Decoding Teotihuacan: Ancient Symbolism in Mexico

The Knowledge of Astronomy At Teotihuacan

Teotihucan archaeological site, Mexico City

Teotihucan has the same alignment with the stars as the Pyramids of Giza

If you are visiting Mexico City, don’t overlook the pyramid complex of Teotihuacan. This fascinating tourist attraction is a place of profound knowledge which speaks to visitors through ancient symbolism. Learn about the mysteries on this page because the guides at the site don’t tell you.

The Aztecs said Teotihuacan was “the place where men become Gods.” Although the city was named by the last Mesoamerican civilisation before being brutally wiped out by the Spanish conquistadors, the Aztecs did not know who built the settlement or how long it has been there. All they knew was, the site north-east of the modern day Mexico City was built before their civilisation came into existence around the 14th Century.

Mainstream archaeologists date the site to 150BCE-750AD, although there is evidence to support the settlement was built by the Toltecs which pushes the date back to around 800-1000BCE. More controversial theories suggest Teotihuacan was built around 4000BCE.

What we do know is that at the height of its power, Teotihuacan was home to 250,000 inhabitants and was bigger than ancient Rome. The temples here are the Mexican equivalent to the Egyptian pyramids on the Giza plateau and like their counterparts are aligned with the three stars of Orion’s belt.

In fact, the entire design and layout of Teotihuacan is a reflection of the celestial beings and is yet more evidence the ancients had a profound knowledge of astronomy.

Pyramid of the Sun

The pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world by volume, although its height was reduced during the controversial reconstruction undertaken by Leopoldo Bastre in the late 1800s.

The Temple of the Sun is aligned with the Pleiades

It is thought Bastre desecrated the original design and destroyed a great deal of evidence found at the settlement. It comes as no surprise that Bastre’s project was sponsored by the Mexican authorities!

Some archaeologists believe the height of the temple was lowered during Bastre’s rogue works. Given the base is the exact same measurement as the Great Pyramid in Egypt, this is a fair assumption. A temple that used to sit atop the pyramid was certainly removed.

The west face of the Temple of the Sun aligns with Pleiades on Halloween when the constellation reaches its highest point in the night sky. Pleiades reaches its zenith over Mesoamerica and features prominently in the architecture of several cultures in this region.

Ancient sites were often built on energy grids known as ley lines or dragon lines in the east. Teotihuacan is no exception and is built on two energy meridians that converge at this point. The pyramids at Giza are also built on converging ley lines as well. This is not a coincidence.

Shamans know that energy points in the earth’s core help to increase consciousness and it is possible that the High Priests at Teotihuacan harnessed this power during spiritual ceremonies and general meditation.

There is evidence to support this theory in the Temple of the Sun. These pyramids were not used to bury Kings as Egyptologists want us to believe the pyramids at Giza were designed for. On the fifth level of the Temple at Teotihuacan is a layer of mica, a rock sheet associated with psychic abilities. It is sometimes referred to as the window to the divine realm.

Mica was almost certainly an instrumental material for the builders of Teotihuacan to use in their temples as it is known the mica used here was transported from Brazil over 6000 kilometres away. If the builders of Teotihuacan did not need mica for any other reason than a building material, why did they go to great lengths to transport it from such a distance?

The Temple of the Moon

To the north of the Sun Pyramid is the Temple of the Moon, built on higher ground just like the pyramid of Khafre on the Giza plateau. Surrounded the temple is 12 smaller temples, each representing a house of the zodiac.

This systematic pattern is often found in ancient texts and symbolism, most famously Jesus and the 12 disciples, but there is also the 12 tribes of Judea, King Arthur and the 12 Knights of the Round table, the 12 principle Gods in Greek and Roman mythology and even the 12 labours of Hercules to name a few.

Again, this is not a coincidence.

The Temple of the Moon represents the female energy, the polar opposite of the male energy in the Temple of the Sun. In Hermetic teachings, the male energy is the driving force and power of life whilst the female energy is the care and nurturing of ideas you intend to manifest. Both male and female energies are required to manifest creation.

We see this idea consistently repeated in ancient myth as well, such as the Christian trinity, although the Catholic Church has obscured the true meaning. The philosophy is better represented in the Egyptian trinity of Osiris, Isis and Horus.

The myth goes that Osiris was killed by his evil brother Set, who carved the creator God into pieces and scattered the parts across the galaxy. Isis went in search of the missing body parts and when she found the penis used it to impregnate herself – the creation of which was Horus.

The Avenue of the Dead is 3km long

In Egypt, the three pyramids at Giza represent this ancient story of creation – the Great Pyramid (Khufu) is Osiris, the male energy, the second pyramid (Khafre) is the female energy of Isis and the third (Menkaure) is Horus, the child creation. We find the same pattern in the three principal pyramids at Teotihuacan – the third pyramid being dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the creator God of the Aztecs.

