The Re-Surfacing of Ancient Wisdom, Myth & Lore (Ohio’s Serpent Culture)
By Chad Stuemke
The Re-Surfacing of Ancient Wisdom, Myth & Lore (Ohio’s Serpent Culture)
What if we were living in the midst of a modern day myth-making? Would we recognize that we were participants in a unfolding stellar drama? Most importantly, would we utilize this opportunity to become cosmic citizens with a new celestial awareness? This is the scenario/opportunity we are being presented with!
Around the planet, ancient & sacred sites appear to be coming back to life, re-activated so to speak. In this article we will be taking a journey to a few of the cosmic landscapes that bless the Ohio Valley of North America, in particular the stellar symbolism that surrounds the Great Serpent Mound.
An amazing scenario has begun to take place in regards to the ancient mound sites, and the highly energetic landscapes they were built upon. Over the last several decades an incredible transformation has been taking place within the vicinity of the ancient sacred mounds. The modern urban centers that have been brought into fruition, in the same geographic area, have emerged into cosmic, or even Mystical Cities. What has been discovered is that much of the same ancient, sacred, & stellar symbolism that we find throughout the mound sites appears to have re-emerged in the forms of art and architecture within their neighboring urban centers. There’s more…..
While surely much of the symbolism & alignments incorporated in the ancient mound sites & temple plazas was consciously deposited, this may not always be the case with their neighboring modern urban portals & Mystical Cities. In other words, some of the cosmic symbolism found within the urban portals that will be discussed may have been brought into fruition in part unconsciously!
>Are the ancient spirits of the landscape acting as catalyst of wisdom, downloading knowledge through the artists and architects? Could the modern day artists in these cities be unconsciously tapping into the same stellar energies that the ancients were trying to connect with via their nearby Cosmic Temples?
Regarding the Sacred Mound sites, it has been pointed out, “ Anyone attuned to the environment is able to open a doorway of communication at these focal spots, and that can lead to an important experience with the spirit of place.” 1 More specifically, referring to the Ohio Valley and it’s monumental earthworks, “ The great earthworks in the Ohio Valley bear a strong indication of a bygone era of enlightenment when humankind worked adeptly with the energies of the landscape and the sky to provide a true paradisical environment for the people.” 2
Before unraveling a few of the Great Serpents mysteries, and unveiling for the first time its urban counterpart. Lets take a brief flashback to a few of the urban portals & Stargate Parks that have been discovered & deciphered thus far by myself along with fellow Stargate Hunters.
It was initially Investigative Mythologist William Henry that decoded and unveiled one of the first modern day Stargate Parks. What William discovered in “his own backyard” was truly inspirational. The Tennessee Bicentennial Mall (Stargate Park) of Nashville contained spiritual, mythological and even cosmic symbolism. Of utmost importance to our investigation is the fact the park is built atop an ancient sacred landscape (burial ground).
A few KEY components to the park that have been pointed out by William are as follows..
When the park is compared to an ancient diagram of the Mystical Meru Rod, they are a match! “The Meru rod resembles an antenna because that’s what Meru myth says it was. It is claimed that the immortals or the Great Spirit (symbolized in Judaism by a Serpent of Wisdom) lived at Meru because of the protecting power of the healing universal life force energy –the Key of Life– emitted (or transmitted) by Meru. The triangular apex at the top of the pillar symbolizes Shambhala, the dwelling of the gods.”3
William has also demonstrated how the design of the park can be seen as a template, or even a catalyst for achieving a higher consciousness.
He reveals, “As alchemist Robert Fludd’s drawing of the ‘perfected man’ indicates, the Mall symbolizes higher consciousness” 4
In 2006 I was thrilled to discover and decode an urban portal in “my own neck of the woods”. Stargate Detroit!!
In the heart of downtown Detroit an Urban Portal / Cosmic Temple has emerged containing monumental amounts of stellar symbolism & knowledge, Hart Plaza. Artist Isamu Noguchi both correlated and orientated the monuments and park to both the Giza Pyramids and the constellation Orion. Isamu Noguchi achieved this cosmic feat in the mid 70’s, decades before Robert Bauval’s Orion correlation theory was put forth!!
