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 Aquarius with Ray 3



Sun Aquarius (or Ascendant Aquarius), R3P or R3S
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R5

A moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies due to the transmission of the third ray through the personality aspect of Uranus, the exoteric ruler of Aquarius, and through Moon’s third ray associations—the Moon being the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. Uranus also is one of three veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius. Considered in relation to the planets alone, the operative category of reinforcement would be Moderate by Rulership. Uranus is a sacred planet and so its personality ray {in this case hypothesized as the third} is subsumed under its soul ray—the seventh.

Nevertheless, the third ray of Uranus is effective in relation to most people, who respond to this energy with mobility {albeit, somewhat hectic}. Uranus rules all “migrations” and displacements. The Moon {however symbolically}, and the veiled hierarchical rulers Uranus and Neptune {but excluding Vulcan}, both have third ray associations—Uranus as indicated, and Vulcan through its “Trident” and associations with water/matter.

Further, the third ray may be one of those unspecified rays—along with the fifth ray—constellationally transmitted through Aquarius. The Tibetan has stated the importance of the third ray in relation to Aquarius. {EA 138} The additional operative category of reinforcement would be Probable by Constellational Transmission.

From the decanate perspective, both Saturn and Mercury transmit the third ray—Saturn directly and powerfully through its monad and probably soul, and Mercury, probably through its personality. Saturn rules the first and third decanate {esoterically and exoterically, respectively} and Mercury rules the central decanate both esoterically and exoterically}


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.    The superficial scatter and extroversion of the self-absorbed Aquarius person combines with the disorganized hyperactivity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii.      Hyperactivity, and associated disruptions of persons and environments.

iii.     Superficial.  Disjointed.

iv.     Disorganization at times bordering on chaos.

v.      Terminal over-extension.

vi.     Extroversion to an extreme degree. The throat center may be highly activated, with a torrent of thoughts pouring forth upon the unwary.

vii.      Wildly theoretical. Disconnected from natural life.

viii.    Living in a state of perpetual over-stimulation.

ix.     A reduction of activity and a centralized focus are required if there is every to be effective manifestation.

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 eclectic versatility of the advancing Aquarius individual combines with a rapid and flexible intelligence induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

ii.      Emergent creative intelligence.

iii.     Drawing knowledge from many sources.

iv.     Understanding how to promote group creativity.

v.      Organizational strategy for creative, progressive action.

vi.     Utilization of creative visualization to create new solutions for a wide range of abiding or newly arising problems

vii.      Planning for effective circulation and distribution of energies and forces within groups and between groups.

viii.    On the Path of Discipleship: arriving at creative solutions to the problems of the Path. Certain approaches to discipleship have “seen their day”, and are falling into disuse due to the greater intelligence of the modern disciple. New methods must take their place.

ix.     On the Path of Discipleship: a growing understanding how group mind can solve what the individual mind cannot.

x.      On the Path of Discipleship: a stimulator of individual and group creativity. Creating the possibility for groups to become magically effective.

xi.     On the Path of Discipleship: understanding solutions to problems of economy, whatever the type of energy or force which must be fairly and effectively distributed.

xii.      On the Path of Discipleship: conscious participation in the New Group of World Servers. This group is animated by Taurean energy, but is  (to the degree that it reflects Hierarchy) inevitably related to Aquarius—the sign of all group process.

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 third ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

i.    The ingenious universalism increasingly expressed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Aquarius, combines with a wide, fertile and acute spiritual intelligence induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii.      The mental synthesist. Seeing the unity in disparate factors. Taking all factors into consideration. Gifted in astrology, rayology, numerology, to aid the synthesis.

iii.     The genius of the soul, emerging into full manifestation.

iv.     The polymath—applying his or her many gifts to world service.

v.      The ending of mental illusions. A full understanding of the “Idols of the Mind” (proposed by Francis Bacon) and the wise intelligence not to fall victim to them.

vi.     Universal in approach to knowledge. The mantram “All and Everything” applies. No consideration is considered unconnected to meaning or significance.

vii.      Learning to think within the sphere of Higher Mind—reflective of the “Mind of God”. Able, to some extent, to see the future as that Mind can see. Knowing and understanding the creative beneficence of the Plan Divine, and the acute intelligence which is arranging all things so that Plan can be manifested. Full of appreciation for the wonder of God’s Intelligence.

viii.    One who aspires, eventually, to omniscience, and takes “all knowledge as his province”.


