Scorpio—square to Aquarius).

vii.     Rendered ineffective by the inability to focus and concentrate one’s forces.

viii.    Often well meaning, but futile or “flaky”. Insubstantial and with no depth.

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 cooperativeness and humanitarianism of the advancing Aquarius individual combine with a growing capacity to love and include induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the second ray.

ii.     Recognizing oneself as ‘belonging’ to the human race—a human family.

iii.     Valuing humanity. Recognizing the fruits of human creativity and human culture. Recognition of human progress in the arts and sciences.

iv.     Feeling humanitarian promptings. Realizing that one may, in fact,  be one’s “brother’s keeper”. A sense of fellowship emerges.

v.     On the Path of Discipleship: beginning to think of oneself more as a member of a group than as an individual (yet, withal, not sacrificing one’s individuality). “Group consciousness” becomes something of a reality.

vi.     On the Path of Discipleship: the emergence of group mind and group creativity.

vii.     On the Path of Discipleship: the emergence of group love.

viii.    On the Path of Discipleship: the first faint emergence of group-will.

ix.     On the Path of Discipleship: beginning to understand something of the Ashram and the meaning of Ashramic affiliation.

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 second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.    The power to bear the burden of serving the soul and personality of humanity—a power increasingly possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Aquarius, combines with the abundant growth of self-forgetful Love-Wisdom induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

ii.     True affiliation with Hierarchy—an essentially second ray group, governed by the energies of the sign, Aquarius.

iii.     Group mind, creativity and group love are in full flower. The sense of identity has transcended individuality. One is identified with larger and larger wholes (Jupiter, esoteric ruler of Aquarius, and the second ray).

iv.     Cooperation with the Ashram is a fact in consciousness.

v.     The state of “Ashramic intimacy” is emerging.

vi.     One is functioning with one’s group according to the Law of Group Progress.

vii.     Participating, through the release of the energies of abundance, in widespread healing—of individuals, groups and of humanity as a whole. Thus, generous distribution of all accumulated energies for the general amelioration of the human condition.

viii.    Carrying the “burden of humanity”.

ix.     Eventually, carrying the “burden of the world” as the Hierarchy does.

x.     The “World Server” motivated by love and wisely understanding the problems of humanity.

xi.     Under this influence, membership in the Hierarchy can be achieved.




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

  1. Achieve Together That State Of Group Freedom Which Arises When Love Prevails

  2. As A Group Bless The World

  3. Assist The Emergence Of The Group Soul

  4. Be A Tolerant And Progressive Group

  5. Be As A Heart Within The Group; Promote The Circulation Of Group Love

  6. Be Filled With A Sense Of Social Responsibility

  7. Be Inclusive Of Many People And Many Ways

  8. Build Together

  9. Call Together Healing Groups

  10. Comprehend The Meaning Of Universal Love

  11. Cultivate Christ Consciousness Within The Group

  12. Demonstrate Abiding Loyalty To Your Group And Its Members

  13. Develop Love For The Souls Of Group Members, Not So Much For Their Personalities

  14. Develop The Model Of The Teaching-Group

  15. Discover New And Better Ways To Improve The Quality Of Relationships

  16. Do Not Be Too Allowing!
    Educate The Soul Within The Presence Of Your

  17. Encourage The Development Of The “Divine Circulatory Flow”

  18. Enlarge The Group

  19. Experience Ashramic Intimacy

  20. Experience The Reality Of Group Sensitivity

  21. Gather Colleges

  22. Group Unity Is Facilitated When There Exists Empathy For All Group Members

  23. Facilitate Loving, Magnetic Interplay Within The Group

  24. Feel Your Soul Expanding Within The Aura Of Group Love

  25. Filled With Compassion For Humanity, Gladly Accept The Burdens Of Uplifting The Race

  26. Identify As The Group. You Are Far More Than An Individual.

  27. If Individual Understanding Is Good, How Much Better Is Group Understanding!

  28. Include All Qualities In The Loving Synthesis Of The Group

  29. Inspire The Group With Love

  30. Know The Group As The Place For The Emergence Of Soul-Culture

  31. Let The Group Fulfill Its Tasks Through The “Wise Use Of Slow Action”

  32. “Let The Group Know There Are No Other Selves.”

