“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