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 Taurus with Ray 3



Sun Taurus (or Ascendant Taurus), R3P (or R3S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges, either constellationally or through either the directly given or inferred rays of the two planetary rulers, Venus and Vulcan. Taurus, however, has a strong relationship to the Earth, which has a third ray personality, and it is only along this line of relationship that any reinforcement can be seen as occurring. The Moon, exalted in Taurus, also has certain undeniable third ray associations (being a planetary “corpse” remaining from the third chain of our Earth-scheme).

In many respects, the “lunar lords” are ruled, categorically, by the third ray. That the Buddha (a third ray Monad) is closely associated with the Moon Chain is also significant (cf. TCF 1193-1194). In general, however, the category of mutual reinforcement can only be considered weak or vestigial.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The love of sensuous, material livingcharacteristic of the selfish Taurus person combines with the active, manipulative materialism induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

    2. This is a somewhat contradictory indication, as mobility and immobility are both to be found.

    3. Strongly materialistic impulse. Ever alert to gaining material advantage.

    4. The instinctual nature ‘rides’ the man. The “black bull” is in control.

    5. Acquisitiveness. Manipulation for the sake of achieving ownership, financial advantage and control. Can become obsessed by greed and envy. ‘Having’ far exceeds ‘needing’. “Cornering the market”.

    6. Glutton for possessions or for knowledge—considering knowledge as a possession upon the mental plane.

    7. Connoisseur (third ray) of material pleasures.

    8. Given the three temptations of “the world, the flesh and the devil”, then, captivation especially by “the world”.

    9. Maya flourishes. Ensnared by material preoccupation and process.


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

    1. The common sense and intelligent worldlinessof the advancing Taurus individual combines with the mental and material adaptabilityinduced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

    2. The accumulation (Taurus) of knowledge (Taurus and third ray) for more constructive purposes.

    3. One who knows how and where to get what is desired or required. Selective (third ray) acquisition (Taurus). Traveling (third ray) for the sake of acquiring (Taurus) knowledge (Taurus and the third ray).

    4. Capacity to apply and adapt (third ray) the knowledge or materiel accumulated (Taurus).

    5. A retentive memory serving an alert intelligence.

    6. In possession (Taurus) of diverse talents and gifts. Resourcefulness.

    7. Capacity for financial planning and manipulation.

    8. A builder of the foundation. Knowing how and when to build.

    9. Retail. Real-estate. The warehouse. Strong material practicality.

    10. Capacity to manipulate prana in the healing arts.

    11. Capacity to manipulate financial energy for increasingly worthy purposes.

    12. Capacity to heal and cure through herbalism and other natural means.

    13. Philanthropic tendencies.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: active, intelligent planning (third ray) for the acquisition and materialization of spiritual values (Taurus).

    15. On the Path of Discipleship: the thirst and quest for spiritual knowledge. “Taurus incites towards experience and towards the gaining of knowledge;…” (EA 448) This tendency will expand under the influence of the intelligent third ray.

    16. On the Path of Discipleship: applying oneself to the financing of the work of the Hierarchy.

    17. On the Path of Discipleship: a growing revelation of the Divine Light.

    18. On the Path of Discipleship: a growing understanding of the many paths (third ray) which lead to the Light.


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

    1. A great incentive for the Light of Knowledge/Wisdom—an incentive increasingly possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Taurus—combines with the a flexible intelligence (both practical and abstract)induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

    2. The gathering of valuable resources (Taurus) from a great diversity of sources (third ray). Thus, great worldly and spiritual resourcefulness

    3. The idealistic drive to acquire and apply knowledge in wisdom.

    4. The acquisition of encyclopedic knowledge. (Is the Tibetan partially influenced by the energy of Taurus. Certainly, He has much of the third ray.)

    5. Ability wisely to use accumulated knowledge.

    6. Active philanthropy. Giving generously and with selective intelligence (third ray) from one’s fullness. Mastering the Law of Economy to endow spiritual causes.

    7. Reasoning profoundly (third ray) on the nature of light and mind. (Emmanuel Kant was strongly conditioned by Taurus and the third ray). Thus, reasoning one’s way into the Great Light.

