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.
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.