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The classical labyrinth stems from a seed pattern as a nucleus. This simple method for reproducing the labyrinth design is an ingenious drawing trick that has been passed from person to person, from one culture to another, for thousands of years.


Simple 3-circuit labyrinth

This is the easiest labyrinth to draw and build. Once you know the seed pattern, it is easy. It is simply a cross with a dot in each quadrant to form a square. The bigger the cross, the bigger your labyrinth will be.

 

 

   

Connect the top of the cross with the dot in the upper right corner, making a clockwise circular line.

 

 

   

Drawing a bigger circular line, connect the dot in the upper left corner with the right arm of the cross.

 

 

   

Connect the left arm of the cross in a still bigger circular line with the dot in the lower right corner.

 

 

   

And lastly, connect the dot in the lower left corner in the last and outside circular line with the bottom bar of the cross. Voila!

 


Classical 7-circuit labyrinth

Here the seed pattern has extra lines between the cross and the dots, but the process is exactly the same. You always start with connecting the top of the cross with the very next line on the right-hand side. Connecting the rest of the series of circular lines (see pictures) may seem daunting at first, but once you get the knack of it, it is fun!



Seed pattern of the classical 11-circuit labyrinth

Once you can draw a 7-circuit labyrinth easily, it is fun to explore with more lines.

 


Seed pattern of the classical 15-circuit labyrinth

With this one you really need to concentrate!

 


Siting

The choice of location for a labyrinth should not be an arbitrary decision. It is important to site a labyrinth in accordance with the visible and invisible earth energies of a particular place. Many labyrinth creators ensure they place their labyrinth in the most beneficial place possible by calling on the services of a professional dowser to check, among other things, the compatibility of the space they have selected with the positioning and design of the labyrinth they have chosen. (Learn how to dowse from Sig Lonegren: http://www.geomancy.org/dowsing/index.html)

But, many people just want to build a labyrinth in their backyard and don't have a dowser in the vicinity. First, you need to decide what your intention with the labyrinth is: will it be used for relaxing, focusing, de-stressing, growing, self-exploring, healing, playing or creating. You need to know your intention before you can decide where to place your labyrinth for optimum use. Finding the perfect spot for your labyrinth begins by relaxing into a meditative state so that you can connect with the spirit of that specific piece of land and your intuition. It is in this state that you would focus on your intention for building the labyrinth (this is about directing the energy, both for the environment on which it is built and for the people who will walk it).

The first question you ask is: May I build a labyrinth here? You ask this question to get permission from Mother Earth, the spirit of the place, elementals and native spirits who may be on the land. Always ask permission, for both a permanent and a temporary labyrinth. I have never found that I couldn't build a labyrinth somewhere on the property. Sometimes it just took time to find the right spot! Then offer Mother Earth something (a flower, incense, some spit), something that holds your essence, so that Spirit can know where to find you if necessary.

When you have the site, find the location of the centre first. This can be done with dowsing rods, a pendulum or your intuition. A lot of labyrinths are sited exactly on the north/south/east/west lines, but it is not necessary. Sometimes the feng shui of the land does not work with the four wind directions and one would rather have the beginning path face towards a mountain or a tree or the ocean. When you use the labyrinth with intent it has the ability to draw the earth energies towards it. One example of a South African labyrinth that was built exactly on the four directions, is the 7-circuit cacti labyrinth at Graaff-Reinet. It is interesting to note that the cacti in the labyrinth that was planted six months later than the cacti in the field (it is for a nursery) grew four times bigger over a period of three years.

After you have the position of the centre, find the location of the entrance. Like I mentioned before, the entrance may be influenced by the environment. Then draw the labyrinth in the space.


Materials

Labyrinths can be built out of literally anything, from stones and bricks to flowers, shells, leaves, cooldrink cans and shoes! Use your imagination and find what will suit the environment, especially if it is a permanent labyrinth.


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