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 Scorpio with Ray 1



Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R1P (or R1S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the first ray, very likely transmitted constellationally along with the fourth ray through Scorpio—Scorpio being the first ray disciple/initiate Hercules’ sign. If this were the case, an appropriate category would be Strong by Constellational Transmission. Transmission of the first ray also comes through the first ray components of both Pluto and Mars, Mars being both the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio {and, arguably, possessed of a first ray soul}, and Pluto being in the category of a ‘special’ ruler, considered by many modern astrologers to the primary ruler of Scorpio.

Pluto, being a non-sacred yet “esoteric” planet, should have the first ray expressing primarily through its personality. All in all, it seems that Pluto should especially be associated with Scorpio esoterically, and, thus, the principle {confirmed} category of reinforcement would be Strong by Rulership—Class 2. Pluto seems to operate consciously in the lives of those who are at least “on the Path”. Further reinforcements come from Mars ruling the first decanate in esoteric order, and possibly Pluto, possibly ruling the third decanate esoterically. The first ray, transmitted monadically through Uranus, exalted in Scorpio, can be considered a further reinforcement, but especially for those who are advanced disciples or initiates—i.e., for those who can respond to monadic transmissions.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The monstrous, unredeemed, hydra-like qualities of the selfish, self-centered Scorpio person combines with the willful, hard-hearted egoism induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the first ray. The result could be extremely destructive, depending upon the degree of selfishness. (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 “monster” rules.

    3. The “World, the Flesh and the Devil” rule.

    4. The ascendancy of vice.

    5. Passionately aggressive negativity.

    6. The lower nature is armed and ‘strangles’ the higher tendencies. Scorpio rules “death by suffocation”. (EA 98) In this case the higher life is suffocated by the lower.

    7. The lower nature refuses to co-exist with the higher, and challenges it directly. (Later, the higher nature refuses to co-exist with the lower. This leads to the “death of the personality”.)

    8. Murder, cruelty, willful destruction of the good.

    9. Entrenched darkness fights against the light.

    10. Hostility projected as paranoia.

    11. Biological warfare. Negative forces seek to conquer the positive by surreptitious means. Stealth for purposes of annihilation. Sneak attacks.

    12. Shadow governments. The so called, ‘real’ sources of control.

    13. Assassination squads. Hit teams.

    14. The temporary ‘death’ of the soul.


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

    1. The courage and willingness to confront internal and external danger of the advancing Scorpio individual combines with the attitude of fearlessness induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the first ray.

    2. The “Warrior”—increasingly on the side of the good. A commando, a Ninja in a good cause.

    3. Courage and readiness to confront the “monster”.

    4. Realizing that the real enemy is “within”; willfully determined to destroy that enemy.

    5. On the Path of Discipleship: a determined decision that evil will not continue to live in the heart.

    6. On the Path of Discipleship: bending all powers of will to counter the tendencies of the nine-headed Hydra.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: attempting to “Kill out…” Lethal methods to face a lethal adversary. The opposition, however, will not ‘die’ by this means

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: the attempted suppression of vice; the human soul grips the monster in a stranglehold. This is only a partial solution.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: supervision the “death” of one’s own astral nature. Killing all desires which do not lead to soul expression.

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

    1. The willingness (in strenuously achieved humility) to triumph over all negativity and spiritual ‘death’—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combines with the courageous will-to-self-sacrifice induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

    2. Presiding over the “death” of one’s own personality.

    3. Scorpio and the first ray will carry the disciple towards the third initiation (cf. EA 199), and perhaps beyond (as there is much of useful destructiveness in this combination at a certain stage of evolution). The fourth initiation is ruled by the fourth ray (Scorpio transmits the fourth ray) with much of the first ray contributing a necessary destructive power. As the third and fourth initiation may be taken in the same life (IHS 84-85), one who is equipped by Scorpio and the first ray to take the third initiation, may carry this energy forward for application in preparing to take the fourth degree, and in actually taking it.

    4. Scorpio and the first ray contribute the necessary “death of the ego” (necessitated in some degree at the third initiation {through the release of the soul from personality control}, and completely at the fourth initiation).

