equinox at chaco canyon

Celebrating the Equinox and Ancient Cultures

On the day of equinox, the sun passes over the Equator and the day and night are of equal length.  This is a time when, in the northern hemisphere, the night becomes longer than the day and the seasons are dominated by the moon rather than the sun.  Of course, the opposite is true for the southern hemisphere as their summer begins.
Throughout history, cultures around the world have celebrated this crossing through many traditions and holidays.  It is curious to note that the cultural practices around the world bare striking similarities to one another.  One most notable way should, which should not be overlooked, is the building of colossal stone structures that align to the sun marking this important date.  Main stream historians dismiss the equinox aligned ancient sites as some sort of coincidence which, when considering the evidence, is truly absurd.

Equinox aligned Ancient Sites

Equinox aligned Ancient Sites - Angkor Wat
On the equinoxes, if we could travel all around the world, we would be able to see this incredible feat of astrological engineering working its magic at numerous ancient stone sites.  One of the most famous is, Angkor in Cambodia where the sun rises along side the main pyramid spire and gracefully sits atop the tower.  Teotihuacan, In Mexico is another pyramid site at which the setting sun “touches” the top of the giant stone structure as it sets on the Equinox.  A lesser known structure is in Connecticut in the US called Equinox Calendar Chamber at Gungywamp.  This site is home to what is known as the American Stonehenge and on this day, the setting sun will create a beam of light through a tiny window of the ancient stone chamber and illuminate a calendar wall.  Other equinox alligned sites include: Chichin Itza in Mexico, Loughcrew in Ireland, The Sphinx and Great Pyramid in Egypt, and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.  There are too many to list here but I encourage you to research these sites on your own.
Equinox aligned Ancient Sites - Angkor Wat
Loughcrew, Ireland
It is clear that ancient people all over the globe found it greatly important to mark the changes of seasons.  We would be a bit naive to think that this practice was due to the need to keep track of planting seasons since many of the structures predate agriculture.  Rather, the ancients believed that there was a spiritual significance to the connection of humans to the celestial.  The transition of the daytime dominated season which brings life and growth into the nighttime dominated one which brings about death and rest, marks the part of the cycle which makes life on this planet possible.  It also represents the spiritual path of the soul.  It is through the cycle of birth, growth, and death, that rebirth can bring our spirits closer to enlightenment.
I live in the low desert of Arizona which means  the vernal equinox marks the start of a small time window to grow things before the blistering sun sterilizes the landscape.  Here, the summer sun brings death to my plants and the heat of the endless summer keeps me hidden indoors.  The autumnal equinox marks yet another growing season as the winters are mild enough for most plants to survive the duration.  

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pen and ink drawing artwork in progress

As the new year began, I felt the old pull to embark on some new art projects.  I will post updates as I work on this set more.  Here are my latest artwork in progress.  Keep in mind some are just begun and will change drastically before they are finished.  I thought it would be interesting to post them at this early stage to see how far they change…pen and ink drawing in progress

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Thank you for stopping by to check out my latest artworks in progress.  I will be posting new pictures as the work develops.  Check back in to watch evolution in progress.

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screen print alchemy poster from Closet of Mysteries "Solve et Coagula" design

Today I ran an experiment on a whim.  I am not sure why I had never tried it before.  I was already going to print off a few posters of the Solve et Coagula design.  It popped into my mind while staring at the stack of blank, grey poster paper.  Why not see what happens if I try something different?  Today I also made a screen print poster of my Hand of Mysteries Design with discharge.

First, I printed my Solve et Coagula design.  The test was short and I only made 3 of these posters.  I think I will end up offering them as a limited edition shirt combo…

screen print poster alchemical diagram from Closet of Mysteries "Solve et Coagula" design
Solve et Coagula printed on 13 x 19 French paper Test run 3 prints

It seemed an obvious enough idea since paper is made from natural fiber which is dyed.  As long as the dye in the paper is reactive type which makes up most all of them, it should (and did) discharge.  Neat!

I only printed one of these posters since I was really just testing to see if it worked.  There may be some other source that already had this information but it seemed more fun to try it out than to Google it.

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Hand of Mysteries screen print poster in discharge on 13 x 19 French Paper.
screen print poster from Closet of Mysteries "Hand of Mysteries" design
The Hand of Mysteries is also known as the Philosopher’s Hand.

Now that I have seen that the process works, it is time to think of designs that integrate the technique in some creative ways.  I will need to make a screen print poster design with some discharge elements.  It shall be an interesting experiment.

Both designs are also available on t Shirts on my Etsy shop:
Closet of Mysteries on Etsy