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

in progress

Taurus & 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 Taurus with Ray 2



Sun Taurus (or Ascendant Taurus), R2P (or R2S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A mild to moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the fact that the second ray is transmitted through a component {probably personality} of Venus—the exoteric ruler of Taurus, and ruler, exoterically and esoterically, of the second and first decanate respectively. (Opinion on this rulership may vary.)

As Venus is a sacred planet, the hypothesizing of its personality ray as ray two, would indicate that the second ray is not transmitted as strongly as the fifth ray, the soul ray of Venus. Yet, because Venus is “pure love-wisdom” (and may have an ultimate second ray monad into which its sixth ray monad is absorbed), the second ray after all, must be a very significant Venusian transmission. Certainly, the second ray of Venus strongly stimulates the second ray soul of our planet, Earth.

The question of the position of the second and sixth rays in relation to Venus is not easy to solve. Probably Venus is ultimately a second ray planet, if we think that the primary monadic rays of all entities in cosmos must be one of the three Rays of Aspect. Since Taurus is the second sign on the reversed wheel, it also has a numerical affinity with the second ray.

This combination tends to reinforce the second ray along the knowledge, light and wisdom line rather than the love line.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The self-indulgent inertiaof the self-absorbed Taurus person combines with the immobilityinduced 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.)

    2. Laziness, inertia, slow-moving. Victim of tamas. Unwillingness to bestir himself or be bestirred.

    3. Overly affected by sensation. Sensuous, sensual and amorous. Indulgent. The pampering of the physical/emotional nature.

    4. Utterly captivated by the allurement of the senses.

    5. Excessively touch-sensitive.

    6. Placid and agreeable as long as material needs are met.

    7. The physical Hydra—sex (“the flesh”), money (acquisitiveness, greed), comfort (ease of living).

    8. Excessive accumulation—even of fat.

    9. Easily attached; difficult to detach. Encumbered by strength of desires and attachments.


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

    1. The aspiration towards the Lightcharacteristic of the advancing Taurus individual combines with the growing love of knowledge and wisdominduced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the second ray.

    2. Aspiration for the light of knowledge.

    3. Becoming a giver of light.

    4. Learning the power of detachment.

    5. Giving stability to others.

    6. Calmness and serenity, willfully held (Vulcan, as esoteric ruler of Taurus).

    7. The beneficence of the natural approach.

    8. Growing realization of the goodness of life-in-form.

    9. Ruminating, pondering attitude. The achievement of slow but deep realizations.

    10. Gaining facility with magnetic healing. Feeling sympathetically the energy conditions in the vehicles of another.

    11. Must beware of “the glamour of too complete an understanding which negates right action” (EP I 121) (a glamor of the second ray accentuated by the inertia of Taurus).

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: increasingly strong aspiration towards the light.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to see the light in all forms.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: growing experiences of luminosity in meditation. Beginning to achieve the light-filled mind.

    15. On the Path of Discipleship: achieving the light, love and clarity which is useful in eliminating glamor.

    16. On the Path of Discipleship: strength through love. Growing experiences with the “Light of Love”.

    17. On the Path of Discipleship: the steady acquisition of the Light of Wisdom.

    18. On the Path of Discipleship: learning the “Buddha-Way”—detachment from desire, leading to wisdom, leading to further detachment, and so on.


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

    1. Illumined living under the influence of the “Greatest Light”a spiritual quality characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Taurus—combines with a true expression of Love-Wisdom induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

    2. Strong expressions of the “Light of Love”

    3. Fulfillment of the ‘treasury’ (Taurus) of the causal body (second ray). The “storehouse is now adequately full”. (EP II 167)

    4. Rightly motivated philanthropy—from the heart, and not for the gain it may bring the giver.

    5. Standing free and detached from form and yet immersed within the light and love which pervade form.

    6. A deep understanding of Divine Beauty within the form. Respect and appreciation for the beauty and rationality of Creation. The profound realization that Beauty is Truth.

    7. Seeing the light within all forms; further, seeing all forms “within the Light” and all forms as the Light. “In that light we shall see Light.”

    8. Access to the buddhic faculty of Pure Reason which dispels illusion.

    9. Many experiences of the waxing light. Persistently deeper entry into Samadhi states.

    10. “Illumined living” (EA 332).

