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

in progress

& Ray 7

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 7



Sun Cancer (or Ascendant Cancer), R7P (or R7S) 
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3 and R7)

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological emerges due to the constellational transmission of the seventh ray—though not in greatest strength—through Cancer.

The appropriate category of reinforcement would be, Strong by Constellational Transmission. In various ways the seventh ray may also be associated with the Moon, the exoteric ruler of Cancer, and ruler of the first and third decanates {esoterically and exoterically, respectively}. The reinforcement is further strengthened because Jupiter, with a strong seventh ray component, on either the personality or monadic level, is exalted in Cancer.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.       The circumscribed life of the self-centered, self-absorbed Cancer person combines with the unthinking traditionalism and conventionality induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the seventh ray.

ii.     The limited focus of Cancer combines with the rigidity of the externally focussed seventh ray.

iii.    Tribalism. Later, nationalism. (Both of these even more intense if combined with the sixth ray.)

iv.       Sectarianism, judgmentalism. Pride based upon insularity. Pride in “our ways”—no matter how reactionary such “ways” may be.

v.     Non-progressive, backward-looking conservatism.

vi.       Refusing to break with tradition. Slavery to habit and custom. Fear of breaking “taboos’.

vii.      Formalism; judgment according to form and appearances.

viii.    Form-bound to the lunar lords. Rotary motion. The predictable life within a small circle holding back the development of the higher faculties.

ix.       Tribal consciousness stifles individuality. Tribal culture ‘protects’ tribe members from discovering themselves as individuals.

x.     The imposition of family (Cancer) tradition (seventh ray)—again, stifling individuality.

xi.       The subterranean powers (seventh ray) latent in the mass-consciousness (Cancer). Unconscious compulsions. Life is run by unconscious, unexamined patterns. “This is done. This is not-done. Why? We do not know.”


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 power to manifest and embody characteristic of the advancing Cancer individual combines with the power to organize, carefully and practically, induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the seventh ray.

ii.    The incarnational ability of Cancer combines with the magical, manifesting ability of the seventh ray.

iii.    Knowing one’s boundaries and limitations, thus wisely defining the purpose, scope and nature of one’s work.

iv.     The ability to construct dependable foundations for higher processes.

v.    Reliability; being present and at home when needed, and not “somewhere else”.

vi.    The ability to build groups and organizations.

vii.    Capacity to create right pattern and rhythm within a whole.

viii.    On the Path of Discipleship: the capacity to bring discipline into the personality life, and thus regulate the functioning of the lunar vehicles.

ix.     On the Path of Discipleship: capacity to bring right form and function to the realm of the lunar lords, thus meeting the true needs of the lunar lords and not their inclination for anarchic over-stimulation.

x.    On the Path of Discipleship: taking those steps which will aid in perfecting the personality process.


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 seventh ray as the ray of the personality or soul

i.     The ability to embody the divine in a stable, well-integrated form—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Cancer, combines with a facility for bringing the poles into constructive relationship—an ability induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the seventh ray.

ii.    Ability to embody or incarnate an aspect of the Divine Plan.

iii.   Capacity to anchor an aspect of the Ashram’s work.

iv.    Prominent capacity to “build a lighted house”. Capacity to bring the soul into incarnation within the three worlds.

v.    Capacity to create a manifested “center” which is a reflection of the pattern of the Ashram—an outpost of the Ashram on they physical plane.

vi.     The tendency to create specialized or secret societies, which can incarnate an aspect of the Divine Plan. Orders. Fellowships. Lodges.

vii.     A builder of the “Temple of Humanity”

viii.    Capacity to incarnate the rituals of the higher worlds.

ix.     Thus, “heaven” and “earth” meet (seventh ray) in prepared physical plane centers (Cancer).



