The Great Harmonia and the music of the spheres
U 15.2204-6: Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock, A. J. Dowie Christ and the harmonial philosophy, have you got that?
‘Harmonial philosophy’ was explained by its inventor, the American spiritualist Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910), as ‘an investigation into the investigative causes of things, which investigation leads the investigator deep into the spiritual origin of all things’ (Great Harmonia, 1851, vol 2, p. 133). Joyce noted the expression in his Circe notesheets (Herring 299), along with ‘table-rapping’, ‘crystal gazing’, ‘psychometry’, ‘Something Within’, and ‘cosmic forces’, and from here introduced it into the Elijah passage of Circe.1
Harald Beck/John Simpson
1 A common source for these annotations has not yet been found.