My most recent painting... the maze, one of the world's most ancient symbols. It is the path taken on Glastonbury Tor, encircling the hill in a
twisting seven circiuts before reaching the centre at the top. We find this basic design in many places around the globe; Knossos in Crete, the Four
Corners USA (Hopi), Mysore and Rajastan in India, Nazca, Peru and even in Finland.
Long considered to be a template for life itself, the path, when walked, takes us from the 'outside' at the bottom to almost
at the centre,
just as a teenager believes themselves to 'know it all'. As we progress, we find ourselves once again close to the outer edges, spiralling slowly
via the longest path until we at last begin to close in on the middle section for the last 3 circuits.
There is relevance here to seven year cycles. Consider each seven years significant as you age and the template unfolds true to life... ages 7, 14,
21, 28, etc., should mean something
to most of us(at least it does to me).
Seven circuits @ 49 years of age
to reach the centre and attain enough credible wisdom in life to be mature enough to rank as a teacher to
others who are on the same path.
That we once again have to travel the path outwards from the centre shows a total of 98 years... a good rounding off of a long life lived.
That we pass on what we learned to those who are still on the 'inward' journey is the duty of those who have already gained knowledge.
What really sticks in my mind on the maze is its ancient roots. There's no doubt that this symbol was one of the first ever created, since it can be
found in isolated communities the world over. It was successfully carried in the migrations of people over the course of dozens of millenia.
[edit on 8/11/08 by masqua]