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

in progress

& Ray 6

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 6



Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R6P (or R6S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the sixth ray transmitted through Mars, both the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio. The operative category of reinforcement is Strong by Rulership—Class 1 and Class 2.

Pluto, as well, has a solar plexus association {cf. EA 78}, and Scorpio a close association with the astral plane—the sixth plane. Perhaps the reinforcement will be strongest for the average individual, since the sixth ray is, probably, the personality ray of Mars.

By the time the stage of development is that of disciple, the first ray of Pluto and even, to a degree, the fourth ray of hierarchically-ruling Mercury can be felt. Further reinforcement is found in relation to the first and third decanates—the first decanate {in normal decanate order} ruled by sixth-ray Mars esoterically and possibly but not definitely the third {in normal decanate order} by Mars exoterically.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. The smoldering, passion of the selfish, self-centered Scorpio person combines with the emotional intensity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. A desire nature which refuses to be subdued.

    3. Deep identification with the objects of desire.

    4. Addiction to vice. Driven by the promptings of the heads of the Hydra. Compulsion. Obsessive addiction.

    5. Most active Hydra heads: sex, fear, hated, ambition, separativeness, cruelty.

    6. Will destroy those who do not share its ideals. (Christianity is a Scorpionic, sixth ray religion. Islam (especially in its more militant variety) is on the sixth ray and the first and certainly has its Scorpionic side.)

    7. The crucifier and the crucified” (EP I 80)

    8. Sadism and other forms of extremism.


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

    1. The determination to conquer desire characteristic of the advancing Scorpio individual combines with an earnest aspiration induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Aspiration which refuses to be stopped or deflected.

    3. Focussed strength (Scorpio) driving the ideal.

    4. Desperation for victory.

    5. Hara-kiri” (“seppuku”). Suicide in the face of dishonor. (Japan is ruled by Scorpio in the soul and the sixth ray in the personality). The ceremonial aspects of the Hara-Kiri ritual come from Capricorn (the personality sign of Japan).

    6. The “suicide squad”. Kamikaze.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: no half-way measures.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: a dedication to high desire. Fiery aspiration.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: fiery transmutation and dedication to the transformative processes.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: idealizing the higher worlds of soul and spirit and a determination to “shun the pits of hell”. (EP II 587)

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: a desperate struggle upon the astral plane. Trying earnestly to live “above” the downward drawing magnetisms. Producing much struggle as a result. As a result, splits and cleavages may occur in the nature.

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: an upward rising point of tension creates the perception of a great gulf between the “low” and the “high”.

    13. On the Path of Discipleship: a sublimation of energies invested in low desire.

    14. On the Path of Discipleship: suppression of the normal, instinctual nature. Of Christianity, the Tibetan writes : “It is however pre-eminently a religion which has waged a cruel and oft illogical war upon sex and its implications;…” (EA 212)

    15. On the Path of Discipleship: the aspirational elevation of the sub-diaphragmatic energies towards the higher centers.

    16. On the Path of Discipleship: rising from the ashes of the “burning ground”.


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

    1. All-exacting self-sacrifice for the sake of the higher values—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combines with an elevated idealism which counts all lost if the goal is not achieved—an attitude induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the sixth ray.

    2. Devotion unto death”.

    3. I count all things but loss that I may win Christ”. (LOS 176) “Forgetting the things which are behind, press forward towards the prize of your high calling in Christ”. (R&I 73)

    4. A man must “lose his life to find it”.

    5. Pursuing self-immolation on the burning ground (cf. LOM 18). The “primary impulse of the life is towards self-sacrifice and the immolation of the lower nature”. (IHS 193) (This will also be true to some extent for the sixth ray in combination with Aries and Sagittarius—both of them, Mars-ruled on some level of expression).

    6. Entirely rejecting the old order of life for the new. Idealistic repulsion of that which is sub-standard.

    7. Cooperation with the soul as it seeks to defeat and redeem the personality elemental.

    8. One who is accepted into the ranks of the Hierarchy, because he has offered the “last full measure of devotion” (his very life—in the lower worlds).

