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

in progress

& Ray 5

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 5



Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R5P (or R5S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A mild to moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fifth ray components of Mars, Pluto and Mercury—the three rulers of Scorpio. Whether the category of reinforcement is Mild by Rulership or Moderate depends upon the evolutionary development of the individual concerned. While the fifth ray is not the principal and most expressive ray of any of these planets, it seems to feature prominently in the higher vehicles of all of them.

Mars and Pluto rule most people born in or under Scorpio. It can be reasonably argued that the fifth ray is the monadic ray of Mars {a planet which, interestingly, rules science {EA 215}, and is associated with Pluto—given its tendencies to engage in research}. But probably, the fifth ray emanates from the upper reaches of the energy system and would not be so accessible to the average individual. If, however, the fifth ray rules the mental vehicle of either or both of these planets, it would be more accessible.

The fifth ray may well be the monadic ray of Mercury {though not its primary monadic ray which, hypothetically, must be one of the three Rays of Aspect}. Mercury is the hierarchical ruler, of Scorpio. This must remain speculative, but almost certainly the monadic ray of Mercury is the fifth, eventually to be resolved into the third.

In any case, the fifth ray is not the normally given ray for Mercury, and so cannot confidently be used to indicate the category {for initiates} of Strong by Rulership—Class 3, but in the lives of initiates, the fifth ray of Mercury will be significant. Thus, the category of reinforcement for initiates can be reasonably given as Moderate by Rulership. In general, the reinforcement is strengthened by the possible Venusian rulership of one of the Scorpio decanates, transmitting as it does the fifth ray. The Tibetan seems to be deliberately obscure about how to assign the decanate rulers to this sign.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. An exclusive focus upon the phenomenality of the three lower worlds—a focus characteristic of the self-centered, materialistic Scorpio person—combines with the skepticism and insensitivity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Active disbelief in the energies beyond and within matter.

    3. Using the rational mind to defend and justify an attachment to the materialistic world view.

    4. Explaining all higher phenomena in terms of material causes. (Mind is an epiphenomenona of brain.)

    5. Using the mind to penetrate into another to find his or her weakness. Investigation for the purpose of disempowering others. Research to disable. These abilities would serve well in military intelligence.

    6. Cold penetration, without the motive of love.

    7. The mental heads of the Hydra: pride, separateness, cruelty

    8. Extremely destructive criticism.

    9. Thoughts and words which are like darts. Thoughts and words which can kill.

    10. The power to create cleavages with the mind.


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

    1. The growing capacity for penetrating research and a deep knowledge of causes—both qualities which are characteristic of the advancing Scorpio individual—combine with keen analytical, fact-finding abilities induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Power for the most penetrating research. (Jonas Salk and Marie Curie both were born in Scorpio, and had a powerful fifth ray component to their ray chart. Thomas Edison was probably a fifth ray soul with Scorpio rising.)

    3. Atomic and sub-atomic research.

    4. The ability to find what no one else can find.

    5. The power to detect very obscure causes.

    6. Strong medical interests. Surgery. Powers of diagnosis. Finding the root of disease.

    7. Gradual cultivation of (at least, figurative) “x-ray vision”.

    8. In general, the power to throw a beam of focussed light into the darkness.

    9. On the Path of Occultism: deep commitment to the truth.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: capacity for deeply penetrating meditation.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: the ability to disidentify from the astral body and emotional states.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: capacity to detect hidden glamors, throwing a beam of focussed light upon them.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: facility for “meditation with seed” and for occult meditation.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: the growing power to penetrate the mysteries of Nature in relation to the three subhuman kingdoms.


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

    1. The abilities to know the truth and conquer illusion—abilities increasingly possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combine with the power to achieve soul-inspired, mental illumination, induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fifth ray.

    2. Developing occult powers, siddhis, scientifically. Literal ‘x-ray vision’.

    3. Mastery of the world of glamor by the soul-inspired powers of the mental body.

    4. Power to extract from the world of soul hidden occult formulas and words of power.

    5. Power to slay the Serpent of Illusion with light.

    6. Capacity to engage in occult scientific research—discovering the secrets of the soul and even higher secrets.

    7. Power to ferret out the “secrets of initiation”—tracing hints to their true significance.

    8. Power to become the true occultist for whom “knowledge is power”. The science of occultism.

    9. Power to ensure that soul/triadal light forever conquers the realms of darkness-the realms of lower form.

    10. In general, the growing mastery of the forces of nature, and their control in line with the Spiritual Will, the Divine Plan and Purpose.



