by Robert Wilkinson
This is for all you musicians, and musically inclined people out there. The planets really do show us the pulses of the Eternal dance, along with the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and solos of human existence. And they're all playing simultaneously, throughout our lives!
Though impossible to communicate the subject fully and in depth, what I've written here are rough approximations of how I view the planets in their functions within "the Music of the Spheres." They show us both pulse and tone, rhythms and beats and key shifts and melodic structures within an ever-changing eternal song of Life. Please forgive it for sounding overly technical at times, but I'm describing a very complex set of concepts (at least they are to me!)
Each planet has its own pulse, or rhythm, based on its orbital speed. These of course all slow down and speed up at various points relative to the Sun. These are the rhythms of existence. As the planets all move through the various signs, or phases of experience, they shift their tonal expression since the signs show the filters through which the planetary energies express themselves. Shift signs, shift tone.
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, being slowest in planetary motion, lay down the tonal "bottom" for everything else that gets played in that "key of Life." They represent the fundamental beats going on that persist throughout the local tunes being played. Uranus is the tone (pulse) of the larger Spiritual dance, Neptune is the half-tone, and Pluto is the third tone, allowing for both the three and the four rhythmic beat structures.
Of course (and I have no idea how this relates to formal music theory!), from another angle of view it could be seen that Pluto, whose cycle is approximately 250 years, sets the base tone for the Age, as 8 Pluto cycles approximately equals one Great Age (Pisces, Aquarius, and so forth throughout Eternity.) Here Pluto sets the tone, replicating its journey about 8 times until it reaches its next great "Song of the Ages."
In this way of viewing larger pulses of cyclic changes, Pluto is the 1/8th Age tone, Neptune is the 1/12th Age tone, and Uranus is the 1/24th tone. These have both harmonious and discordant periods within a 2100 year cycle. Of course, there are unique combinations, "double harmonic" combinations, and "stand alone" beats, as well as many other specialized relationships within the larger three fold bottom tones and pulses of the Music of the Spheres across a 2100 year cycle of "song."
We now turn to another, more predictable, harmonic in Astrology. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus never get more than a relatively few degrees apart, and therefore are limited in their interrelationships, unlike all the other planets. While they each can make all the aspects with any planet from Mars out, these three are confined to aspects with each other that cannot exceed a certain number of degrees. Being the quickest in motion, they symbolize the tone(s) that are being played in the relative moment.
For example, if Sun, Mercury and Venus are all in the same sign, that lays down the general tone of what's being played in the now. If we have two in one sign tone, and one in another, then the relative inner harmonics are determined by the relative distance between the three. Are one, two, or all three in one sign, two signs, or three signs? This shows the tonal and melodic shifts within a one to four month period.
Besides what signs these three occupy, there is the issue of the aspects these three make with each other apart from the aspects they make with the other planets. For example, when the Sun is semisquare Venus (as it is for a few weeks now and then) there is a dischordant tone set up that is affected by, and affects, the various other tones of reality. That also applies to when Mercury is semisquare Venus.
When any of these are in semisextile, it offers more harmony, as do the periods when Mercury and Venus are in sextile or quintile. Here the complex harmonics of these personality influences affect us all according to what planets they impact in our chart.
That leaves us with the outer visible planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. These all fill in the various rhythms, tones, and harmonics between the basic bottom rhythms, beats, and tones shown by the outer invisible Triad and the various tonalities and melodies of the ongoing moment indicated by Mercury, Venus, and the Sun.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn symbolize the melodies and harmonies of the ongoing social milieu within which the Sun, Mercury, and Venus play their various solos and interactions. These outer but visible planets are how the melodies and harmonies relate within the key signature and are played over the bass tones and beats of the Invisible Outer Triad of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
Because these three planets (like the outer "bottom beat" Triad) lay outside the inner orbits of the Sun, these three make all kinds of aspects to all the other planets, and may make any of the aspects to any of the other planets. Unlike the Sun, Mercury, and Venus, the triad of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn engage in all possible aspect relationships with each other.
So where does the Moon fit into the Music of the Spheres as it reveals itself in every moment that the planets are in motion? The Moon determines the exact expression of what's expressed and how it's expressed in the flowing moment.The Moon brings the mood, the subtle variations, the feeling shifts that occur almost instantaneously in the moment of what's being expressed. It is the subtle changes from hour to hour, day to night, night to day, as we move through the eternal now.
Bringing in the one unexamined factor that is primary in Astrology, the ongoing changes in the angles and signs on cusps, and which planet occupies which house, indicate the immediate shifts in perception and experience of the outer referenced reality. This is the ever-changing field of the NOW within which all the pulses, keys, chords, melodies, and harmonies exist simultaneously. It shows which tones are prominent, which are fading, which are coming, and which are not conspicuous but still evident in the symphony.
So please feel free to meditate on these concepts, since they can open you to the inner and outer symphonies within which we move and groove and dance to the music. As we merge with the music, we lose our sense of separateness. In the music we are One.
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson