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 Aries with Ray 3



Sun Aries(or Ascendant Aries), R3P (or R3S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1 and R7

A mild mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of the third ray in various secondary ways through all three rulers of Aries. The third ray conditions a great Existence in which Mars {the exoteric ruler of Aries} expresses the astral body; the third ray is probably the personality ray of Mercury {the esoteric ruler of Aries} and, also, probably the personality ray of Uranus {cf. EA 138}, {the hierarchical ruler}.

The third ray, because transmitted through the personality of both Mercury and Uranus {two sacred planets} are not as strong in expression as the ray which manifest through the soul—the fourth and seventh, respectively. In the energy system of sacred planets, the soul ray is stronger.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

  1. The impulsive, undisciplined, often-excessive expression of force characteristic of the self-centered Aries person combines with the hyper-activity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

  2. Unwise accentuation of the activity aspect of divinity.

  3. Indiscriminate action. Hyperactivity and constant motion for its own sake. In effect, motion without action. “Going nowhere fast”.

  4. Rushing into situations where one is neither needed nor wanted.

  5. Disorganized impulsiveness; chaotic activity.

  6. Getting all entangled through undue haste.

  7. Ill-conceived, superfluous creativity.

  8. Generating more initiatives and projects than can possibly be carried out.

  9. The “man-eating mares” {cf. The Labors of Hercules, Labor One} are rampant. Excessive and turbulent generation of thoughtforms.

  10. Ceaseless selfish scheming.

  11. Extreme difficulty listening. (Possessing two mouths and one ear).

  12. Driven and blinded by the forces of maya.

  13. Exhausting mind and brain. Mental and physical activity deflect illumination.

  14. Lost in the “jungle of illusion”


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
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Aries, with the third ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.
    1. The impetuous mental energy and fertility of thought of the advancing Aries individual combines with the active, facile, correlating intelligence induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

    2. Full of intelligent initiatives.

    3. Abundant mental and tangible creativity. Copious creative outpouring.

    4. Creating one’s world through the power of thought. The free and inventive mind—authentic, independent.

    5. Needing to learn simplicity of thought.

    6. Danger that the world of thought may become so powerful as to separate itself from the world of experience.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: laying many plans for discipleship service.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: bringing spiritual thoughts into manifestation.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: burning the ‘web of mayavic entanglements’.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: determination to think one’s way into a better, freer life.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: contributing to the burning of the “jungle of illusion” through the power of rational thought.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: Intelligent speed “upon the Way”.


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, Aries, with the third ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

  1. The power to register and conceive the Archetypes, or “Seed Ideas” of the Divine Mind—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Aries—combines with the ability to understand abstract relationships induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

  2. Understanding God as the “Great Thinker”.

  3. Realization that the World of Time and Space is, indeed, God’s Thought.

  4. Generating vast systems of thought by which to understand the World Process.

  5. Setting the jungle of illusion on fire. Burning away miasma.

  6. The power potently to use the factor of memory (third ray) as an instrument of advancement (Aries).

  7. Power to begin seeing the abstract energy essence of any tangible pattern of energies.

  8. The power to conceive truth without experiment.

  9. Having the intelligence to resolve subject and object into unity.

  10. Accessing the divine formula to generate any energy pattern.

  11. Understanding somewhat the freedom of the Divine Creativity. Engaging in a human creativity which somewhat reflects the Divine Creativity. Unusually fertile mind. (Bach: Sun in Aries, mental body likely on the third ray with the fifth)

  12. Seeing the universe in constant intelligent motion—the super-rational dance.



(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 Aries and the Third 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)

    1. Accelerate Action

    2. Arouse And Excite Through Thought And Word

    3. Assert Creative Solutions

    4. Be Aflame With Mental Brilliance

    5. Be Daring In Creative Thinking

    6. Begin Thinking!

    7. Be Energetic In The Pursuit Of Economic Well-Being

    8. Be Purpose: “Purpose Itself Am I”

    9. Be Incisive In The Pursuit Of Divine Mental Perception

    10. Burst Forth With Creativity

    11. Conceive New Combinations

    12. Conceptualize Beginnings

    13. Conceptualize Creative “Moves”

    14. Confront When Critique Is Required

    15. Daringly Attempt To Conceive The Divine Plan

    16. Direct The Planning

    17. Disseminate Financial Resources: Seed Money

    18. Drive Economic Strategy Forward

    19. Energize Intelligent Activity

    20. Fecundate The Field Of Mind

    21. Fertilize The Thought Process

    22. Forcefully Penetrate The Divine Mind

    23. Generate New Concepts

    24. Give New Life To Projects

    25. Hasten Activities

    26. Inaugurate Creative Enterprises

    27. Incinerate Illusions

    28. Initiate Communications

    29. Initiate Plans

    30. Insist On Logical Thought

    31. Inspire The Power To Think Reasonably

    32. Lead Strategy Sessions

    33. Originate Well-Timed Applications Of Archetypes

    34. Overcome Maya (By Burning The “Jungle Of Illusion”)

    35. Pierce The Veil Of Illusion

    36. Pioneer The Adaptation Of The Divine Plan To Humanity’s Problems

    37. Plunge Ahead Into Manifestation

    38. Promote New Concepts

    39. Release Inherent Genius

    40. Send Forth New Ideas

    41. Set Things In Motion”

    42. Synthesize The World Of Thought

    43. Think Energetically

    44. Voice Energetically


Mantra for Aries and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Creatively, I seek to weave within the Plan Divine which Oneness of Being has unveiled.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
Purpose Itself Am I”—and Oneness of Being Unveils both the Plan I Weave and the Purpose I Am.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene


Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R3/Aries

Acute, alert and centered in the pulsing “Web of Life”, the Weaver, with intelligence, creatively inaugurates a new and widely ramifying plan within the greater Plan of God.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

    Discover Potentials to be Derived from
    Energetic Contrasts Between Aries 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 R1 and R7 constellationally.

