the spiral such a compelling shape? Why does it have
a positive meaning for every culture that ascribes a
meaning to it? Could it be because we, on this tiny
planet whirling around one of 100 billion suns, can call
a spiral galaxy home?
spiral has found its way into the art of almost all
cultures, from ancient primitive rock carvings on all
continents to today's corporate logos. They show up in
celtic art, native American petroglyphs, Nazca earthworks,
Arabic architecture, Japanese rock gardens, Hindu spiritual
texts, Australian aboriginal paintings and African art. Surprisingly,
no religious or political group has claimed exclusive rights
to the spiral. It remains non-sectarian,
or maybe pan-sectarian. The spiral belongs to everyone
and excludes no one.
various mythologies the spiral is a globally positive
symbol. Here are some of the meanings that have been attributed to the
Jung, the famous psychiatrist, said that the spiral is
an archetypal symbol that represents cosmic force.
ancient Britain, the spiral seems to have been
associated with the feminine as the doorway to life.
been associated with the cycles of time, the seasons,
the cycle of birth, growth, death, and then rebirth. The
cycles of time and nature are the cycles of life.
consider the spiral a symbol of the spiritual journey.
It is also considered to represent the evolutionary
process of learning and growing. It seems that life
doesn't proceed in a straight line. The path of life
more closely resemble a spiral. We seem to pass the same
point over and over again but from a different
perspective each time. To walk and then stand in the
center of a spiral or labyrinth has been a
psycho-spiritual exercise for centering the
spiral stands for coming into being.
spiral shows up often in nature - in hurricanes and
tornados, in the pattern of seeds in a sunflower, in the
growing tips of ferns, in the pattern that leaves grow
on a stem, in the shape of a nautilus shell, and, as a
helix, the shape of the DNA molecule.
is the journey of life
Hurricane from space