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

in progress

& Ray 2

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 2




Sun or Ascendant in Cancer with Ray 2 Personality or Soul
Plus Constellationally Transmitted Ray 3 and Ray 7

For most people, merely a mild to moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges due to the faintly felt transmission of the second ray (monadically) through Neptune—the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer.No planetary ruler of Cancer transmits the second ray in any obvious way. However, the mutual reinforcement would obviously be strengthened for those at an advanced stage of evolution wherein the highest potentials of Neptune can be accessed.

Somewhat for the disciple, but especially for the true initiate (of at least the third degree) with the second ray ruling one or more of his periodical vehicles, the applicable category would be Strong by Rulership—Class 3. The overall mutual reinforcement in this combination may be slightly strengthened by considering Neptune (veiled by the Moon) as the true ruler of the first and third decanates of Cancer—in esoteric and exoteric order respectively.

The second ray is also transmitted through Jupiter, the planet exalted in Cancer. Neptune, transmitting the second ray from its spirit aspect, is also accentuated in Cancer through its exaltation. Two planets, therefore—Jupiter and Neptune—are exalted in Cancer, and both have second ray components.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i. The fearful timidity of the self-centered Cancer person combines with the over-sensitivity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the second 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. Weakness, vulnerability, dependency. Cowardice.

iii. Strong fear, especially fear of release, fear of letting go.

iv. Hiding, retreating. Love of comfort and security.

v. Sentimentalism. vi. Feelings rule; thought is secondary.

vii. Overestimating the "near ones".

viii. Biased evaluation of people based upon intimacy and familiarity. Comfortable only with those with whom one is personally related.

ix. Excessive attachment-to persons, places and things. Clinging.

x. Lack of will-power. Passivity and lack of initiative.

xi. The "lunar lords" (rulers of the personality vehicles) encounter no resistance.

xii. Coddling the lunar nature. Permissiveness in relation to one's lower self.

xiii. Afraid and in a prison of one's own making.

xiv. Progress is at a standstill. One seeks to remain in a non-threatening, protected isolation with those to whom one is attached-not with those whom one love, for love (in such a psychological condition) is not really possible.


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 solicitous protectiveness of the advancing Cancer individual combines with the increasing empathy induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the second ray.

ii. The loving guardian. The true parent-selflessly nurturing the development of dependents.

iii. Love of home, family, friends, and, in general, "near ones".

iv. Hospitality and 'providence' (the attitude of the provider).

v. Generosity and philanthropy.

vi. Kindness and gentleness

vii. Loyalty and adhesiveness.

viii. Capacity for retention and containment

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: the creator of the vessel for the containment of love and wisdom.

x. On the Path of Discipleship: the protective influences of Cancer are lovingly expressed.

xi. On the Path of Discipleship: Loving, guarding and protecting one's "fellow travelers" as if they were "members of one's own family". "My house is your house".

xii. On the Path of Discipleship: Empathy, sensitivity and receptivity. "Enter thy brother's heart and see his woe".

xiii. On the Path of Discipleship: the wise counselor.


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 second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i. A wide compassion for the entire human family-a quality possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Cancer, combines with a deep understanding of people based upon love, wisdom and inclusiveness-a quality induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

ii. The Human Family is understood and felt as one's own family.

iii. "Blood" is no longer "thicker than water". Neptune (the essentially second ray esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer) representing the "Water of Life" (the being shared by all) rules over instinctual relationship.

iv. One becomes the guardian and protector of Humanity as a whole.

v. One identifies with Hierarchy as a great parental body, guiding, guarding and nurturing Humanity-raising humanity as one would raise children-i.e., ensuring that they "grow up" sound and strong.

vi. As in the church, one is known as "Father" or "Mother". The Motherhood or Fatherhood is loving and unconditional.

vii. Inclusive, unselfish "Mother-Love" for all humanity.

viii. One becomes a member of the "Guardian Wall", but the principle power used to protect is love rather than great strength as in the case of the first ray type in Cancer.

ix. One becomes a "World Server" and is, perhaps, places foot on the Path of the "World Savior".



