Music and Chinese Astrology
(Thursday, February 18, 2010)
Do you think there is a relationship between Chinese Astrology and Music?
Let me have a short introduction about basic Music and Chinese Astrology first, you will have an answer for the above question later then.
There are seven notes in Western music(the standard music notation of the world): La, Si, Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol,
but if we lay out all notes in between, we will have 12 notes in each octave:
La (La # or Si b) Si Do (Do # or Re b) Re (Re # or Mi b) Mi Fa (Fa # or Sol b) Sol (Sol # or La b)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
For any major scales or minor scales, the I and V are always a good group. For example, in C major scale: Do (I) and Sol (V) are a good pair. You can play these two notes together, they sound great together; you can play the fifth chord (G7) before finishing at C major, they are complete together; you can have songs with only these two chords: I and V; they fit into the "Circle of Fifth" too; etc.
In opposite, the I and IV are not a perfect set; they need other to complete thing. For example: in major scale Do major (I) the chord C and F (IV) are not a good complete sequence in both directions, you have to transfer to another chord (V) to finish a theme or a song. For example: C - F - G7 - C; They do not stay together forever, etc.
There are also 12 units in the duodecimal cycle which is represented by 12 animals: Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig in the Chinese twelve-year zodiac. Or we can say that the duodecimal cycle is composed of twelve Chinese years. Each unit of the duodecimal undergoes the influence of a definite balance of power between the two primary forces - Ying and Yang - and this balance of power is symbolized by an animal which seems the fittest to play the role.
The animal ruling the year in which a person was born exercises a profound influence on that person's life - this is the animal who hides in that person's heart. Any people of the same sex born under the same animal year, are believed to undergo the influence of the same set of Ying - Yang interaction, and consequently to have the same destiny capital: the same character traits, the same assets and liabilities, the same potentialities and limitations, the same strengths and weaknesses, the same opportunities and problems, the same preferences and aversions, the same health privileges and pathological predispositions, the same reaction patterns and emotion makeups, and so on.
There are other important influences to get more accuracy in knowing who is fit with whom, such as Five Elements (Metal, Water, Fire, Earth, Wood)
and ten units of the decimal cycle (Giap, At, Binh, Dinh, Mau, Ky, Canh, Tan, Nham, Quy). However, I just want to introduce the most common thing about Chinese Astrology which is known by most of people:
In general, the following groups are not considered as bad groups (The four-bad-year groups)
Ti Ngo Mao Dau = Rat Horse Cat Rooster
Dan Than Ty Hoi = Tiger Monkey Snake Pig
Thin Tuat Suu Mui = Dragon Dog Buffalo Goat
How to remember these groups? Start from Rat (Ti), you count to the fourth position:
Ti Suu Dan Mao
Rat Buffalo Tiger Cat
Now start from Cat (Mao) and count to the fourth position:
Mao Thin Ty Ngo
Cat Dragon Snake Horse
Ngo Mui Than Dau
Horse Goat Monkey Rooster
If you continue one more time
Dau Tuat Hoi Ti
Rooster Dog Pig Rat
The circle of the four-bad-year is repeated.
That how we got the first bad group: Ti Ngo Mao Dau
Rat Horse Cat Rooster
Similarly, you can figure out how to have other four-bad-year groups.
The following groups are considered as good groups (The three-good-year groups)
Than Ti Thin = Monkey Rat Dragon
Ty Dau Suu = Snake Rooster Buffalo
Dan Ngo Tuat = Tiger Horse Dog
Similar to the fourth-bad-year groups, you start from Rat (Ti) and count to the fifth position:
Ti Suu Dan Mao Thin
Rat Buffalo Tiger Cat Dragon
then Thin Ty Ngo Mui Than
Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey
then Than Dau Tuat Hoi Ti
Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat
The circle of three (Than Ti Thin = Monkey Rat Dragon) is repeated. You can check for two other good groups.
In summary, the twelve notes in music and twelve animal years in Chinese Astrology are a coincidence or a logic between two possible convergent sciences?
I am going to dig deeper similar relationships between two interesting subjects (cont.)
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