Hart Plaza / Giza / Orion Correlation
In 2001, for Detroit’s TriCentennial celebrations, Hart Plaza received it’s very own Stargate to grace Noguchi’s cosmic park! The gateway was entitled Transcending!
Coincidentally (or not), the same time the Detroit/Orion correlation was being decoded, so was the Philadelphia/Orion connection!
Dr. Mark Gray, fellow Stargate Hunter, points out, “The subject matter of Stargate Philadelphia concerns the relationship between the city of Philadelphia, the Giza plateau, and the Constellation Orion. A few years ago I noticed an interesting relationship between the original street layout of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Orion. Philadelphia was the first modern city to be laid out on a grid pattern. Five main squares would grace the city, when highlighted the five squares appear to resemble the constellation of Orion.” 5
“In the center of the city, where Orion’s belt stars would be, three buildings rise from the city. Each of these buildings is topped with a magnificent pyramid! We now see three pyramids like the Giza Plateau.” (M.G.)
Following the decoding of Stargate Nashville, Detroit and Philadelphia – the urban portal flood gates perceivably busted open! We began discovering Urban Portals, Cosmic Temples and Stargate Parks everywhere, many of which contained their very own Stargate monuments!
For more detailed info please visit:
William Henry : http://www.williamhenry.net/
Now for the unveiling of Ohio’s Serpent Culture’s version of a Stargate Park. As mentioned previously, many of the modern parks are being brought into fruition containing ancient and corresponding symbolism from their neighboring sacred landscapes. So before visiting Cincinnati’s Friendship Park, lets take a brief journey that will encapsulate the ancient symbolism and wisdom that surrounds the Great Serpent Mound.
The Stellar Serpent Mound
The Great Serpent Mound is located in Adams County Ohio, and is by far the most incredible effigy mound remaining in the region. The mound appears as a slithering serpent with a coiled tail, preparing to swallow a cosmic egg. The Great Serpent was first brought to the publics attention in modern times by the archeological team Squire & Davis in their monumental book, “Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley” in 1948.
The ancient Serpent was built upon an extraordinary landscape. Not only is the monument located at the conjunction of three rivers, but it has also been built on top of an ancient meteorite impact, or what has been described as a “Crypto-explosion structure”. Some researchers contemplate that this may attribute to the areas magnetic and gravitational anomalies.
Squire & Davis Serpent Mound Map
In regards to the designers & builders of the sacred mound, a bit of mystery lingers. Many cultures have occupied this region. Serpent Mound tour guide and author, Ross Hamilton informs, “ When Indian legend is admitted, 5 or more distinct cultures lived in the area, including the native-named Allegheny (dates unknown), the archeological named Adena (3000-2000 before present), Hopewell (approx 2100-1500 b.p.), Fort Ancient (1000yr. b.p.), and historic people like the great Shawnee and Miami Nations.” 6
Carbon dating has dated the Serpent to anywhere from 1200 B.C. – 1650 A.D., which could be inclusive of either the Adena or Fort Ancient cultures of the region. Considering the mounds many stellar alignments, other researchers have pointed out the Serpent would have been in alignment and conjunction with its heavenly counterpart ( Constellation / Draconis) about 2830 B.C. I personally lean towards the latter date considering the Serpent itself appears to be a data bank of cosmic knowledge & stellar calculations!
The Great Serpent was in part built as a repository of cosmic knowledge. its astronomical significance can not be over stated. Not only was the Serpent orientated to its heavenly counterpart, Draconis, but is also a cosmic calculator revealing several celestial alignments. Thus far researchers have discovered 17 or more possible solar, lunar, and pole star alignments. 7 The cosmic Serpent truly is an astronomical effigy mound!
