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The theme of this blog is the labyrinth in almost all aspects. It has been around since 2008. Since 2012 Andreas Frei from Switzerland is part of it. About once a month a new post should appear.

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World Labyrinth Day 2022

Once again (for the 14th time) the Labyrinth Society invites us to celebrate World Labyrinth Day:
World Labyrinth Day is an annual event sponsored by The Labyrinth Society as a worldwide action to “walk as one at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. Every year on the first Saturday in May thousands of people around the globe participate in World Labyrinth Day as a moving meditation for world peace and celebration of the labyrinth experience. Many “Walk as One at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy passing from one time zone to the next.

This year, it is in Saturday, May 7, 2022

The call of the Labyrinth Society
The call of the Labyrinth Society

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The 2nd annual Big Connection:

Building labyrinth communities for Service to Ourselves and our Planet

The call to Big Connection
The call to Big Connection

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For many, however, it will also be possible, as usual, to walk a labyrinth.

No matter how, World Labyrinth Day 2022 can be celebrated.

If you are looking for a labyrinth near you, maybe you will find one here:

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Labyrinths With Pseudo Single Barriers – Modifications

In my last post, I have shown some labyrinths with pseudo single barriers. All these labyrinths have two long connections along the main axis from the entrance of the pathway to the innermost circuit and, symmetrically, from the outermost circuit to the center. Especially in bigger labyrinths, this gives a rigid appareance to the main axis. Here, one would like to see a more rhythmic design – let’s say similar to the labyrinths of the Chartres or Reims types for example. 

Such a modification is, in fact, possible. I will show this, first, with the example of the labyrinth with five axes and 9 circuits from my last post (fig. 1). In the left image, the modifications to the original pattern are highlighted in red. The pathway is directed on the third circuit into the labyrinth, makes a turn at the first axis back to the main axis and continues there to the innermost circuit. By this, the turn at the first axis is transformed from a pseudo to a real single barrier. No other changes are made to the remaining course of the pathway. As the labyrinth is self-dual, a similar correction can be applied to the other side of the pattern. The right image shows the modified pattern. 

Figure 1. Modifications
Figure 1. Modifications

Figure 2 shows the labyrinth that corresponds with the modified pattern. By this modification of the original course of the pathway, the main axis is loosened up and two pseudo single barriers are replaced with real single barriers. 

Figure 2. Labyrinth With Five Axes, 9 Circuits, and Real and Pseudo Single Barriers
Figure 2. Labyrinth With Five Axes, 9 Circuits, and Real and Pseudo Single Barriers

This gives a more balanced design to the whole labyrinth. 

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The Luan Labyrinth

Andreas recently brought into play the sand drawing “Luan” on Malekula, which Hermann Kern rejected as a labyrinth. It represents an uninterrupted line, but without an entrance or an access to the center.

Figure 1. Figure Luan
Figure 1. Figure “Luan”

But it attracted me to try to make a “real” labyrinth out of it. To do this, there must be a beginning and an end. This is easily done by cutting the unbroken line at one point. And then you bend the end piece towards the center. I took the lowest point of the outer line.

This is how the drawing will look as a labyrinth figure in concentric form:

The 5-circuit Luan Labyrinth
The 5-circuit Luan Labyrinth

The figure may look quite different from the original at first glance, but the lines are identical. The labyrinth has five circuits and four axes with three double barriers and passes through four sectors. The entrance to the labyrinth is on the first circuit, as is the entrance to the center. The path moves in serpentines towards and away from the center. It is a sector labyrinth and is reminiscent of the Roman labyrinths in serpentine form.

From a design point of view, I don’t really like the entrance to the labyrinth on the first circuit. By the way, an entrance to the center from the last circuit is not very happy either. Both are often seen in newly designed labyrinths.
How can this be changed? The easiest way to do this is to choose only two double barriers instead of three, thus obtaining three sectors.

This is how it looks then:

The 5-circuit, 3-axle Luan Labyrinth
The 5-circuit, 3-axle Luan Labyrinth

The entrance to the labyrinth is on the 5th circuit and the entrance to the center is again from the 1st circuit as in the four-axis labyrinth.

Now we want to work a bit more on the reshaping. What would it look like if I arranged only 3 circuits instead of the 5?

The 3-circuit Luan Labyrinth
The 3-circuit Luan Labyrinth

Now this is very reminiscent of labyrinths shown earlier in this blog (see related posts below), especially the 3 circuit Chartres labyrinth.

Very topically to this Denny Dyke offers a necklace with pendant with exactly this labyrinth on his website:

Necklace from Circles in the Sand
Necklace from Circles in the Sand

This shows once again how interesting the subject of labyrinths can be.

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Labyrinths with Pseudo Single-Barriers 

In my last post I have introduced the pseudo single-barrier, presented the two only historical labyrinths with pseudo single-barriers I am aware of, and have shown an own labyrinth with 2 axes, 3 circuits and one pseudo single-barrier (see: related posts, below).

The pattern for this labyrinth with 2 axes and 3 circuits can be easily enlarged, such that labyrinths with multiple axes and exclusively containing pseudo single-barriers can be designed. Figure 1 shows a labyrinth with 3 axes and 5 circuits with 2 pseudo single-barriers. 

Figure 1. Labyrinth with 3 Axes and 5 Circuits
Figure 1. Labyrinth with 3 Axes and 5 Circuits

In fig. 2, a labyrinth with 4 axes, 7 circuits and 4 pseudo single-barriers is presented. 

Figure 2. Labyrinth with 4 Axes and 7 Circuits
Figure 2. Labyrinth with 4 Axes and 7 Circuits

Figure 3, finally, shows a labyrinth with 5 axes, 9 circuits and 8 pseudo single-barriers. 

Figure 3. Labyrinth with 5 Axes and 9 Circuits
Figure 3. Labyrinth with 5 Axes and 9 Circuits

All pseudo single-barriers are situated in the side axes. Furthermore, they are placed such, that the pathway always in its movement forward skips two circuits from the outside in without changing its direction. In the movement backward, the pathway follows a serpentine pattern. 

This pattern can be extended so that labyrinths with any desired number of axes with pseudo single-barriers can be generated. 

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