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

in progress

& Ray 4

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 4



Sun Sagittarius (or Ascendant Sagittarius), R4P (or R4S)
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R4, R5 and R6

A strong mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the fourth ray transmitted constellationally—though not in greatest strength—through Sagittarius. The appropriate category of reinforcement would be Strong by Constellational Transmission.

Additional weak reinforcements come from mind fourth ray associations related to both Earth and Mars. The symbol for Earth is the cross (fourfold), and it is {counting only one intra-Mercurial planet}, the fourth planet from the Sun. Mars has associations with conflict as well, and in one of its symbols, the fourfold cross is elevated above the circle. There are no really significant decanate reinforcements.)


Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.   The capricious impulsiveness of the self-centered Sagittarius person combines with the undisciplined spontaneity induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii.  Impulsive living. Sudden enthusiasms. Risk-taking. Gambling. Living by “luck”

iii.   Spontaneous, improvident adventurism. Reckless experimentalism.

iv.     Constantly seeking stimulation, and over-stimulation.

v.   Plunging into life experience, without forethought.

vi.   Feeling one’s way through life rather than seeing clearly and for a distance ahead.

vii.  Capricious errancy, due to following contradictory impulse.

viii.   Heading in opposing directions simultaneously.

ix.  Leading an ill-coordinated life.

x.   Engaged in many conflicts over directions and ideals.

xi.   Colorful, entertaining but contradictory.

xii.   Can easily hold contradictory opinions, even in relation to important matters.

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 powers to 'see' and imagine characteristic of the advancing Sagittarius individual combine with the imaginative creativity induced within the spiritually unfolding personality by the fourth ray.

ii. Vivid imagination. The ajna center is powerfully stimulated.

iii. Dreaming worlds into existence,

iv. A creative (ray four) visionary (Sagittarius).

v. Following and experiential way of living.

vi. Spontaneous access to creative 'flows".

vii. On the Path of Discipleship: the intuition begins guide the life. The fourth ray is an intuitive ray and Sagittarius one of the intuitive sign.

viii. On the Path of Discipleship: many struggles are encountered as the aspiring disciple attempts to stay on the "straight and narrow". There is the direction ahead, and, opposing it, the possibility of deviation to the right or the left (fourth ray)

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: the reception of inspiration with its uplifting and enfiring effects, becomes a more constant experience

x. On the Path of Discipleship: the experience of being the seeker whether of light or of beauty. (cf. EP I 134, EA 349)

xi. On the Path of Discipleship: cultivation of the creative imagination as an instrument of service

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 fourth ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i. A capacious, high-minded intuitive understanding characteristic the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under the sign Sagittarius, combines with the power to grasp intuitive impression (often through symbolism) induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the fourth ray.

ii. Seized by a powerful intuition, conferring the direct apprehension of truth.

iii. Ability to "follow the scent" which leads to truth.

iv. A power of visualization which immediately reveals the truth or falsity of that which is visualized.

v. Visual access, through symbolism, to the Realm of Archetypes.

vi. Ability to see the Divine Plan (and its next intended developments) in terms of a series of symbols.

vii. Ability to access symbols of direction and symbols of transformation.

viii. Sensitivity to the guiding images which embody the motivation behind any life cycle (at first of a human being, and later of a civilization or race, etc.)



