The Calling

The Calling

By Jacob Vinson

To the boundaries of sky

Past the glimmer in our eyes

Lies a synapse of heart and mind

Brace yourself for the slide

5 Across the planets

Beyond the stars

Where fire dances with ice

In the dark unknown of space

Look back to our home

10 An elliptical image of our world

A tiny speck in a floating void

Impearled with a celestial flurry

* Aeria Gloris, Heavenly Glory

Never will I look away

15 Spirits rising and falling

Calling, Calling,

In the depths of longing

Yearning ensues and enthralls

For what life has left me

20 Backtrack through the heavens

Running to fight the shadow of a lie

I’m both the defendant and the arbitrator

Never again will I leave behind

The chasms beneath the moon

25 Filled with singing souls

Calling, Calling,

In the depths of longing

Harmony of the Worlds

“Harmonices Mundi (Latin: The Harmony of the Worlds, 1619) is a book by Johannes Kepler. In the work Kepler investigates harmony and congruence in geometrical forms and physical phenomena. The final section of the work relates his discovery of the so-called “Third Law” of planetary motion.

Kepler divides The Harmony of the World into five long chapters: the first is on regular polygons; the second is on the congruence of figures; the third is on the origin of harmonic proportions in music; the fourth on is on harmonic configurations in astrology; and the fifth on the harmony of the motions of the planets.

While medieval philosophers spoke metaphorically of the “music of the spheres,” Kepler discovered actual, albeit silent, harmonies in planetary motion. He found that the difference between the maximum and minimum angular speeds of planet on its orbit approximates a harmonic proportion. For instance, the maximum angular speed of the Earth as measured from the Sun varies by a semitone (a ratio of 16:15), from mi to fa, between aphelion and perihelion. Venus only varies by a tiny 25:24 interval (called a diesis in musical terms). Kepler explains the reason for the Earth’s small harmonic range:

The Earth sings Mi, Fa, Mi: you may infer even from the syllables that in this our home misery and famine hold sway.

At very rare intervals all of the planets would sing together in ‘perfect concord’: Kepler proposed that this may have happened only once in history, perhaps at the time of creation.”

Source: Wikepedia

On the exact second that we were born, the planets were aligned in such a way that they can never, in our lifetime, be aligned exactly that way again. With this alignment, on your exact moment of birth, there was a sort of “harmony of planets-” A “song” made just for you. It is almost like the song that defines your soul- an imprint that truly separates you from anyone else. Unfortunately, Kepler never went as far as to look beyond the rotation and orbits of a planet too see what tones a specific time period would create, but rationally it would take several lifetimes to do so. Still, his research has brought forth an amazing mixture of planets and sounds. It is beautiful to think that everyone on the Earth is bound to the planets and stars harmoniously. Maybe one day we’ll be able to listen to our own “Harmony of the Worlds.”