    5. The strength to lift the Hydra into the first dimension of life, per sethe buddhic plane—where its power is destroyed, vitiated, drained away. In a way, this is a surrender (by this very willful combination of energies) to a Higher Will.

    6. The ray of death (the first) and the preeminent sign of death (Scorpio) combine to give new life, free from the dense physical body of the Solar Logos and focussed within the cosmic ethers—beginning with the buddhic plane (the plane of harmony). (cf. LOM 215)

    7. Entrance into the third initiation calls for the “utter sacrifice of all forever” (TCF 824) One can see how the combination of Scorpio and the first ray provide this opportunity for sacrifice. These two energies, as well, appear in relation to the Law of Repulse (EP II 165), which is the first of the soul laws necessitating the use of Triadal energy, rejecting, eventually, all that does not allow the Spiritual Triad (the true soul) its expression.


(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 Scorpio 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 Form Through The Mastery Of Death

      2. Achieve The Victory Of Principle

      3. Annihilate Attachment

      4. Attack Relentlessly

      5. Be The “Conqueror Of Duality”

      6. Be Victorious Over Ill Will

      7. Break Into The Garden And Lay The Garden Low

      8. Cast Out Obsessors

      9. Command The War To Cease

      10. Compel Drastic Changes

      11. Compete With The ‘Enemy’ And Be Victorious—Within And Without

      12. Conquer The Forces Of Death

      13. Consume All Vice Upon The Burning Ground

      14. Create Laws For The Suppression Of Evil Tendencies

      15. Crush Crime

      16. Crush Out Desire

      17. Cut The “Gordian Knot” Of World Illusion

      18. Cut Through Maya And Deception

      19. Declare War

      20. Defeat Egoism

      21. Demand Struggle

      22. Demonstrate Complete Control

      23. Destroy Limitation

      24. Detach From Selfhood

      25. Die To The Control Of The Forces Of Death

      26. Disperse The Forces Of Obstruction And Resistance

      27. Enforce Sacrifice

      28. Eliminate Lawlessness

      29. Empower The Forces Of Liberation

      30. End Aggression

      31. Eradicate Wicked Pride

      32. Execute Criminal Elements—Within And Without

      33. Exorcise The Possessed

      34. Exterminate Vampirism

      35. Extirpate The Foe

      36. “Fight The Good Fight”

