The Maze the Monster and Modern Day
Labyrinths and labyrinthine symbols have been dated to the Neolithic Age in regions as diverse as modern-day Turkey, Ireland, Greece, and India among others. A Labyrinth is a maze like structure with only a single path through it, this single path is the difference between a typical maze and a true labyrinth. If you have wondered about the significance of labyrinths we are here to help.
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. For many decades labyrinths have been used as a meditation and prayer tool and represent a spiritual journey to our center and back into the world again. In Christian usage, a labyrinth was constructed in stone in the floor of Chartres Cathedral near Paris, around the year 1200 A.D. The faithful could make a pilgrimage journey to the cathedral and complete it by walking the labyrinth as the final symbol of a journey to the Holy Land.
Much has been written during the past three decades about the ritual significance of mazes, both as a protection against supernatural powers and as a path which the dead must follow on their way to the world of the spirits. The most common modern day labyrinth walk is to enter the labyrinth slowly, calming and clearing your mind. This may be done by repeating a prayer or chant. Open your senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps. Bring to mind a prayer or spiritual question to contemplate during the walk to the center. Reaching the center, pause to reflect, pray, and listen for an answer or for deeper revelation. Now begin the return journey. Upon exiting, absorb the experience with continued reflection, prayer, or journaling.