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

in progress

& Ray 6

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 6



Sun Taurus (or Ascendant Taurus), R6P (or R6S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the transmission of the sixth ray, probably monadically, through Venus, the exoteric ruler of Taurus. Usually, however, this mutual reinforcement would be considered only moderate, as the sixth ray is not one of the rays directly given for Venus by the Tibetan. However, in this case of the sixth ray initiate, in whom a sixth monadic subray is manifesting in strength, the combination would be considered Strong by Rulership—Class 3.

This reinforcement is further strengthened by the fact that Venus is, exoterically {on the clockwise wheel}, the ruler of the first decanate, and esoterically {on the counter-clockwise wheel}, of the second.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The powerful urge towards “wrathful satisfaction”characteristic of the selfish Taurus person combines with the driving desireinduced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Desires very powerful. Truly, the desire-driven man.

    3. Unreasoning urges. Blind passions.

    4. Rigid, unadaptable (Taurus) idealism (sixth ray). Great difficulty compromising on strongly-held thoughts, ideals and values.

    5. Emotional extremes and rages, like Taurus and the first ray, but with less control

    6. Lunar lords very powerful (as they are ruled by the sixth ray and the Moon is exalted in Taurus).

    7. Detachment very difficult; desire for possession very strong. “I desire”.

    8. Demagoguery: arousing the passions of others through oratory. (Hitler)

    9. Fixated and determined upon images of satisfaction.


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

    1. The high aspirational idealism(cf. EA 391) of the advancing Taurus individual combines with the fiery desire to ascend induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Following a vision of betterment—often at great cost. This is similar to the Sagittarian approach (but with more likelihood of knocking over those who are, apparently, “in the way”).

    3. Great persistence—emotionally and aspirationally driven.

    4. “On the beam”. Unswerving momentum.

    5. Steadiness of idealism—not subject to change.

    6. A high sense of spiritual values and an increasingly non-negotiable approach to the attainment of those values.

    7. Oratorical ability; arousing and inspiring through the voice.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: great “aspirational idealism”. Once aroused, running (‘charging’) towards the light.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: capable of transforming emotion into aspiration. Power to arouse and inspire.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: the cultivation of emotional detachment through the use of the light. Dispassion.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: steadiness of perception, and a rapidly stabilizing orientation to the soul and its world.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: the capacity to see and pursue the “Vision” as presented by the soul. Learning to see as the soul sees followed by devotion to what is seen.


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

    1. The ceaseless quest to experience complete illuminationcharacteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Taurus, combines with the drive to reach that point of intensification at which “The Highest Light Controls”a drive induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Keenest aspiration for the Light. Thus a willingness to go to any length or extreme to acquire the Light or to see within the Light. Fixation upon the “Highest Light”—the highest conceivable point of tension.

    3. A Buddha-like combination, as He had the Sun in Taurus and a sixth ray mind. His mind was bent upon what might be called the ‘Light of Suchness’.

    4. Enlightened, enthusiastic will” (R&I 240), a distinguishing feature of the New Group of World Servers.

    5. Undeviating and highly elevated (sixth ray) sense of spiritual values.

    6. Valuing “treasures in heaven” above all. Repudiating all other treasures.

    7. Using the Light to detach from the impulsions of desire.

    8. An effective combination for transforming desire into spiritual will.

    9. Uncompromising determination to resolve the World Process into the “Highest Light”, and control the life from the point of tension which that Light represents.



