Sacred Sites

A Sacred Ritual to Connect to the Energies of Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán: Remove the Mask and Realise Your Potential

The pyramids and underlying tunnels of Teotihuacán, Mexico were built nearly 2,000 years ago, on top of earlier structures of unknown origin. Under the Pyramid of the Sun a manmade tunnel leads to a cave regarded as the entrance to Xibalba, the sacred underworld. In the Aztec Nahuatl language, Teotihuacán means ‘place where the gods were born’. A delicately carved mask was found buried in the foundations of the Pyramid of the Sun. Masks are worn for protection, disguise, entertainment and ritual, and have been used for thousands of years to represent the ancestors. Being drawn to this sacred site is an indicator that it is time to walk the Avenue of the Dead, leaving your false masks behind, and to declare the real you and elevate your awareness of your past, present and future lives. Know that you are on a journey to unify all your lifetimes and become a complete and creative individual, ready to bloom fully as the flowering of the perfect human soul.

The city flourished for a thousand years, but when the Aztecs arrived in the 1300s they found the place abandoned. Dozens of pyramids are situated on either side of the mile-long Avenue of the Dead. At the end is the temple of Quetzalcoatl (Kukulkan to the Maya), the Aztec god of learning and knowledge, who appeared as a feathered serpent that could fly between worlds. Does this ancient world call to you? Do you sense the seeds of your highest potential germinating within you? If the answer is yes, then now is the time to allow yourself to grow into the person you really are, free from all past constraints. Start by trying the visualization, below. Great Goddess of Teotihuacán, the fertility deity depicted on murals in the Tepantitla compound, calls you to honour your inner wisdom, to open up your visionary sight and recognize your abilities. Call on the attributes of her associates – the jaguar, the owl and the spider – to help you. Great Goddess of Teotihuacán will destroy what no longer serves you. She has come into your life to help you realize that you can make the changes you need to make. This is a great time of fertility for you. Become the spider and weave your life the way you wish it to be now.


Imagine that you are walking through the ancient tunnel that leads below the Pyramid of the Sun. You continue until you reach the cave that is the entrance to Xibalba, the Underworld. As you enter this domain, a mask hangs from a wall to mark the entrance to a huge space where groups of people from your past and present await you, such as work colleagues, friends, neighbours and family. As you greet each group, be aware of your behaviour. Are you adopting a mask to fit in? If so, stand before the group and remove your mask. Allow these people to see who you really are. What are their reactions? How do they make you feel? Maybe you are nervous, insecure, intimidated. Or perhaps you feel the fabulous freedom of not living a lie anymore? Complete this process with each group in turn. When you have finished, you notice a great mirror. As you look at it, see yourself, free of all your masks. Embrace the person you see now and revel in your potential.


Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
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