Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Libra & Aquarius
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Libra In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Esoteric Mantram: I choose the way that leads between the two great lines of force. 1. Esoteric Mantram: Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let choice be made. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let desire in form be ruler. 3. Quality of Light: The Light that moves to rest 3. Quality of Light: The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea. 4. Element: Air Sign 4. Element: Air Sign 5. Cardinal Cross 5. Fixed Cross 6. Transmits R3 constellationally 6. Transmits R5 constellationally. Secondary and subtle transmissions of R3 and R1 are possible. 7. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Libra transmits R5, R7 and R3 through Venus, Uranus and Saturn—its three planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 7. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Aquarius transmits R7, R2 and R4 (with R1, R6, and R7), through Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon, veiling Vulcan, Neptune and Uranus—all these are its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Color: indigo. Green (strong Saturn) should not be ignored. 8. Color: turquoise 9. Creative Hierarchy number III (manifested) which is number VII (of all twelve). Lesser Builders, Conferring Form, the Triple Flowers. 9. Creative Hierarchy number XII (manifested) and XII of the twelve. Elemental Lives; the Baskets of Nourishment; the Blinded Lives 10. Associated with the regulatory, balancing, reorienting first initiation; with the proportion-inducing, ideal-subduing, de-glamorizing second initiation, and with the decisive, nirvanic sixth initiation—the initiation of Decision. 10. Association with refuse-flushing, fire-cleansing, fellowship-inducing second initiation; the ego-negating, light-pervading, soul-inspiring third initiation; the personality-renouncing, life-energizing fourth initiation; and, conceivably, with the abundant life of the beneficently organizing fifth degree. 11. Libra can be reasonably associated with the sexually-unitive, form-generating sacral center, and with the decision-making, force-balancing, triadally responsive ajna center. Libra has so much of the third ray (as do its rulers Uranus and Saturn, with Venus ruling Taurus, the sign of the throat) that throat center influence is to be expected. Libra can be connected be connected with the center at the base of the spine, from which stems the Sushumna—the “royal road” to Shamballa. (cf. EA 168)
11. Aquarius can be reasonably associated with the entire abundantly-radiating, synthetic crown center, and the united radiation of the chakra centers as a whole. When the ajna center responds to the universal mind, the envisioning of the archetypally-destined future appears. Aquarius transmits the third ray, and thus relates to the throat center (through ruling Saturn, Uranus and Vulcan as well). Aquarius, is esoterically ruled by Jupiter, the planet controlling the group-inclusive heart center. The evolving Aquarian is subject to many emotional highs and lows, thus connecting Aquarius to the solar plexus center. (EA 141-142) Also, through Uranus, with the form-creating sacral center which generates “waters of life” in a more material sense. As well, seventh-ray Uranus is numerically related to the seventh or basal center, bringing Aquarius into the relation.
12. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Libra governs the ‘Path of Return”, by means of which the immersed Monad regains its originating source. (cf. EA 168) Libra also endows the Monad with power from the Dragon and Pleiades and ensures that the Monad performs its part in the balancing of planetary karma, for every Monad is a cell within the planetary Logos. 12. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Aquarius governs the large monadic groups or ‘monadic ashrams’, which aggregations exist upon the monadic plane. The universal awareness of the Monad is inspired and enhanced by the Aquarian energy. The Monad is a ‘center of synthesis’ and a ‘center within synthesis’. The Aquarian energy stimulates the universality and synthetic awareness of the Monad. 13. In relation to the Triad—it can be said that Libra (the ruler of the third manifested Creative Hierarchy—the Triple Flowers) rules the Spiritual Triad as a whole. Within the Triad Libra, transmitting constellationally (exoterically) only the third ray, and related to “super-mind”, is clearly influential in relation to the higher mind—higher manas. Libra and Saturn are also express through the atmic plane, and hence are related to the principle—atma—Spiritual Will. Not surprisingly, Libra “admits the soul” to Shamballa. Eventually, Libra, ruling the union of all polarities, will be shown to be related to buddhi as well. 13. Within the Triad—Aquarius is related principally to higher manas and to atma as both of them reflect, to differing degrees, the Universal Mind (EA 241, 322, 495). Aquarius transmits the third ray constellationally (EA 138), and has rulers or sub-rulers which do the same. Aquarius “expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear” linking it to atma, in yet another way. The energy of Aquarius, as well, stimulates and blends with buddhi, principally by inducing loving group-cohesion. The Tibetan speaks of “universal love of the truly developed Aquarian.” (EA 136) This is an expression of buddhi. 14. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Libra represents the skill, wisdom and power of the Solar Angel to supervise a balanced development in its personality. Libra is one of the major signs of karma, which the Solar Angel wisely administrates to ensure that the personality is eventually governed by the Law of Love. 14. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Aquarius represents the dowering of the personality with all super-human, transcendental gifts which the Solar Angel may safely bestow. Aquarius represents the patient service of the Solar Angel to its long-developing personality, and the consequent elevation of the human soul from the human to the super-human state of the fifth kingdom—the Kingdom of Souls. Aquarius rules the generous distribution of beneficent Solar-Angelic radiation to (and through) its personality 15. Within the Personality—Libra can be identified with the evaluative, judicial and decision-making processes of the lower mental nature; with balancing and proportion-inducing processes within the astral nature; with the harmonizing of energy flows within the etheric nature; and, in general, with the energetic balance of the dense physical form. Libra has a special connection with the mental permanent atom. (EA 302) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 15. Within the Personality—Aquarius can be identified with the power to vitalize, unify and synthesize thought, which eventually develops within the lower mental nature; with the cleansing, drying, and eventual distributive radiation of the love-responsive astral nature; with the electric vitalization of the etheric nature; and, in general, with the nervous animation of the dense physical form. Aquarius “is eventually connected with the physical permanent atom.” (EA 302) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 16. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Contemplation. “Libra—Contemplation—Life of soul and form is balanced. Neither dominates. Equilibrium. An interlude wherein the soul organises itself for battle and the personality waits. This is the probationary path. Duality known.” (EA 228) 16. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Pervasion 17. The Crisis of Balance (between soul and personality) leading to Reversal (EA 101, 265) 17. The Choice of Method of Service
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Libra In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Expressive, principally of the third aspect of the divinity, with an expression of the second aspect slowly emerging.” “This sign is consequently closely connected with the third aspect of the Godhead.” (EA 243) “It is through a study of Libra that light upon the third aspect will come.” (EA 244) “Libra—Divine Love—Understanding” (EA333) 1. Expressive of all three aspects of divinity. Its present fifth ray transmission is most associated with the third aspect. 2. Related cosmically to the Pleiades. “Libra—is related to and transmits the potencies of the Pleiades.” (EA 349) Libra is also related to the Dragon and the Dragon to the Pleiades. “The adepts who choose this Path are called esoterically the ‘beneficent dragons,’ and the energy with which they work and the stream of living force upon which they are found emanates from the constellation of the Dragon, working through the zodiacal sign Libra.” (TCF 1245) D.K. speaks of the “…buddhic force, which is transmitted via the Seven Sisters or the Pleiades from a constellation called the Dragon…” (TCF 1162) Libra is related to one of the stars in the Great Bear. (A triangle?—Mizar-Libra-Sun?) (R&I 404) 2. Strong cosmic association with the Pole Star, Alcyone, also an invisible constellation, and the Great Bear: “The influence which emanates from the Pole Star and which is such a potent factor in our solar system reaches our planet via the sign Aquarius.” (TCF 1263) “Aquarius, Alcyone and Humanity constitute a most interesting triangle of force. Alcyone is one of the seven Pleiades and is called the ‘star of the Individual’ and sometimes the ‘star of intelligence’.” (EA 200) “The source of energy to which they respond may be regarded as the Pole Star. It should nevertheless be pointed out that this star serves only as a blind for a constellation which lies behind,—a constellation which exists only in etheric matter. It is consequently ignored by astronomers, though its influence is exceedingly potent within our system.” (TCF 1262) Also, “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear.” (EA 349) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Libra: a) The Southern Cross; b) Lupus—the Wolf; c) Corona—the Crown (LOH 137-138) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Aquarius: a) Pisces Australes—the Southern Fish; b) Pegasus—the Winged Horse; c) Cygnus—The Swan (LOH 189-190)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Libra In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Uranus is the esoteric ruler of Libra. 