Sound a bit like an episode of Sesame Street?
Well, I posted about the number 7 on one of Benjamin's Brain Picks, and suddenly I was asked to say more about the number. To start with, I am not a numerologist. I am trained in the art of Musick. (note to spell-check: Yes, I meant to spell it that way!) So what I really want to write about is vibrations and frequencies. For to me, Musick and Magick are essentially the same thing. Now, if I were to suspend a chain of a given length by one end, then "twirl" it until it came up into a loop (some of you have done this as children), then
you would have a slow motion representation of what happens to any vibrating body, although its easier to think in terms of, say . . . a guitar string. This initial loop we will call the Fundamental. If you increase the speed by exactly 2 times you will see the chain split into two loops. Remember, a pendulum swings faster the shorter it is, and by dividing the loop into 2 parts, you are shortening the vibrating body by 50%, actually creating two vibrating bodies,
connected and of equal length. We will call this the "first partial", and it is the first harmonic in the series which I intend to explain.
Without going into the mathematics, I'll just say that if you spin the chain a little faster, it will divide into 3 parts. Faster yet, then you get 4. And so on till you get to the 7 that are shown here, each representing a different
musical pitch. Now realize that in music an "A" note (prime) in the USA vibrates, or "oscillates" at 440 cycles per second (Europe uses a different number: 444). If we double that number we get 880, and at the first partial it
is an "A" at the next octave. If you sing "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do", starting with an "A", then when you get to the last "do" you will be singing the "A" an octave higher. So in other words, after 7 we are starting all over again, even though the word "octave" means 8. So this gives us seven pitches, and as you can now see, music is simply mathematical divisions of a vibrating body. That makes music a discovery, not an invention, and all of nature is SCREAMING with it. (and you thought it was just some clever fellow who made it up when he
stubbed his toe and screamed "DO!").
I'm not done.
I am not a physicist, but the guys who are tell me that light is essentially a vibration. Wave packets which behave like particles are called photons (or is it particles behaving like waves? The eggheads are still out on this one). Oh well, I shouldn't digress. Just like there are pitches which we cannot hear, there is light which we cannot see, but if we could see infrared and ultraviolet (we have technology which allows us to do this, translating it into colors which we can see for night vision devices) we would find that we have sung all the way
through the visual scale: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet . . . and are starting all over again. Did you get that number? Yep! Seven.
Now, lets go on to talk about matter in our physical universe.
Has anyone heard of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? You have if you have ever seen Jurassic Park. Ian Malcolm mentions that you cannot be a passive observer because the principle states that whatever we observe . . . we change. Now that may be an over-simplification, but when we try to measure the velocity of a subatomic particle we cannot pin down, with any certainty, its location. When we are able to find its location we cannot measure its velocity. At the end of all this mumbo-jumbo is the discovery that particles are actually waves until
we try to measure them, at which point they seem to become particles. (I spoke with an old friend who is a nuclear physicist on the phone last week and he made the joke that all of our universe is probably some kids physics experiment, and that when he turns of the measuring meter we will all probably just "wink out").
So . . . (shew! This is getting deep!), matter has alot in common with light. Once again you can bet your sweet petooty that the magickal, musickal laws of math and harmonics come into play. Waves repeat their frequency after seven oscillations, and that's what we are: energy as wave-forms which function as an incredibly beautiful symphonic arrangement of particles.
Back to the vibrating string.
If I have a piano with only one string on it I can set the string vibrating without ever touching it. "How?" you ask. Simple:By singing a note that is the same pitch the string will produce when plucked. It will vibrate sympathetically with my voice. This is because the waves produced in the air are the same length as the string. Now, if I sing any note which matches one of the strings harmonics then that particular harmonic will be set in
motion on the string as well. The string will divide into however many parts it takes to match my voice's pitch.
Please, do not miss the relationships here! I am still only talking about one thing.
Anyone here like to do magick? (I'll bet you do!)
Think about what happens with your intent when you are casting a spell. You are sending a certain vibration out into the universe. What about the crystals you may use? It was the craziest thing to me that when I was little my brothers made a crystal radio out of regular household stuff, and, of course, a small crystal. I was baffled by the power of this thing which made sounds with no battery! Moreover, by moving the crystal along a copper coil you could tune the thing to different frequencies! When the crystal vibrates at the speed of a particular radio wave it is said to be tuned, and now we have sound.
Are you starting to get the picture? Magick is nature. If you perform it correctly, utilizing the elements and the different items you use, you can produce a "vibration" which will bring back to you the very thing you send out,
much in the way the piano string vibrates sympathetically to the CORRECT pitch,
sending back the pitch with its full blown Musickal, Magickal beauty. (Don't
forget the rule of three! There are some notes you do not want to hear!)
And in all of this exists one common denominator: the number seven.