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

in progress

& Ray 3

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 3




Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R3P (or R3S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the third ray associations related to Mars, Pluto and Mercury, the three rulers of Scorpio. Mars represents the emotional vehicle of a great third ray Entity, and Pluto may have third ray components in relation to its monadic ray {purely speculative, but an a monadic ray which relates to the intelligence aspect of divinity is reasonable}.

The strongest third ray association is with Mercury, being its probable personality ray. A appropriate category of reinforcement would be Mild by Rulership. For the ordinary individual and even for the disciple, the third ray associations of Mars or Pluto are remote at best. The third ray of Mercury is much more accessible, but Mercury is the hierarchical ruler, and therefore, significantly available only to initiates.

Further, the third ray of Mercury probably expresses on a personality level, and not through the soul or monad of that planet, and hence, would not be as significant to initiates. A slight additional reinforcement of this combination comes through the exalted planet Uranus, which can reasonably be hypothesized to have a third ray personality. At least, we know that Uranus does transmit the third ray {EA 138}, but that it is not its principal ray. For Uranus, ray seven is so accentuated {almost necessarily the soul ray}, and ray one is given as an “esoteric” ray {EP I 420}. Only the personality ray remains as a possibility. No significant decanate reinforcements occur.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The stealth and deceptiveness of the selfish, self-centered Scorpio person combine with the manipulativeness and deceit induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

    2. The Serpent of Illusion wraps the human soul in its coils.

    3. Maya flourishes and deception rules.

    4. Ensnared by the subconscious nature.

    5. The Hydra schemes to get what it desires.

    6. The spider awaits its prey. Espionage and entrapment.

    7. The truth is covered, The lie creates a false world. (Josef Goebbels was born in Scorpio with a powerful third ray)

    8. The most powerful Hydra heads with this combination are: sex, money, fear, ambition, pride and separativeness.

    9. The third aspect of divinity (by fair means or foul) seeks to strangle the second aspect in its tentacles.

    10. Selfish strategy. Plots, cabals and treachery.

    11. Covert financial manipulations.

    12. “Cornering the market”.

    13. Greed and acquisitiveness.

    14. The theft of vitality and of the means whereby life can be lived.

    15. Every form of intelligent selfishness.

    16. Treachery moves towards its goal undetected.

    17. Cloaked in impenetrable obscurity. Twisted psychological motivations.

    18. Sinister (left-handed) motives.

    19. Conspiracy theories and those to whom such theories refer. Suspicion and paranoia.

    20. The hidden enemy of the Light.


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

    1. The capacity for subtle understanding and a comprehension of the matrix of causality—characteristics of the advancing Scorpio individual—combine with a wide and diversified knowledgeability induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

    2. The development of subtlety of mind.

    3. The often shocking emergence of the hidden truth.

    4. An intricate network of hidden causes come to light.

    5. The capacity to foresee many usually unsuspected eventualities.

    6. Journalism and reporting which bring abuses to light. “Muckraking”.

    7. Hidden financial manipulations are exposed.

    8. “Department of Intelligence” within the “War Department”.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: detecting the movements of the subconscious nature.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to outsmart the subconscious and instinctual forces.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: strategic financial planning to finance good works.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: planning strategic attacks on the enemies of light and love—whether internal or external.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: subtle personal intelligence ‘colludes’ with the internal and external Forces of Light and Love. The intelligent personality forms an alliance with the soul.


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

    1. The illumination and ‘disillusionment’ of the mind—achievements possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combine with the great acuity of mind induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray. The third ray has been called “the acute energy of divine mental perception” (R&I 558).

    2. One who has greater-than-usual access to the “secrets of the Mind of God”.

    3. Detecting the hidden, occult aspects of the Diving Plan.

    4. The mind is elevated to a high position. Mercury (monadically hypothesized to be upon the ‘fifth-to-third’ ray) is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio.

    5. The blending of buddhi (Scorpio) and manas (the third ray). The philosophical approach (third ray) to the realm of intuition (Scorpio).

    6. Having the intricacy of mind to follow the manifold twists and turns in the Gordian Knot of Illusion. One who can untie the “Gordian Knot”. Disentangling the World Illusion.