      37. Fight For The Fulfillment Of Destiny

      38. Force Agony And Suffering To Subside

      39. Fortify The Good In The Great Battle

      40. Free Yourself From Vice

      41. Fulfill The Will Of The Lord Of Death

      42. Give Up Selfishness

      43. Grasp Advantage—For The Good

      44. Humble Yourself Before The Divine Will

      45. Impose Your Will Upon Personality Rebellion

      46. Initiate Mortal Conflict

      47. Insist Upon Sacrifice

      48. Invest In That Which Augments Power

      49. Kill The Enemies Of The Divine Will—Within And Without

      50. Kill Out Ambition

      51. Let The Breath That Blasts Rob Evil Of Its Right To Breathe

      52. Let The Finger Of God Point To That Which Must Be Destroyed

      53. Let The Lightning Of The “Most High” Release The Life From The Grip Of Death

      54. Let There Be Just Revolution

      55. Lose The Power To Harm Unjustly

      56. Make War Against The Forces Of Evil

      57. Negate Mortality

      58. Obliterate Fear

      59. Open the Door Letting in the “Light Of Day”

      60. Overcome Death

      61. Persist Until Victory Is Achieved

      62. Plant The ‘Seed Of Death’ Through Touch And Then Withdraw

      63. Prevail Over Deadliness

      64. Prevent Catastrophes

      65. Protect Yourself And Others From Malignant Forces

      66. Put And End To Injustice

      67. Put Down Insurrections And Rebellions

      68. Ravish Souls Through The Ecstasy Of Death

      69. Renew The Power Of Law

      70. Renovate The Application Of Principles

      71. Resurrect The Spirit

      72. Rise Above Obdurate Materiality

      73. Sacrifice Yourself For The Good

      74. Seize Authority

      75. Separate From Separativeness

      76. Slay The Monster

      77. Smash Illusion

      78. Strenuously Oppose Torture

      79. Struggle With The Might Of Evil

      80. Subdue Emotion

      81. Subjugate And Rule The “Dweller On The Threshold”

      82. Surmount Density

      83. Survive The Killing Forces

      84. Terminate Terrorism

      85. Toughen Your Resistance To Evil

      86. Transform Identity

      87. Triumph Over The Lethal Anti-Spiritual Forces

      88. Undermine Unjust Dictators

      89. Vanquish Cruelty

      90. War Fearlessly

      91. Withstand The Onslaught Of The Forces Of “Mara”

      92. Win The Day!

      93. Wipe Out The Dragon Of Evil



Mantra for Scorpio and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I intend with will and power, to become the Higher Unity, Triumphant in Triadal Light, Victorious in Love and Spirit Power.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“I Assert the Fact”—the Fact of Triumph in Triadal Light, of Victory Through Love and Spirit Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R1/Scorpio

Standing at the center in the ‘Nucleus of Power’, and grasping with tenacity the mighty ‘Sword of Victory’, the Leader, filled with courage and imbued with sacrificial will, assails the vicious ‘Monster’ he has sworn to God to kill.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio 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


  1. Transmits R4 Constellationally.

  1. R1

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R1

  1. Color: crimson and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) greenish-blue, blue or blue-indigo). (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.) Black is a strong but non-chromatic possibility.

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

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: RE or D

  1. Pervades solar plexus, sacral and base of spine centers. Expression through throat and ajna centers is possible via hierarchical Mercury.

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

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated.

  1. Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Animal Kingdom via Mars, the Human Kingdom via Mercury and R4, the Kingdom of Souls via Mercury and R4.

  1. Related to the Kingdom of Solar Lives and also the Mineral Kingdom.

  1. Emotionally intense.

  1. Represses emotions, forcible detachment.

  1. Psychologically penetrating.

  1. Often ignores psychology.

  1. Inclined towards self-destruction—(the scorpion stings itself if it cannot sting others).

  1. Destructive impulses not necessarily directed to self.

  1. Intense inner conflict (due to R4 and R6, Mars and Mercury).

  1. .

  1. Inclined to introspection.

  1. Less given to introspection.

  1. Focussed in the depths .

  1. Ray of Abstraction—focussed as much in heights as depths.

  1. Initially, Scorpio holds emotional/mental attitudes, and has difficulty releasing.

  1. The first ray is the ray of release, and more easily destroys hindering magnetisms.

  1. Scorpio is can be sinuous and serpentine. (Relation to R3).

  1. The first ray, per se, is direct, straight and simple.

  1. Tendency to cover, conceal and hide. Under-handedness. (Revelation comes later.)

  1. Tendency to uncover, disclose, reveal. Forthrightness.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio 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. Death and the Process of Death: Both influences are closely associated with the process of death. Scorpio is paramountly the sign of deaths (with Aries and Pisces also involved in the death process) and ray one is the undisputed ‘Ray of Death’.

  2. Destructiveness: Both influences are largely destructive. In the early days, there is destruction to fulfill some desire or another; in later days, destruction is wielded for the sake of liberation, but always some form or other will be destroyed.

  3. Power Sought and Wielded: Under the influence of both factors, power is sought and wielded.

  4. Fighting Against Evil: Eventually, it the responsibility of those influenced by these energies to fight directly against evil.

  5. Related to the Black Lodge: Experience has shown Scorpio (with Capricorn) to be the two signs which are most representative of the forces of the Black Lodge, for the forces of negative Saturn and negative Pluto (both transmitting the first ray) are unleashed. Further, most members of the Black Lodge are upon the first ray in their soul aspect. “Most of the members of this centre of cosmic evil are upon the first ray itself, and some of the divine purpose is known to a few of them, for—in their due place and in the initiatory regime—they too are initiates of high degree, but dedicated to selfishness and separativeness”. (R&I 717) Further, the work of the “Materialistic Forces” is related to the “Fifth Ray aspect of the First Ray”. (cf. EXH 89)

  6. Victory and Triumph: Both Scorpio and the first ray are energies which lead to victory and triumph—through engagement in great battles.

