Definitions for "Golden mean"
The mathematical ratio of the larger side of a rectangle as it relates to the shorter side. The ratio is 1:1.618. The number 1.618 is known as phi and is found repeatedly in nature and in many instances of art and architecture. Use of the golden mean is thought to produce pleasing effects and harmony in a work. See the Composition and Design Forum.
Also referred to as the "Golden section" and the "Gold mean," the Golden mean is an ancient fine arts formula that mathematically defines a rectangle of specific proportions. This rectangle, called the "Golden rectangle," is believed to frame objects in pleasing proportions. (See Rule of Thirds for more information.)
The ratio of .618 or 1.618. Considered by the ancients to be the most pleasing ratio to the eye. The most sacred ratio. Found in sacred architecture and sacred geometry. The ratio of agape love, perfect dna, sacred spirals, the dodecahedron, etc.
A position on a window's vertical midline and slightly above the window's horizontal midline.
Approx. .618 of the way down from the top or up from the bottom of window treatment - a guideline for the placement of tiebacks.
In philosophy, especially that of Aristotle, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency.