Everything about Spirals (the ultimate journal)

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Why is the spiral such a compelling shape?
Carl Jung, said that the spiral is an archetypal symbol that represents cosmic force.
The spiral has been associated with the cycles of time, the seasons, the cycle of birth, growth, death, and then rebirth. The cycles of time and nature are the cycles of life.
Some consider the spiral a symbol of the spiritual journey. It is also considered to represent the evolutionary process of learning and growing. It seems that life doesn't proceed in a straight line. The path of life more closely resemble a spiral. We seem to pass the same point over and over again but from a different perspective each time.
The spiral stands for coming into being.

The spiral has found its way into 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. In various mythologies the spiral is a globally positive symbol.

The spiral phenomenon within natural forms can be explained through mathematics. But mathematics alone can't justify the lure of the spiral to the human mind. Wonderful, evocative words such as surrender, balance, progress, direction, connection, release, and transformation are associated with the spiral.

Here are some wonderful and varied examples for your enjoyment and contemplation.

We begin with traditional art and a special look at the work of Boris Indrikov :iconindrikoff: one of my favourite artist on  :devart: and someone that also seems to have a passion for spirals:  
Rape of Europa by INDRIKoff Call by INDRIKoff Sunrises  children by INDRIKoff Angel.net by INDRIKoff Melody of a dream by INDRIKoff Wawes and Wind by INDRIKoff Pattern VIOLINA 6 by INDRIKoff

More in Traditional art: Fairy Tails by jayalders The Birth of Isis by OoooKATIoooO Council VII by FrodoK Several Species by BigFace ZOOOIDS - Underworld II by RSConnett:thumb221559617: Let There Be Jellyfish by Simanion:thumb278848349:

In Digital art:
thesea-vignietteversion by CrankBot

Mature Content

Saeglopur by Cutteroz
:thumb138067270: For I never saw the sea by Vidom undefined by nucu mandala2 by andzelika7 StructureSynth+Sunflow+TEST by muzucya Corridor: Mind of the Repented by icjaker Silver and Blue by moonbeam1212 classic_music by ghassan747 sonic touch digital by Tellaine Pop-Reggae by ivankorsario

In Fractals:
Green As Hope by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Splits, Splits, Splits by SuicideBySafetyPin F161211-B by GGamson Christmas Spiral 2010 by magnusti78 Reminiscing for Progress by Disthene-Fractal Philia by heavenriver Sternnacht by pillemaster Galaxies by CQuake Full of gnarls - HDR render by thargor6:thumb262359178: Pesca Fresca by kc267267 Bursting With Joy by VicEberly Ascension by Omron gims curl 3 by racingspoons Sea Star for trafassel by bib993 Uncontainable by Cosmic-Cuttlefish Industrial Lights by MichaelFaber Baobab by Ejimac Blown Gasket by Pharmagician Tunnel Vision by rosshilbert galileo's muse by onebadpenny abs 314 .... by Drag-on2 Doppler by MeddlerInc:thumb221935966: DNA Ring by gandreas Hot Winds by Mignon Paper Staircase by trueName Lazy Susan by VickyM72 stern by TrendyElf Flying Away by Fractal-Kiss Cappucino by DarK--MatteR Roadhouse Sentinel by 12GO Deconstructed Spiral by bandit4edu Groovy by Kabuchan endurance by kram666 The Great Divide by Joe-Maccer PJtiaAQUA by BlurWing passerby by gateman45:thumb134545245: paint the sky by Lucy--C Tetrasquel by LaraBLN Waiting by gabiw Psycodelicum Severum by Arteguille1

In Architecture:
:thumb34975533: swirls by awjay spiral:redone by Vlemaic swirly by awjay spiral stair one by mtribal spiral by leinadselli Tulip Spiral by kharashov:thumb91693738: Mind Games by endegor colorful metal by toribio golden horn by 1poz Les cymbales II by ambrosia3 Modern Staircase by Divulged Spiral by josgoh GauDiDetaiL by Leeslysyd Steps by xiu vertigo by sth22art .:spiral staircase:. by tACkx Rostfrei by trupix Curved by Piquebube Sky Horse by RadientEdenOasis Iron Whirlpool by NoMoreRoomToBreathe Door by abey79

In Nature:
Spiral Galaxy by ChristianAlvestam Spiral by TriinErg Untouched by jbrum Did someone say green? by Kvikken Green Abyss by cactusmumkate Spiral by Moepling spiraling III by sth22art:thumb133551358: spiral II by in-lith Flower Spiral by exactman Spiral by pu3w1tch Spiral II by abey79 Maze by myp55 Spiral by YLena Ammonite 2 by JasonKaiser curl by brendalittle Spiral In Nature. by EyeUnusual No Title 02 by Phospheratu Straighten out the spiral by fitrido Spiral by Averyl ca tourne toujours... by angiiee Spiral by NinaLuna85 Too Many To Count by Mi-Miche Downward Spiral by Lloydy91 intestine spiral by famousB69 Spiral Spidey by BlueEyedRobby green coil by zz0diacc Coral. by DafoeofLenin:thumb72013838: photography: spiral fossil by cenizo-verum mathmatical by uhmanduh333 Fractal or Broccoli? by kanes Whirlpool by GrantSMedia Auroras over Festvag by SindreAHN

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I'm incredibly late to this party, aren't I? Amazing collection of images. I feel like a pretender among giants.. Thank you so much for including me in this feature. Quite humbling, actually :)