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

in progress

& Ray 4

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 4



Sun Leo (or Ascendant Leo), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R1 and R5

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges with respect to this combination, whether through rays transmitted constellationally through the sign Leo or through its ruling planets. There are only possible fourth ray associations with Neptune, the veiled esoteric ruler of Leo and co-ruler of the buddhic plane, the fourth plane. The appropriate category would be Weak—by Decanate Rulership or Numerical Association Only.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i. The self-centered flamboyance of the selfish Leo person combines with the undisciplined capriciousness induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii. An overly dramatic (Leo, fourth) presentation of self.

iii. Highly self-centered—(a trait of both Leo and the fourth ray, negatively considered)

iv. Capricious (ray four) arrogance (Leo). Expressing selfishly, according to whim. Considering only oneself. Hence, unreliable and unpredictable. The vicissitudes of personal process rule all relating.

v. Undisciplined (ray four) excess (Leo). Inability to conform or submit to law or rule. Rebellious attitudes.

vi. Aggressive, (Leo) combative (fourth ray) attitudes.

vii. Personality is in “full flower” and no laws, standards, rules or regulations are very useful in disciplining it.


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 self-revelatory, self-disclosing nature of the advancing Leo individual combines with the innate expressivity of the spiritually-unfolding ray four personality.

ii. Flourishing in the arts.

iii. Drama (Leo and ray four) as a means of intuitive (ray four) revelation.

iv. Spontaneity and strong improvisational abilities.

v. The bold expression of beauty. (It is interesting that the personality ray of Italy is the fourth and its soul is ruled by the sign, Leo).

vi. The emergence of vibrant livingness.

vii. On the Path of Discipleship: the creativity of the soul is expressed through a highly responsive personality.

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: there is a growing ability to access and express the “treasury” of the causal body and to express them as “talents”.

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: the heart is the fourth center and correlates with the fourth ray and Leo. There is growing ability to access love and intuition.


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 fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i. A vibrant authenticity characteristic of the soul-inspired disciple/initiate born in or under Leo, combines with a spontaneous, intuitive creativity (the “art of living”) induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii. The arresting radiance of the soul-inspired disciple/initiate born in or under Leo, combines with the harmony and beauty induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

iii. Intuition serves the revelation of Divine Beauty. Glorious beauty.

iv. Spectacular artistic achievement.

v. Harmonization (ray four) with the soul-will and Divine Will (Leo). Harmonization (ray four) with the Angel of the Presence and, eventually, with the Presence itself—hidden behind the “disk of golden light” (Leo).

vi. Perfected expression of the Higher Self through a spiritualized and beautified personality.

vii. Expression of the splendor of the Archetypal Worlds.

viii. The inspiration to be beautifully, through the Art of Living, exactly who one is—archetypally.



