Do you have a favorite symbol? Out of the thousands and thousands of symbols, I have always been attracted to the spiral…so much that I proudly sport a little tattooed one on my back. There’s something about it which helps me feel connected to the world’s vibrant energies, inviting me to immerse myself in all its beauty.

Whilst searching for its meaning, I found this beautiful quote by Madame de Stael which made me think a lot about life…

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress made in spirals.


Depending on the different cultures, this symbol has a lot of varied meanings. Considered one of the oldest symbols known to man, dating back to at least the neolithic period, the spiral is believed to represent movement through life experiences. Interestingly, this symbol also shows up in nature- in hurricanes and tornados, in the pattern of seeds in a sunflower, in the growing tips of ferns, in the pattern that leaves grow on a stem, in the shape of the DNA molecule, in the curved horn of the ram or the goat, in the horns on the antelopes on the plains of Africa, in the shell of a snail or nautilus and the cluster of petals in a rose, all the way to magnetic fields at the earth’s poles, and even in the galaxies swirling in space.


 Our earth describes a spiral course. We move in circles, but we never come back to the same point.

It seems like the spiral is nature’s way of mesmerizing the observer with a sense of majestic eternity.  This symbol; also known as the spiral of life represents birth, death, and rebirth, the wheel of the seasons and the evolution of the universe from the singularity of the divine thus considered as a shape of energy that evolved order out of chaos. Out of the different presentations of the spiral these are the most popular:


Single Spiral: A ‘clock-wise’ spiral represents the concept of growth, expansion and co

smic energy whilst an ‘anti-clockwise’ spiral is seen as a symbol that represents the sun (ancient people thought the sun was born each morning, died each night, and was reborn the next morning). Ancients believed that energy, both physical and spiritual, flowed in a spiral form. The spiral represents both solar and lunar, masculine and feminine energie



Double Spiral: Related to the yin-yang symbol, the double spiral represents how opposites (like male and female) are interdependent on each other creating balance.

Triple Spiral (or triskele): The triple spiral is thought to have been designed by the ancient Celts representing the three Celtic worlds: the celestial world, the spiritual world and the present world. The Celts believed that every activity related to life and death happened in three distinct phases, each of which are equally important for maintaining the balance of nature (this can also be seen by its appearance at burial sites across the globe). There are a lot of other variations as to what these three extensions mean including: spirit-mind-body, mother-father-child, past-present-future, power-intellect-love and creation-preservation-destruction.


As regards to spiral tattoos, there are a million and one creative ways to design your own. There are no limits in this eternal symbol, do your research well and you will find yourself a gateway of infinite possibilities!


 A circle is a reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end- and if you put several circles on each other, then you get a spiral.






Author: Alexia Micallef

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