Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 02 New Age, Mystics and Wiccans episode 159

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 02 New Age, Mystics and Wiccans -episode 159

Where does the practice of walking a labyrinth come from?

Labyrinths can be traced as far back as 3500 years.  The first labyrinth dates back to the Cretan tale of Theseus battling the Minotaur in the labyrinth.  As the story goes, Theseus was sent into the labyrinth to be a sacrifice to the Minotaur.  Theseus used a ball of twine to mark his path through the labyrinth in hopes that he could find his way back out.  Theseus worked his way to the center of the labyrinth where he battled and defeated the Minotaur and then he followed the exact same path to exit the labyrinth.

The connection between the mythological labyrinth and the common practice of walking a labyrinth

Secular promoters of the practice acknowledge the similarities between the myth and the modern spiritual practice of walking a labyrinth.  Theseus started his journey inward, leaving the things of the world behind.  He walked a specific path, taking him through the many twists and turns, leading him to the center.  Upon arriving at the center of the labyrinth, Theseus had to commune with the Minotaur and face the inner monster.  Theseus gained victory over that which challenged him, thus he received a sense of freedom from the problems he had when he entered into the labyrinth.  Theseus then followed his exact route back out from the center.  There are groups that actually reenact this story every year.  Mystics who practice walking a labyrinth acknowledge and endorse the similarities between the modern practice and the myth.

Walking a labyrinth is a mystical, spiritual tool used to reach a divinity.

“The labyrinth is an archetype of transformation. Its transcendant nature knows no boundaries, crossing time and cultures with ease. The labyrinth serves as a bridge from the mundane to the divine…” Kimberly Lowelle, the President of The Labyrinth Society.  Did you notice anything in that quote about Jesus or the God of the Bible?

“The labyrinth is an archetypal spiritual tool, found across many times and cultures. While a maze is a left-brain, rational puzzle, the labyrinth involves the right side of the brain, and helps us access our intuition, providing a portal to the Divine” The promotional website for the Breemie Labyrinth in the UK

New Agers walk labyrinths

New agers use labyrinths to reach altered states of consciousness where they can become one with the universe.  “Centering” occurs in the middle of the labyrinth.  Walking a labyrinth gives the New Ager a spiritual awakening that they can then bring forth to the world.

Wiccans walk labyrinths

Wiccans use labyrinths in there festivals as another form of mysticism.  Wiccans will set up labyrinths with candles and will walk them at night.   Some Wiccans claim the labyrinth “is a mystical journey to another realm and then back to earth”.

Not only do wiccans practice walking a labyrinth, but they use the labyrinth as a Wiccan symbol.  The symbol is often used as an amulet that they will hang from jewelry.

Another Wiccan symbol that resembles a labyrinth is Hecate’s wheel.  This symbol seems to originate from the Chaldeans.   It was discovered by the Greeks in a Babylonian Oracle in the second century.  This wheel is a symbol of the Goddess Hecate who, before becoming the Goddess of sorcery and magick, was the Goddess of the crossroads.  Hecate’s wheel is a picture of a coiled serpent, as well as a symbol for the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone).

Again, the Wiccans were walking a labyrinth long before Christians.  Should we take that which is not of God, bring it into our churches, and do it unto God?  God hates these kinds of things Due 18:9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the entire mp3 podcast series looking at Walking a Labyrinth, ready for download.

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 01 Kundalini and Sacred Geometry -episode 158

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 02 New Age, Mystics and Wiccans -episode 159

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 03 shamanism, Freemasonry and Catholicism episode 160

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 04 Labyrinths in the Church episode 162

Walking a Labyrinth Exposed 05 Labyrinths in the Church episode 163

Here’s the entire mp3 podcast series on the topic of Wicca, ready for download.

What is Wicca 01 The Allure of Witchcraft

What is Wicca 02 Why not become a witch

What is Wicca 03 The different forms of Wicca

What is Wicca 04 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 127

What is Wicca 05 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 128

What is Wicca 06 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 131

What is Wicca 07 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 132

What is Wicca 08 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 134

What is Wicca 09 Common Beliefs of Wiccans -episode 135

What is Wicca 10 The Eight Sabbats of Wicca -episode 136

What is Wicca 11 Magick, Pentacles and Pentagrams -episode 137

What is Wicca 12 Magick, Pentacles and Pentagrams -episode 138

What is Wicca 13 Magick Spells and a Warning to The Church -episode 139

What is Wicca 14 Quick Review And Malicious Witchcraft-episode 140

What is Wicca 15 How Do Wiccans View Christianity-episode 141

What is Wicca 16 Scriptures on Witchcraft and Some Words to My Wiccan Friends-episode 142

What is Wicca 17 Witnessing to Wiccans and a Testimony of a Former Wiccan-episode 143

What is Wicca 18 Witnessing to Wiccans-episode 145

What is Wicca 19 Witnessing to Wiccans-episode 146

Or check out the Youth Apologetics Training Podcast Archive.

http://youthapologeticstraining.com/podcast-archive/

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