31 January 2009

Sacred Geometric Scales and the Quest for the Philosophers Notes

I am going to start this post by stating my view of the true goal of all Synchromusickologists. This goal being the quest for the sacred Philosophers Notes. I would like you to notice that the word Stone is an anagram for the word Notes, and that notes are the elements used to construct a musical scale. The word scale, in music, comes from its literal sense, meaning to climb, as notes in a scale "climb" from octave to octave. So please join me on this quest as we scale the K2 musickal mountain range into audio enlightenment.

The main goal of this post is to elaborate on my previous post which points out how the pentatonic scale, commonly use in rock and roll, is related to the Pentagram or Pentacle. After meditating on this discovery my mind asked itself a very important question, which in turn has shown me that all popularly used musical scales are derived from some sacred geometrical calculation.
~More info on the above diagrams can be found in my previous post~

Before getting into the individual scales and there geometrical correspondences, I find it necessary to show and explain the astrological nature of music and how it can also me attributed to the QBLH.
You may first notice that the astrological correspondences are not set up to have a planet in the house that it rules, eg Sun in Leo. This is intentional, because the astrological correspondences are related to color and QBLH. The color to note relationship is based on a wonderful book called Marcotone, written in 1924, by Edward Maryon, which is discussed more in detail in Ezra's Blog. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a serious musician and artist. I apologize that the diagram above may be slightly off in color, as I have only a cheap set of colored pencils to work with. The color to astrology associations can be found in Aleister Crowley's Liber 777. These are the king scale colors, which relate to the element of fire, and the first letter Yod in Tetragametron. Note that the Mother letter attributions are all in Fire Signs.

The first scale I will mystically dissect in this post is the Major Scale, and its Modes. The Major scale is a Heptatonic Scale, meaning it has seven notes in it, and the sacred geometry we will use to achieve this scale is, you guessed it, a Heptagram.
In order to find the notes of the scale you must look for where the points of the geometry touch the circle. By slowly rotating the geometry 360, the points will "point out" the notes of every mode in every key. Each 4 2/7 degrees the geometry is turned a new mode will appear, and every 30 degrees it is turned a new keynote will be used.
Notice first how the Major and Minor Modes are grouped together. If you've read my last post you will know that the 30 degree keynote segment can be divided by the number of modes (30/7 = 4 2/7) to show where the mode change takes place within the key, and that each mode of a scale has a different attribute attached to it. For the Pentatonic mode the five elements of Spirit, Fire, Air, Water, and Earth are used to describe the modes. In the heptatonic scale I have found that the Chakra points best work with the modes, as the natural key of each mode directly corresponds to the color of the seven chakra points.

Ionian (Major Scale)= Root Chakra
Dorian= Sacral Chakra
Phrygian= Solar Plexus Chakra
Lydian= Heart Chakra
MyxoLydian= Throught Chakra
Aeolian (Minor Scale)= Third Eye Chakra
Locrian= Crown Chakra

The next scale I will show is the Wholetone Scale. It is a Hexatonic scale. In the diagram below I use a Unicursal Hexagram to show the sacred geometry involved. There is really no point in trying to dissect this scale into modes, and therefore there are no attributions attached.

The next scale I will show is the Diminished Scale. The Diminished scale is Octatonic, and therefore an Octagram is used. I find this particular scale very interesting, especially when you are looking at the geometry related and massive amount of synchronicity attached. To get more info tied to the Octagram, you should read up on Jake Kotze's blog on Synchromysticism, it is very informative on the use of this geometry.
There are two functional Modes of the Diminished Scale, which I have attributed to the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang. The decision of which mode belongs to which is based on the keynote elemental attributes of the Pentatonic Scale.

HW Diminished = Yang
WH Diminished = Yin

The next and final scale I will talk about is one that I had invented for the purpose of attributing modes to the Ascendant, Succedent, and Cadent in astrology. It is an Enneatonic Scale, and an Enneagram is used.

