Labyrinths first became identified with the Christian church in Europe around 350 AD. This interest dissipated over some centuries and was again renewed in the Middle Ages. One of the most famous of these is the one in the nave of the Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. This was build around 1200 and is actually flat - a part of the floor layout. Over time, the maze became worn and the center was removed and some of the parts were replaced or restored.
Church labyrinths such as the one at Chartres were "walked" by some for contemplation and serenity as one prayed. Others used the path of the labyrinth as a journey for penance or repentance by traveling the maze on their knees. Some thought that this 11-circuit labyrinth could be a substitute for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The central rose symbolizes enlightenment, so as the walker courses each of the quadrants, s/he can contemplate the reward of such meditation or penance.
This handheld version is made of safe pewter and measures 4-3/4 inches in diameter. Included is a romance card, with labyrinth information and a stylus (crystal color may vary). This is all conveniently packaged in a velour pouch. Use the stylus to trace the quadrants, contemplating the symbolic cross that separates them as well as the center and imagine your own journey to peace.