    9. The attitude of the renunciant—rejecting the sphere of lesser tension (Scorpio) and idealizing the higher (sixth 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)

Directives and Counsels for Scorpio and the Sixth 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. Accept Martyrdom And Death If Necessary

    2. Adhere Intensely To The Truth

    3. Amass Resources For Causes You Deem Worthy

    4. Annihilate Attachment

    5. Arouse Yourself To “Fight The Good Fight”—And Fight As One Possessed

    6. Arrive At The Essence Of Any Creed You Hold

    7. Aspire Towards “Death”—Philosophically Understood

    8. Battle With Ferocity

    9. Be A Crusading Warrior

    10. Be Exhaustive In Your Inner Search

    11. Be Intrepid As You Follow Your Calling

    12. Be Loyal Unto Death

    13. Be The “Warrior On The March”—Let Nothing Stand In Your Way

    14. Bear The Sword, Inspired From On High—Destroy That Which Thwarts The Logoic Ideal

    15. Become The Imperishable Flaming One—Find Immortality On The Final Burning Ground

    16. Be Strong Upon The Way

    17. Boldly Tread The Path Of Devotion

    18. Brave The Fires Of Self-Immolation

    19. Bring The Fires Of Undying Aspiration To The Surface Of Your Life

    20. Brood Deeply On Your Reason For Following The Path Of Devotion

    21. Burn Your Way Through Crisis

    22. Clear Away The Impediments To Your Destined End

    23. Commit Yourself To Drastic Change

    24. Confront Your Dedicated Foe—The Dweller On The Threshold

    25. Conquer Infidelity

    26. Contend With Yourself So That The Highest Light May Control

    27. Control Emotion Amidst The Fires Of Aspiration

    28. Count All Things As Loss Unless Your Reach Your Destination

    29. Courageously Perform Your Duty

    30. Cross The Threshold Of Darkness In Search Of Your Highest Aspiration

    31. Crucify And Be Crucified—Experience The Death Of Form

    32. Dedicate Your Life To Killing The Hydra

    33. Demonstrate That Death Must Give Way To Devotion

    34. Deprive Yourself Of Lower Satisfaction

    35. Despise Comfort

    36. Detach From Emotionalism

    37. Detect Hidden Paths

    38. Devote Yourself To The Task Of Slaying The Hydra

    39. Die To Passion And Desire

    40. Discern The True Path

    41. Do Away With Your Dependency

    42. Enter Into The Silence And Commune With The Object Of Your Devotion

    43. Expel Obsession And Possession

    44. Expose False Ideals

    45. Face Your Deep-Seated Fear Of Being Lost

    46. Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For, The Evidence Of Things Unseen”—Knowing This, Counter Negativity

