The first labyrinth is believed to have been created some 3400 years ago in Knossos. Since then, many labyrinths have been created, used and known as places for spiritual practice.
It is found among many cultures such as; Native American, Indian, African, Celtic, Ancient Greek and Mayan. It is a symbol for “Mother Earth” among the Hopi, in other cultures related to the “Spider Woman” who weaves the web of life representing the interconnection of all.
Along with Stonehenge and the pyramids, a labyrinth is a magical geometric form that defines a scared space.
Labyrinth designed and created by Nanami Akimoto, summer 2003.
The design consists of a crescent moon above three waves.
Unlike classical labyrinths, this design has no central turning back point. Instead, the crescent moon area acts as a centre, a place, an area to sit, rest, think and solve. By recreating the relation between the moon and sea that follow a magical rhythm and cycle on the actual face of the Earth itself, the space created enables one to rune into the “inner-self”. By walking on the Labyrinth connection between Earth and people is born, by following the pattern of the waves and entering the moon we turn into the rhythm of Nature and of ourselves as a part of Nature.
Many people ask what the difference is between a labyrinth and a maze.
A maze is created to deceive people and to get them lost; sometimes confused. There are many choices of which path to take, some of which lead to a dead end. A labyrinth however has only one path throughout the whole journey. Generally this path slowly guides the walker to the centre and then out again.