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 Libra with Ray 4



Sun Libra (or Ascendant Libra), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3

Though no significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies seems to appear in relation to this combination through the planets ruling Libra and their acknowledged or more recondite rays, Libra and the fourth ray seem to carry some similar qualities. Perhaps the fourth ray is one of those rays transmitted through Libra in addition to the third, and thus the category Hypothesized as Constellationally Transmitted would deserve consideration.

Additionally, there is a slight reinforcement coming from fourth ray Mercury as the ruler of the third decanate in counter-clockwise order, and of the first in clockwise order—if we reverse the confirmed order of decanates esoterically considered.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being
    1. The often-unbalanced, harmony-seeking indecisiveness of the self-centered Libra person combines with the stress and instability induced within the insufficiently-spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

    2. Unbalanced fiery passion. Human love”. (EA 331) Strong emphasis upon sexual expressiveness and the interplay of the human pair of opposites—male and female.

    3. A most tentative combination—like Libra and the second ray but under greater stress.

    4. The agonies and debilitations of the decision-making process. Often ‘making the worst’ of both alternatives.

    5. Unsettled. Unreliable. Unpredictable.

    6. Paralysis, suspension. Hesitation.

    7. A “house divided”.

    8. Capricious evaluation (Libra) based upon mood (fourth ray).

    9. Or trying one alternative and immediately after, contradicting oneself by trying the opposite alternative.

    10. Haunted by the feeling of loss, lest one choose incorrectly.

    11. The donkey who starved to death between two tasty thistles.

    12. Searching, unrealistically, for an unattainable harmony.

    13. The drama-filled search for the ‘perfect’ partner.


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 fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

    1. The aesthetic refinement characteristic of the advancing Libran individual, combines with an ability to harmonize conflict (internal and external) induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

    2. The skillful mediator.

    3. Peace-maker.

    4. The unusual ability, truly to understand the other’s point of view—as is found to an even greater extent with Libra and the second ray.

    5. Sufficient identification with humanity to “walk a mile in one’s brother’s moccasins”.

    6. The growth of the power of the creative imagination.

    7. Movement towards an intuitive evaluative function.

    8. Entering upon a process of fulfilling the “Urge to Creative Life” (cf. EP II 222)

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: the skillful harmonizing of the personality vehicles (both within themselves and in relation to each other). Skillful, psychological healing.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: the growing power of spiritual evaluation—the ability to tell the relative worth of any person, place or thing in relation to the large context.

    11. On the Path: the discernment of true spiritual values, facilitated by a growing intuition.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: the intuitive capacity to “stay on the Path” by avoiding the extremes.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: the adjustments and harmonizations made between personality and soul in order to bring about the consummation of the “marriage in the heavens”.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: “Harmony through Conflict” is chosen as the preferred means of progress.

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 fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.
    1. The understanding of how to evoke the emergence of beauty and truth within the vast field of relationships—an ability characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Libra—combines with a deep intuition concerning the divine nature of Harmony—an intuition induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

    2. Understanding the beauty of cosmos as an exquisite balancing of forces. Realizing the ‘Cosmic Process’ as the divine interplay of the great Pairs of Opposites—spirit/matter, male/female.

    3. Understanding the equivalence of Truth and Beauty.

    4. Realizing that love and beauty, united, are necessary to fulfill any relationship. Realizing there is no beauty without loving relationship.

    5. Using relationship (whether of two or more—as in a group) to invoke the intuition. The insight of the partnership; the insight of the group—seen as greater than the insight of the isolated individual.

    6. Realizing that all right adjustment of relationship within the vast field of relationships must be intuitively performed.

    7. The power of vision in proportion is conferred. Beauty, proportion, balance and love come together in the consciousness of the appreciative initiate.

