BASIC MAZE Aidan Meehan
Another symbol of the dissemination of the
Primordial Wisdom is the basic maze. This has two forms, square and circular. Patricia
Villiers-Stuart has described the free-hand method of construction reproduced below, p.119, and commented as follows, "It is a way of
integrating the seventh and eighth divisions of a circle upon squares. This entails a
rhythmical approach to number and shape that can be applied at one extreme to atomic
structure and at the other to the stars". However, the circular form may be
considered to be a secondary form; a short-hand, freeform version. It appears to have been
in use three or four millennia ago, to judge by its appearance in the Camonica Valley rock
carvings in the Italian Alps.
This ceremonial site was in continuous use
from the earliest up to Christian times. The Celts inherited it from the inhabitants of
the valley before them. The earliest known depictions of the Gallic stag god, Cernunnos
were carved there, and the site obviously dedicated to the cult of the antlered god.
But they also inherited the mystery of the maze from Val Camonica. I have
reproduced the maze as it appears at the ritual site below, p.120.
This device has escaped precise identification
as the basic maze, as it is very crudely drawn, but more than that, it is actually a
negative version. That is, the maze has been drawn on the rock by someone who knows the
secret of its construction, and the design has been cut away, leaving the lines raised on
the surface. Evidently it was used to trace the path (the cut design, show white)
with the finger. The eyes of the "monster" which resides at the centre of this
maze are thus clearly and, I believe, significantly positioned on the line of the maze
instead of in the path of the maze. Thus we are in no danger of encountering the Minotaur en
route to the centre. He has been built into the brickwork already, it seems. The
question is, when and by whom?