Hundreds of the most enigmatic ancient sites in the world align to the sun at the solstices and equinoxes. The birth and resurrection of some of the greatest spiritual figures in history are commemorated at these times. They were celebrated by numerous ancient cultures as their most important days—and are still celebrated by billions of people today. Find out how they are connected to a religion that spread across the world in ancient times, and how to practice this religion again today.


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Over 500 pages filled with:

Hundreds of illustrations
Excerpts from ancient texts
Quotes from experts
References to traditions
Religious symbols
Explanations of ancient sites

Includes a detailed guide of how to create ceremonies to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes as in ancient times, with examples from different cultures.

About the Book

Hundreds of the most enigmatic ancient sites in the world align to the sun at the solstices and equinoxes, including Stonehenge, the Great Sphinx, and the statues of Easter Island.
Some of the greatest spiritual figures in history, such as Jesus, Osiris, Mithra, Krishna, and Quetzalcoatl, experienced major life events, such as their birth and resurrection, at these times.
They were celebrated by ancient Persians, Hindus, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Native Americans, Druids, and Europeans as their most important days—and are still celebrated by billions of people today.
Why was the sun so spiritually important to these ancient people, and why did they align some of the most incredible ancient sites on Earth to it?
Throughout the world there is evidence of an ancient Religion of the Sun that spread across continents and gave rise to the greatest spiritual treasures in history. At the heart of this religion lay a sacred path imbued in the cycles of the earth and sun.
This book uncovers the profound meaning the solstices and equinoxes held to many ancient peoples, and describes how this knowledge can be practiced today. It includes detailed guides of how to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes as in ancient times with example ceremonies.
Embark on a journey through the great wisdom of the ancients and cosmos with hundreds of illustrations, excerpts from sacred texts, and detailed descriptions of ancient sites.

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From the Book

“The ancient veneration of the sun is one of the greatest celebrations in history. It has been encoded in sacred sites and texts for thousands of years by peoples separated by vast distances across the world—all the way from the Great Pyramids of Egypt, to the megaliths of Stonehenge, and the huge stone statues of Easter Island. The sun is one of the oldest and most universal themes connecting the ancient wisdom traditions of the world.

Ancient cultures built at least hundreds of megalithic structures, stone circles, temples, and secret inner rooms that aligned with the sun at its major annual stages—the solstices and equinoxes […].

Most today see these sites as being based upon a simpleminded form of agriculture and nature worship—and yet some of them have endured as the most enigmatic and mystical places in the world, and remain some of the most advanced sites astronomically, mathematically, architecturally, and spiritually even to this day. Down through the ages they have echoed messages from a golden age of spirituality, that have largely been misinterpreted as primitive by a modern world that has become so distanced from natural principles that it has failed to recognize what is hidden in plain sight.

The sun and stars, source of all light and life in the universe, are central to a religion that spread across large parts of the world in ancient times, which saw the sun as the most revealed manifestation of the divine. This religion, which my wife Lara and I call the Religion of the Sun, is both ancient and timeless—and the truths it preserved are as ever-present as always. Its principles have formed the basis of many of the world’s ancient religions—unknown even to many of their adherents—and are just as relevant to people searching for spirituality today.

This book delves into the profound spiritual significance of the veneration of the sun, pulling together the sites, texts, traditions, and symbols from around the world that were based on the sun’s cycle, to reveal the common thread of spirituality running through all of them. This knowledge has then been used to form a practical guide to celebrate the spiritual sun just as it was in ancient times, with examples from many ancient cultures, for people to re-enliven and experience it again today.”

~Mark & Lara Atwood

Topics Covered

  • What the solstices and equinoxes are
  • Why many ancient people venerated the sun, and why the solstices and equinoxes were important to them spiritually
  • The meaning of many ancient symbols
  • How numerous ancient symbols can be found in the cosmos
  • How fire is connected with the sun and why it’s held sacred in many spiritual traditions
  • Why many ancient deities were associated with the sun, and why they experienced major life events, like their birth and resurrection, at the solstices and equinoxes
  • The spiritual meaning of the autumn equinox, winter solstice, spring equinox, and summer solstice
  • Ancient and traditional celebrations of the solstices and equinoxes and their symbolic meaning
  • Ancient sacred sites around the world that align to the solstices and equinoxes
  • The real meaning of Christmas and Easter
  • The symbolic spiritual meaning of many ancient sites
  • The meaning of many legends and sacred texts
  • How the solstices and equinoxes can be celebrated today as they were in ancient times
  • Traditional ceremonies to do on your own or with others

Book Reviews From Amazon

Well researched and written

The authoritive book on the origins and meaning of ancient religions. The amount of information and readability of this book impressed me. A great work.