    8. Utilizing pattern, sound and color to creatively reflect the ‘Harmony of the Heavens’.

    9. Utilizing the power of imagination to contact and “bring down” patterns of Divine Beauty.

    10. Appreciating and creating exquisite beauty reflective of Divine Beauty.

    11. Understanding that the severities of the Lords of Karma are motivated by the will to bring about perfected Love and Beauty in all relationships.

    12. Ever searching for the mysterious factor of Beauty in all forms.

    13. Becoming a master in the “Art of Living”.

    14. Facilitating the harmonization (Libra) of the fourth-ray human family.



(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 Fourth 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. Achieve Master In Expressivity

      2. Arbitrate Matters Of Aesthetic Taste

      3. Balance In Beauty

      4. Bridge Conflicts

      5. Be Balanced In Expression

      6. Become The “Divine Intermediary”

      7. Bring Mutual Understanding To Humanity’s Struggles

      8. Choose So As To Facilitate The Harmonious Integration Of The Opposites

      9. Come Into Rapport And Full Attunement

      10. Come Onto The “Same Wavelength” As Another

      11. Contemplate And Thus Invoke The Intuition

      12. Contemplate And Thus Merge Two In One

      13. Create Beauty Through Right Proportion

      14. Decide—Mark The Parting Of The Way

      15. Evaluate Artistic Expression

      16. Evaluate And Correct The Form

      17. Express Harmony With Ease

      18. Facilitate Agreements And Accords

      19. Form Alliances For The Development Of Culture

      20. Graciously And With Finesse, Achieve Harmony Despite Conflict

      21. Harmoniously Balance The Pairs Of Opposites

      22. Harmonize Clashes And Jarring Contrasts

      23. Judge According To High Aesthetic Standards

      24. Legislate On Behalf Of The Arts

      25. Make Peace In The Midst Of War: “Peace Not War”

      26. Marry The Opposites—Horizontally And Vertically

      27. Match Colors Harmoniously

      28. Merge In Beauty

      29. Offer Impartial Interpretations

      30. Perceive Formless Beauty

      31. Reciprocate Appropriately And Harmoniously

      32. Reduce Tensions Through Mediation

      33. Relate The Rupa To Arupa Worlds

      34. Relate To Others Through Impersonation (The Actor)

      35. Reveal In Beauty The Archetypal Seed

      36. Reveal The Hidden Beauty

      37. Sensitively Perceive Commonalties—Positions Held In Common

      38. Skillfully Manage All Interplay Between The Poles

      39. “Smooth Out” Or “Smooth Over” Areas Of Contention

      40. Stand Between And Reconcile

      41. Stand In Poise Upon The Mountain Whereon Form Dies

      42. Stand Steadfast In The Center And Link All Opposites

      43. Suggest Fair And Equable Resolution Of Conflicts

      44. Tread The ‘Way Of Beauty’



 Mantra for Libra and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
With intuition keen, and in harmony and beauty, I seek the art of balance—of Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Two Merge with One” in Beauty, when Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium Prevails.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R4/Libra

Vibrantly responsive to the scintillating ‘Spectrum of all Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of his Life’, inspired by his perception of a “Beauty in Relationship”, a “Harmony Divine”, is moved in rapture to create, in ecstasy express the ‘Soul of Beauty’.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Libra 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 R3 constellationally.

  1. R4

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

  1. R4

  1. Color: indigo blue and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) green, greenish-blue or blue.

  1. Color: yellow or crème.

  1. Note: possibly FA sharp or F Sharp.

  1. Note: MI or E.

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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, 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. Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Human Kingdom.

