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 Pisces with Ray 4



 Sun Pisces (or Ascendant Pisces), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R2 and R6

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges with respect to this combination, whether through rays transmitted constellationally through the sign Pisces or through its ruling planets.  

A question arises, however, in relation to Neptune. Is the fourth ray transmitted through this planet? Certainly there are important fourth ray associations. Neptune is directly connected to buddhi (intuition) and to the fourth or buddhic planet, connected by numerical affinity with the fourth ray. No one can coordinate the fourth or buddhic vehicle without Neptune powerful in the astrological chart. {cf. TCF 899}

Perhaps the personality ray of Neptune is the fourth, since this planet seems to have so much to do with the arts—especially music and drama. If this were the case, then, the category of mutual reinforcement would have to be Moderate by Rulership. We would be dealing with the personality ray of a synthesizing planet—thus the degree of power of the personality of such a planetary entity would be lessened.

Exoterically, the fourth ray Moon and esoterically, Vulcan, with a fourth ray component, are associated with the second decanate of Pisces, providing, perhaps, some weak resonances between the sign and the fourth ray.  Mars, another decanate ruler, has some fourth ray associations, and Pisces, itself, is related to the astral plane — which is the plane of the dual forces, always in conflict, hence suggestive of the fourth ray.     

As regard the operative category of mutual reinforcement, we find ourselves in something of a Grey Area, which should not be surprising since we are principally focusing on Pisces and Neptune, neither of which has a great reputation for clarity.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.     The vulnerability and unstable emotionalism of the self-concerned Pisces person combines with the turbulent inconstancy induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii.    “A bundle of inconsistencies tied together by cord of discontent”.

iii.   Confused inner turmoil.

iv.    Emotionally super-sensitive; hyper-reactive.

v.    So troubled as to be ineffective.

vi.   Easily wounded; easily retreating; but exposing oneself again and again

vii.    Self-sabotage; “Shooting oneself in the foot”. Self-undoing. Managing to ruin one’s best efforts. The “n’ere-do-well”. Can be suicidal (as can Pisces in relation to the sixth ray).

viii.    Warfare (fourth ray) upon the astral plane (Pisces). Attacked by one’s own unconscious and semi-conscious “complexes”. Thus, a more internalized struggle; hidden conflicts.

ix.    The self-centered artist. “Using” art to promote ego. “I must create the music which will draw to me those who like the pictures which I make, the colours which I blend, the music which I can evoke.  Me, they will therefore like, and me, they will adore....” (EP II 168)

x.    The glamor of “vague artistic perception” (GWP 122)

xi.     The glamor of “musical perception”. (GWP 122)

xii.   The glamor of psychic perception.

xiii.    Great insecurity. Easily thrown off balance. Lacking inner fortitude. Finding no place of refuge within oneself.

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 sensitive receptivity of the advancing Pisces individual combines with the creative responsiveness and capacity for harmonious interplay induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

ii.   The “sensitive”; responsive to the slightest nuance.

iii.    The refined artist; very often, the struggling artist.

iv.    Strong powers of imagination—very visual.

v.    Growing usefulness of psychic perception.

vi.     On the Path of Discipleship: learning to fuse and blend inharmonious contacts within the various vehicles.

vii.    On the Path of Discipleship: cultivation of the symbolic consciousness, accompanied by abilities in “spiritual reading”. (cf. FITI 95-96)

viii.    On the Path of Discipleship: rapid growth of the intuition

ix.     On the Path of Discipleship: ability to achieve harmony upon the astral plane.

x.    On the Path of Discipleship: cultivating the astral-buddhic connection (emotional points of tension evoking the intuition).

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, Pisces, with the fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.     A deeply sensitive registration of the real needs of all human beings (as well as of members of the lower kingdoms)—a registration increasingly possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Pisces, combines with the power (creatively and intuitively) to bring harmony out of conflict and, thus, bring peace to troubled situations—a power induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii.    Exquisitely sensitive responsiveness.

iii.   Immediately detecting the “problem” within any human energy system, and knowing how to balance or harmonize the problem.

iv.   The skilled “peace-maker”—bringing a skilled and loving intuition to the process.

v.    Higher psychism. Knowing something of a great psychic power (on the atmic plane) called “Perfection”.

vi.    Becoming a medium/mediator for archetypes and ideas.

vii.   Becoming a “channel” for Divine Beauty, Divine Artistry.

viii.   Ability to connect with the Angelic Kingdom in bringing beauty to the world. (Both Bach and Handel had a powerful Pisces representation in their charts, along with the fourth ray. The evidence of angelic influence is powerful in some of their great oratorios and masses).

ix.    Understanding beauty as a consummation of love.

x.    Reflecting in poetry, story and drama the great tragic and comic experiences through which the human race has passed.

xi.    Capacity to synthesize (Pisces) the arts (fourth ray).




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




Mantra for Pisces and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Two Merge with One”—a One of such Great Harmony that Discord (Evil) is no longer heard.  Therefore, Evil Now Must End and the World Must be Saved. I Am the Harmonizing Savior and Redeemer of the World.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R4/Pisces

Vibrating to the ‘Spectrum of Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of Life’

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Pisces 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 principally R2 and R6 constellationally


1.     R4

2.     Transmits principally R2, R6 and R1 (plus R1, R6, R7) through its rulers (including the special rulership by Neptune)


2.     R4

3.     Colors: lavender (given by D.K.) and, possibly, violet-red


3.     Colors: yellow, green, cream

4.     Note: Possibly B


4.     Note: MI or E

5.     Expression is strong through the solar plexus via Neptune and R6, through the heart center via Neptune, Jupiter and R2, through the soles of the feet (naturally) and through the heart in the head via Jupiter, Neptune and R2.