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

1.  Achieve A Unified Vision After A Stressful Exchange

2.    Arouse Aspiration By Painting An Inspiring Picture Of The Future

3.    Aspire Towards A Vision Of Beauty

4.    Attain Serenity Through A Lofty Vision

5.   Battle With The Animal Nature

6.    Behold Life’s “Picture Book”—Gather Meaning From The Visual Image

7.    Be Inspired By A Vision Of Beauty

8.    Bring The Personality, For All Its Struggles, Into A State Of Aligned Integration;

9.    Dance Through The Light And Dark

10. Direct Harmonious Thoughts Into Troubled Areas Of Life

11. Discover A World Of Color

12. Encounter The Many Reversals On The Path In A Spirit Of Optimism

13. Envision A World At Peace

14. Explore The Meaning Of Life Through Rich And Varied Experience

15. Experiment With Expressivity

16. Fly With Enthusiasm But Watch For A Possible ‘Crash’—Later

17. Focus Beyond The Mental Plane, Where The Purpose Of Conflicted Interplay Is Revealed

18. Gaze Upon The Astonishing Interplay Of Light And Dark

19. Gain That Perspective Which Reveals ‘Two Merging With One’

20. Harmonize For The Sake Of Alignment

21. Identify With Humanity, Struggling Towards The Goal

22. Illustrate Your Points With Beautiful Images

23. Intercede—Bring Peace Through The Power Of Projected Thought

24. Inspire Through Art

25. Intuit Buddhic Revelation

26. Keeper Of The Gate—Discern With Straight Knowledge Who May Pass

27. Let Dire Distress Bring Deepened Understanding

28. Live A Colorful, Spontaneous Life

29. Live In The Moment; Know The Power Of The “Eternal Now”

30. Overcome Inner Warfare Through Faith And Joy

31. Paint, Draw Or Capture Uplifting Images

32. Perceive The Inner Harmony Of Life

33. Preserve A Vision Of Victory Above The Fray Of Battle

34. Progress Through Struggle—It Seems To Delay But Is Most Direct

35. Project—Link The Worlds Above With The Worlds Below

36. Pursue The Beautiful

37. Quest For Ever-Higher Forms Of Beauty

38. Read The Symbols In The “Book Of Life”—Read Spiritually

39. Reduce Tensions With Humor

40. Refine Your Life Upon The “Burning Ground”—The Path Of Fire

41. Release Artistic Creativity

42. Realize: Beauty Is Truth And Truth Is Beauty

43. Resolve The Duality Of Your Nature: Achieve The Single Eye

44. Revision The Goal When Inertia Settles Upon You

45. Resolve Inconstancy Through One-Pointedness

46. Rise Above Conflict

47. Search For Meaning In Ideographic Languages

48. See The Coming Light In Even The Darkest And Most Tortured Situation

49. Seek Buddhic Inspiration Through The Meditative Process

50. Soar Into The “Realm Of Air” Where The Problems Of Philosophy Are Illuminated

51. Spontaneous Humor Can Bring Relief To The Most Depressive Situations

52. Steady Your Gaze, Oh “Perceiver On The Way”

53. Straight Knowledge And The Revelation Of The Intuition—These Are Your Gifts

54. Strive For Harmony In The Bodily Nature

55. Struggle Until You Reach Your Goal

56. Supervise The Battle From A General’s Vantage Point

57. Tell A Good Story

58. There Is A Path That Lies Between The “Pairs Of Opposites”; Walk On That Path

59. Tread The Path That Leads From The Fourth To The Fifth Kingdom

60. Tread The Path That Leads To The “Birth Of Horus”

61. Uplift Through The Power Of The Imagination

62. Utilize Aspiration To Reconcile The Opposites Upon The Astral Plane

63. Visualize Beautiful Forms

64. “Walk In Beauty”

65. Walk The Middle Way Unphased by “Ups And Downs”



Mantra for Sagittarius and the Fourth Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness
With intuition keen, with marveled eye alert to wonder, I seek to see and feel the nameless Beauty of God’s Harmony Divine.

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness
“Two Merge with One” in Beauty, when at last the long-sought Goal is reached harmoniously uniting all the Poles.


Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol/Image/Scene for R4/Aries

Vibrantly responsive to the scintillating ‘Spectrum of all Rainbow-Colored Tones’, the ‘Artist of his Life’ beholds discordant multiplicity converge upon a promised point of joyous resolution. Inspired by this vision of a concord yet to be, he guides aright each clashed and vagrant aspect of the whole until the sensed and destined harmony is finally fulfilled.

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Sagittarius and R4

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

Ray 4

1.       Transmits R4, R5, R6 constellationally


1.       R4

2.       Planetary rulers transmit R2, R3, R6


2.       R4

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: yellow and crème

4.       Note: possibly SOL sharp or G sharp


4.       Note: MI or E

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 ajna center at a relatively advanced point of evolution. Related as well to the fourfold base chakra and to the fourth center, the heart center with its four chambers

6.       Creative Hierarchy number VI/XI, unliberated


6.       Creative Hierarchy number II, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number IV/IX, 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 Human Kingdom

8.       One-pointed


8.       Divided, conflicted

9.       Abstract mind


9.       Intuitive reception

10.   Orientation towards the future


10.   Orientation towards the present

11.   Far-seeing, above the fray


11.   Blinded by the smoke and dust of battle

12.   Idealistic orientation


12.   Experiential living

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Sagittarius and R4

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 the Fourth Kingdom of Nature: Sagittarius (which transmits the fourth ray of Harmony through Conflict) was (with Gemini) instrumental in creating the Fourth Kingdom of Nature, the Human Kingdom, ruled numerically by the fourth ray.