    7. Able to detect a lie immediately.

    8. Able to foresee the many and varied undesirable consequences of erroneous thought.

    9. One who can move swiftly and efficiently in darkened areas.

    10. An acutely intelligent strategist for the implementation of the Divine Plan.

    11. One who has learned swiftly and skillfully to detach from all mayavic, glamorous or illusory patterns.

    12. Knowing the “game of the world” and mastering it for the sake of helping the Hierarchy.

    13. One who is intelligently-free from the World Illusion and able to plan with God for the execution of God’s Plan.


(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 Third 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 The Spirit Of Criticism

      2. Acquire Knowledge In Depth

      3. Alchemize The Forces Of Matter

      4. Analyze The Forces Of Mara

      5. Apply Yourself To Solving The Mystery Of Time And Space

      6. Articulate Trenchantly

      7. Attack Faulty, Illogical Thinking

      8. Avoid Ensnarement

      9. Battle With Confusion—Clarify

      10. Be A Deep Thinker

      11. Be A Forerunner Of The Light—Preparing Its Way—By Encountering Darkness And Discriminating It From The Light

      12. Be A Warrior In The Cause Of Mental Clarity

      13. Bring Intelligent Balance To The Struggle Amongst The Three Lower Vehicles, And Between These Vehicles And The Soul

      14. Break the Enemy’s Secret Code

      15. Build A Threefold Foundation Of Regenerated Substance—Transmuted And Transformed

      16. Clear Away Impediments To The Intelligent Understanding Of Concepts

      17. Communicate In Depth

      18. Compete With Your Own Stupidity

      19. Comprehend The Material Origin Of Sin

      20. Conceal That Which Must Remain Secret

      21. Conquer Ignorance And Stupidity

      22. Contend With Yourself For Ever More Ingenious Solutions

      23. Control Emotion Through The Exercise Of Intelligence

      24. Create Secret Codes And Encryptions For “Intelligence” Operations

      25. Creatively Find Hidden Or Unsuspected Paths To The Goal

      26. Cross The Threshold Of Darkness In Search Of The Patterns Of Divine Mind

      27. Defeat Dishonesty

      28. Decipher The World Illusion

      29. Demonstrate Depth Of Reasoning

      30. Deprive Yourself Of Unworthy Avenues Of Escape

      31. Destroy The Web Of Obstructive Thoughtforms

      32. Detach From Excessive Complexity

      33. Develop Economic Power

      34. Die To The Manipulative Mentality

      35. Dig Into An Understanding Of Material Processes

      36. Disclose The Laws Of Thought

      37. Discover Foundational Economic Formulas

      38. Discriminate Between The Pairs Of Opposites, Thus Clarifying Their Roles In The ‘Great War’

      39. Disengage From Destructive Entanglements

      40. Diversify Investments

      41. Do Battle With Your Mind

      42. Draw Up The Plans For A Program Of Regeneration

      43. Eliminate Deceit

      44. Elude Evil Tendencies

      45. Escape From Bondage

      46. Exhume And Apply Ancient Mantra

      47. Expose Corruption

      48. Exterminate Indirection And Innuendo

      49. Fathom The Divine Plan

      50. Fight For The Creative Use Of The Mind

      51. Finance The “Good Fight”

      52. Find The Psychological Roots Of Mental Pride And Get Rid Of It

      53. Forfeit Unfair Advantage

      54. Foresee Methods Of Dealing With Drastic Change

      55. Gain A Broad Perspective Upon The Subject Of Death

      56. Get To The Root Of The Meaning Of Time And Space

      57. Give Up Materialism

      58. Give Voice To Arcane Knowledge

      59. Go To The Roots Of Conceptualization

      60. Grasp The Secret Of Triplicity And The “Trinity”

      61. Humble Yourself Before The Love Of The Soul—Which Is Greater Than Your Own Intelligence

      62. Intelligently Expose Treachery And Underhandedness

      63. Interpret That Which Is Seen With Deep Insight And Acumen

      64. Invest In Financial Operations Which Will Support The Expression Of The Plan

      65. Investigate The Causes Of Genius (Howard Gardner)

      66. Intensify Your Power Of Thought

      67. Interpret The Meaning Of Sin And Evil

      68. Keep Silence—Silently Weave

      69. Keep The Records Telling The Story Of The Progress Of The Light Emerging From Darkness

      70. Kill Out Material Ambition

      71. Let Reason Conquer Ignorance

      72. Live Through And Survive The Evolutionary Phase Of Mental Overstimulation

      73. Lose Interest In The World Maya

      74. Maneuver Intelligently In The Great Battle

      75. Outsmart The “Serpent Of Illusion”

      76. Overcome The Limitations Of Mental Reasoning

      77. Pass Bravely And Intelligently Through The “Forest Of Error”

      78. Penetrate Into The Field Of Divine Mental Perception

