In this section we explore sacred sites from ancient cultures around the world that align to the sun, and the cosmic knowledge they symbolize.
Ancient spiritual sites are discovered all around the globe – in jungles, deserts, mountains, farmers’ fields, and even underwater. Stone Age wonders and megalithic ruins draw attention towards an ancient culture that existed throughout the world, leaving behind stellar markers of an ancient spirituality that carefully observed, revered and purposefully sought out the movements of the sun.
The spirituality of the sun is profoundly interwoven into the culture, religion, sciences and structures of ancient civilizations. The sun’s passage at the four seasonal quarters of the year marks the process of spiritual awakening. To the ancient mystics, the solar events of the solstices and equinoxes revealed a cosmic spirituality of inner purification, initiation, and liberation, as echoed by many religious figures and deities whose lives closely mirrored the solar events. It is therefore no wonder why thousands of ancient structures are aligned to the sun at its major seasonal stages, uniting heaven and earth with architectural precision.
Types of Ancient Sites
Ancient sites come in different shapes and sizes, from stone sphere formations, dolmens, cairns, standing stones and circles, all the way to the advanced and articulate stone work of the famed megalithic sites, statues, temples and pyramids we find today.
Many of them are considered sacred grounds and places of worship, where ancient cultures once gathered to celebrate or honor the solar events that these sites are aligned to.
Ancient sites provide clues of highly advanced civilizations who profoundly understood the principles that govern all aspects of existence. Today we find many ancient sites that carry within their construction and design a knowledge of distant celestial bodies, our planet’s orbit, sacred geometry, and many other remarkable elements that demonstrate a deeply advanced knowledge of science, religion, mathematics, and astronomy that dispels the myth of primitive builders.
The Solar Alignment of Ancient Spiritual Sites
Within countless sacred sites spread across vast distances, a cosmic spirituality holds onto the last remains of an ancient religion of the sun.
Structures withstanding the test of time align to four key phases in the wheel of the year, the solstices and equinoxes, marking great celestial events that bring to light the ancient symbolic principles of spiritual enlightenment encoded in the cosmos and the journey of the sun from our perspective on Earth.
These ancient observatories have been found in almost every corner of the world, where largely, anyone can visit and observe the alignments just as the ancients once did.
A solar alignment may be that of the rising or setting sun, but may also incorporate other key positions of the sun, such as at zenith when it is brightest and strongest. The role the sun had in ancient cultures was immense – they symbolized the sun as a spiritual force that mirrored the spiritual and initiatory journey of the human being, rather than only a physical source of life-giving energy.
One can observe these alignments on location, when the light of the sun fuses with the architecture of the site, in sometimes subtle or remarkable ways, perhaps passing through a corridor, into a cave, positioning itself at the peak of a temple, or playing with shadows. Sometimes alignments incorporate other stellar activity with constellations and planetary movement, which may be harder to see with the naked eye, yet again draw our attention to the intimate and enigmatic universal presence the ancients embraced within the construction of their sacred sites.
Below are just a few examples of some of the worlds lesser known solar alignments
The Great Wall of China
Adam’s Calendar, Africa
The Bosnian Pyramids
Research Into Ancient Spiritual Sites
We are continuously exploring evidence of sacred sites and their role in sustaining the spirituality of the sun since ancient times. The information gathered on this site can hopefully help raise awareness and bring together a network of research that will ultimately expand our understanding of our ancient past and the deeper history of sacred sites aligned to the sun.
You can find the latest research into ancient sites from our contributors and guest writers in the posts below.