Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it all Up. December 25, Christmas Day, is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. This blog is about the 7 x 7 magic number square. It could well be called the Merry Christmas Number square. First of all what is a number square?….. Magic number squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal of numbers equal the same sum. Second, what defines the 7 x 7 number square? Ancient civilizations were into number squares. Each of the 7 known planets had its own square of numbers. Also, seven was known as a virgin and prime number. It cannot be evenly divided by any other number other than itself.
Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it Up
The 7 x 7 number square was assigned to Venus. She was goddess of beauty. So was also connected to Greek goddess Athena. Because 7 was called a “virgin number,” it is associated with Mary, mother of Jesus.
Note the central number of the 7 x 7 square. It is number 25. That numbers Christmas Day.
Total all the numbers in the 7 x 7 number square. Those are the the sum of all the numbers from one to fifty. Their total is 1225. Read this as 12/25 and you have both Christmas month and day.
Below is an internal link to a fun story for the Holiday Season. Rubinoff, the famed violinist, literally brought holiday cheer all year round to children. I recently gave a concert under the auspices of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. The concert was under the baton of museum curator, Joseph Rubin in Circleville, Ohio. Since I was Rubinoff’s arranger and accompanist, Maestro Rubin asked me to play in the concert. Rubinoff spent a good part of his life giving concerts for children in public schools. In the “gag” picture, found in the internal link, comedian Jimmy Durante is playing Rubinoff’s violin (not very well, I might add) Rubinoff is clowning around at the piano. What fun!
Our best wishes for a happy holiday season- David and Sharon.
Glendalough Cathedral 30 Miles South of Dublin. St. Peter and St Pauls’ Cathedral Achonry, is a former cathedral in the Republic of Ireland: It is within the same enclosure as Our Lady’s Church and the Round Tower.
My source for this measure- 110 feet in height – is the book, Riddles in the British Landscape. It has 148 illustrations and 4 maps. The book is written byRichard Muir, p. 183. Publisher is Thames and Hudson, London, 1981.
Glendalough Cathedral has a Tower Built by a Hidden Number Square Code
Masonic symbol is traceable to the basic number square of antiquity. 110 is found here. Feet are assigned to this figure. Why is this number square Masonic? A pattern outlines a Masonic symbol. We have nine numbers. Take the numbers three at the time as follows:
At a slant, 1, 2, 3 gives you the top triangle of the compass.
7, 8, 9 offers the reciprocal bottom triangulated half of the “T” square.
Finally, 4, 5, 6, offers the slanted diagonal. Again these numbers are tilted in the number square. In the Masonic symbol above it occupied by “G”.
So where is the 110 used at the Glendalough Round Tower? It seems like the square only goes up to nine. But, consider the numbers in the following manner: Two at the time by opposite polarities. We now have:
49 + 61 = 110
94 + 16 = 110
95 + 15 = 110
45 + 65 = 110 etc.
Finding the Hidden 110 at the Glendalough Cathedral
For those who care to go thru the trouble and time, 110 can be found in sixteen different ways on this simple number square. The total of all 16 becomes 1,760. Those who know measurement can recognize 1,760 is another number of measurement: There are exactly 1,760 English yards in one mile. Three feet are in the yard. There are 5,280 feet in the mile. Thus, 5,280 ÷ 3 = 1,760.
Why go through all this trouble? This number square once marked a lost Golden Age of Peace and Plenty. This code needs to be reactivated. Why shouldn’t we all have the same today? The tower at Glendalough Cathedral would then become the symbol of good things to come.
Harappan Civilization & Square of Saturn Aspects. Harappa was part of an Indus Valley Civilization . The square of three of Saturn, pictured above, was preserved in ancient cultures worldwide. Ancients connected this square with the planet, Saturn. Both measurement and engineered are derived from this number square. Why? I believe it goes back to a destroyed civilization that predates recorded history. Perhaps it was Atlantis? Plato wrote of thereality of this legend. Generations of survivors made an attempt to preserve their knowledge of Atlantis through this number square. It was once the ideal behind a Golden Age.
