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

in progress

& Ray 5

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 5



Sun Taurus (or Ascendant Taurus), R5P (or R5S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the transmission of the fifth ray through Venus, exoteric ruler of Taurus. The applicable category is Strong by Rulership—Class 1.

Disciples upon the fifth ray will also be quite strongly affected by the fifth ray transmitted through Venus, as Venus is, for Earth, the most important sacred planet. The strength of mutual reinforcement is further increased by the place Venus plays as first esoteric decanate ruler and second exoteric decanate ruler. The fifth ray is also probably transmitted through the monadic vehicle of Mercury—ruler of the second decanate of Taurus esoterically.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

  1. The circumscribed, insistent materialismof the self-centered Taurus person combines with the unrelieved ‘this-worldly’ focusinduced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

  2. Materialistic and concrete-minded.

  3. Set and fixed and unadaptable within the mind. Idée fixe.

  4. Matter of fact. Pedestrian. Uninspired. (The lower part of the British temperament, the personality of Great Britain being ruled by Taurus with its fifth ray emphasis through Venus, and the soul of London ruled by the fifth ray (easily appropriated by the British mind).

  5. Commonsense as a prejudice against new thought.

  6. Ignorant skepticism.

  7. Crudeness of perception.

  8. Pride-of-mind—the very concrete mind.

  9. Arid, over-accumulative mentality.

  10. Stuck in the repetition of established techniques and procedures.

  11. A prejudiced and unresponsive mind.


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

  1. The incentive towards the acquisition of knowledge characteristicof the advancing Taurus individual combines with the urge-to-discoverinduced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fifth ray.

  2. A healthy commonsense serves the attainment of all worthy objectives.

  3. Interest in the biological and botanical sciences.

  4. A growing understanding of the mechanics of natural process—anatomy, physiology.

  5. Capacity to throw a beam of light on any subject under investigation.

  6. Penetrating the nature of matter. Realizing the close relation between light and matter. Physics.

  7. Accumulating a storehouse of useful occult facts. The “well-stocked mind”.

  8. On the Path of Discipleship: increasing ajna center stimulation.

  9. On the Path of Discipleship: use of natural (Taurus) and reasonable (fifth ray) methods in pursuing development upon the Path.

  10. On the Path of Discipleship: a growing objectivity—necessary as the human soul examines its personality and attempts to achieve control of the desire body.

  11. On the Path of Discipleship: utilizing the technique of a focussed beam of light for the dissipation of glamor.

  12. On the Path of Discipleship: an unfolding aptitude to study and apply the Science of illumination—Raja Yoga.

  13. On the Path of Discipleship: utilization of the light to reveal more light. “In that light we shall see Light”.

  14. On the Path of Discipleship: a growing facility in the developing the “mind held stead in 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 fifth ray as eitherthe ray of the personality or soul.

  1. The will to see the “Greatest Light” through the “All-Seeing Eye”an orientation of will increasingly characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Taurus—combines with the capacity to pierce the “disk of golden light” until the intense light of spirit is revealed—a capacity induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

  2. Advancement in the science of Raja Yoga. Thus, the achievement of mind-control. Once the modifications of the chitta are stilled (Taurus), the inner Worlds of Light are revealed (Taurus and fifth ray).

  3. The factual (not just theoretical) illumination of the mind by experimentally following techniques which lead with certainty to that illumination.

  4. Generally, advancement in the Science of Consciousness.

  5. Capacity to access the light of the Spiritual Triad as “Three Minds Unite”.

  6. Increasing penetration into the Divine Mind.

  7. Opening of the third eye. “In that light we shall see Light”.

  8. Increasingly factual understanding of the nature of the Plan, and the specific energy techniques for the application of that Plan to conditions in the world.

  9. Capacity to penetrate the “disc of golden light”, and attune to the Shamballa Influence (so related to Taurus and Vulcan).

  10. Revelation of the light behind and within the “Garment of God”—the form. The substance of the worlds is seen and understood as light.

  11. Realization of light as substance, and developing effective techniques to work with that substance.

  12. Understanding the rates and measures of vibration which make Space/Time what it is.

  13. Scientifically accessing occult ‘sound formulas’ which are responsible for generating, sustaining and dissolving Creation.

  14. The scientific study of Mantra and Words of Power.

  15. The growing ability to study and factually apprehend the egoic sound which brought personality life into manifestation.

