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Monks Mound in the USA – Spring Equinox Observance

Spring Equinox sunrise observance at Monks Mound.

Monks Mound in Cahokia, Illinois -- spring equinox event

Monks Mound in Cahokia, Illinois.
Photo by QuartierLatin1968 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 Image has been modified.

What: Spring Equinox sunrise observance at Monks Mound

Where: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois, USA

When: Spring Equinox Sunrise

Alignments: Spring Equinox at Monks Mound in Chahokia

Visiting the Site: Monks Mound is an ancient site for celebrating the spring equinox. At the moment the site is only regularly open during visiting hours, 9am – 5pm, meaning that it’s closed during the sunrise itself. Group visits can be booked in advance though, and a sunrise equinox event may be possible to coordinate with the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. For more information on how to do this or to find out whether there are groups already organized for the event, please see their website.

A Note about Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them, or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please visit the Cahokia Mounds website if you would like more details about the site.

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Jordan Belikov

Jordan Belikov is the Webmaster of the website and a researcher and active practitioner of the Religion of the Sun. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in (Comparative) Religion and English in the mid-2000s, works as a writer and editor by day, and has been exploring the practical side of spirituality since 2003. In 2013 he created the first version of The Spiritual Sun website along with his wife Jenny, and after having been joined by contributors Justin and Vida Narovski, began researching further into sacred texts and uncovering ancient practices used in traditions descended from the sun that are part of an ongoing research project The Spiritual Sun is undertaking that will be released in the future.. He also aims to tap into the Religion of the Sun through traditional music, mostly via playing the Andean flutes known as the quena and panpipes.


  • I had briefly read about the mound, but didn’t know it used to be a whole city and that they had woodhenges as sacred sites as well. Interesting also that they had similar symbols as the ones at Angkor Wat. It seems to me someone would need to have possessed a certain level of knowledge to produce such specific symbols.

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