HOW MANY TIMES DID THE MINOANS MAKE THIS JOURNEY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID AND BACK? INTERCONNECT THE SPIRALS TO FIND THE ANSWER.
The two sides of the Disk (pictographs removed) placed sidebyside this way appear to be a maze. Minoan Crete was the maze civilization, with labyrinths in art and all the associated symbolism: the Double Axe, the Figure 8 Shield, the Minoan Wave Spiral. Minoans saw something profound about a maze, and from their civilization at exactly the same time as the Phaistos Disk came the legendary Maze of Daedalus. We might be looking at it.
On the Phaistos Disk, the outside spirals seem to circle around the center,
while the inside spirals curl in on themselves, and these words also describe the actions of a phi spiral and provide a clue to the solution of the maze. In these
phi spirals, (left) both spirals spin the same direction until you start at the center of one and crossover, and this is exactly what happens on the Phaistos Disk. Then, the journey to the center of the other spiral becomes counter the direction of the first. These two phi spirals are also geometry ideograms for vortex and vertex, as seems to be the case with the Phaistos Disk.
If the Phaistos Disk is the
Maze of Daedalus
, then the young Greeks cast into it were as doomed as the legend states. They were told they could avoid being eaten by the Minotaur if they could find their way out, but they would have been hopelessly lost because the spiral's direction is relative, leading only to dead ends. Their deaths were inescapable. Only a
miracle
could save them.
PHI SPIRAL
This vase pictograph is so similar to this vase excavated at Phaistos. Noticeably on the vase is a spiral and a
design resembling the symbol for the Greek letter Phi.
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Did the ancient people (1) in Bronze Age Crete know about the phi spiral? Knowing so much about geometry, perhaps they did.
One of the pictographs on the disk is an equilateral triangle. (2) With 20 dots inside, does it mean icosahedron, the platonic solid made of
20 triangles? (3) The shields (4) on the disk each have seven dots in the shape of a hexagram. Does this reference another Platonic solid, the
hexahedron? (5) Other symbols on the disk seem somehow related to geometry. (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
It is an amazing coincidence, or perhaps not, that the disk comes from a place
with "phi" as part of its name  Phistos  (which the Greeks pronounce "festos") the question arises, "Did the people there
study the principles of phi and did they identify Platonic solids 1200 years before the birth of Plato?" I believe they were actively
pursuing knowledge of the sciences of geometry and astronomy and at the same time were so inspired by this pursuit that their ideas and discoveries became civilizationwide and found cultural expression in their art.
MAZE SOLUTION
I found the wave spiral and solved the maze by removing the disk pictographs from transparencies I created so that only the
spirals and line segments were visible. Then I placed the two sides together at the matching line segments and merged them by overlaying the perfectly
aligned line segments.
This Phaistos Disk pictograph suggest a solution to the maze puzzle.
Below, my exact tracing of the Phaistos Disk Maze of Daedalus.
The solution to a maze is the uninterrupted path through an intricate pattern of line segments from a starting point to a goal.
The Disk has a combined 60 line segments and two large spirals, each with five levels. The starting point of this maze is the center of Side 1 (top disk with flower at the center), the goal is the center of Side 2 (bottom disk with wave at the center). To solve the maze, find the uninterrupted path through the line segments of all the spirals, from the center of Side 1 to the center of side 2 and back.
Movement through the maze is simple. Start in the top center with the flower (try it) and spiral out counterclockwise then cross over to the center of Side 2 via the 4th level spiral, now moving clockwise, continue to the center then make the return journey in reverse. The matching,
connecting line segments direct the movement from Side 1 to Side 2 but also prevent travel in the outer
spirals on both sides. Move back and forth freely on these eight spirals, but the maze is not solved until all ten spirals are incorporated into this uninterrupted movement.
Left, solution clue on a pictograph
To solve the maze, incorporate the outer spirals by merging them. Overlap the matching, connecting line segments by placing
the bottom image onto the top image to create a bridge. With all ten spirals
connected and the figure 8 created, the maze can be traversed via the bridge in an uninterrupted movement through all the spirals and thus is solved.
Start at the center of Side 1 and trace the spiral around counterclockwise to the 4th level, cross the bridge to the outer spiral on Side 2 moving clockwise, cross the bridge again from that outer spiral to the outer spiral on Side 1 now moving counterclockwise, cross the bridge from the
outer spiral on Side 1 into the 4th spiral on Side 2 moving clockwise and travel to the center. Then make the same journey
in reverse, each time creating the pattern of a figure 8.
Figure 8 shields with the bridge circled (above, left)
My animation of the disk, pictographs removed, showing the bridge (below).
