They Did What? The Catholic Church’s Role in Suppressing Ancient Musical Theory-Part 2


By Jill Mattson | * Jill's Wings of Light


Last week we discussed the competition of the Pagan religion and their belief of God in nature with the Catholic Church. This may have been the reason to suppress information about the power of music. Let's continue with Richard Merrick's story!

“Through the power of guilt, fear, torture and war against Pagan influences from the Middle East, the medieval Church struggled to bring under hand a violent and turbulent Europe. The last thing the Church needed was a resurgence of Egyptian Hermeticism,  Hebrew Kabbalah or neo-Pythagoreanism to interfere with its plan. Such Pagan harmonic theosophies were a clear and present danger to the Church and its project of social control. Harmonic ideals, often represented by the Pythagorean pentagram or Hebrew hexagram,  were cast by the Church as evil Pagan symbols and associated with satanic worship, witchcraft and occult rituals.

“Those who studied harmonic properties in numbers, geometry and astronomy, such as the Dualist and Gnostic Cathars in southern Europe during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, were threatened, executed or exiled, forcing many to roam the countryside as ‘gypsies' (a pejorative form of Egyptian). The Knights Templar, the primary keepers of the Egyptian temple mysteries, were then hunted down and murdered by the Church (on Friday 13, 1307) with a few fleeing to far-flung places like northern Scotland. In these remnants of the Egyptian mystery school were the seeds of Rosicrucian’s, Freemasonry and other ‘secret societies' all of which were founded on the study of harmonics in numbers and geometry. This said, few adherents today are the least bit aware or interested in harmonic science, opting instead for the benefits of a fraternal network of friends and the occasional community service project.”

*Originally entitled: “The Historic Suppression of the Understanding of Harmonics by the Catholic Church” This article is printed in its entirety with the permission of the author.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


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  1. The oppression of people and the suppression of knowledge is the Catholic Churches mission statement… ?

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