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How To Make a Labyrinth

I know this is cyberspace, but I beg you to draw some labyrinths with paper and pencil (you remember those crude stick-like writing implements?). The construction of a labyrinth is a lesson in sacred geometry. If you do it just with your brain and not with your hand, you won't really gnow what it is all about. Please draw this labyrinth at least ten times! Look for the feeling you get when you draw a labyrinth and that point when you don't have to think about it any more, and your hand gnows what to do 'by itself'. Gnowing is consciously using both your analytical/left-brain and your intuitive/right-brain assets equally.

Drawing a labyrinthThe figure in the upper left-hand corner is called 'the Seed Pattern'.

Building a Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth

Begin by drawing the seed pattern seen in the upper left-hand corner of this illustration. Always start at the top of the cross, and either go clockwise or counter-clockwise. In this case, a line is drawn clockwise to the first available dot or line-end that you can hook on to is the top of the 'L' in the upper right-hand corner. From the top of the 'L' in the upper right hand corner, lift your pencil and go to its mirror on the left-hand side of the seed pattern - the top of the mirror 'L' in the upper left-hand corner. And then draw around to the dot in the upper right-hand quadrant, and so on. Please get a pen and some paper and try this now. Please! It's important!

Right- and Left-handed Labyrinths

Left & right-handed labyrinth

Right-Handed Labyrinth (first turn is to the right).
Left-handed Labyrinth (first turn is to the left.)


You have already drawn a left-handed labyrinth. Can you see how to make a right-handed one? Do just the opposite from what you've just done. Go from the top of the cross in a counter/anti-clockwise direction to the top of the mirrored 'L' in the upper-left quadrant, and so on. There are many mirrors to be found in a labyrinth. Neither right- nor left-hand paths are right or wrong. Which one appeals to you? Use that one.

The Seed Pattern

The Classical Three Circuit Labyrinth

While there are many different types of labyrinths, we will be concentrating on the Classical type labyrinths here. Just as a pearl can grow from a tiny grain of sand, and a large crystal can be grown from a tiny seed, Classical Labyrinths can most easily be constructed from simple bilaterally symetrical (same on both sides) seed patterns.

Seed pattern


The simplest one is for the Classical Three Circuit Labyrinth, which is constructed from a cross and four dots in the resultant quadrants. To make a labyrinth from this seed pattern, always start at the top of the cross. Draw an arc from the top of the cross to the dot in the upper left-hand quadrant. Go the dot in the upper right-hand quadrant and make an arc around to the left arm of the cross, and so on as shown below.

3 path construction
This is a right-handed Classical Three Circuit Labyrinth
(The first turn upon entering the mouth of the labyrinthis to the right)


You can make a left-handed classical three circuit labyrinth by mirroring what you did with the right hand one. Start at the top of the cross, go to the right to the dot in the upper right-hand quadrant. You will encoiunter mirrors frequently when you work with these magical single path tools.

 

Left-handed 3-circuit
Notice how these two labyrinths mirror each other


Sometimes left becomes right and right becomes left. You'll notice the similarity between these classical labyrinths and the left and right hemispheres of the human brain. Labyrinths are tools that bring these hemispheres together. This is called gnowing.

The Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth

The seed pattern of the Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth is made by adding a right angle in each of the quadrants:

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Classical Three Circuit Labyrinth
Seed Pattern
Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth
Seed Pattern


To make a left-hand classical labyrinth from this seed pattern, start at the top of the cross. Draw an arc from the top of the cross to the top of the 'L' in the upper right-hand quadrant. Then lift your pencil, and go the top of the 'L' in the upper left-hand quadrant and make an arc around to the dot in the upper right-hand quadrant, and so on as shown below.

Drawing the 7 path
Left-handed
Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth
(The first line/wall from the top of the cross is up and to the right)


Of course there are many examples of right-handed Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinths, but to save confusion, after we finish this Seed Pattern section, we will be using the left-handed Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth as our example throughout this section.

Please draw this seven circuit labyrinth with pen and paper at least ten times in the next twenty-four hours. Feel the flow. If you do this something will change inside of you. Now, you know how to make this labyrinth. Draw it thirteen times and your hand will gnow how to do it, and you won't have to think about it. All sacred geometery works this way. You must do it with your hands, not only with your left brain.

7 path right handed
Right-handed
Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth.

The Classical Eleven Circuit Labyrinth

11 path seed


The Seed Pattern can now be expanded through the insertion of addtional right angles in each of the quadrants. A Classical Eleven Circuit Labyrinth can be formed from a seed pattern with two sets of right angles in each quadrant.

11 path


There are number of classical eleven circuit labyrinths in Sweden. One example can be found just outside of Visby, on the island of Gotland off the Eastern coast.

The Classical Fifteen Circuit Labyrinth

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While one could go on and on adding right angles in the quadrants, fifteen circuits is the largest old classical type known.

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