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

in progress

& Ray 6

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 6



Sun Libra(or Ascendant Libra), R6P (or R6S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R3

Only a weak mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges as the sixth ray is arguably the monadic ray of Venus—the orthodox ruler of Libra. Neither of the esoteric or hierarchical rulers of Libra transmits the sixth ray from any of its periodical vehicles, but since the exoteric ruler of Libra, Venus, has a sixth ray component, it could be argued that the initiate {sensitive monadically} could respond in some degree making a reinforcement-category Mild by Rulership possible for consideration.

The reinforcement must still, however, be considered weak for most people, as the planet involved, Venus, is, for Libra, an exoteric ruler, and as monadic rays in sacred planets, while somewhat in effect, cannot be considered as strongly in effect as when monadic rays are expressed through synthesizing planets.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being
    1. Intense attraction for the “partner” or the “other”, characteristic of the selfish or self-centered Libra person, combines with the drive towards immediate satisfaction of superficial desire induced within the insufficiently-spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Swinging wildly and unwisely between the Pairs of Opposites. Feels it must have one or the other; cannot balance them or find the way between.

    3. Excessive passion and desire. Sacral center (the sixth center counting from above) strongly stimulated.

    4. Immediate and unwise “falling in love”.

    5. Seeing the partner through “rose-colored glasses”—at first!

    6. Incapability of seeing the partner clearly. Projecting one’s hopes, desires, wishes onto the partner.

    7. Insufficient self-knowledge; fervently seeking in others what one should find in oneself (somewhat like Libra and the second ray but with more ardor and less understanding).

    8. Tendency towards co-dependency.

    9. Unrealistic in relationship life. Looking for the ideal relationship. Persistently becoming disappointed with the partner after time. Dragging the partner down from the pedestal upon which he was placed (whether or not he wanted to be there).

    10. Idealizing pleasant relations. Attachment to superficial, outer harmony.

    11. Extreme attitudes in relationship life.


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

    1. The love of peace and right human relations characteristic of the advancing Libran individual, combines with a spirit of lofty idealism induced within the spiritually-unfolding personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Holding justice as an ideal. One who believes passionately in the power and purpose of law.

    3. Gandhi, (a lawyer—Libra) who held the ideal of justice before the world was a strong combination of Libra and the sixth ray (reinforced by what was probably a first ray soul).

    4. Looking beyond the “letter of the law” to the idealistic principles it embodies.

    5. Peace as an ideal—the devoted peace-worker. Self-sacrifice (sixth ray) in the name of peace (Libra). A willingness to “go to extremes”, to put oneself on the line, for the sake of peace. Willingness to ‘go there {‘sixth ray’ and bring peace {Libra}”. One may become a mediator between warring sixth ray parties—especially so, if the fourth ray is added to the combination. Thus, devotion to right relations between all things.

    6. Possibly, over-idealizing one’s partners and intimates. The various glamours surrounding the concept of “soul-mates”.

    7. Idealizing perfect (sixth ray) relationship (Libra) between all people. Social utopianism.

    8. Devotion to art, beauty and all things lovely. Devotion to one’s ‘favorite artists’.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: keen aspiration to tread the Noble Middle Path, the path of true spiritual development.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: idealizing union with the soul. Longing for the “marriage in the heavens”—the suffusing of personality life with soul quality.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: idealizing “Right Human Relations” based on soul recognition and soul love.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: uplifting one’s own vehicles until they achieve and hold a high and harmonious vibration.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: inspiring others to live in a state of individual harmony and to express that harmony to others.


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

    1. The ability to understand and balance the many Pairs of Opposites—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Libra, combines with the keen vision and perception which allows one to tread the path which leads between the Pairs of Opposites—a capacity induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. The achievement of balanced (Libra) and “perceptive steadiness” (EP II 38) which leads between the pairs of opposites to the goal.

    3. Earnestly seeking, and finding that which is neither of the pairs of opposites—the state of being.

    4. Envisioning (sixth ray) the ‘Harmony of the Worlds’ (Libra).

    5. Seeking that life in the lower worlds may conform to those high and perfectly balanced relationships between spiritual beings and spiritual principles (as they exist in the higher worlds).

    6. Bringing the highest light of heavenly harmony and peace “down to earth”, and insisting that earthly processes be controlled by this lofty energy. The initiate lives in two worlds—a realm of ideal relations, and a realm of discord and wrong relations. He knows that the lower world can be brought to a more ideal state reflective of the heavenly spheres.

    7. The aspirational fire (sixth ray) which helps to polarize the consciousness within the Spiritual Triad (ruled by Libra—associated with the “Triads”—{EA 35})

    8. The keenest aspiration (sixth ray) to tread the Path (Libra) to the Holy City (cf. DN 23) (Shamballa—Jerusalem—the “City of Peace”, ruled by Libra).

