In this week's Tip there are several shorter pieces on having to do with some aspect of labyrinths. Section I is a collection of amazing illustrations by Russian labyrinthophile Sergey de Rocambole. Unfortunately, you have to have an account on Facebook to check this out. :_(
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Fabric Labyrinth 1996
by Sergey de Rocambole
It’s an amazing collection of Sergey’s drawings of sacred geometry, labyrinths, photos of spirals, ancient art, images with central and South American motives, recent labyrinths that Sergey has built or been associated with in Russia, weirdly sculpted forms, the list goes on and on to the end of Section 7).
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Beginning at Photo 41 (in section 3)
Put your curser anywhere on the actual image, and click on to see the next photo.
The images prior to Photo 41 and after the end of Section 7 are mostly family photos or trips that Sergey has taken; however, the materials he has created in the middle are real labyrinthine geomantic eye candy.
A while back, I taught my first Master Class in Labyrinths at a wonderful center in central eastern Netherlands called Centrum Athanor near Lochem. It has both a lovely Classical Seven Circuit labyrinth and a beautiful stone ring. The owners of Athanor had first used the title “Master Class,” and it was left up to me as to what material to cover. Most classes on labyrinths today consist of how to draw one, where are they located, what are the different types, and how might they have been used - primarily in Churches? I felt I was going to be talking to a group of students who were already cognizant of these “facts” and really wanted to go further and to perhaps ultimately even teach labyrinths to others.
While I covered a number of issues, the two I want to talk about here are rather than how are they used, but where - in what settings are labyrinths being used today, and how are they using them in those settings? Also, I wanted to have a discussion on how to go about organizing a big labyrinth event – something only an advanced student would be interested in.
Youngsters run the labyrinth
As far as where labyrinths are being used today, perhaps the most exciting place beyond the most popular (in churches) is in schools. I first became involved with this application when I helped design a seven circuit herb labyrinth for a Waldorf/Steiner school in north central Vermont. Sadly, the school is no longer there, but teachers found it a wonderful tool to help centre students and to calm them down - especially ones who were “acting out” in class. Other uses vary greatly. One of the more fun ones was with a group of students who had learned their numbers and were beginning to work with them. They were asked to walk the labyrinth, and every ten steps to put down a coloured stick. How many ten-steps did it take to get to the goal? How long are your ten steps? How long is the path to the goal of the labyrinth? And so on. Again, it depends on the level of skills your students bring to the subject.
There are many other innovative uses for labyrinths that are I discuss on MAG beginning at: http://www.geomancy.org/#labyrinth/using-labyrinths/index.php.
The discussion of how to run a big labyrinth event is beyond the scope of this week's Tip, but is another topic for an advanced labyrinth "Master Class." I'd be curious to hear from you if you have other ideas of what ought to go in to such a "class" event.
Walk one at 1:00
The Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
St. John the Baptist Churchyard
at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Labyrinthophiles all over our planet are being asked to walk a labyrinth in their area on Saturday, May First at 1:00 pm (their time) for world peace (or for whatever else you might want to walk one for).
"World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or a practice. It can be whatever you’re inspired to make it. A day to inform and educate the public, host walks, build permanent and/or temporary labyrinths, create labyrinth art and more. If there are only right ways to walk a labyrinth, it follows that there are only right ways to celebrate World Labyrinth Day. We enthusiastically encourage you to 'find your way.'" The Labyrinth Society.
As part of the Glastonbury Beltane/May Day Celebration, you are invited to come to the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth on Saturday the First of May to "Walk One at 1."
For further information, contact Sig Lonegren at 10458 835 818 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The above is what is happening here in Glastonbury, England. Can you get something going in your area? For more information about World Labyrinth Day (WLD), contact the Labyrinth Society WLD Coordinator.
Walk One (with me) at 1:00!
9, Bove Town
England BA6 8JE
01458 835 818