Turija, Serbia. Reported 8th June.

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Turija Labyrinth: Developing a Working Plan 

This single trail labyrinth appearing at Turija, Serbia, reminds us of the Hod Hill formation with its labyrinth within. It seems to emphasize the importance of the symbolism of the winding path in life, and the importance of the Inner Journey. 

Just last night I was reading a new chapter in Bayley’s The Lost Language of Symbolism and found a reference to another old book about the Bohemian Brethren called The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart by J.A.Komensky, 1631. Bayley describes the Bohemian Brethren (founded 1457) as “obviously a manifestation of that spirit of mysticism which, either active or somnolent, is traceable from the dawn of History, and will be found noted under such epithets as Essenes, Therapeutics, Gnostics, Montanists, Paulicians, Manichees, Cathari, Vaudois, Albigeois, Patarini, Lollards, Friends of God, Spirituals, Arnoldists, Fratricelli, Anabaptists, Quakers, and many others.” ( Bayley 17) The labyrinth symbolizes the inner spiritual journey and the meandering path it follows in an individual’s life. This can be interpreted as an oppositional attitude to the established Church and its doctrines. The spiritual groups listed wanted to reform the Church of the time and indirectly contributed to the Protestant Reformation. Wyclif in England was an intiator of these philosophies that took hold in the teachings of Jan Hus of Prague.  

These images, along with those on the comments page, show us that the labyrinth is a very prevalent and common symbol in Western cultures.  

The connections with the book I’m reading, the Hod Hill formation, and various cultural depictions of the labyrinth only serve to emphasize the imperative of this beautiful crop circle located by an appropriate meandering river, which is: The personal individual inner life is the answer to spiritual dilemmas. Ultimately when individuals live on their personal track, society does as well. 

The labyrinth has an inner ‘origin’ point from which the individual starts on the journey (perhaps the initial journey toward birth) to the outer world of life. Once living as a conscious being the individual always has access to the inner ‘source’, and can re-enter the labyrinth (the unconscious) to gather new information, unravel a mystery or confront negativity, then emerge once again, reborn.  The Light  (of Love) and Thread (hunches, dreams, glimpses) that guide one through the darkness of our own unconscious is comprised of: our emotional reactions to events, people, ideas; our intuitions and instincts; our feelings regarding exterior happenings and our perception of ‘coincidence’ or synchronistic events. These clues are what assist us in solving untold mysteries and problems before us. In order to extract meaning from the clues, the all-important and ever-present question ‘WHY?’ must be asked. It requires humility to be open to whatever answer might reveal itself; it requires patience and a silence of the mind; it requires a certain amount of solitude.   

Players in the Myth of the Minotaur: the Monster - negative repressed psychic energy causes fear and destruction; Theseus –hero, positive action, defeats the evil; Ariadne – The Feminine, guiding Light of Intuition, enables the hero to see his way and to survive the ordeal 

Perhaps on the collective level this clearly defined crop circle gives us hints about how to approach negative world issues in a totally different way from the present failing attempts to curb and alleviate them. How can we (i.e. United Nations, governments, societies, communities) pose the ‘WHY?’ question and then apply suitable action in response? To whom do we put the questions? How do we formulate them? How do we relate to those who identify with the problems; who are affected by the conflicts; who are intermediary to both?  What are the issues?  These are the elements of the World Labyrinthine situation.  

What/Who is the MINOTAUR? That is the target of ‘WHY?’. After these questions are answered we can begin to take healing action. 

The Minotaur is a symbol for the powerful dark and unresolved forces in the unconscious that encourage deceit, cruelty and perversion of authority. 

The Minotaur symbolizes: “a psychic state of perverted domination” in combination with feelings of guilt and the repression of negative feelings in the unconscious. In the myth of Theseus and Ariadne, the seven sacrificial maids and youths symbolize voluntary lies and evasions of truth offered to keep the conscience soothed. As a whole, the myth of the Minotaur represents ‘the spiritual struggle against repression’. “However, this struggle cannot be won without the weapons of light since, according to the legend, it was Ariadne’s luminous crown, lighting the gloomy passageways of the palace, and not simply her ball of twine” that enabled Theseus to defeat the dark energy of the Minotaur. (Chevalier 657) 


Why and how did terrorism begin? (Answers probably vary from region to region)

Why and how did multi-nationals begin to indiscriminately sacrifice environment and communities for ‘progress’, ‘profit’ and ‘economic growth’?

Why and how did governments begin to abandon the good of the populations they  rule?  

These are big and dangerous questions because the answers would expose the responsible parties, namely ALL OF US ON THE PLANET, INCLUDING WORLD LEADERS, CEO’s, TERRORISTS, VICTIMS and EVERYONE! A collective turn around is required in order to prevent the Minotaur of terrorism, destruction, greed, fear, hatred, shame, madness and waste from becoming the next deity to which we kneel. 

Theseus has entered the labyrinth and slays the Minotaur while Ariadne waits outside with the Golden Thread fastened in place to guide Theseus back to life.  

The essential element for the transformation of negative energy into new usable form is a confidence in the Guiding Light and Love that maintain the universe. They are manifest in dreams, intuitions, feelings as much as they are apparent in the knowledge, science, mathematics and arts of humanity throughout the millennia.  

Michelle Jennings ( https://michelle-jennings.squarespace.com/blog 


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Chevalier, J. & Alain Gheerbrant. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols. Penguin Books. London. 1996.

De Vries, Ad. Dictionary of Symbols and Imagery.North-Holland Publishing Co.Amsterdam. 1974.                        

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