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Phaistos Disk Maze Puzzle Solution



Phaistos DiskThe two sides of the Disk (pictographs removed) placed side-by-side 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, Phaistos Disk pictograph, Axe the Figure 8 Shield, Phaistos Disk pictograph, Shield the Minoan Wave Spiral. Phaistos Disk pictograph, Wave 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.

Phi SpiralPhi SpiralOn 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.


Phaistos Vase

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.

Astronomer 1Triangle2Icosahedron3Shield4 Hexagram 5Telescope 6Coffin 7Maze 8Angle 9Pyramid10

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 - Phi-stos - (which the Greeks pronounce "fes-tos") 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 civilization-wide and found cultural expression in their art.


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.

Phaistos Disk pictograph, Maze SolutionPhaistos Disk pictograph, Maze SolutionThis 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 (try it, using this image on the left that's missing the pictographs) 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.

Phaistos DiskPhaistos Disk pictograph, Figure 8 Tattoo(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 as before, but this time the bridge directs the movement to the outer spiral on Side 2 as the movement changes to 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.

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Figure 8 Shields, Wave Spirals
Figure 8 shields with the bridge circled by the Minoan artist, for emphasis (above, left)

My animation of the disk, pictographs removed, showing the bridge (below).

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Phaistos Disk Puzzle Solution

Phaistos Disk Hidden Pattern - Figure 8 Wave Spiral, Constellation, Maze Solution Pictographs removed, two sides connected

Figure 8 Shield Roman Ancilia Minoan Vase Wave Spiral, Phaistos Disk

A...method is used by Claire Grace Watson (Phaistos Disk Literature and Art), to analyze the Phaistos disk to form a Minoan shield resembling the Roman anciles. Commentary in French (right) Minoan vase with Phaistos Disk similarities

I think you have decoded The Phaistos Disk! (Adolfo Rios Pita Giurfa,

Page 1 - Antique Science of Containment | Many Hidden Patterns

Page 2 - The Tablet | Who Created It? | How to Solve It

Page 3 - Constellation Argo - The Ferry | Khufu Ship | Rope Truss
      Argo Sails Backwards for 2,300 Years!

Page 4 - North Star | Enochian Language
     Linear "A" for Argothic? | Egyptian Influences

Page 5 - Great Pyramid Exterior

Page 6 - Pyramid Interior | Pyramid Goddess
      Archaeoastronomy Site | Vault Technology

Page 7 - Minoan Warriors

Page 8 - Apex and Base

      Minoan Symbols for Star and Constellation

Page 9 - Pyramid Geometry

Page 10 - Maze Solution | Phi Spiral

Page 11 - Conclusion | Unidentified Patterns | Ships of the Sky

Page 12 - Minoan Calendars | Minoan LuniSolar Calendar
      Minoan Zodiac Stellar Calendar | Minoan Sothic Calendar
     Minoan 366-Day Year Calendar

Page 13 - Brilliant Lost World

Page 14 - Origins of the Phaistos Disk | How Was it Made?

Page 15 - Evans Pictographs

Page 16 - Pictographs Numbered | Entire Inscription

Page 17 - It's Full of Stars! | Hoax Defense | Infamous Letter
     Wrong Motivation | Conclusion

Page 18 - Galileo on Philosophy | The Crater of the Whorl
     Remembering the Whorl | Planeism |Tree of Life
     The Arktype Astrology | Waking Whorl and Dream Whorl

Page 19 - The Phaistos Disk | Hidden Patterns | Emerald Table

     Astronomer-Artist | As Above, So Below | Planeism

Page 20 - Crete Invents Modern Astrology

     sexagesimal System | Phi Spiral | Astronomical Ages

     Birthing Stone of Zeus | Watcher Unseen

Page 21 - Phaistos Disk Color Animations

Page 22 - Phaistos Disk Maze of Daedalus
     Daedalus, Cunning Artificer | Palace of Knossos
     Daedalus Invents Images

Page 23 - Animated Geometry
Page 24 - Shield of Achilles

Page 25 - Great Pyramid on the Phaistos Disk

Page 26 - Constellation Argo Sail Backwards for 2,300 Years

Page 27 - North Star, Sirius, the Planets and Stars

Page 28 - 3,600 Year-Old Animation

Page 29 - Phaistos Disk Clay Pictographs

Page 30 - Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus

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