By Brandon W AOR
An army troop marching at full cadence, is ordered to stop marching and walk across a bridge at each soldier’s own individual gait. This is due to the fact that the “in time” stepping produces vibration and the multitude of soldiers adding to the waves of vibration could bring the bridge tumbling down. When trying to think of waves, think of waves in water. Opposing waves can cancel each other out, but like the troops moving in the same direction, the waves can add to each other and gain extra strength! This is Harmonic Vibration.
Did you know that there are notes within a note? Each note has a repetition of steps and this is called the harmonic series. If we could hear within any note, we would see that it contains other notes by way of harmonic subdivision. However, each new cohort has less volume than the previous one and eventually fades into the background.
The brain actually picks up on these patterns and extends the harmonic vibration further than what your hearing could actually allow. When you pluck a string on an instrument, you will get a multilayered wave that encompasses all of the harmonics of the root note. “The different standing waves corresponding to different fractions are called harmonics.” (1)
The first five harmonics on a vibrating string are shown below.
The waves from the harmonic root note are often referred to as father, children, grandchildren. It is also the subdivision that occurs when events of vibration intersect, much like waves in the ocean and an atomic vibration.
“The wave interactions and phase cancellations that happen in a musical chord are the very same ones that govern
• ways which molecules will bond or repel,
• which waves on the ocean will pass through others, and
• what gravitational orbits the planets fall into – among other things.”
Everything in our world is sound; even our perception of color is sound vibrating on different frequencies. It is these harmonic vibrations that turn matter and energy into form. I was very intrigued and awed at the examples of sound and matter that I found during my research. One of the most interesting discoveries were the geometric shapes and patterns of runes located within these harmonic vibrations.
Many of the experiments that I found while writing this article, was done using water. Water reacts very well to harmonic vibrations and as we all know, water is a major element of our body and environment and therefore a major influence in our being.
Here is a bit of information from that experiment:
Music and Geometry:
Standing Waves form Platonic Solids
“In 3D standing waves, a structure, with all characteristics of a platonic solid, is formed for each standing wave mode. Within an atom, which is the building block of matter, the platonic solid is not formed by salt or known particles, but by electromagnetic waves in vacuum.
Both the students of Buckminster Fuller and his protégé Dr. Hans Jenny devised clever experiments that showed how the Platonic Solids would form within a vibrating / pulsating 3D sphere.
In the experiment conducted by Fuller’s students, a spherical balloon was dipped in dye and pulsed with pure sine wave sound frequencies. A small number of evenly-distanced nodes would form across the surface of the sphere, as well as thin lines that connected them to each other.
If you have four evenly spaced nodes, you will see a tetrahedron.
Six evenly spaced nodes form an octahedron.
Eight evenly spaced nodes form a cube.
Twelve evenly spaced nodes form the icosahedron
and twenty evenly spaced nodes form the dodecahedron.
The straight lines that we see on these geometric objects simply represent the stresses that are created by the closest distance between two points for each of the nodes as they distribute themselves across the entire surface of the sphere.” (2)
The following 3-Dimensional Standing-Wave Patterns in Liquid picture was a wonderful visual aid the experiment results.
Not only do harmonic vibrations create visual patterns , but they also create color. When examining the energy that is made from oscillating electric and magnetic disturbances, we see the electric and magnetic fields come together in waves that are perpendicular to each other and create a disturbance. This form is called Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
“Electron radiation is released as photons, which are bundles of light energy that travel at the speed of light as quantized harmonic waves. This energy is then grouped into categories based on its wavelength into the electromagnetic spectrum. These electric and magnetic waves travel perpendicular to each other and have certain characteristics, including amplitude, wavelength, and frequency.” (3)
At about 41 octaves above sound, vibrations have colors, we as individuals hear about ten octaves of sound and see about one octave of light with our eyes. “Because going up an octave is doubling, each octave has a bandwidth (range of frequencies) that is as large as the sum of all bandwidths of the preceding octaves (similar to each time a population doubles). This means that visible light, 41 octaves up from (…) the middle of our hearing range, is an octave with a bandwidth many times greater than that of all 10 octaves of the hearing range. So the human eye has a very wide range even though it sees in only one octave.” (3)
So how does this apply to Odinism? As of recently, I have found myself being more influenced and intrigued by Heimdall. In believing that myth is the symbolic expression of primal truth I’ve thought about this great guardian of Asgard; the culture bringer, the shining one, sitting at the head of the Bifrost bridge, Loki’s bain, patiently waiting to sound his horn… light and sound.
Light and sound are basic needs of meditation and oneness, in my experience light and sound (sometimes the lack of) for meditative purposes is very useful. The sound and vibrations created from Galdoring, is a pure force of energy and this is why it is so important to our faith.
I know there have been times when we have galdored during our blots and it was so in tune that it was like leaning on a wall. This exact energy was the reason that has led me to discover harmonic vibrations. The Greek words for “harmony” (harmonia) and “number” (arithmos) both derive from the Indo-European root (a)ri, recognizable in such English words as rite and rhythm. In Vedic India, rta meant unity or cosmic order. For me it all just seems to fall into place.
Like Heimdall’s horn, Gjallar, will sound loud and clear in all the worlds, The Odinic Rite shall create waves of focused energy that will open doors both mentally and physically amongst our Kin. Much like the marching army troops creating waves of vibration, we will create a focused wave of energy for our faith, folk and family.
Hail our Holy Nation
Hail the All Father
This subject is a deep well and it goes in many directions I strongly suggest you do more research on this topic and see with your own eyes the complex and yet simplistic topic of harmonic vibration.