Happy Spring Equinox ✨🌞✨
Our ancient ancestors lived by the sky: the sun, moon and constellations, they created temples and rituals by ways of tracking time and seasons - we have some what lost that connection. So today we celebrate the spring equinox and honour it’s arrival simply by witnessing it.
The use of the sun in this way, to me, is nature as technology.
Ancient temples, sites and monuments are the time keepers for all the Ages. These sites are calendars, ancient cultures computers. So here are a few of my favourites that I spoke about on Sunday in the workshop with She's Lost Control.
First Image: The Great Sphinx: at Spring Equinox the sun rises directly in front of the Sphinx. Perfectly aligned to Sphinx’s gaze. In Ancient Egypt for a long time there were not any statues of the sun. god Ra, their most important deity. Instead they would use the actual sun, the sun-rays and the alignment with the temples themselves to worship and follow Ra.
Second image: The rising morning sun, aligned directly over the center of Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
Third image: Stone Henge, known as the calendar rock, this morning the sun rose and shone through the megalithic site, did anyone watch the live stream? Or better yet, go to Stone Henge?
Fourth image: the Ancient Mayan site, Chichen Itza. This famously occurs twice each year, at the spring and fall equinoxes. As the equinox sun sets, a play of light and shadow creates the appearance of a snake that gradually undulates down the stairway of the pyramid and to a serpent head at the base. Creating the manifestation of the god Kukulkán, the feathered serpent. This is referred to as The Decent of Kukulkan. This pyramid is intensely connected to the sun, each of the four stairways has 91 steps, with a final step at the top making a total of 365, the number of days in a solar year. Ninety-one is also the number of days that separate each of the four phases of the annual solar cycle: winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, and fall equinox.