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

1. Achieve A Harmonized Individuality.

2. After Struggle, Let There Be The Triumph Of The Heart!

3. Appreciate The Drama Of Life With All Its Splendid Contrasts.

4. As King Upon The ‘Throne Of Soul’, Order The Conflict To Cease!

5. Attune To The Note Of The Deep Inner Self.

6. Be Colorful!

7. Be Magnificently Expressive!

8. Beautify The “Holy Place”!

9. Beautify Self-Expression.

10. Become An Expert In The Art Of Self-Revelation.

11. Bridge The Transition Between The Solar Planes Of Higher Mind And The Buddhic Plane.

12. Bring Peace To The Battlefield Of Raging Egos!

13. Bring Peaceful Integration To The Internecine Warfare Of The Once Divided Self.

14. Concentrate Deeply. Then, Utterly Centered, Invoke The Intuition.

15. Create Glorious Harmonies! (The Energies Of Italy Are The Leo Soul And Fourth Ray Personality)

16. Create “Magnificent Shows”!

17. Deliver Stellar Performances!

18. Discover Your Real Self In The Merging Of The Opposites.

19. Display Good Taste In Fashion; Avoid ‘Loud’ Dress.

20. Dramatize Humanity’s Struggles!

21. Dramatize Your Conflicts! All The Light And Dark! People Will Learn From What You Dare To Reveal.

22. Everything You Touch Shines With Expressivity.

23. Exemplify A Cooperative Attitude.

24. Express Beauty Splendidly!

25. Express The Human Drama Through The Arts!

26. Express Identity Harmoniously—A Harmonized Individuality.

27. Find Serenity Through The Relinquishment Of Egoistic Preoccupation.

28. Glorify Beauty Through Form!

29. Harmonize Individuals In Conflict.

30. Harmonize The Selves Within The Self.

31. Harmonize With The Individuality Of Others.

32. Help Conflicting ‘Egos’ Find Something In Common.

33. In The “One Self”, Behold The Drama Of The Many Little Selves.

34. Know Life As Tragedy And Comedy—Both And Neither!

35. Know That Buddhi Will Destroy The ‘Causal Sun’.

36. Know Yourself As The One Within And Behind Life’s Agonizing Struggles.

37. Let Intuition Reveal The Place Within The Plan Divine Where You Are Meant To Shine.

38. Let The Constant Fluctuation Of Light And Dark Lead To The Steadfast Shining Of The “Sun”!

39. “Let Two Merge With One”; Let Opposing Personalities Find Themselves As One Within The One Soul.

40. Lionize Culture!

41. Mediate Between ‘Kingdoms’.

42. Mediate Between Sovereign Nations.

43. Oh, “Corrector Of The Form”, Correct The Deficiencies Of The Personal Self.

44. Patronize The Arts.

45. Play The Role Of The One Who Struggles And Then Prevails!

46. Prepare For The Birth Of “Horus” (The Sun God) From The Throes Of Constant Pain And Struggle.

47. Ponder On The Astral-Buddhic Nature Of Our “Solar Logos”. In What Way Do You Resemble Him?

48. Produce Colorful Expressions.

49. Radiate Harmony!

50. Reconcile Individuals To Each Other. Reconcile The Self To All The Other Selves.

51. Reveal Illumined Symbols.

52. Reveal Life’s Contrasts For All To See; Reveal Accord Between Opposing Forces For All To See!

53. Show Everything—The Light, The Dark, The Good, The Ill—Show All

54. Show Forth The Revelations Of The Intuition.

55. Spontaneous, Unpredictable, Delightful, Amazing…These Words Describe Your Ways!

56. Stand For The Resolution Of Conflicts.

57. Struggle Towards Full Self-Expression!

58. Subject Yourself To The “Law Of Sacrifice”; The Sun Will ‘Go Out’ But Again Burst Forth In Glory!

59. Tell A Marvelous Story!

60. The Chastened Heart Is The Intuitive Heart. Your Sufferings Will Open The Door To Unmediated Perception.

61. Through Struggle And Pain, Find The Way To The Heart!

62. Throw Heart And Soul Into Revealing Beauty!

63. Transcend Personality Conflicts. Focussed Within The Radiant Light Of The Soul, See Them For What They Are.

64. Understand Life As A Play, A Drama In Countless Scenes!

65. Who Is The “Artist Of Your Life”? What Creation Does Your Soul Intend? What Creation Do You As Soul Intend?

66. With Beauty Charm And Sooth The “Savage Beast”!

67. Write Plays!



Mantra for Leo and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Two Merge with One”—with One Who is the Only Self, the One Complete Identity, Perceived at last when Selfhood has become the Point Relinquished.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R4/Leo

Vibrating to the ‘Spectrum of Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the Artist of Life’

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Leo and R3

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 R1 and R5 constellationally


1.       R4

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


2.       R4

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: yellow, green, cream (and, in fact, all colors)

4.       Note: Possibly MI or E


4.       Note: MI or E

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

6.       Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated


6.       Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, 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 Human Kingdom

