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The Golden Spiral Symbol

Updated on February 6, 2013

Harmony and Beauty in the Golden Spiral

Are Spirals a Sign of a Sacred Design?


The Golden Spiral plays a harmonizing role in the Universe. It represents two well known shapes in sacred geometry: the golden mean or golden ratio (phi) spiral and the Fibonacci spiral. The unique thing about Phi is that it seems to be a geometrical blueprint for life itself and can be found incorporated in all known organic structures; from the bone structure of human beings to the seed pattern of a sunflower .


"My new Hypothesis: If we're built from Spirals while living in a giant Spiral, then is it possible that everything we put our hands to is infused with the Spiral?" - Max Cohen in the motion picture Pi


The significance of phi is considered by many to be greater than that of pi and the famous Greek philosopher Plato, thought it to be "the key to the physics of the cosmos".

Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers

The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers
The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers

Enlightenment is an ever-widening spiral of divine love. In this new book, the words of spiritual wisdom flow through our minds shining the light of divine consciousness on our world and our lives. We are led to knowledge of the universal mind and to a new vision of the universe in which we live and our place within it.

 

The Golden Spiral in Nature

The Golden Spiral in Nature
The Golden Spiral in Nature

The Spiral as A Symbol of Everlasting Beauty and Harmony

Spirals as Ancient Symbols of The Goddess

The spiral phenomenon within natural forms can be explained through mathematics. But mathematics alone can't justify the lure of the spiral to the human mind.

The Spiral, linked to the "Circle", is an ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent forces, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. The spiral is probably the oldest symbol of the human spirituality; found at pre-historic sites across Europe.

Some Celtic art scholars, believe the direction of the spiral may be significant. Some say clockwise spirals, are associated with the sun and harmony with the Earth, while counter-clockwise spirals are associated with manipulation of nature in the form of Pagan spells.

Celtic spirals, are the symbols most often seen in ancient burial mounds and sacred places. Many believe spirals have mystical powers to prevent evil from entering into the sacred tomb of one who has passed onto the Otherworld.

In Ireland, there are double spirals, which are sometimes seen as representing the breasts of the Mother Goddess.

In other places, there are often found, a triad of spirals; known as the "triskele". Closely related to the triquetra, this Celtic symbol is composed of three interlocked spirals, that correspond to the three phases of womanhood. Known as the Triple Goddess to the Celts, it symbolizes maidenhood, motherhood, and the crone; it also represents the waxing, full and waning moons.

The Spiral, later came to represent the Holy Trinity in Christianity - God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Whatever its meaning, it is interesting that it is based around the number 3 - which is regarded as a sacred number in many ancient cultures.

Beauty, Design and Phi

Sacred Geometry

The Nautilus Shell and Phi

Dating back to Hindu myth, the Nautilus Shell, was mentioned as a symbol of many things in the creation of the Universe. It is also a symbol for the inner beauty of nature.

The Human Body

All parts of the human body are proportional to the golden ratio. If your face is in line with this ratio, you are said to be beautiful.

Look at your hand; measure the length of the longest finger bone. Then measure the shorter one next to it. Divide the longer one by the shorter one. You should get a number close to 1.168.

The ratio of the navel's height from the head to the distance of the navel's distance from the floor to the height of the person both equal 1.618.

One way to really see these examples concerning the human form is to look at Michelangelo's David. He is said to be a perfect man and this is why.

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Michelangelo's David

12" Statue of David Bonded Marble Sculpture Inspired By Michelangelo Buonarro
12" Statue of David Bonded Marble Sculpture Inspired By Michelangelo Buonarro

Ever the perfectionist, Leonardo turned to science in the quest to improve his artwork. His study of nature and anatomy emerged in his stunningly realistic paintings, and his dissections of the human body paved the way for remarkably accurate figures. He was the first artist to study the physical proportions of men, women and children and to use these studies to determine the "ideal" human figure.

 

Sacred Geometry of Art and Life

The Geometry of Art and Life
The Geometry of Art and Life

This classic study probes the geometric interrelationships between art and life in discussions that range from Plato, Pythagoras and Archimedes to modern architecture and art, flowers, shells and marine life, the human face and much, much more. Also explored: the Golden Section, geometrical shapes on the plane, geometrical shapes in space, crystal lattices and many other fascinating topics.

 

Do You Think There is A "Grand Design" in Nature?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Well, I don't know if it was there first or has developed but it is certainly there. It think that is why Walking the Layrynth is such a spiritual experience.

      I have known about Pi, and the design in sunflowers, etc, but never knew about the Phi. *****

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Another great lens. I love your lenses and the topics are so fascinating! Welcome to the spirituality group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes, there clearly is an infinitely creative intelligent design in all of nature.

      Michelle, this is a fascinating lens. Thank you for submitting it. :)

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      awakeningwellness 8 years ago

      I love spirals! For a long time everything was spiraling outwards (releasing) but lately all the spirals seem to be going inward...the spiral is the never ending journey within and without *****

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      My logo for Crystalline Consciousness Technique is a golden means spiral!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      It sure is a fascinating concept. Great topic for a lens! You made me want to read more about it!

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      BarryKrost 8 years ago

      There is a grand design. Spirals are definitely part of it. I feel, see and know this in my healing practice. Another great lens.

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      kephrira lm 8 years ago

      love this lens, its a fascinating subject as well as having the beautiful patterns. Take a look at Sacred Geometry lens for more maths for mystics!

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      Soul-expert 8 years ago

      This is a very nice lens. You share a lot of very helpful information here. I'd love it if you'd stop by my lens and say hello when you get the chance.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      The spiral is hugely significant to me . . . it's hard to explain in a sentence, but it has become the symbol that represents me and the symbol of how I view the world. Great lens.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I love spirals. I use the image when learning something new. We keep going around in circles, but always going deeper, with greater understanding the more we study it. Lovely lens. 5*

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      30 years ago when I was in high school, the school song was about the Nautilus!! It would have been interesting if I had known about golden ratios and fibonacci numbers back then. It would have made the task of singing about spirals and shells much more interesting. Seriously.

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      Mayapearl 6 years ago

      I love the pictures of shells and galaxies, great lens! Thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      spirals seem to be way nature gets things done

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      caffimages 4 years ago

      I've added this to my Spirals to inspire lens. Lovely ideas!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Spirals, fractals, circles are dreaming nature.

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      AishwaryaTiwari1 4 years ago

      We are slaves of finding order in chaos, that's the way we are.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      I believe the spiral is sacred and can be used in spiritual protection as well as guidance.

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      CuriousBoy 4 years ago

      Sure, but...

      What about "The Designer?"

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