What: Autumn Equinox Observance
Where: Temple of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
When: September 22nd 2016 Time: Sunset
Who: Ancient Mayan Spirituality
About: Come to Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan city in Mexico, and observe the mysterious effects of light and shadow at the Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) of the feathered serpent descending the pyramid steps at the Autumn Equinox.
Thousands attend the Mexican site every year to observe the amazing astronomical phenomena integrated within the architectural design of the Mayan temple. Many also enjoy the 47 hectares of ancient monuments belonging to the Mayan civilization.
In an extract from their book The Path of the Spiritual Sun, about ancient sacred sites aligned to the autumn equinox, Belsebuub and Lara Atwood write the following about Chichen Itza:
At an ancient Maya sacred site called Chichen Itza, there is a pyramid known as El Castillo dedicated to Kukulcán, the feathered serpent. At the equinoxes the sun creates an undulating pattern of light on the nine terraces of the pyramid to display seven triangles of light which link up with a stone serpent head at its base. As the sun sets, the scales undulate and eventually disappear, giving the visual effect of the serpent descending the nine terraces of the pyramid.
The meaning of the spiritual descent has a profound significance during the time of the autumn equinox. For further reading visit this page.
How To Get There: ”Chichén Itzá is on the main highway between the capital city of Mérida and the resort city of Cancun.” [Wiki Travel] ADO bus services offer two travel options, one for three hours travel and another for four hour travel. Prices range from 120 to 200 pesos. Prices may vary. This is also a helpful site.
Cost: The cost of visiting Chichén Itzá is 64 pesos. Additional costs may apply by the Yucatan State Government for Cultural Affairs. The site is free for children under 13, students, teachers and senior citizens.
A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the site if you would like more details about this event.