The Harmonic Origins of the World

The Harmonic Origins of the World : Sacred Number at the Source of Creation

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A profound exploration of the simple numerical ratios that underlie our solar system, its musical harmony, and our earliest religious beliefs.

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.

Exploring the simple mathematical relationships that underlie the cycles of the solar system and the music of Earth, Richard Heath reveals how Neolithic astronomers discovered these ratios using megalithic monuments like Stonehenge and the Carnac stones. He explains how this harmonic planetary knowledge formed the basis of the earliest religious systems, in which planets were seen as gods, and shows how they spread through Sumer, Egypt, and India into Babylon, Judea, Mexico, and archaic Greece.

Revealing the mysteries of the octave and of our musical scales, Heath shows how the orbits of the outer and inner planets gave a structure to time, which our Moon's orbit could then turn into a harmonic matrix. He explains how planetary time came to function as a finely tuned musical instrument, leading to the rise of intelligent life on our planet.

Heath seeks to reawaken humanity's understanding of how sacred numbers structure reality, offering an opportunity to recover this lost harmonic doctrine and reclaim our intended role in the outer life of our planet.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 433g
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 100 b&w illustrations
  • 162055612X
  • 9781620556122
  • 459,875

Table of contents


Introduction: The Significance of Planetary Harmony


1 Climbing the Harmonic Mountain

2 Heroic Gods of the Tritone

3 YHWH Rejects the Gods

4 Plato's Dilemma


5 The Quest for Apollo's Lyre

6 Life on the Mountain


7 Gilgamesh Kills the Stone Men

8 Quetzalcoatl's Brave New World

9 YHWH's Matrix of Creation

10 The Abrahamic Incarnation Postscript: Intelligent Star Systems


Astronomical Periods and Their Matrix Equivalents


Ancient Use of Tone Circles
Reunification of Tuning by Number with Tuning by Ear through Reason and Visual Symmetry



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Review quote

"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 * "In this book the author reveals himself as the natural successor to Ernest McClain. As McClain before him, Heath has realized the extent to which the natural harmony of music binds into one the `within' and `without' of man's world. He introduces us first to the observable recurrence of numbers underlying ancient astronomical sightings and then skilfully reveals the connection with the harmonic numbers of the sexagesimal system discovered by the Sumerians and Babylonians. Underpinning ideas with superb graphics and skilful numerical tables, he shows the ancient scribes, priests and `gentlemen of leisure' in the Aristotelian sense, to be most subtle--in many cases far more so than we who work so hard to understand them. The progression by which he reveals his thesis is impressive." * Pete Dello, singer-songwriter, composer, and musicologist *
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About Richard Heath

Richard Heath is a development engineer with degrees in systems science and computer-aided design. His interest in megalithic astronomy and metrology has resulted in 4 books, including Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization. He lives near Cardigan, Wales.
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