Although the Serpent reveals an abundance of cosmic alignments, this may have only been a portion of its practical functions. One new piece of research that has bubbled to the surface of late is the possibility of the Serpent Mound being a cosmic accumulator so to speak! Is it possible the great Serpent could both collect and re-distribute electromagnetic and cosmic energies? There may at one time, have existed a stone monolith within the cosmic egg that acted as a cosmic accumulator, attracting lightning and possibly even cosmic rays.
Possible monolith below Serpent cliff
The story begins with Squire and Davis during their archeological adventure and the initial discovery of the Serpent. Discussing the oval egg they point out an anomaly. “The ground within the oval is slightly elevated: a small circular elevation of small stones much burned once existed in its center; but they have been thrown down and scattered by some ignorant visitor, under the pre-veiling impression probably that gold was hidden beneath them.” 8 This may have been one of the first modern day clues to the possibility of a monolith acting as a lightning attractor within the cosmic egg. Squire & Davis mentioned the burnt stones had been dropped off the cliff where the head and egg of the Serpent reside. Intuitively, myself along with other researchers have discovered what appears to be a large stone monolith in the same location (bottom of Serpent Mound cliff) as the burnt stones referred to by S & D.
Mr. Hamilton relates, “ What appears to be a megalithic type standing stone has lay on its side, partially buried, beneath the Serpents head, for an untold number of years, perhaps centuries. It is 9ft. & 4in. long, and about 24 in. wide, tapering to a narrow thin end, with what appears to be cut marks in the lower part. A core of what is identified as, “calcite crystal” runs through the center of the stone. The stone is tentatively recognized as a very hard form of Green Dolomite (limestone in combination with conductive magnesium). 9 There has been an accumulation of new research pointing to the possibility the ancient Mound Builders understood how to utilize the magnetic – electrical flowing current of the earth well enough to direct and collect it within stone and earth repository constructs. 10
(Revelation of John :13) And it worked great miracles, even calling down fire from heaven onto earth while people watched.
Hamilton continues, “Scientists today tell us it usually requires an attracting charge concentrated on the earth too cause lightning to be discharged from the clouds. With what was termed “Knowledge of Mercury”, the ancient architects may have been enabled to draw down from the sky a virtually constant stream of fire from the heavens in plain view. through consummation with the positive charge of the earth-spirit, this power was suitable to transform their temples into living capacitors / resonators of a type inconceivable in todays science.” 11
As incredible of a scenario as this is, it gets even farther out there, literally! As we have been discussing, the Great Serpent is truly an astronomical & cosmic effigy mound. Could it be an accumulator / dispenser of cosmic energies as well? A new scientific study suggests that cosmic rays may actually act as a catalyst for lightning. The article reported, “ A mechanism proposed by Russian Physicist Alex Gurevich of the Lebedev Physical Institute and his collaborators suggest that the movement of large showers of energetic particles produced by high-energy cosmic rays – which originate from exploding stars halfway across the galaxy – might provide a conductive path that initiates lightning.” 12 If true, the Serpents possible lightning attractor may have also been accumulating cosmic energies!
Thus far we have discovered that the Great Serpent has been aligned to the heavens as well as functions as a cosmic and earthly accumulator of energies. The Serpent Mound of wisdom appears to be all encompassing of ancient knowledge. Having looked at a few of the Serpents practical functions, now lets contemplate some of the symbolism, myth and lore that has been perceivably connected to this sacred landscape.
The serpent has been one of the most frequently revered symbols within cultures myth & lore around the planet. In many instances the serpent in general has been associated with being a “Bringer of Knowledge”. The snake throughout history has also been connected with the powers of “future – sight”, more commonly known today as precognition. 13 Keep this in mind (precognition through the serpent) as this will become an important facet to this investigation, particularly when we discuss the unconscious emergence of the modern day serpent symbolism.
One possible representation of the symbol of the serpent is that of the consciousness activating Kundalini. Kundalini actually means “coiled”, often symbolized by a “coiled” serpent at the base of the human spine.
