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

in progress

& Ray 2

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 & Ray 2




Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R2P (or R2S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

No significant mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges with respect to this combination, whether through rays transmitted constellationally through the sign Scorpio or through its ruling planets. Only, Venus, ruler of the second decanate in one decanate allocation and the third in another transmits the second ray, probably through its personality. Since Venus is a sacred planet, such a transmission is relatively weak {though certainly not negligible}—sacred planets having largely overcome their personality radiation. An appropriate category of reinforcement would be Weak—by Decanate Rulership or Numerical Association Only.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being
    1. An intense attachment to the vices of ‘lunar’ living characteristic of the self-centered Scorpio person combines with the inability to release self from snares—a state induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the second 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. Probably not a very common combination as the second ray does not reach Earth through the constellation Scorpio or its rulers.

    3. Weak, helpless surrender to vice. The strength to resist cannot be marshaled.

    4. Lower magnetisms, lower “allure” rules.

    5. Hardly having the will to resist the imprisonment which the Hydra represents. Some of the heads are especially dangerous to this combination of Scorpio and the second ray: sex, comfort, fear and hatred are probably the four most prominent. (The first ray type in or under Scorpio is vulnerable to all the heads, with fear and comfort being somewhat reduced in power.)

    6. Strong and clinging attachment to the forces which eventually bring death.

    7. Loving illusion. Functioning as or under a “deluder of souls” (cf. TWM 240)


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 second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.
    1. The penetrating psychological insight of the advancing Scorpio individual combines with the capacity to wisely understand induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the second ray.

    2. One sees and understands the effects of vice within the life.

    3. Perspective, humility and wisdom grow.

    4. Emerging psychological skills—especially in the field of depth psychology.

    5. Compassion arises through suffering. Love emerges after prolonged darkness.

    6. A teacher of martial arts—especially as a tool for building consciousness.

    7. Conflict resolution.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: learning detachment from compelling vices through understanding.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: learning detachment from compelling vices through love.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: learning that love is a spiritual weapon.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: the light of the soul is brought into dark places.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: the unconscious nature is raised into consciousness where it cannot do as much harm.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to substitute love for desire.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: in general, learning to “let go” through the application of Love-Wisdom.

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 second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.
    1. The power to detach from desire regardless of sacrifice to the personal self—an aptitude possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combines with the ability to release through the power of love induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

    2. Becoming an excellent esoteric psychologist. Understanding the depths and heights of human nature.

    3. Identifying as the soul and becoming the redeemer of the lower threefold man.

    4. Drawing-in the intuition and loving-understanding to release the lower man from the Serpent of Illusion. Only intuition (buddhi, fourth plane, second and fourth rays) can dispel illusion.

    5. Luminous soul love (fed by the intuition) dissolves illusion.

    6. Disidentifying with the eighteen lower fires, and identifying with the world of buddhi-manas, triad-soul.

    7. Repulsion from all that is low becomes redemption and uplift. The soul absorbs the ‘hate-ful’ personality into the field of Love-Wisdom.

    8. The deadly “Dweller on the Threshold” merges with the “Angel of the Presence”.

    9. Love is the True Warrior and “Love Conquers All”.

    10. The “peaceful warrior” who conquers through love.



(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 Second 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 Victory Over Fear

    2. Alchemize Lower Magnetisms Into Higher Attachments

    3. Annihilate Sentimental Attractions

    4. Battle With The Enemies Of Inclusiveness

    5. Be Faithful Unto Death

    6. Be Firm But Gentle

    7. Be Generous With Profits From Investments

    8. Be Harsh If Necessary In Order To Be Kind

    9. Be A Warrior For The Light

    10. Bear With The Negativity Of Others

    11. Bless Those In Bondage

    12. Bring Benediction To The Depths

    13. Bring Light To The Dark Spaces Within The Three Lower Worlds

    14. Brood Deeply And Ponder

    15. Build Masterfully After Destruction Has Done Its Work

    16. “Bury The Hatchet”

