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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


    more photos on the website labyrinthos.net- libyrinthos photo library

    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 found on papermazes.

    Ariadne's Thread and the Labyrinth in Classical Mythology

    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.

    Walking the Labyrinths at Grace Cathedral

    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 heart.

    through mazas to mathematics

    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's party
    Carol Shields
    ISBN: 0140266771

    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.

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