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Mazes and Labyrinths

20 21 The common classical labyrinth has seven coils and is shown in one form opposite lower right and in its traditional form on page 31. The top left image shows the standard spiral meander, another extremely ancient design. Both are found all over the world in many cultures and traditions, both speak of the relation between line and curve and they are closely related. To get from one to the other, start with two units of a spiral meander top left, imagining it to be made of stretchy stuff. Holding the right side rigid, pull the left side out and round one eighth of a circle top centre, then one quarter top right, then one half lower left and finally right around to create the complete design. The classical sevencoil labyrinth is thus already lurking in the spiral meander. The importance of seven in the ancient world cannot be overstated. There are seven visible heavenly bodies which move across the stars and which daily or nightly rise at various positions in the east and curve overhead to the south to set in the west. Each used to be imagined as having its own shell, or sphere, around the Earth. To medieval mind, walking a seven coil labyrinth hinted at a journey to Earth here, the centre via these seven heavenly bodies. STrAigHT liNES CirClES the hidden labyrinth 21
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