In5D: Astrology and Music

Astrology and Music

If one were to think in terms of musical frequencies emitted by each  planet in a specific sign, a person’s horoscope would make a specific  kind of harmony or music. Then, when brought together with others  (people or even planets that continue to move through time), the music  would be either enhanced or become cacophonic. In fact, the music is  constantly encouraged to adapt and rearrange  itself to fit the stronger pattern.

Johannes Kepler (1561-1630) spoke  convincingly of the harmony that permeates the universe, extending the  work of Pythagoras and the theme of “music of the spheres”.

Pythagoras  defined music as the perfect union of contrary things, as unity in  multiplicity, oraccord in discord. Indeed, music does not only  coordinate rhythm and modulation, but imposes order on the whole system.  Pythagoras discovered that the pitch of a musical note changed if the  length of a piece of string was stopped half way along. This created an  octave that produced the same quality of sound as the note produced by  the unstopped string, but it vibrated at twice the frequency.

The  Pythagoreans used music to heal the body and elevate the soul.

In  ancient cosmology the planetary spheres ascended from Earth to Heaven  like the rungs of a ladder, with each sphere said to correspond to a  different note on a grand musical scale.

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Traditional astrology  recognizes five significant relationships based on the twelve-fold  division of the zodiac signs, their significance being derived by  analogy with the ratios of the musical scale. Thus the conjunction is  equal to two notes played in unison, dividing the circle into the ratio  1:2.

Not confining himself to zodiac signs alone, Kepler looked into the  theory of harmonics and extended the analogy of the musical scale. He  alerted astrologers to several new aspects, such as the highly creative  quintile and biquintile series, as well as the sesqui-quadrate.

Three  laws of planetary motion

Kepler is most famous for formulating his  three laws of planetary motion, which made a fundamental break with  astronomical tradition and superseded the ancient Ptolemaic concept of a  spherical universe with an epicyclical motion (around the Earth at the  centre).

In 1609, in Astronomia Nova (“New Astronomy”), Kepler announced  in his first law that the orbits of planets were elliptical, not  circular.

In his second law he stated that the speed of a planet varied  at different stages of its orbit.

His third law was published in 1618 in  Harmonice Mundi (“Harmony of the Worlds” – adding to Pythagoras’ theme  of the music of the spheres). The third law established that there was  relationship between a planet’s distance from the Sun and the time it  takes to complete an orbit.

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