1. Uranus is the exoteric ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is also one of the veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius. 2. Saturn is the hierarchical ruler of Libra and is also exalted in this sign. 2. Saturn has been considered one of the rulers of Aquarius. 3. The Sun falls in Libra. 3. The Sun is in detriment in Aquarius.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Libra In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Libra transmits the third ray, constellationally. 1. “The third ray expresses itself powerfully through” Aquarius constellationally. (EA 138). Aquarius is also the third sign of the zodiac on the clock-wise wheel, therefore having numerical affinity with the third ray. Uranus transmits the third ray (probably through its personality) as does Saturn (considered an alternative ruler in this sign) through its Monad, and probably, also, its soul. The Moon-veiled Uranus also transmits the third ray. 2. Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac on both the reversed and ordinary wheels and, hence, has numerical affinity with the seventh ray. 2. Uranus transmits the seventh ray. Saturn has strong seventh ray associations. Jupiter (esoteric ruler) transmits the seventh ray. 3. Libra is the sixth sign on the clockwise wheel, IF one begins counting with Pisces (which, at one point, the Tibetan does). This mode of counting relates Libra to the sixth ray. 3. Neptune (a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) transmits the sixth ray. Enthusiastic Jupiter has a probable connection to the sixth ray. 4. Libra is the second sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel IF one counts in polarities (Aries-Libra, Scorpio-Taurus, Gemini-etc.). This mode of counting relates Libra to the second ray. 4. Aquarius is the eleventh sign on the reversed wheel. Since eleven sums to two, Aquarius has numerical affinity with the second ray. Jupiter, the esoteric ruler of Aquarius, transmits the second ray. Neptune, a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler, transmits the second ray monadically. Vulcan (a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) is associated with the “heart of the Sun” (EA ), and Uranus (exoteric ruler) is placed in a line of second ray transmission from Sirius, and participates in the three lower vehicles (probably as the mental body) of a great second ray Entity (EPII 99) 5. Libra, because of its oscillatory nature, may well have some subtle fourth ray associations—destined to emerge more in other world periods. Venus, too, seems to have the higher more harmonious part of the fourth ray associated with it. But there are no direct fourth ray connections linking these two constellations. 5. The Moon (hierarchical ruler) is the veiling transmitter of the fourth ray. Moon-veiled Vulcan is closely related to the fourth ray, the fourth kingdom, and the fourth initiation. Neptune ( a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) is associated with the fourth ray through its relationship to buddhi, and to the fourth , or buddhic, plane. 6. Venus, exoteric ruler of Libra, is closely associated with the sixth ray (TCF 595), and probably transmits this ray monadically. 6. See #3 above. 7. Venus transmits the fifth ray. 7. Aquarius transmits the fifth ray constellationally. Uranus, the exoteric ruler, (and a veiled hierarchial rulers) can stand for “exoteric science” (EP 149) and, hence, has fifth ray associations. Saturn, a possible alternative ruler, is associated with the concrete mind and, hence, with the fifth principle. Vulcan, (a veiled hierarchical ruler) relates to the concretion and physical precipitation, as does the fifth ray. 8. Venus “pure love wisdom” can be considered as transmitting the second ray. 8. See #4 above. 9. Uranus, ruling Libra esoterically, transmits the seventh ray. 9. See #2 above. 10. Uranus transmits the first ray “esoterically”—i.e., monadically. “Uranus is the home of ‘fire electric’.” (TCF 1154) 10. Aquarius, itself, may have implicate first ray associations. “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear” (EA 349) The Great Bear (as a whole) transmits the first ray. (cf. TCF 146). Aquarius, is the tenth sign on the reversed wheel, numbering by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.) and thus has numerical resonance with the first ray. Uranus, the exoteric ruler, transmits the first ray monadically. (EPI 421) Saturn, a possible alternative ruler in Aquarius, transmits the first ray probably in its personality, but perhaps its soul. (EA 450) Moon-veiled Vulcan and Uranus both transmit the first ray—the first as the monadic ray, the second, probably, as the soul ray. 11. Uranus expresses the third ray. (EA 138, 200) 11. See #1 above. 12. Saturn, the hierarchical and exalted ruler of Libra, expresses the third ray monadically, and probably through its soul (thought this would mean that Monad and soul expressed the same ray. 12. See #1 above. 13. Saturn transmits the first ray. 13. See #10 above. 14. Saturn has seventh ray associations, through its rulership of the systemic physical and cosmic physical planes. 14. See #2 above. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Libra In Comparison With Aquarius 1. The Peace-maker 1. The World Server 2. The Legislator 2. The Revolutionary 3. (vs: The appreciator?) 