    11. Bestowing the light. Taurus is the most luminous of the signs and the light of the second ray is the most vivid: “The vivid light of the second ray soul (the most vivid in this second ray solar system)…” (R&I 516). The second ray is called the “ray of the illuminator” or the ray of “light-giving influence” (DINA I 177).

    12. Seeing the World of Nature and all Space/Time as emergent from the Light and, essentially, ‘in solution’ within the ever-present Light.

    13. Experiences of Sophia (the Light of Divine Wisdom).

    14. The opened, all-seeing “third eye” (the Eye-of-Synthesis).

    15. Registrations of the “Light of Life”—the “Greatest Light”, the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa. (R&I 370) Understanding life from the synthetic perspective revealed.



(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 Second 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. Accumulate Knowledge

    2. Aspire Towards Illumination

    3. Be Generous With Spiritual And Material Substance

    4. Be Natural As You Bestow The Teaching

    5. Bless Persistently

    6. Bring Light To Illuminate Consciousness And The Form

    7. Brood And Ponder—‘Ruminate’ Slowly And Wisely

    8. Build Schools

    9. Collect The “Nuggets Of Truth”

    10. Confer Names Which Illuminate The Essential Nature And Pattern Of Any Being

    11. Consolidate The Light

    12. Continue The Pursuit Of Education

    13. Display The Glory Of The “Greatest Light”

    14. Endow Humanity With The Treasures Of The Soul

    15. Enduringly Spread The Knowledge Of The Ageless Wisdom

    16. Envision Unity

    17. Express Love Eternal Through The Light Bestowed

    18. Feel Empathy Within The Body

    19. Fixedly Abide In The Energy Of Love-Wisdom

    20. Focus Vision

    21. Forge Unanimity

    22. Fortify Sources Of Illumination

    23. Gather The Riches Of The Teaching

    24. Generously Provide “Needed Substance”

    25. Gently Dissolve Attachments

    26. Geometrize Through The Use Of Sound

    27. Give Wisdom—Share The Illumination Achieved

    28. “Ground” The Expression Of Love-Wisdom

    29. Illumine The Whole

    30. Illuminate The Divine Pattern

    31. Magnetize Resources

    32. Magnetize through Sound and Light

    33. Masterfully Build The Edifice Of Light

    34. Nurture The Talents And “Gifts” Of Others

    35. Persevere In The Expansion Of Consciousness

    36. Persist In The Building Of Unity

    37. Precipitate The Light Of Knowledge And Wisdom

    38. Preserve Treasures

    39. Provide Assets To Be Shared

    40. Push-On Strongly Towards The Light Of Wisdom

    41. Radiate Illumination

    42. Reveal The Ageless Wisdom

    43. See “The Greatest Light

    44. Seek Enlightenment

    45. Serve Humanity With “Enlightened, Enthusiastic Will”

    46. Share The Light Of Wisdom

    47. Shed Light Upon And Within The Group Process

    48. Slowly Gather That Which Is Of Value

    49. Solidly Build Right Human Relations

    50. Substantiate The Inner Light

    51. Suffuse The Instinctual Nature With Love

    52. Support And Endow Scholars

    53. Teach The Highest Values

    54. Unfold Naturally And Organically

    55. Utilize All Resources Wisely

    56. Wisely Understand The Nature Of Desire



 Mantra for Taurus and the Second Ray
Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Through Love and though Wisdom, I seek to see and radiate the “Lights of Love and Life”

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
The Greatest Light” now stands revealed, at-one with the “Light of Life”


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R2/Taurus

Focussed at the center of a radiant Lotus Blue, the Scholar as the Teacher, illumined by the “Greatest Light”, speaks words of ageless wisdom which enlighten all who hear.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

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

  1. R2

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

  1. R2

  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: indigo blue, sapphire blue, light blue.

  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: SOL or G

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

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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, 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 Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

  1. Often identified with the matter aspect of divinity.

  1. Principally identified with the consciousness aspect of divinity.

  1. Associated with Wisdom

  1. Associated with both Love and Wisdom

  1. A sign strongly associated with Shamballa

  1. A ray mostly associated with Hierarchy

  1. Frequently identified with the Mother Aspect

  1. Frequently identified with the “Son” Aspect

  1. Often stubborn and self-willed

  1. Mostly accommodating and cooperative

  1. Builds up considerable speed after momentum is achieved

  1. Usually proceeds slowly and wisely

  1. Difficulty with sharing

  1. Endowed with a strong tendency to share

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Taurus 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.