    9. Idealizing, longing for the eventual materialization of Shamballa on Earth.



(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 Sixth 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. Adhere To Choices, Agreements and Contracts

      2. Avoid All Deviation From The Noble Middle Path

      3. Be Balanced In Your Pursuit Of The Goal

      4. Be Devoted To Union

      5. Blaze A Trail Between The Pairs Of Opposites

      6. Bring Culture To The Lunar Lords; Civilize The “Beast”

      7. Bring Peace To The Emotional Body

      8. Choose According To Your Highest Ideals

      9. Choose Your Partners Wisely And Realistically, And Not According To Impulse

      10. Collaborate With Others On All Missions Of Importance

      11. Commit Yourself To Tread The Noble Middle Way

      12. Cooperate Faithfully

      13. Decide With Conviction

      14. Decide For Yourself—Even As You Follow Those Who Lead

      15. Dedicate Yourself To Peace

      16. Deliberate Carefully Before Treading Any Path

      17. Devote Yourself To Balanced Living

      18. Devote Yourself To Right Relationship

      19. Encourage Cooperation

      20. Find And Follow The Straight And Narrow Path Which Leads Between The Pairs Of Opposites.

      21. Hold Fast To Your Decisions

      22. Hold Firm To Your Ideal—Yet Practice Righteous Compromise

      23. Hold The “Vision” In Right Proportion

      24. Idealize A Perfect Peace

      25. Idealize Balance And Equilibrium

      26. If Hate The Lower Forms You Must, Then Love, At Least, The Higher

      27. Keep Your Balance As You Tread The Path

      28. Let Peace For All Humanity Be Your Greatest Cause

      29. Mediate In Conflicts Of Belief

      30. Merge With “The Beloved”

      31. Moderate Any Fanatical Tendencies

      32. Moderate Your Intensity

      33. Negate Desire Between The Lower Pairs Of Opposites

      34. Patiently Assess Before Committing

      35. Persist In The Fulfillment Of Contracts And Agreements

      36. Preserve Balance In Devotion

      37. Preserve A Point Of View Unbiased, When Pursuing Any Cause

      38. Quest For Peace

      39. Race Not Towards Your Goal—Measure Well Your Pace

      40. Reflect When Impulse Comes

      41. Regulate Your Human Passions

      42. Relate With Sincerity

      43. Remain Loyal In Partnership And Marriage

      44. See The Right, But Tread The Path Thereto With Balance

      45. See Karma Bring The Crucifixion To The One Who Crucified

      46. Seek To Merge As One With The “Spirit Of Peace”

      47. Sensitively Perceive The “Vision”

      48. Temper Faith With Reason

      49. Uphold The Truth Revealed By A Knowledge of Divine Proportion

      50. Vision The Reality Shamballa, Only, Can Reveal

      51. Walk The Noble Middle Path, Earnestly And Without Deviation

      52. Whether Following Or Leading—Preserve Your Equilibrium



 Mantra for Libra and the Sixth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Devotedly, I yearn to find true balance—Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“The Highest Light Controls”—reigning from the Worlds in which Illumined, Loving, Lawful Equilibrium prevails.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R6/Libra

Enraptured at the center of a ‘Scintillating Rosy Flame’, the ‘Devotee of Life’ yearns to merge with one and all, in consummate perfection of relationship.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Libra and R6

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. R6

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

  1. R6

  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: rose or light blue.

  1. Note: possibly FA sharp or F Sharp.

  1. Note: DO or C

  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 solar plexus center and, at a later stage of evolution, through the ajna center (cf. EH 149).

  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. Relates to the Vegetable Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives.

  1. Planetary rays are on the “hard line”.

  1. R6 is a “soft-line” ray.

  1. Mentality

  1. Astrality

  1. Vision

  1. Feeling

  1. Capacity for objective evaluation.

  1. Intensive subjectivity.

  1. Non-aggressive

  1. Initially aggressive (Type 6B) (“Aggressive Fire of Sixth Logos”—TCF 433).

  1. Moderation

  1. Excess

  1. Tolerance. Ability to see the point of view of others.

  1. Intolerance. “The power to see no point except one’s own” (EP II 42).

  1. “Laissez-faire”

  1. Compulsion

  1. Proportional emphasis.

  1. “Ray of undue emphasis” (DINA I 323).

  1. Balance

  1. Imbalance, one-sidedness.

  1. Emphasizes the value of both poles.

  1. Usually over-emphasizes one pole or another.

  1. Divided

  1. One-pointed


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Libra and R6
    1. An Essential Contrast: Balance contrasts with the tendency to emphasize one pole of any opposition over another.

