In terms of astrology, mysticism and myth the spiral translates into
meanings of spirituality and rebirth. In terms of spirituality, the
spiral symbol represents the path leading from outer consciousness
(materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception) to the inner
soul (enlightenment, unseen essence, nirvana, cosmic awareness).
In terms of rebirth or growth, the spiral symbol represents the
consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and thus
expanding outwardly. This is the way of all things, as recognized by
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. Surprisingly,
no religious or political group has claimed exclusive rights to the
spiral. It remains non-sectarian, or maybe pan-sectarian. The spiral
belongs to everyone
and excludes no one.
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.
To walk and then stand in the center of a spiral or labyrinth has been
a psycho spiritual exercise for centering the consciousness.