In May 2015 a second maze at the Mill was constructed using willow withies. The design was an adaption of a maze I found in a vicarage garden at the village of Wyck Rissington in the Cotswolds. Unfortunately the maze there has since been removed and only a plaque in the parish church remains commemorating its construction and use. However I remember the actual maze well for I got lost the first time I visited it, and I was supposed to know something about mazes. We almost lost this second maze here, for time is limited and we didn’t clear the area of invading vegetation. Not only that but the woods shade the area and even a tree fell on it. This past month some of us cleared the encroaching brambles and hemlock to locate the rotting withy stumps amid the few waving surviving young trees.
Why a second maze? Because the two have very different lessons to learn by tracing the pathways.
The original maze constructed soon after I came here in 1981 has no false paths and is along the lines of the Chartre Cathedral design. It is the perfect logo for us as a counselling charity for despite all the twists and turns of a person’s life, everything that happens to us makes us who and what we are. There can be no false paths to experience even though some of those turns we would like to forget – and do so at our peril. Hence the need for counselling. Look on the website for a much more detailed description of that maze, its properties and its uses.
This second maze has been dubbed a ‘Fun Maze’ due to the many false paths and alternative ways to get to the middle and out again. In this case the many choices that Life throws our way can be confusing as we journey along, for indeed many of them end in a blind alley that does not suit our life style, relationships, or vision, but only found out after we had travelled along that route for a while.
Both mazes only really come to life if we physically walk through them. Then the lessons come home to us in ways that the diagrams cannot compete against. The walking of them takes them beyond just academic thought experiments into real experiences, confusing or revealing in their respective ways.
It will be a year or two before the second maze recovers, as long as it is cared for in the meanwhile!
Have a great Solstice.