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Music and the Occult

To: alt.occult.methods,alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Music and the Occult
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 00:32:21 GMT

Mark Ryan wrote:
> 
> Lady_Duvessa@hotmail.com (Lady Duvessa) wrote in message news:...
> > Hello There!!
> >
> > Is anyone here also interested in the connection between music and the
> > occult? Does someone have some interesting information about that?
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Lady Duvessa
> 
> What a great question!  Surprised no answers--so here's one from a newbie.
> 
> Key ideas:
>    Resonance of tuned strings = action at a distance
>    Musical intervals as whole number ratios
>    Universal sympathy
>    "Harmony of the Spheres"
>    Correspondences
> 
> Here are some references:
> 
>    Iamblichus, Life of Pythagoras, 25.
>    Porphyry, Life of Pythagoras, 31.
>    Plato, Timmeus 80b, Republic X 617b.
>    Plotinus , Enneads 4.4.40-42.
>    Cornelius Aggripa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Ch. XXIV-XXVI
> 
> Musical modes, scales and notes are often included in systems of
> magical correspondence.  Perhaps some Cabalist can give a reference?
> 
> I read somewhere that the composer Erik Satie was an occultist.
> Anybody know the details?
> 
> If people are interested, I will make a much longer post.

I am interested. This is the first response that directly addresses the
theory behind the use of music in occult work, rather than presenting a
mere playlist of favourite tunes. Pleasse expound at length!

All ears, 

cat yronwode 

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