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

in progress

& Ray 1

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 Sagittarius with Ray 1



Sun Sagittarius (or Ascendant Sagittarius), R1P (or R1S
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4, R5 and R6

For most people a mild mutual reinforcement or ray and astrology energies emerges through the ray one components of Earth and Mars—the esoteric and hierarchical rulers of Sagittarius respectively. The probable category should be Mild by Rulership. While the first ray is the monadic ray of the Earth {monadic rays being capable of influencing initiates}, for all practical purposes the monadic ray of a non-sacred planet is “non-effective”.

Further, the Earth is the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, and while it would have some effect on the life of the initiate, the hierarchical ruler would be even more effective in the life of the true initiate. Relative to Mars, there is speculation that its soul ray is the first; certainly the first ray is transmitted through Mars, as, on Mars, those are trained “who work along the line of the destroyer”. (TCF 1179)  But it is not legitimate to go so far as to say that the first ray is the soul ray of Mars.

If there were certainty in this matter, we might use the category Strong by Rulership—Class 3. In this case, however, it would however be more responsible to categorize the astro-rayological interplay in the life of the initiate as Moderate by Rulership. In general, the initiate responds more powerfully to the first ray than those who are less evolved. There is a slight further reinforcement through the first ray component of Mars—this planet ruling the second decanate {whether considered in esoteric or exoteric order}


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i. The selfish, passionate pursuit characteristic of the self-centered Sagittarius person combines with the forceful directness induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the first ray. (These undesirable qualities would be in the nature of a relapse or reversion to a formerly bound condition, as it is not possible to have a first or second ray personality unless one is at least an aspirant. The first or second ray may, however, enter the personality by other lines of influence.)

ii.Selfish adventurism.

iii. Fool-hardiness.

iv. Leading others into danger.

v. There is no way but one’s own; there is but “one way to go”.

vi. Aggressive expansionism. Disrespect for established boundaries.

vii. Competitiveness

viii. Cruel hunting, including the hunting of men.

ix.  Wreaking destruction (ray one) at a distance (Sagittarius). The bow and arrow, the rifle, the missile (all indicating the power to destroy without engaging in hand-to-hand combat).

x.Shooting (Sagittarius) forth of destructive (ray one) thought (Sagittarius) against one’s enemies. Again—destruction at a distance.

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

i. The purposeful one-pointedness of the advancing Sagittarius individual combines with the undeflectable intent induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the first ray.

ii.  Fearless exploration. Going “where none has ever dared to go”.

iii.    Taking great risks for the sake of discovery, but calculated risks.

iv.   Fortitude in all great quests.

v.Always extending one’s capacities in sport. Endurance races. Triathlon. Iron-man competitions.

vi.   Friendly but vigorous rivalries for the sake of enhancing performance.

vii.  On the Path of Discipleship: learning to be the one-pointed disciple, strong in pursuit and incapable of being deviated.

viii.    On the Path of Discipleship: idealism (Sagittarius) and the determination actually to accomplish the ideal—not just envision it, dream about it, or hope for its accomplishment.

ix.   On the Path of Discipleship: achieving speed and steadiness upon the Path. Relentless forward movement.

x.On the Path of Discipleship: isolating essences and first principles. Knowing which of many things are the most important.

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, Sagittarius, with the first ray as either
the ray of the personality or soul

i. The inspired power to penetrate and explore new dimensions (both outer and inner, but especially inner)—a capacity possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Sagittarius, combines with a fearlessness and intrepidity—attitudes induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the first ray.

ii.Fearless penetration of new dimensions of life and consciousness. Courage in the face of the unknown.

iii.  “Death (first ray) the Great Adventure” (Sagittarius).

iv.   Identified with the dynamic of “driving forward through space”, “onward progression”, “progress onward”—first ray motion reinforce by the directedness of Sagittarius.

v.Willingness to leave the lunar vehicles and familiar conditions (states of vibration) behind. Interestingly, the lunar vehicles are ruled by Sagittarius (in relation to the sixth ray).

vi.   Ever forging ahead into new sections of the Path.

vii.  A willful approach to the realm of the Spiritual Triad.

viii.  A demanding attitude towards the higher energies and agencies.

ix.  One-pointed direction of the life process by means of the spiritual will. A willingness to be directed by the will.

x.Striking out” on the Path to the monad.

xi.  A useful combination if one wishes to “take the Kingdom of Heaven (Sagittarius) by force (first ray)”.

xii.  Eventually, the courage to be “outward bound” on one of the Seven Cosmic Paths.



