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

in progress

Scorpio & Ray 4

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 4



Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A very strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fourth ray transmitted constellationally—and in greatest strength—through Scorpio, and through the fourth ray transmitted through Mercury—the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio. The principal category of reinforcement would be Very Strong by Constellational Transmission and would operate for all people. For initiates, a further categorization of Strong by Rulership—Class 3 would be appropriate. Initiates with a strong Scorpio influence respond to Mercury, which transmits the fourth ray, almost certainly as its soul ray.

The fourth ray influence from Mercury would only mildly affect the average individual and even the average disciple, but the fourth ray through Scorpio is so powerful and pervasive that there would be no want of fourth ray for any type of individual born in or under this sign.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The conflict and tension (both imposed and experienced) by the selfish, self-centered Scorpio person combine with the friction, instability and constant turmoil induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

    2. War and the arts of war—for personal gain. 

    3. Deep-seated conflicts. War in the deepest recesses of the psyche. Seething.

    4. The battle with negativity is intense (even if largely invisible) and mostly the negative forces overcome the positive.

    5. Unresolved tensions as a cause of ill-health—physical, emotional and mental.

    6. Fear of defeat. Coupled with an equally strong fear of victory.

    7. Frequently snatching defeat from the jaws of victory through self-sabotage.

    8. Killing the thing one loves most. Loving what one appears to hate.

    9. Love and hate focussed upon the same person.

    10. Conflict between “Eros” and “Thanatos”—the life and death instincts.

    11. Thus, mortal conflict between the forces of life and the forces of death.

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

    1. A deepening understanding of the causes and dynamics of struggle and conflict characteristic of the advancing Scorpio individual combines with the ability to bring harmony out of conflict—an aptitude induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fourth ray of “Harmony Through Conflict”.

    2. Development of the martial (Scorpio) arts (fourth ray). The art of war pursued for unselfish reasons.

    3. Engaging in combat for the purpose of ending combat.

    4. Growing expertise in conflict-resolution.

    5. Growing expertise in understanding crisis and intervening in crisis situations.

    6. Crisis counseling. (The second ray and Scorpio are also involved in this field.)

    7. Suited for the practice of therapeutic psychology.

    8. Expressive in the dramatic arts. Inducing catharsis and release.

    9. Creativity involving the depths and heights of the human experience.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: victory over vice emerges through constant conflict with vice.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: harmonizing the internecine warfare within the personality vehicles. (cf. EP II 340)

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: having the courage to confront and work-through all detected personality negativity.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: engaging strenuously in the conflict between soul and personality to the point at which the personality becomes harmonized to the will of the soul.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: learning the value of intuition in the dispelling of illusion.


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

    1. A profound understanding of the bondage and victory of the human soul/spirit—a gift possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combines with an intuitive, buddhic ability to understand, experience and promote the inherent harmony between the apparently warring “pairs of opposites”an understanding induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray, the ray of the buddhic plane.

    2. Realizing that all warring opposites are already part of a One with which they are slowly merging. “Two Merge with One” (R&I 518) That buddhic and pervasive Oneness is sensed behind and within all evident and warring dualities.

    3. Achieving victory in harmonizing the soul and personality under the Laws of the Soul.

    4. Experiential knowledge that the victory of the soul over the massed hostility of the personality is achieved through intuitively accessing Divine Love.

    5. A deep realization that no matter how horrible may seen the fate and experiences of the human race, nevertheless, a profound love and harmony underlie those experiences and that fate.

    6. A deep realization that soul and personality, spirit and matter, deeply love each other, and are intended for a union in which the best qualities of each will emerge for the benefit of the other.

    7. A profound understanding of the fate, destiny, dharma and karma of the Fourth Creative Hierarchy, the Human. Scorpio and the fourth ray are the rulers of the Creative Hierarchy of Human Monads. When this combination is present, therefore, there is a special resonance with the monad—its purpose, its quality, its focus. Perhaps Scorpio and the fourth ray together is the most human of all energy combinations, and acquaints the one qualified by these energies with the deeply conflicted and yet (eventually) glorious and beautiful destiny of all human beings and of the human family as a whole.



