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

in progress

& Ray 1

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 Cancer with Ray 1



Sun Cancer (or Ascendant Cancer), R1P (or R1S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3 and R7

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through this combination. Except that the seventh ray is a reflection of the first, the first ray is very weak in Cancer. Perhaps, those born in the second and third decanates {under Scorpio and Pisces respectively—according to the Hindu system popularized by Alan Leo}, would have somewhat more of the first ray. The decanate rulers given in this book are those proposed by the Tibetan Teacher.

Another legitimate method is to subdivide any sign according to the signs in its triplicity, and then call the ruler of the sub-sign the decanate ruler. For instance, in Cancer, the first decanate would be ruled by Cancer and the Moon; the second by Scorpio and Mars; and the third by Pisces and, therefore, either Jupiter or Neptune.

Only careful psychological research will reveal which rulerships should be used, or whether a combination of different systems would be useful.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i. The insular self-protectiveness of the self-centered Cancer person combines with the isolativeness induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the first 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.)

ii. A somewhat contradictory indication as the first ray does not appear in Cancer either through constellational transmission nor through any ruling or associated planets.

iii. Seeking to incorporate and dominate the whole. (Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar are both reputed to have been born with the Sun tropically in Cancer).

iv. Defensive-'fortress' consciousness. Unreachable. Untouchable.

v. Willfully isolative and insular.

vi. Grasping and tenaciously holding to power.

vii. Holding fast and denying freedom.

viii. Insisting that the lunar lords dominate. Defending all that is reactionary, of the past and should have been outlived.

ix. Defending form over soul and spirit. The mummification of form and the expulsion of soul/spirit.

x. Placing relatives and intimates in power. Bloodlines rule; merit ignored. Nepotism.

xi. The family fortress. "Fortress-family".

xii. Unfair. Biased by selfish emotion in the execution of power.

xiii. Demagoguery-controlling the masses by appeal to their baser instincts. "Mob rule".

xiv. "Rugged individualism" masking fear and vulnerability.

xv. The overpowering, expression-denying, 'child-defeating' parent. Overprotection that denies the freedom to be and to grow.

xvi. Paranoia and ruthlessness due to fundamental insecurity.

xvii. Guardian of the "old order".


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

i. The persistent 'incorporation' of the advancing Cancer individual combines with the determined expansion of influence induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the first ray.

ii. Defending and protecting with full strength of will. Powerful guardianship. Sponsor. Patron.

iii. The power of self-sacrifice for those who must be protected.

iv. Strong parentalism (father/mother attitude).

v. Strong steps taken for the "protection of the family unit".

vi. Patriotism. Genuine love of home and country.

vii. Espousing the principles which unite and integrate.

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: tenacity and persistence; enduring to the end, not giving up.

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: holding one's assigned post.

x. On the Path of Discipleship: the power to anchor a principle

xi. On the Path of Discipleship: becoming a point of reliance and dependability where others can seek safety and refuge. A strong sanctuary.


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, Cancer, with the first ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i. The all-inclusive 'holism' characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Cancer, combines with the power to identify as the life and being of all-a power induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

ii. Powerful realizations of Oneness. "The Whole is seen as one" (EA 332)

iii. Widely inclusive and synthetic-the synthesis of the first ray plus the capacity to hold the consciousness of wholeness.

iv. Creating communities from tribes; creating nations from city states. Eventually synthesizing the One Humanity.

v. Power to identify in consciousness as the One Humanity.

vi. The power to "lead the people forward", first by identifying with them, and secondly by realizing that one cannot give in to their retrogressive tendencies.

vii. Identifying with the synthesizing Presence of Spirit in the face of the separative tendencies of form life.

viii. Persistently seeing the "big picture" and working for the "Greater Good"-the "Common Weal".

ix. Being a strong outpost (first ray) for the Ashram (Cancer).

x. The power to hold things together, no matter what.

xi. A member of the "guardian wall" which protects humanity from objective and subjective negativity.



