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 Libra with Ray 5



Sun Libra (or Ascendant Libra), R5P (or R5S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fifth ray transmitted through Venus, the exoteric ruler of Libra. The applicable category is—Strong By Rulership—Class 1. The reinforcement will be strongest for the average non-aspiring individual, though still significant for the disciple.

Uranus and Saturn, the other rulers of Libra also have arguable fifth ray associations, perhaps in relation to their mental vehicles. Saturn is associated with the concrete mind {a vehicle directly related to the fifth ray} and Uranus with orthodox and occult science {both necessarily related to the fifth ray}.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being
    1. The judgmental attitude of the selfish, or self-centered Libra person combines with the tendency towards harsh evaluation induced within the insufficiently-spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Judgmentalism based on very limited (even petty) criteria and standards.

    3. Prejudice—then using the mind to justify the prejudice.

    4. Strictly mental decisions devoid of feeling and heart.

    5. Or, decision based only on the testimony of the senses.

    6. Deciding materialistically. Tilting towards Virgo and materialism, rather than towards Scorpio and psycho-physical transformation.

    7. Separative decision-making reinforcing a negative application of the Law of Cleavages. Racism, and other rejections of fellow human beings. Building concrete-mental barriers between people.

    8. Thus, rejecting that which leads to integration and accepting that which leads to separation.

    9. Along with Libra and the first ray, justice without mercy. Exact justice, but with no knowledge of and no interest in “extenuating circumstances”.

    10. Narrow and strict interpretations of the law. The “letter” is present, but the “spirit of the law” is missing.


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

    1. Fair-minded, objective evaluation characteristic of the advancing Libran individual, combines with a spirit of clear-thinking truthfulness induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Thinking with great care and thoroughness before choosing.

    3. Unbiased objectivity. Cold-minded analysis.

    4. Growing of a balanced point of view. Clear-mindedness. Unswayed by emotion.

    5. Foresight.

    6. Fully conscious choice.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: discriminating analysis of spiritual and worldly values.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: being fully informed of alternatives before decision are made.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: mind as the detached observer of the emotional and physical life, and (in a way) even of itself.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: successful use of the light of mind in the deglamorization process.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: growing capacity to hold the mind steady in the light. The stabilized mind.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: growth of the capacity to contemplate.


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

    1. The clear understanding of the art and science of “Polar Union”(the uniting of spiritual/material polarities)—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Libra—combines with an established understanding of the science of spiritual contact induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Growing utilization of the powers of the soul to establish soul-union (“Polar-Union”) with “other” souls—although (in fact) there is no “my soul and thine” (R&I 20) Thus, knowing the technicalities concerning how to unite (“soul to soul”) on the plane of soul. This union (dependant, in essence, upon the second ray) is facilitated by the fifth ray, known as “The Great Connecter” (EP I 77)

    3. Advanced utilization of the ajna center for telepathic purposes and to establish soul-rapport.

    4. The Law of Karma (Libra with the Lords of Karma having a strong fifth ray component) is more deeply understood. The causes of certain karmic situations is revealed in the growing light.

    5. With this combination, one has the capacity to project a lighted beam ahead upon his path—in short, to illuminate the way ahead before treading it.

    6. “In that light we shall see Light”. In the light of the soul, one learns to see the light of the spiritual triad. This triad expresses itself through the ajna center (ruled by the fifth ray).

    7. Stabilization of the soul/personality consciousness so that it can receive the still higher light.

    8. The initiate possess a clarified field of inner and outer vision.

    9. Since Shamballa is strongly ruled by Libra (the “City of Peace”), and since the fifth ray is a great revealer, the possibility exists with this combination for Shamballa to begin to “make revelation” of itself in the consciousness of the initiate. The way ahead into Shamballa is ‘seen’.

    10. Capacity to make the lighted decision necessary midway between the second and third initiations. This decision will allow a full entry into light at the third degree and the possibility of becoming a disciple of the Sirian mode of training.

    11. The Fifth Ray Lord is the “Door into the Mind of God”; that mind is accessed through “super-mind” over which Libra rules. “Super-mind” is “is the response of the illumined mind to the Mind of God.” (EA 495).

