Sucae Sounds posted a neat commentary on the Primitiveness of Techno that got me contemplating the Music of the Spheres. Agrippa talks about it, and a musician friend of mine, Andy Keys, tried a couple of times to get a conversation going on Agirippa's chapters on musicology in the Three Books of Occult Philosophy a couple of years ago. I couldn't keep up. The extent of my musical ability is Smoke on the Water on a penny whistle, and Ghost Riders in the Sky on an acoustic guitar.
But I've been hearing things, and getting more in tune with the harmonies of the universe since then. I still can't keep up a decent conversation on musicology, but I've been experiencing the universe through the metaphor of music, vibration, and resonance.
I think Music is the perfect metaphor for magic.One person does something over here with a specialized tool, and all the way across the room, another person's mood is altered, their mind taken on a journey, and the first guy didn't even touch the second. All he did was emit a vibration, and the consequences unfolded around him.
That's what magic is, to me. We get the tools, we play the notes, we end up gaining skill and talent and become master musicians, only reality itself is our instrument. Each of the planetary intelligences is a master craftsman and musician combined, and tehy mentor us in our efforts to become the next Maestro. Sometimes I feel like the musician, other times like the conductor, and others like the conductor and the whole symphony and the music itself.
Good times. Good times.