      79. Plan For the Alleviation Of Disaster

      80. Plan For The Coming Of Death

      81. Plan With Foresight And Keep Your Own Counsel

      82. Probe Deeply For Creative Solutions

      83. Produce Enigmatic Combinations

      84. Provide Power For Locomotion

      85. Purge Yourself Of Material Selfishness

      86. Raise Money To Promote Better Communication

      87. Reason Deeply--Profoundly

      88. Rebuild The Material Foundation

      89. Refuse To Lie

      90. Reject Duplicity

      91. Relinquish Rationalizations And Excuses

      92. Remember Those Experiences Almost Lost In The Depths Of The Subconscious

      93. Renew The Power Of The Thinking Process

      94. Renounce The Tyranny Of Thoughtforms

      95. Repulse The Personality And Its Processes

      96. Research The Nature Of The Thinking Process

      97. Resurrect The Kundalini Fire—The Fire Of Matter

      98. Reveal Unwritten, Unspoken Aspects Of History

      99. Secure All Needed Resources

      100. See Into The Machinations Of The Instinctual Nature

      101. Separate The Values Of The Soul From The Tempting Tendencies Of The Personality

      102. Skillfully Deal With Catastrophe And Crisis

      103. Slay The Dragon Of Illusion

      104. Stop Evading The Soul—Face It Courageously

      105. Strategize In Silence

      106. Struggle To Cease Deceiving Yourself

      107. Think Deeply And Thoroughly On How To Achieve Economic Well-Being

      108. Trap Evil Doers

      109. Transform Your Material Nature Via The Holy Spirit

      110. Transmute Impracticality Into Skill In Action

      111. Uncover The Mainspring Of Creative Thinking

      112. Undermine The Roots Of Nescience

      113. Understand The Economy Deeply

      114. Unify The Lower Four—Let The Soul Conquer The Brahmic Aspect

      115. Unravel The Skeins Of Fate And Karma

      116. Unveil The Mysteries Of The Mind Of God

      117. Use The Mind To Destroy The Mind—Rise Above The Limitations Of Thought

      118. Vanquish The Mental Hydra

      119. Veil And Yet Reveal; Disclose And Yet Conceal; Cover And Uncover

      120. Vitalize Renovations

      121. Wield Thought As An Agent Of Beneficent Destruction

      122. Wrest The Light From Dark Places And Thus, Illuminate The Lotus



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I struggle in my mind to understand the deeper meaning of this most confusing battle twixt my higher and my lower self; let the Purpose of the Triad be revealed; let the Purpose which I am and which I must express be known.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Purpose Itself Am I”—a Purpose Known and Understood, when Standing in Triadal Light Triumphant—Victorious through Buddhic Love and Atmic Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R3/Scorpio

Alert and at the center of the planetary ‘Web of Life’, the perspicacious Weaver, sagaciously surveys the tangled threads of worldly maya, then creatively reweaves the web according to the pattern long-intended by God’s Plan Divine.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio and R3

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. R3

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R3

  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: green, yellow or black.

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: FA or F.

  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 throat chakra and (to a degree) through the sacral chakra, also through the spleen as planetary prana, and, quite reasonably, through the ajna center when that center represents the spiritual triad

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number I, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, 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 Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives.

  1. Strongly involved with the processes of the astral body.

  1. More connected to the mental and physical bodies.

  1. Engaging in physical combat.

  1. Shrinking from physical combat; sneaking away. May fight with thoughts and words.

  1. Inner conflict.

  1. Rationalizing, self-justifying.

  1. Confrontational

  1. Evasive

  1. Experiential

  1. Abstracted

  1. Research to discover knowledge.

  1. Manipulation of existing knowledge, or thinking to arrive at knowledge.

  1. Seeking the destruction of the hindering form—eventually.

  1. Seeking the mending and sustainment of the hindering form—at first, though untying all the knots of ignorance—eventually.

  1. Battle-scarred

  1. Mental identification helps avoid battle.

  1. Scorpionic processes reveal the “Sun God”.

  1. Ray tends to support the ‘Dominion of the Moon’—the processes of matter and form, though Divine Mind eventually comes to the rescue.