    47. Fathom The True Nature Of The Vision

    48. Fight Fiercely

    49. Follow Your Commitments And Convictions To The Death, If Necessary

    50. Forgetting The Things Which Lie Behind, Press Forward To The High Calling Which Is In Christ”

    51. Gather The Power Which Arises From Holding To Your Highest Ideal

    52. Give Your “Life’s Blood” For The Cause

    53. Go Beyond The Bounds Of Mortal Endurance

    54. Grasp The Secret Of Sacrificial Devotion

    55. Hate’ Form—Destroy Its Hold Upon You

    56. Hold Nothing Back In The Pursuit Of Your Mission

    57. Humble Yourself Before The Awesomeness Of The Highest Energies

    58. Identify Deeply With “The Beloved”

    59. Intensify Your Search

    60. Keep Silence, And Ascend

    61. Keep The Vase Of Your Aspiration Sealed

    62. Kill Sin

    63. Kill Out Desire”

    64. Lead The Twelve To Uncompromising Victory

    65. Let The Highest Light Achieve Victory Within Your Psyche

    66. Let The Inner Warrior Inspire You

    67. Let Your Faith Be Triumphant

    68. Live Through The Disappointment Of Many Errant Quests

    69. Lose Your Little Self In Pursuit Of Your Vision

    70. March Forward As The “One Whom Naught Can Turn”—Concede Nothing

    71. Negate Desire Relentlessly

    72. Overcome Lack Of Realism

    73. Pass Bravely Through Conflict On Your Way To Your Ideal Destiny

    74. Passionately Desire To Find The Way

    75. Penetrate The World Illusion Through Sincerity And Purity

    76. Pledge Yourself To The Conquest Of Death

    77. Pray For Victory Over The Forces Of Evil

    78. Promise Never To Wrongfully Reveal Occult Secrets

    79. Purge Yourself Of Impurity

    80. Rebuild The “Shrine Of Man’s Living”

    81. Refuse To Deviate

    82. Reject Cowardly Compromise

    83. Relinquish You Life, If Necessary, For The Great Objective

    84. Renew Your Ardor

    85. Renounce Blind Belief

    86. Repudiate Narrowness

    87. Resist Through Rectitude The Snares Of Vice

    88. Restrain Impulse

    89. Rise Above All Worldly Pain

    90. Rush Forth To Combat

    91. Sacrifice All To Attain Your Goal

    92. See The Right With Your Eagle-Eye

    93. Seek The Deepest Truths In The Highest Dimensions

    94. Slay The Serpent Of Lunar Life

    95. Spurn Enchantments

    96. Struggle With Unflinching Dedication

    97. Subdue The “Beast”

    98. Sublimate Emotion Into Aspiration

    99. Test And Try Your Faith

    100. Through Purity And Truth, Conquer Maya

    101. Throw Yourself Into Liberating Catharsis

    102. Transcend Pain And Loss Through Faith In The Inner Self

    103. Transmute The Intensity Of Your Emotional Nature Into Real Love

    104. Tread The Burning Ground With Supreme Confidence

    105. Triumph Over Your Own Fanaticism

    106. Trust Deeply In The Midst Of Mortal Peril

    107. Uncover The Wellspring Of Devotion

    108. Understand Deeply Why You Follow

    109. Uphold The Truth—Even If It Means Your Death

    110. War With Fervor

    111. Yearn For The Highest

    112. Zealously Struggle With Your Lower Nature



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Sixth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I long to see “The Highest Light” controlling in my lower life and, to this end I will with zeal to fight against the darkness, ever straining towards that Light.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“The Highest Light Controls” my life in triumph, since Triadal Light and Love and Power are now Attained.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R6/Scorpio

Enraptured at the center of a ‘Scintillating Rosy Flame’, the ‘Devotee of Life’ commits to battle with the Hydra so the Soul may be triumphant and the “Highest Light” prevail.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio and R6

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. R6

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R6

  1. Its influences pervade the three sub-diaphragmatic centers.

  1. R6

  1. Color: crimson 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: rose or light blue.

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G

  1. Note: DO or C. Some possibility in relation to A or Ab must also be researched.

  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 solar plexus center and, at a later stage of evolution, through the ajna center (cf. EH 149).

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, 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. Relates to the Vegetable Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives.

  1. Scorpio represents the “Pits of Hell”, the depths.

  1. The sixth ray influence is almost always oriented towards the “heights”.

  1. Power and enterprise, self-reliance.

  1. Over-leaning on others” (EP I 208). Especially true of the Neptunian transmission of this ray.

  1. Too conflicted, too divided.

  1. Too (superficially) straight. “Run not so straight”. (EP II 372)


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio and R6

    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. Identified with the Processes of the Astral Plane: Both Scorpio and the sixth ray are powerfully identified with the process of the astral plane. Sixth ray Mars is a powerful ruler in Scorpio and is one factor providing the astral connection.

    2. Strong Focus on the Solar Plexus: Both influences create a strong focus upon the solar plexus, as the primary door to the astral plane.

    3. Lunar Lords are Powerful—the “Monster”: In Scorpio (in the early days of evolution) the Moon holds sway and creates a kind of ‘lunar unity’—the “Monster” (“Unity of selfishness”) (EA 333). The sixth ray is the ray which informs the Creative Hierarchy of “Lunar Lords” who hold sway in that period of human evolution before the soul begins to assert its control.

