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There are scientific correlations
to note; in his books 'Mysterium Cosmographicum' (1596) & 'Harmonices
Mundi V' (1619), Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630) pointed out the harmonic
nature of the Solar System - the proportions of the orbital positions of
the planets (& the position of the Jovian asteroids) around the Sun
correspond exactly with the proportions between pitches in the harmonic
series (Godwin 1987). Furthermore, referring back to the Pythagorean
Comma for a second, there is a relationship between the length of the Sidereal
year (equinox to equinox) of 365.256 days & the length of the Lunar
year (12 new moons)
of 354.333 days; in fact the former exceeds the latter by a factor of 1.03082,
which, given the coincidences, is shatteringly close to the figure of 1.01364,
which is the factor of overlap of the Pythagorean Comma. The coincidence
extends still further; if we took a period of time
which corresponds to the true Comma to the Sidereal year, we find a year
lasting 360.27390 days - with 360 days being the length of the year as
measured by the Pharisees of Israel.
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The mother of Johannes Kepler
was accused of being a witch.
In 1619, Kepler (1571-1630)
wrote _Harmonice Mundi_, using just intonation and the consonant harmonic
intervals (1:2, 2:3, 3:4, 4:5, 5:6, 3:5, 5:8) supporting polyphonic music.
Kepler realized that his rough models of 3-dimensional
regular polytopes did not accurately describe his astronomical laws of
planetary motion (based on analysis of data of Tycho
Brahe) so he used harmonic musical relationships to refine the polytope
models. To Kepler, the polyphonic harmonic relationships had a purpose:
to form a common basis for the perception
of the universe by all life, including life beyond the earth.