In hermetic symbolism, the three is the number of manifestation and is a common feature at Teotihuacan. The Avenue of the Dead, for example, is 3km long.

Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl is the creator God to the Aztecs but is a replica of the principle God from earlier Mesoamerican cultures. The Maya called him Kukulkan. The earliest record of this deity can be found on an Olmec stela is La Venta that dates back to 900BCE.

The God has an association with learning and time but is also connected with death and resurrection. In Mesoamerican traditions, Quetzalcoatl is the morning star of Venus and represents light and knowing (the day and conscious awareness) compared to his twin brother, Xoloti, the evening star, (darkness and ignorance).

Quetzalcoatl is also considered the Sun God as he represents the vital energy, the life force which is the equivalent of Chi in Chinese philosophy. The name translates to English as the “feathered serpent” which Mesoamerican cultures also used as a symbol to represent Quetzalcoatl. In ancient religion, feathers represent the ability to travel between two worlds of consciousness and the higher self.

The Serpent represents the Kundalini energy that rests at the base of the back and intertwines the spinal column. Kundalini energy must be awakened to help initiates transcend to other worlds.

The Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mesoamerican Cultures

In his book, “The Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion,” Hunbatz Men, a Mayan elder, explains that to know Quetzalcoatl/Kukulkan is to understand the intimate relationship of the seven chakras that govern your body and how they interact with the natural laws of the cosmos.

Kundalini Serpent, Teotihucan

The Kundalini serpent at Teotihucan

John Major Jenkins, an authority on astronomical and esoteric meaning associates Quetzalcoatl with Pleiades and in his book, the Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 says, “the Pleiades were known as the serpent’s rattle, and the flight of the Pleiades into alignment with the zenith sun evoked the image of a flying serpent.”

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl on the eastern side of the Teotihuacan settlement is decorated with the head of a serpent surrounded by 12 plumes – a repeat of the zodiacal iconography of the 12 temples around the Temple of the Moon.

A second carving on the walls of the pyramid represents Tlaloc, depicted in a mask of corn-cobs with large circular eyes and two fangs. Tlaloc is the rain God, the polar opposite of the Sun God who is said to convert matter into creative energy.

Underneath the heads is a slithering serpent which depicts the Underworld, or subconscious and represents wisdom, power and energy the result of the vital and creative forces merging together to reach a higher state of consciousness.

Temple of Quetzacoatl, Teotihucan

Quetzalcoatl and Tlolac, the vital energy and creative force of ancient Mesoamerican cultures

Teotihuacan is clearly a greater mystery than archaeologists realise (or will tell you maybe) and the majority of interesting symbolism found at the settlement is overlooked by the tour guides. This information is simply not on their fact sheet.

But then again, according to orthodox history, the ancients were not supposed to have knowledge of the stars, planets or the spiritual connection the human body, mind and soul has with the energy of the cosmos. This is sacred knowledge that has suppressed and hidden from the massed by unruly authorities.

When you also consider the similarities Mesoamerican cultures had with Egypt and the Far East, it seems implausible that ancient civilisations around the world were not sharing the same knowledge. The orthodox teachings of Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas, therefore, seems to be a fabricated version of history.

How to Get and From Teotihuacan

Buses leave for Teotihuacan from the Autobus Del Norte every fifteen minutes. Head for zone 8 and you will find a small booth belonging to Autobus Teotihuacan – the name is a dead giveaway!

For the return journey, exit the site at gate two immediately opposite the Temple of the Sun and stand on the opposite side of the road. There are no tickets to buy – you pay the fare directly to the driver.

The settlement is vast and open to the elements so take sunscreen, hat or umbrella to shield yourself from the sun together with a bottle of water.

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  1. loylessa 5 years ago

    Reblogged this on essenceablaze and commented:
    Reblogging this because I find the celestial significance of Ancient architecture fascinating. I originally wanted to be an Astronomer when I first entered undergrad education, but soon found my niche in the Archaeology/ Anthropology department. Someday I hope to connect my two interests back togetehr and study the Ancient cosmologies of the world. I will be going to Teotihuacan this Summer on an Archaeological project and I am excited to see these amazing architectural feats. for myself.

    • richardjoldale 5 years ago

      Hey Loylessa, thanks for showing an interest in my work and for the reblog. Your project sounds v. interesting and I am interested to know what you think to Teotihuacan. If you have time to visit other sites whilst you are in Mexico, I recommend Palenque. There is plenty for you to research and learn there with regards astrological alignments. I dedicate an entire chapter to it in my book (Chichen Itza too.) You will find lots of useful details about Palenque from this research by astro-archaelogist, Alonso Mendez…

      Have fun!

      • loylessa 5 years ago

        Thanks so much! I will definitely look into that. Once I start my project I’ll try to post it on here.


  2. rozzava 5 years ago

    Very nice, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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