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

in progress

& Ray

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 Gemini with Ray 4



Sun Gemini (or Ascendant Gemini), R4 (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R2

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due the transmission of the fourth ray through Mercury—the exoteric ruler of Gemini and the ruler of the first decanate {in exoteric order}. The applicable category for this reinforcement is Strong by Rulership—Class 1, with the strength of this reinforcement applying mostly in the life of the average fourth ray human being who is not yet reversing the wheel.

It should be noted, however, that the exoteric rulership continues to apply {though to an ever-lessening degree} in the lives of those who are reversing wheel and even to those who have reversed it. This exoteric rulership is simply subsumed under the esoteric rulership and eventually, under the hierarchical rulership.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The incessant fluctuation and changeability of the self-centered Gemini person combines with the vacillation and unpredictable reversals induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

    2. Unstable. Inconsistent. Discontinuous. Unreliable. Unpredictable. Uncommitted. “Mercurial”. Holding no fixed position. Full of reversals.

    3. Full of conflict, especially mental conflict. Suffering greatly from cognitive dissonance.

    4. “Speaking out of both sides of his mouth”.

    5. Possessed by the “gift of gab”.

    6. Split-personality; the “brothers” are at war.

    7. Manic depressive. Possibility of insanity. (cf. EH 51)

    8. Extreme self-contradiction. This is different from the insincerity of Gemini and the third ray negatively combined.

    9. Possibility of multiple-personality disorder. Who is “at home”? Obsession. Possession.

    10. Open to thought impression; “channeling”—in this case from the worlds of glamor and illusion.

    11. Fantasy. Unreality.

    12. Traitorous. Betrayal.

    13. “Let instability do its work” (as in the case of Gemini and the third ray). Or, as a corollary, “Let inconsistency do its work”.


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, Gemini, with the fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The alert and facile intelligence of the advancing Gemini individual combines with the spontaneous skill-in-action and ‘artful living’ induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

    2. Spontaneous. Delightfully unpredictable.

    3. Colorful. Entertaining. Humorous. Full of variety.

    4. Vivid imagination. Mental/emotional creativity.

    5. Tragi-comic. Humorous.

    6. Literary. Capacity to write prose and poetry. Story-teller. Dramatist. Facility with the beautiful (fourth ray) word (Gemini).

    7. Acute awareness of the “pairs of opposites” (physical, emotional and mental) and their interplay. Facility in the reconciling of these opposites. Flexible.

    8. The one at who stands in the middle. Translator. Interpreter.

    9. As an artist, inclined to work in several media, and to make new connections between thoughts and materials. Artistic versatility (with a finer technique than Gemini with the third ray—a combination which also may have artistic versatility).

    10. Able to avoid mental rigidity and confinement to one point of view—and thus avoid fanaticism.

    11. Able to see issues from both sides. Thus tolerant.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: able to engage in and contain the necessary mental conflict which contributes to the sharpening and refinement of thought.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: facilitating rapport within and between the personality vehicles and thus contributing to a state of fluid, harmonious integration. The overcoming of “internecine warfare” (EP II 340).

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: understanding with perspective; a clever and light touch as the antidote to a humorless and overly-earnest attitude.

    15. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to express (verbally and through the written word) energies of harmonization, uniting individuals and groups.

    16. On the Path of Discipleship: a growing facility for relating and harmonizing mind and emotions, soul and personality.

    17. On the Path of Discipleship: growing capacity to access and express the intuition.

    18. On the Path of Discipleship: skillful participation in the soul-personality dialogue.


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, Gemini, with the fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.
    1. An increasingly developed ability to relate soul and personality, and then, triad and soul-infused personality—abilities progressively characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Gemini—combine with a symbolic/imaginative reception and understanding of buddhi induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

    2. Imagination as an instrument of spiritual perception, and eventually, of triadal perception.

    3. Gifted symbolist. Understanding “spiritual reading”. Seeing the contents of the world symbolically. Seeing the world, itself, as a great symbol.

    4. Facile use of the antahkarana.

    5. Always sensitive to that which is unexpressed—i.e., buddhically sensitive.

    6. Ready recipient of impression—first from the soul, then, from the spiritual triad.

    7. Gifted in accessing and harmonizing the World of Ideas.

    8. Subtlety of thought capable of embodying the ineffable.

    9. May be among the great authors, composers or artists.

    10. Able to see the necessity for the outrageous contrasts within the World Process.

    11. Engaging in the dialogue of the opposites: soul and personality; higher mind and lower mind; spiritual triad and soul-infused personality; spirit and living soul.