(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 Seventh Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)

1.    Act Appropriately When Visiting Another’s Sacred Space

2.    Assist The Building And Sustainment Of The “Shrine Of Man’s Living”

3.    Avoid Sectarianism

4.    Be The “Outer Guard” To Shield The Sacred Inner Work

5.    Become Familiar With The Rules Of Magic; They Form The Foundation Of The Spiritual Edifice You Would Erect

6.    Beware Rigidity And Fearful Conservatism

7.    Build A Strong Foundation

8.    “Build The Lighted House” In An Orderly, Methodical Manner

9.    Call To The Surface All Latent Fires Within The Personality

10.    Carefully Manage The Home

11.    Carefully Build The Wall—To Stand Between The Inner Process And All That Would Disrupt It

12.    Carry The Practice Of Ancient Rituals Into The Modern Day

13.    Conduct Ceremonies Within The Temple

14.    Confine The Distribution Of Magical Words And Formulas

15.    Construct A Firm Foundation As The Basis Of Your Life

16.    Contain The Forces You Invoke

17.    Create A Lodge Wherein The Inner Work Can Best Be Done

18.    Dare To Free Yourself From Societal Patterns

19.    Defend The Organization

20.    Embody Rectitude

21.    “Feed The Sacred Fire” And, Thus, Illuminate The Tomb From Deep Within

22.    Free Yourself From Hereditary Constraints

23.    Fulfill The Role Of Temple Priest Or Priestess

24.    Function As “Builder Of The Square” 

25.    Guarantee The Safety Of All That Transpires Within The Inner Sanctum Of The Temple Of The Mysteries

26.    Guard The “Order”

27.    Heaven Above, Heaven On Earth; Haven Above, Haven On Earth. Live In Both.

28.    Keep The Magical Work And Impart It Only In The Confines Of The Temple

29.    Learn And Follow The Laws Of Personality Integration

30.    Learn And Practice The Rules Of Approach To The Inner Ashram

31.    Lift To Life The One Who In The Coffin Lies

32.    Maintain And Sustain The Edifice

33.    Manifest A “Lighted House”

34.    Obey The Rules Of The Ashram; Behave Properly Within Your Spiritual Home

35.    Organize The Outer Ashram

36.    Perform Sacred Rituals Only Within Protected Space

37.    Practice The Magical Work Of The Soul Within The Personality Vehicles 

38.    Preserve The Best Traditions

39.    Protect The Vessel Of The “Inner Light”—Shekinah

40.    Raise The Temple

41.    Recondition Your Personal Responses; Restructure Your Personality

42.    Release Through Magical Processes The Latent Forces Of Matter; Liberate The “Dark Light Of Matter”

43.    Remain Anchored Holding The High Within The Low

44.    Restructure The Meaning Of Home

45.    Reveal The Beauty Of The “Temple Of The Lord”

46.    Ritualize Your Domestic Life

47.    Sanctify Through Ritual The Space Reflecting The “Holy Place”

48.    Secure The Home

49.    See Your Familiar Habits And Routines As A Possible Prison Of Your Soul

50.    Seek An Understanding Of Genealogy

51.    Serve As The Warden Of Sacred Spaces And Precincts

52.    Show Good Breeding

53.    Speak The Mantrams Which Transmute The Lower Auric Spheres And Arrange For Your Escape Therefrom

54.    Stabilize The Foundation

55.    Strengthen Institutions

56.    Shroud The Mysteries In Secrecy As Required

57.    Study Ancient Rites And Their History

58.    Subject Your Personality Vehicles To Appropriate Rhythms

59.    “Tile The Lodge”

60.    Train The Physical Body; In Fact, Train All The Personality Vehicles According To The Laws Of The Soul

61.    Transmute The Sphere Which Holds The Inner Fire; Arrange For Its Escape From Form

62.    Up Hold The “Rules Of The House”

63.    “When In Rome Do As The Romans Do”



Mantra for Cancer and the Seventh Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

The orderly expression of the part I am to play within the all-embracing whole—I responsibly intend. With integrity, methodically, “I build a lighted house”.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“The Highest and the Lowest meet”—fusing the extremes; rounding out the whole; I stand as Heaven’s Vessel for expression of the spirit/soul upon the planes of Earth.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R7/Cancer

Invoking at the center of a ‘Magic Circle’ rightly drawn, the wise ‘Magician of his Life’ releases many subtle powers to benefit all lives evolving through the worlds of form, so they may have the vehicles appropriate to dharma, appropriate to karma—suited to their growth in right accordance with the “Patterns of the Heavens”, as those Patterns offer transformation to the lowly patterns of the Earth.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Cancer and R7

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.       R7

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


2.       R7

3.       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.