(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 Fifth 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 Uncertainty

      2. Alchemize Matter To Produce Clear Perception

      3. Analyze The World Illusion

      4. Annihilate Faulty Reasoning

      5. Apply Yourself To Surgery—Physical Or Psychological

      6. Arrive At Essential, Root Definitions

      7. Ascertain The Occult Psycho-Technologies To Conquer Death

      8. Ask The Deepest Questions

      9. Attack Superstition

      10. Battle With Error

      11. Be A Cool Head Amidst Catastrophe

      12. Be A Warrior In The Cause Of Exact Truth

      13. Be An Occult Scientist, Or A Scientific Occultist

      14. Be Logical And Level-Headed In The Face Of Personality Rebellion

      15. Be Resourceful—Find The Unexpected

      16. Be The Threefold Thinker—Think With Acuity

      17. Become An Expert In The Art Of Objectivity

      18. Bring Hidden Facts To The Surface

      19. Brood Deeply Over The “Garment Of God”

      20. Bury Evidence Which Can Be Used By The Forces Of Opposition—“Cover Your Tracks”

      21. Clear Away The Impediments To Lucidity

      22. Conceal And Disclose The “Door Into The Mind Of God”

      23. Conduct A Thorough Exploration

      24. Connect Through Intelligence The ‘Mind Of Heaven’ With The ‘Mind Of Hell’

      25. Conquer Wishful Thinking—In Yourself And Others

      26. Contend With Yourself To Achieve The Highest Possible Standard Of Truthfulness

      27. Contribute To The Triumph Of The Light

      28. Control Emotion So That It Cannot Possibly Interfere With Clarity Of Thought

      29. Convey The Sirian Energy—Transforming Evil Into Good

      30. Count Your Losses And Gains Realistically

      31. Counter The Forces Of Mara With A Beam Of Luminous Thought

      32. Courageously, Tenaciously—Open The Door Into The Mind Of God

      33. Cross The Threshold Of Darkness In Search Of Supreme Luminosity

      34. Decipher The Secrets Of Nature

      35. Defeat Death Through Knowledge

      36. Deprive Yourself Of Disbelief

      37. Destroy Superficiality

      38. Detach From Sentiment—See Things As They Are

      39. Detect Fallacies

      40. Diagnose Deep-Seated Difficulties

      41. Discern God Beneath His “Garment”

      42. Discover Nature’s Occult Formulae

      43. Disidentify With The Allurement Of Matter And Form

      44. Dispense Occult Knowledge

      45. Divide With The Discriminating Sword—Good From Evil

      46. Divulge Concealed Information

      47. Employ Scientific Technology To Bring The Causes Of War To An End

      48. End The Separativeness To Which You Are Prone—Analyze Its Essential Fallacy

      49. Enter The Silence In Search Of The Clear Cold Light Of Truth

      50. Enthusiastically Renew The Quest For Knowledge

      51. Examine In Depth

      52. Face The Facts Courageously, Even If They Are Fearful

      53. Fathom The Equivalence Of Letter And Number—‘Numerologize’

      54. Ferret Out Corruption

      55. Find Secret Data

      56. Forfeit Bias And Prejudice

      57. Go To The Depths Of Concretion

      58. Grasp The Secret Of Matter (Of Objectivity)

      59. Guard The Secrecy Of Dangerous Formulas

      60. Guard The Door Into The Holy Mystery Deep Concealed

      61. Humble Yourself Before The Knowledge To Be Found In The Divine Mind

      62. Illuminate Specific Aspects Of The World Maya

      63. Initiate Those Who Are Worthy Into The Secrets Of Transformational Energy

      64. Instruct, Share Knowledge, In Order To Ameliorate The Human Condition

      65. Intensify The Search

      66. Interest Yourself In The Power Of Technology

      67. Intermediate Between The Solar And The Lunar Mind

      68. Invent And Renovate

      69. Invest In Technology

      70. Investigate That Which Is Concealed—By Nature Or By Others

      71. Isolate A Field Of Research And Learn It Thoroughly

      72. Keep Discreet Silence With Respect To The Practical Facts Of Occultism

      73. Keep The Secret Utterly Protected—Be Inscrutable

      74. Kill Lies

      75. “Leave No Stone Unturned’—Inquire Exhaustively

      76. Learn The Facts About Obsession And Possession

      77. Let Dispassion Free You From Bondage

      78. Live Through The Many Moments Of Frustration In The Search For Truth

      79. Lose Thyself; Die To Lower Self To Discover The Light Supernal

      80. Meditate With Sufficient Depth That “Three Minds Unite”

      81. Mine The Nuggets Of Knowledge

      82. Move Relentlessly Towards Exactitude

      83. Negate Negativity

      84. ‘Number’ The World To Reveal Its Mysteries

      85. Observe Acutely—Do Not Be Fooled

      86. Offer Liberating Techniques To Those In Deep Distress

      87. Open Your Analytical Mind To The Desirability Of Personal Catharsis

      88. Overcome Ignorance

      89. Penetrate In Thought Until Clarity Is Attained

      90. Perceive The Stupidity Of Giving In To “Wrong Allure”

      91. Precipitate The Cross Of Sacrifice And Death

      92. Prevail Over The Habitual Stupidity Of Common Sense