    12. The power to touch new dimensions, and harmonize with them.



(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 Gemini and the Fourth 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. Access The Buddhic Plane With Facility—Use Your Intuition

    2. Achieve Steadfastness After Many Changes

    3. Actively Identify With Your Brother—Imitate And Realize

    4. Adapt To All Changes Of State

    5. Analogize With Facility

    6. Apply The Harmonizing Word

    7. Articulate The Ineffable

    8. Avoid Splits—Maintain Integrity

    9. Be Adept At The Art Of Conflict Resolution

    10. Be A ‘Messenger Of Beauty’

    11. Be Both—Not Just One Or The Other

    12. Be Sensitive To That Which Is Produced By Speech

    13. Be Well-Informed In The Field Of The Arts

    14. Beautify Your Thoughts

    15. Bridge Through Intelligence

    16. Bring A “Light-Touch” To Your Explanations

    17. Bring Freedom Through Humor

    18. Charm With Wit

    19. Clothe Intuitions In Beautiful Forms

    20. Communicate Beautifully

    21. Communicate With Formlessness On The “Mountain Whereon Form Dies”

    22. Correct The Form With Many Deft Touches

    23. Counter Tedium—Be Alive To Contrast

    24. Cultivate Virtuosity

    25. Dance Nimbly With Your Mind

    26. Defuse Tension With A Sudden Change Of Perspective

    27. Dialogue For Peace

    28. Discover Lines Of Communication Regardless Of The Severity Of The Conflict

    29. Dispel Illusion With Sudden Intuition—See The Unity Behind The Opposites

    30. Engage Is Delightful Conversation

    31. Entertain! Delight!

    32. Express In A Variety Of Artistic Modes

    33. Express Intelligent Aesthetic Appreciation

    34. Express Through A Variety Of Contrasting Colors

    35. Express Your Artistry Through The Literature

    36. Find Something In Common With Everyone

    37. Fine-Tune All Adjustments

    38. Get The Two Sides Talking To Each Other

    39. Harmonize Your Mind

    40. Imagine! Fantasize!

    41. Inspiration Is Just A Breath Away

    42. Inspire With Beautiful Words

    43. ‘Intermediate’ With Facility

    44. Intuit! Enter The World Of Ideas

    45. Laughter Brings Relief From Tension—Enjoy The Comedy Of Life

    46. Learn To Control Change—No Longer Be Its Victim

    47. Let Buddhi Triumph In Your Life

    48. Let There Be Intelligent Understanding Between The Warring Poles

    49. Let There Be Peace—Still And Steadfast Stand

    50. Let Your Hand Be Guided By The “Hand Of God”

    51. Let Your Language Sparkle; Also Let It Brood

    52. Life Is A Symphony Of Sound And Color—Experience This Fully

    53. Link Harmoniously

    54. Mediate Between The Opposites

    55. Mediate With Verbal Skill

    56. No Failure Is Permanent, Nor Is Any Success

    57. “Nothing Is Constant But Change”—Let This Realization ‘Lighten’ Your Way

    58. Perceive The Way Between The Opposites

    59. Reconcile Dissonant Concepts

    60. Reduce Friction Through Facile Intelligence

    61. Reveal The Brilliance Of The Intuition

    62. Recover Quickly From Any “Mood Swing”—“This Too Shall Pass”

    63. Resolve Conflict With Keen Intelligence

    64. Resourcefully Find The Lines Of Agreement Amidst The Conflict

    65. Respond Swiftly And Harmoniously

    66. Self-Contradiction Leads To Self Knowledge—Realized Contrasts Lead To Integrity

    67. Serenity Can Be Achieved Through Identification With The Soul—Withdraw The Lower Pole Into The Higher

    68. Shuttle Between The Poles To Bring The Peace

    69. Speak On Behalf Of Culture And The Arts

    70. Stand Steadfast At The Midway Point And Act With Equal Facility In Either Direction

    71. Struggle With The “Pairs Of Opposites”, But Reconcile Them

    72. Sublimate Experience—Transfer Form To Formlessness

    73. Surprise Others

    74. Talk To Anyone With Facility And Understanding—Relate!

    75. Teach Experientially

    76. The “Way” Will Part. Which Way Will You Go?

    77. Two Must Merge With One—Appreciate The Reality Of Unity In Diversity

    78. When Necessary, Go To War With Thought And Word

    79. Write Colorfully

    80. You Have A Talent For Seeing Life’s Great Contrasts—Share Your Enlivening Vision


 Mantra for Gemini and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
With intuition keen, attuned with harmony and beauty, I seek to end all strife between my Brothers and myself; through all life’s instabilities, I serve my Brother-Souls within the One.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Two Merge with One” in Beauty when within the flow of Harmony Divine “I Serve the One”.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R4/Aries

