Trust Among Nations as Per the Oquaga Spirit. As usual, defining terms comes first. What is trust?
a: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
b: one in which confidence is placed
Next, who or what is the Oquaga Spirit? She is an essence that dwells around Oquaga Lake. I believe it is an American Indian spirit. I (David) was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga lake House. My employment covered a span of about 25 years. In the mornings I’d stroll and the spirit would be afloat. “So much she needed an ear, she ignored my tranquillity.” Some years we did not go to the lake. That was primarily when our children were in school. Over the decades the spirit changed her mode of communication:
In the 1980’s she preferred iambic pentameter. This was communicated in quatrains.
During the 1990’s she spoke in rhyming, triple meter. She also communicated poetry in quatrains. Why quatrains? They bring about a beneficial effect. Quatrains of poetry invoke Jupiterian influences. Jupiter is the thinking-person’s planet. It is the guardian of the abstract mind. This planet rules higher learning. It bestows upon us a yen for exploring ideas. This is both intellectually and spiritually. Explanations of Jupiterian influences through a specific number square are on DSOworks.com
Below is an excerpt from a poem in iambic, written during the 1980’s.
The spirit loved peaceful co-existence. Also, many poems were about beauty in nature. She was of the Lennie Lenape tribe. This tribe was ruled by the women. The Lenape have a matrilineal clan system and historically were matrilocal.
Trust Among Nations
Mutual exchange among nations promotes peace.
When states have closed doors, mistrust develops.
People then image what horrors locked entries must hide.
Not realizing that inhabitants worldwide live similarly.
Though official doctrines of lands may differ,
Everyone eats, sleeps, drinks and works.
Nations tap their feet to the same rhythms.
They view sunrise and sunset with equal awe.
All over, people want to be liked and loved
As recorded in the songs and novels of writers.
Everywhere, people seek to understand mysteries of life.
In so doing they turn to religion or philosophy…
Musical Quaternity is analogous to the Four Elements. Here are the players:
The musical quaternity for this blog includes melody, harmony, rhythm and counterpoint.
The four elements are alchemical. They comprise earth, air fire and water. On the wheel of the zodiac they each occur in rotation three times. This covers the 12 zodiac signs.
Analogy (from Greek ἀναλογία, analogia, “proportion”) is a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject – the analog or source, to another. It has been argued that analogy is “the core of cognition”.
Air is counterpoint. It represents the quality of reason. Counterpoint requires structure, rules and thought. Alchemists thought that air contains the vital spirits of life. The words for spirit and psyche come from the same Greek word: ” From from Greek psykhe “the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one’s life. It is the invisible animating principle or entity. The psyche occupies and directs the physical body; understanding It is akin to psykhein “to blow, cool,” from PIE root *bhes- “to blow, to breathe”.
Alchemist Heating a Pot, by David Teniers the Younger (1610 – 1690), oil on canvas.
Harmony is more like the combined, unified yet undifferentiated background. Harmony is the vertical aspect or sound of musical. It represents the combination of sounds at any given moment. Those qualities parallel water. Counterpoint is the horizontal direction of various lines the harmony holds. The two are thus interconneted. horizontal axis.
Melody is tied to rhythm. You cannot have melody without rhythm. In alchemy, fire represents maximum molecular activity. Earth is minimum activity. It is grounded. With the vertical axis, fire rise. Rhythm gives melody shape and purpose. It provides the substance of melody. They are interconnected as the vertical axis.
Bearish Lake Found in American, Indian Territory. What is this blog about. It is the 1st of a series. Basically, “A Great Miracle Happened There.” This will be explained over a number of blogs. Bearish Lake Found serves as the introduction. First, the specific tribes that this blog is about. Oquaga Lake was a part of their domain. My entire family lived for some 15 summer seasons on Oquaga Lake. I was the piano player at Scotts Oquaga Lake House. The Lenape (English: /ləˈnɑːpi/ or /ˈlɛnəpi/), also called the Lenni Lenape and the Delaware, are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands. They live in Canada and the United States. They are also called Delaware Indians. Their historical territory included present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. It is set along the Delaware Riverwatershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.[notes 1
Bearish Lake and Bear Legends
The following I relate from The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook, writtenby Adele Nozedar. In Celtic culture, “bear” and “warrior” were interchangeable. Men and women were included with the “bear” name. This title was applied to Artio. She was the ferocious warrior queen of the Gauls. The root for the name bear among the Celts was “artos”. Some claim the name applies to King Arthur. Others try to refute the “King Arthur” connection. Regardless, the Greek Goddess of the hunt was Diana/Artemis. She shares the bear title.