  1. Correlated with various aspects of mentality.

  1. Correlated with intuition.

  1. Correlated with calculation.

  1. Correlated with impulse—spontaneous response.

  1. Envisioning consequences based upon memory of past experiences.

  1. Plunging into experience, and learning within the fray.

  1. Indecision causes hesitation, suspension, paralysis.

  1. Indecision causes frictional chafing.

  1. Ruled exclusively by “hard-line” rays.

  1. A “soft-line” ray.

  1. Proportional response.

  1. Unpredictability, unreliability.

  1. Fighting by means of law and principle.

  1. Fighting is more frictional and personal.

  1. Tendency towards cooperation.

  1. Initial tendency towards rebellion and overt conflict.

  1. Tentativeness

  1. Courage

  1. Responding

  1. Can be aggressive. (All member countries of the Axis Powers were partially ruled by the fourth ray.)

  1. Proportionally more active in peace.

  1. Proportionally, and initially, more active in warfare.

  1. Inclined to “look before you leap”

  1. Inclined towards unpremeditated risk-taking

  1. Normally, the avoidance of extremes (though the scales may swing wildly at times).

  1. Inclined towards extremes (though achieving steadfast centralization eventually).

  1. Achievement in the sciences frequently found. (Newton, Pasteur)

  1. Less frequent achievement in the sciences; more in the arts.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

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

    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. Reckoning with and Resolving Duality: Both Libra and the fourth ray force those they influence to reckon with duality and resolve it harmoniously.

    2. Premature and Real Peace: Both Libra and the fourth ray incline towards the conclusion of a premature peace based upon personal comfort and harmony. Later, they show themselves as influences indispensable in concluding a true peace, based upon the good of the whole.

    3. Passion and Intensity in Human Love: Both Libra and the fourth ray incline towards passion and intensity in the field of human love.

    4. Balancing Soul and Personality Life: Both influences facilitate (at a certain point of evolution) the reconciliation, harmonizing and balancing of soul and personality life; both poles receive their due.

    5. Art of Living: Both influences contribute to the development of the “Art of Living”—based upon the revelations of a wise and loving intuition which understands the principle of relationship. Of the fourth ray the Tibetan states: “This fourth ray is, in the last analysis, the ray which teaches the art of living in order to produce a synthesis of beauty”. (DN 143) The skill-in-action of Libra only stimulates this development

    6. Emphasis upon Decision Making: Both influences place an emphasis upon the process of decision-making. Irresolution must give way to resolution.

    7. Ajna Center Expression: Libra and the fourth ray (through Mercury at a relative advanced point of evolution) pour their influence through the ajna center when choice must be made between the rupa and arupa worlds. The necessity to choose is symbolized by the dualistic shape of that center.

    8. Harmonization: Under the influence of these two energy factors the power to achieve harmonization must be cultivated.

    9. Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: Cultural refinement is important at the second degree. Kama-manas is purified, harmonized and beautified. Many distortions are ended, and new ways of balancing the pairs of opposites are discovered. New capacities for right relationship, based on love and selflessness emerge. The harmonizing and balancing abilities of both Libra and the fourth ray would be useful in this regard.


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 Fourth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

    Rosa Bonheur
    French Painter and Sculptor Famed for the Remarkable Accuracy and Detail of her Portrayals of Animals (Ascendant, with R7)

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English Lyrical Poet, Critic and Philosopher of the Romantic Era (Sun Sign)

    George Gershwin
    American Composer (Sun Sign)

    Vladimir Horowitz
    Virtuoso Concert Pianist (Sun Sign)

    Jenny Lind
    Singer—The Swedish Nightingale” (Sun Sign and Moon)

    Franz Liszt
    Hungarian Composer, Spectacular Pianist of the 19th Century (Sun Sign)

    Arthur Miller—American Playwright (Sun Sign)

    Modest Mussorgsky
    Russian Nationalist Composer (Ascendant)

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    German Philosopher and Social Critic (Sun Sign)

    Eugene O’Neil
    American Playwright (Sun Sign)

    Giacomo Puccini
    Italian Opera Composer (Ascendant)

    Arthur Rimbaud
    French Poet (Sun, Moon and Ascendant in Libra)

    Giuseppe Verdi
    19th Century Italy’s Most Prominent Composer of Opera (Sun Sign)

    Epic Poet of Rome (Proposed Sun Sign)

    Oscar Wilde
    Irish Playwright, Poet and Wit (Sun Sign)