  16. The definitely occult rather than mystical approach to the Divine Light and the Divine Sound.



(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 Fifth 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 Facts

      2. Authenticate Objects Of Value

      3. Ascertain What Is Truly Necessary

      4. Affirm Common Sense

      5. Amass Information

      6. Analyze Your Real Needs

      7. Apply Yourself Scientifically To A Life Of Practical Spirituality

      8. Appreciate The Particulars

      9. Aspire Towards Certainty

      10. Ascertain The Details Of Various Systems Of Enlightenment

      11. Assemble The Details Concerning The Science Of Illumination

      12. Become An Expert In Working With Metals

      13. Be Natural And “Matter Of Fact”

      14. Bend All Resources Of The Mind Upon The Attainment Of Illumination

      15. Bring Your Knowledge “Down To Earth”

      16. Brood Carefully Upon The Findings

      17. Build-Up A Body Of Data

      18. Calculate The Relative Worth Of Possible Incentives

      19. Clarify Values

      20. Collect Knowledge

      21. Concentrate The Expression Of Light

      22. Conduct Studies Within The Life-Sciences

      23. Connect By Means Of Luminous Mental Substance The Higher And The Lower Lights

      24. Consolidate Evidence

      25. Continuously Inquire

      26. Count Your Possessions And Assets

      27. Define The Nature Of Enlightenment

      28. Detach Yourself From Your Desires

      29. Discover Spiritual Treasures

      30. Dispense Knowledge Of The Many Worlds Of Form, Objective And Subjective

      31. Divide, As With The Sword, The Realms Of Solar Luminosity And Those Of Darkened Lunar Light

      32. Endow Laboratories

      33. Establish The Truth Clearly

      34. Evaluate Objectively

      35. Examine Your Attachments

      36. Insist-Upon Proof

      37. Focus The Light Of Wisdom

      38. Forge A Body Of Knowledge

      39. Fund Research

      40. Guard Well The Door Leading To Each Greater Accession Of The Light

      41. Illuminate The Contents Of The Mind Divine

      42. Initiate Both Consciousness And Form To Greater Luminosity

      43. Investigate The Natural World And Natural Phenomena

      44. Keep The Secret Well—The Formula Of Condensation Whereby The World Of Light Becomes The World Of Matter And Of Form

      45. Know Thoroughly The Nature Of Substance

      46. Learn The Best Techniques Of Investment

      47. Let Knowledge Be One Of Your Most Valued Resources

      48. Measure The Structure Of Natural Forms

      49. Objectively Examine The Instinctual Nature

      50. Open The Door Into The Mind Of God—Shed Light Upon All Things

      51. Persevere In The Spirit Of Investigation

      52. Persist In The Pursuit Of Truth

      53. Precipitate The Cross—The ‘Weight’ Of Light Now Densified, Holding Soul To Earth

      54. Probe The Nature Of The Dense And Subtle Forms

      55. Prove The Worth Of Things

      56. Put The Truth Into Practice

      57. Repair The Form

      58. Reveal The Truth—Let All Perceptions Be Illumined

      59. Rule, Enlightened, In The Causal World—Let The “Jewel” Shine

      60. Quantify The Content Of The Causal Body

      61. Question Until Enlightenment Is Achieved

      62. See Clearly And Realistically

      63. See-Through Error

      64. Seek The Light Within The Light: “In That Light We Shall See Light”

      65. Scrutinize The Nature Of Light

      66. Shed Light Upon The “Garment Of God”

      67. Solidly Build The Union Of Three Minds

      68. Steadily Pursue Verification

      69. Study Nature

      70. Technically Master The Energies Of The Form Nature

      71. Value Clarity

      72. Winnow The Chaff—Let The Husks Of Ignorance Fall Of Their Own Weight To Earth



 Mantra for Taurus and the Fifth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Upon a beam of focussed thought, I seek to know the Higher Mind, to penetrate the “Mind of God” and there to apprehend in truth the “Lights of Love and Life”

Mantram for the Initiate Consciousness
“Three Minds Unite” revealing thus the blazing “Light of Life”


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R5/Taurus

Intent within a ‘Beam of Intensely Focussed Light Divine’, the ‘Scientist of Life-in-Form’ in contemplation turns his eye upon the worlds of substance, seeking to release the light within the realm of matter/form, ‘till substance, of itself, shines forth—radiant, self-luminous, within the lighted whole.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Taurus and R5

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. R5

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

  1. R5

  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: orange (exoteric) and indigo (esoteric)

  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” LA or A

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

  1. Expresses through the ajna center

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number V/X, 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 Human Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls.