The bear has a strong connection to the Moon.
The Moon disappears for a period of time. This is during New Moon. By parallel, the bear hibernates during the winter months. For this reason, ancients connected the two. In northern European pre-Christian culture, the bear was the equivalent of the lion. Both represented power and authority. In the northern sky Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are the Great Bear and the Little Bear. They are the stellar incarnations of the Goddess.
As my 1st subject on the bear, I hoped to create a background. It was on bear-shaped Oquaga Lake that I received understanding. The insight was about of number squares. It was given by the Oquaga Spirit. With blog No 1, I hoped to tie together, the Lake, the Moon and the Bear. Keep watching for part two on DSOworks.com. It will be called Bearish Lake II. By the way, off-season I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.
Scorpio Musicians Perform with Profound Emotions. This blog is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Music Under the Zodiac. I also composed a ballet and modern dance opus number on the 12 zodiac signs. It also has an introduction and finale. The title Dance of the Zodiac. The work is haunting me to be staged again. Al Smith, a comedian who once toured the Catskills said, “It’s like a collector’s item- It sits around collecting dust.” Any suggestions or contacts out there?
Scorpio Musicians as We Approach the Astrological Month of Scorpio 10/23-11/21
Wheel of the zodiac: This 6th century mosaic pavement in a synagogue incorporates Greek-Byzantine elements, Beit Alpha, Israel.
For this blog we will consider Scorpio as a listener and a performer.
Scorpio listen with an ear that is tuned to the mystical. For most, music must touch the mind and body. For Scorpio it is about touching the soul. This listener favors complex chords and rhythms. They enjoy “tempo rubato”. Even “dervish” accelerando rhythms are on the listening list. In the classical realm, music from the Baroque era is favored. Counterpoint is enjoyable: Life is complex. Anything with intense mood is enjoyable. Baroque dance suites are on the list. Each dance keeps its own character throughout.
Scorpio musicians enjoy varied percussion instruments. These include timpani, triangle, marimba, xylophone or celesta. They favor the cello among stringed instruments. Cellos express depth of feeling in the “baritone” area. Scorpio has natural charisma. That makes people of this sign great conductors or section leaders. Scorpio will instruments not commonly played. These could include the lute or hurdy gurdy. Enjoy an excerpt from my blog about this rare instrument!
Hurdy Gurdy Suddenly Came into Vogue. Why am I writing this blog? To prove that no how popular something is, changing style can make it obsolete. For example, once upon a time no one ever doubted the popularity and supremacy of the lute. The first lutes were brought to Spain by the Moors. Others may have been brought to Europe from Arabic lands. The lute is one of the ancestors of the classical guitar. Sunddenly, among the French royalty and other European courts, the lute was totally shunned. The hurdy gurdy took its place. Styles change! Go ahead Scorpio. Follow the lead of French royalty! Oh yes, I have one or two openings for giving piano lessons in Sarasota.
Quadripartite Division of Time as an Ancient Tool.The Vikings were fierce warriors and pirates. They built magnificent fortresses,” Søren Sindbæk, a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University in Denmark, said in a statement .
I (David) blog a lot about quadripartite division- 1.e. division into four parts. This goes back to Biblical Paradise. This ideal state was at the crossing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Why division into four? Ancient to prehistoric civilizations were all about number squares. At the heart of all evenly numbered squares are four squares. In the illustration below they numbers 10, 11, 6, and 7. This is the ancient 4 x 4 square of Jupiter. It was thought to invoke the influence of that planet. Jupiter represented success in action. That action could be military or, simply, business. Or, the Jupiter effect could even apply to interpersonal relationships. Odd number squares, by contrast, have only one square at the center. Many blogs about number squares are on DSOworks.com. The blogs are easy to access. Press all posts. They will lead the way back to a lost and forgotten Golden Age,
Why is Understanding the Quadripartite Division of Time Beneficial?
