A few months ago I dreamed about being in ancient times as a young child among other children all boys. A lesson was going on, an elder made an image on clay and asked us to draw it on the ground one by one. The first boy started on the outside and worked his way to the center they all did the same. I got up and walked to the center of the court and drew mine from the center and worked out. The scholar watched ignored me and ended the lesson for the day. I’m still drawing with a stick and backed right into him. He asked, “Why do you make you spiral so large?” I answered him “I want to see how far it can go.” Upon waking I did a little research into the spiral shape.
It exists everywhere you look from minuscule as DNA and to greatest expanses of our universe as galaxies. The spiral is found in various cultures even of antiquity of human civilization such as the Minoans, Celtics, and Anasazi Indians. Even religion is not immune to this shape; Christianity the tower of Babel, Islam The Great Mosque of Samrra and ancient Tibet scrolls are ornate with them. Spirals exist in nature in various forms; how a snake coils, the shape of a snail shell, the motion as water drains, and some flower formations. They also represent very destructive forces of nature such as a tornado or hurricane. Spirals have found shape into the human conscious in higher sphere of reason; architectural design ‘˜spiral stair case’, mathematics ‘˜Archimedean spiral’, psychiatry ‘˜hypnosis spiral’ and terminology ‘˜spiraling out of control’. Some chock it up extraterrestrial beings from lunar visual anomalies to crop circles.
The earliest known man-made creation came during the 50,000 to 30,000 BCE. Archeology revealed figures of women some with the spiral design. It is believed as an early form of religious idols or Venus like deity figures representing fertility, immortality and creation. I can understand the theory, as primitive humans would potentially partake reasoning as to the nature of a women’s ability to give birth and bleed without repercussions of dying. The spiral symbol took me a while to theory two concepts: the fetus develops in a spiral form shape all life does as an embryo. The other DNA is a spiral an essence of all life, what if this concept was known? More likely it was our vision of the heavens of seeing a galaxy take shape. There seems a possibility as we try to unravel ancient ruins of man that took great knowledge to generate. All could have easily been lost due to natural disaster, war, disease and political social agenda decimating populations of imperative reasoning and leaving behind those of limited understanding or fragments of knowledge.
Well if you don’t believe my theory that great intellect once existed think of the Archimedes (287 BC ‘”c.212 BC) his death was the result of a military siege and died at the sword of soldier. His mathematical theories did not take hold till centuries later during the Italian Renaissance. He engineered the first water pump a screw, designed he first claw like winch and mathematical principles used still today. Another example would be before Grey’s Anatomy in earliest form in 1858 came out Leonardo Da Vinci drew the human anatomy first from 1510 to 1511. Our history lays evidence that great intellect and discoveries are lost unrecognized for even centuries till the reverence of their use comes to our understanding.
Today one spiral studied with great immensity is DNA for clues to unravel disease and our origins. The human genome project is doing more that discovering our unique traits, disposition for certain diseases but can track our ancestry. At first it can recognition into the millions we share genetic traits with and narrow it down to thousand than hundreds in a genetic time line. I would like to think of this as a great search for Adam and Eve. Scientists so far placed “Eve” the mother of all modern human beings through DNA about 150,000 years ago and “Adam” the father of all man through DNA 60,000 years ago. The fact that they place Eve further beyond Adam presents a new meaning to me “which came first the chicken or the egg”. All puns aside it may actually be the limitation of the science of DNA research still in its infancy to unraveling even greater mysteries.
Another modern study of spirals is in the sky if you look up. No, I don’t mean UFOs the study of astronomy the shape of galaxies and star clusters lay way to the creation or our universe. Though modern science of astronomy does attack the principle of creation. The earliest study does reference creation in Plato’s The Republic “Timaeus” a monologue (c. 360BC) speaks of spirals in the universe — “Because of their simultaneous progress in two opposite directions, the motion of the same, which is the the swiftest of all motions, twisted all their circles into spirals and thus caused the body which moves away form it most slowly to appear the nearest. And in order that there might be a clear measure of the relative speeds, slow and quick, with which they traveled round their eight orbits, in that circle which is second from the earth God kindled a light which now we call the sun, to the end that it might shine, so far as possible, throughout the whole Heaven, and that all the living creatures entitled thereto might participate in number, learning it from the revolution of the same and similar. “
As for my dream of the spiral I would like to think of it more philosophical and psychological in meaning to me. The dream is inaccurate historically cause in ancient times women were forbidden to be educated as why there are all boys and the elder scholar ignores me. The fact that all the boys followed suit in how they drew their spirals out going inward and me in growing outward has significant meaning. Two words “Aspire” and “Inspire” since the dream concept was about a lesson we aspire to for our understanding and meaningful purpose. I see this as a visual example of the boys drawing their spirals toward the center or to draw inward to ones self. I see the means of drawing the spiral from the center or me outward as visual meaning of inspire. When one focuses on not centering the lesson on one self fulfillment but to take a direction to grow outward and spread among all to see and share. I guess this explains my satisfaction of contributing and viewing online media another spiral of information. I’m only sorry that in my dream I could not have gotten a response back from the scholar to my answer. So, in my waking logic I would assume the answer is my favorite quote — .”Going on means going far, going far means returning” ‘”Tao Te Ching (6th century BC).
Finally, the UFO and other theories that are out there. Well I understand that as humans we all hold very primitive principles in our existence today. Whatever science can’t explain for us. Whatever religion can’t explain for us. Then we tend to misconceive and follow self-deception and allow superstitions hold an answer for us till science or religion reveals the truth we all need. Beside yes the deity figures are called Venus figures that hold the earliest art of the spiral. I’m just not ready to believe I am from Venus and my last date his origin is from another planet Mars. Though it seems a possibility when some of my dates border on the weird, crazy or just plain on the strange side. There is a study into the out there concept of life in the cosmos other than earth but it’s more into debunking the imagination and proving truth. I’m sure my dates aren’t aliens from outer space but guys that I just don’t get or don’t get me entirely. The spiral if not relevance of early human intellect, then as art or doodling it does relieves stress helping one imagine the intellectual possibilities and freeing the mind to grasp ideas to be yet rediscovered.
Quoted sources: Tao Te Ching “Laozi, Plato’s “The Republic”,
Other sources of reference not quoted: Encyclopedia Britannica 1976, and Bible
PBS broadcasts: Nova, Scientific Frontiers, Nova Science Now, Nature and Special features
Publications from: “Popular Science Today”, “National Geographic”, “The Smithsonian”, Architectural Digest, and various news sources on DNA, and The lectures of Joseph Campbell’s in Mythos.