(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 Cancer and the First 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. Abstract From The Imprisoning Form

    2. Act Bravely! Subdue Your Fears!

    3. Allow None To Escape The Fold

    4. Anchor Power Divine

    5. Armor Yourself Against The Onslaught

    6. Attach To Essence; Detach From Form

    7. Banish Devils From Your Home: Exorcise

    8. Be As A Defending Wall Against Evil

    9. Become a “Guardian Wall”

    10. Become a Vessel for the Will

    11. “Break Into The Garden”; Force The Lesser Life To Accept The Greater

    12. Break Out Of Your Shell

    13. Build a Defending Wall Against ‘Alien Powers’: Protect Against Invasion And Obsession

    14. Clench The Fist; Brace The Body

    15. Consume Evil

    16. Conserve Important Values

    17. Control All Elemental Life

    18. Contain Powerful Forces; Release Them Only Purposefully

    19. Contain the “Life”

    20. Defend By All Means Possible To You The “Great White Lodge”

    21. Defend The Race Of Men

    22. Demand Integrity

    23. Destroy The Hold Of Form On Soul

    24. Destroy The Temple From Within

    25. Encircle Opposing Forces

    26. Encompass The Wholeness And Pervade It With Your Being

    27. Enfold Many and Much within Your Power

    28. Enforce Integrity

    29. Engulf The Opposition

    30. Erect A Great Defending Wall

    31. Exert Complete Control Over The Personality And Its Lunar Lords

    32. Force Cohesion

    33. Force The Door Open; Let The Light Pour In

    34. Gather All Into Yourself Through An Act Of Will

    35. Grasp Power And Retain It

    36. Guard Against Destruction

    37. Guard The Sacred Principles

    38. Fortify The Stronghold

    39. Hold All Together Though The Power Of Will

    40. Immortalize Being, Not The Form

    41. Incorporate And Impress

    42. Let Pure Being Be You Sanctuary

    43. Liberate From The Bonds Of Lower Form

    44. Never Give Up—Hold, Do Not Release

    45. Overcome Fear By An Act Of Will

    46. Persevere With Utmost Tenacity

    47. Persist Upon The Journey “Home”

    48. Pierce The Dark And Receive The Light

    49. Protect And Defend Those In Your Care

    50. Put Down The Mob

    51. Reinforce Security

    52. Relinquish Pride And Insularity

    53. Render Yourself And All Whom You Protect Impervious To Attack

    54. Restrain The Non-Purposeful Expression Of The Lunar Lords

    55. Set The Prisoners Free

    56. So Resist That You Cannot Be Crushed

    57. Shatter The Confining Form

    58. Shield The Center

    59. Stand Steadfast In The Bonds Of Spirit

    60. Strengthen Integration; Fortify Foundations

    61. Strengthen The Ashram

    62. Subjugate The Lunar Lords And All Lower Forces

    63. Suppress All Emotion When Necessary, But Guard Your Health If You Do So

    64. Survive!

    65. “The Kingdom Of Heaven Suffereth Violence And The Violent Take It By Force”; Storm The Gates Of Heaven.

    66. Toughen Yourself But Do Not Refuse To Feel

    67. Tyle, Deflect, Disperse

    68. Ward Off Danger Through Steadfast Strength



 Mantra for Cancer and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple's Consciousness
I intend with will and power to serve the human family within a whole I seek to see as One.

Mantram for the Initiate's Consciousness
"I Assert the Fact"-the fact of human oneness in a greater whole I see and know as One.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R1/Cancer

Standing at the center in the 'Nucleus of Power', yet completely in control of the circumference - the ring-pass-not of pulsing life - the Leader grasps all aspects of the outer form and holds them firm, compliant to his will, that this form may be a chalice, an embodiment of Spirit-a vessel for the radiance of God's Light, His Love, His Law.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Cancer and R1

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 R3 and R7 constellationally

  1. R1

  1. Transmits principally R4, and R6 through its planetary rulers

  1. R1

  1. Colors: violet (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) yellow-orange, yellow and yellow-green. (A color-chromatic scale has fourteen steps and a musical chromatic scale only twelve-hence the discrep-ancies and alter-natives. The shading of decanates may offer a partial solution.)