(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 Fourth 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 Vacillation And Inconstancy

      2. Alchemize The Lower Into The Higher

      3. Amass Resources For The Promotion Of Culture

      4. Ameliorate Crisis

      5. Artistically Express The Conflict Between Good And Evil

      6. Attack Ugliness

      7. Banish The Forces Of “Mara” Through The Power Of True Beauty

      8. Battle With The Great Pairs Of Opposites

      9. Be A Warrior In The Cause Of Beauty

      10. Be Deeply Sensitive

      11. Be Victor In The Conflict With Duality

      12. Bridge Conflict Through The Use Of Resonance And Rapport

      13. Bring To The Surface The Cause Of Discord

      14. Brood Deeply Over The Nature Of Beauty And Ugliness

      15. Carry Peace To Those Who Mourn

      16. Compete With Your Own Tendency To Fail

      17. Comprehend Deeply The Art Of Conflict Resolution

      18. Conquer Divisiveness

      19. Contend With Yourself For The Sake Of Self-Refinement

      20. Control Emotion So That Concord May Emerge

      21. Correct The Form Through A Radical Understanding Of Its Deep, Essential Structure

      22. Create Analogies Of Such Occult Depth That Only The Intuition Can Reveal Them

      23. Create Sharp And Shocking Contrasts

      24. Cross The Threshold Of Darkness In Search Of The Intuition

      25. Dance With Intensity

      26. Decipher Arcane Pictorial Languages

      27. Defeat The Serpent Through The Use Of The Intuition

      28. Detach From Predictability

      29. Deeply Understand The Art Of Living

      30. Defuse Tensions In Lethal Situations

      31. Demonstrate An In-Depth Understanding Of Cooperation And Its Impediments

      32. Detect That Which Is Truly Of Value

      33. Die To The World Of Form—Enter Formlessness

      34. Discern That Which Is Needed To Correct The Form

      35. Discover The Sources Of Inspiration

      36. Dispel Illusion Through Access To The Intuition

      37. Divine The Depths Of Human Nature And Find Something In Common With Everyone

      38. Do Away With Unnecessary Frictions

      39. Dwell In The “Holy Place”—The Place Of Intuition

      40. Encounter Others With Utter Frankness

      41. Enter The Silence And Intuitively Comprehend The Depths Of Life

      42. Eradicate The Obstacles To Peace

      43. Expose The Causes Of Conflict

      44. Express Intense Emotions Through Art

      45. Fathom The Intangible And The Ineffable

      46. Fight For Harmony

      47. Find Serenity In Apparent Agony—Thus Triumph

      48. “Force The Conflict To Subside”

