Spirals are a common shape found in nature. Fibonacci numbers have been found in tree branches, the number of leaves on a stem, sea shells, the structure of pinecones, pineapples, and artichokes, etc.
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The spiral is one of the oldest symbols of spirituality known to man. Found at burial and ceremonial sites, petroglyphs, and crop circles, some of the oldest of these spirals can be seen in Ireland at the prehistoric monument, Newgrange, dating back to 3,200 B.C.
Although it varies depending on each culture, the spiral has profound meaning as a symbol of unity and ascension. To some, spirals represent movement through life’s experiences. The Celts viewed them as a symbol of progressive development, growth, and expansion. As we make our journey towards the center and the Light, we find balance, and realize our deep connection to nature and the universe. The spiral can also be representative of the path leading from UNconsciousness (materialism, ego, outward perception) to consciousness (enlightenment, Higher-Self, cosmic awareness, the soul). Because of its connection with mother goddesses, the spiral has been considered to be a feminine symbol, representing women along with things traditionally associated with them, such as fertility, childbirth, and intuition.
Symbolic implications of the spiral include: evolution and holistic growth; letting go, release, and rebirthing; awareness of the ONE within the context of the whole; connectivity and union with Source and cosmic energies.
A strange phenomenon has been taking place in various countries such as China, Russia, Norway, and Finland, to name a few. There have been sightings of brilliant spirals hovering in the night skies! Jaime Maussan, Mexico’s top investigative reporter and Ufologist, has reported that this phenomenon could very well be a sign or message from galactic beings.
Sacred Geometry is an ancient science considered to be the blueprint of Creation. It explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things, and reveals the precise way that the energy of Creation organizes itself. Every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes, and the spiral is a common element of Sacred Geometry. The spiral is also found in structures as small as the double helix of DNA, and as large as the galaxy. Thus, the spiral could be thought of as a symbol of the universe and our place within it.
The Mathematics Of Spirals
Italian mathematician, Leonardo of Pisa (better known by his nickname Fibonacci), first introduced Europe to the Fibonacci Sequence, a series of numbers produced by adding the previous two numbers together: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. When squares are made with those widths, they create a spiral.
The Spiral And The Creative Arts
One of the most famous artists (and mathematicians) who used the Fibonacci Sequence in his creations is Leonardo da Vinci. The Fibonacci sequence of numbers and the Golden Ratio are also manifested in music, and was notably used by Mozart, one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. The numbers are present in the octave, the foundational unit of melody and harmony.
Although a seemingly simple sequence of numbers, its occurrence in nature and relationship to the Golden Ratio have lured many mathematicians, scientists, and artists. This “golden ratio”, 1.61803399, is represented by the Greek letter Phi (Φ or φ), and has unique and mysterious mathematical properties.
In geometry, a golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is Phi. That is, a golden spiral gets wider (or further from its origin) by a factor of φ for every quarter turn it makes.