Spirals: The Mysticism and Meaning

by April Williams

Have you ever found yourself drawn to a specific symbol? For me that symbol is the spiral. As such, I have found it to be an inspirational design in my jewelry. 

Spiral are one of the earliest known geometric shapes seen in ancient artworks. In fact the spiral was a very predominant symbol in ancient Celtic art. From the Single Spiral to the Triskeles (three legs) spiral, Celtic art is ripe with spiral designs. 

Photo by By AnonMoos - SVG version of Image:Triple-Spiral-Symbol.png .

But ancient art is not the only place we have seen spirals. These symbols are thrown at our feet daily by the natural world. Snell shells, Nautiluses, fer fiddle-heads, spiderwebs, DNA, hurricanes, even the arms of our galaxy all share the spiral shape. So what does it mean?

Photo courtesy By Dicklyon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35543222

There are many variations on what the spiral represents. 

The spiral motif is a link to nature, representing the ever changing seasons. It represents the cycle of life; birth, growth, death, and re-incarnation. 

Spiritually the spiral represents a connectivity with the divine, spiraling from the outer ego (the outside world) into the inner soul (cosmic awareness and enlightenment). The spiral represents evolution and growth of the spirit. It is a symbol of change and development. 

Personally, to me, the spiral represents a couple of things.

First it is a symbol of change, as all things in this world must change over time. Nothing can live and be stagnant. Heck, you are not even the same person you were when you began reading this. And as scary as change is, it is also wonderful, because that means that everyday we have a new chance, a new choice, to change ourselves and bring more light into the world. 

The spiral also represents our never ending journey of knowledge. With each idea we learn, we grow both on a physical level (learning increases brain functions after all) and on a spiritual level. When we overcome an obstacle, we grow. But we grow from the process, not the actual goal. It is the journey that makes us who we are, not the results. 

Photo by April Williams (Wide Spiral Necklace)

You will notice quite a few spirals in my work. Each piece represents a special lesson that we have (or need to) learn. Some of those lessons are deep moving encounters, and some are just plain fun, but regardless we walk away from each lesson a better person. Join me in honoring the lessons we learn, as we walk our personal spiritual paths. 



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