  1. Immorality

  1. Amorality

  1. Related to sex as a psychological process

  1. Generically related to sex as a procreative, form-producing process


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio and R3

    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. Maya and Illusion: Both Scorpio and the third ray are closely related to the factors of maya and illusion. In lower Scorpio it is said, “Let maya flourish and deception rule”. The third ray is the “Lord of Space” and “Dispenser of Time”. Space/Time is the Great Illusion itself.

    2. War with the Form: Scorpio is a sign of duality—more specifically of “conflict with duality” (EA 332). One of the dualities engaged in the ‘Scorpionic Wars’ is the form (ruled generically by ray three).

    3. Conspiring to Preserve Lunar Privilege: Both Scorpio and ray three may conspire to preserve the prerogatives of the lunar lords. Scorpio, as the Hydra, is the negativity of the threefold lunar form (expressing a ninefold corruption). Although the Moon “falls” in Scorpio, it is in Scorpio, at first, that a great (and losing) effort is made to preserve the pre-eminence of the negative lunar tendencies. The Moon and the third ray are closely related, because the Moon-chain was the third chain. The third ray, wedded to the program of the first solar system, reinforces early, lunar, Scorpio tendencies. Both become, as it were, ‘defenders of the unholy past’. Scorpio is a “triple sign” represented, symbolically, by the letter “M”, which stands for matter, and, in English, sums to 13/4 which represent the world of form.

    4. Disentangling the Consciousness from Maya: Once the tide is turned and the soul becomes the motivating force, Scorpio and the third ray cooperate in the disentanglement of the consciousness from the web of Maya. Scorpio helps the disciple “see through” illusion, glamor and maya, and the third ray (though an excellent knot-maker in the early days of evolution) knows well how rapidly to untie the very knots it has made. Thus the two, Scorpio and the third ray, bring about a successful extrication from the many tangled threads of energy and force which bind the prisoner in the lower worlds.

    5. Sexuality: Considering sexuality as within the province the third ray—the ‘Ray of Form-creation’, a line of reinforcement with Scorpio (one of the foremost signs related to sexuality) can be found. The sexual organs are ruled by the sign Scorpio, Necessarily, this sign strongly affects the sacral center, which is, as well, powerfully affected by Mars (the orthodox and esoteric ruler of Scorpio). The third ray is also closely related to the sacral center—the center whose purpose is the procreation of physical forms.

    6. Related to Processes Important at the First Three Initiations: This combination has something to offer at each of the first three initiations.

      There is important throat center stimulation at the first two initiations. At the first, the sexual energy of the sacral center (Scorpio) is transferred to the throat (ruled by the third ray). Scorpio (ever the ‘thief’ of vitality for good purposes of for ill) absorbs sexual vitality and raises it to the creative center.

      At the second initiation, there is also throat center stimulation. In this case a kind of “mental illumination” (an “illumined mind”
      DINA II 267) must be produced, and the throat center must no longer contribute to the entanglement of manas with kama. Mind must extricate itself from the astral body, and to this end, the third ray (“The Divine Separator”—EP I 68) labors.

      At the third degree, illusion must be defeated, and to this end the third aspect of the monad (correlated with the third ray) becomes active, unifying the mental field and ending its fragmentation. The mind is no longer darkened under negative Scorpio, but the full “Light of Day” shines in the mind. A releasing mental illumination is achieved (Mercury, hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, distributing the third ray as well as the fourth). The Dragon of Wisdom disentangles the illusory coils of the Serpent of Illusion.

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 Third Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Andrew Carnegie
Scottish American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Endower of Libraries (Ascendant)

Bill Gates
Computer Magnate, Entrepreneur, Director of Microsoft Empire (Sun Sign)

Henry George
American Land Reformer and Economist who Proposed the Single Tax (Ascendant)

Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Leader, Politician, Chief Propagandist (Sun Sign)

Mata Hari
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle”—Spy, Double-Agent, Prostitute, Symbol of Sex and Intrigue (Ascendant)

Marc Edmund Jones
American Astrologer and Philosopher, “Dean of American Astrologers” (Ascendant)

German Astrologer, Astronomer, Humanist; Devised a System of House Division (Ascendant)

Bertrand Russell
Prolific English Author, Philosopher, Mathematician, Peace Activist in Later Years (Ascendant)

Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary, Rival of Joseph Stalin on whose Orders he was Assassinated (Sun Sign)

18th Century French Author, Satirist, Philosopher, Poet, Historian, Encyclopedist, Novelist (Sun Sign)

Ludwig Wittgenstein—
Austrian Logical Positivist Philosopher; Best Known for his Philosophy of Language (Ascendant)