      49. Generate Crisis For Purposes Of Revelation

      50. Grasp The Secret Of Form And The Formless

      51. Harmonize The “Dweller” And The “Angel”

      52. Humble Yourself Before The Goddess Of Beauty

      53. Identify Deeply With Humanity’s Struggles

      54. Instigate Conflict In Order To End Conflict

      55. Intensify Your Expressivity

      56. Intermediate Between The Warring Poles

      57. Intuit The Fundamental Equivalence Of The Pairs Of Opposites

      58. Intuitively Understand The Psychology Of Emotion

      59. Invest In Peace

      60. Investigate The Causes Of War

      61. Keep Silence So That Beauty May Dawn Upon Your Consciousness

      62. Kill Out Temptation—Giving-In To The Low While Knowing The High

      63. Kneel So That The Final Battle May Be Won

      64. Know The Human Kingdom As A Warring Kingdom Intent On Peace

      65. Let Beauty Arise Out Of Deep Pain

      66. Let Buddhic Love Triumph Over Wrong Allure

      67. Let Crucifixion Lead To Harmonization

      68. Let The Inner Warrior Arise Within You And Enforce The Law Of Magnetic Control

      69. Link The Three And The Three—The Triadal Warrior Above And His Threefold Opponent—The “Monster”--Below

      70. Live The Law Of Sacrifice—The Law Of Those Who Choose To Die

      71. Let The Realization Of Beauty Transform And Redeem The Torture Of Life

      72. Make Peace Through Strength

      73. Mark The Parting Of The Way—The Right From The Left Hand Path

      74. Master Your Materials—Bring Beauty Out Of Ugliness

      75. Never Seek Appeasement With Evil Forces—Thus Avoid An Unworthy, Inherent Tendency

      76. Overcome Separativeness Through The Power To Bridge

      77. Pacify Crisis

      78. Passionately Desire The Beautiful

      79. Perceive The Way With Deep Discernment

      80. Perfect The Martial Arts—Physically And Psychologically

      81. Penetrate The Arupa Worlds

      82. Plant Deep The Seed Of The Flower That Is To Come

      83. Prevail In Your Spiritual Struggles

      84. Probe The Secrets Of Symbolism

      85. Produce Rich, Deep Colors

      86. Profoundly Understand That Pain Releases Beauty

      87. Purge Yourself Of All That Is Not Refined

      88. Realize The Immortality Of Beauty—Deathless Beauty

      89. Rebuild The Temple Of Culture

      90. Recognize The Value Of The Ever-Present Death Instinct

      91. Refuse To Become A Ne’re Do Well—Refuse To Fail

      92. Reject Low Aesthetic Standards

      93. Relinquish The Forces Which Resist The Soul

      94. Renounce Imperfection

      95. Repel The Repulsive

      96. Resurrect The Human Spirit Through Artistic Inspiration

      97. Reveal The Roots Of The Ancient Conflict Between Spirit And Matter, Between Body And Soul

      98. Rise Above All That Is Sordid

      99. Risk Extremes In The Artistic Expression Of Psychological Truth

      100. Sacrifice All So That Two May Merge With One

      101. Sacrifice For The Sake Of Buddhic Realization

      102. See Into The Hidden Reasons For War

      103. Seek Psychological Intimacy Through Perfected Rapport

      104. Sublimate Pain Into Exquisite Sensitivity

      105. Summon Resistance To The Surface

      106. Trumpet Forth The Challenge On Behalf Of The Lord

      107. Understand The “Eternally Lovely Secret Of Death”

      108. Unite Beauty And Terror Artistically

      109. Unveil The Realm Where Angels And Humans Meet

      110. Use Color To Facilitate The Process Of Dying

      111. Utilize The Grotesque To Reveal The Lovely

      112. Vanquish Self-Sabotage

      113. When Fighting The “Good Fight” Ensure That Both Sides Win



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Engaged within a battle for the very life of Soul, I struggle both as Angel and as Dweller; and I struggle as the Warrior twixt the two; let the warring two I seem to be, at last become the One I truly am.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
Two Merge with One”—a One Revealed to Consciousness Triumphant, Merged within Triadal Light, Triadal Love and Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R4/Scorpio

Vibrantly responsive to the scintillating ‘Spectrum of Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of his Life’ beholds the struggling, warring Opposites, the light, the dark opposed in deadly strife; in pain and bliss he grasps them both, demanding that they fuse and blend, for only thus will Beauty, in its fullness, be revealed.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio and R4

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

Ray 4

  1. Transmits R4 Constellationally.

  1. R4

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R4

  1. Color: crimson (given by D.K.) 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: yellow or crème

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: MI or E.

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

  1. Associated with the ajna center through Mercury, and with the heart center because it is the fourth center. Also with the four-petalled based of spine center

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated, and Creative Hierarchy II, liberated.

  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 Human Kingdom.

  1. Closely associated with death.

  1. Not necessarily associated with death—except when buddhic realization leads to the death of form.

  1. Not necessarily associated with beauty. The “Monster” of ugliness is familiar.

  1. Usually associated with beauty in some measure.

  1. Scorpio is a sign of control.

  1. Lack of control and discipline is a problem for the fourth ray type.

  1. Inclined towards caution.

  1. Often reckless.

  1. Concealment.

  1. Oscillation between revealing too much or too little.

  1. Sign of power and great endurance

  1. Initial weakness, until “Steadfastness” is achieved

  1. Retentive, conserving, holding, hoarding.

  1. Prodigal, wasteful.

  1. Brooding

  1. Spontaneous

  1. Heavy’

  1. By turns ‘light’ or ‘heavy’.

  1. Generally serious and dependable.

  1. Often, at first, unstable.

  1. Domination of the enemy; the soul dominates the enemy.

  1. Peace, and the reconciliation of soul and personality as well of all “opposites”.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio and R4

    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. Crucial in Relation to the Fourth Creative Hierarchy: Very importantly, these two energies—of Scorpio and of the fourth ray—are the two energies which combine to rule the Fourth Creative Hierarchy of Human Monads. Humanity is a struggling kingdom of nature destined for the divinely harmonious resolution of its conflicts. Humanity is, like Scorpio, “The Fighter”. (EA 333) Through humanity, soul and personality, spirit and matter, are in final and mortal combat. They must be harmonized and reconciled to each other through wise, loving intuitive consciousness—the contribution of the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, which conveys the holistic, buddhic intuition. Mercury is the ruler of the Fourth Creative Hierarchy and is, planetarily, the principal transmitter of the fourth ray. Mercury, “the star of conflict” becomes, for human consciousness, the “star of intuition”. Lower Scorpionic, Mercurial Illusion is defeated by the dispelling radiance of buddhic realization. True intuition reveals the whole and ends the “Great Heresy of Separateness”. Scorpio and the fourth ray, when they have fulfilled their harmonizing function, lead humanity into the Fifth Kingdom of Nature, and into the domain of the second ray of Love-Wisdom, which, eventually, is to become the soul ray of humanity.

