Thursday, February 7, 2013

Practicing with Labyrinths

Labyrinth drawn on a church in Hesselager, Denmark
via Labrinthos

The beauty of labyrinths is that you can't get lost. As a spiritual practice, walking a labyrinth can help you develop security in following a path that you can't really understand.

Lately I've also been interested in the creative practice of drawing labyrinths (they're small enough you can "walk" with your finger). Did you know that the classical cross pattern (featured above) can be drawn by following a "seed" pattern? I wish I could go back to math class and learn more about labyrinth theory. I think there's something magical about arriving at a complex drawing from the beginning seeds of nodes and edges. It reverses the practice a little—you start with simplicity and arrive at a drawing you can't quite untangle without tracing the lines.

If you're interested in learning to draw labyrinths, check out Celestial Labyrinths, a website based on the book "Labyrinths and Their Secrets" (Labirinti i njihove tajne) by Adrian P. Kezele. I'm personally drawn to the Mercury and Venus labyrinths.

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