Gōbekli Tepe: The Symbolism Of The Serpent And The Fox

Gōbekli Tepe: The Symbolism Of The Serpent And The Fox


Archaeological excavation and research at Gōbekli Tepe; that incredible ancient megalithic sacred site from an era of at least 12,000 years ago located in modern day Turkey; called by many the world’s first temple and the cradle of the gods; is still in its infancy compared to the age of the site, but what is emerging about early cultures and civilizations is both tantalizing and incredible. At this point four megalithic stone circles (denoted as A, B, C, and D) are in the process of being excavated and analyzed along with two additional sites denoted as E and F.

It is no longer disputed that many ancient megalithic sites around the world were created as spiritual symbolic sites, as Axis Mundis; places that connected heaven and earth. Researchers have already considered Gōbekli Tepe to be, in part, a heavenly observatory.  Such sites are cultural Axis Mundis, and their symbolism and use accentuates the concept of uniting heaven and earth at these sites.  To quote Dr. Susan Ryan, Crow Canyon's director of archaeology referencing ancestral Puebloan sites: “ Architecture is the place where the ethereal and nonmaterial qualities of the cosmos were interpreted by ancient architects and emphasized in material form. Architecture communicates culturally prescribed, and accepted, information to the observer about Pueblo cosmology. ”  This observation can be applied to all such sites, as they were designed not only as physical structures to observe the skies, they were also designed symbolically to link the society’s cultural spirituality, bringing heaven and earth together. From time immemorial societies have connected their lore and spiritual philosophy in the great canvas of the heavens.

The Summer Triangle At Gōbekli Tepe

A 2020- article titled Israeli Archaeologists Find Hidden Pattern at ‘World’s Oldest Temple’ Göbekli Tepe in Haaretz, refers to Israeli archaeologists who have identified deliberately created triangle geometry between the stone circles, B, C, and D: “Their study of the three oldest stone enclosures at Göbekli Tepe has revealed a hidden geometric pattern, specifically an equilateral triangle, underlying the entire architectural plan of these structures” . This discovery aided in validating the current author’s postulation on the importance of serpentine symbolism of the triangle at Gōbekli Tepe.

Aerial view of Gōbekli Tepe circular enclosures A, B, C and D (CC BY-SA 4.0)  and Triangular Pattern (Image: Provided donald B Carroll)

Aerial view of Gōbekli Tepe circular enclosures A, B, C and D (CC BY-SA 4.0 )  and Triangular Pattern (Image: Provided donald B Carroll)

Triangle symbolism has a long history in many ancient cultures, connected or yoked to the heavens and stars above. This connection is specifically identified as the stellar asterism known as the “Summer Triangle” consisting of the stars; Deneb, Vega, and Altair.


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Donald B. Carroll spent his career working in Fire &Rescue, as a firefighter/paramedic, company officer, district chief, and an academy instructor. During those thirty-plus years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into scientific, spiritual, and philosophical materials. He has been a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics, ancient culture symbolism, and a tour leader to many of the ancient sites he has written about.

He is the author of  Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blueprint for Creation  and The Spirit of Light Cubit: The Measure of Humanity and Spirit

Top Image : Gōbekli Tepe ( Haluk / Adobe Stock )

By: Donald B Carroll

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