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

in progress

& Ray 5

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 5



Sun Virgo (or Ascendant Virgo), R5P (or R5S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R2 and R6

A mild mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fifth ray {probably monadic} component of Mercury, the exoteric ruler of Virgo. The fifth ray component of Mercury is presently not as powerful as one day it will be—perhaps in the next solar system.

The operative category of reinforcement would be Mild by Rulership—what is probably a monadic ray must filter-down into a more customary, “orthodox” setting, for Mercury is the orthodox ruler of Virgo. The fifth ray and Virgo, however, share the factor of analysis and so the fifth ray presence—even though it may emanate from the highest part of Mercury—is not negligible. Perhaps, the fifth ray is built very strongly into the nature of Mercury as a mental ray, in which case it would be far more accessible to the average individual.

It is difficult to know how much weight to give to the rays which condition the personality vehicles of a planetary deity. Firstly, we cannot be sure which rays to assign; secondly, we cannot be sure of the degree to which such rays have been subsumed in the normally designated rays of the planetary god—the personality or soul ray.

Nevertheless, by the Law of Analogy, it stands to reason that, just as the rays conditioning the personality vehicle of a man are important to his overall presentation-of-self, so they would be to a greater entity. Even in the case of the Christ and the Buddha {both of whom had reached a high level of spirit/soul synthesis, the ray of the mental vehicle was considered important and was given a ray to be considered.} If then, the fifth ray were to be found within the mind of Mercury, the operative category of mutual reinforcement would be more Moderate or Moderately Strong than Mild.

From another perspective, the constellation Virgo, itself, so strongly related to the third ray, especially in the last solar system, is, for this very reason, very resonant to the fifth ray.

Further, Mercury and Venus are both decanate rulers of Virgo. Venus, ruler of the third decanate {in esoteric order} and of the first {in exoteric order}, strongly transmits the fifth ray. The Mercury decanate rulerships are exactly reversed. Virgo is also associated with the factor of analysis as is the fifth ray.

The movement within Virgo seems to be from mind to heart. Nevertheless, the position of Venus in the last decanate illustrates the importance of the fifth ray and the mind even in the later stages of development of the Virgo initiate.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.   The preoccupation with sensory reality characteristic of the self-centered Virgo person combines with the narrow and prejudiced attitude induced within an insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

ii.   “Matter reigns” again, as in the case with selfish use of the third ray and Virgo.

iii.  The “Glamor of Knowledge and Definition” (GWP 122)

iv. Destructive analysis. “The power to rationalise and destroy”. (EP II 42)

v.   Harsh rejection of all that is not considered logical or rational.

vi. Splitting hairs, and then splitting the ones that have been split. Irrelevant exactitude of thought.

vii. Skepticism, doubt, disbelief.

viii “Only the dense physical world is real. All psychology and spirituality, even mind itself, is an artifact of matter”.

ix. “Learning more and more about less and less, until one knows everything about nothing”.

x.   Ultra-specialization out of all relation to the larger context.

xi. Rejection of length, width, breadth. Contentment with a narrow and well-defined world.

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 careful observation and practical understanding characteristic of the advancing Virgo individual combine with the capacity for accuracy and truthfulness induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the fifth ray.

ii.   Expertise. Specialization as a contribution to human welfare (not as a defense against the wider world.

iii. Growing expertise in the field of logic and discriminative thinking.

iv. The stocking of the mind with facts.

v.   Exacting truthfulness—to one’s self and other.

vi. Strong medical interests; ability in diagnosis.

vii. On the Path of Discipleship: sound development of the Science of Meditation. (Meditation, per se, is ruled by the sign Virgo, just as contemplation is ruled by Libra, etc.,.)

viii On the Facility: a marked facility for studying and applying Raja Yoga.

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: the facile detection of glamor—one’s own or that of another.

x.   On the Path of Discipleship: facility with the “Technique of Light”, through which glamor can be dissipated.

xi. On the Path of Discipleship: facility for developing and utilizing the “Attitude of the Observer”. A gradually growing objectivity concerning all personality states.

xii.   On the Path of Discipleship: correct estimation of one’s own status and that of others. Knowing with accuracy what has been done, and what remains to be done.

xiii On the Path of Discipleship: the attack on glamor may be successful, but there may be danger of illusion through an overly-fragmented mental consciousness.