B.     Attraction/Repulsion Dynamics: Sagittarius is closely related to the Principle of Desire, transmitting as it does the sixth ray of Devotion and Idealism—the ray most closely linked to the astral body (the seat of desire as humanity now understands it). Desire is linked to the great Law of Attraction and Repulsion, which induces learning either through the satisfaction of desire or the failure to satisfy desire. Sagittarius thus soon finds itself inducing the desire to approach and be satisfied or the desire to flee and avoid dissatisfaction. Careful thinking about Sagittarian dynamics will reveal it to be as much given to flight and retreat as to pursuit.

The fourth ray shares a similar bi-polar dynamic with respect to the satisfaction of desire. The fourth ray induces approach/avoidance behavior—related, to a degree, to “fight or flight” behavior. The fourth ray is a soft-line ray, and is closely related to the Law of Attraction and Repulsion (which is principally a second ray law). This law includes dynamics characteristic of both the second ray (attraction) and the first ray (repulsion). This fact links it to the fourth ray, the dynamics of which can be reasonably understood as a combination of second ray and first ray tendencies.

Both energies (Sagittarius and the fourth ray) thus share an experiential, spontaneously experimental approach to evolution. They “learn as they go”, in the moment, and only later evoke the faculty of memory and mind to guide their desire-driven quest.

C.     Spontaneous and Experiential: Sagittarius and the fourth ray both induce a spontaneous, experiential, “in the moment” attitude. They are both experimental and risk-taking. This experimental approach can be undisciplined in the beginning and intuitively guided during later evolutionary periods, for it is possible that a human being will be born a number of times with Sagittarius as the Sun sign and the fourth ray as the personality ray.

D.     Intuition: Sagittarius is one of the “intuitive signs” and the fourth ray is, paramountly, the Ray of Intuition through numerical resonance. The plane of intuition is the buddhic plane and it is the fourth in number.

E.     Related to the Faculty of Vision: Although the various signs of the zodiac have a pervasive influence through all the chakras, there are some with which they are more closely affiliated. In the unfolding individual, Sagittarius has a close connection with the ajna center, the center of vision. The Tibetan hints that Mercury rules the ajna center after the third initiation, and Uranus the head center. (EH 151). Mercury, let us remember, distributes the fourth ray, which begins to function through the ajna center at that higher stage of evolution. Through Mercury, the envisioning potential of the ajna center becomes a tool of the intuition. Thus, we see a strong line of relationship between Sagittarius, Mercury and the fourth ray.

F.      Visual Imagination: Sagittarius is a sign of vision, and the fourth ray confers the ability to see, (which is not to say that the fifth ray does not also do so). A strong visual imagination is one of the characteristics of the fourth ray. It is difficult to assign the fourth ray to only one of the senses. Ray three has a close association with sound, and ray five with sight, but ray four is related to both sound and sight.

G.     The Seeker: Both Sagittarius and the fourth ray can be called seekers. The fourth ray induces that behavior which is called “the following of the scent” (EP I 134), and is “pre-eminently the way of the seeker, the searcher and the sensitive reflector of beauty”. Sagittarius also is the “seeker” (EA 349) as well as  the “hunter” following his prey—whether through vision or through smell. Sagittarius tracks the vision and the fourth ray tracks beauty, following it to its source. Both are in pursuit using, eventually, the intuition to lead them to what they seek.

H.     Relevance to the Process of the Second Initiation: Sagittarius is one of the signs associated with the second initiation (cf. EA 178). At this initiation, the aspiration is re-directed towards the soul-as-mind and the disillusioning process (related to both Sagittarius and the fourth ray) begins. As well, the fourth ray contributes to the harmonizing of the astral body and its sensitization to the energy of buddhi (or love). At the second degree, love enters the astral body more completely, replacing normal desire (which has “died”). The second initiation indicates the “death of desire”. Aspiration (Sagittarius) however, is alive and well.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Ray 4 Sagittarius

Hans Christian Anderson
Danish Author and Story-teller

Ludwig Von Beethoven
German Composer

William Blake
Poet, Artist, Visionary

Gaetano Donizetti
Opera Composer

Herman Hesse

Michaelangelo Buonarroti
Sculptor, Painter

John Milton
English Poet and Political Writer

Giacomo Puccini
Opera Composer

Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Architect, Inventor, Engineer, Genius