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 Taurus with Ray 1



Sun Taurus (or Ascendant Taurus), R1P (or R1S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the fact that the first ray is transmitted through the planet Vulcan, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus. The applicable categories are Strong by Rulership Class 2 and Class 3. Thus, the reinforcement will be strengthened for all who are disciples and initiates, and weaker for the average individual.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being
    1. The self-willed destructiveness and obstructiveness of the self-centered Taurus person combines with a braced rigidity—a refusal to change—qualities 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.)

    2. Accentuates self-will and stubbornness.

    3. Rooted fixity; resistant immovability.

    4. Passive aggressive. Willfully unresponsive.

    5. Or rushing forward and trampling; rage and “seeing red”.

    6. Crude, blundering, obstructive. “Bullheaded”.

    7. Powerful instinctive nature.

    8. The pursuit of “wrathful satisfaction” (EA 157) (Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq, has a strong combination of Taurus and the first ray. So did Hitler.)

    9. The glamor of physical strength.

    10. Aggressive. Acquisitive. Envious. Grasping the objects of desire. Demanding ownership. Thus, inciting aggressive wars for the sake of expanded ownership. “You have what I want; I will take it”. The unjustified sense of entitlement.

    11. Isolative and inert.

    12. Willful obstructiveness.

    13. Willful destructiveness.

    14. Willful materialism.


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, Taurus, with the first ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The persistent momentum of the advancing Taurus individual combines with the power to overcome induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the first ray.

    2. Fortifying the form; building well and in strength.

    3. Holding in manifestation. Bringing will into form. Concretizing.

    4. Persisting in intention; holding to purpose.

    5. Becoming a source of strength for others—a bulwark of stability in ever-changing circumstance.

    6. Keeping the highest values at the forefront consciousness and asserting them persistently.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: high aspirational idealism pursued with strength.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to hold firmly to established spiritual values.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: learning the forceful application of the light of wisdom in circumstances in which spirituals values are threatened.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to shatter (under Vulcan and the first ray) the outgrown values of the past.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: charging forward with great strength and throwing aside the opposition when spiritual values must be asserted.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to express the spiritual will emphatically, impressing it upon the personality.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: either building or destroying according to the measure of light perceived.


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, Taurus, with the first ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The power to experience, work within and wield the “Light of Life” itself—a power arising and growing within the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Taurus—combines with an steadfast, persistent spiritual will induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

    2. The way of Zen. The annihilation of conceptual obscurations. The beating of “staff” or “rod”, forcing confrontation with immediate, non-conceptual reality.

    3. Uncompromising relationship to the spiritual will—the Vulcanian pressure of that will.

    4. The shattering of all structures (Vulcan, first ray) which prevent access to the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa; the causal body is one such structure.

    5. Overpowering experiences of power within the “blinding light” accompanied by the infusion of power. Satori. Samadhi. Sudden illumination. Enlightenment.

    6. Alignment with Shamballa.

    7. Realizations of the Greatest Guru in Shamballa and His immovability.

    8. The power of Shamballa and its reflected light and life to create synthesis.

    9. The availability of transmuted instinctual powers to achieve super-normal feats of spiritual strength. The “black bull” of materialism becomes the “white bull” of spiritual might.

    10. “Hiding all difference, blotting out all form”. The annihilation of all formal distinctions in the blinding light.

    11. Achieving the power of the Cyclops—the “single eye”.

    12. Ability to sound forth (Taurus) words of power (first ray).

    13. Wielding the power (not just the receptivity and expanded consciousness) of the “Eye of Shiva”.

    14. The overpowering “Light of Life” of Shamballa; learning to work under the influence of this Light.

    15. The steadfastness, the changelessness of the Eternal Ageless Wisdom.



(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 and Counsels for Taurus and the First 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. Abide Steadfastly

    2. Adhere To Essentials

    3. Accumulate Authority

    4. Affirm Principles

    5. Annihilate Unnecessary Accumulations

    6. Aspire Towards Shamballa

    7. Be Immovable

    8. Brace Yourself Against Attack

    9. Build The Fortress

    10. Build-Up Power

    11. Carry-On No Matter What

    12. Consolidate Control

    13. Continue To Stand

    14. Create Laws Which Embody Wisdom

    15. Defeat Desire

    16. Defend The Highest Values

    17. Demand Enlightenment

    18. Destroy Old Attachments

    19. Detach

    20. Dominate The Instinctual Nature

    21. Endure

    22. Envision The Fixed-Design

    23. Express “Enlightened Enthusiastic Will”

    24. Firmly Build

    25. Fortify The Law

    26. Give Voice To Shamballic Will

    27. Govern With Practical Wisdom

    28. Guard And Defend The Beauties Of Nature

    29. Illuminate Principles

    30. Illumine Purpose

    31. Impose The Will Upon Elemental Life

    32. Insist Upon Practical Ethics

    33. “Let Go”

    34. Overcome Resistance

    35. Overrun The Enemy

    36. Persist

    37. Persist Constructively

    38. Plod-On Relentlessly

    39. Preserve Momentum Indefatigably

    40. Proclaim Wisdom

    41. Protect Spiritual Treasures

    42. Push All Opposition Aside

    43. Push Forward Towards Enlightenment

    44. Reinforce The Spiritual Will

    45. Reveal The Divine Will

    46. Rule By The Light Of Wisdom

    47. Shed Light Upon Divine Purpose

    48. Smash Materialism

    49. Solidify The Power Structure

    50. Strengthen The Center

    51. Utilize Resources Purposefully



 Mantra for Taurus and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I seek with will and power to learn to feel the “Light of Love”, and then to learn to wield the “Light of Life” itself.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
I Assert the Fact”—the “Light of Life” itself


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R1/Taurus

Standing at the center in the ‘Nucleus of Power’ and grasping with full fortitude the ‘Hammer of God’s Strength Divine’, the firm and potent Leader apprehends a clear reflection of Shamballic Light unfettered, which reveals exactly where that mighty strength must be applied.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Taurus 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 R4 constellationally.