3.       Colors: violet and purple

4.       Note: Possibly MI flat or E flat


4.       Note: TI or B

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


5.       Expresses through the sacral center and also (at a later stage of evolution) through the base of the spine center. Additionally, throat center expression is found in disciples

6.       Creative Hierarchy number V, in process of liberation


6.       Creative Hierarchy number V, liberating, and Creative Hierarchy number VII/XII, unliberated

7.       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.


7.       Relates to the Kingdom of Solar Lives and the Mineral Kingdom

8.       Associated principally with the matter aspect


8.       Associated with the matter aspect, however, links the spirit, soul and matter aspects. “The Highest and the Lowest meet”.

9.       Associated with the “dark light” of matter


9.       Associated with the Shekinah, or the “Great White Light”—a far higher light than the light of matter 

10.   Insularity


10.   Linking, bridging, relating

11.   Traditionalism


11.   Re-patterning tradition—at least the Uranian aspect of the seventh ray does so.

12.   A water sign


12.   “The Fiery Unifier” (EP I 85)

13.   Deficient in the expression of will


13.   “The Expression of the Will” (EP I 85) The seventh ray is the lower expression of the first ray of Will and Power.

14.   Backward glancing, nostalgic


14.   One aspect of the seventh ray is progressive and reformative.

15.   Inclined to emotionalism


15.   More detached from emotion; a regulated emotional life

16.   Including, embracing, incorporating


16.   Linking, networking

17.   A sign, frequently, of weakness and imagined inferiority


17.   A ray of strength and independence

18.   Cancer for a long while is a sign of conventionality


18.   The seventh ray is, at first, conventional, but later becomes a sign of the occult.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Cancer and R7

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.      Cancer Transmits the Seventh Ray: The energy of Cancer is closely related to the energy of the seventh ray because Cancer transmits the seventh ray—constellationally.

B.     Manifestation: Cancer (with Capricorn) is a pre-eminent sign of manifestation, and the seven ray is the ray of manifestation.

C.     The “Matter” Aspect: Both influences are closely related to the matter aspect of divinity—the third aspect.

D.     Building the Form: Cancer is one of the chief builders of the form; the seventh ray, too, is a builder of the form. Ultimately both cooperate in the fulfillment of the mantram: “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”

E.     Traditionalism: Both influences conduce to a love of the traditional—unless the reformative, Uranian aspect of the seventh ray is in effect.

F.      Tribalism and Sectarianism: Both influences, in early evolutionary days, tend towards tribalism and sectarianism. There is a definite inside and outside. They protect what is inside from what is outside.

G.     Taboos—Traditional Codes of Conduct: For both influences (especially in early days) the concept of the taboo is strong. There are things which simply are not “done”. Reason does not apply; tradition determines the code of conduct.

H.     Synthesis and Wholeness: Both energies are energies of synthesis. Cancer sees and identifies with wholeness. The seventh ray creates an intelligent, organized synthesis upon the physical plane.

I.         Related through the Seventh Creative Hierarchy: Both influences are related to the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy—the “Baskets of Nourishment” (a rather Cancerian name). This Creative Hierarchy is ruled by the Moon (which is so strong in relation to Cancer). The seventh Creative Hierarchy represent the lower form of material lives—precisely those which are most influenced by the Cancerian energy. Because this Hierarchy is the seventh it is naturally ruled, in part, by the seventh ray. The Moon here (hierarchical ruler of Aquarius—the zodiacal ruler of this seventh Hierarchy) probably veils the planet Uranus, which distributes the seventh ray—here expressing in a very material way.

J.       Fear: In relation to both influences the factor of fear may be strong. For Cancer, it is the fear to depart from the past and established traditions. For the seventh ray, it is fear of deviating from established patterns of thought, behavior, etc. Excluding the Uranian factor which expresses through the seventh ray, both Cancer and the seventh ray can be seen as very conservative energies—the conserve the form.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Cancer and Ray 7

Dr. John Dee
Astrologer, Spy, Occultist

R. Buckminster Fuller
Inventor, Engineer, Futurist


Hubert Horatio Kitchener—Lord George Kitchener
English General

Henry Cabot Lodge

Franz Anton von Mesmer
Physician, Hypnotist