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Threskeia in Bulgaria – Autumn Equinox Ceremony

Join Threskeia for their Autumn Equinox Ceremony at the mysterious Thracian sanctuary Belintash

Autumn Equinox

Threskeia celebrating the 2012 autumn equinox on the Belantash plateau, an ancient mountain engraved with stellar maps. Photo © Threskeia (republished with permission)

Threskeia‘s Autumn Equinox Celebration
Thracian sanctuary Belantash (or Belintash – Скално светилище Беланташ)
Rhodopes Mountain Region, near Dobrostan, Bulgaria
Northern Hemisphere

Please contact the group  for exact dates and times.

Autumn Equinox

Photo © Threskeia (republished with permission)

Join the Bulgarian community Threskeia, in their celebration of the autumn equinox. The ceremony will take place at the sacred grounds of Belantash (or Belintash), in the Rhodopes mountains. It is here that markings can be found carved into the mountain surface which some interpret to be an ancient star map.

For Threskeia, autumn equinox is a day when god enters the underworld; this symbolic process is present in various ancient spiritual traditions. During the celebration grapes are harvested and crushed to produce wine symbolizing, according to Threskeia, death and the transition of the soul into another form.
Celebrants also express gratitude for the summer harvest and the last sunny days of the year and “pray for kindness, good fortune and health in the coming months when the sun god takes on the image of a wolf and the chill of Boreas will cover our land”.

 

Belintash

Carvings in the rock of Belintash. Engraved bullauns which, some believe, form an ancient stellar map. Top Left Photo © Ella Klyashitsky; Top Right Photo © Laura Boeva; Bottom Photos © Pavlin Boev. (Republished with permission)

Experience an ancient Thracian celebration, bringing together age-old customs, clothing, music, chant and rites of an early Indo-European spirituality. The ceremony will be in Bulgarian.

What to Bring: Camping gear and weather appropriate clothing. Attendees are also invited to bring gifts; wine, grapes, figs, seasonal fruits, bread and whatever else they wish to share communally or give as an offering.

Video: Below is an aerial view of Belintash in Rhodopes, the beautiful mountain range where the ceremony will be taking place:

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 organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.

Acknowledgments: Pavlin Boev contributed to this article.

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Christos

15 Comments

  • Looks like an amazing place and it always surprises me the seemingly advanced knowledge of the universe these cultures show yet in these times we are suppose to be advanced, very inspiring thank you

  • Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences about this amazing and magical mountain.

    It would be god send to one day find such a location to build a retreat and also hold our own ceremonies.

    Thanks Christos for all your efforts to share. I loved the video and photos.

  • I found that quite useful to read Christos.

    The atmosphere in those images looks very ‘autumn equinox’-y, must be interesting to be in nature in the evening at such a place.

    Wishing them a nice Equinox this year.

  • What a beautiful way of celebration indeed… It animated the picture of people in that distant past when nature and life where one, keeping that strong bond between them. And on that plateau many ancient Thracians praying for “kindness, good fortune and health…”
    Thanks everyone for sharing this article, your experiences after your visit and photos as well.

    • I agree Marina. Looking at the photos of the group celebrating seems to me like an image of an ancient past when people were more connected to these spiritual events.

  • What a shame we don’t live in Bulgaria now! Otherwise it would have been lovely to attend this ceremony.

    Bulgaria is brimming full of sacred sites, but Belintash was one of our (my husband and I) favourite places to celebrate the equinoxes and solstices. There seems to be a strong mystical energy there and there are also other sacred elements besides the stellar map, especially what I came to regard as ‘the guardians’ on the way to the site: a big, gnarly old beech tree in the middle of a clearing of pines, and three big rocks overhanging the path in the form of animal heads. The site is relatively popular and well known and on summer weekends there can be quite a crowd, but it doesn’t seem to override the sacred energy. It is very big as you may see from the video and I got the feeling that there are a lot of mysteries connected to it. I think it is a wonderful choice of place to celebrate the equinox and I wish we could be there.

    • I remember those things when you showed us that place Laura. I felt so drawn to that tree for some reason, like it had a lovely, sacred energy. I wanted to be near it. I loved the rocks also, and the whole site itself. It was an amazing place.

  • My wife and I joined Threskeia’s Spring Equinox celebration earlier this year and it was very nice to see the dedication and preparation they take to organise these ceremonies. Besides the beautiful robes, and all the ceremonial objects they had, they also quoted some Thracian texts and prayers, which I thought were very fitting.

    Even though in the beginning I found it difficult to be in a clear state as there were other people around me, I remember at a point I felt a sort of silent happiness in the air that seemed to be generated from the ceremony (or people’s interest in the equinox?) itself.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience of being there Pavlin and Laura. Who knows what mystical things or ceremonies took place there in the past that are lost to history.

    • Thanks for sharing Pavlin, glad you enjoyed that ceremony.
      The group’s inspiration and dedication to perform this and other ceremonies is apparent and an invitation in itself. In these times of the year it can be quite magical to be part of a ceremony where this dedication is present.

  • Friends and I bumped into this ceremony a few years ago, bus alas the day after! We had chosen this site as it’s known to have a special mystical energy and great views, but we wanted to keep our ceremony private as we weren’t sure how people would respond to our burning of a wicker man … as it happened, a ranger or something stopped us and asked what we were doing, as we were carrying our straw man towards a hill … our Bulgarian friend gave a casual response and he casually drove away. Little did we know an even more elaborate ceremony was going on up on the hill!
    The next day we went up and saw what the group had left and it looked really beautiful – specially made breads and fruits arranged in a chalk pattern. I spoke with a man up there who showed me photos of the night before and told me a bit about what the group were trying to do. It looked and felt really beautiful. It was and is inspiring to realise groups like this exist – the beauty they are able to bring to the world is sorely needed.

    • Funny story Ella. 🙂 And what must’ve been a very nice surprise to bump into a special ceremony like that. On a few occasions I’ve accidentally stumbled on something beautiful and mysterious, not knowing at the start what it is and there’s this sort of curiosity of a child “what’s going on, what is this :-)?”.
      A few times this happened with music, like hearing music or a choir in the forest, and at other times with surprise artwork in nature. One Dutch island for example where there’s an art festival each year features lots of this art in nature. So you might be innocently walking over some sea dunes on your own a few months later and come across something like this.

      But of course these spiritual ceremonies are something a lot more special and I hope more and more people around the whole can come across them.

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