Harappan Civilization and its Scope
Harappan civilization coincides with what is Pakistan and northwest India today. It flourished over the fertile flood plain of the Indus River and its vicinity. Religious practices of the Indus valley culture date back to approx. 5500 BCE. The ruins of Mohenjo-daro were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.
Harappa and Mohenjo-daro were built on uniform grid-plan blocks. They had town planning and standard streets. Even houses were set out by a code. By 2350 B.C. the two cities were well established. They traded by land and sea with the Summerians.
Harappa’s citadel parallelogram is 645 from east to west. It measures 1380 feet from north to south. On length and width totals 2025 feet. This figure squares forty-five as: 45² = 2025. Look at the 3 x 3 number square. The nine numbers total 45. This is one way the civilization drew on the 3 x 3 number square.
Here’s a second: Just North of the citadel was the state granary. It measured 150 feet from east to west. The North to south width was 75 feet. One length and width totals 225 feet. Look at the 3 x 3 number square. Any row of three numbers totals 15 feet. Thus, 15² = 225.
There are many other parallels which will be the subject of future blogs. The internal link below offers one example of the depth of the 3 x 3 number square.
Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind… I am a location poet. Poetry comes to me only on lakes in upstate New York. Try as I might, it evades me anywhere else. The featured picture on Wikicommons is entitled “A Windy Day by the Sea”. I thought it would best portray wind in a poem given to me by the “Oquaga Lake Spirit.” Oquaga Lake is in the United States .  It is to found in Broome County of the state of New York.
Never Never Sit Still – the poem
So what is my connection to Oquaga Lake? There is a resort on the lake. It is called Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was their house piano player for about 15 years. Their “season” lasted from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. This was almost five months of solid piano employment annually.
My duties began with the tour around the lake on Scott’s Showboat of Song. This was at about 4:30 pm. Then I would play an afternoon Show. This was followed by the dinner hour, ballroom dancing, up to 2 feature shows and after show dancing. Last dance call was often about 11:30 pm. This assignment was seven days a week. Here are the words of the spirit’s poem- Never never sit still.
Be like the wind to renew:
Circulate and blow through.
Keeping in motion is youth’s potion,
Never, never sit still.
Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale and makes one pale:
Never, never sit still.
Swamp decays on stillborn days,
The stagnant calls for storm.
Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking:
Never never sit still.
This poem has numerous hidden meanings and teachings on the subject of breath. They will be covered in future blogs. Below are a couple of internal links about my current employment.
Above is a sample of my piano playing at the Gasparilla Inn. I ‘ll be there for my 10th season this coming year. It was built in 1911 and is in the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Registry> Details in the event link.
Extremely Humble King of Early American Music. In part, Dave Rubinoff’s exactitude helped the cause of early American orchestral music. To him, music was sacred. He had such a passion for music, that his temperamental outbursts were quite infamous. He never got mad or angry any at anyone- just at what they didn’t do with the music. The American public loved him. 225,000 turned out for one of his concerts in 1937 at Grant Park in Chicago. His success and temperament were the source of much jealousy and resentment. The musicians under him were often quite resentful. They were not used to such a fireball.
Extremely Humble King at Work
Very few people were so driven by music as Dave. When he conducted or played violin, it seemed like he was on a quest for the Holy Grail. He sought Truth through music. He rarely, if ever, talked about his past personal accomplishments in music with me. His mind was focused on the music we were currently working on. Sometimes we’d work a week on arranging 16 bars of music. We would try this solution, than another, than yet another. That’s why I think of him as an extremely humble king. He literally bowed his head to the great arrangement that a melody demanded. of music. The public treated him like royalty for his efforts.
Below is a concert we gave together at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills. The year was 1984. He was 86 years of age at the time. Although Dave most likely gave 1000’s of public concerts, below is the only sample of a full concert in existence. Every minute is worth listening to. Dave discusses each selection, and why it was special to him. Some people even resented his success. A prominent concertmaster came in to hear one of our performances. I won’t even mention the derogatory things he said as he made fun of this great violinist’s style. He learned a good part of his style from Will Rogers. Will Rogers, who identified with the American Cherokee Indians, even taught him how to take his bows. He was best friends with Will.
