Whilst many Spring Equinox celebrations take place on the 21st March here in Mexico, I felt the need to make my pilgrimage to a sacred site on the day of the actual equinox, this year being 20th March. In addition to the equinox, the energy of 20th March is very special and powerful with a New Moon, Supermoon and Solar Eclipse also happening on this day. We are in a time of evolution, letting go of the past and creating our future, the way we want it to be.
The New Moon always marks new beginnings and this new moon is all about transitioning into a new consciousness in alignment with our higher selves. Making my pilgrimage and honouring the Spring Equinox on this day was very important to me. I dressed in white as is the tradition here for ceremony or as a sign of reverence when visiting sacred sites. I decided to go to a sacred site where I would be reaching new heights…..
My chosen site was El Tepozteco. It is located at the top of a mountain, Sierra de Tepoztlan, and requires an arduous one hour climb up some 9000 steps. Some steps have been created in a modern fashion and others are part of the natural rock formation. It is a true pilgrimage and I imagined pilgrims and initiates in ancient times making their way up the mountain to the ceremonial site. In a temperature of around 80F it is a long, hot journey. However there are canopies of trees and such beautiful surroundings that it is easy to be distracted from the effort of the climb.
As we reached the last stage of the climb before entering the site we were greeted by coaties which are small badger/racoon type creatures and clearly the animal guardians of the the temple.
At the top of the mountain is a small temple dedicated to the god Tepoztecatl, a god of the ceremonial and slightly intoxicating beverage of pulque which is made from the maguey plant. Pulque was traditionally drunk in regulated quanties in ceremony, today it is still used in the traditional dance ceremonies. This temple became important enough to attract pilgrims from as far away as Guatemala, although the honouring of the god Tepoztecatl was local to this site. Some carvings are still intact in the room at the top of the temple including glyphs of the 20 days of the sacred tonalpohualli calendar.
During our climb we had been hearing the sound of the conch shell which is symbolic of the start of ceremony here. We arrived to witness a circle of people all dressed in white, surrounding a rainbow coloured altar cloth covered with corn/maize, beans, rice, sweets and other things.. We were able to join in the energy of the ceremony and meditation.
Whilst I am unable to reproduce the exact words, it seemed to me that the group were reciting a version of the Twelve Rememberances Keys:
I Am Love …
I Am Light …
I Am Peace …
I Am Harmony …
I Am Compassion …
I Am Sorry …
I Am Kindness …
I Am Mercy …
I Am Healing …
I Am Joy …
I Am Bliss …
I Am Perfection
After the recital, some breathing practices and a minutes silence the group then listened to some beautiful music and joined in the chant,
Abrete Corazon – Open Your Heart.
Open your heart
Open to your feelings
Open to your understanding
Leave reason to one side
And let shine the Sun
That is hidden within you
Open up ancient memory
Hidden in the Earth
In Water, in Air
In plants, in Fire, in your body
It is time, Now is the hour to open your heart
And remember how Spirit cures
How love heals; How trees flourish and life endures
Open your wings, Breathe deeply
And lift yourself up to the sky
Look at the sun in front of you like eagles do
Have no fear, Trust in yourself
Trust in God; Trust in Life
Until next time.
Blessings Tiffany XxX