This article is derived from chapter 14 of Ancient Egyptian Wisdom Revealed.

“The Place Where People Become Gods”


Teotihuacan, a half-hour drive northeast from Mexico City. was deserted and covered with vegetation when the Aztecs, a conquering race from the north, discovered it upon taking over Mexico. The Aztecs didn’t know who built Teotihuacan but they did know of a myth that claimed that the 5th Sun (our modern world age) was born there and gave it the name Teotihuacan, meaning “the place where people wake from the dream of life to become gods.” This site was the Mexican equivalent of Giza in Egypt where one becomes a “god” by gaining the wisdom of life and death, and the dream illusion of reality. Teotihuacan, like the pyramids of Giza, contain no hieroglyphic inscriptions, for the Hermetic wisdom is actually in plain sight when one has the ancient symbols to understand it. This article will in time get to those secret teachings, but first some background.

Most archaeologists date the site from 150 BC-750 AD, while more controversial dates place it over 6,000 years old. Teotihuacan covered eight square miles, held 250,000 inhabitants (larger than Ancient Rome), was a centre of trade, politics and especially religion. Cultures from all over Central America, including the Maya, congregated here making the city a “melting pot” similar to Alexandria 2000 years. It was abandoned for unknown reasons by 750 AD after being destroyed by fire. Most suggest a natural disaster (earthquakes and volcanoes), other scholars believe the inhabitants purposely destroyed the site. The first question has to be, who built it?


Some modern writers claim the Aztecs thought giants built the pyramids. Actually that is a mistranslation for the actual quote in Bishop Sahagun (who copied down the Aztec myth in the sixteenth century) reads, “It is unbelievable when they say that these [pyramids] were made by hand, but at the time giants still lived there.” The quote is not saying giants built the pyramids, only giants lived there. No greater giant can be found in the world than a master of the mysteries, and these masters could have been the Toltecs.

The Toltecs were said to inhabit the city of Tollen, believed by most archaeologists to be the site of Tula just west of Teotihuacan. The name Toltec is Aztec for craftsmen and were “superb artisans, devout worshippers, skilful tradesmen, stone masons, carpenters, bricklayers, workers in feather and ceramics, spinners and weavers…inventors of medicine…skilled in astronomy and were able to keep “an accurate count of days and years and the movements of the stars and planets…could interpret dreams and perform great magic, and were the best painters on earth.” The supposed Toltec capital of Tula has no paintings or murals, while Teotihuacan has some of the greatest mural paintings ever made. So it must be asked, how could the greatest painters in the history of the earth have a capital that has no painting? It makes more sense that the city where Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent representing Horus in Mexico) resided was not Tula but Teotihuacan.

The Powerful Site

The city was divided into four sections by two large streets, of which the most famous is the Way of the Dead (Avenida de los Muertos) named for the mounds alongside the street the Aztec thought were burial tombs. In fact they are temples. Actually it is not really a road either for the avenue is blocked off at several spots, seemingly to make separate areas. This appearance of ‘locks’ has led some to claim the street was once filled with water to predict earthquakes. Others see it as representing the Milky Way superimposed on the earth with the three main pyramids the belt of Orion. The Nile River and the pyramids at Giza also symbolized the Milky Way and Orion.

The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan is the third largest pyramid by volume in the world. From a distance the facing stairs of the pyramid look like a human stretched out with arms and legs. Some claim sun ceremonies occurred here where initiates had Kundalini raised to mix with the solar energies from the sky. The pyramid, built successively over smaller ones, has a base of around 738 feet, making it similar to the Great Pyramid at Giza, however The Sun Pyramid is 233.5 feet high, less than the one at Giza. Interestingly the base of the pyramid at Giza (3032.16 feet) divided by 2 pi will equal the height of the structure (481.3 feet). The Pyramid of the Sun’s base (2932.8 feet) divided by 4 pi provides its height (233.5 feet). It also creates a specific shadow displau at equinox, and perfectly aligns with the Pleiades. To accomplish such design the builders would need incredible math, astronomy and geodesy.

