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

in progress

& Ray 1

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 Libra with Ray 1



Sun Libra (or Ascendant Libra), R1P (or R1S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3

For most people, a moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges from the filtered-down first ray components of Uranus and Saturn, the esoteric and hierarchical rulers, respectively, of Libra. For initiates with the first ray pronounced within the three periodical vehicles, the applicable category would be Strong by Rulership—Class 2 and Class 3.). The monadic first ray of Uranus would have some influence upon first ray disciples and certainly upon first ray initiates, even though they would be moving towards alignment with Saturn, the hierarchical ruler.

First ray energy is also powerfully transmitted through Saturn {probably through the personality vehicle}. Even though manifesting, most probably, as the personality ray of Saturn, this first ray {so active in a Triangle like Leo/Saturn/Shamballa} would powerfully influence the lives of first ray initiates whose Sun Sign or Ascendant was Libra. The first ray appears again through Saturn as ruler of the second decanate {in both clockwise and counter-clockwise order}. It can be seen that the more advanced the first ray individual, the more powerfully would the mutual reinforcement be experienced.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being
      1. The selfishly regulatory attitude of the self-centered Libra person—arranging the environment to suit personal comfort, combines with the love of control induced within the insufficiently-spiritualized personality by the first 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. The love of social power and status.

      3. The leader of a privileged social group or class: oligarchy, aristocracy.

      4. Using one’s will to strengthen an oppressive society.

      5. Using the law to protect unfair social advantages. Using the system.

      6. Harsh measures taken against anyone who tries to “rock the boat”, even if for fair and just reasons.

      7. Upholding a status quo which supports selfish privilege

      8. The tendency to become a strong enemy or opponent. Unforgiving opposition.

      9. An aggressive adversarial stance.

      10. The selfish determination to “get even” with enemies.

      11. Harsh judgments upon others. The “hanging judge”. The biased, selfishly-motivated judge. Justice without mercy. Concealing one’s own cruelty behind the law.

      12. Casting oneself as “God’s avenging angel” and enjoying the role for personal reasons.

      13. The force of society and social custom oppressing the rights of individuals.

      14. Injustice.

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
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Libra, with the first ray as
either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The developing sense of right relationship and fairness characteristic of the advancing Libra individual combine with the ‘strong-principled’ attitude induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the first ray.

    2. Strong sense of social justice.

    3. High principles and a determination to be fair in all dealings.

    4. High standards of conduct and behavior.

    5. Faithfulness in one’s relationships; holding to the principle of fidelity.

    6. Firm measures taken against law-breakers.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: helping to create and uphold legislation which will help spiritual values to emerge in society.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to abide by and uphold the laws of the soul in order to achieve balance and equilibrium within the personality system, and in interpersonal relations.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to use the will of the soul to create right relationship between personality vehicles, and between the personality vehicles and the soul.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: firmly adhering to the “Golden Rule”. Not allowing oneself any trespass against another.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to work for peace.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to face karma with fortitude.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: learning how to make the “hard choices” with courage, by adhering to spiritual principle.

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, Libra, with the first ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The deep understanding of the union of Divine Justice and Divine Love characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Libra, combines with the determination to use the Will for the promotion of love and right human relationships—a quality induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

    2. Deeply identified with Karmic Law.

    3. Understanding oneself and one’s role as an Agent of Karma.

    4. Learning to be an impersonal Agent of Karma. Carrying out difficult decisions and judgments without any personal investment or identification.

    5. Upholding the Principles of Law as the greatest mercy to one and all. Being firm so that Divine Love and Divine Justice may emerge.

    6. Adhering with steadfastness to the Laws of the Soul in all one’s interpersonal and group interactions.

    7. Living the principles of the Noble Eightfold Path, and bending the will to adhere to them.

    8. Understanding Shamballa as the place of perfect peace, and the laws of man as a dim reflection of Shamballic Law and, thus, intended to promote true peace within humanity.

