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 Leo with Ray 2



Sun Leo (or Ascendant Leo), R2P (or R2S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1 and R5

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies due to the second ray transmitted through the Sun—ruler of Leo on all three levels—and monadically through Neptune, the veiled esoteric ruler of Leo.

The applicable category is Strong by Rulership—Classes 1, 2, and 3. The reinforcement is at its strongest for advanced second ray disciples, Class 2, coming as they do under Sun-veiled Neptune {connected to the “Heart of the Sun” and the “Solar Flames”}

Additionally, Leo, is directly associated with the heart and, thus, with the second aspect of divinity and the second ray. As well, the Sun may veil second ray Jupiter, exoterically, and Uranus, the veiled hierarchical ruler has a second ray association — Sirius/Pisces/Uranus.

Second ray Jupiter as ruler of the first decanate exoterically and the third, esoterically, strengthen the reinforcement, as does the second ray Sun {possessing both a second ray soul and personality}, ruler of the second decanate {in both exoteric and esoteric order}.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

  1. The vanity and self-absorption of the self-centered Leo person combine with the lax, self-indulgent attitudes 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.)
  2. Premature self-satisfaction and contentment.
  3. Laziness. The lion must come out of his lair.
  4. Narcissism. Naïve self-congratulation.
  5. The love of popularity, applause, admiration. Susceptibility to flattery. “The love of being loved” (GWP 122)
  6. The “fashion plate”. The “center-fold”.
  7. Constant need for attention, and indulgence in “attention-getting” behaviors.
  8. Glorying in being “someone special”.


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
    1. The Self-expressive, individuated attitudes of the developing Leo person combine with the expansive positivity induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality  by the second ray.

    2. Rapidly developing self-understanding. The dictum—“Know-thyself”—is in process of being fulfilled.

    3. The radiation of a sunny disposition. The emergence of happiness and joy.

    4. Psychological (second ray) authenticity (Leo).

    5. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to warm his brothers and yet not heat himself.

    6. On the Path of Discipleship: carrying “a pot of fire to warm his fellowmen” (GWP 51)

    7. On the Path of Discipleship; the sharing of loving encouragement.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: appreciation of and validation of the selfhood of others.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: “Joy is a special wisdom”.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: the gradual emergence of the wisdom (second ray) born from individual experience (Leo).

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: the energy of the “Heart of the Sun” emerges in the consciousness—more gently, perhaps, than in the case of Leo and the sixth ray, in relation to which it also emerges.

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, Leo, with the second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul
    1. The power identify with and  to radiate the light of the soul characteristic of the soul-inspired disciple/initiate born in or under Leo, combines with the radiant love-wisdom induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

    2. Undimmed positivity based upon un-clouded soul radiation.

    3. The joy and, even, bliss of identification with soul and then with spirit. “Naught is but me”. (EP II 84)

    4. Identification with the Heart of Love, and the Path of the Heart. Heart-centered living (remembering that the soul can be understood as the heart).

