Labyrinth building is a mathematical endeavor that also calls on intuition. Master labyrinth-builder Alex Champion recently built a labyrinth in San Francisco, Sunset Park.
Here he shares the process:
I haven’t made a labyrinth in several years, and I haven’t been advertising, so I was surprised to receive a call from CLW builders informing me that I was to do a labyrinth at Sunset Park in western SF.
I have been involved in making labyrinths at three sites in SF, and I give credit to John Thomas who was responsible for my receiving the earlier three jobs.
I was assigned to make the labyrinth with a paving outfit, but they didn’t have the right tool for the job. So I convinced CLW to hire David Jefferson of Decking Around located in Napa. I did the earlier three installations with David, we got along and the work was always professional.
I met him at a little after 1:00. I had brought down a young woman friend who wanted to observe the process. She was also very sensitive and had not experienced the Cretan (more commonly known as the classical) labyrinth design before.
I had already dowsed the site, a 34 foot circular pad painted red with a tennis court paint. There was a water line running through the middle, but none of the other energy lines that I normally look for. I had her stand in the middle and be aware of her feelings.
She didn’t feel much at that time.
David and Mike his helper has a tool that allows them to lay down two tapes, 2″ apart, in a circular arc greater than 15′ in radius, which was the largest circular arc that was needed.
The Cretan chosen for this job was one made with circular arcs from five “centers”, which I had found earlier in the week. So all he had to do was start putting down tape.
The Cretan is made with 22 circular arcs (for those in to numerology, the Cretan has seven rings, 22/7 is a good approximation of pi). It took him about an hour and a half to lay down the tape. Then he started painting the spaces between the tape with black.
After laying down the tape, I dowsed the site again and found two water lines and two Yod lines running perpendicular to each other through the middle. My young friend felt a little tingling but nothing else.
It took maybe 15 to 20 minutes to paint the space between the tape with black.
While the design was being painted, I dowsed the site for a solar energy band that together would make a power spot that would fill the entire design. It came in when the painting was ~3/4 done.
After painting between the lines, they waited about 15 or 20 minutes, then they pulled up the tape. The job was finished in 2 hours, 15 to 20 minutes.
My friend said that she was going to go in to the design but when she crossed the outer line she felt like she hit a wall at the place where I dowsed the edge of the power spot. When she walked it, she got uncomfortably dizzy, which is a labyrinth quality experience. My best guess is that the energy of the labyrinth altered her energy fields and there has to be a period of readjustment.
I really got a charge of making the design, and David and I have a great working relationship. I told him we should do this again, and he was all for it.