Around the world, there are many sacred ancient sites aligned to some special times of the year – winter and summer solstices. Some of those sites are Stonehenge and Glastonbury in England, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Temple of Karnak in Egypt, Newgrange in Ireland, statues on the Eastern Island (Rapa Nui) and many other sites around the world. It’s interesting that the ancients saw a big significance in it and have had a special ceremonies and celebrations during the four times of the year – winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and autumn equinox.
According to the universal esoteric teachings, this four times of the year represent a spiritual path to awakening. During the winter solstice, in the northern hemisphere it is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, but from that point onwards days starts to grow longer while nights are getting shorter. Esoterically, physical sun represents a spiritual sun, Christ, which is incarnated in an individual that has reached a significant stage on the esoteric path.
The sun/Christ is born at the winter solstice at the point of darkest night. It’s interesting that some of the main religious figures, such as Krishna, Jesus, Mithras etc., were born around/on Winter solstice, and their physical birth actually represents the birth of the spiritual sun, Christ, which apparently all of them had incarnated within. The sun/Christ grows and develops, until it reaches resurrection, physically represented during spring equinox. And finally, during summer equinox there is the longest day in the year, and this represents the ascension of a person and completion of the esoteric path. All of this demonstrates that the esoteric path is universal and depicted in the stars themselves.
Ancient civilizations like Mayas, Incas, Egyptians, Persians etc., were aware of it and have aligned some of their temples and monuments according to it, and based on the teachings, have performed ceremonies during that four times of the year. For more information about the sacred sites that are aligned to the winter solstice, see this link. If you would like to know the spiritual meaning of the winter solstice, see this link.
Solstices and equinoxes are still celebrated today and people are using it to get deeper understanding of the mystery of the path to awakening. If you want to know how the esoteric ceremony for the Winter Solstice is performed today, visit this link. Winter solstice will occur in the Northern hemisphere this Thursday, December 22nd, at 5.30 AM UTC.