3. The Inventor 4. The Lover / Partner 4. The Friend 5. A sign of Shamballa (though all signs really are) 5. The major sign of Hierarchy 6. Related to Sirius—the administration of Karma 6. Related Shamballa. “You will note, therefore, that the effect of Aquarius upon the Hierarchy (as far as you, at your particular point in evolution can determine it) is to bring in the energy of Shamballa which is essentially the energy of life itself, implemented by the will.” (EA 230-231) 7. Humanity 7. Hierarchy 8. Libra—for the Undeveloped Man: “Unbalanced fiery passion. Human love.” (EA 333) 8. Aquarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “All things to all men. The burden of the self.” (EA 333) 9. Libra—for the Advanced Man: “The weighing of the opposites. Devotion and aspiration.” (EA 333) 9. Aquarius—for the Advanced Man: “Dedication to the soul. The burden of humanity. (EA 333) 10. Libra—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Balance attained. Divine love. Understanding.” (EA 333) 10. Aquarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Server of all men. The burden of the world.” (EA 333) 11. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Libra: When the Sun is in Libra, an individual may cultivate proportional action and response, and both balance and equilibrium within his own energy system, as well as between his energy system and the environment in which it expresses. 11. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Aquarius: When the Sun is in Aquarius, an individual should focus upon improving the quality and scope of his group service. Further, he may cultivate group conscious attitudes while improving his ability to contribute to group-life and group-purpose. 12. The Life of the Christ from a Libran Perspective: “Christ stood at the point of balance in human evolution; He stood between the old world and the new, between the East and the West. In the Christian era comes a ‘point of balance’ or that ‘crisis of equilibrium’ in the human kingdom. (EA 567) 12. The Life of the Christ from an Aquarian Perspective: “The expression of this influence has been beautifully given to us in the story of the Last Supper. Christ sent His disciples into the city to find the man ‘bearing a pitcher of water’ upon his shoulder. This is the symbol of the sign Aquarius—the sign in which the universality of the water of life will become a factor in human consciousness; then we shall indeed all sit down eventually to the communion of bread and wine. He referred indirectly to the same idea when He spoke of Himself as the ‘water of life,’ assuaging the thirst of humanity.” (EA 566) 13. Conferring Creative Intelligence 13. Conferring Concrete Knowledge 14. The centralized point of peace 14. The process of vibrational distribution flowing outwards 15. The balancing of Spirit and matter, soul and personality 15. The pouring forth of all energies—material, of the soul and of the Spirit for the benefit of all 16. Peace 16. The synergy which results from peace 17. Super-Mind (EA 495) 17. Universal Mind (EA 495) 18. Justice under the old law; compensation, retribution 18. Creative solutions, breaking the old cycle of action and reaction 19. Stalemates 19. Breakthroughs 20. Indecision 20. Inspired solutions 21. Partnership 21. The group, community 22. Mutual relations 22. Group relations 23. Consideration for “each other” 23. Consideration for everyone 24. The development of individuality through partnership 24. The development of individuality through group interplay 25. The negation of individuality through over-reliance upon partnership 25. The negation of individuality through over-reliance upon and participation within the group 26. The egoism of partnership—the ‘special’ partnership 26. The egoism of the group—the ‘special’ group 27. Closely personal attitude and interplay 27. An attitude of more impersonality 28. Model behavior 28. Eccentric behavior (under Uranus) 29. Decorum (except when Uranus is strong) 29. The willingness to abandon decorum 30. Proportionality of form 30. Deviation from proportionality—possibly through innovation 31. Classical aesthetics 31. The bizzare, the eccentric, the unconventional; the avante garde 32. The one “in the middle” 32. The one “off center” 33. The spirit of compromise 33. Holding fast, with fixity, to an ideal 34. The spirit of engagement 34. Frequent aloofness 35. Proceeding upon the precedent of the established law 35. The renovator of the law 36. The renovator of the law (Uranus rules Libra esoterically) 36. Maintenance of stable group culture (Jupiter rulers Aquarius esoterically) 37. The balancing of what already is 37. The inventing of what may be 38. Compromise 38. Overthrowing the present system 39. The acceptance of the status quo 39. Constantly reinventing the system 40. The established social standard 40. Counter-culture 41. Oscillation 41. Greater fixity of vision
Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
Both Libra and Aquarius are air signs and hence closely associated with all relational matters, social matters, intellectual matters. These are signs which concern themselves with how people interact, how they relate.