(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 for Sagittarius and the First Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)

1.    Abstract Yourself Through Enlarged Perspective

2.    Achieve Strength Through One-Pointedness

3.    Aim Well The Arrow Of Death

4.    Apply Straight Knowledge To Perceive Truth

5.    Banish Evil Through The Power Of Truth

6.    Barrage The Enemy

7.    Be Filled With Confidence And Joy

8.    Be Victorious Over All Things Petty, Mean And Low

9.    Brave All Dangers Upon The Quest

10.    Break Through; Destroy Blindness

11.    Charge With Enthusiasm

12.    Champion Freedom

13.    Command Based Upon Clear And Farseeing Vision

14.    Compel Intrepid Explorations

15.    Conquer Death Through Vision

16.    Destroy Egoism Through Cosmic Perception

17.    Direct Your Life Under The Impression Of Divine Will

18.    Drive Forward, Impelled Towards A Certain Goal

19.    Far-Seeing Be Your Statesmanship

20.    Emphasize First Principles And Stick To Them

21.    Endure Without Deviation

22.    Enunciate The Truth At Any Cost

23.    Envision That Which Transcends Death

24.    Foresee Victory

25.    Get To The “Bottom Line”; Understand Essence

26.    Go Forth! And Don’t Look Back

27.    Guard And Control The Gate

28.    Impress True Vision Upon Those Who Walk In Darkness

29.    Indicate The Shortest Way

30.    Initiate The Quest

31.    Insist On Truth And Justice

32.    Inspire!

33.    Fearlessly Speak The Truth

34.    Follow The Arrow Of Aspiration Fearlessly

35.    Focus Onepointedly On The Will-To-Rise

36.    Move Swiftly And One-Pointedly Towards Advantage

37.    Kill The Lie

38.    Let Nothing Deter You From Reaching Your Goal

39.    Loose The Fiery Arrows From Your Bow; Confront The Monster And Vanquish Him With Intuitive Perception

40.    Marshall Your Forces And Direct Them Massterfully

41.    Pass Boldly Through All Perils

42.    Pierce Illusion; Destroy It

43.    Proclaim A New Vision For Humanity

44.    Progress Onwards; Achieve Your Destination

45.    Project An Arrow Of Light Into The Realm Of Pure Being

46.    Pursue Relentlessly

47.    Risk All; Gain All

48.    Ruling, See Panoramically To The Extent Of Your “Kingdom” And Beyond

49.    Run Straight Towards The Goal; Be Not Deterred

50.    See All In Synthesis As If From A Great Distance

51.    See The One; Be The One

52.    Seek Essence

53.    Shoot The Arrow Of Death When For The Greater Good You Must

54.    Steadfastly Envision That Which Must Be

55.    Stick To Principle; Do Not Relent

56.    Straiten The Way Into The Kingdom Of Heaven

57.    Strengthen The Monad Upon Its Lengthy Pilgrimage

58.    Subjugate The Wayward Mind

59.    Supervise The Battle

60.    Sustain One Pointed Control

61.    Trample The Forces Of Oppression

62.    Tread The Burning Ground Undeflected

63.    Undeflectable Be Your Determination

64.    Unite Joy And Fearlessness

65.    Venture Forth Courageously

66.    Walk Upon The Burning Ground Destroying All Impediment



 Mantra for Sagittarius and the First Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
I intend with will and pow’r to see the Vision of the Goal (to know the Purpose and the Plan), and then direct my steps with strength toward the Portal where Reality and Vision merge as one.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“I Assert the Fact”—there Exists a Plan and Purpose, there Exists a Goal, a Destiny Divine to which the Vision ever Leads. I now Direct the Seekers, having Trod Myself the Path Thereto!