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 fifth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.   The reverence for the Christ-presence within the field of all manifested forms—a characteristic possessed by the soul-inspired disciple/initiate born in or under Virgo, combines with a great capacity for discovery and revelation of the Light induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

ii.   Strides are made in developing the science of the soul. The disciple/initiate becomes a technician in the application of this science.

iii.  The overshadowing soul emerges as a spiritual technician, and where necessary, a spiritual surgeon.

iv. The techniques whereby the substance of the personality vehicles can manipulated and mastered by the human soul are learned.

v.   The formulas related to the keynotes and vibratory frequencies of matter within the three worlds begins to emerge in consciousness.

vi. The techniques whereby the Christ can be brought into emergence through matter are learned and applied.

vii. The technique of transmutation becomes a science, not a reflex action of correctly applied spiritual psychology.

viii. The initiate becomes increasingly adept at the Science of Redemption. He learns to work intelligently in matter with the three lower kingdoms as well as with the Human Kingdom.

ix. A practical understanding of the permanent atoms grows.

x. The technicalities of the Science of Initiation are revealed and gradually applied.

xi. The “Son of Mind” becomes glorified. Intelligence is exalted and becomes luminous and filled with love.

xii.  The man masters energy so that the Christ Life may emerge in greater power and beauty through matter and form.

xiii. The “Garment of God” glorifies the Wearer of the Garment—the planetary Christ/Soul.



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



Mantra for Virgo and the Fifth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Three Minds Unite” Perceiving in the “Light Supernal”, Father/Mother/Child as One, and God and Matter Joining through the Light of Christ, the Son.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R5/Virgo

Intent within a ‘Beam of Intensely Focussed Light Divine’ the ‘Scientist of Life’

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Virgo and R5

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 R2 and R6 constellationally


1.        R5

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


2.        R5

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: orange (exoteric), indigo-blue (esoteric)

4.        Note: Possibly FA or F


4.        Note: LA or A

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

6.        Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, unliberated


6.        Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated and Creative Hierarchy number V/X, 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 Human Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

8.        Relates to the third or “Mother” aspect of divinity


8.        Through its affinity with the third ray, can relate to the matter aspect, but also has facility to transfer consciousness into the “Son” and the “Father”

9.        Interested more in refinement


9.        Interested more strictly in functionalism

10.     Holds within itself the capacity for cherishing and devotion—especially when influenced by the 2-4-6 line with which Virgo is so abundantly endowed


10.     Rarely given to a cherishing or devotional attitude (other factors notwithstanding)

11.     Once love is awakened, can give a tendency towards Bhakti Yoga—the Yoga of Devotion


11.     Given a preference for Gnani Yoga—the Yoga of Knowledge

12.     Gives facility for intelligent psychism


12.     At first skeptical and repudiating of psychism. Later, a student of psychism without, necessarily, having the receptivity

13.     Related to biological processes


13.     Related to mechanical processes

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Virgo and R5

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.     Sharing Many Similarities: An unusual number of similarities can be found between these two energies.

B.     Criticism: Both Virgo and the fifth ray share a tendency towards harsh criticism. The fifth and the third rays are intensely critical.

C.     Meticulousness: Both of these influences share a passion for meticulousness; this is not the case when comparing Virgo with the third ray.

D.     Concretion: Both share a capacity for producing concretion, and relate most readily to the more concrete  planes.

E.      Analysis: Both influences are intensely analytical, and that analysis tends to apply to the realm of physical process.

F.      Useful in Raja Yoga: Both influences incline towards success in the field of Raja Yoga, the “Kingly Science of the Soul” approached through the control of the mind.

G.     Skepticism: Both share a pronounced skepticism.

H.     Study of the Garment of God: Both Virgo and the fifth ray tend to study the “Garment of God” (the ‘robe or matter’ worn by Deity).

I.        Specialization: Both, as well, share a tendency towards specialization, leading them into the “Glamor of assurance based upon a narrow point of view”. (GWP 122)

J.       Emotional Coolness: Both types tend towards coolness or coldness in the emotional life.

K.     Mechanical Ability: For both, there may be mechanical ability, and the capacity to fix and repair.

L.      Glamor of Materiality and Form: Both Virgo and the fifth ray share in the “Glamor of Materiality or overemphasis on form” (GWP 122) The early mantram for Virgo is, “Let matter reign”, and its involvement with the third aspect of divinity is well-recognized.

M.    Glamor of Organization: Both frequently succumb to the “Glamor of Organization”

N.     Glamor of Intellect: Before the energy of love has made its presence felt, both types demonstrate the “Glamor of the Intellect”

O.     Related to Processes Important During and After the Second Initiation: The second initiation is the “Baptism” focusing on purification; Virgo is a sign of purification. At the second degree, purification of the emotional vehicle is important, and discriminating Virgo can be of assistance. But equally important is purification of the mind, and the logic, analysis and careful thought of Virgo helps to create “illumination of the mind and spiritual intelligence” which must be to a certain present at the time of the initiation and must develop following that degree. To this general trend, the illuminating fifth ray can only contribute, bringing deglamorization and illumination of the astral body, and an increasingly mental focus and capacity for objective thought.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Virgo & Ray 5

 Nicolaus Copernicus

Hermann Helmholz

John Locke

Wilhelm Rontgen

Earnest Rutherford