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.
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 tomorrow...like 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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Simply beautiful! I collect rocks and love the quality!
Lovely, just lovely! and I too, read Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gifts from the Sea. What a life she led!
Very like the transient installations of Andy Goldsworthy – but with beautiful words and visual images.
Such delightful shots!
Absolutely beautiful, Seonaid. Oh how you weave your magic!
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Beautiful. I love looking for shells. Pity there’s less and less to appreciate! So enjoy your blog and photos!
I love gathering shells, and then making beach art with them…..leaving them there for another day 🙂
Do you think there are less shells than there used to be?
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. 🙂
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…..it makes the sharing all worthwhile with comments like yours 🙂
where did you catch these fallen stars? 🙂
Oh, on a white coral beach up on the West Coast of Scotland 🙂
sounds like paradise!
Pretty close, especially when the sun shines 🙂
What beauty there is within this post …
I’m always on the hunt for that elusive cowrie shell too Seonaid 🙂
A fellow cowrie hunter, how wonderful.
My poor husband has had to learn extreme patience on these beaches 🙂
Do you get them on your local beaches too?
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 😉
“from the centre of the spiral …”
Still going on!
Spiralling ever onwards….
The exquisite work of nature, and your words are beautiful Seonaid.
Thanks Gilly, nature is a truly gifted artist 🙂
wow its really” colorfull
They are beautiful shells……I love these white coral beaches we get on the west coast of Scotland.
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!
Thanks for the inspirational testimony! I suppose dogs, like people, want to actually go somewhere when they walk.
Love your comment Liana 🙂
They seam to be counter-clock wise (The Spirals)
Clockwise if you spiral outwards from the centre
Counterclockwise if you travel from the outside in 🙂
Nature’s designs and creations far surpass anything that is man made. A brilliant interpretation of the theme, Seonaid. 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂 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 🙂
How beautiful Seonaid – a wonderful post!
Thanks Tina….there is something so beautiful and intriguing about shells and their spirals
Thank you….I can never resist shimmering silver shells 🙂
Gorgeous and honoring Nature’s sacred geometry, as only Seonaid can….
Beautifully put, sacred geometry indeed, holding the key to life 🙂
I am almost finished reading Anne Morrow Lingbergh’s ‘Gift from the Sea’ – have you read it?
I haven’t, but it sounds lovely….I’ll look it up on amazon.
Beautiful! Dreamy and silvery…
Wishing you wonderful silvery dreams….