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General Reading - Spiritual & Practical Guides

The current revival of labyrinths involves a considerable element of interest in their spiritual aspects. This has been reflected in a wealth of recently published books on these matters. Many of these also contain valuable information on the practical matter of constructing labyrinths, either for temporary or permanent use. The following are our favourites:

Walking a Sacred Path - Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool

Lauren Artress
Riverhead Books, New York, 1995.

A classic introduction to the labyrinth and its role in the field of spiritual psychology, hugely influential in the current spiritual revival of labyrinths. A new updated edition has recently been published.

Labyrinths for the Spirit

Jim Buchanan
Gaia, London, 2007.

Colourful introduction to labyrinths, with a wealth of practical ideas and information for creating labyrinths, large and small in various settings.

Labyrinths - Walking Towards the Center

Gernot Candolini
Crossroad Publishing, New York, 2003.

A delightful series of short essays recounting the author’s pilgrimages to labyrinths and spiritual thoughts and experiences along the way.

The Way of the Labyrinth

Helen Curry
Penguin Compass, New York, 2000.

A thoughtful guide to using the labyrinth in personal spiritual practice, as well as in ceremony and ritual for larger groups and communities.

Praying the Labyrinth / Living the Labyrinth

Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion
Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio, 1999/2000.

Two books with questions and exercises to guide a pilgrim's journey on the labyrinth are offered along with scriptural selections to broaden the context.

Labyrinths: Ancient Myths & Modern Uses

Sig Lonegren
Gothic Image Publications, Glastonbury, England, 2007.

Originally published by Gothic Image in 1990, this instructional labyrinth workbook, with its wide-ranging study of labyrinth mythology, earth energies, and suggestions for practical usage, remains both influential and innovative.

The Spirituality of Mazes & Labyrinths

Gailand MacQueen
Northstone Publishing, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 2005.

Engaging study of the spiritual and philosophical aspects of labyrinths and mazes, with nice illustration and plenty of practical suggestions for further exploration.

Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times

Carol Matthews
Outlaw Editions, Canada, 2010.

Including elements of fiction, non-fiction, myth and memoir, this work addresses working with the labyrinth to explore the ageing process.

Finding Fulfilment

Liz Simpson
Piatkus, London, 2000.

Presents a sensible and broad outline for a self-guided process using the labyrinth to promote healthy change in one's life.

Labyrinth: Pathway to Meditation and Healing

Helen Raphael Sands
Gaia Books, London, 2000. Published in the USA as "The Healing Labyrinth" by Barrons, 2000.

Beautifully illustrated discussion of labyrinth design, history and use. Includes clear instructions for creating labyrinths and open-ended suggestions for possible construction materials & ceremonial uses, etc.