  33. Let The Group Know—Unity And Oneness Above All!

  34. Let The Group Life Be Suffused With Love.

  35. Let The Group Serve By Spreading Its Quality Far And Wide

  36. Let The Heat Evoked By The Group Love Permit The Warmth Of Energetic Moving Out!

  37. Let Your Group Be Known For The Serenity Of Its Emotional Life

  38. Live As An Example Of The Group Soul

  39. Love Frees! Love Emancipates!

  40. Love The Group And Its Members

  41. Love Your Fellow Group Members But Remain Lovingly Detached

  42. Love Your Brothers And Sisters

  43. May Group Love Become The Love Of The Whole—Eternal Love

  44. May Group Love Reveal Group Glory!

  45. May The Individual Preserve The Group And The Group Preserve The Individual

  46. May Your Group Attract To Itself All Those It Can Help

  47. Merge With Group Joy

  48. Merge With The Group Mind In The Light

  49. Not Group Selfishness But Group Sharing!

  50. Oh, “Light Bringer”, Together With Your Group Brothers And Sisters Bring The Light!

  51. Open Yourself And Trust; There Is Sufficient Group Love!

  52. Overcome The “Hill And Valley Experience” Through The Steady Realization Of Love And Wisdom

  53. Participate With Your Fellow Group Members In The Experience Of Unity And Oneness

  54. Patiently May The Group Proceed, Just As The Spiritual Hierarchy Has Patiently Proceeded To Aid Humanity And The Planet Over Millions Of Years

  55. Perceptive Group Psychology Is To Be Cultivated

  56. Ponder Deeply In Group Meditation

  57. Progress Together—Serenely On The Way

  58. Promote Group Unanimity

  59. Promote Quiet Realization Within The Circle Of The Group

  60. Realize That Love Promotes The Best “Esprit De Corps”

  61. Realize That Progress For Humanity Is Realized Through Its Groups And Their Expanding Consciousness

  62. Realizing The Place Of The Part Of Each Within The Whole, Be Accepting Of Great Diversity

  63. Rehearse The Energy Dynamics Of The Spiritual Hierarchy!

  64. Responsive To The “Cosmic Magnet” Let The Group Be As A Magnet, Drawing In Those Who Need Its Aid

  65. Reveal The Divine Vision Through Group Meditation.

  66. See How The Many Consciousnesses Within The Group Reveal The Divine Pattern

  67. See To It That Those Who Enter Your Group Have A Healing Experience

  68. Seek With Your Fellow Group Members To Expand The Consciousness Of The Group

  69. Serve Together Drawing Your Strength From The Group Heart

  70. Serve Out Of The Fullness Of The Group Heart

  71. So Act Within Your Group That You May Contribute To The Dissolution Of All Barriers To The Flow Of Love And Wisdom.

  72. Share Resources Generously

  73. Strengthen Group Positivity

  74. Study The Higher Octave Of The Free-Love Moment

  75. The Group Is A Shelter; Welcome Those Worthy Ones Who Seek Its Refuge

  76. Together Invoke The Light; Cultivate An Illumined Group

  77. Together Let The Group Enter The Light Of Pure Reason

  78. Together Pour Forth Wisdom, Oh, “Giver Of Wisdom”.

  79. Together Radiate Group Healing

  80. Together Unfold An Aspect Of The “Hidden Vision”

  81. Together With Your Brothers And Sisters Build A Group Whose Foremost Note Is The Note Of Love-Wisdom

  82. Transform Through Love

  83. Turn Outwards In Love--Together

  84. Understand And Unfold Ecumenism

  85. Unfold Together!

  86. Unite With Your Group Brothers And Sisters!

  87. Utilize The Group Process To Expand Consciousness

  88. Within The Consciousness Of The Group Realize That “Naught Is But Me”,.

  89. Work For The Emergence Of A Tolerant And Understanding Group

  90. Work For The Loving Relationship Of Your Group To Other Groups


Mantra for Aquarius and the Second Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“I See the Greatest Light” within a Oneness All-Pervasive, and Merging with this Oneness, I become the Loving “Server of Humanity”, the Bearer of the “Burden of the World’.

Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R2/Aquarius

Focussed at the center of the Lotus Blue, the Scholar/Teacher


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Aquarius and R2

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.     R2

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


2.     R2

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.


3.     Colors: indigo blue, sapphire blue, light blue

4.     Note: Possibly B flat


4.     Note: SOL or G

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 heart chakra; the “heart in the head” and also through the spleen as solar prana on our planet

6.     Creative Hierarchy number VII/XII, unliberated


6.     Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, unliberated

7.     Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via the Moon/Uranus, the Human Kingdom via Uranus and R5, the Kingdom of Souls via Jupiter and R5, the Kingdom of Solar Lives via Vulcan and Uranus. (Aquarius is so universal that a good case may be made for its strong influence in relation to all kingdoms.)