    5. Achieved decentralization which finds the center of Selfhood at all points. “The relinquished point”. (EA 332)

    6. Solar identification leading to Sirian orientation.

    7. Spiritual generosity, magnanimity. Abundant sharing of Selfhood.

    8. Completed understanding that God’s Will is Love.


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

1.    Accept And Promote All Other Selves.

2.    Assure Others—“What You Are Is Good”!

3.    Attract The Light Of The Soul Into All Personal Expressions.

4.    Be The Loving Heart Of Those You Gather Round.

5.    Be Open-Hearted And Radiate Positivity!

6.    Become A Radiant Example Of Love In Action!

7.    Bestow The Blessings Of The Heart Far And Wide!

8.    Bless Individuality And The Revelation Of Talents.

9.    Build The “Temple Of The Sun”—The ‘Temple Of Solar-Man’!

10.   Call Men’s Attention To The Source Of Light Within Each Being.

11.  Cultivate Courage—A Quality Of The Heart, Knowing That “Perfect Loves Casteth Out All Fear”!

12.   Demonstrate Unity.

13.   Discover The Self That Is ‘We’.

14.   Display The Glory Of The Soul, Oh, “Displayer Of Glory”!

15.   Dissolve The Lower Self In The “Mystery Of Love”

16.   Dramatize The Teaching!

17.   Draw Forth The Selfhood Of Others. Educate!

18.   Embody Love-Wisdom.

19.   Encourage Self-Revelation.

20.   Evoke The “Radiance Within The Form”.

21.   Exemplify Warmth Of Heart.

22.   Expand The Heart Until It Embraces All!

23.   Express The Light Of The Soul!

24.   Express The “Will To Illumine”!

25.   Feel Your Identity As Group Identity, As The One Identity!

26.   Find The Way To Dissolve Ring-Pass-Nots Between Self And Other Selves; Include Them In Your Sense Of Self.

27.   Gather A Community Of Hearts!

28.   Give Others The Greatest Gift—The Affirmation Of Their Selfhood!

29.   Glorify The Power Of Love!

30.   Hold The Sun In Your Heart!

31.   Illuminate The Group!

32.   Immersed Within The Unity, Ignore The Customary Boundaries Of Selfhood.

33.   Increase The Radiance Of The Higher Self!

34.   Integrate The Soul And Personality Through Loving-Understanding.

35.   Invite The Authenticity Of Others To Emerge.

36.   Know Thyself—Intuitively!

37.   Large-Heartedness! This Is The Way For You!

38.   “Let The Group Know There Are No Other Selves.”

39.   Let Thy Life Be An Ever Radiant Blessing!

40.   Let The Love Of The “Ageless Wisdom” Augment Your Radiance!

41.   Let Your Motto Be—“Generosity Of Self”!

42.   Light The World With The “Light Of The Soul”

43.   Live In The Truth Of This Mantram: “Naught Is But Me!”

44.   Lovingly Encourage The Emergence Of Radiant Selfhood In All You Meet.

45.   Magnetize Hearts!

46.   Magnify The Power Of Love!

47.   Outgrow The Lower Ego. Learn To Live Beyond Its Tiny Circle.

48.   Patiently Draw Forth The Light That Seeks To Shine.

49.   Pour Forth Soul Energy For The Spiritual Sustenance Of All.

50.   Present Education For The Soul.

51.   Promote Above All The Emergence Of The Self.

52.   Radiant Treasures Are Yours. Dispense Them Generously.

53.   Radiate The Light!

54.   Recognize Each Other Self As None Other Than The “One Self”.

55.   Release The Contents Of Your Causal Body Into Full Expression.

56.   Remove The Bushel From The Light It Hid; Encourage Others To Let Their Light Shine!

57.   Represent The Magnificence Of The Radiant Self!

58.   Reveal The Nature Of Identity!

59.   Reveal The Divine-Pattern!

60.   Reveal What Happened To You; Thus Inspire In Others The Courage To Emerge.

61.   Sacrifice Heart And Soul To The Cause Of Right Human Relations.

62.   See Through The ‘Eye Of The Heart’!

63.   Sense The Nature Of Causal Groupings On The Higher Mental Plane.

64.   Share Authentic Wisdom—The Wisdom That Is Your Own.

65.   Shed Abroad The Light Of Wisdom!

66.   Shine Forth!

67.   Steadily Shines The Sun; Shine Likewise, With Stead Radiance.

68.   Sustain Groups Through The Energy Of The Heart.

69.   Teach By Example!

70.   Teach Self-Expression.

71.   Think And Say, “Bless Your Heart”, And Mean It!

72.   Transcend Ordinary Individuality Through Identification With A Larger, More Encompassing Self.

73.   Understand That “Joy Is A Special Wisdom”.

74.   Understand The Cause Of Weakness And Overcome It.

75.   Understand The Foolishness Of Pride; Expand Beyond Your Little Circle!

76.   Unify Selfhood! Integrate All Aspects Of The Self!

77.   Unite Individuals.

78.   Value Other Selves; Thus Strengthen Their Self-Confidence!

79.   Vitalize Right-Relations.

80.   Walk The Earth As A Radiant Sun Of Love And Wisdom

81.   Warm The Hearts Of Others With Solar Fire.

82.   Welcome The Self-Revelation Of Others.

83.   What, Really, Is A Self? Ponder Deeply!



Mantra for Leo and the Second Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“I See the Greatest Light”—in which the Self is seen as One—a One Revealed when Consciousness is Merged within the One Complete Identity and, Selfhood has become a Point Relinquished.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R2/Leo

