What: Summer Solstice sunset observance at the Serpent Mound
Where: Serpent Mound World Heritage Site Ohio, USA
When: Summer Solstice Sunset
Who: Organized by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System
Alignments and Site Information:
Serpent Mound is a National Historic Landmark and World Heritage Site, built by ancient cultures as a sacred ceremonial area. It is the largest prehistoric effigy mound remaining in existence, being three-foot-high and 1,348-foot (411 m) long.
It’s not certain who built the Serpent Mound, but is thought to be more than 2,000 years old. It has numerous solar alignments:
The serpent holds an oval in its mouth, has seven undulating coils along its body, and the tip of its tail is coiled three times. Its coils point to the winter solstice and equinox sunrises. It is believed there was an altar inside the oval at the head, in which ceremonies could have been conducted while watching the summer solstice sunset.
~ The Path of the Spiritual Sun, by Belsebuub with Lara Atwood
About the Event: Observe the summer solstice sunset at the head of the Serpent Mound. There is also a three day summer solstice festival held by the Friends of Serpent Mound at the Soaring Eagle Retreat adjacent to Serpent Mound, just prior to the actual summer solstice.
Here’s a video from the 2013 summer solstice at the Serpent Mound site:
Additional Note: The Friends of Serpent Mound Summer Solstice Celebration appears to be free, however an $8 vehicle/parking fee applies at the Serpent Mound.
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 websites (Serpent Mound and Friends of Serpent Mound solstice festival) if you would like more details.