As I said earlier this Scale contains three Modes.
The Interval pattern for these modes are.

Ascendant: H H W H H W H H W
Succedent: H W H H W H H W H
Cadent: W H H W H H W H H

30 January 2009

The Pentagramic Scale

I feel this is a great place for me to start a post on Synchromusickology, seeing how the discovery of the pentatonic scales, as a teen, was the beginning of me taking my music much more seriously. It was with this discovery that I found the freedom of improving and writing guitar solo's similar to the great guitarists that inspired me. Little did I know at the time, the occult foundations for this scale.

Perhaps you will find it interesting that the minor pentatonic scale is the primary source for blues and rock guitar solo's, and that the guitarist responsible for the explosion of blues rock was said to have entered into the Faustian pact. The story and musician I am eluding to is that of Robert Johnson. This pact is said to have resulted in a curse in which many great musicians have died, sometimes mysteriously, at the age Robert did, age 27. See more on Club 27. I find it interesting to note, 27 is 3 cubed, and that age 27 is just before ones Saturn return.

It needs to be understood, firstly that the 12 notes in an octave are equivalents to the twelve single letters in QBLH, and the 12 zodiak signs (thus all 12's in history, from the feats of Hercules to Jesus disciples.) By making this connection we can draw a circle and cast a chart, but not a zodiak chart for calculating astrology, but in fact a musick chart. Start by drawing a circle, then divide it into 12 segements, that will be 30 degrees per segment, and last label each segment using the chromatic scale.

Now here is where we can find the true origin behind the Pentatonic scale, by using the Pentagram, or Pentacle, familiar to many in the occult and/or Wicca, also familiar to anyone who has seen the US flag, or any of the numerous products carrying this ancient symbol. It's a simple 5 pointed star (well stars look more like dots to me.) If we draw a pentagram in the same circle from earlier, the points of the pentagram will rest in the notes of the Pentatonic Musickal Scale. Actually it will highlight one of five modes of the pentatonic scale depending on what degree in C you start the root note, or first line of the Pentagram.

If you divide the 30 degrees given to each note, into five equal parts, you will get six degrees for each of the five segments (30/5=6). Each segment when used as the starting point (root note) will highlight each of the tones in the five Pentatonic Modes. Like the points of a pentagram, each mode of the pentatonic scale will be attributed to one of the five elements, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit.

Thus The modes of the Pentatonic Scale are...
Earth: C D E G A C (Major Pentatonic)
Water: G A C D E G
Air: D E G A C D
Fire: A C D E G A (Minor Pentatonic)
Spitit: E G A C D E

The Intervals of each mode are...
(H=Half Step W=Whole Step WH=Whole and Half Step)
Earth: W, W, WH, W, WH (Major Pentatonic)
Water: W, WH, W, W, WH
Air: W, WH, W, WH, W
Fire: WH, W, W, WH, W (Minor Pentatonic)
Spirit: WH, W, WH, W, W

And at last the Starting degrees for the Pentagrams/Modes are...
Earth: 1-6
Water: 7-12
Air: 13-18
Fire: 19-24
Spirit: 25-30

This gives us five modes in each element to 12 keys in each zodiak. I'll go into the zodiak attributes to the notes in a later post, and how you can calculate them, and check it out for yourself. Right now I'll just tell you a couple instead of explaining, so you'll just have to trust me... Ok, that phrase usually denotes a liar, but like I said I'll be sure to explain the relationship of Zodiak to note in another post.

C Aries
C# Taurus
D Gemini
D# Cancer
E Leo
F Virgo
F# Libra
G Scorpio
G# Sagittarius
A Capricorn
A# Aquarius
B Pisces

This is an example of the Mystical Attributes of Music...
The Note A is Capricorn, and the Minor pentatonic scale is the element of water, and therefore the guitar solo in "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, being mostly in A Minor Pentatonic, is also Capricorn in the Element of Fire.