(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. Abide In Fidelity

    2. Adhere To Your Beliefs

    3. Adore The Beauties Of Nature

    4. Affirm The Vision

    5. Arouse Enlightened Enthusiastic Will

    6. Aspire Idealistically Towards The Great Objective

    7. Become The “Seeker And The Sought”

    8. Be Firm In Your Commitments

    9. Be Steadfast In The Performance Of Your Duty

    10. Be The “Warrior On The March”, Defending The Lighted Values Of The Heavenly World (John Brown—probably with Aries.)

    11. Be Unbending In Your Dedication

    12. Bear A Sword Of Logoic Power, A Sword Of Light (The Sixth Ray Lord is the “Sword Bearer of the Logos”)

    13. Cause The Form To Be Built (Sixth Ray “Will-to-Causation”)

    14. Champion The Power Of The “Highest Light”

    15. ‘Charge’ Towards The Goal

    16. Consecrate Money To Sacred Ends

    17. Control Attachments By Means Of The “Highest Light”

    18. “Count All As Loss” Unless The Lights Knowledge And Of Wisdom Be Attained

    19. Crucify And Be Crucified In Defense Of The Ageless Wisdom

    20. Dedicate Yourself To The Building Process

    21. Desire The End Of Worldly Desire

    22. Devote Yourself To That Which You Value Most

    23. Doggedly Follow

    24. Do Not Be Moved From Your Convictions

    25. Earnestly Cherish “Treasures In Heaven”

    26. Embody Loyalty

    27. Encourage Steadfastness

    28. Endure Until The Destination Is Reached

    29. Enfire Determination

    30. Enthusiastically Seek Illumination

    31. Envision The “Highest Light”

    32. Finance A Valued Cause

    33. Flame Imperishably With Ardent Aspirational Idealism

    34. Focus Upon A Chosen System Of Enlightenment

    35. Follow The Light Which Shines Ever On Ahead

    36. Go On And On Upon The Path

    37. ‘Hate’ The Forms Which Imprison The Soul In The ‘Inertial’ Worlds

    38. Hold Fast Upon “The Way”

    39. Hold High The Banner Of Enlightenment

    40. Hold Nothing Back In The Pursuit Of The “Blinding Light”

    41. Immolate The Contents Of The Causal Body

    42. Incite Irresistible Incentive

    43. Inspire The Love Of The Clear Cold Light

    44. Invoke Shamballa

    45. “Keep On Keeping On”

    46. Lead The Twelve—Illumine The Way

    47. Long For Release From Materiality

    48. March Forward As “The One Whom Naught Can Turn”—Steadily, Steadfastly—Toward The Light Which Ever Beckons On Ahead

    49. Martyr Yourself In Relinquishing The Material Sphere

    50. Motivate Others In The Quest For Light

    51. Move With Gathering Momentum Towards Your High Calling

    52. Negate Desire; As The Buddha Did, Detach From Form!

    53. Never Give Up On The Quest

    54. Overrun All Obstacles

    55. Persevere Upon Your Pilgrimage

    56. Persistently Adhere

    57. Promulgate The Wisdom Of The Ages

    58. Provide Incentives For Missions

    59. Pursue The “Light Of Love”

    60. Put Into Practice The Highest Ideal

    61. Quest After The Great Treasure

    62. Render The Vision Tangible

    63. Resist All Deviation

    64. Rise Into The Realms Of Pure Light

    65. Sacrifice Riches And All Possessions If Need Be

    66. See The Distant Objective

    67. See The “Right”, Emerging In The Fullest Light

    68. Seek Earnestly For The Light Of Wisdom

    69. Set Your Eyes Upon The Vision

    70. Sing Praises Through The Use Of The Voice

    71. Shed Light Upon The Path Of Devotion

    72. Stand For “Suchness”

    73. Stop At Nothing In Pursuit Of The “Light Of Life”

    74. Strive Forward With Illumined Faith

    75. Sublimate The Energy Of Passion

    76. Substantiate The Ideal

    77. Uphold The Truth With Firm, Enlightened Spiritual Will

    78. Utilize Resources On Behalf Of The Ideal

    79. Venerate The Treasures Of Spirituality

    80. Yearn For Substantial Purity



 Mantra for Taurus and the Sixth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Devotedly, with ardor keen, with fiery aspiration, I seek to touch and merge within the “Lights of Love and Life”.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
The “Highest Light Controls” when once the “Light of Life” is touched and felt and known.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R6/Taurus

Enraptured at the center of a ‘Scintillating Rosy Flame’, the ardent ‘Devotee of Life’ beholds a vision in the waxing light; it draws him irresistibly, with keenest aspiration; his the task substantial—to make the vision real.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Taurus and R6

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. R6

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

  1. R6

  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: Silvery rose and 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: DO or C

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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, 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. Relates to the Vegetable Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives.

  1. Taurus has a strong relationship to Shamballa.

  1. The sixth ray is related more to Hierarchy, which is entered in strong measure through love and aspiration.

  1. Includes, through Vulcan, the note of will.

  1. Intimately associated with the principle of kama or desire.

  1. Taurus is associated with the light.

  1. The sixth ray is associated with heat (especially the heat of passion).

  1. Associated with both the Sun and the Moon.

  1. Associated more especially with the lunar forces (although at a very high level the Solar Logos may be considered as moving towards Taurus and the Pleiades).

