Because of the mathematical nature of a lot of the songs on Lateralus
, they are speaking of the number Phi, which is considered The "divine proportion" -1.618. This proportion is found all over nature: In bee hives, snail shells... even the human body. Phi was derived from the Fibonacci sequence - a progression famous not only because the sum of adjacent terms = the next term, but because the quotients of adjacent terms possessed the property of approaching 1.618.
A few examples:
In a honey bee community the female bees always outnumber the male bees. No matter what, in any beehive in the world if you divide the number of female bees by the male bees you always get 1.618... Phi.
Sea shells... the ratio of each spiral's diameter to the next = Phi.
Pine cone petals, leaf arrangement on plant stalks, insect segmentation... the human body.
Da Vinci was known for his love of the divine proportion - "The Vitruvian Man" was one of many. It has been proven that the human body itself is made of building blocks whose proportional ratios = Phi. If you take and measure the distance from the tip of your head to the floor, then divide that by the distance from your belly button to floor, you get Phi. Shoulder to finger tip then elbow to finger tip... Phi.
It is found in architectural dimensions of the Greek Parthenon, the pyramids of Egypt. Mozart's sonatas, Beethoven's 5th Symphony, etc, etc, etc.
This is one of the main reasons Pagans worship mother earth - this proportion was used in everything at the beginning of time. One of the perfect examples of Phi is the 5 pointed star, pentagram - or pentacle. This symbol is thought to be magical and divine by many cultures, the ratios of line segments in a pentacle = PHI.
Tara - San Diego, CA