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The Cosmic Vortex Labyrinth


Once upon a time, I helped a friend lay out a traditional Cretan Labyrinth for her church grounds. We made a few minor alterations of our own. Along the way, I made a quick study of mazes and labyrinths in order to see what else was out there. I noticed that every labyrinth design I saw involved an entrance that was also the exit. Traveling the path meant walking in to the center, and then walking back out the same way. Mazes seemed to be an exception; some of them had an entrance on one side and an exit somewhere across the way. But mazes usually include all kinds of dead ends meant to confuse and puzzle, whereas most labyrinth designs do not include dead ends. The path of a labyrinth might look just as torturous as a maze, but ultimately, it is not meant to be a path on which to get lost or puzzled. In most cases, a labyrinth path is meant to induce a meditative state while contemplating the center that the path leads to.

After playing with labyrinth designs for a while, I got the idea to make a design of my own. I wanted my design to relate in some way to the theoretical model of existence used everywhere on this site. I wanted to create a design that lead the traveler through from one end and out the other side, in the same way that our number line of numerology leads us through the fundamental stages or our theoretical mode of existence. I also wanted the path to change from a perfect circle on the outside, to a twisted vortex at the coagulating core. In this way it would convey the concepts put forth elsewhere on this site, where we compare existence to a twisted bedsheet, where the twisted core and the relaxed outsides, and the infinity beyond, are all made of the same "fabric" with the only difference being the twisting of nothingness into a vortex of manifestation (see bedsheet analogy elsewhere on this site).

I also wanted my design to be very simple, so that anyone could duplicate it and build a life-sized version on their own property and walk this inspired path for themselves. The design I came up with is not quite as easy to construct as a traditional Cretan Labyrinth, which is all perfect arcs, but it is still fairly simple to figure out. The reason it is not as simple as most labyrinths that use perfect arcs is because it includes that twisted vortex at its core. The lines of the vortex are based on concentric circles, but because a vortex curls in on itself, it does not remain perfectly round. Trying to keep the paths of this design more or less the same width, while also wanting to relax a not-round vortex into a relaxed, round outside was not easy. This might make it hard to lay out on the ground, but I think the rewards of having such a labyrinth to walk would make it worth the effort. If you would like to see a diagram that shows how to lay out this design; a diagram that shows where the perfect arcs are and how much to bend other arcs to make the transition from swirl to circle, just email me.

The design I ended up with has many interesting features that help to remind us of the theoretical model of existence and its related philosophy of coagulation about a center. It is made from concentric circles. Moving left to right, we see four layers of pathway, with the "S" exchange representing the number 5 and the infinite center contained within the middle 5. So it more or less duplicates the "Four circles and a point" model upon which all conclusions about numerology are made. The coloring shows light at the center and dark at the outsides, with the stars of outer space beyond. This reminds us how our coagulated entity is in fact a star itself with a positive inside and negative outside. As the path is traveled, it is almost like traveling into a brain on the left side and then traversing over to the right brain, in this way we are reminded of how important it is to utilize both sides of every binary pair for the best perception of reality possible (see The Vortex of Knowing elsewhere on this site).

Cosmic Vortex Labyrinth
This design is actually very simple. But it does not use perfect arcs everywhere, so it does require some geometric artistry to duplicate on a life-sized scale. Hopefully the results are worth the extra effort. Let me know if you ever decide to construct a life-sized version of this labyrinth, so I can come and walk through it.

 

Here is a picture of the first person(s) I know of to make a walkable version of my labyrinth!! Made by Reta and friends on Vancouver Island Summer of 2015. Hope there are more to come.

 

 


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