GUEST WRITER:
Cheryl Lynn Carter on "Cahokia and the Star People"

Cahokia

My friend, Cheryl Lynn Carter, never fails to amaze me with her innovative research and theory into paranormal phenomena.  Her recent book, “Dimensions: America’s Mysterious Triangles,” is a bestselling collection of her flawless research into the phenomenon of paranomal “hot spots” in the U.S.  I know you will enjoy this, our first guest writer spot, as much as I have long enjoyed the insight of Cheryl’s incredible work.   -Ursula

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Cahokia, located within the boundaries of present day Collinsville, Illinois, was the largest, most influenced, and highly advanced settlements in the Mississippian culture. At one time its peak population was 50,000 comprising three boroughs Cahokia, East St. Louis, and St. Louis connected to each other by waterways and walking trails that extended across the Mississippi River flood plane for eight miles.

Carbon dating has placed the beginning of the site to 1000-1050 A.D. Archeologists believe the construction of Cahokia was related to a supernova, SN 1006, that occurred between April 30 and May 1 in 1006 A.D. in the constellation Lupus of the Milky Way. It was estimated to have been the brightest stellar event in recorded history appearing about 16 times brighter than Venus and considered about 7200 light years from the Earth. The site of a giant pole that stood at Mound 72 aligns with the coordinates of where the supernova shined in both the night and day sky for three years.

The Cahokia culture was known as Mound Builders who constructed earthen mounds utilized for ceremonial and burial purposes. They built 190 mounds in platform, ridge-top, and circular shapes aligned to a planned city grid which was orientated five degrees east of the north. The alignment focuses on the summer solstice sunrise and the southern maximum moonrise, orientating Cahokia to the movement of both the sun and the moon.

The layout and structures of Cahokia are almost identical to some Mayan cities. Archeologists uncovered tools, elaborate ceramics, finely sculptured stoneware, carefully embossed engraved copper and mica sheets and tri-notched projectile points strikingly similar to that culture indicating that there was a strong Mayan influence. It is thought that perhaps there was a trade route to Mexico City with the Mississippi River providing a direct waterway.

Monks Mound, named after a community of French Trappist Monks who once settled nearby in hopes of building an abbey, is the center of the site and is the largest Pre-Columbian structure north of the Valley of Mexico. It is a four-terraced platform mound that is 100 feet high, 951 feet long, 836 feet wide, covering 13.8 acres, and contains about 814,000 cubic yards of earth. It was topped by a structure thought to have measured 105 feet in length, and 48 feet in width, and been as much as 50 feet high, making its peak 150 feet about the level of the plaza that was constructed entirely of basket-transported soil and clay. It is roughly the same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The mound is thought to have been a ritual space and after ascending 154 steps, one can feel the vortex that runs through it when they reach the top.

Approximately 2,790 feet south of Monks Mound is Mound 72. The area of 412 feet appears to have begun as a circle of forty-eight large upright wooden posts resembling Stonehenge which archeologists have named Woodhenge. It was discovered that four of the posts were at pivotal locations marking the north, south, east, and west. The East and west marked the equinox sunrise and sunsets. Four others were noted to mark the summer solstice sunrise and sunset and the winter solstice sunrise and sunset positions. Archeologists used Radiocarbon dating to place the construction date to the Lohmann Phase 1000-1050 A.D. Excavations indicate that it could have been a series of smaller mounds that were then reshaped and covered over to give the mound its final shape. Later, Woodhenge was removed and a series of mortuary houses, mass burials, and eventually the ridge top mound were erected in its place. One of the posts that marked the summer solstice sunrise was nearest to the burial of what is known as “the Birdman.”

Four male skeletons surrounded the center burial; one merely bones, two others lay flat, and the fourth face down with one of its legs up to its chest. They were buried with ceramics, gaming stones, copper covered shafts, jewelry, and artifacts that have been traced as far away as Oklahoma. In the center were the remains of a male and female. The man, lay on an elevated platform, was tall and in his forties with his feet pointing toward the northwest. He rested upon a bed of 20,000 marine shell disc beads that formed the shape of a falcon. The bird’s head was beneath his and its wings and tail beneath his arms and legs. Buried beneath the man was a woman who was face down. It is believed that the four men were “retainers” who were a human sacrifice for nobility in order to continue to serve them in the afterlife. The woman was most likely the man’s wife who chose to sacrifice herself for her dead husband.

