The Lore of the Lyre

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

The Lyre

The lyre was invented by Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia. Hermes also gave the Golden Fleece to Nephele* and received the art of divination and a golden wand from his half brother Apollo—who was born of Zeus and Leto, also twin of Artemis**. Hermes, shown as the winged-footed traveler, was herald of the gods; a patron of orators, literature, athletics, good fortune, and fertility.

The lyre was originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice are not merely for pleasure, but specifically to harmonically translate divine information into vibration that supports healing and our evolutionary unfoldment.

Hermes passed the lyre onto his half brother Apollo. Generally shown playing the lyre, Apollo was the ideal of male beauty, bringing the beneficence of eloquence and sensibility to humankind. Apollo, was god of medicine, music, poetry, and archery, caregiver for the flocks and herds. Shrines to Apollo can be found on the island of Delos.

Apollo was father of Asklepios, who is also Ophiuchus, knowledge holder of advanced healing processes and ascension directives beyond the cycle of life and death. Of radiant authority, and as the most prominent healer of antiquity, Asklepios surpassed his father Appolo's adeptness and was able to bring the deceased to life and restore health. His symbol is that of two snakes entwined around his staff. The Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidaurus (where he was born) was the most celebrated healing center of the ancient world, sacred to the Asklepieion, the followers (cult) of Asklepios.

Apollo in turn passed the lyre onto Orpheus, musician of the Argonauts. Orpheus' fate was not so fortunate, being shredded to pieces by the woman of the Dionysiac orgy when the harp was mis-used to woo! - a message to those that use music for healing while covertly manipulating their subjects for unethical personal purposes. Prior to his end, Orpheus used the lyre to charm Hyades in the release of his wife Eurydice, but blundering with this one's fate too.

Lyra was at times depicted in stellar illustrations as hanging from an Eagle's or Vulture's claws, although not of our present Aquila. Lyra stands alone, placed appropriately between Cygnus; Delphinus, the Dolphin star system; and Hercules, who, with out-stretched arm, holds open the portal through which our sun travels—the Solar Apex—all of which provide guidance for our "way" home. The lyre is said to have seven strings (the Sheliak), although its magical tuning is still quite controversial amongst those who fathom such divinely resonant harmonic scales, seeking to find the Lost Chord to illumine and open the way within—the solar portal of the soul.

A quote from Longfellow:

"with its celestial keys,
Its chords of air, its frets of fire.
The Samian's great Aeolian Lyre,
Rising through all its sevenfold bars,
From earth unto the fixed stars."

Lyra, and prominent alignments with Lyra, indicate involvement with the music of the spheres, that is, the use of natural astronomically and resonant harmonics for healing, illumination, and for greater evolutionary purpose. Prominent alignments and aspects to Lyra are often found in musicians, artists, poets, lyricists, and those involved with art-sciences and multi-media projects—those with intent to use the harmonics of light, sound, and geometry for the expansion of consciousness. Lyra is not just of the mathematical artsciences of natural harmonics in light and sound, but also of their application unfolding in geometry and time—all working intelligently together. Forty octaves up from our middle musical scale lies the spectrum of visible color—light-sound musical harmonics originate from the mathematical unfoldment of time in geometric proportion. To learn more about this artscience and the music of the spheres please visit the Planetary Harmonics web page.

"The Word" Lyrics by the Moody Blues

This garden universe vibrates complete.
Some we get a sound so sweet.
Vibrations reach on up to become light,
And then thru gamma, out of sight.
Between the eyes and ears there lay,
The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh.
And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe.
But it's all around if we could but perceive.
To know ultra-violet, infra-red and X-rays,
Beauty to find in so many ways.
Two notes of the chord, that's our fluoroscope.
But to reach the chord is our lifes hope.
And to name the chord is important to some.
So they give a word, and the word is OM.

The Starseed Ring Nebula M57 in Lyra

The Starseed Ring Nebula M57 of Lyra
Image Credit: NASA

Lyra is also illustrated as the Tortoise Lyre, with the resonant structure being the shell from which rise elegant horns upon which seven strings are stretched, which our principle stars Sheliak and Sulaphat express. Sheliak, the strings, embodies the wisdom of the artsciences of harmonics. A remarkable and spectacular optical show of brilliantly changing color emanates from this extremely fast rotating binary star. Sulaphat, the resonating structure, embodies geometric resonance in form and the ancient wisdom of the Turtle.

The beautiful starseed Ring Nebula M57, a super nova of Lyra, is the result from which many streams of consciousness, rays of extraterrestrial starseed races, began their evolutionary journey. Contemplation upon the Ring Nebula can bring one to wholeness, or unify one's consciousness.

Of most import, is the Harp-Star, Vega, where the re-unifying harmonic spectra of the Elohim (the shining ones) culminate—a new home for some upon completion of their galactic missions. Vega is stargate to Mansion Universes of Light—and represents the fulfillment and radiance of starseed missions completed. Vega provides a multiplicity of opportunity. Lyra's energy for Earth is particularly active during the Lyraids meteor shower, generally visible in late April.

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* Nephele: Originally, Zeus shaped Nephele from a cloud and gave her life in the image of Hera his wife—for reasons not pertinent here. Nephele became the wife of the Greek king Athamas in the mythical (picture language) story of the Golden Fleece where Hermes sends the ram*** to rescue Nephele's two children Phrixus and Helle. In terms of Greek mythology, the golden fleece (the deposition of the golden light of the soul; i.e., soul awareness) is made into the "winged ram" Chrysomallus. However, "the Ram" was the term given to the moving vernal point—which governs the "Evolutionary Cycle of the Soul"—when it made its passage through sidereal Aries. The vernal point is also termed the Birthplace, Christ Point, and the Office of the Christ. Hence, Chrysomallus**** is referring to the moving "Point of Christos"—the vernal point, the point of the soul. The vernal point's location in the precessional cycle reveals the nature of the awareness on Earth—of where we reside in the Evolutionary Cycle of the Soul. In mythical terms, The Ram no longer glitters gold during the temporal half of the precessional cycle (the last ~12,000 years). It re-illumines (soul level awareness / Christ consciousness returns) only when the we return into the Divine (undivided in awareness) half of Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle—into the field of Unified Awareness.

** Artemis, (the Roman Diana) virgin goddess of the Moon, twin sister of Apollo, born from Zeus and Leto on the Island of Delos.

*** The Ram: From about 1800 to 3900 years ago, the vernal point was passing through the constellation Aries. This is no longer true of course due to Earth's precession—the vernal point has now precessed to 5° sidereal Pisces, having passed through 25 degrees of sidereal Pisces as it moves toward the sidereal sign of Aquarius. But confusingly, tropical Aries is still regarded as the first constellation in the zodiac. When the vernal point was in sidereal Aries, the Ram, or first point of Aries, was the term referring to the vernal point; with the first point of Aries representing the Golden Fleece pursued by Jason and the Argonauts. See: The Sidereal Zodiak to learn of precession, and the tropical and sidereal zodiacs.

**** Chrysomallus: Chryso is from the Greek khrusos meaning gold, that which is precious; also from which the term chrysalis is derived, referring to the cocoon from which a butterfly emerges—mythically articulating our metamorphosis, or birth of the soul.