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Yasmin Boland is read by millions of people each week via her astrology and New Age columns in publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Closer, Red, Cleo and Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand. She’s the author of several books, published in Australia, Canada, India, Portugal and the UK. Her next book Angel Astrology 101, co-authored with Doreen Virtue, will be published in February 2014.

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Hagar Qim – a rare eclipse experience in a Goddess temple

A RARE OPPORTUNITY

For the past few years, I’ve been studying the Goddess. It came to me in various ways. Partly due to finding Narayani Amma, my spiritual teacher in India who represents Narayani, the triple Goddess made up of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga; partly due to my interest in (love, passion for) astrology.

In 2009, I was lucky (blessed?!) enough to be in Malta at the time of an eclipse. The July 7 Full Moon in Capricorn. I made my way to the obvious place – the world’s oldest building, Hagar Qim. It’s older than Stonehenge and older than the Egyptian pyramids. Yes indeed. And chances are you’ve never heard of it? Right?


The island of Malta, just south of Italy, is known by Goddess scholars as “the home of the Goddess”. One of the reasons for that is Hagar Qim, this amazing freestanding building which was once a temple used 6000 years ago for worshipping the Goddess.

I’d mentioned on my site that I’d be there to meditate through the eclipse and amazingly, a reader from Finland, Ebba, found me and introduced herself. Together Ebba and I sat down in the heart of the temple, closed our eyes and slipped into a 15 minute meditation.

I don’t know what Ebba experienced but my meditation was quite profound. I’ve never really told anyone about it, partly because I wanted to verify it before I talked about it, to try to work out if I was totally imagining things or if somehow the past was still resonating in the present.

What I saw and felt was a large number of woman dressed in gray clothes. Not at all bright. Nothing too sexy. A lot of women, moving and chanting together. A repetitve chorus. A little droning. It was a very strong impression. I could make out the words but the sounds were low. It wasn’t scary at all but it was certainly nothing “ethereal” either.

And that was that. I felt very moved. Afterwards, Ebba and I stood up and went to join our families who’d adjourned to the nearby cafe together, while we sat. Later that day, I came down with fairly acute tonsilitus which is all about clearing out toxins. That made total sense to me, given that I’d experienced the eclipse – associated with purging Pluto – in such an intense setting.

All in all, a wonderful experience and memory to treasure.

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