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 Virgo with Ray 4



Sun Virgo (or Ascendant Virgo), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R2 and R6

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fourth ray transmitted through both Mercury and the Moon—respectively the exoteric and esoteric rulers of this sign. The esoterically veiled Vulcan, arguably, also has a fourth ray component; and esoterically veiled Neptune has a strong fourth ray association through buddhi. As well, fourth ray Mercury is exalted in this sign. Mercury is also a decanate ruler {first decanate counter-clockwise and third decanate clockwise} thus adding further strength.

The categories applicable to this reinforcement are Strong  by Rulership—Class 1 and Class 2. The mutual reinforcement of this combination of astro-rayological energies is, it would seem, equally strong for both the average individual and for the aspirant/disciple.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.  The petulant dissatisfaction of the self-centered Virgo person combines with the general attitude of reactive discontent induced within an insufficiently-spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii.  Pettiness, worry, fussiness.

iii.  Fretting over small matters. Fighting over little things. The ‘war of inconsequentials’.

iv. The smallest things can upset the psychological balance.

v.  Argumentative.

vi. Hyper critical in all matters of taste.

vii. Flagellation.

viii  Destructive friction in search of unattainable perfection.

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 high qualitative standards of the advancing Virgo individual combine with the love of beauty and aesthetic refinement induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

ii.   The cultivation and refinement of the mind, especially as an instrument of appreciation and creation.

iii.  A growing excellence in the field of the arts.

iv. Exercising the utmost discernment and discrimination in all matters of taste.

v.   Exercising exactitude in all musical matters. If notes, intervals or chords are out of tune, it is actually a source of pain.

vi. Doing all one can to resolve dissonance—whether of forms, color or sound.

vii.   Long and tedious labor so that beauty may emerge. Growing expertise in techniques of beautification.

viii. Artistic criticism with the purpose of maintaining high standards and preserving quality.

ix. A talent for finding, creating, creating or refining the gem or the jewel.

x.   On the Path of Discipleship: a keen development of the faculty of discrimination (related to Virgo and found on the fourth subplane of the mental plane).

xi. On the Path of Discipleship: seeking to fine-tune the personality vehicles to each other and to the soul.

xii.   On the Path of Discipleship: detecting the smallest physical, emotional or mental dissonance, and seeking to resolve it by fine adjustment.

xiii.  On the Path of Discipleship: seeking refinement in all intra-personal and inter-personal interplay.

xiv.   On the Path of Discipleship: using the arts as a source of spiritual elevation.

xv.   On the Path of Discipleship: beautification as purification.

xvi.   On the Path of Discipleship: harmonization as healing.

xvii.  On the Path of Discipleship: involvement in psychological healing. Healing the fragmented psyche. Learning to help the love principle emerge into the field of psychological conflict and stress.

xviii. On the Path of Discipleship: the quiet worker for improvement in all areas of the personal and group life.

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, Virgo, with the fourth ray as the ray of the personality or soul

i.     The deep appreciation of the perfection of Divinity possessed by the soul-inspired disciple/initiate born in or under Virgo, combines with the intuitive realization of the equivalency of Beauty and Truth induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii.   Beautifying form to better reflect divine patterns.

iii.  The disciple, identified as soul,  becomes the “Corrector of the Form”, so that divine beauty may emerge.

iv. The one who knows archetypal perfection and labors to present that perfection in form as a contribution to the emergence of the Divine Plan. (The monadic plane, ruled by Jupiter and Virgo, is, for practical purpose, plane on which perfect archetypes are found.)

v.   Finding divine beauty in the smallest aspect of Nature. Full of loving appreciation for the Work of the Creator.

vi. Knowing how to recognize, cherish and utilize the gems and jewels of spiritual living.

vii.   A deep appreciation for the beauty of “Mother Earth”.

viii.  The art of harmonizing emergent Love-Wisdom with the conditions of matter.

ix. Intuiting the art, song and dance of the angels. Virgo is closely related to the Deva Kingdom, and the fourth ray is numerically resonant with the fourth or buddhic plane upon which man and angel meet in harmonious cooperation.

x.  Beautifying the “Mother” for the sake of Her union with the “Father”.

xi. Reexamine closely



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



Mantra for Virgo and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Two Merge with One”—a One in which the Father/Mother/Child are also One, with God and Matter Joining through the Light of Christ, the Son.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R4/Virgo

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 Virgo and R4

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 R2 and R6 constellationally


1.        R4

2.        Transmits principally R4, R4/6/1 and R2 through its planetary rulers (unveiled and veiled)


2.        R4

3.        Colors: yellow (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) yellow-green, green, greenish-blue.


3.        Colors: yellow, green, cream

4.        Note: Possibly FA or F


4.        Note: MI or E

5.        Expresses principally through the solar plexus center and later the heart center, through Neptune and Jupiter. Some ajna center expression likely through Mercury. Since Virgo is the sixth sign, sacral center expression (through the Moon) is likely, in relation to conception and the gestation period.