    8. Ensuring the luminosity (Taurus) of higher thought (third ray).

    9. Ability in the field of higher mathematics.

    10. The drive towards Omniscience.



(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 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. Accumulate Spiritual ‘Treasures’

      2. Administer Herbal And Natural Remedies

      3. Amass Knowledge

      4. Analyze Value Systems

      5. Apply The Light Of Knowledge in Wisdom

      6. Articulate Thoughts Sonorously

      7. Aspire Towards Self-Sufficiency—Material And Spiritual

      8. Bring Balance Between Desirelessness And Legitimate Desire

      9. Brood Upon The Ramifications

      10. Build Constructive Thoughtforms

      11. Build The Foundation And Reinforce It Well

      12. Build-Up The Economy

      13. Collect Objects Of Value

      14. Compare Value Systems

      15. Consolidate Assets

      16. Construct Creatively

      17. Create Opportunities For The Growth Of Light

      18. Criticize Resistant Habits And Inertia

      19. Critique Wisdom Traditions

      20. Discriminate Between The Blind Intelligence Of Instinct And The Light Of Mind

      21. Dispense Time For The Proper Building And Fulfillment Of The Form

      22. Distribute Possessions

      23. Diversify Holdings

      24. Draw The Architectural Plans, Then Build

      25. Embody The Wisdom In Words

      26. Energize Spiritual And Material Incentives

      27. Engage In Financial Planning

      28. Envision Creative Solutions

      29. Finance The Building Process

      30. Focus Divine Mental Perception

      31. Forge A Practical Strategy

      32. ‘Forerun’ The Coming Of The “Greatest Light”

      33. Foresee Practical Consequences

      34. Gather Financial Resources

      35. Generate Useful Materials

      36. Give Substance To Ideas

      37. ‘Ground’ Concepts

      38. Illuminate The Lotus—Enhance Its Natural Beauty

      39. Illuminate The Divine Plan

      40. Illumine The Process Of Reasoning (Kant)

      41. Implement Strategies For Growth

      42. Intelligently Utilize Materiel

      43. Interpret That Which Is Seen, Revealing The Light Within

      44. Interpret Various Systems Of Enlightenment

      45. Intone Words Magically

      46. Invest Sagaciously

      47. Keep The Records Contributing To A Great Understanding Of The Slow Persistence Of Material Process And Progress

      48. Manipulate The Energies Of Nature (China)

      49. Memorize—Accumulate The Light Of Knowledge

      50. Multiply Financial Holdings

      51. Perspicaciously Discuss Ethics And Values

      52. Plan Resourcefully

      53. Produce Alliance Between The Soul And Its Material Sheath

      54. Provide Spiritual And Material Incentives

      55. Save For The Purposes Of Travel

      56. See’ With Foresight

      57. Separate Low Desire From High Desire

      58. Shed Light Intelligently

      59. Speak Astutely

      60. Speculate Upon The Nature Of Enlightenment

      61. Support The Material Foundation

      62. Sustain Thinking

      63. Think Luminously

      64. Think Universally Within The Light Of The “Greatest Light”

      65. Unify The Lower Four—Fulfill Material Development Until It Is Ready For The Revelation Of The Light

      66. Weave In Substance



 Mantra for Taurus and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Creatively I seek to weave the thoughts acute through which the “Lights of Love and Life” may comprehended be.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
Purpose Itself Am I” within the glory of the “Light of Life”


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R3/Taurus

Acute, alert and centered in the pulsing “Web of Life”, the Weaver, with intelligence, proceeds to weave with lighted threads a tapestry of texture rich and luminous—patterned to reveal the worlds of knowledge and of meaning.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

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

  1. R3

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

  1. R3

  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: green, yellow, black

  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. FA or F

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

  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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, 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, 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 Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives.

  1. Often identified with the light of consciousness and the light of matter.

  1. Identified mostly with the light of matter (thought the third ray must necessarily be related to Divine Intelligence).