In Hindu esoteric teaching; Kundalini refers to the internal process associated with the system of 7 chakras, or energy vortices. As the coiled serpent “life-force” energy coils its way heavenward through the 7 chakras or vortices it acts as a catalyst to a higher consciousness, a cosmic awakening. 14
Another possible symbolic connection to our great mound is the serpent / meteor connection. Recall the Serpent Mound was built upon a crypto-explosion site. Speculating on this possibility, “ It seems self evident, that the effigy was meant to memorialize this cataclysm (meteor impact). Numerous cultures employed snake imagery to signify / cometary or meteoric appearances for thousands of years. A comets sinuous motion across the sky finds an obvious likeness in the reptile.” Symbolically the egg may have been perceived as the comet, while the slithering serpent would have been considered the comets tail. 15
One of the first cultures to link serpentine symbolism to their gods were the Sumerians. Their Annunaki god Enki (EA) was in some instances depicted as part serpent, others as a bird-man, and sometimes even as a giant. A few of the attributes to Enki were the creation of humanity, the bringing of sacred knowledge, as well as saving humanity from the ‘Great Flood’.
Author Scott Alan Roberts points out, “ It is also related in Sumerian texts that EA’s headquarters of operation were in the swampy, backwater region called the Snake Marsh, also referred to as a den to many reptiles & serpents.” Could EA’s den symbolically be the equivalent of Eden? EA”S den / Eden…. “The Hebrew word used in the book of Genesis for the word serpent is Nacash, meaning “magician, or enchanter; a spell binder, to illuminate, shine.” Jewish Rabbinic tradition interpretation never saw this word as meaning a literal snake. It was to be understood as “ a shining being with the power to enchant”. 16
In the case of the Mesoamerican cultures it was the serpentine / bird-man, or plumed serpent who was believed to be the “Bringer of Knowledge” The knowledge bringer was known as Quetzalcoatl. Quetzalcoatl means “feathered serpent”. He was also regarded as a savior figure, sometimes a Pale Prophet, and/or even a bird-man.
The Birdman is a multi-layered symbol of a cosmic deity, that legend has it, visited the Ohio Valley as well as surrounding regions. The symbol has been discovered on relics, pottery, personal ornaments, and even as Birdman mounds. Archeologist point out the bird represents the upper-worlds, the man (this world) and correlating serpent imagery to the underworld.
Birdman Tablet from Cahokia
In regards to a Pale Prophet / Birdman. William Henry has shown that in several pieces of sacred art Jesus (Pale Prophet ?) is depicted as a seraphim, a Bird-man! William points out, “ The word ‘seraph’ was believed to mean earth-fertilizing lightning snake and later was interpreted angel. They are also called “fiery serpents”. These snakes are vibrations of cosmic energies!” 17
Image courtesy William Henry
Could a Pale Prophet/Seraphim/Birdman have visited the Ohio Valley, leading to legends of a cosmic Birdman? Years ago, author L. Taylor Hanson took it upon herself to visit Native American tribes from South America to the Northern most parts of Canada. Her mission was to document the ancient tribes myths and lore of a Pale Prophet visiting them in the past.
One legend recalled from America’s mid-west region: “Then a fire lit up the east sky, where cloud banks had been piled up, and everyone turned in wonder as consternation hushed the chanting. Suddenly he was there among them! Like a creature from another planet, luminescent, a weird glow rippling from his garments and his sea-eyes flashing with lightning, he stood staring at the Pawnee People.” “Before anyone else saw the sunlight, a golden shaft of radiant beauty came down from some clouds banked high with firelight, and touched the curling hair of the Prophet, diffusing itself like a halo until He stood, a luminous creature, painting all the ground around Him with gold. The people then fell down saying: ‘Behold He is indeed the Dawn God who has come to walk among us!’ and ‘He draws his power from the Star of the Dawning.” L. Taylor Hanson
The Birdman can also be viewed as a derivative of the native’s mythological Thunderbird legends. Legend has it that in this region the Thunderbird & Water Serpent/Panther were in a cosmic and mythological battle. The Thunderbird symbolic of the upper-worlds, and the Water Panther (Mi-Shi-Pe-Shu) of the lakes and underworld.
