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Chartres Labyrinth Buttons

Chartres Labyrinth Buttons

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Labyrinth means "house of the double ax", deriving from "labrys", the sacred ax of ancient Crete. The form of the Labyrinth is to be found in many places and cultures; in the world of the ancient near east, it represented the soul's journey into the center of the uterine underworld and its return toward eventual rebirth. A labyrinth was not the same as a maze, as it had only one path, winding but without divisions or branches; a path that moved inevitably toward the center of the labyrinth, and then outwards again.

This motif was later Christianized, and could be interpreted to mean the journey within to find Christ the savior, and the path to redemption. Labyrinths can be seen on the floor plans of cathedrals throughout Europe; here, as it occurs in the great Cathedral at Chartres.

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Since 1972 Quick Silver Mint has been creating authentic handmade medallions, available through their catalog and at festivals throughout the United States. Now the designs are available here as buttons. An understanding of the symbols may inspire you and enhance your journey of self-discovery. Each has its origin in ancient stone carvings, pottery, or other artifacts and many were inspired by myth and legend. We have spent over 30 years researching and creating magical jewelry based on symbols from around the world. We are very proud to mint over 100 designs. If you want to learn