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

in progress

& Ray 3

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 3



Sun Sagittarius (or Ascendant Sagittarius), R3P (or R3S)
Plus Constellationally TransmittedR4, R5 and R6

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the third ray transmitted through the personality Earth—Earth being the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius.

The appropriate category of reinforcement would be Strong by Rulership—Class 2, and would apply principally in the lives of those on the spiritual Path. Additionally, Mars has a third ray component to its nature, since it represents the astral body of a great third ray Entity. As the third fire sign, Sagittarius also corresponds to ray three through numerical affinity. As the ruler of the second decanate {naturally, in both esoteric and exoteric order}, Mars brings additional slight reinforcement of the astro-rayological interplay, through its third ray associations.


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.  The selfish adventurism of the self-centered Sagittarius person combines with a state of undisciplined ‘mayavic’ activity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii. Confusion (third ray) in all question of direction (Sagittarius)

iii. Carelessness. Overlooking details. Cannot be bothered.

iv. Errant adventures. “Going places” (apparently) but not really reaching a goal.

v. Excessive activity. Chaotic experience.

vi.  Envisioning a multiplicity of potentials, but too impractical to manifest any of them.

vii. Overwhelmed by possibilities. Too many directions to choose from.

viii. Complicated, impractical theories disconnected from reality. The theoretical mind—not the practical mind. “Spinning” theories.

ix. Talking a “good game”, but can one “walk the talk”?

x. Naïve futurism. Unrealistic planning. Dreaming of the future, while ignoring present conditions.


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 urge to explore the realms of both mind and matter—a quality characteristic of the advancing Sagittarius individual combines with the power to plan and to foresee eventualities and contingencies induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the third ray.

ii. Ever seeking the expansion of contacts—through exploration.

iii.  Highly theoretical, but theory is more connected to truth.

iv.  Looking backwards—seeing causes; looking forwards—seeing probable outcomes.

v. Growing facility for “life planning”; strategic planning for goal fulfillment.

vi.  On the Path of Discipleship: capacity to enter and utilize the abstract mind via the antahkarana.

vii. On the Path of Discipleship: the power of comparative thinking is enhanced.

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: learning relativistic thinking.

ix.  On the Path of Discipleship: learning to think in broader, wider and more general terms. Attempting to see not only the relations between things, but the relations between relationships.

x. On the Path of Discipleship: learning to reason one’s way to truth.

xi.  On the Path of Discipleship: a broader and more cautious consideration of associated variables which militates against ‘simplisticy’ (simplistic, simple-minded judgment) and fanaticism.

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 third ray as eitherthe ray of the personality or soul

i.   The power (through vision, mediation and imagination) to project the consciousness into higher dimensions—a power characteristic of the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Sagittarius, combines with the abilities to think broadly and reason purely—both induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii. Learning the content and modes of thought characteristic of the Divine Mind.

iii.  At home in the abstract mind—higher manas.

iv.  Understanding the importance of the notion that any estimation of truth depends upon the perceiver and the point of view. When either the perceiver,  the point of view, or both change,  then that which is deemed to be the “truth” seems to change as well.

v. Relativity is understood as Reality. The “Theory of Relativity” is not just a theory, but is understood as descriptive of the truth.

vi.  Free from the normal mental illusions; freedom from the domination of thoughtforms.

vii. The philosopher; the thinker in the field of higher mathematics and philosophy.

viii.  The practitioner of “pure reason” (as this term is applied to the higher mental plane).

ix.  Able to put most thoughts and perceptions into a broad and intelligent context.

x. Adept at “probability thinking”.



