Labyrinths

Anne here, and today I’m not going to talk about my upcoming book (for a change) but about labyrinths, because tomorrow (4th May) is World Labyrinth Day.

Quite a few people use the words ‘maze’ and ‘labyrinth’ interchangeably, but they’re not the same at all. I also thought they were the same thing with different labels until many years ago I read Mary Jo’s The Spiral Path, which made the difference quite clear, and since then I have become fascinated with labyrinths.

The difference between a maze and a labyrinth.

A maze contains many different pathways toward the centre, dozens of which have dead ends. A maze is designed to be confusing and difficult, and if you’re persistent (or know the design) you will be able to reach the middle.

A labyrinth, on the other hand, has only one pathway — you can’t go wrong. You start at the beginning and follow the path, which although it may double back and have you going around in circles will inevitably lead you to the centre.

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