  1. Taurus and the Second Ray in Relation to the Number Two: Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and the second ray is, naturally, the second of seven. Thus, no matter what other relations may exist between them, they are related by numerical affinity.

  2. Wisdom: The second ray is the ray of Love-Wisdom, and Taurus is the sign of Wisdom. (The Buddha is the Lord of Light and Wisdom, and the Wesak Festival, at the Taurus Full Moon, is essentially a festival of enlightenment and wisdom.)

  3. Taurus, the Second Ray and the Pleiades: As it travels the Path of the Solar Logoi, our second ray Solar Logos is making its way towards the Pleiades (seen from the Earthly perspective through Taurus). The Pleiades are the Cosmic Mothers and distributors of cosmic second ray energy (as well as energy of the third ray). (cf. TCF 1162)

  4. Light: Both influences have a special connection to the light. Taurus, the “Mother of Illumination”, is related to the “Greatest Light”—the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa. The second ray produces the most luminous souls, and the antahkaranic word of power for the second ray is, “I See the Greatest Light”.

  5. The All-Seeing Eye: Both influences are necessarily associated with the “All-Seeing Eye”—the “Eye of Shiva” through which the “Greatest Light” is seen. This eye is the “Eye of the Bull”. The second ray is classically associated with vision and the sense of sight.

  6. Slow Movement: Both Taurus and the second ray incline those they influence to move slowly. This is almost always so in relation to the second ray. Taurus may incline towards speed once it gathers momentum, and is, of course, associated with the charge of the bull.

  7. Inertia: The factor of inertia and inaction presents a challenge to those affected by either influence. “This is called the ray of wisdom from its characteristic desire for pure knowledge and for absolute truth—cold and selfish, if without love, and inactive without power.” (EP I 203—Underlining MDR)

  8. Blue: Both Taurus and the second ray are associated with the color, blue—deep blue for Taurus, and indigo blue (very close to deep blue) for the second ray.

  9. Magnetic Building Process: Both influences contribute to the magnetic building process. The Vulcanian binding process of Taurus ensures that forms will cohere, and the second ray is knows as the “Ray of Attractive Coherency”. (EA 411)

  10. Form Building: Form building takes place through the instrumentality of the throat center (zodiacally ruled by Taurus) and the second ray is, of all the rays, the builder of the form. (IHS 3, EP I 159)

  11. The “Word”: Both Taurus and the second ray are related to “the Word”.

  12. The Causal “Treasury”: Both influences have a special connection with the causal body which is the treasury of the personal life where qualities and values are accumulated. The “treasures of heaven” are accumulated in the causal body—a vehicle which is expressive, predominantly, of the second ray—the ray of quality.

  13. Relation to the Second Initiation: Taurus can be related to the second ray through the second initiation, an initiation in which deglamorizing light (Taurean light) is released into the astral plane. At the second initiation (resonant with the second ray—even though the sixth ray is paramountly active), the general astral situation is clarified and illumined and love (expressed by the second ray) begins to take the place of desire).

  14. Relation to the Third Initiation: At the third degree, the full light of the soul (second ray) breaks forth through an elevated Venus, and the blinding “Light of Life” (the light of the monad) is initially released for conscious apprehension.

  15. Relation to the Fourth Initiation: At the fourth initiation, the depths of aloneness are plumbed through the instrumentality of Vulcan (esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus); buddhi (the sixth principle associated with the second ray) is released into full expression, and the second aspect of the will (correlated with the second ray) is the energy which promotes the destruction of the causal body (which cannot abide the inflow of buddhi).


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 Second Ray is Proposed as Prominent

    Robert Browning
    Victorian Poet, Occultist (Sun Sign)

    Jeddu Krishnamurti
    Sage, Teacher of Spirituality (Sun Sign)

    Greek Philosopher, Teacher of Plato, Martyr in the Cause of Freedom of Thought (Sun Sign)