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

in progress

& Ray 2

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 2




Sun Sagittarius (or Ascendant Sagittarius), R2P (or R2S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4, R5 and R6

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the second ray transmitted through Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius. This is further strengthened by the waxing second ray soul transmission of the Earth—the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius. Since the soul ray of Earth is now becoming stronger, this second ray influence cannot be considered negligible—especially in the lives of more spiritually advanced people.

The principle category of reinforcement would be Strong by Rulership—Class 1, with the second ray of the Earth being influential in the lives of disciples and initiates—i.e., those who can respond to the esoteric level of rulership. For disciples and initiates, the category Moderate by Rulership would also be appropriate when the second ray soul rulership of the Earth is considered.

Further reinforcement of this generally strong mutual interplay comes through Jupiter and the Sun as decanate rulers. Jupiter {transmitting the second ray through its soul} rules the first and third decanate {in esoteric and esoteric order, respectively}. The Sun {transmitting the second ray through both its soul and personality} rules the third and first decanate {in esoteric and exoteric order, respectively}.)


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.        The self-indulgent experimentalism of the self-centered Sagittarius person (cf. EA 333) combines with the lack of discipline and overly-relaxed attitude induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the second 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.      One who does not know how to say “no” to his desires. The second ray can always introduce a degree of permissiveness.

iii.     One who carelessly (and even in a well-meaning way) crosses interpersonal boundaries.

iv.    One who assumes too much. Too improvidently Jupiterian. Overly hopeful

v.      Naïve optimism and a “happy-go-lucky” character. Lax and informal.

vi.    Lack of planning. The life is not well-directed, and could go casually in any direction.

vii.   Arm-chair philosophy.


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 search for knowledge and understanding characteristic of the advancing Sagittarius individual combines with the receptivity and love of study induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the second ray.

ii.      Eager and open for new experience.

iii.     Tolerant of diverse cultures, and patterns of living

iv.    Imbued with the quality of foresight.

v.      On the Path of Discipleship: seeking ever to widen perspective and understanding. The attempt to widen and lengthen the vision.

vi.    On the Path of Discipleship: a strong orientation to the light. Searching for the light of truth.

vii.   On the Path of Discipleship: increasingly open to the intuition. Sagittarius is one of the intuitive signs, and the second ray is correlated with the second principle (buddhi—the intuition).

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: engaging in the search for meaning. This involves mental exploration of the context of relationships in which one lives.


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 second ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.        Breadth of wisdom and understanding—a quality revered by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Sagittarius, combines with a “desire for pure knowledge and for absolute truth” (EP I 203) induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the second ray.

ii.      One-pointed approach to truth and wisdom. Not to be deflected by lesser things.

iii.     Thinking panoramically.

iv.    An expansive and ever-expanding approach to understanding. The pursuit of what might be called ‘spherical vision’ under Jupiter (second ray distributor and orthodox ruler of Sagittarius).



(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 Second Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work):

