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Temple of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Mexico – Autumn Equinox Observance

Observe the descent of the Feathered Serpent at Chichen Itza during the autumn equinox

Chichen_Itza_CreditDaniel Schwen

Temple of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá,  Mexico (Photo: Daniel Schwen)

What: Autumn Equinox Observance

Where: Temple of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico

When: September 22nd 2016  Time: Sunset

Who: Ancient Mayan Spirituality


An image of a serpent head at the base of El Castillo by Frank Kovalchek, CC BY 2.0,

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.

Chichen Itza Spring Equinox

Light and shadow effect symbolizing the descent of the Feathered Serpent at the Temple of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Mexico

The meaning of the spiritual descent has a profound significance during the time of the autumn equinox.

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The over grown temple of Castillo, Chichen Itza, photograph by Teobert Maler in 1892

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.

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  • Thanks Olga just another example of a amazing spiritual site that was build for these spiritual celestial events associated with the sun, it just points out the deep significance these ancient societies knew that the sun has on spirituality

    I would really also like to visit this site one day

  • Looks amazing
    I loved Karim’s 3D video of how the ancient sites originally looked.
    I hope I also will have the chance to see the light and shadow effect
    One day.

    • Hey Neal,

      Yeah, I like such videos too. Although it’s great to see that Chichen Itza was preserved so well in real life.

      Sometimes when looking at sacred sites for a long time in their current state it can almost be like that is the way they were in the past as well. But often they’re just the remnants so it’s good to remember to imagine what they actually looked like. Same perhaps with the Giza plateau in Egypt. Imagine what the pyramids must’ve looked like in the past with their beautiful outside stone layer still there, with the whole area pristine, all temples complete and their decoration still intact. And even the whole area around, perhaps long ago, not a barren desert but beautiful natural surroundings. Then imagine the people there, the society in their spiritual high point, the garments, the symbols, the rites, very sacred ceremonies etc.

      • Yeah it would have been a beautiful site to see back then as it still is now just not to the same degree, I am planning on visiting the Giza pyramids next year very excited.

        Thanks for responding Karim take care mate.

  • This would be incredible to witness in person! If I am in the area, I’ll surely swing by … !
    The autumn equinox is such a powerful and mysterious time of the year – personally I’ve found marking the solstices and equinoxes by observing the sun great ‘preparatory’ events. As the sun diminishes in strength, inner troubles often arise and life can feel more heavy and difficult. Watching it set at the autumn equinox into a period of growing darkness helps me to align to the inner struggle that is approaching; it makes me feel more on guard, prepared and strong.
    It’s humbling to think of the importance the ancient spiritual people gave to commemorating these events and to see the structures they were capable of building.

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