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

1.   Abstract Your Mind From Myopic Points Of View

2.   Act And Speak Only For Good Reason

3.   Analyze Diverse Perspectives

4.   Avoid Leaping To Conclusions: Reason Cautiously

5.   Be Sensitive To Trends

6.   Cast Out Petty Points Of View; Serenely View Significant Relationships

7.   Cognize The Destination Of Numerous Circuitous Paths

8.   Communicate Directly And Yet With Subtlety

9.   Comprehend The Various Perspectives On Any Subject

10.  Conceptualize From A Point Of Abstraction

11.  Cultivate Sincerity And Honesty

12.  Develop Abstract Thought

13.  Engage In Long Range Planning—You Have The Ability For It

14.  Escape From The Labyrinth

15.  Exercise Caution; Look Before You Leap

16.  Experiment: If One Plan Does Not Work, Try Another

17.  Find The Way Through The Maze

18.  Focus A Three-Pronged Attack

19.  Follow The Laws Of Reasoning To Achieve Pure Reason

20.  Foresee Economic Trends

21.  Gain A Clear Perspective Of The Past As A Means Of Foreseeing The Future

22.  Go Around Obstacles (If Necessary) On Your Way To The Goal

23.  Higher Mind Is Your Preserve And You, The Hunter

24.  Hunt For Investment Opportunities

25.  Imagine The Things That May Be, No Matter How Apparently Remote From Present Conditions

26.  Integrate The Personality In All Its Diversity

27.  Intuit Creative Solutions

28.  Intuit The Best Plan

29.  Journey In The Mind

30.  Kill The “Stymphalian Birds”—Think Significant Thoughts; Speak Significant Words

31.  Let Straight Knowledge Augment Your Knowledge Of The Divine Plan

32.  Many Paths Lead To The Same Goal; Which Ones Are You Treading?

33.  Master The Projection Of Thought

34.  Overcome The Illusion Of Time In A Flash Of Intuition

35.  Patiently Pursue Philosophical Studies

36.  Penetrate The Realm Of Ideas—The Mind Of God

37.  Perceive From A Distance Many Complex Relations

38.  Plan Wisely By Means Of Ample Foresight

39.  Promulgate Your Views

40.  Publicize Your Theories

41.  Pursue An Understanding Of Higher Mathematics

42.  Pursue Theoretical Comprehension

43.  Reason Your Way To The Goal

44.  See Into The Distance But Do Not Ignore That Which Is Close At Hand

45.  See Simplicity Within Complexity

46.  Soar Into The Realms Of Higher Mind

47.  Strategic Planning Is The Way For You

48.  Support Intuitive Insight With Reason

49.  Survey From Afar The Process Of The ‘World-Weaver’

50.  Sustain Concentration Through The “Acute Energy Of Divine Mental Perception”

51.  Swiftly Perceive The Salient Point Of The Many Possible Points

52.  Take A Calculated Risk With Venture Capital

53.  Temper The Quest For Wealth

54.  Theology Is Interesting, But Relate It To Reality

55.  Think Carefully Through Your World-View

56.  Travel To Gain Global Understanding

57.  Understand Desire Within The Worlds Of Maya; Extricate Yourself

58.  Unveil The Mystery; Let Revelation Come

59.  Venture In Consciousness Beyond Time And Space

60.  When Tempted To Escape Responsibility—Do Not!



Mantra for Sagittarius and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
Creatively, with mind acute, I seek to weave my way toward the visioned Goal, to comprehend with intellect the Purpose and the Plan. I tread the varied, winding ways, knowing that my many paths must all converge as One.    

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
I see, at last, the Purpose which I serve and still more deeply, am. Thus, merged within the thinking of the patterned Mind of Deity, I weave with keen intelligence a lighted plan congruent with the Plan Divine which God, Himself, envisions and intends to see fulfilled.

Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R3/Sagittarius

Acute, alert and centered in the pulsing “Web of Life”, the Weaver, with intelligence, beholds the many threads of mind, the many threads of matter—and contemplating Time and Space sees both the Great Illusion and patterns of Reality alive within the One.


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Sagittarius and R3

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.       R3

2.       Planetary rulers transmit R2, R3, R6


2.       R3

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: green and black

4.       Note: possibly SOL sharp or G sharp


4.       Note: FA or F

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 throat chakra and (to a degree) through the sacral chakra, also through the spleen as planetary prana, and, quite reasonably, through the ajna center when that center represents the Spiritual Triad

6.       Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, unliberated


6.       Creative Hierarchy number I, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, 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 Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives

8.       Directness


8.       Indirectness

9.       One-pointedness


9.       Diversification

10.   Straightforwardness


10.   Manipulativeness

11.   Honesty


11.   Mendacity; tendency to lie

12.   Intuition


12.   Reasoning

13.   “Straight-knowledge”, vision


13.   Clouding the vision with thought

14.   Love of wisdom


14.   Love of knowledge

15.   Prodigality


15.   Economy

16.   Faith, believing


16.   Reason, disbelieving, skeptical

17.   Simplicity of mind; thinks in terms of guiding principles


17.   Complexity of mind

18.   Fiery


18.   Colder, aloof

19.   Eager


19.   Cautious

20.   Flying to “heaven”


20.   Bound to earth

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Sagittarius and R3

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.      Sacral Center Stimulation: Both Sagittarius and the third ray stimulate the sacral center strongly. Sagittarius is the desire-driven “centaur”, intent upon sexual satisfaction, and the third ray is the ‘Creator of Forms’ (a function over which the sacral center presides).