1.     Abandon Comfort On The Quest

2.     Abide Ever In Higher Consciousness, Even As Attention Is Due The Concrete World

3.     Achieve A Comprehensive Point Of View

4.     Adhere One-Pointedly To The Goal

5.     Aspire Towards A Comprehensive Knowledge Of The Ageless Wisdom

6.     Await The Arrows Of Intuition, Returning From The Arrows Of Aspiration You Have Released

7.     Be Divinely Discontent With Anything But The “Greatest Light”

8.     Behold The Divine Pattern—The Network Of Higher Relations

9.     Be Patient And Steadfast

10. Confer A Broad Vision Upon The Faithful

11. Desire That Which Is Seen To Be Of Highest Value

12. Direct The Group Forward Through Steadiness Of Vision

13. Discover The Ageless Wisdom And Direct Others To It

14. Elevate Your Desires Through The Power Of Love

15. Enlarge Your Scope Of Consciousness

16. Envision The Soul Within

17. Expand Your Vision; Include All In Sight

18. Face The East Steadfastly

19. Fix Your Gaze Upon The Wisdom Of The Ages

20. Foresee Fulfillment

21. Generosity Is Your Way

22. Give Knowledge And Wisdom To Those Who Have Lost Their Way

23. God Geometrizes: See How He Does So

24. Hold A Single, Comprehensive Vision Before The Eye Of The Group

25. Inspire Vision In The Souls Of Humankind

26. Instruct The Blind

27. Joy And Uplift—Show Others The Way

28. Know That Morality Is Based On Love

29. Let Hierarchy Direct Your Life

30. Let No One And Nothing Deflect You From Your Studies

31. Look Forwards, Look Backwards—Identify With All You See

32. Love The Truth: Be Honest Yet Tactful

33. Love Is The Greatest Adventure

34. Make Haste Slowly

35. Many Are The Viewpoints: Promote Tolerance

36. Optimism And Positivity—These Are The Ways For You

37. Orient All Your Faculties Towards The Light

38. Overcome Anxieties Through A Greatly Enlarged Perspective

39. Philosophize: Be A Lover Of Wisdom And Of Truth

40. Ponder Intuitively, One-Pointedly

41. Project Into The Loving-Wisdom Of The Triad

42. Promise And Faithfully Adhere To Your Promise

43. Prophesy In The Light Of Wisdom

44. Pursue Revelation

45. Quest After The Ageless Wisdom

46. Reason Inclusively Within Broadened Horizons

47. Relieve Attachments Through Perspicacious Understanding

48. Rejoice: The Ageless Wisdom Is For All Who Truly Seek The Light

49. Rise Into The Kingdom Of The Soul

50. Search For The Good, The Beautiful And The True

51. Scan The Horizon Of Consciousness For New Revelation

52. See The Truth And Thus Detach From Lesser Loves

53. Seek The Truth Without Relent

54. Set Your Eye Upon Illumined Soul-Infusion

55. Set Your Face Steadfastly “Towards Jerusalem”

56. Slowly And Surely Tread The Path—Without Let Up Or Deviation

57. Speak Out For The Light

58. Teach And Guide

59. Travel For The Sake Of Truth

60. Undertake An Ever-Deepening Search

61. Unfold The Spirit Of Sagacity

62. Uplift Those Who Perish For Lack Of Vision

63. Venture Forth In Pursuit Of The Golden Apples Of Divine Knowledge And Wisdom

64. Wisely Foresee

65. Work Towards The Goal Without Let Up Or Relent


Mantra for Sagittarius and the Second Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Aligned with Love and Wisdom, I seek the lighted Vision of the Goal, the Purpose and the Plan. With open heart, and drawing others with me as I go, I strive unto the distant Source where all is merged in unity.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
My age-long Quest well nigh achieved, “I see [at last] the Greatest Light” which draws all seekers onward to its Center. Merged within that lum’nous sphere, I loose for all the radiant shafts to better light the way into the One Eternal Heart.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R2/Sagittarius

Focussed at the center of a radiant Lotus Blue, the Scholar/Teacher visioning the vast and universal Whole, embraces with his opened ‘Eye’ the all-inclusive Oneness which alone the Light of Wisdom can reveal.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Sagittarius and R2

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.       R2

2.       Planetary rulers transmit R2, R3, R6


2.       R2

3.       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


3.       Color: indigo blue or light blue

4.       Note: possibly SOL sharp or G sharp


4.       Note: SOL or G

5.       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.


5.       Expresses through the heart chakra; the “heart in the head” and also through the spleen as solar prana on our planet

6.       Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, unliberated


6.       Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, unliberated

7.       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.


7.       Related to the Vegetable Kingdom and the Kingdom of Souls

8.       Rapid and one-pointed in action


8.       Wise and slow in action; encompassing and embracing

9.       Enthusiasm


9.       Calmness

10.   Risk-taking


10.   Careful

11.   Adventurous


11.   Cautious, due to sensitivity

12.   Outspoken


12.   Tactful, considerate

13.   Strong body-consciousness and physical focus


13.   Inclines to less vigorous physicality; instead, psychological focus

14.   Intent upon freedom; needs space and room


14.   Closeness, intimacy, adhesiveness

15.   Higher manas, abstract mind


15.   Causal consciousness

16.   Abstract mind


16.   Heart

17.   Quick summations—“sizing up”; “jumping to conclusions”


17.   Cautious study before arriving at conclusions

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Sagittarius and R2

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.      Related to Light and Vision: Both Sagittarius and the second ray are closely related to light and to vision. The Sagittarian sees the goal. For the individual upon the second ray, “the quality of the hidden vision” (EP II 221) proves irresistible.

B.     Expansiveness: Both influences inclines towards expansiveness. This quality is especially shared in relation to the expansion of consciousness.  Both influence contribute to the enlargement of understanding. This has be seen readily, as Jupiter (the planet of expansion) rules Sagittarius and transmits the second ray.

C.     Perspective:  Both influences incline towards perspective, towards breadth of vision. They wish to see not just a fragment of the truth, but the whole truth as it appears in a (relatively) completed context. Then all individual items will be revealed in terms of their true meaning within the whole.

D.     Intuition: “Sagittarius is one of the intuitive signs”. (EA 177) The second ray also inclines towards the reception of intuition, for the intuition is buddhi, which is the second principle responsive to the second ray.

E.     Wise Foresight: Sagittarius and the second ray both confer (at a certain relatively advanced point in evolution) the capacity for wise foresight. Theirs is the ability to advise, to mentor, to guide. Sagittarian adventures have reaped experience. The Sagittarian has “been there”. The ray two capacity to identify with all kinds of human beings and to empathically place oneself in diverse situations ensures that guidance will be based upon real understanding.

F.      Relevant in Relation to the Second Initiation: Sagittarius rules “Initiation 1 and 2” (EA 178) Sagittarius (in relation to the sixth ray) can influence towards militancy and fanaticism, but it can also incline towards breadth, temperance, balance, moderation and wisdom—when transmitted through Jupiter and the second ray. At the second degree, the initiates proves his freedom from various intensifications of the emotional life.     

Those preparing for the second initiation have to demonstrate their freedom from the slavery of ideas, from a fanatical reaction to any truth or spiritual leader, and from the control of their aspiration which—through the intensity of its application—would sacrifice time, people and life itself to the call of the Initiator—or rather, to be correct, to what they believe to be His call”  (R&I 127)

The second ray in cooperation with the broadening of perspective conferred by Sagittarius would be useful in encouraging the kind of freedom referenced above.


A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 2 Sagittarius

Robert Browning

Princess Diana
Daughter of the Eighth Earl of Spencer

Herman Hesse


Abraham Lincoln
President of the United States, Humanist, Avatar

Sir Thomas More
Statesman and Humanist—a “Man for all Seasons”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Stateswoman and Social Reformer

Dane Rudhyar
Author, Astrologer, Composer, Artist

Baruch Spinoza
Philosopher (the “Gentle Philosopher”)