    17. Care For Those In Deep Distress

    18. Clear The Way To Open Expression

    19. Clearly See The Evil Tendencies Within Yourself

    20. Confer Names Which Go To The Essence Of Identity And Reveal It

    21. Comfort Those Who Mourn

    22. Conceal In Order To Reveal

    23. Confront Adversity In The Educational Process

    24. Conquer Cowardice Through Love

    25. Contend With Yourself For The Sake Of Liberated Love

    26. Control The Emotional Vehicle So That Love May Emerge

    27. Courageously Ameliorate The Wretchedness Of Humanity

    28. Cross The Threshold Of Darkness To Find The Light

    29. Cultivate The “Warrior Within”

    30. Deeply Understand Suffering

    31. Defeat Malignant Forces Through Positivity

    32. Demonstrate The Triumph Of The Christ Aspect

    33. Deprive Yourself For The Sake Of Sharing

    34. Detach From Useless Adhesions

    35. Die To ‘Excessive Care’

    36. Disclose The Treasures Of The Causal Body

    37. Display The Glory Which Shines Effulgently After Transformation Has Been Achieved

    38. Dissolve Vices Through Love

    39. Do Away With Anxieties

    40. Draw Forth Deep Knowledge Of The Self

    41. Educate Those Who Dwell In Darkness

    42. Eliminate The Obstacles To Unity

    43. Endure Spiritual Agony If Necessary

    44. Enter Deeply Into Psychological Education

    45. Exercise Patience Throughout Catastrophe

    46. Expel ‘Possessors’ Through The Power Of Love

    47. Exhume And Clear Away Impediments To Group Love

    48. Express Eternal Love Despite The Agony Of The Conflict With The World Illusion

    49. Face Weakness Courageously

    50. Fight For Beauty And Truth

    51. Forfeit Your Life For The Hierarchy

    52. Fuse And Blend The Warring Dualities

    53. Generously Provide For Those Of Struggle With Adversity

    54. Gently Dissolve The Vices Of Life

    55. Give Until It “Hurts”

    56. Go To The Depths To Experience Enlightenment

    57. Guard What You Love With Your Life

    58. Have Compassion For Psychological Bondage

    59. Humble Yourself Before The Power Of Divine Love

    60. Intensify Magnetism

    61. Invest Yourself In The Educational Process

    62. Irradiate With Light The “Forces Of Mara”

    63. Kill-Out Cowardice

    64. Let Compassion Arise Through Thorough Psychological Knowledge

    65. “Let Pain Bring Due Reward Of Light And Love”

    66. Lose Your Life To Find It; Lose The Personality To Gain The Soul

    67. Love Intensely

    68. Magnetize Irresistibly

    69. Masterfully Build—Anchoring The Foundation In The Darkest Depths And Ascending Towards The Realms Of Liberation

    70. Merge And Fuse With Quiet Intensity

    71. Mine The “Nuggets Of Truth”

    72. Neutralize Wrong Allure With Light And Love

    73. Overcome Separativeness To Establish Cohesive Love

    74. Pass Bravely Through Conflict To Experience Illumined Soul-Infusion

    75. Penetrate With Ever-Deepening Understanding

    76. Penetrate Deeply Into The Art And Science Of Meditation

    77. Ponder On The Nature Of Illusion

    78. Pour Forth Wisdom Born Of Your Struggle With The Tendencies Of Lunar Life

    79. Proceed Deeply And Carefully

    80. Proceed Serenely Through Loss

    81. Probe The Foundation Of The ‘Building’

    82. Protect With An “Eagle-Eye”

    83. Purge And Purify Group Life

    84. Put Your Money Into Socially Responsible Investments

    85. Radiate The Light Of Life And Love Through The Form

    86. Quiet The Rebellion Of The Personality

    87. Realize That Love Conquers All

    88. Rebuild!

    89. Redeem The Criminal Element—Within And Without

    90. Refuse To Be Suffocated

    91. Reject Depression

    92. Remain Loyal To The Soul Throughout The Inevitable Battle

    93. Renew The Heart With Frequency

    94. Renounce Comfort For The Sake Of Spiritual Joy And Happiness

    95. Renovate Group Structures

    96. Repulse The Selfishly Over-Conscientious Attitude

    97. Research The Divine Pattern

    98. Resurrect Through Love

    99. Risk Extremes To Reveal The Light

    100. Sacrifice Yourself For The Sake Of Redemption

    101. See Behind The Personality To Reveal The Radiance Of The Soul

    102. See Through Deception

    103. Seek Psychological Intimacy

    104. Shed Light Upon The “Dweller On The Threshold”

    105. Struggle Within Yourself To Establish Loving-Understanding

    106. Surmount Over-Sensitivity

    107. Survive Cruelty And Adversity Without Returning Hatred

    108. Teach The Methods Of Rising Out Of Bondage

    109. Terminate All Timidity And Cowardice

    110. Tolerate Tribulation

    111. Transform Your Vision

    112. Transmute Lower Attachments

    113. Triumph Over Emotion To Establish The Reign Of Love

    114. Undergo Loss Serenely

    115. Undermine The Basis Of Fear

    116. Unveil The Mystery Of Love

    117. Use Hypnotism Therapeutically

    118. Vanquish Mortality Through Understanding

    119. View Apparent Disaster Wisely

    120. Wage War With Love And Light

    121. Wisely, “Fight The Good Fight”



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Second Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Throughout the fearsome struggle, e’en in moments most obscured, I seek to know the light of soul suffusing and the love of soul pervading—subsequent revealers of Triadal Mind, Triadal Love and Power.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“I See the Greatest Light”—Revealed by my Triumph in Triadal Mind—revealed by the Victory of Buddhic Love and Atmic Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R2/Scorpio.