    9. Eventually, treading with fortitude the Royal Road to Shamballa. Ascending via the Sushumna (the “central channel”).



(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 and Counsels for Libra and the First Ray
(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)

      1. Abstract From All Lesser Relationships

      2. Assess The Potential For Destruction

      3. Balance Opposing Powers

      4. Base Relationship Upon High Standards

      5. Cooperate In Strength—Become Allies

      6. Demand Equality

      7. Enforce Justice

      8. Fortify Allegiances

      9. Illuminate With Lightning The Path To Shamballa

      10. Insist Upon Fairness

      11. Judge According To Principles

      12. Legislate According To Purpose

      13. Liberate through the Achievement of Perfectly Balanced Form

      14. Make Hard Choices

      15. Make Peace With The Enemy

      16. Mediate Fairly Between Enemies

      17. Merge With Being

      18. Moderate The Use Of Force

      19. Open the Door to Shamballa

      20. Ravish (With Spirit) Souls in Communion

      21. Relate Values and Principles To Each Other

      22. Repay Lawlessness

      23. Resist Unfair Agreements

      24. Respect Laws

      25. Respond With The Force Of Law

      26. Share Authority

      27. Shatter Relationships Based Purely On Self-Gratification

      28. Stand By Decisions

      29. Strengthen Relations

      30. Support Principled Compromise

      31. Unite Energies and Forces Cooperatively

      32. Unite Separative Egos Utilizing The Law

      33. Walk The Path As A Burning Ground

      34. Wield The Sword Which Destroys A False Peace



 Mantra for Libra and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I strive with Will and Power to equilibrate all Energies and Forces, that the Balance of Illumined, Loving, Lawful Living may arise.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“I Assert the Fact” of Oneness—of the Spirit, One with Matter—in Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R1/Libra

Standing at the center in the ‘Nucleus of Power’, and holding with authority the ‘Gavel of Decision’, the Leader sits in judgment, upholding laws and principles—fairly, impartially, impersonally.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Libra and R1

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 One

  1. Transmits R3 Constellationally.

  1. R1

  1. Transmits R5, R7 and R3 through planetary rulers.

  1. R1

  1. Resonance with the number 2.

  1. Representing the number 1.

  1. Color: indigo blue and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) green, greenish-blue or blue. (A color-chromatic scale has fourteen steps and a musical chromatic scale only twelve—hence the discrepancies and alternatives. The shading of decanates may offer a partial solution.)

  1. Color: red, red-orange, black.

  1. Note: possibly FA sharp or F sharp.

  1. Note: RE or D.

  1. Expresses through the ajna center via Venus, and the sacral center, via Uranus. Throat center expression is possible via R3, Saturn and Uranus, and, eventually, heart center expression—the heart is the balance.

  1. Expresses through the base of the spine and the crown center.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, unliberated.

  1. Hypothesized as being especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via Saturn (R1) and Uranus (R1 and R7), the Vegetable Kingdom via Venus, the Animal Kingdom via Saturn (R3), the Human Kingdom via Venus, the Kingdom of Souls via Venus, and the Kingdom of Solar Lives via Uranus.

  1. Indirect

  1. Direct

  1. Subtle

  1. Often coarse

  1. Tactful

  1. Blunt, frank

  1. Hesitant, tentative

  1. Immediate

  1. Often indecisive or tentative

  1. Decisive

  1. Divided against itself

  1. Unified with itself

  1. Divides emphasis

  1. One-pointed emphasis

  1. Receptive

  1. Assertive

  1. Accommodating

  1. Firm

  1. Placating, appeasing

  1. Demanding

  1. Oriented towards consensus

  1. Dictatorial

  1. Cooperative

  1. Self-determining

  1. Affiliative

  1. Isolative


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Libra and R1

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.

  1. Related through “Hard-Line” Rays: Libra is the seventh sign and expresses through planets on the fifth, seventh and third rays. All the numbers involved are “odd”, and the ray line is “hard”. The third, fifth and seventh rays are, in a way, reflections of the first ray of Will and Power. Thus harmony along the “hard line” can be seen when Libra is compared with R1.

