If you’ve ever heard a Gregorian Chant, you’ve heard the Solfeggio frequencies, since this is the music they were most commonly featured in.
The six core Solfeggio frequencies are as follows:
396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear
417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change
528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)
639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships
741 Hz – Expression/Solutions
852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order
Where Do the Solfeggio Frequencies Come From?
Based on research of musicologist Professor Willi Appel, it’s likely they were first introduced by Guido d’Arezzo, himself a Benedictine monk.
The earliest example was his musical rendition of the Hymn to St. John the Baptist or Ut queant laxis, based on the poem written by another monk, this time Paulus Diaconus of the 8th century. Here’s the first stanza:
Ut queant laxis
Notice the first syllable of the beginning lines. Ut-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La. This should be familiar, since it’s the basis for the scale commonly used by vocalists today, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti, which adds a note to the original six-tone Solfege.
So, what makes this scale so significant that it’s still being talked about and used hundreds of years later?
There’s the musical, historical, and religious importance mentioned above. But these frequencies are also believed to have healing attributes.
- 396 Hz: the first of the original frequencies, is thought to help liberate us from feelings of guilt and fear, which can be one of the biggest unseen obstacles we face in life.
- 417 Hz: the second, helps with the undoing of situations and facilitating change in our lives, even alleviating our conscious and subconscious minds from traumatic experiences suffered in our past.
- 528 Hz: the third, is perhaps the most famous (and controversial) of the frequencies, because of its reputation for creating amazing transformation and miracles. It’s even been linked to the repair of human DNA, the most basic building blocks of our bodies and minds.
- 639 Hz: the fourth, is said to improve our connection and relationships with the people around us, whether it’s mending strained relationships or making them even better than before.
- 741 Hz: the fifth, is connected to expression and solutions, helping us open up and share our gifts with the world more fully.
- 852 Hz: the sixth and final of the original notes, returns us to spiritual order, improving our access to the spiritual or sublime.
Music & Its Ability to Heal
Of course, when first introduced to the Solfeggio frequencies and their purported benefits, it’s easy to be skeptical or even outright dismissive. However, humans have long believed in the healing properties of music.
Since ancient times, music has been recognized for its therapeutic value. Greek physicians used flutes, lyres, and zitters to heal their patients. They used vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep.
Aristotle (323–373 BCE), in his famous book De Anima, wrote that flute music could arouse strong emotions and purify the soul. Ancient Egyptians describe musical incantations for healing the sick.
Music is a part of the cycle of natural life. Music is based on rhythm and harmony. Human life is based on rhythm. Day and night, seasonal changes, and all physiological and biological functions are rhythmic.
We inhale and exhale, our hearts beat in systole (contraction) and diastole (expansion or relaxation.) Sleeping, eating, menstrual cycles, walking, talking, and other, if not all, functions of life are rhythmic (source).
In the modern day, science has been able to back up exactly what our ancestors described.
For instance, this study concluded that music can reduce anxiety while increasing self-esteem and interpersonal skills. This is akin to the liberating guilt and fear with 396 Hz, undoing situations and traumatic experiences with 417 Hz, and improving our relationships or ability to express ourselves with 639 and 741 Hz.
And this study found that music had a positive affect on the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, reducing stress in the process. This means music isn’t just soothing because it sounds good, but because of actual physiological and hormonal effects it’s having on our body.
Sound is powerful and has always influenced healing. Consider ultrasound, discovered as a medical tool in the 1930s. In the 1940s, a French doctor named Alfred Tomatis developed hearing and listening therapies known as the Tomatis method, or Audio-Psycho-Phonology (APP). He used music to cure hearing loss and successfully employed it in treating autism and learning disabilities.
Is it a coincidence that Dr. Tomatis used recordings of Gregorian chants?
Despite being lost for hundreds of years, the Solfeggio frequencies used by these chants would finally be recovered just a short time later, in the 1970s.
Today, as shown by Dr. Horowitz, the 528 Hz frequency, which is the third note in the original Solfeggio, is used to repair DNA.
Is that why the Latin word for miracle is “mira gestorum”? Remember, 528 Hz is Mi on the original scale.
Why the Solfeggio Frequencies Were Forgotten
Some time near the end of the 16th century, the “Twelve-Tone Equal Temperament” was created in Renaissance Italy and rapidly gained in popularity.
As such, the “Just Intonation” method of tuning, which used the six-tone Solfeggio, was gradually replaced.
Many, like David B. Doty, consider this 12-tone scale to be too rigid and confining.
In his book The Just Intonation Primer, he describes the ancient 6-tone scale as having a certain clarity and smoothness that today’s music, which using the 12-tone scale, lacks.
Is that why masters of Just Intonation, like Beethoven, are still praised to this day?
There’s also the possibility that the scale was to some extent “lost”, which wouldn’t be surprising given the time period they were developed: Guido d’Arezzo’s lifetime fell right in the middle of Western Europe’s Middle Ages.
