Excursions to Ancient Sites

Our contributors Olga and Christos leading an excursion to the ancient site of Cairnpapple in Scotland.

It’s fascinating to read about ancient sites, but what about getting out there and experiencing them for yourself? There are some things you just can’t get from the internet and television: the feeling of an ancient site, the energies of it, the atmosphere, the awe.

You can literally go out and tread the same ground ancient people did who practiced the religion of the sun many thousands of years ago. These sites still align to the sun at the solstices and equinoxes, and so you can even go and witness these alignments and celebrate them in the same place their ancient builders did.

Not only can you see the evidence of their ancient building technology and spirituality, but you can actually practice this spirituality in the same place, and gain the same kinds of mystical experiences that gave rise to their mystical knowledge and sacred texts in the first place. Investigating ancient sites then can not just involve physical investigation, but also spiritual/metaphysical investigation too.

What are excursions?

Excursions are one of the activities that Circles can do. An excursion is a journey, trip, or outing with a pre-planned destination. The purpose of these excursions is to visit ancient sacred sites throughout the world that align to the sun at any of the solstices or equinoxes.  These excursions are operated and run independently by any Circles who choose to run them. For Circles who would like to advertise their excursions on this website, we’ll be listing them below.

What happens on excursions?

Excursions may include visiting just one ancient site, or a number of them. They could involve staying in accommodation near ancient sites, or camping at or near them if it is permitted. Visits to ancient sites can involve exploring the site itself, and also doing spiritual practices at them. These spiritual practices could include any of the practices listed on this website, including celebrating the solstice or equinox, meditation, mantras, awareness, and astral projection. A great aim for excursions can be to try and meet in the astral at the ancient site to explore it in the astral plane. In the astral, you could see how the ancient site looked in the past, who built it, or even meet one of the Beings who was involved in the site and had spiritually awakened. Another powerful way to experience an ancient site is to conduct a ceremony to celebrate the solstice or equinox as outlined on this site.

How long do excursions last?

Excursions may be just an outing for a day, a long weekend, or last for up to 2 weeks, depending on what the Circle has decided. Travel arrangements, what to pack, supplies, and accommodation, will all depend on how long the excursion lasts and the itinerary.

How do I attend an excursion?

If you’d like to attend an excursion, you can browse the listings of excursions once they are added below. You could also contact a Circle near you and ask if they plan to run any excursions in the future, or suggest they do, and even help to organize one by working together with them. However, how, when, and whether a Circle holds an excursion is completely up to the Organizer of each Circle. We recommend that only those who have attended a Circle’s activities for a full two months be invited to go on an excursion, to make sure all attending are familiar with the spiritual practices and with each other.

How can I organize an excursion?

In order to organize an excursion, you need to run a Circle. You can find out the steps for starting a Circle here. If you are already a Circle Organizer, you can organize an excursion at any time, just depending on your own resources, time, and how many people you have in your Circle who are able and interested in going on one.

Which ancient sites should we visit?

Our contributor Jordan watching the sunrise at Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.

Firstly, you should always make sure that the ancient site you plan to visit is safe. It needs to be both safe to be there, and also to get there. Some ancient sites may be in inhospitable terrain, only accessed by dangerous roads, or be in unstable countries etc. Make sure you carefully assess the safety of a site and its surrounds, and only travel there if you can assure it is safe for all attending to do so.

Ancient sites chosen as a destination should align to the sun at any of the solstices or equinxoes; you can find a list of sites we recommend here, which we will continue to add to. If you find a site you think could be added, then please post it in the forums for consideration.

It’s important to bear in mind that many sites have a long and varied history. In many cases the original builders were vanquished and the site taken over by different peoples with barbaric practices. In places where these barbaric practices — like human sacrifice — were performed, be aware that the atmosphere or energies may be disturbing.

Treating ancient sites with care

Our contributor Christos at the ancient site of Knosos in Crete.

Whenever visiting ancient sites, remember to treat them respectfully and with great care. Be sure never to break the rules of those who are custodians of the site by visiting them without permission, climbing and walking beyond boundary ropes etc. Never take rocks or other natural items away from ancient sites, nor disturb or damage them in any way.

Remember, these sites only exist for us to see them because people of the past preserved them. Let’s make sure that other people today, and those of the future, can benefit just as we have from them, so that their wisdom can continue to reach those who are seeking.

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