    2. Achievement of Vision: Both influences are connected with the achievement of Vision—especially clear vision. This comes later for those influenced by the sixth ray than for those conditioned by Libra. In the early days, the sixth ray inclines towards vision of all kinds, but rarely clear or proportional vision. Eventually the sixth ray causes the development of “steadiness of perception through the expansion of consciousness” (EP II 43). The unbiased evaluation of Libra is valuable in clarifying vision.

    3. Inclination Towards Devotion: Both Libra (at a certain point of development) and the sixth ray incline towards devotion. The Tibetan speaks of the “Advanced Man” in Libra in terms of “Devotion and aspiration”. (EA 332) The sixth ray is not only well-known as the Ray of Devotion, but also an influence which naturally induces aspiration.

    4. Linked Through Passion: Both Libra and the sixth ray, at an early point of development, share the factor of passion. Libra: “Unbalanced fiery passion. Human love”. (EA 332) Of the sixth ray the Tibetan informs us, “Curiously enough, it is the potency of this sixth ray force (as it feeds desire) which is responsible for much of the ills and diseases of humanity which are based upon the misuse of the mission and function of sex”. (EH 303) We realize too, the tendency for excess connected with the sixth ray. Further, Mars, the major planet of sex transmits the sixth ray, and is reasonably connected to the functioning of the sacral center. Libra is a sign also closely connected to the sacral center—not only through its own energy, but through the energy of Uranus, its esoteric ruler.

    5. Eventual Peace: Libra is the foremost sign of peace. In early days, the sixth ray (under Mars) is militant and warlike. Later, under the sixth ray (i.e., under its more Neptunian aspect) there develops an orientation towards what the Tibetan calls “peace and not war”. (EP II 43) Thus, peace becomes a high ideal sponsored by the sixth ray.

    6. Oscillation Between the Poles: We are familiar with the idea that Libra inclines towards an oscillation between poles. The Tibetan tells us that “a gentle oscillation now proceeds” (EA 250), in this case between the claims of personality and soul. For the sixth ray the oscillation is not gentle. The Tibetan calls it “vibratory activity between the pairs of opposites” (EP I 42), and it is often characterized by violence, fanaticism, rejection and a too-eager embrace of the part, not the whole. But there is a commonalty here, which eventually brings both types to an appreciation of the “Noble Middle Path”.

    7. More Similarities Later: It is clear that most similarities between Libra and the sixth ray develop more during later phases of evolution than during earlier phases. Libra always rules the “Way which leads between the two great lines of force”. (EA 251) The sixth ray inclines towards the over-emphatic choice of one line or its opposite, but eventually, the sixth ray discovers the wisdom of “choosing the middle way”(EP II 43)

    8. Antidoting Each Other’s Worst Tendencies: There are relationships in which one partner antidotes the worst tendencies of the other. Such is the case between Libra and the sixth ray. Each has virtues which the other requires.

    9. Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: The sixth ray governs the second initiation, helping to substitute idealism and aspiration for selfish desire. Libra, a harmonizing sign, conveys the energy of love and helps to reduce the selfishness of desire. “He has, through his willingness to pass through the second initiation, struck the first blow at his innate selfishness and has demonstrated his determination to think in wider and more inclusive terms. The group begins to mean more to him than himself” (R&I 677-678). Libra also brings a sense of proportion to the deglamorization process so important in this degree.

    10. Related to the Process of The Sixth Initiation: The sixth initiation is the Initiation of Decision (therefore, Libra, the ‘Sign of Decision’, is necessarily related). Because it is the sixth initiation (leading to the treading of one of various higher Paths which will lead away from the solar system altogether), the sixth ray is necessarily involved by numerical affinity.


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 Sixth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Annie Besant
English Theosophist, Author in Occultism, Social Reformer, Statesperson; For Many Years Head of the Theosophical Society (Sun Sign)

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter
U.S. President and Humanitarian. Director of “Habitat for Humanity” (Sun Sign and Ascendant)

Michel Cervantes
Spanish Author of Don Quixote (Sun Sign)

Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Founder of the Franciscan Order (Proposed Sun Sign)

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

Charlton Heston
American Actor, Especially in Heroic Roles, and President of the National Rifle Association (Sun Sign)

David Koresh
American Cult Leader, Fanatic, Psychopath (Ascendant)

Girolamo Savonarola
Italian Religious Reformer (Sun Sign)

Sir Walter Scott
English Romantic Novelist (Ascendant)

John Wesley
English Religious Reformer, Founder of Methodism (Ascendant)

Woodrow Wilson
President of the United States during the First World War, Promoter of the League of Nations (Ascendant)