- Posted September 25, 2014 by
Woodstock, New York
Woodstock New York’s Main Streets Act as a Giant Cosmic Calendar and Compass
It’s not hard to speculate; long before modern roads crisscrossed our landscape, before carriage roads, wagon roads and railroads existed, when nothing but a network of foot paths connected important places, some of these paths may have held a very particular importance themselves. Many were probably used by ancient populations as transportation routes and corridors from village to village, connecting important renewable resources or from waterway to waterway, acting as portages for light craft. Others may have been used for more ceremonial purposes and aligned with celestial events such as equinox and solstice sunrises and sunsets. Could some of these original pathways still exist and be discernable today? Well, the answer is yes, as many contemporary roads and highways follow and conform to previously established pathways, in some sections. Others have remained true to their original courses over time and are hiding in plain sight. In some small towns, the alignment of the main street intersection may reflect an ancient thoroughfare established so long ago its original intend has been long lost, yet on these yearly celestial occurrences, evidence may still be found demonstrating alignments to the Sun.
One potential example of this is my hometown of Woodstock, NY. A place of extreme natural beauty, hippies and higher consciousness, Woodstock was no doubt the center of an ancient population as long as humans have inhabited the region, possibly going back to the end of the last ice age. Evidence for this exists in excavated rock shelters on Overlook Mountain and elsewhere nearby.
The center of Woodstock, which lies at the base of Overlook Mountain, is at the intersection of three roads, which converge at the Village Green. This is a scenario found in countless small towns throughout America. Upon closely measuring the angle of the roads on a map, and their bearing relative to 0 degrees, we can determine if they align with where the Sun would appear to rise and set on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and summer and winter solstices.
As it turns out, checking with a protractor on a map or compass in the field, the 3 roads that converge in Woodstock, Mill Hill Road, Rock City Road, and Tinker Street, all seem to conform to this pattern. Looking up Mill Hill Rd. from the southeast on the longest day of the year (June 21st), we would see the summer solstice sun setting at the top of the hill, in the center of town. Looking down Mill Hill Rd. from the center of town on the winter solstice morning or the shortest day of the year (Dec. 21st.), we would see the sun rising on the horizon exacly where the roadway is pointing. If standing in the center of town on the spring or fall equinox, when day and night are equally divided into dark and light, we would view the sun setting due west, along Tinker St. (Rt. 212) on equinox sunset. And, if turned around standing opposite, we’d view the rising sun due east, on the equinox morning, along Rt. 212, also known as the Bearsville Flats, as the road runs perfectly straight for a mile heading west out of town.
And finally, Rock City Rd., from the center of Woodstock heads perfectly true north, before beginning to wind its way up Overlook Mountain to the Tibetan monastery at the auto road summit.
The maps shown in the images above confirm and document the course of these three roads and how they align with true east/west, north/south and the summer solstice sunset bearing of 303 degrees from true north. Is this just coincidence or evidence of a ceremonial practice and expression of an ancient belief system, imprinted on our landscape, in an eternal way?