A wonderful read.

A Very comprehensive coverage of Sun worship, this book is a must regardless of your spiritual path. It provides enough information about many of the various topics to get you started in the craft. All around a really good read, I hope you enjoyed the lore as much as I did. Great youtube videos you should do more.

...that what matters most

Why would you be interested in the Solstices and Equinoxes? I mean, do we not have enough on our plate at the moment to worry about? Would knowing about an ancient solar path of spirituality really change much in your life anyway?

If you look at it externally, it would not seem so indeed.

But is there not a feeling inside as well that tells us that there is something terribly wrong with this world? How can we keep going on like this? That inner feeling seems to indicate that there is more than we can see at first sight. This is the same if you would consider knowing about the Solstices and Equinoxes.

In these dire times, does it not feel a bit indulging to read about beautiful concepts, while at the same time people are suffering and dying everywhere?

It seems so, but if you really want to understand the cause of our current problems and to understand more about the purpose of life, would you not want something that will positively knock you off your socks and enable you to do something real about it?

Would it not be incredible to read, page after page, about things that you asked about in school, but never got a real consistent answer? Would it not be beneficial to get practical, down to earth tools to realistically address some of the important life questions? Would it not be breathtaking to know how to connect to your ancient roots and to experience something more than our mundane lives?

In these very hard times that we live in, I had a deep and real experience, while I performed a ceremony from this book, during the last Equinox. Written words are just words, but when you do a ceremony, and there are plentiful amazing ones from cultures all over the world in the book, not even the words, but I also came to life!

It was a beautiful experience in which ancient truths came to me and let me understand not only ancient truthful knowledge, but my place in reality and a deeper understanding who I am and who I am not.

After reading this book and having real ceremonial experiences…that apparent indulgence, seemed to be the very thing that matters most in life.

A book managing to explain ancient knowledge like no other.

The book provides understanding of an ancient religion and spiritual practice found across the world.

In my opinion the author has an unmatched depth of insight and uses it to reveal a wisdom held in the past (like that of ancient Egypt) and shows that these cultures, which seem so mysterious to us now, had a great understanding of what the universe is about and our purpose as humans in it. I believe that in the modern world we’ve lost awareness of this and so you won’t see quality information of this type around much. But here it is presented with a clarity that anyone is able to grasp and be inspired by it.

I’m really interested in it and have found it connects on a personal level. The book very accurately demonstrates how the ‘timeless message of life’ is present in the natural world. Now, when I go out to see a sunrise or when walking in nature I can better recognise and feel it present there, thanks to this book. The author specifically and originally explains how this ‘cosmic message’ powerfully shows itself in the turning points of winter, spring, summer and autumn (we might’ve felt that something at Christmas, heard of the solstice at Stonehenge etc.) But there is much much more to it which I had no idea about, this book shows how it was central to cultures on earth.

It has a whole section explaining how you can experience that ancient knowledge yourself (of Odin, Egyptian, ancient Mayan, Slavic, …) in meaningful ceremonies and the things you can do at these special times of the year.

If you’re interested in these topics you’ll find it to be an incredible work.

Timeless hidden wisdom articulated clearly for everyone

There is a common thread of gold woven throughout history and human consciousness hidden within ancient ruins and within ourselves. Mark and Lara Atwood decode the spiritual path of humanity, how it relates to the cosmic Sun and practiced by ancient megalithic civilizations through solstices and equinoxes.

The breadth of research and depth of explanation that has gone into this book make it a must read in understanding the common link of spirituality that has existed through the ages and demonstrated by the path of the Sun. Reading this book has the uncanny feeling of studying the ancient past, cosmic movements and ourselves while finding a common thread between them all. Highly recommended.

outstanding book

brought as a gift…they were very pleased and commented thst the book was outstanding.

About the Authors

Mark Atwood is an author who writes from over thirty years of dedicated spiritual practice and experience. His wife Lara Atwood is a researcher who contributes her knowledge of history, cosmology, ancient sites, and sacred texts.

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