Two Seven Two – What are these Three Numbers About? They provide a numerical key to lost prehistoric antiquity. Clues of the past have many forms and fashions. Numbers are one of them. A primarily defined number is megalithic yard. It was 2.72 feet. Professor Alexander Thom of Oxford University established this accepted measure. For background on the subject, study writings of the John Michell. His books have been my companions for over fifty years. Now they are mostly out of print and difficult to acquire.
How Megalithic Measure Comes From the Traditional Arrangement of the 3 x 3 Number Square
A megalithic inch is 0.816 inches. That is a straight read across the bottom- left to right, on the 3 x 3 number square pictured to the right. If you reverse these numbers you have 618. These are the square root numbers of the Golden Section. This was called “phi” by the ancient Greeks- 1.618…. The square root is o.618 feet.
A megalithic yard contains forty megalithic inches. Here’s the arithmetic: 40 x 0.816 = 32.64 inches. Next, 32.64″/12″ = 2.72 feet – or 1 MY. Next:
Add the 8 perimeter numbers. You have 8 + 1 + 6 + 7 + 2 + 9 + 4 + 3 = 40. It is no co-incidence that there are 40 megalithic inches in the megalithic yard.
In summary: Three primary ancient numbers come from the perimeter: (1) The megalithic inch as 816 comes from the bottom three perimeter numbers- left to right. (2) Phi’s square root numbers are from the same bottom perimeter but reversed as right to left (618). (3) The number of megalithic inches in the megalithic yard as 40 from the entire perimeter.
This blog is the tip of the iceberg. Keep reading the posts on DSOworks for more information on the subject as well as on music. It will be forthcoming.
Keyboard Consideration is Still Glossed Over Today. For an explanation, let’s look back to the Baroque era. Its years were approximately 1600 – 1750. Very few composer/keyboardists in the Baroque era were said to have mastered even two types of keyboards! Most often, if they played the organ, they were deficient in the harpsichord. In reverse, if they could play the harpsichord, they were deficient in organ. This is the point of this blog: If two types of keyboards were confusing, even for geniuses; today we literally have hundreds of types. This of course takes into consideration the electronic wizardry which seems to multiply daily.
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (22 November 1710 – 1 July 1784), the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. He was a German composer and performer. He possessed two mind sets for keyboard instruments: One for the organ. One for the harpsichord. Historian and contemporary of J.S. Bach, Johann Forkel, wrote: Their style (harpsichord and organ) and manner of playing differ as much as their respective destinations. That which at the harpsichord produces excellent effect, does not express anything at the organ and vice versa.”
Keyboard Consideration of Organ V. Harpsichord
Further on Forkel states how he only knew of two musicians equally adept at both: J.S. Bach and his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedmann Bach. He states: “Both were elegant virtuosos at the harpsichord. Once seated at the organ, it is impossible to perceive the slightest trace of the the harpsichordist.” Forkel states the following of Wilhelm Friedmann Bach: “I had the pleasure of hearing Wilhelm Friedmann at the harpsichord. All was delicate, elegant and pleasing. When I heard him at the organ, I was truly seized with religious respect. ”
Words of Keyboard Consideration from My Own Teacher- Mischa Kottler
Mischa studied in Paris and Vienna in the 1920’s. He worked with Alfred Cortôt in Paris and Emil von Sauer in Vienna. He told me right from the beginning, do not play the organ if you study piano. Seeing what Forkel just had to say about two different keyboard instruments, I think he was absolutely correct! Please share with friends that might be interested.
Rubinoff Concert Review of the 1930’s. The short article below, at the Ted Lewis Museum, offers some reasons why Rubinoff was so popular with the public. I do not have its exact date. It is from the Depression era of the 1930’s. First, he was primarily popular because he brought melodic and beautiful music to America when the country needed it the most. The public rewarded him. He made as much as $500,000.00 annually. Joseph Rubin is the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum. I found this abbreviated article below on Joseph’s museum website.
