Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Ancient Greek Musical Modes, the Four Temperaments and their Planetary Links.

This is quantity four in a set of brief articles exlaining the right way to use historic musical modes to strengthen mental balance and interior concord. The first article lined the topic broadly; the second dealt with the Phlegmatic Temperament; and the third, with the Choleric temperament. The present article offers with balancing the Sanguine.

I may even go into the traditional Pythagorean idea of the Four Temperaments and the Eight musical modes.

Sanguine types are usually very sociable?. When it's in steadiness, the sanguine humour exhibits these characteristics:-

* Cheerfulness

* Affable nature

* Warm persona

* Enthusiastic nature

* Optimism

* Pleasant personality

* Simple going character

When it's unbalanced it projects:-

* Lack of perseverence

* Hassle with punctuality

* Absent mindedness

* Wears Coronary heart on his/her sleeve. (Too naive and trusting)

* Inconsistent

Enjoying the Lydian mode will increase the good qualities of the Sanguine. So, if we need to really feel extra sociable, or more optimistic, for example. we must always hearken to that mode. If, on the other hand, the Sanguine is too robust in us, (maybe we have been partying a little an excessive amount of not too long ago, or need grounding), we could play the hypolydian. This mode would additionally help correct an out-of-stability Sanguine if we occur to have been experiencing negative Sanguine qualities.

The Temperaments and the Planets

In accordance with the Astrology of the Pythagorean Faculty, each Temperament is governed by two planets: One magnifies the results of the temperament, and the opposite minimises them.

The phlegmatic is elevated by the SUN and minimised by the MOON;

The choleric is exaggerated by MARS and decreased by MERCURY;

The sanguine is magnified by JUPITER and minimised by VENUS;

And the melancholic is increased by SATURN. There isn't any planet to steadiness the Saturnian impact on the melancholic, but I will take care of that in a couple of moments.

The Eight Musical Modes and the Planets

The eight modes and seven planets leave a mode with no planet. This is the explanation why the melancholic humour has only one planet related to it.

The dorian is governed by the SUN. So one of its strengths is that it's good for normal alertness. The hypodorian, alternatively, is dominated by the MOON. So it helps us to go to sleep. Due to this fact these two modes stability the phlegmatic, which can be dominated by the Solar and Moon.

The phrygian mode is ruled by MARS. Mars, being ?warlike,? works in direction of the character of the Choleric. The hypophrygian, however, is dominated by MERCURY. As Mercury is a messenger, this mode is beneficial for reducing the warlike nature of the Choleric, and changing it with extra communicative styles of leadership.

JUPITER rules the lydian mode. Jupiter is historically the "bringer of jollity"?, subsequently this mode is essential for increasing the Sanguine. The hypolydian, however, is dominated by VENUS. Venus is the Goddess of affection. As such, she is worried with a lot deeper emotions (perhaps even "sadder", more tragic feelings) than the flighty preoccupations of the Sanguine. So this mode is sweet for moderating the sanguine.

The Development of the Modal Scales

The eight Pythagorean modes can be shortly obtained by basing them all on an peculiar major scale. Let's look at C major as an example, as it's made up solely of white notes on the piano keyboard.

These are the notes of C major:


The dorian mode is identical, but beginning and ending on the second word (D). From the therapeutic perspective, the mode solely has a range of seven notes, so it goes like this:


Equally, the phrygian mode starts on the third word, (E);

The lydian goes from F to E;

And the mixolydian goes from G to F.

These four are the "authentic modes". The 4 "hypo-" modes are known as "plagal". These steadiness their genuine companions, and are to be discovered beginning a 4th below. So, for example, the hypodorian starts on 'A' (a 4th beneath t

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