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 I, liberated


6.     Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated

7.     Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Vegetable Kingdom via Neptune, Jupiter, R2 and R6, the Kingdom of Souls via Neptune, Jupiter and R2, the Kingdom of Planetary Lives via Jupiter, R2 and R6. (There is also some justification that Pisces should be considered expressive in relation to the consummating Kingdom of Solar Lives—a Shamballic Kingdom).


7.     Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Human Kingdom

8.     Retreative


8.     Confrontive

9.     Gentle, often relaxed


9.     Gentle (at times) and abrasive at others

10.     Seeking peace and tranquility


10.     Passing through much conflict and turmoil on the way to peace. Tranquility will only be a passing state.

11.     The outlines are perception may be blurred; there is a tendency to “blur distinctions”


11.     This energy has a sharpening effect and perceptions have sharper contrasts.

12.     Gullibility and imagination


12.     Imagination

13.     Full of faith


13.     Full of worry

14.     Seeing the world “through rose-colored glasses”


14.     Often emphasizing the dark side; pessimism pronounced

15.     A quiet inner process


15.     Whether the process is inner or outer, it is filled with conflict and stress—until harmony is reached.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Pisces 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.     Mediatorship: Pisceans and those upon the fourth ray both have ability as mediators. Pisces mediates between soul and personality, between Hierarchy and Humanity, and even between Shamballa and Humanity. The fourth ray will often mediate horizontally, but is the classic mediator between the Spiritual Triad and the soul-infused personality (via the antahkarana).

B.     Linked Through the Monad: There is a strong monadic connection between the two. The hierarchy of human monads is the Fourth Creative Hierarchy ruled by the fourth ray. The monads themselves are saviors (Pisces).

C.     Related to the Solar Angels: Both energies, too, are related to the Solar Angels. These angels wield buddhic energy, connected with the fourth ray, and have the task of helping the human soul perceive the inner worlds and harmonize the inner worlds with the outer. As well, the Solar Angels are saviors, linking them to Pisces.

D.     Strong Intuition: Both energies feed the intuition and produce highly intuitive individuals.

E.    Emotional Vulnerability and Hyper-Responsiveness: Both types are emotionally vulnerable and hyper-responsive. Mediumistic tendencies may be shown.

F.    Cohesiveness and Harmonization: Both types have no great talent for organization, though they may be cohesive and harmonizing factors within an organization.

G.     Artistically Expressive: Both energies endow those they influence with musical and other artistic, expressive abilities.

H.     Color and Colorfulness: Both types are strongly responsive to color, and may leave colorful lives which do not seem quite real from the more mundane perspective.

I.     Imagination and Fantasy: Both Pisces and the fourth ray enrich the imagination. For both, the line between reality and fantasy may be indistinct.

J.    Impracticality: Impracticality is a common theme for both types of individuals (as always—other modifiers notwithstanding). Whether we are dealing with the “impractical artist” or the individual who is so “heavenly” that he is of “no earthly use”, the theme is really the same—maladaptation to the earthly plane.

K.     Kama-Manasic Mind: For both, the tendency of mind is kama-manasic.

L.    Tendency Towards Insanity: Both energies (under adverse conditions) may incline towards insanity. They give up and lose control.

M.    Failure: Failure is always a possibility with both types. All may fail, but this sign and this ray may contain a greater share of failures. The fourth ray type, we are told by the Tibetan, may become a “n’ere-do-well” (EP I 206), and Pisces influences those individuals who for reasons of karma, find themselves greatly handicapped and deprived of the ability to help themselves.

N.     Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: The focus at the second initiation is upon the condition of the waters. They must be calmed, purified and sweetened, and made responsive to the intuition. Pisces contributes to the calming and purifying of the waters. The fourth ray harmonizes the astral plane and renders it more impressionable to buddhi (divine Love-Wisdom) emanating from the fourth or buddhic plane.

O.     Related to Processes Important at the Fourth Initiation: Pisces brings about consummation, harmonization, death and finality—themes related to the fourth initiation. Pisces is found at many transition points: for instance, before mounting the Fixed Cross by taking the first initiation; before focusing with the Spiritual Triad (a the time of the fourth initiation). Perhaps it will be found before the sixth Initiation of Decision (when one transcends the five planes of human and superhuman evolution) and, also, before the ninth Initiation of Refusal, at which time the initiate refuses further contact with the cosmic physical plane.

The fourth initiation is a kind of consummation of strictly human experience. Humanity (the fourth kingdom) comes to its concluding point. The Master is still considered a man, but his relation to the incarnational process (ruled by Cancer and the number four) is no longer compulsory. We can complete the picture, by realizing that the fourth initiation is given as governed by the fourth ray, which also relates to the heart center (which, by any normal means of counting) is the fourth center. The three keynotes of this initiation — Crucifixion, Sacrifice and Harmony — are well covered by the combination of Pisces and the fourth ray. Pisces and the fourth ray bring crucifixion; Pisces brings sacrifice; and the fourth ray brings harmony.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 4 Pisces

Michaelangelo Buonarroti
Sculptor, Painter

Frederic Chopin
Composer and Pianist

Vaslav Nijinski
Ballet Dancer

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Algernon Swinburn