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The labyrinth is very inspiring for human beings. During the ages it is a part of art, religions and governments. The symbolic value of the labyrinth is clear and often related to human life and to religion.
The labyrinth type is the one which is often used for contemplation and by going
into the labyrinth the person goes through his/her own thoughts.
In the labyrinth one can go in and the way to go out is coming by itself. Often
this labyrinth is as a stone pattern on the floor in- or outside.
Another form is the maze, this form is build with different ways and often there
is only one way to come out and many ways are blind paths. In England many mazes
are built during the 19th century. Now a days there are also mazes build with
other materials than trees and bushes.
The forest-LABYRINTH in art centre Saksala ArtRadius is the first maze in
Finland and is built in a forest.
gent town hall- belgium
chartres cathedral labyrinth - france
saffron walden essex - uk
choisy - france
hatfield house - uk
websites with information about labyrinths
a little history of labyrinths
A website with much information about the history and present labyrinths
Some information on this page is found on this website.
Descriptions about labyrinths and mazes and also meanings in labyrinths can be
Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. Minos had Daedalus build a
Labyrinth, a house of winding passages, to house the bull-man, the Minotaur, the
beast that his wife Pasiphae bore after having intercourse with a bull. (Minos
had refused to sacrifice a bull to Poseidon, as the king promised, so the god
took revenge by causing his wife to desire the bull--but that's another story.)
Minos required tribute from Athens in the form of young men and women to be
sacrificed to the Minotaur.
Theseus, an Athenian, volunteered to accompany one of these groups of victims to
deliver his country from the tribute to Minos. Ariadne fell in love with Theseus
and gave him a thread which he let unwind through the Labyrinth so that he was
able to kill the Minotaur and find his way back out again.
Ovid says that Daedalus built a house in which he confused the usual passages
and deceived the eye with a conflicting maze of various wandering paths (in
errorem variarum ambage viarum) (Metamorphoses 8.161):
"so Daedalus made the innumerable paths of deception [innumeras errore vias],
and he was barely able to return to the entrance: so deceptive was the house [tanta
est fallacia tecti]" (8.166-68).
The Labyrinth project on the World Wide Web is designed to allow you to make
your own Ariadne's thread through the maze of information available on the
Internet. And you will always be able to find your way back by choosing the
"Return to Labyrinth Home Page" link at the end of each Labyrinth document.
The Labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious
traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the
Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around
1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition that is insisting
to be reborn.
The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends.
The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It
touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open
Mathematics Professor Tony Phillips provides this mathematical background for
the structure of labyrinths and mazes.
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The Magic of Labyrinths
Following Your Path, Finding Your Center
by Liz Simpson
The Hero’s Journey
Sometimes it happens that an otherwise ordinary event sparks off a passion
that changes your life forever. This was certainly the case for Kathy Doore.
Kathy received a postcard depicting the ancient Andean sanctuary of Machu
Picchu in Peru, but it took her 12 years to get there as she was struggling
to grow her business at that time. Eventually, she was rewarded with a trip
in 1990 - after which things would never be the same again.
Larry Weller is a regular guy, or so Carol Shields has him think. When we
first meet him in 1977 Winnipeg at age 26, he's pondering the pluses of
Harris tweed, still living at home, and realizing he's in love with his
girlfriend, Dorrie, a flinty car saleswoman. Larry is proud of his job at
Flowerfolks, even though he fell into floral design by accident, and if his
relationship with his parents isn't perfect, it's not too bad, either. (Stu
and Flo Weller may have less page-time in Larry's Party, but they are hugely
memorable. He is a master upholsterer, happiest when working; she is a woman
ruined by nervous guilt, having inadvertently killed off her mother-in-law
with some improperly preserved green beans.)
Establishing Sacred Space
by Kathy Doore
As a dowser I feel the energetic quality of the Earth is germane to the
establishment of sacred space. When establishing a labyrinth we dowse a site
before any work begins then invite and work with the spirit of place before
the temple is erected. A great deal of devic activity accompanies our work,
we'll invariably have rainbows, shooting stars, many birds and animals, and
unseen helping hands with us. Its always a wonder to see who'll make an
appearance to build an earth temple.
From old Swedish legends we've found a method of using our intention to
provide clear weather for outdoor events. In fact, there have been times
when we've been the only dry ground for miles. This ability to work with the
elements was gleaned from legendary accounts of ancient Swedish sailors who
would build their labyrinths near the sea in order to capture and control
the winds. As a sailor myself and former owner of a wooden Swedish sailboat,
I'm happy to report this method still works.