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Mazes and Labyrinths

38 39 This labyrinth can be found inside the Watts Memorial Chapel, Compton, in Surrey. It is a copy of the famous sevencircuit pavement labyrinth at San Vitale, Ravenna in Italy. The Chapel was built in 1896 by Mary Watts to her husband and is heavily influenced by the ideas of William Lethaby whose Architecture, Mysticism and Myth 1891 had argued persuasively for the reunion of the fine crafts with metaphysical studies. It was due to Lethaby, William Morris and other luminaries of the day that the Royal College of Art came into existence. Little or no traditional metaphysics is taught in such places today, spawning an entire generation of artists and designers who have never heard of the seven heavens, let alone the golden section. We only have too look at the shallow and soulless world they sell us to see that there may yet be a case for studying the ancient jouney of the soul and Labyrinths are a fun way to start. After a familiar initial dash at the centre the path wanders from the innermost coil outwards and inwards through coils one, two and three before processing out through all the coils to the seventh. From here the path moves slowly back in to the fifth coil, then out again to the seventh. Finally the way moves inwards coil by coil until, from the third, Venus again, the centre is suddenly found. wATTS MEMOriAl CHApEl four quarters, seven turns and the arts crafts
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