EXPLORE: MYSTICAL MALTA & THE GODDESS TEMPLES
Valletta - Three Cities - UNESCO World Heritage Sites –Goddess Culture - Medieval Mdina
Two summers ago, I had the great fortune to spend a few months alone on the sunny island of Malta. I knew very little about this country, but was intrigued by both its idyllic location in the middle of the Mediterranean and its confluence with many cultures. Because of its nearness to Sicily, Greece, and Northern Africa, I expected to see African, Arab, Greek, and Italian influences, and as a former British protectorate, I knew the Maltese spoke English too, another reason why so many Europeans flock there on holiday.
But Malta turned out to be so much more … with a fascinating culture all its own!
In fact, this little gem of a country surprised me so much that I couldn’t wait to get back to the US and organize a custom itinerary to share with my intrepid female travelers.
One of the reasons I found Malta so enlightening was that I literally kept stumbling upon ancient megalithic temples, some pre-dating Stonehenge, believed to have been constructed to venerate a great ancient Mother Goddess. At the time of my journey, I was seeking solace and spiritual connection, and was amazed to keep finding myself in some of the most highly spiritual places in the world, especially in terms of female energy. The effect on my soul was transformational.
Malta's Fertility Culture
and Neolithic Goddess Temples
The Neolithic temples of the islands of Malta and Gozo are the oldest man-made freestanding stone structures in the world and are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of these megalithic temples pre-date the Great Pyramid of Giza by 1000 years. Scholars believe Malta’s temples and complexes were built as sanctuaries to worship an ancient Great Mother Goddess, and thus represent the existence of an ancient Fertility Culture.
Fertility culture has been present in almost every culture on our planet, some dating back as far as 4,500 years. But nowhere is this goddess presence stronger than in Malta, and it's fascinating to explore its temples and complexes.
My itinerary for you will include a private guided visit to the Hal Salflieni Hypogeum, where the Sleeping Lady was discovered just inside the entrance. You'll also explore the Tarxien Temple Complex, built between 3000 and 2500 BCE and known for its elaborate spiral carvings. On the southern coast, you'll visit the impressive Hagar Qim Temples, built around the fourth millennium, and the nearby Mnajdra Temples. These temples have been wonderfully preserved and are in a most spectacular location, perfect for experiencing this powerful sacred place and the mysteries of ancient fertility culture.
Recommended Trip for 2018!
There are many reasons that make Malta an ideal destination for your next trip, but even more so in 2018 ...
Valletta, a UNESCO world heritage city, is the country’s undisputed artistic capital and has been declared the European Capital of Culture in Europe for 2018. This means the country is gearing up with all kinds of new cultural events in preparation. The great diversity of Malta’s cultural heritage … from temples to baroque buildings to historic medieval forts to modern luxury yachts … allow you to experience both authentic old world Europe and new world chic. Malta is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Of the over 200 islands in the Mediterranean, with 90% of tourists staying on only 10% of them, Malta is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
Malta is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (confirmed & tentative)
It is highly walkable. And if you can’t get there on foot, you can always take any of the local, air-conditioned buses to take you comfortably to your destination. And of course, what’s more fun than traveling across the Grand Harbor on one of the traditional Maltese taxi boats, the colorful ‘Dghajsa.’
Malta is so steeped in history and culture that there is almost no civilization that has not graced its doorstep. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French, and English have all installed foreign rulers here over the last 2000+ years, leaving behind a rich and diverse artistic and cultural history rare in a single country, especially one as small as Malta.
But Malta’s history doesn’t stop there. One can keep stepping back in time 5000+ years, as Malta is full of ancient megalithic temples, some older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt. Many people come to Malta just to experience its ancient spiritual history and many sanctuaries believed to have been built to worship an ancient Great Mother Goddess.
The spiritual energy of Malta’s small islands has been present throughout history, from original Neolithic Temples to when St Paul shipwrecked in 60 AD, to the Knights of St John when they arrived in 1530 to build magnificent churches & fortifications that still stand today.
Malta’s deep spiritual and religious history is still prevalent today. Most Maltese are devout Christians, and during the summer, the island comes alive with religious “feasts,” grand celebrations for its Saints, complete with almost nightly firework displays from the villages competing around the island.
But the best thing about Malta is the Maltese. Despite the heavy foreign influence, Malta has maintained its own distinct culture. The Maltese are a proud, kind people, and extremely welcoming to tourists, making Malta a true sanctuary for those seeking beauty, history, culture, art, sunshine, and beaches … all in one very accessible, hospitable country.
Oh, and for sun worshippers, Malta enjoys a beautiful climate throughout much of the year, with more sunshine than almost any country in Europe and many golden beaches, surrounded by glistening blue waters.