Bead Labyrinth – Six Circuit Chartres
I came across this idea on Karen’s Labyrinth Web Page “Walk The Labyrinth Anywhere with Beads” It took me awhile to figure it out, but I knew it was powerful. The idea is that rather than having a labyrinth to physically walk on, you can walk it in any space using beads that mark the design.
How does it work? There are several ways to do this. Let me start by showing you the 6 circuit Chartres labyrinth using 2 colors and 2 sizes. Here is a design using plastic pony beads. The small regular pony beads represent the smaller turns that take up a quarter of the circle. The larger beads (the hearts) represent the paths that walk half the circle before turning.
There is a meaning to each bead in the color.The darker colors (purple pony beads, and the dark pink heart beads) represent turning inward to the circle. The lighter color (light pink) represent turning outward of the center of the circle. On the left is the bead pattern. On the right is the 6 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).
I wish I would have put a penny in to show the size of this bead pattern. It is only about 2-21/2 inches across in diameter. This means it’s highly portable. Using a labyrinth can be very soothing, even in bead form. It is very similar to carrying worry beads or a rosary with you.