Types of Labyrinths
Below is a list of types of labyrinths. By clicking on any of the links below, you will be taken to specific definitions and examples.
These labyrinths usually divide up into four quadrants. Sacred geometry is deemed essential in the construction of some of these labyrinths. Older examples of these labyrinths are usually found on the floors of European churches and cathedrals. They are also found as turf labyrinths in England.
- Modern labyrinth layouts that emulate the feel of the medieval designs.
- One of the new labyrinths that falls in to this same category is the Santa Rosa Labyrinth (copyright 1999). Designed by Lea Goode-Harris in 1997, this seven-circuit labyrinth is divided into four quadrants and includes a unique space on the fourth circuit inline with the labyrinth's mouth. Called the "heart space" this area is not walked but serves as a sacred vessel for holding symbols of one's issues, needs or celebrations. Looking at the path, you will realize that this "heart space" is approached from all four directions, allowing the walker to view his/her symbols from various points of view. Examples: Several of the numerous permanent and temporary installations include: The Sebastopol Teen Center, Sebastopol, California by Lea Goode-Harris; Centenary United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri., by Robert Ferre and Judy Hopen; St. Lukes, Shrevesport, Louisiana by Marty Kermeen and St. Timothy's, Signal Mountain, Tenessee.
- Also known as the Chartres labyrinth Examples: Chartres, Amiens, St. Quentin, France
- These square or rectangular labyrinths have a meandering pathway that is actually derived from the Medieval eleven-circuit design.