Focussed at the center of a radiant Lotus Blue, the illumined Scholar/Teacher, triumphant in the Light of Truth, victorious in Wisdom and in Love, pours forth his lighted strength into the yawning pits of hell, redeeming and uplifting, salvaging and saving, conquering the ‘Devil’ and the Dark.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio and R2

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. R2

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R2

  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: indigo blue, sapphire blue or light blue.

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: SOL or G

  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 heart chakra; the “heart in the head” and also through the spleen as solar prana on our planet.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, 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 Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

  1. Hell”

  1. Christ harrows Hell.

  1. Hate

  1. Love

  1. Illusion

  1. Wisdom

  1. Triumph

  1. Weakness and capitulation

  1. Concealment

  1. Revelation

  1. Promotes the destruction of the form.

  1. Promotes the preservation of the form.

  1. Scorpio promotes conflict (eventually, in the interests of harmony).

  1. Inclination to avoid conflict whenever possible.

  1. Warlike

  1. Peace-loving

  1. Vengeful, resentful, grudge-bearing.

  1. Forgiving.

  1. Strong always (for good or ill); heroism.

  1. Initially weak—later, strong in Love; initial cowardice.

  1. Tumultuous

  1. Tranquil

  1. Astrality. Intense emotion

  1. Promotes peace in the emotional nature through love


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio and R2

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. Developing the Processes of Psychology: Both Scorpio and the second ray are involved in developing the processes of psychology. The true psyche is the soul, the representative of the second aspect of divinity. The second ray always inclines, in some measure, to the study of the psyche. Scorpio (transmitting the fourth ray—another psychological ray) inclines to the study and practice of “Depth Psychology”, in the interests, eventually, of achieving the heights of conscious realization.

  2. Revealing the Light: Both Scorpio and the second ray are involved in the process of revealing the light. Second ray souls are the most luminous of souls. The Tibetan states this as follows: “The vivid light of the second ray soul (the most vivid in this second ray solar system)…” (R&I 516) This ray is also the ray of “light-giving Influence” (DINA I 177). Scorpio is the sign of darkness, but it is a darkness entered in order, eventually, to reveal the higher light. Once the hydra-headed obstructions are cleared away, the light breaks in. Conversely, once the light breaks in (the light of the intuition, through the building of the antahkarana) the Hydra is destroyed. The process is reciprocal and creates and positive feed-back loop. Scorpio represents the “Light of Day” (EA 330).

  3. Calm after the Storm: Both influences combine to fully reveal the nature of “the calm after the storm”.

  4. Admittance into Hierarchy: These two energies are especially important in admitting the struggling human soul into the Hierarchy of Light and Love.

  5. Destructiveness—but How?: Both the energies of Scorpio and the second ray are terribly destructive. But what do they destroy and how do they do so? Scorpio withdraws life from imprisonment in form. The second ray attracts the life in form to the ‘Center of Love’ residing free from form.

  6. Death and Love as Death: Both the energies of Scorpio and the second ray are energies of death. But what dies and what is the mode of dying? It might be said that the Christ Force loves the personality to death (or rather, to its death). A mystery is contained in these thoughts so remote from the usual channels of thought.

  7. Related to Processes Important at the First, Second and Third Initiations: Scorpio (like Capricorn) is a sign active in the initiation process, and is said to be particularly active at the first three degrees.

    At the first degree, to the usual destructive and transforming qualities of Scorpio, is added the entrance into a new kingdom of Nature—the Kingdom of Souls. This kingdom is ruled by the second ray whereas the Human Kingdom is ruled by a lower expression of the fourth ray under the control of the third, or matter aspect, of divinity.

    At the second degree, to the death-dealing energies of Scorpio which kill personal desire, is added the inflow of soul love which renders the astral body an instrument for the distribution of love/buddhi; at least, a significant beginning is made.

    At the third degree, to the destruction of the grip of the personality over the soul, is added the emergence into dominance of the energies of Love-Wisdom (the major energy of the soul no matter what its particular individual ray may be).

    Even at the fourth degree (which is not given by the Tibetan as much related to Scorpio), the power of love, heart and buddhi emerge through the medium of the second ray as the causal body is destroyed by the Scorpionic/Piscean/Plutonic/Vulcanian forces.


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 Second Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Louis Braille
French Educator who Invented the Braille Reading System for the Blind (Sun Sign)

Desiderius Erasmus
Renaissance Humanist and Scholar (Sun Sign)

Marsilio Ficino—
Italian Philosopher, Theologian, and Linguist; his Translation of Commentaries on Plato Generated Florentine Platonist Renaissance (Sun Sign)

Robert Gerard—
American Esoteric Psychologist and Occultist (Ascendant)

Victor Hugo
French Romantic Poet, Novelist, Dramatist (Ascendant)

Helen Keller
Author, Educator Who Triumphed Over Blindness and Deafness to Becomes One of the World’s Most Cultured Individuals (Ascendant)

Jawaharlal Nehru
Statesman, First Prime Minister of India (Sun Sign)