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

    1. Analyze The Patterns Of Group Dynamics

    2. As “Forerunner Of The Light”, Forerun The Coming “Age Of The Group”; Intelligently Prepare For The Emergence Of The Group Idea;

    3. As “Researcher Of The Past”, Research The Past Of The Spiritual Hierarchy Of Our Planet

    4. As “The Divine Separator”, Separate Yourself From Individualistic Isolation

    5. As “The Lord Of Memory” Develop Ingenious Mnemonic Techniques

    6. As  “The One Who Produces Alliance” Create Such Alliances That The Human Family May Recognize Itself As A Single Group

    7. Attend Societies For The Advancement Of The Intellect

    8. Avoid The Snare Of The World Maya!

    9. Be Astute In Your Management Of Group Financial Resources

    10. Be Known As A Truly Progressive Thinker!

    11. Beware Criticism Within The Group Process

    12. Broadcast Your Thought Far And Wide!

    13. Carefully Study The Cycles Of The Divine Plan

    14. Consider All Points Of View Concerning The Creation Of A Viable Meritocracy

    15. Contribute To The Reorganization Of The Economy

    16. Cooperate As The Ashram Indicates And Not Only In An Individual Manner

    17. Coordinate The Mergers Of Various Business Groups!

    18. Create Creative Groups

    19. Create Discussion Groups!

    20. Critique Cultural Patterns!

    21. Demonstrate Great Resourcefulness!

    22. Diversify!

    23. Do Not Lose Your Center; It Can Happen So Easily!

    24. Engage In Socially Responsible Investing

    25. Encrypt The Nature Of Many Future Unfoldments Lest They Become Prematurely Known

    26. Engage In Possibility Thinking!

    27. Express Originality Of Thought!

    28. Extricate Consciousness From The World Maya!

    29. Facilitate Group Discussion

    30. Facilitate The Revelation Of Group Genius

    31. Finance Cultural Development

    32. Invent Group Activities!

    33. Intelligently Link The Many In The One!

    34. Know That Time Ends In A State Of Unified Group Consciousness. Oh,  “Dispenser Of Time”

    35. Learn Progressive Techniques For The Devitalization Of Maya

    36. Make Possible Undreamt-Of Things! You Are Intelligent Enough To Do So!

    37. ‘Philanthopize’ On A Broad Scale; Reach Many

    38. Plan Far Ahead For The Externalization Of The Hierarchy And The Reappearance Of The Christ

    39. Plan For The Process Of Group Philanthropy

    40. Plan, Accessing The Intelligence Of The Group

    41. Provide For The Economic Well-Being Of Society

    42. Publicized The Nature Of The Group

    43. Ramify!

    44. Realize That The Group Is An Abstraction Of The Individual

    45. Reason Towards The Universal

    46. Renovate Financial Systems

    47. See All Around The Subject—From Many Possible Perspectives

    48. See Into The Future Through The Speculative Mind

    49. Selectively Gather All That Is Needed For Group Success!

    50. Sharpen The Group Intellect!

    51. Stimulate All Lines Of Intra—And Inter-Group Communication

    52. Speculate About Possible Futures

    53. Speculate Concerning The Nature Of Genius

    54. Spread Widely Your Many Thoughts

    55. Stand Aloof In The Midst Of The Group: There See And Arrange All For Efficiency

    56. Strategize Concerning The Best Way To Carry Burdens

    57. Study Environmental Planning

    58. Take An Active Interest In All Manner Of Social Prognosis

    59. Theorize About The Future Transformation Of The Social Structure

    60. Theorize In A New Way About The Transcendence Of Time And Space.

    61. Think Ahead Of Your Time

    62. Think Deeply About The Nature Of Freedom

    63. Think With Genius

    64. Think Your Way Into “The Universal Mind”

    65. Thoughtful Futurism—This Is One Of Your Great Abilities

    66. Together, Think! Penetrate Into The Higher Worlds Of Thought!

    67. Trade Within The Group

    68. Universalize Through The Power Of Thought

    69. Vitalize The Ethers Through The Power Of Thought

    70. Weave The Group Members Together Intelligently

    71. Weave The Many Threads Into A Vitally Communicative Unity

    72. Work Together Creatively



Mantra for Aquarius and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Purpose Itself am I”—a Purpose Known and Understood within a Oneness All-Pervasive; and Blending with the Oneness, I become the Thinking Server of Humanity, the Bearer of the “Burden of the World”.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R3/Aquarius

Alert at the center of the ‘Web of Life’ the Weaver creatively


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Aquarius 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 principally R5 constellationally


1.      R3

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


2.      R3

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: green, yellow, black

4.      Note: Possibly B flat


4.      Note: FA or F

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 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 VII/XII, 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 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.