In front of the pyramid is what is called the Palace, similar to the mortuary temples at the head of the pyramids at Giza. Carved are numerous five-pointed stars with a circle in the centre. This was the same symbol that the Egyptians used to represent the Duat (underworld or innerworld) ruled by Osiris. Beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza is a gigantic man made pit; beneath the Pyramid of the Sun is a gigantic cave looks similar to the chamber beneath the Great Pyramid. In shamanic cultures a cave is seen as the entrance to the underworld (Duat). The Teotihuacan Mapping Project found many artifacts here including highly polished pieces of mirror (smoking mirror) and signs of rituals with water and fire (burning water). The cave also connects to time markers of sunsets on August 12 and April 29. 260 from days from August to April is one tzolkin (a key Mexican calendar), while the 105 days from April to August is 52+1+52. 52 is a very important number known as the calendar round. August 12th was the day that the Mayan long count calendar began in 3114 BC starting our present 13 Baktun cycle that will end in 2012. Interestingly the start of the Maya calendar coincides with a key astronomical event at the Toltec site.

North of the Pyramid of the Sun is a smaller pyramid called the Pyramid of the Moon, built on higher ground, similar to the Pyramid of Khafre at Giza. Surrounding the Moon Pyramid are twelve smaller temples and a number of alter-type areas. There were a number of passages in the pyramid that were destroyed during a restoration in 1920. This area will be examined in the final section of this article.

The Citadel is a thirty-acre area of small temples that surround the famed Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent). The pyramid rises 72 feet high in six steps and covers 82,000 square feet. Most of the vibrant colours of paint are now gone, but the giant heads of two figures remain. One is the head of Quetzalcoatl, depicted as a reptile with an open mouth surrounded by eleven feathers or flowers (winged serpent of wisdom). The second is a figure considered to be Tlaloc, otherwise known as the rain or storm god. Sejourne believes Tlaloc represents the god who converts matter into creative energy. Some think the head is not a rain god but is actually a jaguar representing Tezcatilpoca (Smoking Mirror god). He is ruled by serpents (the kundalini serpent fire, must be uncoiled and rise in order to remove the opposite serpent parasite), the rectangle (symbol of the number 4) and also bears the form of the cross (symbol of male energy and the material world). Tlaloc also seems to have the wings of the butterfly (representing transformation). The authors of Hamlet’s Mill believe Tlaloc is constructed out of two serpents perhaps representing the caduceus. This could in fact be the Mexican Tehuti (Thoth/Hermes).

The serpent heads have open mouths, hollowed out mouths, the exact configuration for a person’s fist and arm to fit perfectly. At Sacsahuamin in Peru, a snake-like figure carved into the rock was said to provide great power to warriors who would place their hands into the serpent’s mouth. Unfortunately Teotihuacan is heavily guarded and I was unable to test my theory of placing my arm in the serpent’s jaw. At Chichen Itza there are many open-mouthed serpent heads along the site. I placed my right fist into a mouth asking for the wisdom of Quetzalcoatl to come into me. My right arm was soon on fire as if a lightning bolt was traveling through, and then I was directed the place of healing at Chichen Itza. I’m sure similar things will occur at Teotihuacan if one’s fist is placed inside the serpent’s jaws.

At Teotihuacan people became Gods; while at Giza Pharaohs were transformed to “join the company of the Gods.” Like Giza the three pyramids at Teotihuacan have two in a perfect line, with the smaller one offset. The three pyramids at Giza represent the mysteries of Osiris (Great Pyramid), Isis (second pyramid) and Horus (third smaller pyramid). Interestingly the main pyramid at Teotihuacan is the Pyramid of the Sun (sun-male energy), Pyramid of the Moon (moon-feminine energy), while the small pyramid of Quetzalcoatl could be of Horus. The smaller Pyramid of Menkaure at Giza was actually built of two different kinds of stone, the top made of white Tura limestone and bottom of red Aswan granite. The Hermetic colours represent the battle between Horus and Set. The third pyramid at Teotihuacan has two differing, perhaps conflicting symbols upon it. All members of the high Egyptian priesthood were considered Followers of Horus and it would be no surprise to find that Toltec priests were Followers of Quetzalcoatl.