In some legend the natives claim to have actually made the heavenly transformation into a Thunderbird or Thunderer! The following Algonquin legend about the Thunderbird & “Thunders” is entitled “An Indian Transformed Into A Thunder”.
Once an Indian was whirled up by the roaring wind: he was taken up in a thunder-storm, and set down again in the village of the Thunders. In after-times he described them as very like human beings: they used bows and arrows (tah-bokque), and had wings. But these wings can be laid aside, and kept for use. And from time to time their chief gives these Thunders orders to put them on, and tells them where to go.
The great chief of the Thunders, bearing of the stranger’s arrival, sent for him, and received him very kindly, and told him that he would do well to become one of them. To which the man being willing, the chief soon after called all his people together to see the ceremony of thunderifying the Indian.
Then they bade him go into a square thing, or box, and while in it he lost his senses and became a Thunder. Then they brought him a pair of wings, and he put them on. So he flew about like the rest of the Thunders; he became quite like them, and followed all their ways.
Seven years later. . . back on Earth.
The Indians saw a great thunder-storm drawing near; they heard such thunder as they never knew before, and then something in the shape of a human being coming down with lightning; then they ran to the spot where he sat, and it was their long-lost brother, who had been gone seven years. He had been in the Thunder-world. He told them how he had been playing ball with the Thunder-boys: yes, how he had been turned into a real Thunder himself. 18
Red Horn and Pretty Women
One final Birdman legend actually connect the Birdman to the regions mythological giants! Archeologist have speculate that depictions of the Birdman may have been symbolic of the mythological Red Horn. This is the legend of Red Horn & Pretty Women.
Legend contends, mythological figure Red Horn (Son of Earth-maker) was one of the major spirits who descended to earth to aid the human race against spiritual enemies. In some instances Red Horn was perceived as a Birdman, as well as a possible descendent of the legendary giants (in part due to his large lock of red hair).
Red Horn participated in a Kisik (lacrosse) match alongside of Turtle and Thunderbird against a local tribe of giants. The star player of the giants team just so happened to be a giantress with long, flowing, red hair. They called her Pretty Women. Pretty Women was a distinguished member of the giant clan.
In these mythological lacrosse matches between Birdmen, Thunderbirds, & Giants the loosing teams ultimate defeat could result in sacrifice. In this case team Red Horn won the comic match, but the story continues…… Red Horn fell in love with giantress Pretty Women. Red Horn not only took Pretty Women’s hand in marriage, but they were said to have two twin sons. One taking on Birdman characteristics, & the other giant attributes! 19
Turtle, Red Horn and Storms as He Walks
Although this is admittedly legend, could it be seed in a kernel of truth? Legends worldwide depict a race of giants (MIghty Men of Renown) who roamed the earth in times of old. The legends of the Ohio Valley’s giants are very reminiscent , and quite similar in comparison to other giant stories planet wide.
Ohio Valley Giants
Sacred Landscape researcher Freddy Silva reveals, “ The Cherokee go so far as to claim much of their traditions were a legacy from a dying race of giants they encountered during their migrations across the plains & into the Allegheny Mountains. They attribute these people with building many of the great earth works through the Ohio Valley, including the sinuous Serpent Mound.” 20 Natives of the Delaware tribe agree, the territory all about the Serpent Mound was populated by an ancient mysterious race “unusually robust” called the Allegewi.
Could these be the same giants (Mighty Men of Renown) that were mentioned in the Bible as well as other apocryphal texts?
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Book of Enoch 5:1
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. . And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’
1. And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. 2. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells:
An important point, “Depending on your view of the veracity of the Biblical scriptures, there is no shadow of doubt that its pages reveal stories, accounts, myths, legends and fables that mirror – or are mirrored by – a plethora of cultures in the ancient world. The importance of the Bible, if not for faith and practice, is to see it as a book that demonstrates another facet of events as experienced and recounted by ancient mankind – a version if you will, of common events experienced by ancient humanity.” 21
In Europe there are literally hundreds of tales of giants, and most are similar to each other – showing a common origin. In Ireland for example, & elsewhere, we have the giants purportedly building the Giant’s Causeway out to sea and to their underwater or cave realms – both indicating of Gateways & another example of “Builder god giants”. 22
The Egyptian Followers of Horus (Birdman) may have also been “builder god – giants”. Freddy Silva in his book Common Wealth makes some very interesting observations.