(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 for Cancer the Second Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)

1. Adhere Tenaciously Through The Powers Of Love And Wisdom

2. Always Together-Receiving And Sharing The Light

3. Anchor Love-Wisdom In Focused Form

4. Attract Those You May Serve Through Your Genuinely Loving And Caring Attitude

5. Avoid The Feeling Of Weakness And Despondency

6. Be An Example Of Spiritual Hospitality

7. Become A Vessel For The Light

8. Beware Over-Sensitivity

9. Bring Buddhi Into The World Of Feelings

10. Bring The Love Of The Soul Into The Form

11. Build A "Lighted House"

12. Calm The Raging Sea And Reflect The Higher Worlds

13. Care Spiritually For Those Who Need Your Spiritual Guidance

14. Contain The Revelation

15. Consciously Live Within The Lighted House You Are Building

16. Conserve Energy And Consecrate It To The Growth Of Higher Consciousness

17. Create A Space For The Pursuit Of Enlightenment

18. Develop Compassionate Understanding

19. Draw Others Towards The Ashram

20. Embrace Others Empathically

21. Enfold Others And Identify With Them

22. Ensure The Welfare Of Those Who Seek To Unfold Soul Consciousness

23. Envelop With Loving-Understanding

24. Establish Schools!

25. Feel The Emotions Of Others And Heal Those Emotions

26. Gather Together Those Who Represent The Wisdom Of The Ages

27. Gently Dissolve, Merge And Fuse

28. Give Refuge To Those Who Suffer

29. Give Safe-Haven For Those Whose Task It Is To Establish The Kingdom Of God On Earth

30. Grasp An Understanding Of Wholeness Through Pure Reason

31. Guard, Defend, Protect And Preserve The Teaching

32. Heal Through Empathy

33. Help Groups Cohere

34. Hold Others Unitedly In The Bonds Of Love And Wisdom

35. Include All Within The Range Of Your Perception

36. Integrate The Personality Through Love And Wisdom

37. Integrate The Soul And Personality Through Love And Wisdom

38. Know That All Have Their Vulnerabilities: Protect

39. Let Spiritual Love Release You From Attachment

40. Love Inclusively; Hold All Within The Oneness You Perceive

41. Magnetize Coherent Groups Which Reflect The Coherency Of The Ashram

42. Manifest The Greatest Light

43. Nourish Elemental Life With Spiritual Energy

44. Nurture Others Through The Expression Of Soul Love

45. Offer Unfailing Providential Care

46. Patiently Build A Home On Earth For Soul And Spirit

47. Pity The Unfortunate; Find A Way To Take Them In

48. Preserve Loving Relations

49. Proceed Slowly And Carefully, Harming None

50. Protect Unity

51. Provide A Home For The Ageless-Wisdom

52. Provide A Place Of Refuge For Education For The Soul

53. Realize Deeply: "Naught Is But Me"

54. Remain In Consciousness Within The Spiritual Safety And Security Of The Ashram

55. Reveal In Outer Form The Nature Of The Ashram

56. Safeguard Spiritual Education

57. Save Through Love And Wisdom

58. See The Many Relationships Within The Whole As One

59. See To The Cultivation Of Soul In Safe Environments

60. Serve As A Haven For Seekers Of The Light

61. Share Oceanic Compassion

62. Shelter The Students Of The Light

63. Slowly And Carefully Build Your Foundation

64. Sponsor Education In The Home

65. Store And Protect The "Treasures Of The Soul"

66. Sustain And Protect Soul Relationships

67. Take In Those Who Have No Spiritual Home

68. Tenaciously, Without Relent, Offer Love And Wisdom

69. Treat Humanity As If It Were Your Child

70. Trust The Wisdom Of Divine Providence

71. Unify The Whole As One

72. Watch Over The Growth Of The Light



Mantra for Cancer and the Second Ray

Mantram for the Disciple's Consciousness

Aligned with Love and Wisdom, I seek to comprehend the integration of the many parts within a wholeness seen and known as One.