His death also came during a period of great contention between the Western Christian Church, which we know today as the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Church, which we in the West now call the Eastern Orthodox Church.
This led to the Great Schism of 1054, a separation that still exists to this day.
So, while the Eastern Church and the Eastern Roman – or Byzantine – Empire was very active in preserving Western artifacts during the Middle Ages, they would’ve had very little reason to preserve a music scale created by the Western Church, especially since the Eastern Church had their own scale at the time, one with 8-tones called the oktoechos.
In short, it’s not impossible that the Solfeggio was actually lost in history, like so many other documents of the time. In fact, the historical records place the introduction and rise of the twelve-tone scale in the century just preceding what most historians consider the “end” of the Middle Ages.
Regardless of why exactly the six-tone scale was replaced by the twelve-tone, the latter arguably gave rise to some of the West’s greatest composers, but many believe it has also contributed to some of the spiritual problems of the modern world.
They argue that the modern scale restricts our thinking, stifles our emotions, produces lower consciousness, and can even create physical problems.
Joachim Ernst-Berendt, a 20th century music journalist from Germany, claimed that all consonant intervals, save the octave, are mistuned by the modern, twelve-tone scale.
Interestingly, many historians mark the beginning to the “Age of Enlightenment”, noted for an increased secularism in Europe, just decades after the creation of the Twelve-Tone Equal Temperament. Music also became more and more secular during this period, removing itself from the influence of the Christian church.
It’s interesting to consider the changing attitudes in a period when the musical scale changed from six tones to twelve.
Could this be why so many people today have a positive reaction to the Solfeggio frequencies?
Could returning to the six-tone scale create better harmony not only in our lives but for the world?
How Were the Frequencies Recovered?
As alluded to above, the Solfeggio frequencies were brought back to the forefront in the 1970s. The man said to be responsible was Dr. Joseph Puleo, who also wrote briefly under the pseudonym Joseph Barber.
He discovered that the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers, specifically verses 12 through 83 of Chapter 7, contained a repeating pattern when looked at through the Pythagorean method of number reduction.
Pythagoras was an ancient Greek mathematician, perhaps most famous for his Pythagorean theorem, which dealt with the relation between sides of a right triangle, which uses the equation a² + b² = c².
But not only was Pythagoras important to math, he had a tremendous impact on the ancient Greek philosophers, from Plato to Socrates.
The Pythagorean method used by Dr. Puleo requires one to add all of the digits of a larger number together. For instance, the number 18 would become 9. But if the result is still a multi-digit number, the process is repeated. 184 is reduced to 13, which is reduced to 4.
When Dr. Puleo applied this method to Chapter 7, starting with verse 12, he noticed a pattern developing with every sixth verse. Verse 12, 18, 24, 30, and so on repeated the sequence 369. Verse 13, 19, 25, 31, and repeated 417.
369 and 417 are the first two frequencies in the Solfeggio. And Dr. Puleo uncovered the rest of the frequencies by repeating this process. He then laid this all out in a book called Healing Codes for the Biblical Apocalypse, written with Dr. Leonard Horowitz.
Puleo explained that a vision led him to investigate and uncover the frequencies. Skeptics, of course, dispute this.
It is more likely that Puleo studied the Gregorian Chants and other musical history, which led him to the Bible. There are hundreds of references to music in the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, which is where Puleo was able to uncover the “code” and share it with Dr. Leonard Horowitz.
David Hulse, a sound therapy pioneer with over 40 years of experience, then studied the tones of the frequencies and described them accordingly and developed the descriptions we have today.
At this point it is important to note that independent of this discovery exists information on individual frequencies of the Solfeggio frequencies; particularly 528 Hz, which you can read extensively about here.
Three other frequencies were also recovered, which are:
• 174 Hz – Pain reduction and anesthetic properties
• 285 Hz – Wound healing and tissue restoration
• 963 Hz – Spiritually awakening and connecting to the “oneness” of universe
But it goes even further. If we continue to apply the Pythagorean method detailed above to the Solfeggio frequencies, we find that each of them adds up to 3, 6, or 9. And there are two frequencies in the original scale (and three if we include all 9 frequencies) that include the numbers 3, 6, and 9.
Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor and engineer, once said: “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe”. Did he know something we didn't?
Tesla wasn’t the only one who believed this.
Another notable inventor and engineer, John Keely, wrote that, “thirds, sixths, and ninths, were extraordinarily powerful” and documented the extraordinary effectiveness of vibratory thirds, sixths, and ninths in manipulating matter on a molecular level.
How the Solfeggio Frequencies Help You
Now, you don’t have to believe that the Solfeggio frequencies are actually a miracle cure that will heal your wounds and alleviate a lifetime of trauma with a few notes.
But from the ancient era to modern times, music has been held to have healing properties. Music is given great significance in the Bible, in Greek mythology, and even among the Greek philosophers, like Aristotle and Plato.
Even Albert Einstein believed that, “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
Music that vibrates at the right frequency may actually have a positive effect on your matter, meaning your mind and body.