  1. R1

  1. Transmits principally R5 and R1 through its planetary rulers.

  1. R1

  1. Colors: Deep blue and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) red-orange, orange, orange-yellow. (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.)

  1. Colors: red and “roaring orange”

  1. Note: DO sharp or C sharp, though the color “deep blue” will relate Taurus to the blue or indigo notes, G and A.

  1. Note: RE or D

  1. Expresses through the throat center, and secondarily through the sacral center, and (via Venus) through the ajna center.

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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated

  1. Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated

  1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom, through Vulcan; the Vegetable Kingdom, through Venus; the Kingdom of Souls through Venus; and the Kingdom of Solar Lives through Vulcan.

  1. Related to the Kingdom of Solar Lives and also the Mineral Kingdom.

  1. Identified principally with the Consciousness and Matter Aspects of Divinity.

  1. Identified principally with the Father Aspect.

  1. Frequently identified with the Mother Aspect.

  1. Identified with the Father Aspect.

  1. Identified principally with Light

  1. Identified principally with Life

  1. Identified with Substance

  1. Identified with Being

  1. Identified with concretion

  1. Identified with abstraction and, to a degree, concretion

  1. Identified with Earth and earthiness

  1. Essentially disidentified with Earth and earthiness (thought the first ray Department of the Manu wields power over the racial form).

  1. Attachment followed by detachment

  1. Associated mostly with detachment and death

  1. Often sensual and/or sensuous

  1. Essentially, the ascetic, inwardly detached. Shiva. Sensuality does, however, appear in some great power figures (Caesar, Mao, etc.).

  1. The Builder, essentially constructive (though sometimes, through Vulcan, the Destroyer)

  1. Usually, the Destroyer (though, under Vulcan, sometimes the Builder)

  1. Slow to be aroused

  1. When necessary, quick to be aroused

  1. Moving slowly until aroused

  1. Moving rapidly; rapid in response

  1. Inertia as well as sustained momentum

  1. Initiative

  1. Often lazy or slothful

  1. Executive

  1. Sitting

  1. Standing

  1. Pondering

  1. Acting

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Taurus 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.

  1. Taurus Connected to the First Ray Through Vulcan: Taurus and the first ray are connected through first ray Vulcan, esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus.

  2. Taurus, the First Ray and Shamballa: Taurus (via Vulcan) is the sign principally associated with Shamballa. Shamballa, of course, is the principal first ray center on and within our planet.

  3. Fixity of Will: Taurean individuals are endowed with that fixity of will characteristic of the first ray.

  4. Persistence and Endurance: Both energies endow those they influence with the factor of persistence and endurance.

  5. Taurus, the First Ray, Wisdom and Shamballa: Those who are upon the first subray of the second ray (i.e., those on the wisdom line of the second ray), make their way to Shamballa, the first ray planetary center. The Buddha (the archetypal Taurean as far as humanity is concerned) was foremost among such, and even now is Shamballa’s emissary to humanity.

  6. The Shattering Hammer-Stroke: Taurus is connected to the Vulcanian hammer-stroke which (in the case of first ray souls) shatters the causal body at the fourth initiation and releases them into the “Greatest Light” of the Spiritual Triad. One of the symbols of the first ray is the “fist” (cf. EP II 352), allied to the “hammer”.

  7. The Mineral Kingdom: Both influences are related to the mineral kingdom (the first kingdom) which stores tremendous power (first ray) in its atomic configurations.

  8. Gripping and Holding: The first ray endows its natives with the power to grip and hold. These capabilities are typical of the Taurean—especially the Taureans influenced by Vulcan.

  9. Taurus, First Ray and the First Initiation: It is possible to connect Taurus with the first ray in yet another way by considering the first initiation, in which the first-ray esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus, Vulcan, is said to be so active, reaching “to the very depths of his [the disciple’s] nature”. (EA 70)

  10. Related to the Third Initiation: At the third initiation there is an initial conscious contact with the monad (first ray/first aspect) and an overpowering experience of the “blinding light” (Taurus—“The Light of Life”).

  11. Related to the Fourth Initiation: Taurus, Vulcan and the first ray are all active at the fourth initiation in which the advancing initiate faces the depths of aloneness (a first ray factor). “Vulcan is the ray or planet of isolation for, in a peculiar sense, it governs the fourth initiation wherein the depths of aloneness are plumbed and the man stands completely isolated.” (EA 392)

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

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

    Oliver Cromwell
    Lord Protector of England (Sun Sign)

    Ulysses S. Grant
    American President, Leader of the Union Forces during the Civil War (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

    Adolf Hitler
    Founder of Nazism, Dictator of Germany Preceding and During WWII (Sun Sign)

    Saddam Hussein
    Former Dictator of Iraq (Sun Sign)

    Jeddu Krishnamurti
    Sage, Teacher of Spirituality (Sun Sign)

    Maximilian Robespierre
    Leader During the French Revolution; Known as “The Incorruptible” (Sun Sign)

    George Washington
    Hero of the American Revolution, First President of the United States (Ascendant)

    Walt Whitman
    19th Century American Poet; Author of “Song of Myself” (Possible Ascendant, or Aries)