Vibrantly responsive to the scintillating ‘Spectrum of all Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of his Life’ beholds the many pairs of opposites, arrayed in contradiction, and yet tending in fluidity toward ever-changing harmony—how skillfully, how rapidly, he deftly touches one and all, resolving every discord into amity and Beauty

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Gemini and R4

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

Ray  4

  1. Transmits R2 constellationally.

  1. R4

  1. Transmits principally R4, R5 and R3 through its planetary rulers.

  1. R4

  1. Colors: yellow and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) orange, orange-yellow, 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. Color: yellow, green, cream.

  1. Note: Possibly MI or E (the ‘yellow’ note).

  1. Note: MI or E.

  1. Early expression through the throat center, via Mercury. Later, expresses principally through the ajna center (via Venus and Mercury), and also (via R2) through the heart.

  1. Expresses through the ajna center at a relatively advanced point of evolution. Related as well to the fourfold base chakra.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV, liberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Vegetable Kingdom via Venus and the Earth, the Human Kingdom via Mercury, and the Kingdom of Souls via Mercury and Venus.

  1. Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Human Kingdom.

  1. Related to the number two.

  1. The number four.

  1. Gemini is, in a way, less material than the fourth ray.

  1. The fourth ray is related to the number four and thus to the geometrical figure associated with this number—the square.

  1. Represents the soul or the divine in man.

  1. Represents the quaternary—that which is more material and earthy.

  1. Thus, represents the goal of humanity.

  1. In a lower sense, represents, humanity’s present state—the fourfold personality (but also the goal of humanity—the buddhic plane, the fourth).

  1. Tends to be more mental.

  1. Tends to be more experiential.

  1. Associated with consciousness and subjectivity.

  1. Associated with manifestation.

  1. Gemini is most associated with Solar Fire and secondarily, through its triplicity, with Fire by Friction.

  1. The fourth ray is equally associated with Solar Fire and Fire by Friction.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Gemini and R4

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. Conflict and Division: Both Gemini and the fourth ray have a close relationship to the factor of conflict and division. Both energies represent the conflict between soul and personality, and spirit and matter. The conflict between good and evil is well-represented by the dynamics displayed by these two energies (and, indeed, the greatest conflict between Good and Evil on our planet was waged when the fourth ray was at its height—during the fourth subrace of the fourth root race during the fourth round).

  2. Principle of Contrast: With respect to both energies, the principle of contrast is very strong. Those influenced by these two energy/forces learn by comparing and contrasting.

  3. Intuition: Both influences contribute to the cultivation and use of the intuition.

  4. Related to Buddhi: Both Gemini, via the antahkarana, and the fourth ray are related to buddhi and the buddhic plane.

  5. Two and Four: These influences are related numerically, as Gemini represents the number two, which multiplied by itself yields the four of the fourth ray.

  6. Bridging: Both energies are related to the process of bridging.

  7. The Midway Point: Both energies eventually take a position at the midway point—once fluctuation has subsided.

  8. Magnetic Influences: Both influences are powerfully magnetic. The mutual attraction of the warring poles.

  9. The Factor of Rapport: Both energies are energies of rapport.

  10. Harmonization: Both can be harmonizing energies, though active harmonization is more the province of the fourth ray.

  11. Relating Man and Deva: Both energies can be understood as representing the relationship between man and deva. This relationship is harmonized upon the buddhic plane, to which both Gemini and the fourth ray have a resonance, for Mercury is a buddhic planet, and the buddhic plane is the fourth plane.