B.     Relation to Movement, Locomotion: The principle of locomotion is related to both influences. Sagittarius rules the thighs, which provide the power to propel man (or mammal) to his destination. The third ray is, among other things, the Ray of Activity, and gives the power to move through the field of space. “He who works upon the third ray must reach the path from here to there”. (R&I 507)

C.     Connected to both Mind and Body: Sagittarius focuses strongly upon the body as well as the mind. Its influences incline towards vigorous activity in the body. The third ray, as the Ray of Activity, gives a great deal of action—often rapid action—upon the physical plane.

D.     Abstraction: Sagittarius gives access to the abstract mind and the third ray is the particular ray ruler of this human principle—higher manas. Both influences confer a capacity for abstraction in the field of mind.

E.     Foresight and Planning: The capacity to foresee and to plan is shared by both. Although Sagittarius is connected chiefly with foresight and the third ray (as the “Lord of Memory”) is historical, many Sagittarians make excellent historians (as, of the fire signs, Sagittarius is connected with the third aspect of divinity) and many of those upon the third ray make excellent futurists, as they have the capacity to understand consequences.

F.      Related to the Throat Center: Both influences relate to the throat center and its proper use. At first there is over-use—the Sagittarian does not control speech and the man upon the third ray talks too much. Later, as we are informed in the Labours of Hercules, Hercules slays the raucous Stymphalian Birds and achieves right silence in mind and voice. The overly-vocal third ray individual becomes the ‘Silent Weaver’—“and silently he weaves”. (EP II 360). Thus thoughtforms and words are used only for the furtherance of the Divine Plan, and not for the irresponsible creation of unnecessary forms.

G.     Casualness and Informality: There is a certain casual approach to the physical plane common to both influences. Sagittarius (other influences notwithstanding) is often informal in relation to the environment. Unless there are planets in neighboring Capricorn, Sagittarians do not “stand on formality”. The third ray, in one of its types, is “regardless of appearances” (EP I 205), demonstrating, equally, a loose and casual approach to physical plane behavior. In both cases, the casual attitude may well be based upon a desire for freedom of movement.

H.     Truth and Honesty: Sagittarius almost always inclines towards honesty. In the early days of human evolution, this is not true of those upon the third ray. Eventually, however, the third ray instills a love of truth, and the third ray individual learns to think and speak the truth. In this regard, we remember that the third ray is particularly associated with the throat center, which influences thought and speech. In relation to the Good, the Beautiful and the True, the third ray is the True.

I.         Relevant to Preparation for the Third Initiation: Neither of these influences is considered a ruler of the third initiation, but both are instrumental in preparing for it and can feature in the revelation which comes at the third degree. At the third initiation there is a freedom from the illusions of the concrete mind. The enhancement of the power of the abstract mind certainly releases from the misconceptions which prevail when the focus of consciousness is within the concrete mind. Both Sagittarius and the third ray are correlated to the abstract mind and give facility in its use. At the third degree, higher manas steps into a new position of strength and control. A great and impersonal vision is presented to the initiate. In many ways, it is a third ray vision, for the third aspect of the monad is involved in conferring it. Sagittarius rules breadth of vision, and the third ray is directly correlated to higher manas. Of course, since it is the third initiation of which we are speaking, the third ray must necessarily be involved according to the principle of numerical affinity. 

The consciousness and vision must expand before the third degree can be confirmed. Both Sagittarius and the third ray can contribute significantly to this expansion.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 3 Sagittarius

Woody Allen
Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist, Philanthropist

Lewis Carroll
Mathematician and Author of Alice in Wonderland

Benjamin Disraeli
Statesman, Prime Minister of England, Novelist

Timothy Leary
Futurist and Visionary, ‘Psychodelecist’

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
Philosopher, Scientist and Mathematician

Margaret Mead

Jean Paul Sartre
French Existentialist Philosopher

Stephen Spielberg
Film Director, Writer, Producer

Baruch Spinoza