    4. Conflict with Duality: Both Scorpio and the sixth ray incline those they influence to be in conflict with duality. Scorpio is known as the “Fighter”, and the Scorpionic battle between the polar opposites of soul and personality is the great theme of this sign. Although the sixth ray periodically (and eventually) induces one-pointedness, it, too, causes a swinging between the poles—“vibratory activity between the pairs of opposites”. (EP II 42). Just as Scorpio is a sign of war, so the sixth ray is a warring ray (transmitted as it is by Mars, the “god of war”).

    5. Strong Sexual Emphasis: These two influences are powerfully sexual. This is readily understood of Scorpio (which rules the organs of generation). The sixth ray is transmitted by Mars (Scorpio’s orthodox and esoteric ruler). Mars is powerfully associated with sex—especially in the male. The sixth ray too is the cause of much sexual difficulty on our planet because of its close identification with the Principle of Desire (cf. EH 303).

    6. Six Vices Particularly in Evidence: A number of the Hydra heads correlate well with the sixth ray: sex, fear, hatred, ambition, separativeness and cruelty. Thus this combination of sign and ray causes a reinforcement of these vices.

    7. Close Connection to Glamor—Astrality: The sixth ray is almost always involved in the induction of glamor (and its eventual dissipation). Those who create something are responsible for it! Scorpio too, with its tendency to produce in incompletely spiritualized man a strong astral focus, is much involved with strengthening glamor. “Let maya flourish and deception rule”.

    8. Powerful in Promotion and Eradication of Evil: These two energies, negatively considered, are powerful in the promotion of evil. The main dens of evil are to be found upon our astral plane (and the cosmic astral plane). If we think of what the Buddha had to overcome when he faced “Mara” (the symbol of evil), it was primarily glamour and illusion. If Mara has a sign, Scorpio is an excellent candidate; and of course, the sixth ray is primarily identified with desire which is impulsed (as far as humanity is usually concerned) from the astral plane.
      Positively, these two, together, give steadfast devotion to the eradication of evil. This means, especially, the ending of glamor (technically considered) and secondarily of illusion and maya (the eradication of which involve other rays than the sixth).

    9. Concept of the “Enemy” Significant: The concept of the enemy is powerful in relation to both influences. Those upon the sixth ray mercilessly persecute their enemies and this is true of the cruel Scorpio types. Fixations within the astral-mental field are responsible for such unforgiving attitudes.

    10. Involved in Processes Connected to the Second Initiation: The second initiation is governed by the sixth ray and the sign most closely associated with it is Scorpio. Those who take this initiation must have successfully waged war with glamor and overcome many of the glamors connected with the astral plane. (Perhaps not all mental glamors are defeated at this initiation.) At the second initiation will triumphs to a degree over desire. The rays transmitted through the principal rulers of Scorpio—ray six through Mars and ray one through Pluto—are implicated in this contest between will and desire.

    11. Associated with Process Related to the Fourth Initiation: Rays one and six (planetarily distributed through Scorpio) rule the “burning ground” which is at its fiercest during the processes of the fourth initiation, when the personality “dies”, under the influence of the “Sign of Death” (Scorpio). We know of the fiery nature of the Sixth Ray Lord and its tendency towards “self-immolation” (a death to personality life accomplished at the fourth initiation). Although the Tibetan does not explicitly associate Scorpio with the fourth degree, a study of the sign and its rays make the conclusion hard to resist


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 Sixth Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Saint Augustine,
Theologian and “Church Father” (Sun Sign—Proposed)

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

Billy Graham
Southern Baptist Preacher, Evangelist (Perhaps the Most Popular of the 20th Century)(Sun Sign)

Charlton Heston
American Actor, Especially in Heroic Roles, and President of the National Rifle Association (Ascendant)

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

Nicolai Lenin
Leader of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution and First Head of the Soviet State (Ascendant)

Martin Luther
Inspirer of the Protestant Reformation (Sun Sign)

Norman Rockwell
American Illustrator; his Illustrations Idealize Mid-20th Century “Americana” (Ascendant, with R4)

Upton Sinclair
American Writer and Social Critic (Ascendant)