The oldest buildings still standing on earth are on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. A millennium before the pyramids of Egypt, 2,000 years before Stonehenge and 4,000 years before Christ, those clever Maltese had chalked up such architectural accomplishments as: site planning, retaining walls, corbelling, the horizontal arch and the use of forecourts.
Even more stunning is how idyllic their society seems to have been. There is no evidence of any warfare nor weapons. They used modern looking furniture. They wore clothes made from woven fabric and fastened with buttons.
There seems to have been true equality of the sexes. Analyses of excavated burial sites show no differentiation between classes or genders. Even the architecture is a blend of male and female elements working together for the greater good. In one of the most intact temples, the Hypogeum or “Underground Temple,” very masculine, angular, squared-off portals and lintels blend into curved, feminine walls.
If women and men were accorded equality in ancient Maltese society, their deity was certainly feminine. The Goddess is obviously reflected in the design of the temples on Malta and Gozo. Looking at an aerial view of Mnajdra (pronounced NIE-dra) the layout of the temple is clearly symbolic of a full-figured female body, with oval shapes representing her buttocks, breasts and head.
Body Mind Spirit Journeys is offering a spiritual tour of Malta and its goddess temples in June, 2013. The program is a guaranteed departure, but as of this writing, there are still a few spaces left. For more information please follow this link.read more
A spiritual tour of Peru will feature one of the most mysterious sacred places near Lake Titicaca, the legendary Aramu Muru Doorway, with a ceremony on November 11, 2011 — the auspicious date of 11/11/11. The tour leader, Jorge Luis Delgado is the person who led me to the Aramu Muru portal on my first visit to Peru. Jorge Luis is a native of the Lake Titicaca area. He trained with local Kallahuayas shamans, Q’ero Elders from near Cusco and other specialists in traditional Peruvian spiritual rituals.
It was Jorge Luis who, in a series of visions, was led to “discover” the portal. Jorge Luis is among those who believe we are now entering an era of important worldwide change. He is among the wisdom keepers, priests, elders and other spiritual leaders who will be participating in a ceremony on 11/11/11 to activate its energy and open the inter-dimensional portal.
On my visit to explore this fascinating, sacred site, I was told the legend of how Aramu Muru was one of the last great lords to escape when Lemuria was submerged about 15,000 years ago. He is said to have brought with him the miraculous Solar Disk which, for a while, was in the Koricancha in Cusco, Peru, but was later taken to the Monastery of the Seven Rays near Lake Titicaca.
The doorway is carved into a stone wall that faces east toward the lake as well as more distant, snow-capped mountains, the Apus of legend. Two vertical channels flank the doorway. I was reminded of similar ancient Inka carvings at Sacsayhuaman. Besides the portal itself, I marveled at strange rock formations nearby. They resemble humans and various animals, but are so weathered it is hard to know whether or not they were shaped by human hands. Some believe the area was the location for an ancient mystery school, where teachings from Lemuria were preserved and shared.
The tour that includes a visit to the Uros Floating Island in Lake Titicaca as well as the ceremony to open the portal at the Aramu Muru Doorway is now available from Body Mind Spirit Journeys. Go to the Aramu Muru Doorway Tour web page.