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

8.      Decentralization


8.      Rotation on its own axis and revolution around a center

9.      In itself a progressive, forward-looking energy


9.      In itself, an energy related to the past, to the energies of the first solar system and the moon chain. Through rotary motion, inherently resistant to change.

10.   A unifying, synthesizing, relating force.


10.   All this may become true of the third ray, but it is also the “Discriminating Essential Life”, and “The Divine Separator” (EP I 68)

11.   Inclines towards group consciousness


11.   Inclines to individualistic consciousness and greater difficulty being absorbed into a group.

12.   Spontaneous, incautious


12.   Caution

13.   Given to revelation and unveiling; bringing the unpleasant ‘truth’ forward


13.   Veiling, hiding, covering, packaging—cautiously revealing from certain angles

14.   More heart center influence


14.   More throat center influence

15.   Relates to the circulation of the blood and also nervous transmission


15.   Relates to nervous transmission and not to the circulation of the blood


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Aquarius 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.     Aquarius Expresses the Third Ray: The sign Aquarius is actually considered a of transmitter of the third ray; “the third ray expresses itself powerfully through this sign” (EA 138)

B.     Related to the Holy Spirit: Both Aquarius and the third ray can be understood as related to “God the Holy Spirit”.

C.     Related by Numerical Affinity: As Aquarius is the third sign on the clockwise wheel, it is related to the third ray by numerical affinity.

D.     Related to the Etheric Body: Aquarius is related to the etheric body (cf. EA 303), and so is the third ray (for the etheric body is the third vehicle of the four personality vehicles). The network of nadis (involved in the transmission of vital-electric energy, and in nervous transmission) can readily be understood as reflective of both Aquarius and the third ray.

E.     Emotional Detachment: Both influences share a tendency towards emotional detachment.

F.     Breadth of Thought: Both energies incline the mind to think widely.

G.     Mobility and Constant Movement: Both energies have great activity and mobility associated with them. “Aquarius is pre-eminently a sign of constant movement, of changing activity and recurrent mutations, and the symbol for the sign is expressive of this state of activity.” (EA 141) The third ray is, of course, the Ray of Activity.

H.     Extension and Decentralization: Both energies are associated with such dynamics as extension, decentralization, dispersion, circulation, scatter, etc.

I.    Extroversion: Psychologically, both energies are involved in the phenomenon of extroversion. “The average man in Aquarius puts all his wares into the window, and often in the room behind the window there is little to be found”. (EA 136) As well, the Tibetan speaks of “those who become strongly extroverted by the desire to impose the conclusions they have reached (through their one-pointed mental focus) upon their fellow men.  This constitutes quite often the crux of the difficulty for the third and sixth ray people”. (EP II 462)

J.      The Law of Service—Third Law: Aquarius is the sign of service, the “world server”. The Law of Service is the third Law of the Soul, thus linking it, by numerical affinity, to the third ray.

K.     Cycles and Cyclicity: Both influences are related to the concept of cyclicity. In Aquarius cycles “the significance of cycles is mastered and understood by the initiate” (EA 141), and the third ray rules “rotary motion”, the basis of the understanding of cycles.

L.     Relation to Two Planes of the Triad: Both Aquarius and the third ray can be understood as related to two planes of the Spiritual Triad—the plane of the abstract mind (the manasic plane) and the plane of the spiritual will (the atmic plane).

M.     Economic Issues: Both Aquarius and the third ray are related to economic issues. In the Aquarian Age, humanity must learn the value of sharing and right distribution. These are issues which pertain as well to the third ray, which governs the flow and distribution of money and resources. Together, in a way, these energies determine what shall be vitalized and ‘fed’ and what shall not.

N.     Related to the Third Initiation: These two energies, as well, can be seen as related to the third initiation. Aquarius is definitely so: “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). The third ray has numerical affinity with the third initiation, at which time the scale of consciousness is definitely tipped in favor of the soul.


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 3 Aquarius

Sir Francis Bacon
Philosopher, Statesman, Reformer of Thought

Lewis Carroll
Mathematician and Author of Alice in Wonderland

Immanuel Kant

Thomas Malthus
Political Economist

Karl Marx
Political Philosopher