Mystics and scientists alike have been fascinated for centuries with a sacred form that’s found in nearly all living things - humans, plants and animals. Its familiar shape can be recognized in our own DNA, fingerprints, flowers, trees, shells, and at a universal level, in hurricanes and galaxies.
What is this ancient symbol of beauty, perfection and proportion?
It’s the sacred form of the spiral.
Throughout the ages a spiral has represented infinite expansion, symbolizing the expansion of nature and the universe, reflecting the magical inter-connectedness of our micro- and macro- cosmos. For centuries, this knowledge was considered sacred, a way of understanding the deeper beauty and spirituality in life.
We’ll share later in this post how you can wear this sacred, secret code to the universe, so you too can access its magical properties!
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE GOLDEN SPIRAL & THE GOLDEN RATIO
The Golden Spiral is based on a concept called the GOLDEN RATIO that has been shaping our understanding of balance and proportion throughout millennia.
The GOLDEN RATIO of 1.618 has been called many names throughout history: Golden Section, Golden Mean, the Magic Ratio, Divine Proportion.
One of the most famous formulas in mathematics it can be found practically everywhere including nature, geometry, the human body, and the solar system. You can say it is a kind of built-in numbering system to the cosmos, and this is the reason it is often called "nature's secret code”.
Humans have known about the GOLDEN RATIO for at least 4,000 years, some say even longer! The latest research shows that it was used in the design of hieroglyphics found on tomb walls, and also in the construction of the Egyptian pyramids and other ancient structures throughout the world.
THE GOLDEN RATIO & THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE
The GOLDEN RATIO was described in detail by Indian mathematicians around the 6th century AD and introduced to the West in 1202 by Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa, the same guy that brought us the Arabic decimal system to substitute for the awkward Roman one that was used at the time.
The principle of the Fibonacci Sequence is simple - starting with 0 and 1, each new number in the sequence is the sum of the two before it.
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 … - the Sequence keeps unfolding in a never-ending pattern.
This formula appears around us everywhere in our daily lives, even though we rarely notice it.
See if you’ve ever noticed the Fibonacci formula in these familiar things:
Flowers, leaves and branches in many plants are arranged in 1-3-5-8 pattern
Petals of a pine cone are arranged in spirals crossing in both directions: 8 spirals in one direction and 13 in the other
Giant millipedes, Monarch caterpillars, Snails and Pangolins all have this ratio in the design of their bodies
Faces that are most attractive to us are those that have main features with proportions closest to the Golden Ratio
And here is the connection:
If you take any two successive Fibonacci numbers, their ratio is very close to the Golden Ratio (1.618).
THE GOLDEN RATIO IN DESIGN
The GOLDEN RATIO has fascinated the Western world for a very long time – throughout history architects, musicians, artists and sculptors used it as a basis for their creations.
Perhaps the best-known example of the GOLDEN RATIO in art is Leonardo Da Vinci's VITRUVIAN MAN, as well as his masterpieces MONA LISA and THE LAST SUPPER. Many famous artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Seurat and Dali all employed this formula in their art.