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For thousands of years in many different cultures, the enigmatic shape of the labyrinth has re-appeared to tantalize archaeologists and historians: what were these magical mazes used for and why?

Guiding the reader through the myths, stories, symbolism and sacred geometry associated with this ancient symbol, the author takes us to the heart of the labyrinth:

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"Labyrinths, Ancient Myths and Modern Uses is a pioneering book written by a knowledgeable and visionary man. Sig Lonegren responded to the deep intuitive nature of labyrinths long before the Labyrinth Movement was established. Clear, concise, fascinating; this book is a primer to learning about the Classical labyrinth and other labyrinths as well." - Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path and The Sacred Path Companion

"The first book I recommend to everyone who inquires about labyrinths, a must-read for the beginner and an essential part of every enthusiast's library. Sig's continual study and research has added significantly to the world's knowledge of labyrinths." - Jean Lutz, The Labyrinth Letter

"From history to mythology to the labyrinth's energetic properties and its associations with the heavens, this book encourages readers to soar with the possibilities that this symbol offers the modern world." - Kimberly Saward, President, The Labyrinth Society


Labyrinths

Ancient Myths and Modern Uses

Revised and updated fourth edition

Sig Lonegren


Click to read the Introduction
Click for a sample chapter on drawing Labyrinths

For thousands of years in many different cultures, the enigmatic shape of the labyrinth has re-appeared to tantalize archaeologists and historians: what were these magical mazes used for and why?

Guiding the reader through the myths, stories, symbolism and sacred geometry associated with this ancient symbol, the author takes us to the heart of the labyrinth:

• How to create personal labyrinths as tools for personal growth

• Detailed instructions on creating labyrinths both outside and indoors

• Guidelines on how to dance the labyrinth

• Listen to the music of the labyrinth

• Using the signs of the zodiac with the labyrinth


Sig Lonegren is an internationally-known writer, speaker, and consultant on dowsing, labyrinths and sacred energy sites. He is the author of The Pendulum Kit (now in 15 languages), The Dowsing Rod Kit (now in 6 languages) and Spiritual Dowsing, re-published in a new edition for 2007. He lives in Glastonbury, England, and Greensboro, Vermont, USA.

Labyrinths - ancient myths, modern uses

Sig Lonegren

200 x 200mm, 172 pages, ISBN 978-0-906362-69-3
Fully Illustrated. June 2007
4th Edition with updates and new info.







Introduction

to the revised edition


Labyrinths are amazing tools. They can work real magic - moments that bring worlds together. Invented in the mists of prehistory by a culture that functioned on quite different levels of consciousness than we do today, these magical single-path mazes can enhance the possibility of bringing together our analytical or rational mode of consciousness with our intuitive or spiritual levels of consciousness.

But first, an apology. As I write this new Introduction to the revised edition of Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses, I am aware that in the first edition I neglected to write about the three-dimensional classical seven circuit labyrinth that can be walked on the side of the Glastonbury Tor in southwestern England. There are several other significantly smaller ones in Denmark and Germany; this is the best-known full-size 3-D labyrinth in the world! A walk up the Tor in this fashion will yield many useful insights to the spiritual pilgrim. My first and present publisher, Gothic Image, and a good bit of my own heart are in Glastonbury, so I cannot but blush at this oversight.

When I wrote this labyrinth book in 1990, not many people had even heard of this esoteric sacred device. In the last fifteen years, I have seen an explosion of interest on both sides of the Atlantic in these single-path magical mazes. In the US some new organizations have made beautiful Chartres-type and classical seven circuit labyrinths on canvas that are rolled out on special occasions. One church in New Canaan, Connecticut, walks the labyrinth each New Year's Eve. What a wonderful way to bring in the new year. It certainly would enhance one's ability to think clearly and to make realistic New Year's resolutions!

Lauren Artress, a dean at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, has taken time off from her duties at that cathedral and is visiting many cities across the United States, telling mainline Christians about the Chartres-type labyrinth. Artists like Marty Cain in New England, Robert Ferré in St Louis, and Alex Champion out on the West Coast are actively building them.

The British magazine Caerdroia, edited by Jeff Saward, is the magazine of note on labyrinths. It originated in the 1980s and continues to offer the latest information and updates on things labyrinthine. More and more people are beginning to learn about them.

The Internet has contributed much to this new awareness. On various websites, 'labyrinth' is spoken. My website, Mid-Atlantic Geomancy, deals with issues concerning the power of place - how to construct and locate sacred spaces and secular spaces (like homes and businesses), and how to keep them clean energetically. It has an extensive section on labyrinths, which has been the most often visited section by far. Caerdroia also has a useful website that covers this history, construction, and many other aspects of labyrinths.

Perhaps the most important recent addition to cyber labyrinths is The Labyrinth Society's (TLS) website. TLS has a forum that some of the world's experts in labyrinths frequent. There's also a labyrinth directory where members can upload fully searchable information about their new labyrinths and even a few pictures. You'll find information about TLS membership and events, including their annual gathering, and much basic information about labyrinths, and an excellent bibliography that includes some other websites.

But most important, people are building them. It is happening all over Britain, and I get a continual stream of letters attesting to the fact that from Maine to California, Florida to Hawaii, new labyrinths are springing up all over the United States as well.

People who use labyrinths today, like the Hopi, as well as ancient peoples who created Stonehenge and Avebury in England, Mayan pyramids, effigy figures in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys, Egyptian great pyramids, and constructions from Crete, were all interested in things like the four directions (North, East, South, and West), the Sun, the Moon, and Nature. All these things were seen as part of Earth's Mysteries and were deemed holy. For many of us, they remain holy today.

Perhaps the most pleasing response to the earlier editions of this book is the growing use of my problem solving method for the classical seven circuit labyrinth using the chakras to define what is done - one for each path. In that last fifteen years, I am pleased to see this process, and variations on it, being used by many people in books and at numerous labyrinth gatherings. After all, while the history and location of them is useful information, as the title of this book implies, it is the use of these ancient tools that is most important to me.

In most chapters, you'll want to use colored pens or felt-tip highlighters and a pencil to draw labyrinths and to understand their connection to other ways of seeing. To make the dowsing tools used in this book, you will need two all-wire coat hangers and a pair of wire-cutting pliers. You will also want to use a photocopier to reproduce the labyrinths. You'll cheat yourself if you fail to do the 'Lessons in Gnowing' exercises at the end of most chapters. You could completely miss the point of the book if you don't do them.

The Gnostics were a bunch of early Christian heretics who were open to the teachings of others, but, because they practiced techniques that allowed them to personally experience the spiritual realms directly, they asserted their right to ultimately decide spiritual questions for themselves rather than to take the word of just one man. Unfortunately that kind of thinking didn't last very long. It didn't play at all well in Rome. But it just could be a valid modus operandi for us to consider today.

We get our verb to know from the Saxon knowen. If you know something, you can see, touch, smell, hear, or taste it (or see a needle move on a machine). That's scientific physical reality. But the Gnostics were interested in a different kind of gnowing (my coined word).

They honored information brought in to them by their left brain - 'facts'. But also, they equally honored information from the intuitive or spiritual world. Equally. The kind of gnowing that this book seeks to foster is both intuitive and rational. It comes from that point of balance between the two. Because they enable us to use all of that brain that God or Goddess gave us, both labyrinths and dowsing are tools of this new kind of gnowing.

Sig Lonegren
February 2007

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