      93. Probe, Test And Try Until The Necessary Invention Is Found

      94. Purge The Mind Of Illogic And Careless Reasoning

      95. Pursue Facts Even In Dangerous Circumstances

      96. Raise Money For Technological Advancement

      97. Realize The Immortality Of The Spirit By Penetrating The Disk Of Golden Light

      98. Reject All That Violates Common Sense

      99. Repel With Your Flaming Sword All Those Unready For The Higher Death

      100. Repudiate Nonsense

      101. Research, Dig, Exhume The Facts

      102. Reveal Exactitude Of Truth Long-Hidden In The Depths Of Soul

      103. Rise Above The Limitations Of Lower Mind

      104. Risk Extremes If Necessary To Discover The Truth

      105. Ruler Within The Third Heaven—Transform Darkness Into Light

      106. Sacrifice For The Sake Of Illumination

      107. Scrutinize, Then Judge According To The Light-Content

      108. See Into Concrete Structures

      109. See Specifics With An “Eagle Eye”

      110. Seek The Deepest Truths In Quantification

      111. Sever Yourself From Preoccupation With Trouble And Pain

      112. Slay The Slayer Of The Real—The Unenlightened Mind

      113. Solve Crimes—Develop Skill In Forensics

      114. Stop Thinking (On Occasion) And Feel!

      115. Study The Specific Dynamics Of Rebirth

      116. Survey Personal Agony As If From A Distance

      117. Think Clearly When Confronting Malignant Forces

      118. Through The Use Of Occult Formulas, Crystallize The Form

      119. Throw Light On Dark Subjects

      120. Transmit The Sirian Vibration

      121. Triumph Over Narrow Skepticism

      122. Turn The Technology Of Mass Destruction Into The Technology Of Peace

      123. Understand Deeply The Hidden Implications Of Numbers

      124. Undermine The Basis Of Ignorance

      125. Use Commonsense To Free Yourself From Glamor

      126. Use Reason To Defeat The Savage Beast—The “Monster”

      127. Use Science To Reveal The Mysteries Of Life

      128. Use The Laser-Like Mind As Your Weapon Of Choice In The “Great Battle”

      129. Verify The Truth Of Resurrection

      130. View The Contents Of The Psyche With Scientific Impartiality

      131. Wage War With The Refusal To See

      132. Wield Death With Your Flaming Sword

      133. Winnow The Chaff—Cast Away All Refuse



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Fifth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I am the threefold Thinker, and thinking in three ways diverse, I struggle on the plane of mind so that these three may fuse as one.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Three Minds Unite” Triumphant in Triadal Light, a Light suffused and fed by Buddhic Love and Atmic Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R5/Scorpio

Intent within a ‘Beam of Intensely Focussed Light Divine’, the ‘Scientist of Life’ probes within the darkness for the secrets it conceals; his the task to bring to sight the hidden light within the dark—thus God’s design in form, emerges from obscurity profound.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Contrasts Between Scorpio and R5

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. R5

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4

  1. R5

  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. Black is a strong but non-chromatic possibility.

  1. Color: orange or indigo blue.

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: LA or A.

  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 ajna center, where it serves at the primary ruler.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number III, liberated and Creative Hierarchy number V/X, 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 Human Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls.

  1. Darkness, the underworld.

  1. The fifth ray Lord is “…a Being of the intensest spiritual light…” (EP I 76)

  1. Immersion in conflict.

  1. Cool detachment from and dis-identification with conflict.

  1. A primary sign of passion.

  1. Dispassionate attitude.

  1. Strong emotional identification.

  1. Almost exclusively mental identification.

  1. Venus in detriment in Scorpio.

  1. Venus is primary planetary transmitter of R5.

  1. Hell” for the Solar Angels.

  1. The fifth ray rules the “Third Heaven” of St. Paul, the main service focus for the Solar Angels.

  1. Identified with the first three initiations, but primarily the second.

  1. Identified primarily with the third initiation, even if useful at the second.

  1. Powerfully magnetic.

  1. Reduces individual magnetism because of mental objectivity and non-emotional emphasis.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Similarities Between Scorpio and R5

    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. Strengthening the Hold of Illusion: Both influences conspire, at first, to strengthen the hold of illusion upon human consciousness. Darkened Scorpio refuses to let in the light, and ray five strengthens those functions of mind which are the “Slayer of the Real”.