    12. Treading the Noble Middle Path (Libra) in the “Third Heaven” (ruled by the fifth ray).

    13. The fifth ray influence is prominent on the “Path of Magnetic Work”. Libra may be related as well because of its relation to fifth ray Venus and its pronounced magnetic qualities. There is an “unknown constellation” which, on that Path, works “via Gemini”. Is that constellation Libra? “It might be said that the Masters working on the second Path are working in relation to and in contact with certain great Lives Who work on the periphery of the constellation Libra, the Balances. This is due to the fact that Those Masters Who can work with magnetic energies, and with the three above Laws, have achieved a point of balance which makes Their work possible; it involves also a poised attention and directive power, permitting the inflow of energies from Libra which could not otherwise enter our planetary life at all. These Libran energies enter our solar system via the Heart of the Sun and are peculiarly amenable to magnetic attraction and distribution.” (R&I 404)



(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 Fifth 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. Abandon Lesser Loves—Love Alone Within The Light

    2. Approach Research Cooperatively

    3. Apply The Science of Equilibrium

    4. “Balance The Books” So That All Numbers “Add Up”

    5. Balance The Three Aspects Of Mind: “Three Minds Unite”

    6. Be A Liaison Between Differing Scientific Disciplines

    7. Be Unbiased In Evaluating Experimental Results

    8. Bring Harmony To Those With Different Reasoned Points Of View

    9. Carefully Evaluate All Findings

    10. Choose With Exactitude

    11. Consider All Facts In Relation To Each Other

    12. Cooperate In The Spirit Of Discovery

    13. Cultivate Fair-Minded Realism

    14. End Uncertainty Through A Just Appreciation Of The Facts

    15. Evaluate Approaching Ones; With Sword of Light Repel The Ones Unfit

    16. Evaluate Impartially

    17. Illuminate The Path That Leads To Merging With the “Angel” In The Heavens

    18. Impartially Weigh All Evidence

    19. Judge According To The Facts

    20. Judge Between Two Tendencies—That Which Leads to Higher Mind And That Which Leads To Lower Mental Worlds

    21. Judge The Soul Upon The Karmic Scales

    22. Judge The True From False

    23. Keep Mechanisms “Running Smoothly”

    24. Learn The “Noble Middle Path”—The Path That Leads To Sirius

    25. Let Higher Self And Lower Self Marry In Angelic Solar Light

    26. Link All Souls In Light Upon The Higher Mental Plane

    27. Make Science and Instrument of Peace

    28. Marry Mind and Heart

    29. Merge Within The Light Of Soul

    30. Observe And Then Compare

    31. Patiently Assess When Seeking Certainty

    32. Preserve Balance And Common Sense

    33. Realize The Balanced Beauty Of The “Garment Of God”

    34. Reveal The Truth—Surveyed Without Distortion

    35. See With Utter Clarity; Eliminate All Bias

    36. Share Knowledge And Illumination

    37. Survey The Contents Of Triadal Mind (“Super-Mind”)

    38. Unite In Soul Within The Light Of Higher Mind

    39. Unite Those Holding Concrete Contradictory Thoughtforms

    40. Unite Three Minds, Then Link Them With The Threefold Triad

    41. Utilize The Beam Of Lighted Mind To Eradicate The Distortions Of Glamor

    42. Walk The “Noble Middle Path” Into The “Disk Of Golden Light”

    43. Walk The Path With The Light Of Mind Illumining The Way

    44. Weigh The Facts

    45. Wield The Dividing Sword—Cleave The Worlds of Form From Formless Worlds



 Mantra for Libra and the Fifth Ray

Mantram for Discipleship Consciousness
Upon a beam of focussed thought, I seek to fathom Higher Mind—the “Mind of God” reflected—to learn the means of balancing the principles of Light, and Love and Law within my Microcosmic Life.

Mantram for the Initiate Consciousness
“Three Minds Unite” Revealing in the Brilliance of Triadal Light, Precise Techniques for Balancing and Fusing all the Principles of Microcosmic Man within his Macrocosmic Whole—so that Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium may be achieved upon our Planetary Home.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R5/Libra

Intent within a ‘Beam of Intensely Focussed Light Divine’, the ‘Scientist of Life’ ascertains the ‘Secret Cause of Equilibrium’, the formula which holds the worlds in balance true.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

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

  1. R5

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

  1. R5

  1. Secondary associations with numerologically based R2 and R7—seventh sign and second member of Aries/Libra Polarity.

  1. R5

  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: orange or indigo blue.

