The Cretan Goddess Ariadne, She who is “Most Holy” and “Goddess of Snakes”.
Ariadne is the Mistress of the Labyrinth that holds not only the narrow, twisting corridors, but also her half-brother, the Minotaur. The hero Theseus only makes it through the labyrinth by Ariadne’s grace and guidance (and her thread and sword) and he is able to slay the Minotaur. They run off together, giddy and breathless, but when Ariadne next awakes, she finds herself alone on a beach and abandoned. Dionysos, the God of intoxication and ecstasy, finds Ariadne and falls in love. As a wedding gift, he gives her a cosmic crown that he throws into the heavens and it becomes the Corona Borealis.
The duality of Ariadne is the balance between the deep, dark heart of the labyrinth and the luminous crown of the cosmos. She is all of it at once and represents the energy of the Full Moon and the eclipse – the dark and the light, the despair and the joy. Ariadne assists us in unraveling our inner tangles and guides us on our path through the labyrinth of life. Through it all, we are pushed to shed the old, just like her beloved snakes.
Dance the spirals with Ariadne, request her divine guidance and then, follow her thread with radical faith. We can spiral up or spiral down, depending on how we allow the energy of challenges and life to inform and catalyze us into action.
Offerings to Ariadne may include an image or carved labyrinth, amethyst, selenite, lemurian seed crystals, honey calcite, blue aragonite, honey, representations of snakes.
The Goddess always leaves a path back home to Her and never was that more true than in the myth of the Goddess Ariadne who left a scarlet thread winding through the labyrinth for Theseus to escape after he slayed the minotaur. Labyrinths are symbols of journey, connection, pathworking, and exploration. The sacred maze of a labyrinth aligns with archetypal energies within us of seeking, liberation, and initiation.
A labyrinth is a meandering path, often unicursal (singular) and leading to a center. Labyrinths are an ancient archetype dating back 4,000 years or more, used symbolically, as a walking meditation, choreographed dance, or site of rituals and ceremony, among other things. Labyrinths are tools for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation, also thought to enhance right brain activity. Labyrinths evoke metaphor, sacred geometry, spiritual pilgrimage, religious practice, mindfulness, environmental art, and community building. Labyrinth Society
Use a printable labyrinth below for labyrinth meditation. Get yourself in the zone and using your finger or your favorite crystal, trace the path of the labyrinth. This particular labyrinth is the Cretan Labyrinth.
Who here is a labyrinth walker??
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Find a labyrinth in your area and celebrate World Labyrinth Day on May 2
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