  2. Law, Social Issues and Politics: The Libran energy inclines towards an interest in law, social issues and politics—areas in which the governmental first ray also find expression.

  3. Firmness in Decision: Libra is not only known for its indecisiveness but for its firmness in decision (once the “scales have tipped”). This firmness is reminiscent of the first ray approach.

  4. The “Hub of the Wheel” and Centralization: Libra represents the “hub of the wheel”, “still point” or “central point” around which all turns. The first ray, similarly, may be called the ‘ray of centralization’.

  5. Shamballa—the “City of Peace”: Libra is, in an important way, the sign or constellation ‘ruling’ the first ray Center, Shamballa—which might be called the ‘City of Peace’. ”The only place of complete ‘peace’ (the meaning of the word Jerusalem) is Shamballa; the Hierarchy is not a centre of peace in the true meaning of the term, which has no relation to emotion but to the cessation of the type of activity with which we are familiar in the world of manifestation; the Hierarchy is a very vortex of activity and of energies coming from Shamballa and from Humanity. From the standpoint of true esotericism, Shamballa is a place of ‘serene determination and of poised, quiescent will’ as the Old Commentary expresses it.” (R&I 314). There is a peace upon the first ray which can definitely be correlated with the peace induced by Libra.

  6. Capacity for Organization and Arrangement: The influences of both Libra and the first ray incline towards the capacity for organization and arrangement. Organization (usually considered a seventh ray quality) is one or three energies (with Purification and Destruction) expressed by Shamballa. (cf. R&I 84-86) The seventh ray is a reflection of the first ray, and Libra is the seventh sign, expressing esoterically through the seventh ray (Uranus).

  7. Fairness and Justice: Issues of fairness and justice are common to both influences, especially once there has been some growth away from selfishness and self-centeredness.

  8. Possible Connection to First Initiation Processes: Although the first initiation is ruled by the seventh ray, the first ray (through Vulcan and Pluto) is important in the process. The first ray presides at all initiatory entries, and the first initiation is just such an entry into the Kingdom of Souls. Libra (a leading sign of sexuality) expresses through the sacral center, and via its third ray—mediated through Saturn and Uranus which are, in part, third ray planets—through the throat center. At the first initiation, the transfer of energy from the sacral to the throat center is strongly in process. The esoteric ruler of Libra is Uranus (which expresses not only the seventh ray) but the filtered-down effect of the first ray on the monadic level.

  9. Related to Some Processes Important at the Second Initiation: At the second initiation, will (Vulcan and the first ray) begins to replace desire (Mars and the sixth ray). Also, there is a measure of astral control (first ray) achieved. Libra brings balance and proportion to the astral realm, contributing to deglamorization through the ending of distortion. It is then far easier for the disciple to maintain a healthy emotional balance which admits of an increasing mental illumination so necessary at the second degree.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

A List of Famous Individuals for Whom Libra is Either the Sun Sign or Ascendant and in Whom the First Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Annie Besant
English Theosophist, Social Reformer, Statesperson (Sun Sign)

Dwight D. Eisenhower
American General, Statesman and President (Sun Sign)

Mohandas K. Gandhi
Statesman, Non-Violent Liberator of India (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

Henry V
King of England (Sun Sign often Proposed as Libra)

Adolf Hitler
Founder of Nazism, Dictator of Germany Preceding and During WWII (Ascendant)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
American President, Assassinated in 1963 (Ascendant)

Robert E. Lee
General, Leader of the Confederate Forces in the American Civil War (Ascendant)

Horatio Nelson—
Admiral of the British Navy, Hero of Trafalgar (Sun Sign)

Friedrich Nietzsche
German Philosopher and Social Critic (Sun Sign)

Henry Steele Olcott
American Theosophist, With H.P.Blavatsky, Founder of the Theosophical Society (Ascendant—Sun Leo)

Eddie Rickenbacher
Ace Aviator in WWI (Sun Sign)

Margaret Thatcher
Prime Minister of Great Britain (Sun Sign)