This chapter from Seeing with Different Eyes, Essays in Astrology and Divination (2007), centres on the music of John Dowland and the spiritual power of melancholic art in the Hermetic revival of the English Renaissance. I discuss the symbolism of the planet Saturn, and focus on Dowland’s musical theme of ‘Lachrimae’ which was his leitmotif. I conclude that his Lachrimae of Seaven Teares for five viols and lute offers the possibility of a Hermetic ascent through the spheres to the listener who can enter imaginatively into this powerful metaphor.
Voss, A. ‘The Power of a Melancholy Humour’