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LAKSHMI

LAKSHMI

A Hindu goddess of abundance, wealth, prosperity both in the material and spiritual field, fertility, generosity, good luck, splendour, light, wisdom and courage. An incarnation of shakti, the feminine energy and an embodiment of beauty, charm and grace. She is also venerated as Mahalakshmi and her name in its full form means ‘Remover of Universal Agonies’. She is also called Śri, Padma, Thirumagal or Gunas. Some Hindu beliefs such as Sri Vaishnava consider her to be Iswarigm sarva bhootanam i.e. the supreme deity, not only the goddess of wealth.

ABOUT GODDESS

Lakshmi came to being during Samudra Manthan, the quest to get amrit by churning the Ocean of Milk. At the very beginning both Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) were mortal but they all wanted to become immortal. Therefore they decided to stop wars against one another, call a truce and collaborate together to churn Kshirsagar – ‘The Ocean of Milk’ in order to get amrit (soma), a nectar which granted immortality and eternal youth. They used Mount Mandarachala and Vasuki, the king of serpents as their churning rode and churning rope; Devas stood on one side, Asuras on the other and they started to pull back and forth. Fourteen precious objects appeared during churning, among them

– Kamadhenu, divine cow granting wishes,

– a seven – headed horse,

– Kaustubha, the most valuable jewel in the world which was later worn by Vishnu

– Parijat, an ever-blossoming tree

– Varuni, the goddess of wine

– the moon

– the sun

– and last but not least goddess Lakshmi. Emerging from the petals of a lotus, she amazed everyone and de concentrated Asuras. Because of her associations with lotus (she was either resting in the flower or holding it in her hand) she is called Padma (‘Lotus Dweller’). Vishnu has immediately fallen in love with her and she soon became his consort; it is believed that she accompanies him in all his incarnations.

Lakshmi is considered to be the shakti of Vishnu (his feminine power). She grants well-being to her followers, brings a stroke of luck and protects against any poverty and worries caused by material issues. She is also an intermediary between her husband Vishnu and the humankind; a protectress who influences the fate, mitigates disputes and is more approachable than her husband, that is why the Hindu call upon him through Lakshmi (she resembles Christian Mary in this aspect). She is also a personification of spiritual energy Kundalini and believed to be the Mother of Universe.

It has to be noticed that Hinduism stresses the fact that wealth and abundance are not restricted to the material area but also spiritual one as they are related.  Lakshmi’s divinity is also manifested through Fame, Knowledge, Courage, Strength, Victory, Children, Valour, Gold, Gems, Grain, Happiness, Bliss, Intelligence, Beauty, Higher Aims, High Thinking, Higher Meditation, Morality, Ethics, Good Health, Long Life and other examples of well being. Ashta Lakshmi (eight Lakshmis, goddess’ secondary expressions) are distinguished in her cult: Adi Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi). Ashta Lakshmi are represented by an eight pointer star called the star of Lakshmi

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This is why money is treated as a manifestation of the goddess; when a coin falls down or touches a foot, the gesture of Pranāma is performed (person first touches the coin with the finger tip of their right hand and then their forehead and/or chest). Similarly this gesture is the apology for books and written materials which are treated as the manifestation of goddess Saraswati.

Another earthly manifestation of Lakshmi is a cow. Cattle is treated as a sign of wealth in various religions, not only in Hinduism but also Buddhism, Zoroaster and European beliefs. Cows were respected also in ancient Egypt, Hellas and Rome; cow is a central figure of creation myth in the legends of Germanic tribes (Audhumla). Those of you who have basic knowledge of runes surely know that the sign which begins the Elder Futhark, Fehu, is associated with cattles because cows and bulls were the visible evidence of wealth. Hindu texts suggest that a cow is an embodiment of many gods and goddesses, Lakshmi resides at its hind part.

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Lakshmi conditions life according to Hindu beliefs, without her there would not be harvests, air to breathe nor offspring therefore she is called pranadayini (“giver of vital life-sustaining energy”). For that reason Lakshmi can be identified with Hellenic Demeter as the goddess of vegetation and life force, in fact one of Lakshmi Puran(a) legends resembles the one about abducting Kore. Shriya, a woman originating from a lower caste, was so devoted to the goddess that she visited her in person which resulted in the anger of god Balabhadra. He forbade Lakshmi entry to the temple and the goddess became so sad that she left the place and went to her father. However, with her departure all the wealth and abundance disappeared from the temple and Balabhadra had to beg for food. It was at that time that he realised his mistake, he came to Lakshmi to apologise her and invite back to the temple to which she agreed.

