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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.

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.

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. For further reading visit this page.

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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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  • Its amazing how perfect and exact these ancient structures are built, sometimes i reflect on how intelligent the beings of ancient times were…

    The maths that must have been understood to align these profound statements is unfathomable to my limited understanding! I have a yearning to know the deeper significance of these masterpieces.

    Now that “the path of the spiritual sun” has been brought forward by belsebuub and Lara, I hope that i will be able to get the deeper understanding.

    Thankyou for this valuable information

  • 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

    • 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.

  • Thanks Olga that’s a beautiful and powerful temple. While admiring it’s architecture I feel a deep respect for it’s Divine purpose.
    It’s nice to see the preservation of such majestic temple and I hope that the new surfaced information from Belsebuub, Lara and the assistance of The Spiritual Sun website will bring back it’s true meaning to humanity.

    Hopefully one day, I will make my way there and experience the Light and shadow effect symbolising the descent of the Feathered Serpent.

  • I had a chance to visit this site many years ago before they prohibited anyone from climbing it. At the time I didn’t know anything about its spiritual significance but I wish I had because it would have made the experience more richer and meaningful. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to go – it felt incredible being there – but even more grateful to have access to information about what the temple, the equinoxes and the “serpent” truly symbolize from The Path of the Spiritual Sun and many other related articles at

  • I have seen that a great many people gather at this site for the equinox, especially the spring equinox where the ‘of-light-and-shade’ display of the serpent can also be observed. It just shows how many people are interested in the mysteries of the past! 🙂 I find that this temple and the surrounding nature are pretty well preserved, so it must be possible to still get some sense of the ancient celebration taking place there.

    The extra information from Belsebuub and other researchers really gives the site a deeper meaning as well, one that is very interesting!

    I found this 3D video quite nice, showing some of the sites like Tikal and Chichen Itza in the original colours apparently.

  • 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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