|Part of the Cascade Range in northern California, Mt. Shasta has long been sacred to the Native Americans of the area. |
Nowadays, Shasta is sacred to New Age followers who regard the great mountain as a source of mystical power. Mt. Shasta has been compared for both its beauty and sacred importance to Mt. Fuji in Japan.
It is located about 60 miles south of the California-Oregon border and about 77 miles north of Redding, California. 14,162-feet mountain is the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range. Mt. Shasta is a stratovolcano, with four cones buried atop one another with Shastina (12,300 ft), the most evident of these cones and forms a second peak.
Mt. Shasta’s north side has been inhabited since at least 600 BC, possibly 2500 BC. Relics in the greater area suggest 9,000 years of Native American habitation. This mountain was a corner territorial boundary for four Native American peoples - the Shasta, Modoc, Ajumawi/Atsuwegi, and Wintu - and within the view of the Karuk Tribe on the mid-Klamath River and the Klamath Tribe of the upper Klamath River.
Mt. Shasta was the center of creation for all these native peoples. People believed that the Great Spirit first created the mountain and then everything else alive on earth.
Mt. Shasta has been identified by various groups as a cosmic power point, a UFO landing spot, the entry point into the fifth dimension (which is characterized by "playful tenderness"), a source of magic crystals, and one of the Seven Sacred Mountains of the World.
At 3,500 feet above sea level next to Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta City is the headquarters of most of these religious movements and home to several study centers at which seekers can explore mystical teachings centering on the sacred mountain.