Mantram for the Initiate's Consciousness

"I See the Greatest Light"-a light revealing human oneness merged within the vastness of the planetary whole-itself inlaid within a wholeness greater still; 'til all the ever more inclusive wholes within the Greatest Whole are seen and known as only One.

Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R2/Cancer

Focussed at the center of a radiant Lotus Blue, the Scholar/Teacher sensitively holds the whole in his embrace-as Mother and as Father both, compassionately nurturing with wise, protective loving heart all forms of life within the oneness of the lighted whole

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Cancer and R2

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. R2

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

  1. R3

  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. 3. Colors: indigo blue, sapphire blue, light blue

  1. Note: Possibly MI flat or E flat

  1. Note: SOL or G

  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 heart chakra; the “heart in the head” and also through the spleen as solar prana on our planet
  1. Creative Hierarchy number V, in process of liberation

  1. Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, 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 Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls
  1. Associated principally with the matter aspect of divinity

  1. Most associated with the consciousness aspect of divinity
  1. The Mother

  1. The Son
  1. Mass Consciousness

  1. Soul Consciousness

  1. The lunar nature
  1. The solar nature
  1. Reflecting solar light
  1. The solar light itself
  1. Associated with the personality (four elemental lives)

  1. Associated with the soul
  1. Connected with the past and the permanent atoms

  1. Connected with the present and the petals of the egoic lotus, just as the jewel is connected with the future
  1. Thus, regressive
  1. Gently and persistently progressive
  1. Associated with rotary motion
  1. Associated with cyclic or spiral-cyclic motion
  1. Vulnerability and greater emotionalism
  1. Vulnerability but less emotional reactivity
  1. Feeling-biased thought processes
  1. Clearer more impartial thought processes


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Energetic Similarities Between Cancer and R2

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.  Attachment: For those born under the influence of either energy/force, attachment is often a challenge. At length, detachment supervenes. Cancer simply learns to “let go”; the second ray releases through active, solar love.

B.   Relationship to the Pleiades: Both energies have a relationship to the Pleiades—Cancer through the matter aspect, and the second ray because cosmic buddhi is distributed through the Pleiades. Buddhi is, essentially, second ray energy.

C.   Tenderness, Gentleness, Kindness: Both energies incline towards tenderness, gentleness and kindness—especially to the “near ones”.

D.   Fear and Insecurity: Pronounced fear and insecurity are found in relation to both energies

E.   Material Behavior: Both energies incline towards maternal behavior.

F.  Guarding, Protecting, Counseling: Both energies are naturally guarding and protecting. They are frequently involved in the process of psychological counseling.

G.   Vulnerability: Natives under both influences share a physical and emotional vulnerability.

H.   Slow and Sure Movements: Both energies incline towards slow and sure movements rather than towards rapidity.

I.   Disinclination to Take Risks: Both energies and disinclined to take risks. As evolution proceeds, the Cancer influence demonstrates itself to be less progressive than the second ray which can lead towards great risk-taking under the motivation of soul love.

J.     Access to the Intuition: Both influences offer access to the intuition. Cancer, associated with the astral body and ruled by Neptune, promotes the astral-buddhic connection. The second ray is closely akin to the energy of the intuition.

K.   Psychological Understanding: Both influences facilitate a psychological understanding of human nature.

L.  Relationship to Processes Immediately Following the Third Initiation: At the third degree, the soul, with its second ray quality {regardless of the actual ray of the soul} emerges into prominence over the personality. There is a great urge to serve widely and impersonally through love. As well, after the “mountain top experience” in Capricorn, the initiate descends into the ocean of human substance and becomes “the Crab, who clears the ocean of matter which flows around the soul of man,…”. (EA 62).


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 2 Cancer

14th Dalai Lama
Spiritual Leader (in Exile) of Tibet

Roberto Assagioli [FCD]
Psychologist, Esotericist
      Assagioli - Part II

Princess Diana
Daughter of the Eighth Earl of Spencer


Helen Keller
Author, Educator