The Ancient Spirals – What do they mean?


The Spiral Petroglyph is found in every ancient culture throughout the world.

How is it that all of these ancient cultures craved into stone the exact same symbol in a time where there was no way to communicate with each other? There were no telephones, no TV and no mode of transport that would enable them to visit each other.

I believe that they all looked to the stars and saw the same spirals occurring in the night sky. This phenomenon has now been seen by millions of people around the globe in the past few years.


The Spiral, which is the oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices, reflects the universal pattern of growth and evolution. The spiral represents the goddess, the womb, fertility and life force energy. Reflected in the natural world, the Spiral is found in human physiology, plants, minerals, animals, energy patterns, weather, growth and death. The Spiral is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our evolving journey in life. When used as a personal talisman, the Spiral helps consciousness to accept the turnings and changes of life as it evolves. The acceptance of change is one of the greatest freedoms a human can experience, putting consciousness in the present moment where the power of creation is condensed. On a larger scale, using this symbol assures all beings are reminded of their inward and outward evolution, a balanced and centred state of mind. On water, it carries the power to flow and change.


“When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colours, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.”

~Hopi Prophecy








Spiral Petroglyph at the V-Bar-V Ranch, Verde Valley, Arizona.

This tight spiral is reminiscent of the coiled plaques that the Hopi weave from yucca fibers.








Hohokam  - This Spiral Petroglyph is one of the pieces of prehistoric Hohokam art on display along the pathway through the rock garden.



 This present-day name given to the prehistoric occupants of central and southern Arizona applies to those who lived here between about the year 0 and 1450 CE (current era).  It comes from the Pima Indian (Akimel O'odham) word for "those who have gone" or "all used up".








Spiral and Serpent Petroglyph


Cabeceras de Izcagua  La Palma, Canary Islands








Nine Mile Canyon, Utah Petroglyphs

Spiral and Serpent Petroglyph






View of the carved stone at the

entrance to the Newgrange tomb




Picture of a carved stone (petroglyph) at the base of Newgrange – Ireland


The triple spiral visible on the entrance stone at Newgrange. The triple spiral is a Celtic or pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Neolithic sites. From ancient times, the symbol of the spiral has been associated with the solar calendar, the rhythm of the seasons, and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.



Megalithic art refers to the use of large stones as an artistic medium. Although some modern artists and sculptors make use of large stones in their work, the term is more generally used to describe art carved onto megaliths in prehistoric Europe.


Megalithic art is found in many places in Western Europe although the main concentrations are in Ireland, Brittany and Iberia. Megalithic art started in the Neolithic and continued into the Bronze Age. Although many monument types received this form of art the majority is carved on Neolithic passage graves. Megalithic art tends to be highly abstract and contains relatively few representations of recognisable real objects. Megalithic art is often similar to prehistoric rock art and contains many similar motifs such as the 'cup and ring mark', although the two forms of rock carving also have large stylistic differences.







Laxe das Rodas - Grupo XXIX do Outeiro do Lombo da Costa - San Xurxo de Sacos - Cotobade


San Xurxo de Sacos, Pontevedra, Spain








Spiral carved into a stone block by an artist of ancient America

This precious piece of ancient art represents many aspects of Southwest American indigenous culture and in other parts of the world. connect with the tower kivas and the other towers on top of the canyon as well as the kivas of all the family sites in the cliffs and lower canyon. This feeling of expansion continued and I connected to the kivas of Chaco Canyon and then to the other mound cultures in Indiana, specifically Anderson mounds.


Spiral Sculpture at the Pueblo Cultural Center








Rock Art Petroglyph, Arroyo Hondo,

New Mexico


Prehistoric rock art is found across the globe. These ancient images give evidence of early human creativity. They are more than just drawings: anthropologists believe that the images in rock art may hold important clues about the how our species came into being. Studying prehistoric art can teach us about the lives of ancient peoples and the exciting moment in history when "primates" became "people."








The photo of an Ancient Spiral carved into a 10′ high boulder


The photo is of an ancient spiral carved into a 10′ high boulder at one end of the Anima Center property, concealed from casual observation by a thick cloak of wild grape vines. It symbolizes the simultaneous journeying outwards into the world and our destinies, and inwards and homewards to our authentic selves, heart and source. Thousands of years old, it marks a place sacred to the ancient Mogollon who so long cared for it, a people served by the vision and skills of certain called and driven Adepts such as we now call shamans







Petroglyphs in Malta at the Tarxien Temple complex

By far the most common design in Maltese megalithic art is that of the spiral and its derivatives.

















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