Prior to 3100 B.C. Egyptian history mentions an “ Occasion of the First Time”, and we are told the landscape was ruled by the “Neteru”, or gods.
Horus – Egyptian Birdman
Following the “Occasion of the First Time” there was an era ruled over by a group called the Shemsuhor, or The Followers of Horus. They were said to stand nine cubits tall, or a whopping 15ft. They were also believed to be semi-divine beings. As the Followeres of Horus, one of their responsibilities was to teach the passage of the heavens.
These semi-divine Followers of Horus were also revered as “Builder gods”. It is said (Edfu) they traveled the world following a great flood consecrating special landscapes with sacred mounds. These sites would later be rebuilt by various cultures around the world, to the specifications, and in dedication to the gods. 23
Could the “Builder gods” have had a “Giant” hand in the building of the Ohio Valley’s mounds. Could a race of giants, in general, have attributed to the sacred mounds being brought into fruition, as well as the cosmic knowledge they incorporate?
Throughout the region of the Great Lakes & Ohio Valley a substantial number of “Giant” bones were discovered and reported on in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The Copper Armor Giant – “At a depth of 14ft. in a large Ohio burial mound excavators found the skeleton of a “massive man” in copper armor. He wore a copper cap, while copper molding encased his jaws. Copper armor also protected his arms, chest and stomach. Around his neck was a necklace maid of inlaid bears teeth with pearls.”
(Nature Magazine Dec 17th. 1891) 24
Having brushed up on the history of the Great Serpent Mound, as well as some of the symbolism, legends, myth, & lore surrounding the monument, Lets now visit its modern and urban counterpart! A DNA activating, serpentine, cosmic park, containing portal, gateway, and mythological symbolism!
Cincinnati’s Stellar Serpent Park
The Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, completed in 2003 along the Ohio River, is just east of downtown Cincinnati. Named for Cincinnati’s first African-American mayor, it exudes a feeling of friendship and unity. The park has emerged and transformed over the last decade, revealing amazing cosmic & Gateway symbolism! Incredibly, much of the same stellar symbolism incorporated in this serpentine park is highly reminiscent of symbolism surrounding the Great Serpent Mound. What I have speculated is that the architects and artists may be unconsciously downloading these cosmic plans, bringing into fruition these incredible Stellar Parks! The bigger question to ponder is where these stellar blue-prints are coming from. . .
Blue-Print Friendship Park
Design team Human Nature assembled a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and the internationally renowned firm of EDAW to design this exciting new park. The park design itself can be viewed or perceived on several symbolic levels. First, the park can be seen as a Friendship Bracelet with “charms” that serve as major events, such as interactive fountains, earthworks sculptures, & environmentally & culturally symbolic features. 25 Another way to contemplate the park design is two strands of intertwining DNA. And of course the slithering shape is also highly reminiscent of the great Serpent Mound!
Park/ Serpent Mound Comparison – notice the serpents head & egg!
The Path of Man & Path of Nature are the titles for the two intertwining walkways that meander through the park. Strolling the sacred paths takes the visitor through several continental gardens., with each garden reflecting the charter of its particular native region. The gardens include, the Garden of Europe, Garden of Africa, Garden of Australia, Garden of Asia as well as Garden of the Americas.
Starting at the tail of the serpent (West end of park), lets now contemplate & connect with the stellar symbolism that has emerged within what I like to refer to as a “Cosmic Temple”, otherwise known as The Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park.
