ello everyone! Did you have good winter holidays? Were there decorated trees? And good food, right? But – do you know why we decorate the trees and set out a feast? Today I will tell you a winter holiday story. Listen in.
Hello everyone! Did you have good winter holidays? Were there decorated trees? And good food, right? But – do you know why we decorate the trees and set out a feast? Today I will tell you a winter holiday story. Listen in.
If there is one thing that women’s spirituality contributed to popular culture, it is the concept of a Triple Goddess: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. Nevertheless, plenty of Neopagans attempt to expand the triad into four, five or more figures, adding archetypes such as the Nymph, the Amazon, the Queen or the Dark Maiden.
A kid is walking on her hands, in the direction of a stream. In the background, the Sun is setting behind the mountains (it’s probably meant to be rising but because the land is coloured pink it makes me think of evening). There are a number of animals the picture: a companion cat (warning to be careful about stepping in the water), a crocodile (dangers of the environment) and a vulture (waiting to recycle the remains back into the great circle of life).
Qrendi, a small village in the southwest of Malta, is the place where you can find two “must see” temples: Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. Unfortunately, it’s rather far away from Valetta and the buses don’t go often. If you get up early, you might be able to also visit Mdina (the old capital of Malta) and Ta’ Qali shopping village (the souvenir shopping place) in one go. Just remember: everything closes at 5pm!
Out of all trips described in this guide, Paola is the closest one to Valetta. It contains the site which I consider most worth seeing: the Ħal Saflieni hypogeum. In combination with a visit to Tarxien temples (and optionally, Kordin III temple) which are within a walking distance from the hypogeum, I think Paola gives you the most worth for your money.
There’s a lot of megalithic remains on Malta and Gozo. However, I think that all the sites which remain in a recognisable shape can be visited in about a week and that’s what I attempted to do myself. Since you may have less time to spare, I’ll start with a ranking of the sacred sites: how important I think it is to experience the place and how much you will get out of the visit.
The islands of Malta and Gozo hold a number of ancient megalithic temples and sacred sites built by a Neolithic culture that disappeared without a trace. As with other elements of our history, not enough survived for us to know what their values were, how women were treated, what gods they worshipped. We can only sift through the remains and make educated guesses.
I‘m trying to remember the time when I built my first altar, but it’s all in a haze – it was so long ago. I had to seriously improvise. It was Beltane, and all I had was a description of a group ritual – dancing around a Maypole. Well, there was no Maypole dancing custom in Poland – on the contrary, 1st of May was a secular holiday, the Worker’s Day – so I couldn’t build an actual one, as that would be too conspicuous. And how would I even weave the ribbons around it on my own?
Over the years I built many Goddess altars. Some of them were very complicated, others quite simple. As to what to put there – some Goddess books I read had a whole list of equipment, while others advised to use intuition and put stuff that you feel “should be there”. In the end, I found both methods inadequate and devised my own.