    1. R3

    1. Transmits principally R6, R4, and R7 through its planetary rulers.

    1. R3

    1. Colors: carmine red (or scarlet red) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) red, red-orange, orange (“roaring orange”).

    1. Colors: emerald green, yellow and black

    1. Note: DO or C

    1. Note: FA or F

    1. Expresses through the crown center, and secondarily, via Mars and Mercury, through the solar plexus and ajna center (near and after the third initiation).

    1. 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 and is ruled by Mercury, giving conscious access to the abstract mind.

    1. Creative Hierarchy II, liberated.

    1. Creative Hierarchy number I, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated.

    1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Solar Lives.

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

    1. Identified principally with the “Father” and “Son” Aspects of Divinity

    1. Identified principally with the Holy Spirit and the “Mother” aspect of divinity.

    1. Identified principally with Electric Fire and Solar Fire.

    1. Identified principally with Fire by Friction.

    1. Identified principally with the Life Aspect.

    1. Identified principally with the Matter Aspect.

    1. Pure Being

    1. The many forms through which Pure Being expresses.

    1. Identified with the new and progressive.

    1. Often identified with the old and historical (but can foresee the future based on past trends).

    1. Experiences difficulty with the factor of time for Saturn, Lord of Time, “falls” in Aries.

    1. Understands time and its uses, for the third ray Lord is the “Dispenser of Time”.

    1. Straight and direct

    1. Curved and sinuous

    1. Simplicity

    1. Complexity

    1. Motion: “Progress onward” (TCF 1059)

    1. Motion: Rotary Motion

    1. Full of confrontation

    1. Full of strategy

    1. Impatient

    1. Strategically patient

    1. Risk-taking: “Leap before you look”

    1. Cautious: “Look before you leap”

    1. Spontaneous

    1. Planning

    1. Impulsive

    1. Calculating

    1. Fiery

    1. Cool or cold.

    1. Passionate

    1. Dispassionate

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Aries 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.

  1. Related to the Activity Aspect: Both Aries and the third ray are closely related to the activity aspect of divinity. Both may be seen as relate to the theme of perpetual motion. Both, as well, have a great desire and respect for speed. The third ray engages in speed once it has exercised caution.

  2. Aries, the Third Ray and Fohat: We may find a close connection between Fohat (in one respect the “Prime Mover” of all occult processes) and both Aries and the third ray.

  3. Aries Rulers all Express Third Ray: Every planet ruling the sign/constellation Aries (Mars, Mercury and Uranus) has a third ray component.

  4. Fertility: The principle of fertility is closely connected to the Ram (the fecund creator of many forms) and to the third ray, whose creativity on both the physical and mental planes is well realized. Those affected by either or both of these influences can frequently be faulted for the over-production of forms (whether physical or mental).

  5. Vitality, Life-Giving: Both influences are closely connected to the factor of vitality. Fiery Aries is the “life giver”. The third ray is associated with the etheric vehicle (the third vehicle) which is the generator and transmitter of prana, which vitalizes the third, or matter aspect of the personality.

  6. Form Building and Form Creating: Aries represents the first impulse towards form building (“Let form again be sought”), and the third ray is, classically, the creator of forms.

  7. Active in Relation to the First Initiation: Those who take the first initiation often have personality upon the third ray. The first initiation marks commencement—entry into the Fifth Kingdom, the Kingdom of Souls. Aries is the indicator of the commencement and initiatory entry. Further, the monad, the first ray aspect of a man, is active at the first initiation in relation to the soul. Aries is archetypally related to the monadic aspect—pure being.
    “It is interesting to note that (prior to the first initiation) the personalities of all aspirants to this great expansion of consciousness will be found upon the third ray which is—like the solar plexus centre—a great clearing house for energies, and a great transmuting station, if I may use this term. (EP II 386)

  8. Active at the Third Initiation: Aries is a sign active at the third initiation (numerically resonant with the third ray). At this initiation (introducing the disciple to a conscious relation to the monad—Aries relating to the spirit aspect), it is the third aspect of the monad by which the initiate is affected.

  9. Potentially Active in Relation to the Sixth Initiation: The sixth initiation represents an entirely ‘new departure’ to ‘destinations relatively unknown’ (though envisioned). It is fitting that such a departure from the known should be related to Aries, the sign of all beginnings and initiatives. It is the third ray that rules this initiation.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

A List of Famous Individuals for Whom Aries is Either the Sun Sign or Ascendant and in Whom the Third Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Rene Descartes
French Philosopher, Mathematician and Scientist (Sun Sign)

Thomas Hobbes
English Social Philosopher (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

Henry James
American Novelist of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries (Sun Sign)

Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides)
Philosopher, Scholar, Physician to Saladin (Sun Sign)

J. Pierpont Morgan
American Financier, Entrepreneur, “King of Wall Street” (Sun Sign)

Michel de Nostradamus
French Physician, Psychic, Seer, Astrologer (Possible Aries Ascendant—or Pisces)

Arnold Toynbee
English Historian, Author of “A Study of History” (Sun Sign