Stansbury Hagar believed Teotihuacan was a map of the solar system. Hugh Harleston Jr. followed in Hagar’s footsteps. Using a measure that Harleston called the Standard Teotihuacan Unit (STU), the site began to explain itself through number. The Citadel marked 52, 260; 360; and 365 day calendars. Harleston also believes the layout of the Citadel temples reveals pi, phi and epsilon (the rational base of logarithms). He also found the site may have indeed represented our solar system. With the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl serving as the sun, a binary system was employed that placed Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars at the exact relation to one another. He also has found reference to two planets between Mercury and the Sun (which many other astronomers also believe exist). The San Juan River, which was re-routed by the site’s builders with no logical explanation from archaeologists, was the exact spot for the asteroid belt. A pyramid exists for Jupiter, an old platform torn down for transit was Saturn and the Moon Pyramid was Uranus. Two other unreconstructed temples farther north of the Moon Pyramid were at the exact spots to find Neptune and Pluto. At 2200 Hunabs (another form of measurement) he found a temple which he calls Planet X, at a distance of twice Pluto from the Sun. The site also has a musical base where number and sound “could teach the student to reach beyond himself to a larger vision of their relationship to the cosmos.”

On the fifth layer of the Sun Pyramid was found a layer of mica, a rock that forms in thin sheets one on top of the other, removed for sale in 1966. However mica still remains at the famed Mica Temple located between the Citadel and the Sun Pyramid. It is usually locked with an iron gate and is guarded so it is difficult to examine. Under the floor of the temple are two-90 square foot sheets of Brazilian Mica. There is mica in Mexico, but for some reason the builders transported from Brazil to the centre of Mexico these intact sheets and placed them under the floor where no one would even see it. Mica is believed to offer a window to the psychic realm of divination and psychic abilities, and has properties like “an insulator or nuclear reaction moderator.” Could the ancients Toltecs at the site have been using the mica as some sort of power generator for Teotihuacan?

Great ancient sites were placed on top of a worldwide geodetic grid system. Shamans and mystics understand that energy meridians, sometimes called ley lines, run through the earth. Where they cross are the equivalent of acupuncture points on the body, areas where the spot can effect the whole. Sites were built on these earth connection spots, and create the instant shift of consciousness for people who are open to these energies while there. It is important to realize that the great sites like Teotihuacan or Giza were not picked at random but at places where one can tap directly into the transformative power of the earth.

Fifth Sun Mythology

Ancient MesoAmericans believed there were Four Suns (or world ages) that preceded our own. The first was destroyed by jaguars, the second by wind, the third by fire, and the fourth by flooding. The Fifth Sun, our present world age which is destined to end by “movement” in 2012, is said to have its origin at Teotihuacan. The Aztecs believed the Pyramid of the Sun is the exact spot where creation had been set in motion for the modern epoch. The myth claims that after the fourth world was destroyed by flooding that lasted for 52 years (an Aztec calendar round), the gods knew that someone would have to be sacrificed to create the next sun.

The gods asked, “Who will bring light to the world?” Only Tecuciztecatl, and Nanahuatzin (a scabby god filled with pustules, unnoticed as he never spoke only listened), volunteered. They fasted for four days and four nights and lit the flame of the hearth. Tecuciztecatl brought gifts of feathers, balls of gold and precious stones. Nanahuatzin instead brought bunches of green canes bundled in threes and nines, maguey needles soaked in his own blood. Both built a tower and stayed there each of the four nights observing penitence. The towers are now the pyramids of Teotihuacan.