Upon pulling into the Friendship Park, the very first colorful monument to immediately grabs your full attention. The “Rainbow Pinwheel” sign displays the name of the park in eight different languages. Symbolically speaking, both the rainbow & the pinwheel (spiral) are very important symbols many times referring to cosmic portals and gateways. The fact these two cosmic symbols are used in conjunction with each other, as a greeting to visitors, is truly a comic synchronicity. The rainbow can of course be symbolic of the “Rainbow Bridge”, a gateway between the earthly & heavenly realms, between worlds, and possibly even dimensions. The Rainbow Bridge has become a very common feature in these emerging Stargate Parks. One of the better known Rainbow Bridge monuments is the Gateway Arch!
In regard to the symbol of the rainbow pinwheel / spiral / rings. Investigative Mythologist William Henry has revealed that in many pieces of ancient, and sacred art, deities are portrayed emerging through “rainbow rings”, possibly portals! In several pieces of art Jesus / Pale Prophet / Birdman appears to utilize this rainbow stellar transport device emerging through gateways or heavenly portals.
Castle of Air
The next monument following the Path of Man’s serpentine walkway is the celestial “Castle of Air”! The Celestial Castle was created by Artist, Architect: Peter Haimerl. The Castle of Air is a modern interpretation of Pagodenburg Castle located in the Nymphenburg Park in Munich, Germany. The Castle’s Mirrored surfaces reflect the surroundings of the green park making it seem to disappear, hence the name…Castle of Air. The castle challenges perception by distorting and deforming the surrounding world. It also warps viewers’ perception of time by changing the speed of movements such as the passing of clouds and even visitors. This is true portal for the conscious to perceive the world around us through new eyes.
Panorama View inside Castle Of Air
Symbolically, Castles of Air, and Celestial Cities are rather common in ancient lore. Most are probably familiar with the New Jerusalem, or the Heavenly City believed to descend to the “New Earth”.
John of Patmos watches the descent of the New Jerusalem from God in a 14th century tapestry.
Hands of the Lands
The next earthen sculpture is highly symbolic of two “Giant” hands, “Hands of the Lands”. Hands of the Lands is a tribute to the mound builders of the Ohio Valley Region, this is an earth sculpture in the form of two open hands, with boulders in the centers of the palms.
The hands represent the open hands of friendship and support. The fingers point to an open view of the Ohio River. The undulating surface of the lawn creates a play of light and shadow. Visitors are invited to sit in the “Giant” palms of earth, and connect with the past, be in the moment, and contemplate our cosmic futures! 26
After connecting with the earthen & Giant “Hands of the Lands”, the next stop is in the heart of Friendship Park, the Stellar “Seven Vessels / Ascending, Descending”!
Seven Vessels / Ascending, Descending
When looking for cosmic symbolism to compare to the Great Serpent Mound, look no further than “Seven Vessels / Ascending, Descending”. Similar to the cosmic serpent, this is stellar calculator! The monument was created by artist David Nash, and was dedicated June 21, 2003 (Summer Solstice). The Plaza is also referred to as “The Plaza of the Sun” These vessels are carved from 150 to 200 year old English Oak and are arranged to align with specific positions of the sun. The largest vessel, the one with no charring, is aligned with true south, casting a beam of light through a carved slot each day at “true” noon. In Cincinnati true noon is 1:38 pm in summer and 12:38 pm in winter. The beam of light is at its shortest on June 21st, the longest day of the year. This day is known as the Summer Solstice, a time when the sun is nearly overhead and when the beam appears as a spot of light on the pedestal. Winter solstice, December 21st, is the shortest day of the year. On this day with the sun low in the sky, this beam of light is at its longest and it appears on the grass in the center of the circle. The beam forms a line between the center of the circle and the south vessel at noon.
The six charred vessels are arranged so that three are on the east side of the south vessel and three on the west side. The middle vessels in each set of three are aligned to true east and west. The east one aligns with the sun at sunrise on the fall and spring equinox, and the west one with sunset on those days. Of the two vessels closest to the true south vessel, one aligns with the sun at sunrise and one at sunset on the winter solstice when the sun makes its shortest arc across the sky. The northernmost two vessels, the ones furthest away from the true south vessel, relate to the summer solstice when the sun makes its longest arc.