  7. War and Aggression: Both influences incline, in early days, to war and aggression—simply grasping what is desired. Later, in Scorpio, the processes of conflict give way to the processes of peace under the harmonizing influence of the higher fourth ray and because of the perspective offered by buddhic intuition. With respect to the later demonstrations upon the first ray, the Science of Statesmanship “makes peace”, not war. The aggressor upon the first ray becomes the “peace-maker”.

  8. Important in Relation to the First Three Initiations: Scorpio and the first ray are involved in the first, second and third initiations (according to the Tibetan), and can be understood even in relation to the fourth. The first initiation brings tremendous destruction through two first ray planets—Pluto and Vulcan—the first of these being a planet especially associated with Scorpio.

    Always Scorpio is to be found where old habits and old attachments have to be relinquished or destroyed. 
    The second initiation brings about the “death of desire” (IHS 85). It is clear that the Moon (standing in this case for the desire body) has a strong relation to this second initiation. As a matter of fact, the Moon is Scorpio can be seen in relation to all three preliminary initiations—standing for the death of animal instinct at the first initiation, the death of desire at the second initiation and the death of the illusory mind at the third initiation. In any case, the first ray through Pluto is required at the second initiation to put the desires through a kind of spiritual death.

    The lower nature of such a man “passes into the smoke and darkness of Pluto”
    (EA 78). Hades is the astral nature, and, mythologically, Pluto has rulership over this realm.  Continuing this exposition which links the first ray and Scorpio to the first three initiations, we find at the third degree the death of illusion. Scorpio is related to the Serpent of Illusion (as well as to the Dragon of Wisdom). Scorpionic illusion is killed through intuitive Mercury, but also through access to the monad (which, for the first time, consciously makes its impression felt).  Although the Tibetan does not give it as a possibility (though one must read carefully!), it stands to reason that Scorpio and the first ray could well be part of the energy pattern which sets up the possibility of the fourth initiation. The causal body is destroyed (Scorpio and the first ray) and a true “dark night of the soul” is experienced (again the darkness of Scorpio, plus Vulcan—first ray). Dying to the entire personality (ruled by the number four) fits well with the symbolism of the Moon (fourth ray) in Scorpio (distributing the fourth ray).

    The entire drama is told in the relationship between the fallen Moon in Scorpio and Mercury in Scorpio (Mercury being the hierarchical ruler). In a way, it is Pluto, again, which severs the fourth degree initiate from the need ever to return via reincarnation to the three worlds. Again the four is involved, as the sign of reincarnation is Cancer, the fourth sign, ruled by the Moon which distributes the fourth ray.  There is so much in the connection between Scorpio and the first ray which involves not only the number one but the number four. These energies are involved in the theme of “life and death” and when utilizing these energies (at various stages along the Path), one finds that one must “lose one’s life to find it”,
    (cf. FITI 91)


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

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

Ataturk-Mustafa Kemal
Turkish Statesman, “Father of the Turks”, Wise Exponent of the Shamballa Energy According to the Tibetan (Ascendant)

Genghis Khan (Temujin)—
Mongolian Conqueror of Asia and Much of Europe (Proposed Sun Sign)

Hermann Goering
Nazi Leader Preceding and During WWII, Head of the “Luftwaffe” (the German Air Force) (Ascendant)

Henry V
King of England (Proposed Ascendant)

Martin Luther
Inspirer of the Protestant Reformation (Sun Sign)

Benito Mussolini
Fascist Dictator of Italy (Ascendant)

Napoleon Bonaparte
Conqueror, Self-Crowned Emperor of France (Ascendant)

Horatio Nelson—
Admiral of the British Navy, Hero of Trafalgar (Proposed Ascendant)

George Patton
Most Formidable of the United States’ Generals during World War II (Sun Sign)

Theodore Roosevelt
USA President, Statesman, Conservationist “Rough-Rider” (Sun Sign)

Joseph Stalin,
Russian Dictator, the “Man of Steel”—Dictator of Russia (Proposed Ascendant—or Capricorn. So much secrecy surrounds Stalin’s birth day and year that arriving at a correct chart for him is extremely difficult.)

Margaret Thatcher
Prime Minister of Great Britain (Ascendant)

Henry David Thoreau
Essayist, Poet, Individualist, Transcendentalist (Proposed Ascendant with R6)