Archeologists theorize that the Beaded Burial was homage to the mystical Birdman, a legendary falcon warrior hero whose beaked face has appeared on many artifacts from Cahokia. The Birdman is a heroic figure whose twin sons fought off a race of Giants. Another theory is that it represents the “winged gods,” that came down from Pleiades and taught them about their civilization. These “star people” were considered our ancestors and the people believed they would someday return.

An ancient road, which Archeologists are calling the Rattlesnake Causeway, is an elevated embankment about 26 feet wide and reaches from Cahokia’s Grand Plaza south through the center of the city where it dead ends in the middle of a burial mound known as Rattlesnake Mound. The mound is about five feet long, two hundred feet wide, and thirty feet in height. It is thought that the roadway is both a literal and symbolic center of the city as it is aligned five degrees east of north forming a central axis around which the city is built. Research has discovered that Cahokia’s buildings align with a celestial event known as the Lunar Standstill when the moon rises at the southern most point in the sky. The event occurs once every 18.6 years, and as seen from the Grand Plaza, it is visible over the bluffs of Rattlesnake Mound where the causeway ends. The mound contains 140 interments and is halfway down the road from Mound 72. Archeologists suggest that it served as sort of a conduit between the realms of the living and the dead.

After fifteen years of research on archaeo-astromony, Wayne Herschel author of “The Hidden Records,” has concluded that a star pattern repeats itself in every ancient pyramid civilization. This is a sun-like star in Taurus that the ancients called the “star of the gods.” These areas align with Pleiades, “the Seven Sisters,” an open star cluster located in Taurus which is 444.2 light years from Earth and Cahokia Mounds with its sacred geometry configuration is one of them.

Among the artifacts discovered is the famous sandstone Birdman Tablet measuring four inches long and three inches wide. The back depicts many rows of cross hatched lines. The front depicts a masked figure with a diamond eye, hooked nose, wearing an oval emblem on his chest, and his left appendage is an outstretched wing.

While the Birdman Tablet was thought to represent a falcon, another theory has been brought forth. The front of the tablet is actually a sky map portraying the Astronomer Surveyor Priest at mid heaven with his eye at the four-star end of Ursa Minor, right at the North Celestial Pole in 500 A.D., and his heart is in the Big Dipper of Ursa Major. His ear is Woodhenge at which marks the Celestial Equator of 500 A.D. The reverse side of the tablet id thought to represent the fields of measurement used on the front with eleven rows or grids representing six degrees of the sky.

How could all these astronomical alignments be merely a coincidence? How were the Cahokia so far advanced from any other cultures in the area? Are they in fact an indication that our ancient ones have been visited by the “star people” from Pleiades and were awaiting their return? Or perhaps they have already arrived.

Today, the area around Cahokia and St. Louis is considered a UFO hotspot. On January 5, 2000, at 4:00 a.m. the area experienced the largest UFO sighting in recorded history. Hundreds of people including eight police departments observed a triangular craft in the night sky. The incident lasted forty-five minutes and is known as the St. Clair Triangle

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More about Cheryl Lynn Carter:

Cheryl Lynn Carter is a freelance journalist for publications such as Paranormal Underground Magazine and international author of multiple paranormal and thriller books.  Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, she always thought she was just like everyone else. After all, everybody had conversations with dead people, right? Having her first paranormal experience at age four, the foundation was built for becoming a paranormal and historical researcher for the past twenty years. She continues her life’s journey as a Psychic Medium, Remote-Viewer, and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master.  Her passion for one haunted location afforded her the opportunity to appear and consult in Chris Halton’s Haunted Earth Para Documentary on YouTube called “A Haunting at Bachelors Grove” one of the most haunted cemeteries in the Midwest.  Other films include her role in “The Attached,” a docu-thriller by the Booth Brothers and “Rosa Leigh,” voted Best Horror Film at the 2019 Las Vegas and Tri-Cities International Film Festivals.  Cheryl is an Experiencer, member of MUFON and CE-5. She served as a consultant for Thomas Conwell’s book “They Are Here: Central US UFOs.”  She has appeared on numerous radio shows including Darkness Radio and Haunted Chronicles. Connect with Cheryl and find her books on Amazon here

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