The curving line made by the vessel shape is reminiscent of a flame. There is an ascending gesture to the vessels on the sunrise side of the circle, and a descending gesture to the vessels on the sunset side. The charred surface of the vessels makes a direct link with the nature of fire and with the darkness of night. The true south vessel relates to the noon sun so there is no charring or reference to night on that piece. The work as a whole, sited in the center of the Plaza of the Sun, depicts our dependence on the sun and how our individual relationship to it underpins our relationship to one another. 27
The Crystalline Tower
The final sculpture at the end of the spiraling path is the “Crystalline Tower”, appearing as a rainbow monolith on the outside, and a spiraling stairway to the heavens on the inside!
The cosmic tower was created by artists Susan Ewing & Vratislav Novak, and is 3 sided and 90ft, tall. Clad in sheets of titanium, mica panels and steel mesh, the sculpture is meant to interact with nature. The titanium panels move in the wind and makes sound. The thin sheets of mica reflect sunlight and appear to glow, in the right conditions the colors of the rainbow.
The tower is topped by a rotating north star, in recognition of the importance of the star to slaves navigating their way across the Ohio River to freedom. A spiral stair within the tower is reminiscent of strands of DNA and echoes the signature winding pathways within the park. 28
Considering the stellar symbolism in the entirety of the park, when we see the spiraling staircase, within the glowing tower, leading to golden star, can we perceive this as a “Stairway To Heaven”, or even other realms?
There remains yet another incredible correlation between The Great Serpent Mound and the layout of the serpentine park. The entire park correlates in shape, symbolism, and cosmic calculations, but the theres more… In the precise place we previously speculated on an ancient monolith in the earthen serpents cosmic egg, the Crystalline Tower monolith occupies the price same location, symbolically speaking!!!!!! Another cosmic synchronicity (message)!
One final symbolic correlation we touched upon was the Kundalini. The park synchronistically has 7 continental gardens with paths that coil there way through the park leading to the crystal tower (pineal gland?). When the serpentine kundalini of human consciousness is placed over the layout of the parks 7 gardens (chakras), it’s a match! The Stellar Park not only contains an astronomical amount of cosmic symbolism for us to connect with, but is also a pathway to higher consciousness!
Ancient Sacred Landscapes, Modern Mystical Cities, Urban Portals, and Cosmic Temples…….
So what does this timely and cosmic symbolism mean for us both as individuals and collectively? By becoming aware of the symbolism and viewing this art in a new light, or from a new perspective, this is a transformation in of itself. The ancient sacred sites as well as the modern cosmic temples are connection points between the earthly and heavenly realms.
The combinational experience we get from visiting both the ancient and modern sacred sites in the same day is something akin to a time-machine, we’re able to look to the past, while feeling in the present, and sometimes even glimpsing the future. This is a true “Gateway” experience!!!
1- Common Wealth / Fredyy Silva
2- Star Temples of the Ancient Ohio Valley; A.A. Magazine #96 / Ross Hamilton
3- City of Secrets / William Henry
5- Philadelphia – The Holy Experiment – Mark Gray
6- Star MOunds / Ross Hamilton
8- Ancient MOnuments of the Mississippi Valley / E.G. Squire & E.H. Davis
9- Lost worlds of Ancient America ( Stone Fangs of the Great Serpent / Ross Hamilton
10- Star Mounds / Ross Hamilton
11- Mystery of the Serpent MOund / Ross Hamilton
12- Scientific American ( Do Cosmic Rays Cause Lightning/)
13- Gateways to Other Worlds / Phillip Gardiner
14- The Shining Ones / Phillip Gardiner
15- Great Serpents From Kansas To Scotland / Frank Joseph
16- The Secret History of the Reptilians / Scott Alan Roberts
17 Secret of Sion / William Henry
18- The Algonquin Legends of New England / Charles Leland
19- Red Horn / Richard Dieterly
20 – Common Wealth / Freddy Silva
22- Gateways to the Other World / Phillip Gardiner
23- Common Wealth/ Freddy Silva
26- Friendship Park “Sign”