The spiral is an ancient sacred symbol. It is a pattern of nature that can convey many messages. Learn about how you can use this in your path.
Our Cosmic Connection
The spiral is an archetypal symbol that represents cosmic force. ― Carl Jung
An Archetypal symbol is a universal typology. Typologies evoke deep and sometimes unconscious responses. These can be symbols, characters, images, and themes. These are the icons that embody universal meaning. Their prevalence in art and nature make them recognizable.
Many ancient traditions use this symbol. It represents a variety of spiritual concepts. The shape suggests a moving labyrinth. The symmetric growth of the form leads to or from Source. Even as a solid form in rock, it appears to be moving.
Some people see this archetypal symbol when they close their eyes. We see it used in many ancient cultures and mystery religions.
The Meaning of The Spiral Symbol
This shape is a basic building block of nature. We see it in flowers and the Nautilus Shell. We can spot this symbol in the swirling energy vortex of storms and tornados. It makes you think nature wants us to recognize the importance of this structure. Could it be because we are on this tiny planet whirling around one of 100 billion suns in a spinning spiral galaxy?
This marvelous corkscrew form is in 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.
The significance and meaning of the spiral symbol are in its simplicity and versatility. It represents our spiritual journey. We associate it with the cycles of life and time; the seasons, the cycle of birth, growth, death, and then rebirth. This symbol represents the consciousness of nature cascading from its center expanding outwardly.
Surprisingly, no single religious or political group claims exclusive rights to the form. Therefore, the meaning of the spiral symbol is as diverse as its use in nature. It is prolific in many ancient Shamanic practices and symbols. When you close your eyes, you might even see a swirling spiral-like pattern. Hypnotists use this form to induce a trance-like state.
Because this shape is prevalent remains non sectarian, or maybe pan-sectarian. In this way, it belongs to everyone as our cosmic connection.
Some consider the spiral a symbol of the ultimate spiritual journey. It also represents the evolutionary process of learning and growing. Life doesn’t proceed in a straight line, but in a spiral.
Walking in a labyrinth is a tradition in many cultures. It is part of a psycho-spiritual exercise for centering consciousness. Behold the power and mystery of the sacred spiral. Have a Reiki healing session. You will see the healer use the spiral in several forms as part of the healing technique.
Fibonacci Sequence & Golden Ratio
This form often follows the perfectly expanding proportions known in mathematics as the Fibonacci numbers, the Golden Ratio, and the recursion method widely used in computer science. Some call this form an equiangular and geometrical spiral because the angle at which a radius increases in geometrical progression as its polar angle increases in arithmetical progression.
We can spot this progression and symmetry with the naked eye. We can tell if it is in alignment. This ability to identify with such precision speaks to our cosmic connection with this symbol. Try it yourself. Find a picture of a spiral. See if it flows in a perfect progression.
The meaning of the spiral symbol can be whatever you infuse into it. This is probably why it is prolific in many ancient cultures. This cosmic connection is a powerful symbol. But it is readily available and easy to create. We can put it into motion with the turn of our hand.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia