KHEMIA

Magic Squares are a mathematical phenomenon, which consists of rising integers placed in an equal sided grid, such that the sum of the numbers in any horizontal, vertical, or main diagonal line is always the same number.

A Musical Magic Square is a composition that is formed from individual phrases arranged in terms of their number of beats and placed in an equal sided grid according to the numeric placement of a Magic Square, such that the sum of the beats in any horizontal, vertical, or main diagonal line is always the same number.

Though many variations of Magic Squares exist, I was drawn to the Astrological Squares associated with the numerologist Pivari. He associates Magic Squares with Saturn/Lead, Jupiter/Tin, Mars/Iron, the Moon/Silver, Venus/Copper, Mercury/Mercury, and the Sun/Gold.

Saturn/Lead seemed the simplest with which to test the idea, being a three by three grid using the numbers one to nine. I also wanted to expand the theory to a more complex Magic Square and the obvious choice was Sun/Gold.