Focussed at the center of the Lotus Blue, the Scholar/Teacher


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Leo 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 R1 and R5 constellationally


1.       R2

2.       Transmits principally R2, R6 and R7 through its planetary rulers (unveiled and veiled)


2.       R2

3.       Colors: orange (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) yellow (golden-yellow), yellow-green, green (not likely, but presented for completeness.)


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

4.       Note: Possibly MI or E


4.       Note: SOL or G

5.       Expresses principally through the heart center (via Sun and Jupiter). Expresses later at the crown or dome of the head through the twelve-petalled heart within the head. An earlier and far more separative solar plexus expression is also likely. Ajna expression reasonable at the time the integration of the dominant personality.


5.       Expresses through the heart chakra; the “heart in the head” and also through the spleen as solar prana on our planet

6.       Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated


6.       Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, unliberated

7.       Hypothesized as being especially expressive in relation to the Human Kingdom via the Sun, the Kingdom of Souls via the Sun and Neptune, and the Kingdom of Solar Lives via the Sun and Uranus. Associations with the Mineral Kingdom and Vegetable Kingdom can also be argued.


7.       Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

8.       Linked to “God Immanent” and “God Transcendent”


8.       Linked solely to “God Immanent”

9.       In Leo the factor of will (often imperious) is emphasized. The strong will.


9.       The second ray does not emphasize the strong will so much as the good will or loving will.

10.   As a factor conditioning the personality, can induce arrogance and pride.


10.   A more self-effacing energy (though pride of a different kind is still possible)

11.   Tends towards centralization and needs decentralization


11.   Tends towards decentralization and needs centralization (of the right kind)

12.   Known for its apparent strength


12.   Known for its initial and apparent weakness (self-pity, etc.)

13.   Emotionally dramatic


13.   Emotionally more quiet

14.   Mentally dominating


14.   Mentally more inclusive

15.   The dramatic ego (in earlier days)


15.   The quieter participant

16.   The soul experienced as the “Lion who seeks its prey” (EA 143)


16.   The soul experienced as the gentle guide, illuminator and savior of the personality

17.   Frequently, the royalty of power. Later, he who would be king must be servant of all.


17.   Love-divine rules all.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Leo 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.      “God the Son”: Both energies are linked to “God the Son”.

“God Immanent”: Both energies are linked to “God Immanent”, though Leo, the King, could also be linked to “God Transcendent” (the “One without a Second”).

Linked to Sirius: Both energies have a strong Sirian connection. Sirius is especially linked to the Solar Logos of our solar system. The second ray, likewise, plays an important role in our solar system as well as in the Sirian system.

Linked to Sanat Kumara and the Christ: Both energies are strongly linked to Sanat Kumara and to the Christ. Each of these Beings, in His own sphere, is a king (Leo) of love (second ray).

The Heart and the Heart Center: Both energies are linked to the heart, and both express through the heart center.

Solar Fire and the “Heart of the Sun”: Both Leo and the second ray are sources of solar fire, and are linked to the “Heart of the Sun”.

The Factor of “Soul”: Each of these energies is linked to the soul factor in man. The soul and causal body are conditioned by Leo. The causal body as a ‘sun flower’ is a Leonian flower. The soul in its entirety is linked to the great second ray of Love-Wisdom (regardless of what its ray may be).

Linked Through the Monad: In a certain respect, the monad is the king of the human system. As well, the monad is the source of saving and redeeming love and, from its focus upon the second plane of the cosmic physical plane, expresses the second ray of Love-Wisdom.

The Consciousness Factor: Both Leo and the second ray are related to the consciousness factor in man, the solar system and beyond.