When it was time for the gods to throw themselves into the roaring fire, Tecuciztecatl attempted four times, his allotted number of attempts, but gave up from fear. When he failed, Nanahuatzin summoned his courage immediately and jumped into the fire, roasting and burning in the flames. Tecuciztecatl then too jumped in. An eagle and a jaguar were also said to jump into the flames. “The light of dawn began to appear” with the two sacrificed gods becoming the sun and the moon. This is not a myth of the beginning of a new physical sun but the transformation and purification of the initiate.

The myth begins with a question, “Who will bring light to the world?” to develop one’s inner light in order to do the same with the universe. The one chosen was full of scabs, revealing that the outward physical world is not necessary and will be cast aside. It claimed he was quiet and listened carefully. Fasting lasted for four days and four nights. This totals eight periods, the symbolic number of Tehuti/Hermes. The hearth is a symbol for the area of the body known as the Dan Tien, the first fire that the initiate has to light in order to allow the kundalini fire to stir and rise. While one brought precious things, Nanahuatzin brought bundles in threes (number of the Hermetic process) and nines (the number of Osiris and cycles). The maguey needle may be a representation of a sword or arrow that would be needed to prick and still the conscious mind, the blood a symbol of the concentration needed.

The tower is similar to the idea of a mountain, a symbol used frequently in the Old Testament to refer to the difficult task of meditating, like climbing to the top of a mountain. Tecuciztecatl, who brought objects of the physical world, was too afraid to jump into the fire for he would lose his connection to this world. Nanahuatzin had rid himself of everything in the physical world, even his body, and jumped in. The roaring fire is the burning away of all ego-mind that says the dreamworld (lie) is true. It is a further alchemic example that out of the ashes, blackness, and ugliness of ourselves is our own salvation to the powers of the light (truth).

Human Sacrifice ?

The myth of the Fifth Sun to the Aztecs, was born out of the sacrifice of a god, therefore men must also be sacrificed to sustain it. The question becomes how could the Aztecs take a myth that was for the enlightenment of the human soul and use it to rip out the hearts of sacrificial victims? The same way students of modern religions no longer understand the actual teachings of the texts they read, which are all written in symbolic language.

Teotihuacan as this was a place of wisdom and learning. While there are burials that appear to be of sacrificial victims it is most likely from a later period of time prior to the destruction of the site. It was the Aztecs who adopted this practice, for their Fifth Sun demanded human sacrifice. Those who were sacrificed were called Eagle Men, and made their way to heaven to become stars. The Aztecs were not wise men but warriors. One of their main tasks was to kill the wise people of the previous cultures so that no one would be able to oppose them. They did however want the wisdom for themselves. Before the Spanish took over Mexico and burned close to 50,000 books of the Maya, Toltec and Aztec for being the works of the “devil,” the Aztecs had confiscated most of the texts for themselves. Like the Greeks who stole the Egyptian texts to make the library at Alexandria, or early Christians who confiscated the Gnostic writings and then could not properly understand the information, so too did the Aztec.

The ancient Teotihuacan reliefs focus on the heart. Metaphysically the heart is the union of the above and below, on one hand a tool to look deeper in this reality and at the same time- the final attachment to it. This is why the heart was symbolically weighed by the Egyptians, and even in weight to a Maat feather (cosmic order), one could meet Osiris (the void, What Is). At Teotihuacan hearts were shown as wounded and hurt, with drops of blood dripping from it to show its pain of not being merged with the Absolute or God. Heart and mind are overcome by the destruction of the ego and personality. Well less destruction, more a finding out ego was never there in the first place. The knife is a symbol used not just in Mexico but by alchemists and Hermeticists all over the world to explain the cutting motion needed to eliminate the lie of separate self. At Teotihuacan the knife is often shown with a bloody heart, or even cutting into the heart. The Aztecs misinterpreted the way to immortality in the sky was through a bloody, ripped out heart and by flaying the flesh. Again this is symbolic, not the literal translation of what one should do. One does not destroy their physical form, but the idea or concept that there is a form in the first place. And within the mind and heart of ourselves it is “bloody” business.

