Celebrating 5 years of the Labyrinth of the Ways
~ By Rev Zackery Lynx
A little over 5 years ago the Nemeton of the Ways joined with Green Faerie Grove & The Between the Worlds Community on a 6 month labor of manifesting the Labyrinth of the Ways, 6 months of work to end an 18+month discussion, planning and plotting period with Wisterians and engaging with direct working relationship to the land itself. On Sept 14th, 2016 The Labyrinth of the Ways was done, blessed, dedicated & gifted to Wisteria, the Wisterians and every person and community who wandered their Way to this space.
We were "done", but the work was far from finished. Over the past 5 years the Labyrinth has continued to grow, require maintenance, new stones, new mulch, new additions. In 2017 we installed the Queer Spirit Shrine in the back outer ring to honor all aspects of Queerness. Past, Present & Future. Known & Unknown. Named & Unnamed.
And then there was Covid. All work stopped. We went from having about 8 to 10 work weekends and events through the year to making 1 single trip through the year. and SHE WAS WILD! Fully overgrown. Grass chest high. All rocks overgrown. It was both awe inspiring and also a punch to the gut. We tried to do some work that day, but after a few minutes it was clear that we just needed to let her grow wild, let nature take it back until it was safe to come back and prep her when the folk could return. And then we returned in June of 2021...and wow, She was Wild...but we were ready. New tools, new perspective, and gratitude for the tasks ahead.
Spread across 2 nights and 3 days we worked her walkways, restacked stones communed, listened and when cloud coverage came and a breeze blew through the field we took a moment to breathe and gives thanks.
The work was good, once it was done there was such a good feeling. Always a blessing. The work is our devotion. Our sweat is offered to the clay & land. Taking part in the great cycles of life & death. Harvesting and Growing. Pruning and Discernment.
Although the job was done, the work continues. And we have some big plans ahead. It being the 5th anniversary we have a big update year planned for next spring with some fresh mulch, new plantings and an uplift to the Queer Spirit Shrine.
But for now, The Labyrinth is Awake and her Ways open for the folk & communities who wander looking to find a way or leave one behind. It's been a blessing these past 5 years and we look ahead to the experiences and devotions.