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 II/VII, unliberated


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

7.        Hypothesized as being especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via the Moon/Vulcan, the Vegetable Kingdom via Moon/Neptune and Jupiter, the Animal Kingdom via the Moon, the Human Kingdom via Mercury and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives via Jupiter.


7.        Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Human Kingdom

8.        Relates to the realm of the monad ruled by Jupiter and Virgo.


8.        Relates to the buddhic plane whereon the Fourth Creative Hierarchy, the “Initiates” find their expression

9.        Relates to the entire fourfold lunar realm as the Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo


9.        Relates to the super-lunar world of the buddhic plane within the Triad

10.     Mentally rational


10.     Mentally intuitive

11.     Logical in thought


11.     More capricious or free-associative in thought

12.     Analytical


12.     Unitive. Seeing relationships more in terms of similarities than differences

13.     Cool or restrained in the emotional life


13.     Often, struggling, turbulent or expressive in the emotional life

14.     Tendency towards discipline in the physical plane life


14.     Tendency towards lack of discipline in the physical life, and in general (except in artistic matters)

15.     Purificatory


15.     Mixing and promiscuous

16.     Critical


16.     Often more tolerant and accepting of diversity and difference

17.     Cleaving


17.     Bridging

18.     Precise in matters of form


18.     Often more vague in relation to perception of form (other influences notwithstanding). Color sense more precise; sense of form, more diffuse

19.     Tendency to be concrete


19.     Tendency towards abstraction: “The Mountain whereon Form dies” (EP I 71)

20.     Hesitating to confront directly


20.     Confrontational

21.     Cautious and provident


21.     Often more reckless and foolhardy

22.     Tendency towards consistency


22.     Tendency towards inconsistency and discontinuity

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

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

virgobaby  virgoflowerfour

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.     Virgo Has Two Rulers Transmitting the Fourth Ray: Virgo is closely related to the fourth ray because two of its rulers, Mercury and the Moon are distributors of the fourth ray.

B.     Related Through the Fourth Member of the Divine Quaternary: The fourth ray is related to the fourth or “Mother” aspect in what might be called the ‘Quaternary of the Divine Family’. Since Virgo is also the “Mother”, a strong line of connection between Virgo and the fourth ray is established.

C.    Refinement and Perfectionism: These two influences share a certain desire for refinement or perfectionism. The fourth ray is the “corrector of the form” (EP I 71), and Virgo is well known for high standards and for taking pains in relation to small matters. Interestingly the psychic ability called “Perfection” is found upon the fourth subplane of the Atmic plane.

D.     Discrimination: Both Virgo and fourth ray types can be discriminative. The fourth ray is full of contradictions. In relation to most qualities, it both is, and is not. But is must be noted that the fourth subplane of the mental plane is given to the faculty of discrimination. (cf. TCF 188) In this instance, the personal ego is discriminated from all other personal egos and from the soul on the higher mental plane.

E.      Dualism of Soul and Personality: In or under Virgo, the dualism of soul and personality is realized. This dualism is also revealed and practiced under the influence of the fourth ray.

F.      The Elementals of the Fourfold Personality: Both Virgo and the fourth ray relate to the fourfold personality. The Moon as esoteric ruler of Virgo connects this sign with all lunar elementals of the personality nature. The fourth ray, as well, has numerical affinity with the fourfold personality.

G.     Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: Virgo is sign of purification, which relates it to the focus upon purification found at the second degree. Purification at that initiation is largely of the emotional body; the objective and discriminative attitude of Virgo helps in that regard. Virgo also conveys the “Christ-energy” which, at the second degree must begin to replace desire (especially selfish desire). The fourth ray is also related to this Christ-energy. The energy of the fourth plane—buddhi—is, from one perspective, the unifying, harmonizing Christ-energy. The fourth ray helps to harmonize and balance the astral body, opening it to the coming Christ. Perhaps this is why the second degree has so much to do with the culture and the appreciation of beauty.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Virgo & Ray 4

Frederick Chopin

Johann von Goethe

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Amadeo Modigliani

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oscar Wilde