  1. Colors: red and “roaring orange”

  1. Note: Possibly MI flat or E flat

  1. Note: RE or D

  1. Expresses through solar plexus center and centers in the breasts. Later, via Neptune, there may be compassionate heart-center expression

  1. Expresses through the base of the spine and the crown center.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number V, in process of liberation

  1. Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated

  1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via the Moon, the Vegetable Kingdom via the Moon and Neptune, the Animal Kingdom via the Moon, the Human Kingdom via the Moon and Neptune.

  1. Related to the Kingdom of Solar Lives and also the Mineral Kingdom.

  1. Associated principally with the matter aspect of divinity

  1. Identified principally with the Father Aspect.

  1. The Mother

  1. Identified with the Father Aspect.

  1. Strong connection with the Pleiades

  1. Strong connection with the Great Bear

  1. Associated with the lunar nature

  1. Associated, essentially, with the spirit nature
  1. Often demonstrating deficiency of will

  1. The energy most closely associated with will
  1. Attached

  1. Detached
  1. The isolation caused by rotary motion

  1. The isolation caused by “progress onward”
  1. Associated with the periphery, the wall which guards the vulnerable center and serves as a ring-pass-not. The “shell”

  1. Associated with the nucleus
  1. Look backwards, seeking the past

  1. Looking forwards, seeking the future

  1. Often, demonstrates weakness and vulnerability-thus, compensation is often present

  1. Demonstrates strength and invincibility

  1. Personalism; more biased towards a preference for "near ones" (i.e., relatives and intimates)

  1. Under best conditions, impersonality; less biased by relationship between "near ones" (i.e., relatives and intimates)

  1. Emotionally responsive

  1. Suppression of ignoring of emotion

  1. Thought more easily affected by emotional condition

  1. Thought less easily affected by emotional considerations

  1. Traditionalism

  1. More easily breaking with tradition

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Energetic Similarities Between Cancer and R1

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.

A. Not Many Similarities: There are not many similarities between these two energies.

B. Power to Grip and Hold: Both energy/forces are endowed with the power to hold. On the level of physical symbolism the grip of the hand is often powerful in both cases. Cancer indicates the large and strong claws of the crab. One of the symbols for the first ray is the clenched fist.

C. Tenacity and Persistence: Both influences are possessed of tenacity and persistence.

D. Wide Control: Individuals influenced by both energies may seek wide control. Cancer seeks to bring all "under one roof" or within one extensive ring-pass-not. The first ray, unchecked, seeks to control and dominate within as broad a range of influence as possible. Thus Cancer seeks to incorporate widely and the first ray seeks to impress its influence as widely as possible.

E. Isolation: Both energies generate the condition of isolation. Cancer becomes insular due to fear and other retrogressive tendencies associated with the third aspect of divinity. The first ray generates isolation because it seeks to forge ahead, thus separating itself from traditional, backward leaning tendencies.

F. Protectiveness: Both energies can be strongly protective in nature. Cancer shelters and buffers that which it would protect (defensively rather than offensively) from intrusive influences. The first ray utilizes the protective wall of law or force, actively fending off intrusion. The "guardian wall" which the Masters place around those they would protect seems to derive from both Cancer and the first ray, and is motivated by second ray considerations


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 1 Cancer

Alexander the Great
Conqueror and King of Macedonia

Helena P. Blavatsky
Theosophist, Occultist, Founder of the Theosophical Society

Julius Caesar
Dictator of Rome and its First Attempted Emperor

Giuseppe Garibaldi
Italian Patriot

Henry VIII
King of England

Saddam Hussein
Dictator of Iraq

Hubert Horatio Kitchener
Lord George Kitchener—English General

Nelson Mandela
Statesman, President of South Africa

George Sand
French Novelist, “Bohemian”

Henry David Thoreau
Essayist, Poet, Individualist, Transcendentalist