The whole Labyrinth inside the Flower of Life

There are two important lines in a labyrinth:

  • The one is the so-called Thread of Ariadne, the path or way from the entrance into the middle and back again. This is always an uninterrupted line, without branches or overlaps.
  • These are the boundary lines (the walls, the sidelines) which delimitate the way, and between those the way runs. They may cross already once and overlap.

Only one of both lines is mostly shown in a labyrinth. Frequently this are the boundary lines. For a labyrinth that can be walked this is so almost always. Then the way is the free space between these lines.
However, in drawings or images even only the thread or even both can be shown.
This can be sometimes confusing if one has to distinguish a labyrinth from a maze.

The whole labyrinth inside the flower of life

The whole labyrinth inside the flower of life

In my first article (see Related Post below) I had only marked the way (Ariadne’s thread) that is contained within the flower of  life. It is the path of a 3 circuit labyrinth from the type Knossos with the path sequence 3-2-1-4.
The corresponding boundary lines arise if one constructs other lines parallel to the path. These also run between all petals, only the extreme line runs outside, however, touches the outside circle of the flower of life at six spots and thereby forms a hexagon, a honeycomb.
In this labyrinth even the walls form only one single line. They run from one turning point to the other one without crossing each other.
The cube enclosed in the flower of life is even very good to recognize.

The labyrinth unites square and circle. And here still the hexagon as a basic element of life for growth and development.

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9 thoughts on “The whole Labyrinth inside the Flower of Life

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  4. Lea,
    not within the area covered by the “Flower of Life”. This allows you to draw any labyrinth with one axis and three circuits. The “Flower of Life” figure is made up of a number of circles that intersect each other in various points. It provides a grid that allows you to draw labyrinths on a hexagonal layout. The diamieter of the “Flower of Life” figure is three such circles wide. That corresponds with the number of circuits for a labyrinth you can incorporate. If you want to draw greater labyrinths with the same grid, you need a bigger area covered with the same pattern of intersecting cirlces. Think of an area that is seven circles wide in its diameter, and you will be able to incoporate the classical Cretan type labyrinth and all other labyrinths with seven circuits too. Or if the area is eleven circles wide, you will also be able to incorporate e.g. the Otfrid type labyrinth.

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  5. Wonderful, the Flower of Life and what it encloses.

    Until now, the fact that the walls can be drawn in one connected curve seemed to be a special characteristic of the Knossos-type labyrinth to me. Now I went over it again and found, that this works in every labyrinth with a pattern of only one of Erwin’s best suited meanders for labyrinths. (But not in labyrinths with patterns made up of combinations of two or more such meanders). The seed patterns for the walls of labyrinths with one of Erwin’s type 4, type 6, type 8 etc. meanders are made up of a number of vertical lines and two dots. These dots are the two ends of the connected curve.

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    • Andreas,
      I remarked this also when constructing the labyrinth from these meanders. So I used sometimes the name “meander labyrinth” for these types. And there is also a very simple seed pattern for such labyrinths.

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  6. I still find this fascinating. I drew the lines soon after you first published “the thread” through these flower of the hearts. If there were more flower of the hearts would the entire seven-circuit classical labyrinth be there? Any other labyrinth designs? Any thoughts you have on this would be appreciated!

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    • Lea,
      the seven-circuit classical seems not to be contained.
      But I will bring more posts about the design within the hexagon.
      Someone should also try to find a labyrinth using all the six sides of a cube.

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