  12. Imaginative and Literary: Both Gemini and the fourth ray are often imaginative and literary.

  13. Representing the Goal of Man: Both Gemini and the fourth ray represent, in their own way, the goal of man. Man is to become a representative of the Love-Wisdom which Gemini conveys. Man is also to learn to function consciously upon the fourth or buddhic plane, which is ruled by (among other rays) the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict. Since man is a member of the Fourth Creative Hierarchy, his expressive destiny is to be found, eventually, upon the fourth plane.

  14. Related to Our Solar Logos: Both Gemini and the fourth ray have a close relation to the Solar Logos. Our Logos radiates Love-Wisdom, thus representing the Geminian duality. Further our Solar Logos is a Logos of the fourth order, relating Him to the fourth ray. There is also the possibility that our Logos may have a monad qualified by the fourth ray (at least this is the theory of the esoteric astrologer, Stephen Pugh). The primary monadic ray of any self-conscious being in cosmos must be, it would seem, one of the Rays of Aspect.

  15. The Quadrangle or Oblong Square: Actually, the constellation Gemini is more a quadrangle (an oblong square) than a duality, thus relating it to the number four and to the fourth ray.

  16. Pain and Suffering: Both influences promote great suffering because of unreconciled dualism. Gemini, through Venus, is associated with the “desperate conflict of the imprisoned soul upon the astral plane”, and it is well known that the fourth ray is associated with the Fourth Purpose of Sanat Kumara, which necessitates the factor of pain in the process of planetary development. “The mysterious purpose which has necessitated the calling into activity the Principle of Pain.” (R&I 243)

  17. The Fourth Subplane and the Mental Unit: Gemini represents the dualistic human mind which has its focus on the fourth subplane of the lower fourfold mental plane, and focuses through the fourfold mental unit. Thus Gemini is anatomically related to the fourth ray when considering how intelligence manifests through the human being.

  18. The Third and Fourth Kingdoms: Gemini represents, in some measure, the “monkey” so closely related in intelligence to the normal human being. In a certain way, Gemini represents the bridge between the animal kingdom (the third kingdom related to the third sign Gemini) and the fourth kingdom of nature, related to the fourth ray. Gemini also facilitates the extension of the ‘bridge’ into the fifth kingdom—the Kingdom of Souls.

  19. Related to Processes Occurring at the Second Initiation: The astral struggles characteristic of the second initiation certainly involve Gemini and can be understood as relating to the search for balance or “sattva” (as distinct from constant fluctuation between “rajas” and “tamas”) in which the advancing fourth ray individual engages. A degree of astral serenity is required of the second degree initiate; this is one of the qualities which is to be cultivated by the individual on the fourth ray.

  20. Related to the Fourth Initiation: Gemini and the fourth ray are related at the fourth initiation, which destroys triplicity (indicated by Gemini as the third sign) and institutes the duality of spirit/triad and soul-infused personality (also represented by dualistic Gemini). The fourth ray at this fourth degree is the antahkarana which connects the spirit/triad to the lower soul infused man—the most focussed connection (at that point) being from the fourfold mental unit to the buddhic permanent atom on the fourth or buddhic plane. Further, the orthodox ruler of Gemini, Mercury, is active at the fourth degree (linking to buddhi) (EA 71)

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

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

Dante Alighieri—Author of “The Divine Comedy” (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

Isadora Duncan—Pioneer in Improvisational Modern Dance (Sun Sign)

Albrecht Dürer—German Painter and Print-Maker: Regarded as the Greatest German Artist of the Renaissance (Sun Sign)

Martha Graham—Dancer, Choreographer, Brilliant Innovator in the Field of Modern Dance (Ascendant)

Marilyn Monroe—Actress, Immensely Popular Sex Symbol of the 20th Century (Sun Sign)

Sir Lawrence Olivier
Actor (Perhaps the Outstanding Actor of the 20th Century) (Ascendant)

Robert Schumann
German Romantic Composer, Known for his Song Cycles, Especially
Dichterliebe“ (A Poet’s Love) (Sun Sign)

Alexander Scriabin
Russian Composer for Piano and Orchestra, Artistic Synthesist, Symbolist, Musical-Mystical Philosopher (Ascendant)

Richard Strauss
German Composer of Opera, and Tone-Poems (Sun Sign)

Giuseppe Verdi
19th Century Italy’s Most Prominent Composer of Opera (Ascendant)

Jules Verne
French Author; Pioneer in the Science Fiction Genre (Ascendant)

Richard Wagner
Innovative German Romantic Composer of Opera, Music-Dramatist (Sun Sign with R1)