Self-Effacement: Leo, too (once sufficient evolutionary experience has been gathered) can express itself through the self-effacement characteristic of the second ray.

The Heart of Hierarchy: These influences meet in the Christ who is the loving heart of the Hierarchy.

Related to the First Initiation: Classically, Leo rules the first initiation. At that initiation, one of the important centers stimulated is the heart, ruled by both Leo and the second ray. Further, although first and seventh ray influences predominate at the first initiation, the initiate becomes a member of a second ray kingdom, the “Kingdom of Souls”—the Fifth Kingdom.

Related to the Second Initiation: Leo is further connected to the second ray through its role in the second initiation, an initiation necessarily associated by the second ray even though ruled primarily by the sixth. Leo (through Neptune, its Sun-veiled esoteric ruler) releases the second ray energies of the “Heart of the Sun” into the astral body of the initiate, bringing second ray love more potently into the astral field.

Related to Processes Important at the Third Initiation: It is said that “Leo indicates the height of achievement of the human soul”. (cf. EA 147-148) “This achievement reaches its goal at the third initiation and from that time on man, liberated and free, serves from free choice and as a soul, conscious of intent and purpose upon the physical plane”. (EA 148) This is an initiation at which “light supernal” is release, especially in relation to Capricorn, but it must be remembered that Leo is a sign of great luminosity—the “Will to Illumine”. At the third degree, the power of the soul {ruled generically by the second ray} assumes a dominating (Leo) position. The second ray soul is also the most vivid: “The vivid light of the second ray soul (the most vivid in this second ray solar system) dominates the light of form and radiates out to the triadal light”. (R&I 516). Thus does the second ray contribute to soul dominance and the intense light of the third initiation.

Related to Processes Important at the Fourth Initiation: As the third and the fourth initiation can often be taken in the same incarnation, it is possible to be born with Leonian second ray equipment suited to bring about transfiguration at the third degree, and still have that equipment be useful in the process of achieving the fourth degree. At the fourth initiation, the heart center is the center especially involved; this immediately implicates both Leo and the second ray. As well, the causal body (ruled by Leo, for that body is the ‘Sun Flower’, and the work of the Solar Angles) is destroyed. Perhaps Pluto would be opposed the Sun in Leo, or Pluto might sit on the seventh house cusp, opposed a Leo rising sign. The result of this destruction {carried forth under the second aspect of the will} is a flooding of the consciousness with buddhi, which is the second principle numerically associated with the second ray. Of course, Leo/second ray could not, alone, account for the possibility of taking the fourth initiation—destructive influences are needed. However, in many respects they are correlated with other processes and developments which are equally as much a part of the fourth initiation as is the destruction.

Conceivably Related to the Fifth Initiation: Leo is the fifth sign, and would naturally have numerical affinity with the fifth initiation. Further, the themes of the fifth initiation— “Revelation” —correspond exactly to the luminous, demonstrative nature of Leo. Leo, as well, transmits the first ray, which is needed at the fifth initiation. As for the second ray, it fits with the general theme of “Revelation”. The second ray is correlated to the “Greatest Light”; the second ray Word of Power is, “I see the Greatest Light”. At the completion of the human stage of the antahkarana (Mastership—for a Master is still a man—{cf. R&I 21}), the “Greatest Light” shines forth. Certainly, that which is seen at the third initiation is only a reflection of this great illumination.

Conceivably Related to the Seventh Initiation: This is purely speculative, but the second ray is the ruler of the seventh initiation, and the Solar Logos (correlated to Leo and the second ray) is an extremely important part of that initiation—which might be called ‘Solar Mastership’ or the ‘Sirian Transfiguration’. One becomes a heart of Love-Wisdom, and a true “Son of the Sun”— although that term is used for initiations which are but lower reflections of this stage. At this initiation, it might be said that the monad “returns home”, for the monad is “that which finds its home with in the sun” (IHS 196)

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 2 Leo

Alice A. Bailey
Amanuensis to the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul

Carl Jung

Maria Montessori
Progressive, Transformational Educator

Paramahansa Yogananda
Indian Yogi, Guru, Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship