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

in progress

& Ray 7

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 7



Sun Scorpio (or Ascendant Scorpio), R7P (or R7S)
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. One reinforcement does exist, however, due to the seventh ray transmitted through Uranus, the planet exalted in Scorpio.

It is common knowledge that Scorpio is a sign of transformation, and the influence of the exalted Uranus must certainly further this transformational tendency. The operative category of reinforcement would, therefore, be Weak by Numerical Affinity.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

    1. A dedicated indulgence of the lower appetites—a trait characteristic of the selfish, self-centered Scorpio person—combines with a deep love of physicality induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the seventh ray.

    2. Covertly seeking control for selfish purposes. Attempting to manipulate and condition others by surreptitious means.

    3. Trapped by the physical nature and its compulsive rhythms. The habitual strength (seventh ray) of the instinctual nature (Scorpio).

    4. Demanding that instinct be gratified rather than transmuted and redirected.

    5. Powers of destruction (Scorpio) used to preserve the “old order” (seventh ray).

    6. Secret (Scorpio) organizations (seventh ray). Hidden governments. Covert operations. Secret security forces. Even, hidden wars.

    7. In the most negative sense, the Black (Scorpio) Lodge (seventh ray) itself—especially in its ritualistic aspects.

    8. Effective in the precipitation (seventh ray) of that which is negative (Scorpio).

    9. Black Magic. Although there are said to be no black magicians upon the physical plane, itself, (cf. TWM 544-545), negatively motivated people under the influence of Scorpio and the seventh ray may come under the direct or indirect influence of the true black magician.


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

    1. The power achieved through reserve—a quality characteristic of the advancing Scorpio individual—combines with a steadfast self-control under rule and law induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the seventh ray.

    2. Strong powers of self-control are cultivated and demonstrated.

    3. Building great reserves of strength through containment and discipline.

    4. Power generated through organization. Organization for power. The efficient use of all powers of a system.

    5. A well-organized fighting force. From another perspective, the immune system of the body, and whatever strengthens the body’s “secret defenses”.

    6. On the Path of Discipleship: the theoretical must become the practical. Application to “practical occultism”.

    7. On the Path of Discipleship: bringing the instinctual nature under rhythm and regulation.

    8. On the Path of Discipleship: focus upon the control of the instinctual nature. Real discipleship demands achieving control over forces which, left to themselves, wish to keep the human soul subjugated to the forces of matter.

    9. On the Path of Discipleship: learning the occult power of secrecy.

    10. On the Path of Discipleship: initial cultivation of the occult powers hidden in the human energy system.

    11. On the Path of Discipleship: rituals (seventh ray) practiced for the transformational purposes (Scorpio and the seventh ray).

    12. On the Path of Discipleship: the work of transmutation and transformation proceeds, in preparation for later transfiguration.


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 seventh ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

    1. The ability to achieve the transformation and regeneration of the lower self—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Scorpio—combines with a great knowledge of alchemical processes (transfigurative, transformational and transmutational) induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the seventh ray.

    2. Occult orders and brotherhoods.

    3. Releasing the powers latent in the third aspect of divinity. (What we call “atomic energy” is one such power.)

    4. Releasing the power of kundalini—the greatest of all transformers and regenerators. Becoming the Phoenix through the ascent of kundalini.

    5. Detecting the secrets of immortality. The profound alchemical researcher—especially when the fifth ray was added (as in the case of Mme. Curie).

    6. The precipitation (seventh ray) of occult energies.

    7. The true occultist. “Practical occultism”. The practicing occultist.

    8. Engaging in “Wizard’s Wars” with the Forces of Darkness. (Gandalf from “Lord of the Rings”)

    9. Creating the “philosopher’s stone”.

    10. Active in solving the “Mystery of Sex” at the fourth degree.

    11. Alchemy: the secret, arcane, occult work—the “Great Work”



(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 Seventh 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. Abolish Imperfection

      2. Accomplish Deeply And Thoroughly

      3. Accumulate Power Through Ceremony

      4. Achieve Exactitude And Depth In Your Expression

      5. Alchemize The Latent Powers Of Matter

      6. Apply Appropriate Punishments (Even Death) For Violations Of Law

      7. Be A Living Example Of Fearless Intelligence

      8. Be A Resourceful Administrator

      9. Be Congruently Worthy—Earn Respectability

      10. Be Severe In Applying Transmutation To Energy System

      11. Be Polite But Firm

      12. Behave Well In The Midst Of Extreme Conflict

      13. Bring Things To Finality, Completion, To An End

      14. Brood Deeply Upon Magical Formulas

      15. Build The Square Upon A Deep Foundation

      16. Bury Vital Secrets Until The Hour Appropriate For Their Exhumation

      17. Challenge Rigidity

      18. Clear Away Imperfections

      19. Compete With Yourself For Ever More Perfect Expression

      20. Conceal What Should Not Be Known From Those Who Should Not Know It

      21. Confer Respect When It Is Due, Regardless Of Likes And Dislikes

      22. Confront The Dragon Who Guards The Secret Treasure

      23. Conquer Illusion, Glamor And Maya Through Right Practice

      24. Control The Form—Its Active And Its Latent Powers

      25. Create Secret Formulas To Bring About Intended Results

      26. Create The Form With A Deep Knowledge Of Interior Structure

      27. Cross The Threshold Of Magic In Search Of The Secrets Of The Magical Art

      28. Decipher Encryptions

      29. Deepen Your Spiritual Practices

      30. Deeply Understand The Secrets Of Sex Magic, But Do Not Abuse Them

      31. Defy Unreasonable Taboos

      32. Destroy The Completed Form

      33. Destroy Structures And Resurrect Them According To New Principles

      34. Detect The Flaw

      35. Diagnose Systemic Difficulties

      36. Die To Unoriginality

      37. Discover The Psychological Roots Of Conformity

      38. Do Battle With Fearful Conservatism

      39. Do Not Spare Yourself In The Formidable Task Of Bringing Heaven To Earth

      40. Empower The Law

      41. Enforce Policies

      42. Engage In Radical Reformation

      43. Enter The Silence In The Presence Of The Shekinah

      44. Execute The Plan Divine

      45. Exemplify Both Bravery And Discretion

      46. Expel Those Who Do Not Conduct Themselves Properly

      47. Express The Will From The Heights To The Depths

      48. Fathom The Art And Science Of Occult Transformation

      49. Feed The Sacred Fire So That It Rises From The Depths Of Matter Into The Heights Of Spirit

      50. Fight To Establish Uprightness

      51. Find The Hidden Power Of Cultural Traditions

      52. Follow The Rules Of Initiation As If To Do So Were A Matter Of Life Or Death

      53. Guard The Temple With Lethal Effectiveness

      54. Hold Nothing Back In The Effort To Bring Spirit Into Matter

      55. Identify With Both Spirit And Matter

      56. Immerse Yourself In Deep-Seated Change

      57. Initiate With The Sword—Confer Yet Another Step Leading To The Triumph Of Spirit Over Matter And Soul Over Form

      58. Invest In Tangible Assets

      59. Investigate The Secrets Of Alchemy

      60. Invoke The Heavenly And Subterranean Forces

      61. Invoke The Wrath Of The Hell In The Service Of Heaven

      62. Keep The Magical Word Safe, Secure And Secret

      63. Keep Your Composure Through Test And Trial

      64. Keep Your Knowledge Of The Secrets Of Initiation Hermetically Sealed

      65. Keep Your Own Counsel And A Trusted Chamberlain

      66. Kill Out Stubbornness And Obstructiveness

      67. Lift To Life—Overcome Death

      68. Lose Thyself In Manifesting The Plan Of God On Earth

      69. Maintain Inviolable Secrecy

      70. Manage Crisis

      71. Manifest Boldly

      72. Observe The Rules Scrupulously When Performing Dangerous Rituals

      73. Order All Things For Transformational Purposes

      74. Overcome Death Through A Thorough Understanding Of The Mysteries Of The Form

      75. Passionately Desire Perfection

      76. Penetrate Deeply Into The Magical Process

      77. Perform Rituals Of Exorcism

      78. Persist Steadfastly Until Consummation Is Achieved

      79. Plumb The Depths To Achieve Fulfilled Expression

      80. Preserve Inviolate The Secrecy Of Temple Rites And Rituals

      81. Probe Deeply Into Hermeticism

      82. Provide The Key To The Mystery—The Secret Of The Ages

      83. Purge Yourself And The World Of Indecency

      84. Put And End To Prejudice

      85. Rebuild The Shrine Of Man’s Living”

      86. Reform Organizations

      87. Regulate Intense Emotion

      88. Renew The Vital Life Of The Body

      89. Renovate Networks

      90. Regenerate Systems

      91. Relinquish Intolerance

      92. Reorganize Drastically

      93. Renounce Judgmentalism

      94. Research The True Nature Of Archetypes

      95. Repudiate Conventionality

      96. Research The Occult Secret Of Immortality

      97. Restructure Paradigms

      98. Resurrect Ancient Practices

      99. Revive Ancient Rites

      100. Sacrifice Your Life For The Fulfillment Of Your Duties

      101. See Behind And Within Appearances

      102. See Things Through Into Their Final Form

      103. Silently Labor For The Consummation Of All

      104. Speak Magical Words With Power And Intensity

      105. Summon Root Power To The Surface

      106. Strengthen Your Rectitude

      107. Struggle With Yourself To Adhere To Proper Codes Of Conduct

      108. Study The Occult Art Of Shape-Changing

      109. Summon The Deva Kingdom For Acts Of Beneficent Destruction

      110. Temper Your Response To The Allure Of Matter And Form

      111. Terminate Once Perfection Has Been Reached

      112. Transform Your Habit Nature

      113. Transform Your Nature Through The Practice Of Karma Yoga

      114. Tread The Burning Ground With Dignity

      115. Undermine Materialism

      116. Understand With Occult Depth The Secrets Of Materialization

      117. Unify Fierily—The Fire Of Kundalini With The Fire Of Spirit

      118. Utilize Rituals To Generate Occult Power

      119. Wield The Power Of Magic

      120. Work In The Magical Art With Depth And Power

      121. Wreck The Old Structure And Replace It With A New



 Mantra for Scorpio and the Seventh Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I fight to bring the High to Low, the Low to High again; I war to bring the Heavens to Earth, that Earth may rise and peace prevail.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
When “Highest and the Lowest Meet”, I stand as Soul Triumphant—Victorious in Triadal Light, Triadal Love and Power.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image for R7/Scorpio

Invoking at the center of a ‘Magic Circle’ rightly drawn, the ‘Magician of his Life’, calls upon the depths to rise unto the heights, and calls upon the heights to plunge into the deep; the monstrous depths must be disclosed, the glorious heights revealed; man is both; man is one—the synthesis complete.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Scorpio and R7

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. R7

  1. Scorpio rulers transmit R6, R1 and R4.

  1. R7

  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: violet (and various shades of purple).

  1. Note: possibly SOL or G.

  1. Note: TI or B.

  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 sacral center and also (at a later stage of evolution) through the base of the spine center. Additionally, throat center expression is found in disciples.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, unliberated.

  1. Creative Hierarchy number V, liberating, and Creative Hierarchy number VII/XII, 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 Kingdom of Solar Lives and the Mineral Kingdom.

  1. Passionate, intense.

  1. Moderate

  1. Extreme (in battle).

  1. Regulated

  1. All’s fair in love and war”.

  1. Follows the rules.

  1. Form destroying.

  1. Form-preserving (for much of its evolutionary career) (though later, reorganizational).

  1. Conflicted

  1. The skillful, sometimes gracious avoiding of conflict.

  1. Brutally frank.

  1. Tactful, politic, polite.

  1. Most focussed upon the psychological word of kama, manas and kama-manas.

  1. More focussed upon the physical-etheric plane, and within the mind, to a degree. A more extroverted influence than Scorpio .

  1. Disrupts and “makes waves” consistently.

  1. Seeks to operate according to policy and precedent, more impersonally.

  1. Inventive approaches are forced in the extremity of battle.

  1. Tried and true methods of achievement are carefully followed, without deviation if possible. (Later, inventive Uranus may guide, but even then, the archetype is followed.)


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Scorpio and R7

    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. Related to Sexuality and the Physical Appetites: Both Scorpio and the seventh ray combine in the field of sexuality, and in relation to other physical appetites. They are active together in this regard, at the time of the first initiation. Scorpio is active at all three of the first initiations, and the seventh ray is the focal ray for the first initiation. The physical body and its appetites have to be somewhat controlled. Scorpio’s capacity for control and the seventh ray capacity for regulation thus combine to make this initiation possible (although other signs of the zodiac are more well-known in relation to the first initiation).

    2. Related to “Sex-Magic”: Scorpio and the seventh ray also combine in the area of “sex magic”. Scorpio is a powerful sign of sexuality and the seventh ray brings the poles into relation. Both energies suffer from the “Glamour of the mysterious and the secret”—a glamor given specifically in relation to the seventh ray. (GWP 123). Sex magic is involved with the secret, mysterious and illicit generation of power, using the sexual energy for purposes never intended. Also, more conventionally, sexual energy can be used to manipulate others and bring them under one’s power and ones spell. Both Scorpio and the seventh ray, negatively considered, can combine to support this retrogression.

    3. Related to the Power to Transform: These two influences are highly transformational. The seventh ray is the Ray of Alchemy, and Scorpio brings about major transitions, such as those 1) from darkness to light; 2) from the unreal to the real; 3) from death to immortality. Both these energies are focused upon elevating the rate of vibration and the quality of matter to be found within the lunar fields. In a more technical sense, we might say that the seventh ray is specifically (though not exclusively) focussed upon the physical/etheric plane and Scorpio very much upon the astral plane (though the physical and mental planes must surely be included), but both are transmutative in the larger sense of the term.

    4. Closely Related to the Planet, Uranus: Both these influences have a close relation to Uranus, the destroyer of the past. Uranus transmits, primarily, the seventh ray, and Uranus is exalted in the sign Scorpio. Although a different aspect of the seventh ray is traditional and mummifies the spirit, the Uranian seventh ray can cause chaos and disruption in the process of reorganization.

    5. Secret Police and Covert Security Forces: Secret police (under Scorpio) operate, ostensibly, for purposes of national security (seventh ray).

    6. Veiling, Hiding and Concealing: Both influences induce the power to veil, cover, hide, conceal. Motives are easily withheld. When Scorpio influences, there is secrecy and the carefully controlled release of information. When the seventh ray influences, there is impersonality and official policy and protocol behind which it is easy to conceal one’s more personal thoughts.

    7. Related to an Interest in the Occult: Both influences relate through an interest in the occult. To a disciple whose personality and physical body were on the seventh ray, the Tibetan says the following: “Your physical body is upon the seventh ray, and this will be easily apparent to you, accounting, as it does, for your interest in music, ritual, psycho-analysis. The goal of all these three methods of expression is to bring together and relate harmoniously the soul and the form, which is the major task of the seventh ray upon the seventh or physical plane”. (DINA I 640) The founder of modern psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud, had the Sun in Taurus opposed by a singleton Mars in Scorpio. There are a number of charts drawn for him in which Scorpio is also the Ascendant. While the seventh ray can be superficial, it can also be deep.

    8. The Generation of Power Through Ritual: Both the seventh ray and Scorpio are capable of generating power through ritual—especially when their forces are combined. The seventh ray is, in many respects, the ‘Ray of Community’. Those upon this ray realize the power of the group, and seek to bring group energies to focus through the art and science of ritual. Scorpio rules “the money of others”, which is the same as the power of others. Scorpio individuals know how to encourage others to pool their power in “joint ventures” which increases power to a degree far greater than any individual could hope to achieve singly.

    9. Active in Relation to the First Initiation: Scorpio is active in relation to the first three initiations, and the seventh ray especially at the first. Additionally, both Pluto and Vulcan have a strong role to play at the first initiation. Pluto rules Scorpio in a special sense, and Vulcan can be related to the first kingdom, the Mineral Kingdom, ruled by the first and seventh rays. Scorpio and the seventh ray combine to given the initiate of the first degree a new type of control over the instinctual forces of his nature, the physical appetites particularly.

    10. Relevant in Relation to the Third Initiation: The seventh ray is not usually associated with the third initiation, but it is the initiation of the completely integrated personality (soul-infused) and the seventh ray is a great integrative factor. Scorpio is the energy which destroys obstructions to integration.

    11. Relevant to the Fourth Initiation: Scorpio is a preeminent sign of sexuality (especially related to the psychological and spiritual dimensions of sex). The seventh ray brings the opposites into relation, and so conditions sex in many contexts. We are told:
      “At the fourth initiation another of the great secrets is revealed to him. It is called ‘the mystery of polarity,’ and the clue to the significance of sex in every department of nature on all the planes is given to him”
      (IHS 172).
      Scorpio transmits the fourth ray, related by numerical affinity to the fourth initiation, and the seventh ray presides over the meeting and the uniting of the polarities, “The Highest and the Lowest Meet”. It is fitting that these two energies should be involved (at least in preparing for an initiation) at which the secrets (Scorpio) of sex and polarity (seventh ray) are revealed.


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 Seventh Ray is Proposed as Prominent

Giovanni Casanova
Adventurer, Notorious Lover of Hundred of Women, Meticulous Diarist, ‘Magician’ (Ascendant)

Nicholas Culpeper
British Physician, Astrologer and Herbalist of the 17th Century, Known for “Culpeper’s Herbal” (Sun Sign)

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

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

German-Swiss Physician and Alchemist, Physician (Proposed Sun Sign)

Dr. Francis “Israel” Regardie
Occultist, Secretary to Aleister Crowley, Explicator of the Rituals of the “Order of the Golden Dawn” (Sun Sign and Ascendant)