Hermetic Symbols

Teotihuacan is also known for its magnificent murals, coloured beautifully in red and yellow, the last two of the Hermetic colours. At a giant mural near the Pyramid of the Sun are many small symbols that surround the main painting, similar to where hieroglyphs appear in Egyptian funerary texts. Another relief depicts a person with a bird headdress, carrying a shield with three arrows and speaks twice out of the mouth . On the head is worn a large beak, while a tuft of hair protrudes from the back similar to Tehuti. The fact that he carries three arrows is symbolic of the three stages of the Hermetic process and that he is Thrice-Greatest. Two spirals appear from the mouth showing that the figure combines the above and below, the wisdom of Tehuti.

The butterfly is an important symbol at the site, depicting the rebirth from lower to higher as a caterpillar that has to shed its initial form (our physical body), goes into a cocoon (inner practice) to appear as the beautiful winged butterfly (realization of that beyond the physical). The Palace of the Quetzal Butterfly has pillars with a series of spirals, representing the number five and growth. The eyes and spiral centers are inlaid with the psychic stone of mica. The Temple of the Feathered Shells contains a number of four petalled flowers around a circle, reminiscent of the layout of the Oriental five elements linking the site with the eastern traditions.

Many hands and feet are shown at Teotihuacan. The feet may represent the path towards spirituality, and hands (often shown with flowers or water flowing) may represent Qi energy or healing. A vessel (shown on page 44 of Teotihuacan: City of Gods) contains artwork of a number of small lizards biting the tail of the lizard ahead of them. The oroborus was the alchemic symbol for time, symbolized by a dragon or serpent eating its own tail. The concept is that time has no beginning or end. The vessel has nine spiraling lizards, nine being the number of Osiris and of the cycle. Teotihuacan is one of the only places in Mexico where vessels have three legs. Three of course is the number of the Hermetic process. Another mural at the site shows a jaguar encompassed in a net. The temple of Tehuti at Khemenu was called the “House of the Net.” The net may symbolize something that is used to trap material things, similar to the Veil of Isis.

Smoking Mirror

Bits of mirror were found in the caves below the Sun Pyramid. Tezcatilpoca was the enemy (and brother) of Quetzalcoatl who was able to defeat the feathered serpent by using a mirror to show him how old and frail he was, forcing him to flee. An aspect of this became known as the “Smoking Mirror” or “smoke that mirrors.” Tezcatilpoca is the Egyptian god Set, the force of opposition within us that we must learn to overcome to follow Horus and learn the true nature of the universe. Quetzalcoatl is the powers of Osiris and Horus combined.

A mirror only reflects reality. Shamans call our world the shadow world and all of our physical objects are shadows of the true essence which resides in another dimension. The smoking or unreflecting mirror represents our inability to “see” or distinguish true reality. Thus Tezcatilpoca is the factor within us that causes us to perpetuate the illusion of this reality by smoking our sight (Eye of Horus). This idea is also found in the Maya Popol Vuh, which like the Christian Gnostic texts, record a Golden Age when the first humans “succeeded in seeing and knowing, all that there is in the world.” The great wisdom outraged the gods who “blew mist into their eyes which clouded their sight as a mirror breathed on.” With it, the wisdom was lost and mankind was sunk into the depths that we have witnessed during the last 2000 years.