7.     Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

8.     Connected with “God the Father” and, especially, with “God the Holy Spirit”


8.     Connected with “God the Son”

9.     Distributor of Electric Fire and, to a degree, Fire by Friction.


9.     Distributor of Solar Fire

10.   As a sign, at a certain stage of evolution, induces aloofness and detachment


10.   As a ray, induces warmth and brotherliness.

11.   Group consciousness first as regimentation (Communism, Fascism), and only later influenced by the energy of love


11.   Love influences group consciousness from the first.

12.   Often pursues violent revolution


12.   Inclined towards a more gradual evolution and transformation. If a revolution must occur, the second ray would prefer that it be “bloodless”.

13.   A sign of detachment


13.   A ray, initially at least, of attachment

14.   Seeks to break from the past


14.   Will hold to valuable treasures from the past

15.   Emotions “up and down” following the waves of the Aquarian glyph


15.   Emotions smoother more gentle, and perhaps, deeper

16.   Lovers may be friends; friends may be lovers


16.   Lovers are lovers and the attachment is usually deep and abiding

17.   Aquarius is the “World Server”


17.   The second ray contributes to the creation of the “World Savior”


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Aquarius and R2

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.     Expression of Brotherhood: Both influences lead to the expression of brotherhood.

B.     Outpouring and Sharing: Both energies incline those they influence to share. The idea of outpouring is common to both Aquarius (the “overflowing cup”) and the second ray (the Sun which seems never to cease its outpouring, shining “upon the just and the unjust”).

C.     Promoting Group Consciousness: Both energies are active in promoting group consciousness.

D.     Vision—of Betterment: Both influences are related to vision. Aquarius confers the utopian vision, and the second ray a vision of ameliorated conditions. Always the second ray is associated with light and the eye.

E.     Synthesis: Both Aquarius and the second ray are connected with synthesis as the second-aspect expression of the will.

F.     Selfless Service and the Heart: Both energies eventually affect the heart center and incline, therefore, to the outpouring of selfless service. In this respect, it must be remembered that esoterically, second ray Jupiter rules Aquarius.

G.     Decentralization: Both energies are energies of decentralization.

H.     Democracy: The preferred mode of government for both Aquarius and the second ray is democracy.

I.    Abundance: Both energies are associated with the factor of abundance. Jupiter is involved in both cases.

J.     Relation to the Processes of the Second Initiation: The second initiation is the “Baptism” involving cleansing and purification. Aquarius bestows in abundance these healing and cleansing energies. The foremost cleansing and purifying energy is love, conferred by the second ray (through Jupiter, Venus and, to a degree, Neptune) at the time of the second initiation. Under Aquarius and the second ray, true group love and fellowship begin to mean something  real to the disciple/initiate whose astral body is dying to selfishness.

K.     Possible Association with the Third Initiation: Aquarius, bringing perspective and the dispelling of illusion is potentially active at the third degree, just as the energy of Capricorn is potentially active. It is possible to enter the door of any particular initiation through the instrumentality of a number of signs. The third degree introduces the first aspect as a conscious factor in the life, but, of equal importance, the second aspect, the soul, is placed in the seat of ascendancy—it dominates. The second ray is archetypally resonant with the soul (no matter what may be the individual ray of the soul). Equally, the second ray is (with the fifth) deeply connected with the brilliant and luminous experiences of the initiate at the time of the third degree. Aquarius and the second ray, therefore, potentially, guide the initiate of the third degree into a luminous world of enlightened thought and activated intuition—a world of unity and impending synthesis.

L.     Possible Association with the Fourth Initiation: Aquarius is most frequently the sign present at a human being’s final compulsory incarnation.(Others may follow, but they are deliberately chosen.) The fourth degree releases the initiate from all further need to return to incarnated life. He renounces all, and for the sake of love (which is infusing itself into his consciousness via the buddhic plane) he “empties the bowl” simultaneously draining the “cup of karma” to the dregs. The point is that in these final acts, the motivation is love, which connects the fourth initiation to the second ray and to the heart center (the active center at this degree). While each initiation is classically associated with certain signs and rays, a number of other signs and rays may play an important part in promoting the initiatory processes, and these alternative signs and rays should be acknowledged and their relationship to the initiation in question, thought through.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 2 Aquarius

Charles Dickens
English Novelist

Manly Palmer Hall
Philosopher, Author, Sage

Carl Jung

Abraham Lincoln
President of the United States, Humanist, Avatar

Sir Thomas More
Statesman and Humanist: a “Man for all Seasons”

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

D. T. Suzuki
Sage and Zen Scholar

Oprah Winfrey
Actress, Talk-Show Host