Way of the Winding Labyrinth: A Map for the Labyrinth of Life
Simple Steps for Experiencing Life as a Spiritual Journey, by
Eve Escher Hogan
Written by an active labyrinth facilitator, this book is really about
personal development, using the labyrinth as a metaphor. That the labyrinth
represents our journey through life is a common theme, so this association
The Goddess in the Labyrinth, by John Kraft
Prior to the current labyrinth revival, Scandinavia had more labyrinths
than any other area in the world. There are hundreds of extant labyrinths
along the shores of the Baltic, probably built by fishermen centuries
ago. Kraft is a Swedish researcher who has been studying these labyrinths
for 30 years. Here he dicusses the various myths associated with the Goddess
and young maidens and virgins with regards to the labyrinth, spring, and
fertility. Available from www.labyrinthos.net.
108 Ways to Use Labyrinths in Schools, by Gael Hancock
Using labyrinths in schools has great potential. The author gives many
suggestions that teachers will find valuable. Available through www.labyrinthos.net
Mazes and Labyrinths in Great Britain, by Martineau
One page holds two or three paragraphs of description while the facing
page has a labyrinth diagram.
Ariadne's Thread: Legends of the Labyrinth, by Kimberly
Currently the president of the Labyrinth Society, the author uses her
organizational and literary skills to summarize some of the myths and
stories around the labyrinth. Website: www.labyrinthos.net
Ancient Labyrinths of the World, by Jeff Saward
Now that the author's two new books are in circulation, I don't know if
this one is still available. It is a short account of the world's oldest
labyrinths, by the person who knows them best. Website: www.labyrinthos.net
Chartres Labyrinth: A Model of theUniverse and the Journey of the
Soul, by Keith Critchlow
This is a new version of the author's 1972 article, in which he now calls
it a labyrinth, rather than following British tradition of calling everything
a maze. I have studied with the author and respect him highly. He has
started two myths about the labyrinth (that it is based on a 13-pointed
star and that the rose window would fold down exactly on the labyrinth),
which don't happen to be factually accurate. They don't measure out, but
the symbolism is what most attracts the author. This book has historical
value, in that most early books on labyrinths quote from it. See www.kairos-foundation.com.
Mazes Ancient and Modern, by Robert Field
This is quite a nice little book. Discusses designs of Roman labyrinths
and other topics.
No Wrong Turns, by Pamela and Angela Eileen
This is a children's book of 16 pages, with crayon drawings, about walking
the labyrinth to talk to God. The text purports to be a child talking,
but a few pages are too adult-like to be convincing. Nevertheless, the
message is good. It comes with a cloth finger labyrinth of durable quality.
I found this on Amazon.com.
A Labyrinth Year, by Richard Kautz
This book is not really about labyrinths. It is a series of meditations
about the Bible that can be read outloud while others are walking a labyrinth
or following a finger labyrinth. The cover has a drawing of a right-handed
Chartres labyrinth. (Ah, publishers . . . . )
In the Labyrinth, by Ulrica Hume
This really is a small book, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 27 pages. It
gives a more or less accurate history of the labyrinth plus some personal
observations regarding its use. The author describes it as an "inspirational
gift book . . . as charming as it is informative." Available from
The British Maze Guide, by Adrian Fisher and Jeff Saward
The title is pretty self explanatory.
The Glastonbury Tor Maze, by Geoffrey Ashe
This book describes the now popular idea that the Tor, a pointed hill
in Glastonbury, has paths surrounding it that make up a three-dimensional
labyrinth. I know many people who have made the three-hour journey, and
they tell me the path isn't clear at all.
Peace Labyrinth, Sacred Geometry, by Dr. Beatrice Bartnett
I bought this simply because it was listed on Amazon.com. It is quite
bizarre, from a labyrinth maker's point of view. It is based on a single
labyrinth designed by the author, which has six circuits and is divided
into thirds rather than quadrants. I found little of interest in this
book, so far is it from the realms of traditional labyrinths.