The following analyzes just one aspect of fourfold cyclic time. Many factors cause cyclic activity. The Moon is a great factor. The Sun is another. Obviously, from the graph below, sunspot activity is low. Eventually I will explore through future blogs many of the cycles that can affect us. Key- understanding time can help us to control the effects of cyclic activity. Prof. A.L. Tchijevsky wrote a treatise on sunspot and human activity. It is called: Investigation into the Relationship Between the Sunspot Activity and the Course of Universal Historical Process from V Century B.C. to the Present Day. His chart had the following:
Statistics from 72 countries.
Time span was 500 B.C. to 1922 A.D.
Mass excitement occurs in cycles of 11 years. This corresponds with sunspot activity. His mass excitement statistics included wars, revolutions, riots, expeditions, and mass migrations. A simple spiral can help us understand the cycle’s four states.
The cycle is low. The spiral is unwound. Everything is relaxed.
The cycle winds up. Things begin to tighten
The cyclic peak is reached. That equates with maximum trouble and chaos.
The cycle unwinds. Things go back to relaxed.
What does the quadripartite circle accomplish?
We can transfer the fourfold effect of the cycle onto something physical: A circle, spiral or even a maze. The spiral can be a winding ascending road. The circle can be a Viking fortress. The maze can be shaped from bushes in a garden. In other words, physical models take on the psychological effect of cycles. That gives the possibility of live our lives calmly and peacefully. We can actually rebuild a lost Golden Age of Peace and Plenty.
Changing Music Indicates Changing Times. Welsh music, as recorded in the Welsh Triads, adjusted its music to changing times. Here’s how. In ancient England, changes were foreshadowed by “perpetual choirs.”
How did I discover this? My source is City of Revelaton by the Reverend John Michell. The Welsh Triads are verses of great antiquity. They were written by “prehistoric bardic historians.” Unique choirs are mentioned:
One at the now existing site of Glastonbury Abbey.
Another operated at the site at which Stonehenge now exists.
A third was at Llantwit Major at Glamzorgan.
2,400 saints worked each site. Each kept a perpetual chant going. Each of the 24 hours of the day, at each site, occupied 100 saints with singing.
As the Times Varied, Changing Music Marked Their Song
The character of time changes with the seasons. As light can change by the hour, so could their song. Another aspect of song was planetary. The school of Pythagoras believed that each planet had its own pitch. As their distances from each other changed, so did the music.
We are currently living through times of great change. Music that heralds beautiful melody will lead the way. In all aspects, people will buy what is beautiful. I was taught to play with beautiful tone. Play well-formed two-note phrases are key. Also, how to emphasize the note that is tied over the measure. My instructor was Mischa Kottler.
In looking to this beautiful past, I am helping to lead the way to the future. We all need beautiful things in our lives. When times are difficult, all need the beautiful in art, poetry and music. To this end, I am working full time this year. I will be playing piano from Christmas to Easter. This will be six days weekly. The location is at the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande.
Until Christmas, I am working to bring musical beauty back at the Crab and Fin Restaurant on Saint Armand’s Circle. I play three days weekly. Call for specifics. Wear something comfortable, but beautiful. Enjoy a tasty and well-presented meal while dining outdoors to my piano music.
Regal Leo and Audio Musical Preferences. Music Under the Zodiac is the name of my upcoming book. As a musician, I have an interest in the zodiac. There are many parallels, for example:
We use the well-tempered scale. It has twelve 12 tones within the octave. There are 12 zodiac signs.
We have four types of triads. They are major, minor diminished and augmented. The zodiac has four elements, They are earth, air, fire and water. Earth is dense. The diminished triad is the most compact. Fire is the most effusive of the signs. An augmented triad is the most expansive of the triads. Water and air parallel minor and major respectively. They fit in their size of 7 half tones from the first note between the earth and fire triads. Earth uses 6 half steps, fire uses eight.
In music, a triad is a set of three notes (or “pitches“) that can be stacked vertically in thirds. The term “harmonic triad” was coined by Johannes Lippius in his Synopsis musicae novae (1612).
Speaking of triads, there are three categories of zodiac signs. They are set by cardinal, fixed and mutable. Cardinal is the month that begins a season. Like the 1st month of Spring under Aries is cardinal. Fixed is the second month of the season. It is Taurus in Spring. The third, a mutable zodiac sign, ends the season. It is called mutable because it prepares for the next trio of the summer zodiac months. This last month of Spring is Gemini.
What About Regal Leo?
Leo, church of Saint-Austremoine, France
When listening to music: Leo delights in excitement and warmth of feeling. The music can be either very romantic with a slow pace or quick and fiery. Music must be heart felt. Honesty of expression is important. Leo does not like to play “second fiddle”. Among the recommended instruments for expression as a musician we could include: trumpet, flute, piccolo, piano or saxophone. In performance Leo should overcome a tendency to be the center of attention by playing either too quickly or too loudly. Naturally, solo work is preferable to working with an ensemble for this regal sign of the Sun. Please feel free to share this post.
Four Aspects of the Moon and Four Types of Musical Triads. Time is cyclic. A cycle may be divided into four distinct parts. I call these the four aspects of time. The four aspects of time are continuous. One part of the cycle follows the other in the same order over and over. If we know what point the cycle is at, we can predict the next point. Just for the sake of starting somewhere in the cycle of time, I listed the up swing of the cycle first.
The winding up of a cycle is the increase of cyclic activity.
The maximum point at which cyclic activity is the greatest is most intense.
After maximum intensity, the cycle unwinds.
Finally, the point of least activity is reach. Tension disappears. Immediately after this point, the cycle starts another upswing.
Next we have four types of triads. From smallest to largest they are: Diminished, major and minor, and augmented.
Diminished is the most contracted. Counting from the first note, in root position, it has six half steps up to the last note.
Major and minor triads are middle of the road. The have 7 half tones from the first note up to the last.
Finally, augmented is the largest. It has 8 half tones from the first to the last.
In music, a triad is a set of three notes (or “pitches“) that can be stacked vertically in thirds. The term “harmonic triad” was coined by Johannes Lippius in his Synopsis musicae novae (1612).
Here’s how to animate the four phases of the Moon by musical triads:
The new Moon has the least light. The diminished triad is the smallest triad. It has the 6 half tones as described above.
The full Moon has the most light. The augmented triad is the largest triad. It has the 8 half tones.
The waxing and waning Moon are neither the smallest or largest aspect of the Moon. They are in between. They correspond to the major and minor triads respectively. The major would represent the waxing cycle. The minor represents the waning cycle. Major and minor triads both use 7 half tones from the 1st note.
Four aspects, be they four elements, the cyclic view of time, or musical triads- all correspond. The goal is to seek a grand unity of science and art in the same manner as did Neolithic and pre-Neolithic cultures. In unity we find harmony and co-operation.
Astrological Trine Stems From the 3 x 3 Number Square. The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish between the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (green).
A trine (abbrev. Tri) is an angle of 120° (1/3 of the 360° ecliptic), an orb of somewhere between 5° and 10° . The trine indicates harmony and ease. The trine is a source of artistic and creative talent, which is innate. The trine has been traditionally assumed to be extremely beneficial.
How Does the Astrological Trine Tie into the 3 x 3 Number Square?
Answer, in almost every conceivable way. The single core number the above square is 5. Consider the following:
The trine has an angle of 120°. Multiply the numbers 1 thru 5. Thus, 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 = 120. You have your trine by number.
Now, add the same numbers 1-5. Thus, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15. We have the following congruence with this sum. Any row of three numbers on this square totals 15. For example, added horizontally we see that 4 + 9 + 2 = 15. Vertically we get the same totals as 4 + 3 + 8 = 15. Diagonally, likewise the same. 4 + 5 + 6 = 15. You can find fifteen in eight different ways on this square: Three diagonally, three vertically and two horizontally. We now have 8 x 15 = 120. Here is yet another congruence with the 120 astrological trine number.
As you already have read above, the elliptic orb is somewhere between the boundaries of 5° and 10°. We have the following on the square of thee with the numbers of these boundaries: The central number is five. Any two opposite numbers are 10. An example being (4 + 6) or ( 9 + 1).
At one time knowledge was based on number squares. This includes the knowledge of the sciences and arts of mankind. As mentioned, the trine has been traditionally assumed to be extremely beneficial. It too, is associated with a number square, being 3 x 3. I say, to understand a more peaceful past, at which time the cycle of yin dominated the world, study number squares. It seems that most of this knowledge was destroyed when the Library at Alexandria, Egypt was burned down. My work on number squares has been self-directed. However, my source for the existence of more peaceful times is Riane Eisler who wrote, The Chalice and the Blade. Her book is well worth reading. Riane Eisler. Riane Tennenhaus Eisler (born July 22, 1931) is a cultural historian, systems scientist, educator, attorney, speaker, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired scholars.