May 15, 2011
Follow the lines in
this columbine labyrinth
to get to its heart.
The labyrinth offers to the pilgrim a quest to its hidden heart and back again. If you can make it back. It is a meditation rather than a maze, for enlightenment rather than confusion. Though at times you may be confused. It is an initiation rather than a trap, a descent into the underworld and a rebirth: a womb rather than a tomb. And thus it fits appropriately, symbolically, in the great cathedrals, the “Our Lady”‘s of Medieval Europe.
The labyrinth in Chartres cathedral (left) was actually called the “House of Daedalus” (Domus Daedeli),named after its mythological creator on Crete, and at its center originally, within its six-lobed flower was a plaque illustrating the battle between Theseus and the Minotaur. The labyrinth of Chartres looks similar to the symmetrical double-headed axe (right), called the labrys used in Ancient Greece for the sacrificial slaying of bulls.
The circuitous path of the labyrinth, like the curved lines of the columbine, leads inward to the center of the flower. This is the quest offered to the pollinating bee allowing for the flower’s future rebirths.