The Hindu venerate her every day but her sacred time is October with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, when small olive lamps are traditionally brought in front of the house for Lakshmi to give her blessing to the family dwelling in it. An offering of food and sweets is given to her, Lakshmi’s followers pray and chant a litany of her 108 names. It is believed that on that night Lakshmi descends to Earth on her owl to remove poverty, stagnation and laziness and showers her worshippers with wealth. It is a special day for the Hindu when they give presents to one another and go gambling because Lakshmi is considered to be the one who brings good luck. She is also celebrated during the full moon of Ashvin (September – October) in the Eastern state of Orisa during the holiday called Sharad Purnima (or Kumar Purnima, purnima meaning ‘the full moon’). It is one of the most important and the most popular festivals in the state; it lasts up to ten days filled with singing, dancing and decorating Lakshmi’s figures. Young girls are given new clothes as presents, they prepare food offerings for the sun in the morning and go fasting the whole day and having performed rituals eat them when the moon rises. Sharad Purnima is said to release so much joy and positive energy that even non-Hindu participate in the celebrations. The Hindu also thank Lakshmi for the harvest in the month of Mrigashirsha (December – January) during the festival Manabasa Gurubara (also called Lakshmi Puja), houses are decorated with flowers and garlands each Thursday and the traces of feet are painted on the stairs as if Lakshmi entered the household. All the rituals are performed by housewives, rice is given to the goddess as an offering and then eaten by the family and the legend of Lakshmi Puran(a) is told in the evening. It is also the time of closing the year of trade, new trade books are established and sacrificed to Lakshmi in any places dealing with circulation of merchandise.

Traditionally the chakras of heart and solar plexus are attributed to Lakshmi.

IMAGES, SYMBOLS AND ANIMALS

Lotus is traditionally attributed to Lakshmi, she has numerous nicknames connected to this flower (Padma – ‘Lotus Dweller’, Padmamaladhara Devi – ‘The One Who Wears a Garland of Lotuses’, Padmamukhi -‘ The One Whose Face Is as Beautiful as a Lotus’ etc). Lotus symbolises the force and fertility of plants; the Hindu myths claim that the world constantly revives from the lotus placed on the Vishnu’s belly button. Her sacred animal is cow but she is usually depicted accompanied by two elephants. An animal associated with her is owl symbolising royalty, sharp eyes and intelligence; both an owl and an elephant are her vahana, ‘vehicle’ i.e.  animals identified with a particular deity (e.g. a tiger and a lion are assigned to Durga).

Lakshmi is depicted peaceful and smiling either sitting or standing on a large lotus. She wears a saree made from red (a symbol of permanent activity) or gold (a symbol of fulfilment) material, she usually has golden jewellery and a golden crown with rubies, her hair is dark and wavy and her skin has a golden tone. Lakshmi typically pours coins out of her hand while in her three other arms she holds a jar with gold, a sheaf of grain or presents a mudra.

DIVINATION MEANING

Person

A person with a warm, creative, protective, tender, energetic and joyful personality who attracts people. The person who is beautiful both inside and outside. Somebody who suddenly appears in our lives to help us and brings us optimism and joie de vivre. Somebody whom we feel free and happy with. In negative this card signifies a person lacking Lakshmi’s energy: complaining, avaricious, rigid, self – limiting, focusing on the negative, poor not necessarily in the financial field but rather spiritually.

Professions: all the professions connected with the flow of money, food processing and agriculture, a teacher, a guardian, a psychologist, people working in the gambling and lottery industry

ADVICE

Wealth is manifested both in the material and the spiritual field, the first one appears in the form of objects while the second one in the form of health, optimism, friendship, courage etc. Even having few objects you can still be rich as long as you do not lack mental and spiritual capital. Thanks to wisdom and spirit you can always get more objects while having a lot of objects would not make you happy and fulfilled. Wealth can be manifested through the quality of your life: satisfactory job, loving partner, children bringing joy, good health, free time, devoted friends etc. Wealth based on objects is never enough and keeps demanding for more.