Burning Water

The symbol of burning water is a combination of the glyphs for fire and water. Archaeologists claim that burning water is a symbol for war. There may be a battle but the battle is within ourselves. Burning water was also a symbol used by the Medieval Alchemists. Marsiglio Ficino wrote of the first humour “like that of burning water called Aqua Vita ‘water of life’, or the 5th Essence.” A union of opposites (male-female, yin-yang, tonal-nagual) could bring about a third reality, a higher state of consciousness or the Philosopher’s Stone. It is also represented as the birth of Horus from Isis and Osiris, the newly awakened form. One must learn to combine the opposite parts of themselves in order to find that there are no opposite parts, only the Absolute.

Considering the similar terminology used by the alchemists and priests of Teotihuacan, I looked again at the Mexican myths of burning water, using alchemy as a guide. In the Hermetic mystery tradition one did not really die in training, but death was used as a metaphor. Often forms of ritual death, such as being buried alive, were important for the initiate to learn that they were far more than a physical body. Some Mexican texts claim the dead, representing the initiate, had to overcome seven difficult tasks before they could be in the place where the “Dead Were No More.” These seven difficult tasks are the paths of the seven charkas or planets or dreamers of mankind. Burning water is always shown occurring in the heart, which is often described as a prickly pear. The pear tree is found in many of the Cinderella myths. It is said to have sprung from the river goddess and the eagle of fire above. Thus the two streams are shown together, one of water and one of fire symbolizing “blossoming war.” The image of burning water always appears with Quetzalcoatl. The symbols of the work were the heart, blood and knives led to the problem of Aztec sacrifice depicted above.

The Aztecs kept alive the Toltec ideas of combining the eagle and the spotted tiger “which once represented the sacred battle between heaven and earth, between being and void,” stalking and dreaming, and the tonal with the nagual. Teotihuacan combined the images of tiger, eagle and the serpent (kundalini fire that will destroy the alien reptilian parasite). They were fully describing that by bringing together the opposing forces of tiger and eagle (representing fire and water) a third force would be created, in this case the winged serpent (higher consciousness). This imagery can also be seen in the Maya ball game, which was not a game to find sacrificial victims but was a representation of burning water.

The Wisdom

The big question is where is this great wisdom? I can tell you that a great amount of it is stored in the complex near the Moon Pyramid at the north end of the site. The Moon pyramid steps are far steeper than the Sun Pyramid. Using a very sloped stairway would require one climbing it to walk in a very slow fashion. The idea is to walk with reverence, to not rush your way up. As I did this my consciousness instantly shifted, and my feet were no longer touching the steps. I was still climbing, but floating instead of walking, allowing the steps to do what they were designed to do.

On the base of this pyramid I was drawn to a small temple out front. After spending time with the rocks in this small open temple, I had a better look at the surrounding twelve temple platforms. At the top of each structure is a perfectly rectangular arrangement of stone, placed in rows, cemented into the flat top. Then it hit! The wisdom is in the rocks and its layout. It is a gigantic library, but instead of books, rocks are used. The ancient Toltecs did not need words as they created material that could be accessed by a consciousness shift. Shamans are very respectful of rock and stone. Stone carries much wisdom and healing. The Egyptians would build with a specific type of stone to reflect the concepts and wisdom the building was to represent. Granite was used to represent ideas associated with fire, while limestone would be used for more feminine and watery qualities.

Hundreds of stones appear on each temple, and each would reflect one of the areas of learning. One might be number, another history, another science, and another spiritual wisdom. It was a requirement of each of the initiates at Teotihuacan to learn how to read the wisdom in the stones by letting the stones teach them. The next time you are at the site of Teotihuacan take some time in the Moon Pyramid area. It will usually be deserted with tourists climbing the two big pyramids. Chose a temple platform and perform your ritual way of altering consciousness and then chose a rock and see what happens. If done with respect, honesty and courage some powerful wisdom might be the result of your effort. Perhaps you will actually be able to gain the complete understanding of Teotihuacan and its initiation into the high Hermetic wisdom. And doing so you may finally understand just what happened to this site, and why it had to be abandoned. The wisdom is waiting for you in the stones.