Although I'm no stranger to 1960s style spiritual moments, I'm no fan of new-agey mysticism that contorts facts to engineer support, or to provide evidence of, "ancient wisdom". I did a little digging this morning...
Kroikey wrote:Pythagoras himself was in a secret religious order that was based on mathematics...The perfect Pentagram inscribed within a circle was the entrance exam for this secret religion. (It was secret to avoid persecution by the Church).
That doesn't add up. Pythagoras lived about five centuries before Jesus, so it's impossible the Pythagoreans were ever persecuted by Christians. Pythagoreanism itself died out as a religious movement BEFORE the common era began.
The Pentagram also has massive correlations with Phi - the Golden Mean, but I won't go into that here.
Why not? The relationship of the pentagram to the golden mean IS what the Pythagoreans found important about the shape.
God creating 72 languages to mixup humanity after the tower of Babel was destroyed.
Really? By what source? Neither the Bible nor Torah mentions an exact number; the number of languages is a later construction based on the named descendants of Noah - and depending on the source text used, different sects have come up with 70, 72, or 73. And the first person who came up with 72 (Isidore of Seville, c. 600) confused some of the descendants of Noah with those of Abraham in his writings.
As an outcome I decided that music was important to life itself, that the Universe is resonating from the Big Bang and music has major power of the world.
This "music of the spheres" approach has been tried by many people over the years. Trouble is, electromagnetic vibration (the stuff of the universe) is not
sound (a vibration within a medium). Otto van Guericke proved that in the 1650s - there is no sound in space.
A couple more points on putting numerical mysticism to music:
1. If you're going to work with frequency ratios - as in Pythagorean tuning - you won't get a system that works across the board. In fact, Pythagoreas was the one who discovered this little problem (google "Pythagorean comma") - extending 3:2 perfect fifths will not get you a 2:1 octave.
2. Because this natural relationship between pitches does not exist
in our system of music, you can make up whatever you like to support whatever mystical belief you'd like to tie into music. This is easy enough to do by either of two methods:
a - get a new yardstick. One website I found ties the golden number to the speed of light: 432 x 432 = 186624, and the speed of light is 186291 miles per second. Why miles? Physicists use meters, and that works out to 299,752,488m/s. If I use that measurement instead, a "perfect" tone would be 1606.398; two octaves lower is 401.6. I'll get completely different numbers if I use furlongs per fortnight, angstroms per hour, or cubits per week. Just mix and match until the result supports your hypothesis, and you can 'prove' just about any measure is natural.
b. Round your results. Lots of websites say the golden number ties to the average number of heartbeats per minute at 72. But plenty of medical texts give the average as 70. That's a difference of nearly 3%. The difference between A432 and A440 is less than 2%.