Think of your actual attitude to money. Coin is a symbol that people adopted as a determinant of worth and of exchange of goods, it is also a manifestation of life – giving abundance which Higher Forces pour onto you. As long as you remember that money is a mean, not the ultimate goal, you do not have to feel shame or any other negative emotions about owning. Money is an energy too, and it attracts likewise energy. If you concentrate your thoughts on lack of money and think of yourself as a poor person, it is rather doubtful that you will get more money. If you start thinking that you will not lack anything, you will program your subconsciousness in a positive way. Your subconsciousness has a bigger influence in decision-making process than you would expect. A mind open to abundance does not guarantee high numbers on your bank account but closing it with fear and anxieties will certainly not attract prosperity nor wealth neither. Free yourself from thinking focused on lack, it is not a one time activity but a long term process. Start repeating to yourself, I always have money or Money come to me easily. You do not even have to believe it, just repeat it to yourself every day for a couple of months. When money is flowing, energy is flowing, too. Invite abundance and luxury by buying yourself a small gift (and do not feel guilty about it).

Be responsible for what you have. Apply a reasonable balance between gathering and spending. Do not forget that even having a small income, you can give others a lot simply by your wisdom, involvement or at least smile and kindness. Welcome wealth in your life no matter what form it takes. When you spend money, do not think that you are losing it, focus on what you are gaining.

Being successful in the financial field does not necessarily mean you are shallow or not spiritual.

Watch over your wealth, if you use it for a wrong purpose, it will get you into trouble.

There are some features which describe a wealthy mind. Try to perceive the world like a child does: everything is a new and fresh opportunity. This is what wealthy mind does. Energy follows attention so be careful where you direct it. Your perception helps in changing your reality. Concentrate on achieving your goals but do not forget to have fun, too. Authenticity, serenity and flexibility are like gold for your psyche.

BE THANKFUL FOR EVERY MANIFESTATION OF WEALTH IN YOUR LIFE

(I rarely suggest visualisations in my posts but the image of Lakshmi is itself a visualisation, it is easy to imagine her pouring coins at you and a light emanating from a lotus calms you down and fills you with serenity).

Love

If you are in the relationship: a good card if you ask about marriage and offspring, possible pregnancy. A very good life partner who makes you blossom. In negative: a miser or somebody who does not show emotions.

If you are single: a new partner may appear in your life as a complete surprise, it is worth to give the new relationship a try.

Finances

In most cases this card gives a positive answer to a question concerning finances. It suggests the flow of money or an investment.

Health

Good health. An excess or deficiency of nutrients in body. Risk of obesity and diabetes. Check the level of cholesterol. Endangered parts of the body: stomach, pancreas, colon, intestines.

CARDS

Lakshmi in The Goddess Oracle by Hrana Janto&Amy Sophia Marashinsky

Lakshmi in The Goddess Oracle by Hrana Janto&Amy Sophia Marashinsky

Lakshmi in the Goddesses of the New Light by Pamela Matthews

Lakshmi in the Goddesses of the New Light by Pamela Matthews

Lakshmi with Vishnu as Wheel of Fortune in The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr

Lakshmi in The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr

and in Goddess Inspiration Oracle by Kris Waldherr

Lakshmi in Goddess Inspiration Oracle by Kris Waldherr

Lakshmi in Oracle of the Goddess by Anna Franklin&Paul Mason

Lakshmi in Oracle of the Goddess by Anna Franklin&Paul Mason

Lakshmi in The Goddess Wisdom Cards by Jill Fairchild, Regina Schaare & Sandra M. Stanton

Lakshmi in The Goddess Wisdom Cards by Jill Fairchild, Regina Schaare & Sandra M. Stanton

Lakshmi as King of Coins in Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti&Antonella Platano

Lakshmi in Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti&Antonella Platano

Lakshmi in Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Lakshmi w Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

and in Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Lakshmi in Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Lakshmi in The Oracle of the Goddess Gayan by Sylvie Winter&Jo Dosé

Lakshmi in The Oracle of the Goddess Gayan by Sylvie Winter&Jo Dosé

Lakshmi in Goddess Card Pack by Juni Parkhurst

Lakshmi in Goddess Card Pack by Juni Parkhurst

Lakshmi in The Goddess Oracle Deck by Thalia Took

Lakshmi w The Goddess Oracle Deck by Thalia Took

Lakshmi with Vishnu in Goddesses&Sirens by Stacey Demarco&Jimmy Manton

Lakshmiin Goddesses&Sirens by Stacey Demarco&Jimmy Manton

Lakshmi in The Goddess Power Pack by Cordelia Brabbs

Lakshmi in The Goddess Power Pack by Cordelia Brabbs

Based on: http://jyotish.yogamaya.pl/index.php?op … Itemid=104
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion http://www.priestservices.com/our-services/gho-pooja/, http://www.goseva.net/cowanddivinity.aspx

