Outside the inner Labyrinth is a ring of 13 moons in phases, denoting the 13 moon cycles in a year. A ring of prehistoric Goddess images forms a mandala around the moons.
This particular labyrinth was found on every continent, including Siberia, Arizona USA, Peru, Africa. India and Scandinavia. It is probably 5,000 years old, and is also known as the Cretan Labyrinth. It's form is similar to the shape of the human brain. Each Goddess is framed in a mandorla or "vesica piscies" shape, an ancient symbol of the yoni, the source of feminine creative power. At the feet of the Goddesses are symbols for the four directions and elements of Air (east), Fire (south), Water (west) and Earth (north). The outer ring of mandala petals holds the Western astrological symbols.
Details about the Goddess figurines:
At the top: Goddess of Lespupue. This stylized image displays beautiful repeated ovals in the breasts, thighs and buttocks. The egg shapes, the wing like arms and the tail feathers at her back mark her as a bird deity, primal ancient symbol of rebirth. France, 25000 B.C.
Going to the right: Venus of Willendorf. One of the oldest images of the Goddess, her hands rest on her breasts in a nurturing pose. Her head looks down and is covered with rows of indentations which could be a spiral labyrinth or other symbol. Over 30,000 years old, Paleolithic stone, Vienna, Austria.
Goddess of Dolno Oreovo represents a stiff nude form of the Goddess, usually meaning association with death and rebirth. Her huge pubic triangle emphasizes sexuality. Found near Bitola, Republic of Macedonia, 3000 B.C.
Goddess of Dolni Vestonice was found near a hearth, made from clay and pulverized bone, colored black. Her head is shaped like a birds beak, and her wing like shoulders indicate her connection with the bird goddess, eggs and fertility. Czech Republic, C. 25,000 B.C.E.
Goddess of Kostienki, a goddess of fertility, mother-ancestor. or guardian of the home, with faceless head bending towards the chest. Covering the heard are rows of incisions showing hairstyle or cap. Her hands on the belly emphasize her aspects of fertility and pregnancy. She has a breast ornament tied up at the back. Russia, 23,000 B.C.
"La Polichinelle", from France, 40,000 to 26,000 B.C., shown in a side view. Her crested head and enlarged buttocks indicate the egg carrying bird goddess. Her big belly indicates fertility.
Printed on both sides.
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