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R1/Sagittarius

Standing at the center in the ‘Nucleus of Power’, and aiming with Self-confidence the ‘Shaft of Certain Purpose’, the poised and steady Leader shoots his arrow of intention undeflected to its destined mark, assuring, thus, that all will see and reach the Goal ordained.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Sagittarius and R1

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, R5, R6 constellationally


1.   R1

2.   Planetary rulers transmit R2, R3, R6


2.   R1

3.   No R1 is transmitted through Sagittarius or its planetary rulers


3.   R1

4.   Color: rich blue (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) 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.)


4.   Color: red, red-orange, black

5.   Note: possibly SOL sharp or G sharp


5.   Note: RE or D

6.   Expresses especially through the solar plexus and sacral centers via Mars, and the ajna center via far-seeing Jupiter, R5 and R4. Expression through the oratorical throat is also possible through the Earth and the sixth ray.


6.   Expresses through the base of the spine and the crown center

7.   Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, unliberated


7.   Creative Hierarchy number I/VI, unliberated

8.   Hypothesized as especially expressive in relation to the Vegetable Kingdom via R6, the Animal Kingdom via Mars, Earth and R6, the Human Kingdom via R4 and R5, the Kingdom of Souls via R5 and R4 and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives via Jupiter and R6.


8.   Related to the Kingdom of Solar Lives and also the Mineral Kingdom

9.   Correlated with consciousness, and activity


9.   Correlated with life

10.   Desire, aspiration


10.   Will

11.   Enlivens emotional responsiveness


11.   Suppresses emotional responsiveness

12.   Enthusiastic and discontinuous (in early evolutionary days)


12.   Willful and continuous

13.   Buoyant


13.   Sober and serious

14.   Hopefulness, optimism


14.   Realism

15.   Vision


15.   Execution

16.   Freeing, less controlling


16.   Insists on control; liberating only later

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Sagittarius and R1

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.

A.  One-Pointedness: Both Sagittarius and ray one share one-pointedness.

B. Capacity for Abstractions: Both influences have a strong capacity for abstraction. With Sagittarius, there is what might be called ‘abstracted vision’; this is the long-range vision which brings perspective. Sagittarius correlates with the abstract mind; thus we have the power to abstract the mind from immediate conditions. The first ray brings, more particularly, the capacity to abstract the life force.

C. Cruelty: Both influences can incline towards cruelty—Sagittarius because of an insistence upon its ideals, due to the sixth ray which is so powerfully transmits. First ray cruelty is rooted more within the assertion of the personal ego.

D. Fearless Honesty and Truthfulness: The first ray is known for “truthfulness arising from absolute fearlessness” (EP I 201), and Sagittarius for its blunt outspokenness. Both influences incline towards heights of honesty.

E. Spirit of Adventure: Both influences incline towards a spirit of adventure. Sagittarius is the great explorer, intent upon discovery and entry into new dimensions. The first ray shares a similar willingness to penetrate barriers and enter into the new. This capacity to penetrate is related to the Will to Initiate.

F.  Rapidity of Judgment: Persons influenced by Sagittarius or the first ray have the capacity for rapid judgment. This is sometime a “jumping to conclusions”. Their virtue is the capacity to cut through complexity and “get to the point”.

G. Relevant in Relation to the Second Initiation: Sagittarius rules initiates of the first and second degrees. (EA 178) At the second degree, Sagittarius confers a new and more selfless orientation to the desire nature. Desire becomes focussed aspiration. Further at the second degree, will (the first ray) and desire (sixth ray, and Sagittarius) come into opposition. The will begins to dominate (first ray) and lead the disciple in a new direction (Sagittarius). Will and the monad (however tenuously) now begin to guide him away from lunar living.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 1 Sagittarius

Winston Churchill

Francisco Franco
Dictator of Spain

Nelson Mandela
Statesman, President of South Africa

Emperor of Rome

Friedrich Nietzsche