Archive for the ‘Chartres – 12’ Category

Maryland – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
United States

Medieval
60 foot diameter, 11 circuit turf design with pavers for delineation of the lines and turns. Based on the ancient turf labyrinth on Breamore Down in Hampshire, England.

This location also had a large acrylic labyrinth.  This is for those who might not be able to physically walk the labyrinth, they can follow the smooth grooves in a labyrinth shape.

Maryland – Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

When you come in the main entrance, make the first right on to Mason F. Lord Drive .  The Labyrinth is located off Mason F. Lord Dr., in front of the Frank Scott Key Pavillion (previously named Geriatarics Center).    There is a small sign on the ground on the left.    You will have to park in parking garage.
For more directions you can go to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center website  or use this link to their campus map.

Maryland – Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This labyrinth was near a YMCA.  It’s one of the largest in Baltimore.  It has very large flagstones.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Stadium Place
1000 E. 33rd St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Located on the site of the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street – between Greenmount Avenue and Loch Raven Blvd.    The labyirnth is a Santa Rosa, blue flagstone labyrinth, placed at the spiritual entryway to Stadium Place.

Maryland – St Matthew Church

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

St Matthews LabyrinthSt Matthew Church
5400 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21239

This labyrinth is located behind the church, behind the parking lot.  This picture was snapped around sunset.  There was no outdoor lighting for evening, which is why this picture is so blurry.  Below is a more detailed photo taken with the flash on my camera.

Maryland – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This labyrinth is found inside the circle driveway of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts I’ve mentioned this labyrinth to several people who’ve been to Maryland Hall and have never seen this labyrinth.  It is screened by hedges and has a bench at one end.

801 Chase Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
United States

This 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth is a stone paver labyrinth and is made by The Labyrinth CompanyThe center has the rose motif common to the Chartres labyrinth that looks so complicated pieced together, when cut from stone.

Bead Labyrinth – Twelve Circuit Chartres, Directional Color

Friday, October 24th, 2008
This is the third in a series of using beads to walk the labyrinth anywhere.  I came across this idea on Karen’s Labyrinth Web Page “Walk The Labyrinth Anywhere with Beads”How does it work?  In my first article “Walking the Labyrinth with Beads – Six Circuit Chartres” I used the example with I used 2 colors and 2 shapes with a 6 circuit labyrinth.   In my second example, Bead Labyrinth – Twelve Circuit Chartres, 2 Colors, I used 2 colors and 2 sizes with a 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth. In this example, I use 4 different colors to mark directions, and 2 sizes with  the 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth.

Why use different colors and shapes for the beads? By combining sizes and colors you can make a bead counter (similar to a rosary or prayer bead system) to walk a labyrinth in any space.

What do the sizes mean? In the picture on the left you can see the photo of the beads.  The design uses plastic pony beads.  The small regular pony beads represent the smaller turns that take up a quarter of the circle.  The larger beads with shapes, represent the paths that walk half the circle before turning.

What do the colors mean? There is a meaning to each color bead.  Each bead is color coded to the compass direction that the quarter or half turn ends at.  There are several traditions that honor the four compass directions and have a color designated for each one.  Traditions such as Native American, Chinese Shamanic, and Wicca  use: yellow=east, south=red, west=blue, north=green.  In the picture on the right, you can see these colors in the letters for each of the compass directions.  You may have noticed that the picture on the right is a 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth, rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees from how it is normally viewed.  This is because often the opening path faces east (which is a symbol for new beginnings).  In order to show the color beads coordinated to the proper directions, it made it easier to rotate the labyrinth.

On the left is the bead pattern.  On the right is the 12 circuit Chartres design color coordinated to match the beads. To follow the bead pattern start at the top and follow the beads clockwise.  The yellow bead at the top shows that you start in the East.

If you are creating this bead pattern, and the beads don’t have an orientation for direction, you may want to select the first be to be something different.  In this example, I turned all the shapes to follow the pattern clockwise.  I wish I would have put a penny in the picture to show the size of this bead pattern.  It is about 3-4 inches across in diameter.  This makes it highly portable.

Bead Labyrinth – Twelve Circuit Chartres, 2 Colors

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

This is the second in a series of using beads to walk the labyrinth anywhere.  I came across this idea on Karen’s Labyrinth Web Page “Walk The Labyrinth Anywhere with Beads”

How does it work?  In my first article “Walking the Labyrinth with Beads – Six Circuit Chartres” I used the example with a 6 circuit labyrinth.   In this example I will use 2 colors and 2 sizes and use a 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth.  Below on the left you can see the photo of the beads.  The design uses plastic pony beads.  The small regular pony beads represent the smaller turns that take up a quarter of the circle.  The larger beads (the flowers) represent the paths that walk half the circle before turning.

There is a meaning to each bead in the color.The darker colors (purple beads) represent turning inward to the circle.  The lighter color (light blue) represent turning outward of the center of the circle.  On the left is the bead pattern.  On the right is the 12 circuit Chartres design color coordinated to match the beads. To follow the bead pattern start at the top and follow the beads clockwise (the dark purple flower at the top of the beads is just for decoration).

If you are creating this bead pattern, and the beads don’t have an orientation for direction, you may want to select the first be to be something different.  In this example, the first bead actually has sparkles in it, but you can’t see it in the picture. I wish I would have put a penny in the picture to show the size of this bead pattern.  It is about 3-4 inches across in diameter.  This makes it highly portable.