We might not understand the logic and significance of geometrical arrangements as being contained in the circle with the spirals, but we still adopt the idea of containment into our thinking and preserve it as a widespread, legendary mythology that we recognize has a hidden meaning. This idea of "containment," that seems so foreign to us in our thinking, may actually come down to us in mythology as King Arthur and the Holy Grail. In this legend the Knights (the pictographs on the disk?) of the Round Table, (the disk itself?) quest (run around in the spiral maze?) looking for the Grail cup, the container of "the water of life" and the path to immortality (the infinity symbol created by joining the two sides of the disk?). [see right column] The Grail King, the knight who finds the Holy Grail, can consume the contents of the cup and gain eternal life. Or not. Looking at the disk, we are perhaps looking at the origin of the Grail Cup mythology and the original idea behind the ancient, spiritual concept of containment. Does consuming the contents of this "cup" grant us immortality? I think it does.
The idea of containment may have developed over time into a concept of the Grail cup (Grail meaning Crater) but perhaps originated as the crater that contains the cosmos that appears as a vortex-whorl, spinning the elements of itself round and round the crater until centrifugal force separates the elements into a spiral, like a spiral galaxy, and creates a vortex and a funnel through which passes the overflow from itself to itself as a function of containment (the image to the right, the Phaistos Disk, with both sides of the disk joined together, illustrates this concept of overflow in containment). It's an ancient theory that is not that farfetched when you think about it. For example, is this the function of a Black Hole, a vortex that serves as a funnel through which passes the overflow of the spiral galaxy from itself to itself?
This ancient theory of creation of the universe, an everflowing fount of contained creativity, found predominantly in the antique religious philosophy of Emanationism, is simple to grasp. Try to think of the beginning of the universe as motion, forming naturally as spin in a void and becoming an infinite spiraling vortex that forces, through centrifugal force, the thickening of motion into substance. (Well, sure. Without modern physics to lead them down a dark path, the ancients could imagine this creation scenario without questioning exactly how, in terms of physics, it works.) Then, the friction caused by the substance ignites, causing an explosion - or a "Big Bang" as scientists-as-creationists call it - and also causes seeming chaos, seeming because the chaos actually has patterns (as expressed by the Phaistos Disk), and then occurs further diversification and material development.
The spin fans the fiery universe and creates internal spiral galaxies, stars and debris, and then forces them into groups of similar physical density that create physical planes of matter while, at the same time, creating planes of invisible force facilitating this separation and distribution. Thus, out of this seeming explosion of chaos arose the perfect patterns and ideal forms - the planes of geometries - of our world/whorl occulted by this fiery, spinning, spiraling universe which we mistakenly imagine is random, mindless, and hostile to us because we are unable to perceive the brilliant design inherent in the Creation. But take a look at the chaos of the Phaistos Disk and then reveal the hidden patterns, and there it all is! And this could actually be the real explanation of how it happened, how the universe came to be, and all that science that followed down through the ages was just people trying to figure out the mechanics of it.
This is now an obscure version - a completely lost version - of the creation of the universe and one we would not think the Minoans could conceive of, but that is only because we are arrogant in our view of ancient worlds and we presume they didn't know anything about science since they didn't have washing machines and automobiles. But how could they be any less intelligent than we are when you consider our common version of creation, which has held reign since the Dark Ages, is that, simply, God created the world? Period. End of story. End of investigation and certainly without the heretical quesion, "Really? How did that happen, exactly?" The other common version, equally dense, is produced by our scientists-as-creationists, "It was a great Big Bang that created the world."
But a thoughtful people could come up with a better version through deductive reasoning than both of those, of which we are so proud, just through observation of the circumnavigation of the stars. Or perhaps the Phaistos Disk and what it seems to relate to this solver is just one artist's enlightened version of reality. Though complex and well-conceived, this is just another version of Emanationism, the popular, ancient theory of creation that underlies all the historical religions and that developed from the older religious philosophy of Dualism. Emanationism is an attempt to unify the duality of Dualism into a container-contained concept - a oneness statement - but still postulates the existence of a creator, perceived to be the motion of the vortex, and it identifies the universe as being the Mixing Bowl of the Creator - the Crater - who spins it with his whirl.
"...he who surrounds the spheres and spins them with his whirl, set turning his formations and let them turn from a beginning boundless unto an endless end." (Poimandres in G.R.S. Mead, Thrice-Greatest Hermes, Vol.. 2, p. 5)
The Phaistos Disk perhaps shows the primordial idea of the crater - which may have become "creator" - as dependent on the process of overflow, the idea of the cosmos as a winding river or an ocean - Oceanus - with the upper levels spiralling into those below, creating as it goes. With the Phaistos Disk as evidence, the Minoans appear to have originated the cosmogonal idea of Oceanus. The disk seems to demonstrate a unique cosmogonal theory of the flow going both ways and not just "from above" to "down below" but a return path, as well. This is a complex version of early Emanationism involving the crator of the whorl that might have become, over a long period of time, the creator of the world.
Oh, how 'bout that! Identified God en passant - God is the crater/creator (the container) of the whorl/world (the contained.)
Perhaps the Minoans conceived of this complicated cosmogony by simply drawing an inference from their observation of the circumnavigation of the stars in a vortex-whorl movement. Perhaps our word "world" comes from their observation of the "whorl." It is easy to think of ourselves as living in the "whorl," and comforting as well, since it somehow makes sense and seems like home. Perhaps the Minoans, apparently great geometers, took it one step further and conceived of our "whorl" as being contained inside two pyramids, one inverted sitting under the other, and inside of both is the world disk, its two sides connected for an eternal whorl involving the world "above" in the top pyramid, and the world "below" in the bottom, inverted pyramid. Like the Phaistos Disk, the whorl below is the inverse reflection of the world above, and our life's journey involves moving eternally back and forth through the spirals of this maze, or a ceaseless life-death cycle from living reality above to deceased reality below.
Finding no less than six hidden pyramids on the Phaistos Disk encourages me to think that perhaps their idea of the container half of "container-contained" formula is two pyramids, one inverted and mirroring the other. As for what contains those two pyramids that contain the whorl/world, I guess it's pyramids all the way down :)