How to Find / Draw a New Labyrinth

To draw the labyrinth from the basic pattern, still fascinates everybody which does it the first time. There is the basic pattern for the boundary lines (the walls) and since 2010 also the basic pattern for the path, Ariadne’s thread.

However, this is not the only possibility. On exploring the meander I have generated labyrinths from different meander combinations, and have found well-known and new types unknown still up to now.
I have seen the meander as a source for the path sequence in the labyrinth. Since a labyrinth is defined above all by its path sequence, even tough not only.

When drawing freehand Ariadne’s thread I have discovered that there are sometimes several possibilities to change the direction of a circuit.

This inspired me to look for other variations for the well-known classical 7 circuit labyrinth with the meanwhile equally well-known path sequence 0-3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8.
And I have found three other labyrinth shapes with the same path sequence.

I have determined the basic pattern contained in it and the angular thread of Ariadne in form of the meander not until the labyrinth construction.

Here at first the familiar classical labyrinth in “pure form”:

The classical 7 circuit labyrinth

The classical 7 circuit labyrinth

The basic pattern for the walls is emphasized in color. Ariadne’s thread in diagram form shows that the path in the labyrinth is composed of two simple meanders (named type 4 by me).
The labyrinth has 7 circuits, four turning points and the path sequence 0-3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8.


In this variation the fourth circuit crosses the main axis and from the same path sequence as in the preceding labyrinth appears a new type:

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 4th circuit crossing the axis

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 4th circuit crossing the axis

The basic pattern is pulled apart and split. Ariadne’s thread is equally pulled apart, but both meander elements are clearly recognizable.
The labyrinth has 7 circuits, four turning points and the path sequence 0-3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8, however, quite an other shape.


Here the 7th circuit crosses the main axis and from the same path sequence a new type is generated:

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 7th circuit crossing the axis

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 7th circuit crossing the axis

The basic pattern is shifted again and split. Ariadne’s thread is changed, recognizable, however, the second element is mirrored.
The labyrinth has 7 circuits, four turning points and the path sequence 0-3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8, however, again quite an other appearance.


Now the 4th and 7th circuit crosses the main axis and from the same path sequence again a new type is produced:

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 4th and the 7th circuit crossing the axis

A 7 circuit classical labyrinth with the 4th and the 7th circuit crossing the axis

The basic pattern is shifted and split. Ariadne’ s thread is changed, however, the two meander elements are recognizable.
The labyrinth has 7 circuits, four turning points and the path sequence 0-3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8, however, again quite an other appearance.

There are for the same path sequence four different shapes. It’s difficulty to name them correctly (and in short terms). Here one sees clearly that the information of the path sequence is not sufficient for the definition of a type.

Now one could ask, why there existed up to now no labyrinths of these types. From the modified basic pattern they are not easily to build, from the meander probably also not.

Considered closely, these three new variations doesn’t look especially nice. The components of square and circle do not make an appearance. The original, oldest and well-known version of the classical labyrinth is well-balanced and harmonious. There’s nothing like the good, old Cretan labyrinth. This shows up once more.

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