  1. Fixity

  1. Flexibility

  1. Stubbornness

  1. Adaptability

  1. Prone to inertia

  1. Given to great activity

  1. Often concrete in relation to the data of the senses.

  1. Often abstract in relation to the data of the senses.

  1. Simplicity of thought (other influences notwithstanding).

  1. Frequent complexity of thought.

  1. Slower speech (other influences notwithstanding).

  1. Given to rapid speech.

  1. Holding

  1. Manipulating

  1. More visual

  1. More verbal (though imagination may be strong).

  1. Strong emotional, passional life

  1. More disidentified from the emotions

  1. The hammer effect

  1. The deft touch

  1. Persistence

  1. Discontinuity

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Taurus 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. Relationship to Earth: Both Taurus and the third ray have an intimate relationship to the planet Earth, the personality ray of which is the third.

  2. Materialism and Release from Materialism: Both influences contribute to the strength of materialism, but, similarly, both can be used to promote disillusionment from materialism.

  3. Maya: Similarly, both influences are related to the concept of maya. The third ray generates maya through wrong thought and action. Taurus is related to the entire factor of objectivity, which is the experiential basis of Maya—considered in a larger sense.

  4. Related to the Throat Center: Both Taurus and the third ray are related to the throat center. Taurus is the zodiacal ruler of the throat center and the third ray is transmitted through both Saturn and the Earth which rule the throat centers of disciples and ordinary humanity, respectively.

  5. Sound: Both Taurus and the third ray are consequently related to sound. Taurus relates the Word of God which is generated by the Great Singer, Vishnu, Lord of the second aspect of divinity. Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac; the throat, which this sign rules, produces sound. The third ray is related to the factor of sound in the fourfold sequence: vibration, light, sound, color.

  6. Inertia and Resistance: Both influences are related to the inertial factors of life which must be overcome by light, love and power. Taurus represents the Vulcanian resistance of matter—the ancient rhythms (lunar in nature) which must be repatterned. The third ray rules the matter aspect, itself, and was the ray strongly conditioning both the first solar system and the Moon-chain—both of which generated materialistic energy patterns which must now be transmuted, transformed and, in general, redeemed.

  7. Prana, Vital Energy: Both influences have a relation to prana—vital energy. Perhaps it is planetary prana, rather than solar prana, which each of these energies helps gather and specialize. In any case, the golden prana of the etheric body is accumulated through Taurus; the etheric body itself is the third of the personality vehicles and, thus, has numerical affinity with the third ray.

  8. Builders: Both Taurus and the third ray are essentially builders rather than destroyers. The third ray is the “Builder of the Foundation” (EP I 68) The attractive coherency furthered by the magnetism of Taurus, is responsive for the organized accumulation characteristic of the building process.

  9. Any Initiation?: It is difficult to see this combination of energies especially related to any particular initiation, though various cases can be made. The first initiation is preceded by much destructive Vulcanian activity, thus implicating Taurus. It is also an initiation in which physical appetite (Taurus) must be subdued. The third ray is frequently the personality ray at and preceding the first initiation. The second initiation is typically Taurean in certain ways, for the light must illumine the astral body. At the second degree, the “illumined mind and spiritual intelligence” are achieved, thus implicating the third ray of intelligence. At the third initiation (which naturally resonates with the three of the third ray), a great illumination (Taurus) occurs. The third aspect of divinity is overcome in the blinding light.

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 Third Ray is Proposed as Prominent

    Johann Friedrich Carl Gauss
    German Mathematician, Famed for his Revolutionary Theory of Numbers (Sun Sign)

    David Hume
    Scottish Philosopher, Historian, Economist, and Essayist, known especially for his Philosophical Empiricism and Skepticism. (Sun Sign)

    Immanuel Kant
    Philosopher (18th Century), Author of “Critique of Pure Reason” (Sun Sign)

    William Lilly
    Expert English Astrologer (Sun Sign)

    Nicolo Machiavelli
    Renaissance Political Philosopher, Statesman, Playwright; Author of “The Prince” (Sun Sign)

    Karl Marx
    Political Philosopher, Revolutionary, Sociologist, Historian, and Economist; Author (with Friedrich Engels) of “The Communist Manifesto” (Sun Sign)

    Bertand Russell
    Prolific English Author, Philosopher, Mathematician, Peace Activist in Later Years (Sun Sign)

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

    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Austrian Logical Positivist Philosopher; Best Known for his Philosophy of Language (Sun Sign)