  1. Tends towards a practical understanding of earthly realities.

  1. Often contributes to a lack of common sense and a disengagement from the earthly plane.

  1. Seeking the embodiment of soul/spirit in matter. Heaven on Earth.

  1. Seeking elevation and flight from matter. Longing for a “heaven” detached from Earth.

  1. Taurus is associated with slowness until aroused, and momentum is achieved.

  1. Slow to react, but can, at length, become enraged.

  1. Quick to react emotionally.

  1. Closely related to the form and the perfecting of the form. The exalted Moon shows that form must become the well-fashioned container of soul/spirit.

  1. Frequently known as the rejecter of the form.

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. Identification with the Emotional Vehicle: Both Taurus and the sixth ray are identified with the emotional vehicle. The sixth ray, generically, rules the astral plane, and Taurus (of the three preliminary signs, Aries, Taurus and Gemini) is directly associated with the vehicle of desire.

  2. Detachment: One of the key issues facing anyone influenced by either of these energies is that of detachment. The Buddha’s entire message (and the Buddha was and is the archetypal Taurean) centered around detachment from desire.

  3. Aspiration and Aspirational Idealism: Both Taurus and the sixth ray are closely connected to aspiration and aspirational idealism. “Aspirational idealism in its highest possible expression is also achieved in Taurus.” (EA 391) The following sentence links the sixth ray with aspiration: “Your gift to this group of co-disciples is that fiery, dynamic, zealous aspiration which is the spiritual quality of the sixth ray,…” (DINA I 107)

  4. Strong Lunar Component: Both Taurus and the sixth ray have a key lunar component. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, indicating the primacy of the lunar tendencies in the life of the undeveloped Taurean. Similarly, the sixth ray is the ray predominantly associated with the “lunar lords”—the elemental lives which provide the personality vehicles of the human being.

  5. The Ajna, Solar Plexus and the Personality: Taurus is associated with the ajna center which, in an important way, is related to the solar plexus center, through which the sixth ray expresses. At first, for the emotional man, the solar plexus is considered the central center of the personality; later, for the more mentally focussed man, the ajna chakra becomes the personality center.

  6. Voice: Both influences are connected to the voice and the impassioned use of the voice. Taurus, zodiacally, rules the throat center, and can channel emotional or artistic energy through that center. The sixth ray individual is known for his oratorical power, as many sixth ray preachers and demagogues have demonstrated. The number six is twice three; three is the number of the throat center and is the number of the ray which expresses through that center. Thus, is an important relationship demonstrated.

  7. Relation to the Monad: Taurus and the sixth ray are both tangentially related to the monad. Taurus in many ways rules Shamballa which is the home of the monad. The monad, however, has its primary focus upon the sixth plane (counting from below to above) and is thus related to the sixth ray, for the monad is a “Lord of persevering and ceaseless devotion”. If we place Aries upon the highest subplane of the cosmic physical plane, Taurus would be related to the second or monadic subplane. The monad is, for man, the source of the “Greatest Light”.

  8. Relation to the Second Initiation: During the second initiation process, the astral body is subdued and “put to death”. This initiation is ruled by the sixth ray. Part of the stabilizing of the astral body comes from Taurus, the provider of illumination which eliminates so many of those glamors promoted by the sixth ray.

  9. Relation to the Fourth Initiation: Through Vulcan, Taurus is related to the fourth initiation—an initiation of great sacrifice and even martyrdom (thus connecting it with the sacrificial—and fiery—sixth ray).


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 Sixth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

John Brown
Radical American Abolitionist, Hanged for his Attack on Harper’s Ferry (Sun Sign)

Father Joseph Damien
Belgian Priest and Missionary to the Lepers of Molokai Island (Ascendant)

Rudolf Hess
Fanatic, Quixotic Nazi Politician (Sun Sign)

Jim Jones
Cult Leader Known for the Mass Suicides Which Occurred in his Community (Sun Sign)

Dr. Martin Luther King
American Baptist Minister and Leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America (Proposed Ascendant or Aries)

Nicolai Lenin
Leader of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution and First Head of the Soviet State (Sun Sign)

Maximilian Robespierre—Leader During the French Revolution; Known as “The Incorruptible”; Deeply Implicated in the “Reign of Terror” (Sun Sign)