Day 185 July 4
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return
On this day of Independence and country pride in the United States, we are visiting the national culture of Italy and in particular the northern areas of Mantua and Milan. This began with an interesting find of the impressive Italian art and culture, yet turned into intrigue in discovering originals and complimentary copies of a ceiling labyrinth. It appears the first ceiling labyrinth installed at the Palazzo di S.Sebastiano occurred in the early 1600’s and was later moved to the apartments in the Palazzo Ducale. Impressed and copied, this impressive design is similar and can also be found in Milan at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.
It is depicted as a gold labyrinth laid upon a celestial blue background and the illuminated blue band around the edge is in reference to the Gonzaga family’s patriarch Vincent, as a tribute to his battle with the Turks in 1601. Inside the five paths that make up the labyrinth is an inscription from the words of Bard and Poet Marchetto Cara that speak to the allusions of the uncertainty’s of life in a poem titled,
“Maybe Yes, Maybe not.”
Vincent was intrigued with the Bavarian courts designs and commissioned the Palazzo Ducale to be built with similar elaborate ornamentation in the great wings of the apartments. The labyrinth takes up the entire ceiling of the room and is featured among the many great rooms designed to honor the stature and ideals of the Gonzaga family who lived in Mantua from the early 13th century until the 17th.
Many of the great palaces have turned to museum status as the celebrated art accumulated in one family could now be shared as cultural pride in Italy. About two hours drive to the west in the city of Milan is the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. Once a a home to the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, brothers who collected volumes works of art. The labyrinth ceiling from the design at Palazzo Ducale intrigued them enough to commission their own ceiling design with a meaningful yet slightly different message inscribed within. The room is known as the labyrinth passage and a room between rooms as part of the living house that moved from home to cultural museum.
On this day of independence, we can realize that the wealth in our uniqueness is much like the discoveries of these Italian families who learned to share their wealth for a more culturally appreciative nation. As we share our treasures, gifts and potent talents, we realize we are more free than when we are safeguarding and holding on to them. We are also never alone when we fortify others with what we have to offer.
On this 185th day…
Explore the ways in which you have received more when you gave of yourself in the walk of this day and how much more freedom and independence you feel as a result.
Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered. We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!
Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.
- Go Global….Explore the World
Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in. They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
- Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
- Join the online Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey. Call connection Information
- Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society