Both are concerned with establishing and refining the social contract. Libra is paramountly the sign of right human relations and of the laws and morays and manners which guarantee these. And Aquarius is concerned with the redefinition of the entire social pattern and with the unification of society so that it works together as one coordinated unit.
These are both very human signs and in both of them much is learned through direct human interaction. Libra develops a keen knowledge of human nature through its ability to relate cooperatively with many different kinds of people. And Aquarius is well known as the student of human nature and has the ability to identify with all kinds of human beings. Hence, the warning in the evolutionary mantram for Aquarius, all things to all men.
In both of these signs, the principle of egoism represented by the Sun must be diminished in power, for the Sun falls in Libra and the lower personal ego must be sacrificed in the give and take of partnership. And the Sun is in detriment in Aquarius and the group demands the sacrifice of separative individualism in order for its processes to be successful.
These signs are united as well by their relation to the planet Uranus, the exoteric ruler of Aquarius and the esoteric ruler of Libra. This means that not only are the patterns of social interaction designated by these signs, but they are renovated as well and made closer to the archetypal intention. In other words, new forms of social interaction arise in both signs.
Saturn is the hierarchical ruler of Libra and also the exalted ruler and Saturn is sometimes associated with Aquarius as well. This means among other things that there will be a limitation of self expression in both signs since Saturn from one point of view is the opponent of the lower egoism of the Sun and that purely spontaneous inconsiderate self expression is checked in both signs, in Libra by the consideration for others and in Aquarius by the consideration for cooperative group processes.
From a certain perspective, both Libra and Aquarius are involved in the refinement of human nature, for both signs are much associated with culture and the arts. Libra brings things into perfect form and beautiful expression and Aquarius is a major sign of social creativity and is concerned with the sharing of the harvest of society, its best fruits made available for distribution. This is what culture performs.
From another perspective, both signs may be negatively involved in the loss of selfhood, in Libra through partnership and in Aquarius through ‘groupiness’, being absorbed by the standards of the group with the consequent loss of individuality and center. But the positive side of this is the kind of altruism that is found in both signs for the other person is truly known and respected and a blow against selfishness is struck.
Of course we must remember that depending upon which way the wheel is turning, the natives of any sign can be either selfish or unselfish, but certain signs contribute directly to the dissolution of selfishness in a definite way and such are these signs in which the Sun either falls or is in detriment.
In both signs, we also find a fair measure of deviation from accepted human patterns of behavior. Of course, Libra is involved in establishing accepted human patterns of behavior, but the experimental attitude does exist, and this is certainly so for Aquarius. This is mediated via the planet Uranus and the sacral center over which Uranus presides. So, through experimental, scientific Uranus and willful Uranus, we have the invention of new patterns of interaction and some of them definitely not natural or at least deviating sharply from the norm.
The Sun in this case can be considered to be the principle of natural law and we remember that the Sun both falls and is in detriment in these two signs.
It should also be said that these are two highly mental signs, the third Ray coming principally through Libra and the fifth through Aquarius.
Either the scientific or the philosophical attitude can be easily developed and the higher levels of mind as well as the concrete mind both come under the influence of these two signs, but especially the universal or atmic mind. Suffice it to say that there is much concerning the mind of God which is influenced by these two signs.
Interestingly, they are both strongly related to astrology, Libra through its great excess of third Ray and its power to study relationships which the third Ray confers and astrology certainly is an aspect of the great science of relations and Aquarius through its facility with the great science of cycles. Remember too that Aquarius is the third sign counting clockwise from Aries and is much related to the third aspect of Divinity.
It’s connection with the star Alcyone and hence with the Pleiades will demonstrate this.
So each sign is powerful in grasping the great network of relationships as seen from the perspective of the mind of God.In conclusion, we will say that both signs are closely related to the third aspect of Divinity, the intelligence aspect and to the adjustment of all relations through the knowledge of the mind of God.
Missing or Weak Links Between Libra and Aquarius