What is the Ted Lewis Museum about? First, and most important me, Joseph brought me to Circleville for a Rubinoff commemoration concert this last June 2, 2018. It also was sponsored by the Ted Lewis Museum. I got a chance to perform the works I arranged with Rubinoff live with concert violinist, Steven Greenman.
The museum is located in “the Capital of the World,” Circleville, Ohio. The Ted Lewis Museum attracts thousands of visitors of all ages. They come from nearby and around the world. Educational Outreach programs are offered free of charge to Pickaway County schools. These programs bring the history and music of Ted Lewis to life. For schools and students, it featurs a 5-piece jazz band. Scholarships are annually offered to graduating Pickaway County high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in Music or the Performing Arts.
With your support, the Museum will continue to offer free admission to all visitors and expose a new generation to the timeless music of Ted Lewis and the greats of a by gone great American era.
The Ted Lewis Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donors will be listed in the Ted Lewis Museum event programs. They will also receive the Ted Lewis Museum Newsletter in the mail and VIP seating at events.
For the record, John Philip Sousa set Rubinoff on the school concert road. The article mentions Dave was a protege of the late Victor Herbert. – I, Dave Ohrenstein, worked for 15 years with Rubinoff. He employed me as both an arranger and a piano accompanist. Dave had a genius for publicity stunts and gags. In the featured picture Jimmy Durante playing Dave’s violin. Dave Rubinoff, as part of the gag, is at the piano.
Rubinoff concert review.
Below is a link to my own website. Check it out. Musical events are upcoming. Many posts are about Rubinoff. Click on all posts.
Rubinoff and His Violin Sort of Was My Grandfather
Hidden Harmony Number 272 in the 4 x 4 Square. The 4 x 4 number square draws on Jupiter. Firstly, its enhances harmonious relationships. The definition of harmonious is: (1) Things that go well together. (2) People that get along well. When you get along with someone and rarely fight, that is an example of a harmonious relationship. Below is an external link on Jupiter. Underneath that are some internal links.
Enhancing Jupiter – This planet was associated with luck, fortune and wealth
Plato refers to the 272 as the number of harmony in his Canon. Harmonia was the wife of Cadmus. Her name in Greek, spelled with the letters add up to 272. This is by the rules of gematria. Check this word out online. Here is one connection between the 4 x 4 number square of Jupiter and harmony. Total all the numbers from 1 – 16 on this square. The sum is 136. Multiply 136 x 2 = 272.
Below is a second connection with number 272 found on the 4 x 4 square. That is the subject of this blog.
Here’s a 2nd way to find Hidden Harmony
Take the central four numbers. They are in lighter purple. Multiply them as follows: (6 x 11) and (7 x 10). Add their products together as 66 + 70 = 136. That is one half of the 272 total.
Ancient tradition also totaled numbers around the perimeter by sides. Here I overlap corner numbers: Thus we have: 1 + 15 + 14 + 4 = 34. Next we find that 4 + 9 + 5 + 16 = 34. The bottom side is the sum of 16 + 2 + 3 + 13 = 34. Finally we have 13 + 8 + 12 + 1 = 34. Total the sum of these four sides as follows: 34 + 34 + 34 + 34 = 136.
Finally let’s take the product arrived at by cross multiplication of the central four as effected in #1. It is 136. Add it to the product of sum of the four-sided perimeter total as in #2. That total is also 136. Add these two numbers as 136 + 136 = 272. As if by magic, Plato’s great number of harmony is found!
Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey. Those who read my posts know the importance of a particular spiritual presence. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. Its haunt is Oquaga Lake. However, sometimes it visits other lakes in upstate New York. The rugged and beautiful terrain of this area has inspired many artists. Among the most colorful was Washington Irving. Here is an internal link. I wrote many books on this lake. The poetry seems to have been dictated by a spirit. I call her the Oquaga Spirit. I sense she was from the Lennie Lenape. Their dwelling was throughout the area including New Jersey. Below, I offer some poetry dictated by the Oquaga spirit. That particular year, summer of 1985, the spirit spoke in quatrains using the rhythm of iambic pentameter.