The Flower of Life – On Track

Erwin has demonstrated  that it is possible to inscribe the Ariadne’s Thread of the Knossos-type labyrinth into the Flower of Life. For this, a pathway has to be followed along the lentiform segments in the appropriate manner (figure 1).

Figure 1: Type Knossos

Figure 1: Type Knossos

These lentiform segments form a grid of overlapping hexagons. This grid is generated solely by arranging a number of circles with the same size so that they intersect each other accordingly. The Flower of Live covers an area with a diameter of three such circles. This corresponds with the number of circuits a labyrinth can have to be inscribed into the Flower of Life.

Figure 2: 3 circles = 3 circuits

Figure 2: 3 circles = 3 circuits

Figure 2 shows the reason. Three concentric hexagons can be arranged around the center of the Flower of Life. The circuits of the labyrinth lie on these hexagons. Only the axis remains to be designed in the right way. For this, the closed circuits have to be interrupted and connected with other circuits.

It is therefore also possible to inscribe the other well known labyrinth with three circuits, the Löwenstein 3 – type labyrinth, into the Flower of Life (figure 3).

Figure 3: Type Löwenstein 3

Figure 3: Type Löwenstein 3

Larger labyrinths, however, cannot be inscribed into the Flower of Life in the same way. They need a bigger area covered with the hexagonal grid. For a labyrinth with seven circuits, e.g. the “Cretan”-type Labyrinth, an area with a diameter of seven circles is required, as shown in figure 4. I leave it to the reader to inscribe the Ariadne’s Thread of the labyrinth (beginning at the arrow / end at the bullet point).

Please note:  You may copy and print the figure by a right mouse click to draw Ariadne’s Thread easier. 

Figure 4: Flower of Life for 7 circuits

Figure 4: Flower of Life for 7 circuits

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