    2. Strengthening the Mind: Scorpio is a sign active in the strengthening of the mind. “In Scorpio the mind is released into full governing activity”. (EA 179-180). This proceeds in two stages: the empowerment of the intellect and the illumination of the intellect. One can see how Mercury and the fifth ray will cooperate in this process.

    3. Holding Negativity, Refusing to Forgive: The fifth ray contributes, in the unregenerate man, to the existence of an “unforgiving temper” (EP I 207). The Scorpio individual as well is known for its ability to hold fast to negativity—“holding a grudge”.

    4. Mental Destructiveness: The fifth ray gives the ability to destroy through the use of the mind. The Tibetan calls this “the power to rationalise and destroy” (EP II 42). The destructive tendencies of Scorpio, when mentally focussed through pride, separativeness and cruelty (the three mental heads of the “Hydra”) are equally lethal. It can be seen how powerful a force for mental destruction could be created through the combination of these two energies.

    5. Involvement in Esoteric Psychology: The fifth ray and Scorpio can cooperate in the field of esoteric psychology. The highest method of teaching upon the fifth ray is “The Science of the Soul—Esoteric Psychology” (EP I 50). Scorpio, we know, is a deeply psychological sign. Thus a commonalty is seen. Of course, the emphasis during the twentieth century has been upon the psychology of the personality. Perhaps when the psychology of the true psyche, the soul, is emphasized, other signs may emerge into an equally psychological reputation.

    6. Deepening Research: Both of these influences contribute to a deepening of research, no matter what may be the field in which the research may be performed.

    7. Sharing the Factor of Control: Both of these influences share the power to control energy. Of the fifth ray disciple it is said: “ ‘I mastered energy for I am energy itself. The Master and the mastered are but One’.” (EP I 417) The capacity of Scorpio for control and self-control is proverbial. This is one of the meanings of the “fall” of the Moon in Scorpio. The lunar forces are for aeons ungovernable. Under Scorpio, at length, they meet their match, and are regulated and put in their proper places. This means, of course, the defeat of the Hydra.

    8. Active at the Second Initiation: Although Scorpio is outstandingly associated with the second initiation and the fifth ray with the third, they both cooperate at the second initiation, at which point “an illumined mind and spiritual intelligence” must be characteristic of the initiate (cf. DINA II 267).

    9. Active in Relation to the Third Initiation: The fifth ray governs the third initiation and Scorpio is still active at this relatively advanced stage helping in the process of overcoming illusion (over which it formerly ruled). Paul of Tarsus, we remember, took the third initiation as a Scorpio individual, and was, as well, powerfully gifted with the fifth ray (on which ray He is now said to be a Chohan). The power to move from darkness into the “blinding light” characteristic of the third degree is characteristic of the combination Scorpio and the fifth ray.

    10. Assist in the Achievement of Initiation: Scorpio and the fifth ray combine, in general, to make a powerful force for the achievement of initiation. The purpose of Scorpio is to overcome all impediments to soul-infusion. The soul focuses within the fifth kingdom of nature, and the fifth ray is, obviously, a co-ruler (with the second ray) of that fifth kingdom. Thus, in a way, the Scorpionic process attempts to clear the way for the unobstructed expression of the higher fifth ray (allied with the second).

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 Fifth Ray Is Proposed as Prominent

Maria Skeodowska Curie
Polish-Born French Physicist Famous for her Work on Radioactivity and Twice a Winner of the Nobel Prize. (Sun Sign)

Thomas Alva Edison
Inventor of Incandescent Bulb, Phonograph, Motion Picture Camera and Many Other Important Inventions (Ascendant)

Michel Gauquelin
Psychologist Scientist, Statistician, Astrological Researcher (Sun Sign)

Anton van Leeuwenhoek
Naturalist and Inventor of the Microscope, Father of Microbiology (Sun Sign)

Carl Sagan
Scientist, Popularizer of the Modern Scientific Thought through the Television Series “Cosmos” (Sun Sign)

Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher, Immunologist, , Discoverer of the Polio Vaccine (Sun Sign)

Immanuel Velikovsky
Revolutionary Scientific Theorist (Proposed Ascendant)