The spiral represents the flow of physical & spiritual energy. It symbolizes both solar & lunar,
male & female energies. Long before the discovery of spiral galaxies, the ancients have used
the spiral image to represent the universe, the earth's rotation, the moon's orbit, and as a symbol
for growth. The Egyptian hieroglyph for spiral corresponds to the Hebrew vau, denoting cosmic
forms in motion, or the relationship between unity & multiplicity.
Leonardo Fibonacci (1170-1250) of Pisa, Italy discerned the logarithmic spiral in nature
(nautilus shell &
rabbit's reproduction rate). We may find more examples in artichokes & pineapples,
the center of daisies & sunflowers, in subatomic tracks & spiral galaxies.
The Fibonacci numbers
are named after him (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc.) where each number is the sum of the two preceding
in the series. The spiral may be found in three forms: expanding (as in the nebula galaxies), contracting
(like whirlwinds or whirlpools), or ossified (like the snail's shell). In the first case, it is an active
sun-symbol, in the second & third cases, it is a negative moon-symbol. The ancient Greeks
attributed the creative spiral (rising in a clockwise direction) to Pallas Athene, the Goddess of
Wisdom, and the destructive spiral like a whirlwind (which twirls counterclockwise) to the Sea
God Poseidon (Neptune). In yoga, the spiral is associated with the
Kundalini force dormant
at the base of the spine. During meditation, it awakes & rises like a serpent through the
nerve centers (chakras) until it flows out of the head's crown (thousand-petal lotus of Buddha).
The spiral is also connected to the breath & spirit, and the Egyptian Thoth is shown with a large
spiral on his head. The spiral is used as an attribute of power, found in sceptre heads of Egyptian
pharoahs and Christian popes & bishops. In primitive dances of healing & incantation, the pattern
of movement develops as a spiral curve. The Sufi whirling dervish dances in a spiral to induce
a state of ecstasy to experience the center of his being. Children are often seen to whirl around
in playgrounds or parks, spinning themselves and giggling.|
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