08 Jan 5 Symbols from Sacred Geometry – The Golden Spiral
Sacred geometry is the study of the forms and patterns which are the basic building blocks of the universe.
In the structure of an atom and a solar system, a seashell and a hurricane, the neurones in the brain and the organization of galactic superclusters – the same mathematical relationships and geometric shapes keep recurring at every scale.
The principles and proportions of sacred geometry were used to build the oldest megaliths on Earth, from the pyramids of Egypt and Mesoamerica, to Stonehenge and the Parthenon. And they are still used today, in the building of modern cathedrals, auditoriums and capitol buildings.
5 Symbols from Sacred Geometry – part 1
You will probably recognize these symbols from sacred geometry – even if you didn’t know that’s what they were!
1. The Golden Spiral
Derived from the Golden Ratio (a.k.a. The Divine Proportion), the Golden Spiral is one of the most elegant and beautiful shapes, which appears throughout the natural world. It symbolizes balance, grace, perfection, harmony and eternity.
There are tons of common points of about the use of golden spiral, covering beauty, the Parthenon, the UN Secretariat Building, the Great Pyramids at Giza, Nautilus shell, use by famous artists (Da Vinci, Botticelli,Michelangelo, Seurat, etc.) and even the Apple logo are all said to incorporate it.
The ratio, represented by the Greek letter phi (pronounced either “fy” or “fee”) and approximately equal to 1.618 (or, more precisely, one half times one plus the square root of five), is simply a number.
It has been claimed that the ancient Greeks revered it above all else, incorporating it into art, architecture, and literature. The number is said to appear over and over again in nature, specifically in growth patterns in sunflowers and the chambered nautilus. Phi does have some interesting mathematical properties, and it does occasionally appear in nature.
According to legend, the Greek Philosopher Pythagoras discovered the concept of harmony when he began his studies of proportion while listening to the different sounds given off when the blacksmith’s hammers hit their anvils. The weights of the hammers and of the anvils all gave off different sounds. From here he moved to the study of stringed instruments and the different sounds they produced. He started with a single string and produced a monochord in the ratio of 1:1 called the Unison. By varying the string, he produced other chords: a ratio of 2:1 produced notes an octave apart. (Modern music theory calls a 5:4 ratio a “major third” and an 8:5 ratio a “major sixth”.) In further studies of nature, he observed certain patterns and numbers recurring. Pythagoras believed that beauty was associated with the ratio of small integers.
Astonished by this discovery and awed by it, the Pythagoreans endeavored to keep this a secret; declaring that anybody that broached the secret would get the death penalty. With this discovery, the Pythagoreans saw the essence of the cosmos as numbers and numbers took on special meaning and significance.
The symbol of the Pythagorean brotherhood was the pentagram, in itself embodying several Golden Means.
The Greeks, who called it the Golden Section, based the entire design of the Parthenon on this proportion.
Geometry of the Golden Ratio
The Golden Ratio is also found in geometry, appearing in basic constructions of an equilateral triangle, square and pentagon placed inside a circle, as well as in more complex three-dimensional solids such as dodecahedrons, icosahedrons and “Bucky balls,” which were named for Buckminster Fuller and are the basis for the shapes of both Carbon 60 and soccer balls.
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), discoverer of the true elliptical nature of the orbits of the planets in the solar system described it as such: “Geometry has two great treasures: one is the Theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we may name a precious jewel.”
The Golden Ratio in Modern Life
With all the unique mathematical properties of Phi and its appearance throughout creation, it’s little wonder that mankind would not only take notice of this number and the Golden Ratio it creates, but also use it to capture the beauty and harmony of nature in our own creations in art, architecture and other areas of design. Here we selected some beautiful artwork designed with golden spiral concept, and hope you enjoy them.
These modern canvas art print combines both ancient nature power with a fresh modern feeling:
This golden spiral golden ring highlights the beauty of the nature, and perfectly fits for valentine’s day or a wedding anniversary:
Look at this beautiful pottery piece which is a bell and could be served as a ring for lunch or diner! If you have a big family living in a house, if every time your mom has to call you come downstairs for diner, that’s the gift you could have for mother’s day!
Do you like these artwork? Please give us some comments so that we could make it better!