Silver Spirals

Lying on the shores of all the worlds oceans are sparkling silver spirals. Made from the dust of stars they speak an eternal truth. From the centre of the spiral life pours outwards in ever widening circles. An ancient symbol carved by our Celtic ancestors into stones and metal.

Each circle is a cycle of time, turning through familiar points, yet growing with each turn. The silver star dust is recycled through many bodies and shapes, each one more beautiful than the last. From the tiny spirals at the core of our bodies cells, echoed out into the glittering silver galaxies of space, spirals hold the very motion of life itself.


About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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47 Responses to Silver Spirals

  1. says:

    Simply beautiful! I collect rocks and love the quality!

  2. LB says:

    Lovely, just lovely! and I too, read Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gifts from the Sea. What a life she led!

  3. Very like the transient installations of Andy Goldsworthy – but with beautiful words and visual images.

  4. ladyfi says:

    Such delightful shots!

  5. colonialist says:

    Beautifully expressed.

  6. wildsherkin says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Seonaid. Oh how you weave your magic!

  7. Beautiful. I love looking for shells. Pity there’s less and less to appreciate! So enjoy your blog and photos!

  8. twoscamps says:

    The beauty you find is reflected in your prose and photos. What a joy it is to follow along! I love your ruminations…. Happy Travels, Seonaid. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • What a lovely comment….and it’s so lovely having you follow along.
      I’m delighted that you enjoy my ramblings and wonderings and connections… makes the sharing all worthwhile with comments like yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    where did you catch these fallen stars? ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. poppytump says:

    What beauty there is within this post …
    I’m always on the hunt for that elusive cowrie shell too Seonaid ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A fellow cowrie hunter, how wonderful.
      My poor husband has had to learn extreme patience on these beaches ๐Ÿ™‚
      Do you get them on your local beaches too?

      • poppytump says:

        I’ve never been lucky any beaches I’ve explored Seonaid … I gather my best chance might be somewhere in NWales ! We are a little too far away for everyday hunting ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. beeseeker says:

    “from the centre of the spiral …”
    Yes indeed!
    Still going on!

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The exquisite work of nature, and your words are beautiful Seonaid.

  13. Andre T says:

    amaziing ๐Ÿ˜€
    wow its really” colorfull

  14. โ™กeM says:

    I think circles and spirals are brilliant too. I long to construct a labyrinth in the midst of the woods so I can just wander purposefully.

    • Oh I did that with a group of friends a few years ago…..we made it from wood…..and it was wonderful. There is also a labyrinth cut into grass in the grounds of our local Palace. My son and I walked it in the summer, much to the confusion of the dogs!

  15. Liana says:


  16. They seam to be counter-clock wise (The Spirals)

  17. Nature’s designs and creations far surpass anything that is man made. A brilliant interpretation of the theme, Seonaid. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, I have to agree that nature is a wonderfully gifted artist and creator.
      I was scratching my head a bit with this theme…..then I stumbled across these old photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. OK … first-thing-is-first … are those Scottish seashells or shells (from perhaps places unknown) which adorn an aquarium? I ask because (perhaps you already knew this) my professional research interests concern the molluscs and, in particular, the terrestrial forms. And, second, thanks for using the logarithmic spiral of my most favorite creature as a metaphor for life at all scales. From galaxies, to snails, flowers, and even the chemicals of life itself at the level of the gene … DNA. Thanks Seonaid.

    • David, they are indeed Scottish shells. The photo was taken on one of the coral beaches around Plockton, on the West Coast of Rosshire. These are some of the shells I grew up collecting ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the life affirming soothing circles of the spiral….the logarithmic spiral….I should have used that phrase, it’s lovely.

      • Coral beaches? Huh? In Scotland? Wow … there’s lots I don’t know about the beautiful place where you live. So, are salt water, fresh water, or estuarine species? Fresh water forms are rarely so colorful so I’m guessing either salt or estuarine? D

      • These are definitely a salt water species, and where you find these lovely shells you also find cowries….I’ll happily spend an afternoon hunting through the coral and sand for cowries. Our Scottish ones are tiny and ridged, but very pretty, and my Granny told me they bring good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Tina Schell says:

    How beautiful Seonaid – a wonderful post!

  20. Gorgeous and honoring Nature’s sacred geometry, as only Seonaid can….

  21. Just beautiful!

    I am almost finished reading Anne Morrow Lingbergh’s ‘Gift from the Sea’ – have you read it?

  22. Leya says:

    Beautiful! Dreamy and silvery…

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