“We have long known, thanks to Ernest McClain, that the ancients were obsessed with harmonic numbers and that the Bible encodes these from beginning to end. Now new evidence appears, as these numbers correlate with the planetary periods, and their discovery is pushed far back into the prehistoric era. Richard Heath’s work, based not on speculation but on objective data, challenges all accepted notions of cultural evolution and religious origins.”

–JOSCELYN GODWIN, author of Harmonies of Heaven and Earth and Atlantis and the Cycles of Time

As modern humans first walked the Earth roughly 70,000 years ago, the moon’s orbit came into harmonic resonance with the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. The common denominators underlying these harmonic relationships are the earliest prime numbers of the Fibonacci series–two, three, and five–the same numbers that interact to give us the harmonic relationships of music.

The work of the late Ernest McClain [1918-2014] was based upon a technique in which ever higher numbers appear to have been studied in antiquity as to the harmonic field of intervals possible within that integer limit. Such a single number reference can be mentioned en passant within texts like The Bible, Homer’s Illiad or the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh and be ignored today as a frivolous use of large numbers, such as great ages of the gods, the number of ships, or tithe goods and so on, when in fact the numbers were referring to a musicological field relevant to the narrative and its elements.

McClain’s work was very briefly introduced in Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness(2011) in its Chapter 3 on the Age of Aries, when such calculational musicology/theology seem to have replaced the megalithic activities in Age of Taurus. After then collaborating with Ernest for a few years, after his death I attempted to make an accessible book on Ernest’ work in my 2018 book Harmonic Origins of the World.

Ernest had a fine sensibility for the Ancient Near East (or A.N.E.), its number science and symbolisms. Through many email exchanges I wanted to be able to generate his tonal diagrams for myself; to both learn more and answer specific questions. I was able to make a web page so that people like myself could more easily enter his world of tonal yantras (that look like mountains) and their corresponding tonal mandalas (the octave circle); without having to learn the method of “limiting the products of powers of three and five and then doubling all numbers to the limiting number”. This Harmonic Explorer app enables ridiculous freedom over the previously required manual calculations, including walking through limiting number space with prime factor buttons, multiplying/dividing by 2, 3, 5, 10 or 12. It can also be very useful for screen grabbing when discussing a given tuning system as in:

The traditional way to express the Harmony of the Spheres is geometrically, despite the fact that geometrical knowledge of the heliocentric planetary system was not available to Pythagoras who, for the West, first established this whole idea – that the planets were part of a system expressing harmony.

The opening picture is from Kepler’s Harmonices Mundi : from a scan made of the Smithsonian’s copy, made available on Wikipedia as in the public domain.

In my own work, on the type of ancient astronomy based upon time and not space, I find it to be the outer planets in particular which express harmony in their geocentric synods relative to the lunar year. This applies to Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus but Neptune expresses a rational fraction of 28/27 involving prime numbers {2 3 7} whilst the other three planets only involve ratios involving primes {2 3 5}. The harmony of the outer planets has been a strong source for the sacred numbers found in ancient texts, as with Jupiter 1080 – considered a lunar number perhaps because the Moon is resonant to Jupiter – who is shown by figure 1 to be geocentrically resonant to the other planets and the Moon.