Six millennia ago - 4th millennia BCE (Before Common Era).
Imagine yourself at the prow of a ship longing to see your beloved temples
once again. You have been initiated as a Priestess, carrier of the Great
Mystery. You experienced the passage through death, lain in darkness, fasted and
prepared. You incubated in the special chambers and spoke the oracle truth as it
came through your inner most being. You were taught the Great Mystery as it came
from Her through the long lineage of women to you. You experienced the
regenerative powers of death and rebirth. You were initiated into the new -
feted and honoured. The women who are with you now are ready to cross the same
threshold and be initiated.
You see the temples gleaming their soft yellow glow in the sunlight. Your
heart quickens at the sight. The beauty and love of Her resonates in your belly,
your center core calls you forward. Great Mystery, Great Mother, Beloved
Temples - all are one.
July 1999 (Christian calendar): It is a year of closure, clearing and
releasing the old. A time of honouring that which came before us. It is also the
year of the Feminine and I am called forth to pilgrim to the Great Goddess
Temples of Malta once again.
I have prepared for this sacred journey. I’ve undergone physical,
emotional, mental and spiritual clearing. I have released the old. I remain
empty as I prepare for the new - the rebirth. I embrace the void, the unknown,
the Mystery and allow it to come in its own time. I begin the process of deep
inner listening. I open to my dreams, my inner visions, my body knowing.
My senses remember.
What is it about the Maltese islands, located between Sicily and North Africa
that invoke such power and mystery. They contain the oldest megalithic
freestanding stone structures that exist on earth today. They predate the
Pyramids and Stonehenge by over 2000 years. And they were built to honour the
These temples are a clear reminder that a Goddess culture existed and was
based in peace, flourishing in creative and spiritual expression. These islands
once contained up to 40 Goddess temples. Today, nine remain - 7 on Malta and 2
on Gozo. Of the 7 temples on Malta, 4 are open to the public and only special
permission or divine intervention allows one to enter the other 3. Of the 2
temples on Gozo, only Ggantija is open. The other, Xaghra (the Stone Circle), is
still being excavated
The "temple" people lived here between 4500 BCE and 2500 BCE - the
Neolithic and Temple periods. They were peaceful - no evidence of weapons. They
were healthier than the peoples who came afterwards (according to the
paleontological studies of the bones at their sacred burial sites). For them,
the secular and spiritual were connected and this is no more evident than in the
expression of honouring the Great Goddess by creating these megalithic stone
Everywhere you look, curved lines met the eye. Everything is modeled after
the female form. Even a bird’s eye view of the temples shows the shape of the
Goddess - curved, bountiful, corpulent and massive -honouring the female form.