    2. War and Struggle: The energies of both Scorpio and the fourth ray incline to war and struggle. “Test, Trial and Triumph!” “Struggle, Strength, and Sagittarian attitudes”. (EA 206) These are the story of the life of the aspirant/disciple born in or under Scorpio. The fourth ray is the ray of “Harmony through Conflict” and the life of the fourth ray disciple is, at first, one of constant warfare.

    3. Dispelling Illusion: Both Scorpio and the fourth ray cooperate in the dispelling of illusion. In Scorpio the nine-headed Hydra is overcome, but it is only through the fourth ray and its transmitter, Mercury, the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, that success is achieved.

    4. Powerful Expressivity: The energies of the fourth ray and of Scorpio both incline towards powerful expressivity—once the Scorpio individual has decided to reveal what so often he keeps to himself.

    5. Approach and Avoidance: Both influences incline towards a powerful “approach/avoidance complex”. So often, the Scorpionic person is attracted to that which he must later relinquish. Intense engagement and forced release is the story. The fourth ray person is also strongly engaged in attraction/repulsion behaviour, in fight-or-flight behavior. For him, a balanced attitude must be achieved.

    6. Involvement in the Death Drama: Both Scorpio and the fourth ray involve the disciple in the death drama but in different ways. Scorpio always inclines to the death and destruction of form—to detachment from form and its relinquishment. The fourth ray brings about death when perfection or final beauty has been achieved.

    7. Victimization by Mood: Persons influenced by both energies can become the victim of mood. Scorpio broods and the fourth ray is given to sudden and unpredictable mood changes.

    8. Related to the Process Important at the First Initiation: Scorpio, we are told, is active at the first three planetary initiations—the “Birth”, “Baptism” and “Transfiguration”. At each of these initiations there is a great battle between various of the personality “pairs of opposites”—battles which are, essentially, a reflection of the battle between soul and personality. The fourth ray is the “Ray of Struggle” and is implicated in each of these battles. The first battle is between the etheric body (newly charged with soul-patterning), and the instincts of the physical elemental.

    9. Related to Processes Important at the Second Initiation: Scorpio is most associated with the second initiation, at which time occurs the “death of desire” (cf. IHS 85, EA 127). There is a great struggle on the astral plane followed by a harmonization and a relaxation of destructive tension. To this struggle and subsequent placation, the energies of both Scorpio and the fourth ray contribute—for they bring harmony after conflict.

    10. Related to Processes Important at the Fourth Initiation: The fourth initiation is ruled by the fourth ray. At this initiation there occurs a threefold process characterized by the words “Crucifixion. Sacrifice. Harmony.” The energies of Scorpio stage circumstances and life events so that the first two of these words can be applied; these energies also contribute to the subsequent harmonization. The energies of the fourth ray are ‘torturing’ energies related to Crucifixion; they are also energies which govern the first Law of the Soul—the “Law of Sacrifice” (cf. EP II 87); fourth ray energies are also those which finally, after much conflict, produce buddhic harmonization—harmonization under the influence of Love-Wisdom.


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 Fourth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Sarah Bernhardt
French Actress, “The Divine Sarah” (Sun Sign)

Leonard Bernstein
American Conductor, Composer, and Pianist (Ascendant)

Benvenuto Cellini
Renaissance Italian Sculptor and Goldsmith (Sun Sign)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian Novelist, with Profound Psychological Penetration (Sun Sign)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German Poet and Novelist, Playwright, and Natural Philosopher; the Greatest Figure of the German Romantic Period and of German Literature as a Whole. 18th Century (Ascendant)

John Keats
English Romantic Lyric Poet (Sun Sign)

Friedrich Nietzsche
German Philosopher and Social Critic (Proposed Ascendant)

Vaslav Nijinski
Russian Ballet Dancer known for his Great Leaps (Ascendant)

Edgar Allan Poe--
American Short-Story Writer, Poet, and Critic, Famous for his Tales of Mystery and the Macabre (Ascendant)

Italian Renaissance Painter (Ascendant)

Auguste Rodin
French Sculptor (Sun Sign)

Rudolf Steiner
Philosopher, Educator, Occultist (Ascendant with R2, 3, 5, 6)

Dylan Thomas
Welsh Poet and Playwright (Sun Sign)

William Wordsworth
English Romantic Poet; Poet Laureate of England (1843-1850) (Ascendant)