  1. Note: possibly FA sharp or F Sharp.

  1. Note: LA or A.

  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.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number V/X, 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 Human Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls.

  1. Amorous, hot

  1. Detached, cool

  1. Bridging cleavages

  1. Causing cleavages under the Law of Cleavages.

  1. Searching for points in common.

  1. Searching for points of distinction.

  1. Affiliative

  1. Isolative and isolating

  1. Socially skilled

  1. Socially awkward

  1. Integrative of all personality aspects.

  1. Emphasizing the mind paramountly.

  1. Comparative

  1. Concentrative

  1. Associated with “super-mind” and with abstract mind.

  1. Associated with the concrete mind—though, later, not exclusively.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Libra 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.

    1. Linked Through the Mental Principle: Both influences are strongly related to the mental principle. This relationship can readily be seen concerning the fifth ray. The transmitted ray of the constellation, Libra, is the third (a mental ray) and the rays of its planetary rulers are (in order)—five, seven and three, two of which are mental rays.

    2. Lack of Bias: Because of their innate mentality, both influences create a balanced condition which is not easily biased by the sentient nature. Thus they participate in creating a condition of “mental polarization”.

    3. Deglamorization and Mental Illumination: Both influences are important in producing the de-glamorization and mental illumination necessary for the taking of the second initiation.

    4. Fair Assessment and Evaluation: Both Libra and the fifth ray incline towards fair and impartial assessment and evaluation. Libra confers observation from the greatest psychological ‘distance’ (180°), and the fifth ray always inclines towards detached observation.

    5. Linked to the Sense of Sight: Both Libra and the fifth ray are associated with the sense of sight. Vision is the third sense to be developed and is particularly associated with the Aryan Race, which the fifth ray conditions potently. Libra is involved in establishing the sense of proportion which can only be achieved through the development of the sense of vision.

    6. Linked to the Second Ray of Love Wisdom: Latent within both influences, and reserved for later periods of development, is the relation to the second ray of Love-Wisdom. Libra has an affiliation with the number two, and could easily transmit this ray (even though, during this “World Period”, it transmits ray three exclusively). Nevertheless, the expression of Divine Love is the goal for the Libran disciple/initiate. The fifth ray is closely connected with Sirius (which is a Source of Love as well as of Manas). There is a close connection, the Tibetan tells us, between rays two and five—for, as an example, the soul (second principle) is found upon the fifth or mental plane. Both rays two and five, as well, are rays of the greatest luminosity. Thus, both Libra and the fifth ray incline towards the development and expression of the second principle and ray two.

    7. Connecting and Bridging: Paradoxically, for all its isolating and cleaving tendencies, the Fifth Ray Lord is called the “Great Connector”. Once example of such a capacity is the uniting of the three aspects of mind—“Three Minds Unite”. Libra, too, is a great connecting and bridging sign.

    8. Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: The fifth ray can be associated with the second initiation—an initiation in which deglamorization and a reasonable control of the astral nature must occur. Further, an “illumined mind and spiritual intelligence” (DINA II 267) (arguably related to the fifth ray) must also be present. Libra is exoterically ruled by Venus (conveying the fifth ray and, most probably, second and sixth rays) and, further, is involved is the general process of equilibrizing the astral nature, and freeing it from its distortions (i.e., glamors).


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 Fifth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Niels Bohr
Danish Nuclear Physicist, Proponent of Quantum Mechanics (Sun Sign)

Enrico Fermi
Atomic Scientist, Produced First Successfully Control Chain Reaction (Sun Sign)

Herman von Helmholtz
German Scientist, Philosopher contributing to Physiology, Optics, Electrodynamics, Mathematics, and Meteorology. (Proposed Ascendant)

Anton van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch Naturalist and Inventor of the Microscope (Ascendant)

Sir Isaac Newton
English Physicist, Mathematician, Major Formulator of the Laws of Physics (Ascendant)

Louis Pasteur
French Biochemist and Bacteriologist (Ascendant)

Auguste Piccard
Swiss Scientist, Inventor, and Physicist. Famous for Gondola and Bathyscaph Experiments (Ascendant)