  1. Archetypal ruler of the emotional body (with Aries ruling the mental and Gemini the etheric)

  1. Strongly associated with the mental body in both its aspects—rupa and arupa.

  1. Often given to a strong emotional response. There can be “storms and tempers”.

  1. The affect is often regulated or even flat.

  1. Mind may be biased by desire.

  1. Maintains a more objective, unbiased point of view.

  1. Taurean magnetism can be strong—both animal magnetism and emotional magnetism.

  1. The fifth ray works against the facile expression of magnetism.

  1. Initially, Taurus conduces to attachment.

  1. Always conducing to detachment.

  1. Often given to expression in the musical and visual arts, as well as dance.

  1. Not usually expressive in the arts (other influences notwithstanding).

  1. Expressive of the strong will.

  1. Expressive of the intelligent will.

  1. Expressive of the entire lunar nature because the Moon is exalted in Taurus.

  1. Expressive only of the mental aspect of man.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Taurus and R5

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 Related to the Fifth Ray Through Venus: Taurus is connected to the fifth ray through its orthodox planetary ruler, Venus

    2. Relation to Light: Both influences are connected with the light. Taurus is related to the “Greatest Light” –the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa, and the Fifth Ray Lord is a Being of the intensest luminosity—the most luminous and highly developed of all the Ray Lords (cf. EP I 76-77).

    3. The Light of the Soul: Both energies conduce to the discovery and utilization of the “light of the soul”.

    4. Ajna Center: Both energies influence strongly the ajna center. Taurus represents the “Eye of the Bull” and its exoteric ruler, Venus, is a fifth ray planet ruling the ajna center.

    5. Light and the Dissipation of Glamor: Both influences are effective at the second initiation in the dissipation of glamor. Both are involved in the use of the light for this purpose.

    6. Practicality: Both share a practical and matter-of-fact attitude.

    7. Detachment: Both energies contribute, eventually, to the process of detachment. Taurus does this through the transmutation of desire into aspiration, and the fifth ray through the power of observation and analysis.

    8. Studying the Garment of God: Both energies influence the disciple towards a study of the “Garment of God”—Taurus because of a love of nature and a basic identification with materiality, and the fifth ray through its abiding interest in matter and material processes.

    9. Acquisition of Knowledge: At a certain point of evolution, both influences incline strongly towards the acquisition of knowledge. They are both fed by the “Will-to-Know”.

    10. Forces of Materialism: Both energies have been influential in strengthening the Forces of Materialism. Hitler’s Sun Sign was Taurus, and had WWII ended unfavorably for the Allies, humanity may well have been “re-initiated into the Earth and forced to turn their backs upon the dawning light” (EA 543), a very negative use of the Taurean energy. As well, the fifth ray, with the first, is an energy characteristically expressed by the materialistic “Black Lodge”.

    11. Related to the Second Initiation: This is the initiation of ‘deglamorization’ assisted by the light of Taurus and the penetrating beam of laser-like light provided by the fifth ray. Both of these energies make possible the achievement of the “illumined mind” and “spiritual intelligence” necessary at the second degree.

    12. Related to the Third Initiation: The fifth ray is the ray predominant at the third initiation, during which processes there appears the first real experience of the “Greatest Light” of the monad. The ajna center, with which both these energies are involved, is the center most stimulated at the third degree.

    13. Related to Mastership?: We may infer that the fifth initiation has numerical affinity with the fifth ray (though this initiation is predominantly energized by the first ray). That initiation is called “The Revelation”, which relates it to Taurus as the “Mother of Illumination”. From that time forth, the Master lives within the “Greatest Light” of the monad.


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 Fifth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Teilhard de Chardin
French Philosopher, Jesuit Priest, Paleontologist, Geologist, Visionary Mystic (Sun Sign)

Enrico Fermi
Atomic Scientist Responsible for the First Controlled Chain Reaction (Ascendant)

Elias Howe
Inventor of the Sewing Machine (Sun Sign)

Guglielmo Marconi
Electrical Engineer, Inventor of Radio (Sun Sign)

Carl Sagan
Scientist, Popularizer of the Modern Scientific Thought through the Television Series “Cosmos” (Ascendant)

Nikola Tesla
Scientist and Inventor (Possible Ascendant or Aries)

Eli Whitney
Inventor of the “Cotton Gin” (Proposed Ascendant)