I took this photo at Mesa Verde National Park last November. I love the spiral design. It is an ancient symbol that dates back to the Neolithic period and carvings like this one have been found throughout the world. Spirals appear in nature in the form of snail shells, tornadoes, whirlpools, and even galaxies. The spiral symbol has various meanings, from cosmic energy, creation and growth, birth, death, and an unfolding journey.
I find the spiral shape intriguing, comforting, and powerful, so it's no surprise that I've already incorporated a massive spiral into our new garden. We inherited an overgrown raspberry patch that measures about 27' x 27'. The center of it was fairly open and my daughter was playing in that space while I pruned out the dead canes. I had been wanting to add a labyrinth to our yard, but couldn't quite find the right place for it. Then the idea hit me - I would transform our overgrown raspberry patch into a raspberry spiral!
I got to work measuring and marking the raspberry spiral. After a lot of digging and reorganizing, I made a path that winds between the raspberries and into the open center of the raspberry patch. My husband and daughter built a trellis with wooden stakes and wire.
Once the paths and center are mulched, we will be able to relax in center of the raspberry galaxy, taking in the cosmic energy and gathering inspiration for creation and growth. On our passage out from the center, we will hopefully have a more clear vision of our life’s unfolding journey - and a belly full of raspberries.
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