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Mazes and Labyrinths

16 17 In recent years a modern craze of maze and labyrinth building has taken over the country. A couple of examples are shown at the front of the book but this book is too small to show many more. The maze opposite was opened at Leeds Castle, Kent, in 1988. Laid out in yew, this crown design contains a multitude of islands and is quite a challenge. The successful explorer leaves through an underground grotto, caves and a secret passage. The design has a few echoes of traditional design, and many departures too. There are numerous solutions here, none of them particularly meaningful, but all good fun the modern credo. The division of the circuits into five circles and two squares may vaguely refer to the division of the week into five and two, itself based on the ancient heavenly scheme of Sun, Moon and five visible planets fun for magicians. One of the interesting things about modern mazes is the allegorical message that it is possible to get lost and fail on this fun journey to the centre, that the designer of the path may be out to trick you and keep you going round in circles. One must also consider how to get out again. These are good lessons. The second part of this little book covers the older magical labyrinths of antiquity where a simple enchantment spell is cast and the mind may relax while the journey unfolds. lEEDS CASTlE the fine art of getting lost
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