8.       Leo is predominantly associated with the second aspect of divinity and to some degree with the first aspect.


8.       The fourth ray serves as a bridge between the various aspects.

9.       Related to the Law of Synthesis


9.       Related more to unification

10.   Royal selfhood


10.   Interplay with others

11.   The energy of will


11.   Conflict between the various aspects, and eventual harmonization

12.   The energy of certainty


12.   The energy of indecision

13.   Thus, unity of purpose


13.   Duality of purpose

14.   Loyalty


14.   Division leading often to betrayal; the “turncoat”

15.   The King


15.   The Fool

16.   Steadfastness


16.   Vacillation

17.   The edict


17.   The argument

18.   Imposition


18.   Cooperation

19.   Monarchy


19.   Democracy (with all its inefficiencies)

20.   Authority


20.   Reciprocity

21.   Related to the process of soul fusion and soul dominion


21.   Related either to personality life (the lower four) or to buddhic/intuitive influence emanating from the higher four (the threefold triad and the monad)

22.   Personality


22.   Multiple personality

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

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

leos      4rg

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.      Flare for the Dramatic: Leo and the fourth ray both share a flare for the dramatic. They are both very expressive influences, full of color and contrast.

B.     Drama of Experiential Living: Both influences incline towards the drama of experiential living. This requires a full entry into circumstance rather than a detached and theoretical view.

C.     Related to the Law of Repulse: Leo (with Scorpio and Pisces) can be connected to the Law of Repulse, the fourth Law of the Soul. Under this Law the soul repulses all that which is not itself or which does not serve itself. It does this for reasons of soul love (again Leo and solar fire). That this is the fourth law connects it, by numerical affinity, with the fourth ray.

D.     Imagination: Both influences induce in the human being the faculty of imagination.

E.     Unification: Both factors contribute to unification—Leo to a unification under a centralized authority, and the fourth ray to a cooperative and harmonious unification after the inevitable frictions in any newly created system have been worked through.

F.      Law of Magnetic Control: The Solar Angels (under Leo, and Capricorn) exert upon the personality the Law of Magnetic Control. This law is the fourth systemic law, and, hence, related to the fourth ray.

G.     Personality Integration: Both influences cooperate strongly in the integration of the personality. Leo represents the integrated personality, but the fourth ray must first contribute to the harmonization of the various personality aspects before they can be successfully integrated.

H.     Self-Centeredness: Both of these influences can, at a certain stage of evolution, contribute to self-centeredness. (cf. EP I 206)   Both types become the dramatic center of their own experience, and decentralization becomes an necessity.

I.         Related to Certain Second Initiation Processes: Solar Fire {transmitted through Leo} must permeate the astral body at the second initiation. As well, the astral body must be harmonized, and an adjustment made between the pairs of opposites to be found on that plane plane. This harmonization is the province of the fourth ray. At this degree, the astral body must begin to be a reflector of buddhi. The fourth ray is related to the fourth or buddhi plane by numerical affinity. Leo, through the agency of the Sun, is related to the buddhic plane; the buddhic plane is, in a way, the first of the solar planes on the cosmic physical plane. On the solar planes {the planes of the Spiritual Triad, and beyond} Love-Wisdom predominates.

J.       Related to Certain Processes At and Following the Third Initiation: The third initiation is the beginning of the glorification of the causal body. Following this initiation, it becomes a thing of great beauty and radiance—only to be destroyed when fulfillment or perfection {ruled by the fourth ray} is reached. The fourth ray aids in this beautification and has much to do with the opening of the synthesis petals {which are the fourth tier of petals}. Together, Leo and the fourth ray bring the causal body to consummation, prior to its destruction {partially through buddhi—ray four} at the Crucifixion.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 4 Leo

Claude Debussy
Composer, Founder of Impressionistic School

Albrecht Durer

Franz Liszt
Composer, Great Pianist

Marilyn Monroe

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Romantic Poet