331. From planting #turmeric in Arecibo. On the right is turmeric and on the left is a snail shell. My experience on this farm was one enlightening moment after another, we had just finished designing the land according to the shape of leaves (post 325) and then as I was laying a couple beds of turmeric in the ground I came across this beautiful discovery. Look closely at the similarities in these two pieces of earth that couldn't be less related.
I went home and google'd "why do things grow in spirals?" and was given the answer that was Leonardo Bonnaci became known for over 800 years ago, the #Fibonnaci sequence aka the golden ratio.
The sequence starts with 0 and 1, and then each number after is the sum of the previous two. So 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. And when you lay these out on a graph, it makes a spiral.
Bonnaci derived this from nature and the astounding part is when you begin to realize how many things in the world resemble spirals or perfectly match these numbers.
Think of a pineapple, if you count all the little stripes of studs, going diagonally, you'll see 13. Going the other way you'll see 8. Or if it's small maybe you'll see 8 and 5. Same with a pine cone. If you look at the face of a sunflower you'll see the same spirals of 13 and 21, the same with rose petals, the shape of an ant and a honeybee, and the number of branches on a tree.
And spirals made by this ratio stretch way beyond my turmeric and snail shell to hurricanes, fingerprints, and literally the whole galaxy.
My dad even explained its role in the stock market as the Fibonnaci numbers are used to predict what a stock price will drop to after a sharp rise, predicting it almost seamlessly.
But what's maybe even more wild is Bonacci didn't come up with this out of nothing. His studies were preceded by Indian thinkers and medicine hundreds and hundreds of years before him, and that's just what we still have evidence of today.
I appreciate this as nature's reminder that the world of chaos we've constructed is supported by endless structure that we too often forget about. I hope we can find comfort in this. Because in the end everything will heal and grow and be as planned.