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A SHORT GUIDE HOW TO USE CARDS (PART 1)

I have recently noticed that many people come to my blog searching for the instructions how to use the cards. This is why I decided to write a couple of separate entries about the art of working and using different types of decks so that you can avoid common mistakes and enjoy their beautiful and magical world. I am not a professional card reader but since five years I have been regularly spreading various sorts of cards for myself and my friends and I learnt a lot about them. Remember this is my personal understanding and you don’t have to agree with it.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIVINATIONARY AND ORACLE CARDS

If you take a closer look at the offer of esoteric shops, you will notice there is a division into divinationary and oracle decks.

Divinationary cards follow a certain structure which has been developed throughout years (or even throughout ages); they are put in a certain order, there is the same number of cards in each deck, there is an inner division, the symbols and meanings are more or less constant and so on. Therefore they are destined for answering specific questions and often used in spreads. If interpreted correctly, they provide very adequate and exact answers.

The most popular divinationary systems are Tarot, Runes, Playing (also called ‘Classical’) Cards, Lenormand Cards, Gypsy Cards etc.

Oracle cards don’t follow a strict structure and are composed solely in accordance to the visions of their authors who often claim they receive messages from spirits. They are diverse by nature and you probably never come across two identical oracle cards decks. They aren’t generally designed to provide very detailed answers and are used mostly for guidance of the supernatural forces they are dedicated to.

The most popular oracle decks are angel cards, ascended masters cards, gods/goddess cards, power animals cards, druid cards (based on trees), unicorns cards, fairies cards etc.

WHICH TYPE OF CARDS SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I think it depends mainly on what are you searching for. If you have a specific question such as ‘When I get the job?’ or ‘Will me and Mr/Ms X be together as a couple?’, I suggest divinationary decks like Tarot or Lenormand cards. However, if you feel connected to the Higher Forces (no matter if it is God, Mother Earth, nature spirits or your Higher Self), you can always ask them for opinion and advice and for that purpose I recommend oracle decks. However, I must make a certain distinction between angel/unicorns/faeries cards and the ones connected with ancient history and mythology such as gods/goddess, power animals and plants oracle cards.

TYPES OF ORACLE CARDS

ANGEL/UNICORN/FAERIES ORACLE CARDS

First of all I want to stress that you can ask Tarot or other divinationary decks for guidance and you will get full and exact answer. Personally I think that angel oracle cards have been created because Tarot has undeservedly had such a bad reputation. The Christian leaders have considered the cards to be ‘the devil’s tool’ for so long that others started to believe it. On the contrary, angel oracle cards confirm the Christian vision of the world (angels are oh! so arch – Catholic after all) and therefore they are often used by the people who are scared of Tarot and other divinationary decks.

Or to be more precise: those who are scared of the potential negative answer. Pay attention that you will not get any negative news via angel cards. You will be constantly assured that you are taken care of, provided for and protected from any harm just trust angels, give all your worries to Heaven etc. My point is that angel (or faeries/unicorns) oracle cards are for comfort while divinationary cards are for growth. If you stay in your comfort zone, you will not develop. Just like this anegdote says: A child is climbing the tree. What will the mother say? ‘Don’t go higher!’ What will the father say? ‘C’mon! Go higher!’. Translating this attitude into the world of cards I would say that the angel oracle decks are mother-like while Tarot and other divination cards are father-like. Sometimes you need mother more and sometimes father is the most important. But you don’t stay with mother your whole life anyway…

I suggest not to use divinationary cards if you are not ready for any answer even the one you don’t want to hear. Remember there are no good or bad cards. They are all destined to teach us sth. Sometimes what initially seem to be a disaster, in the end turns out to be blessing in disguise.

Some don’t respect that simple knowledge and fail miserably. I have recently been terrified looking at the Tarot deck issued according to the vision of Doreen Virtue. Let me quote the announcement:

‘My new Angel Tarot Cards are finally available at bookstores everywhere! This is the first deck of 100% positive, gentle, and effective tarot cards which retain all of the traditional accuracy and details of tarot. The deck is filled with beautiful paintings of archangels, fairies, mermaids, friendly dragons, and unicorns’

With my whole respect to her all I can say is: Doreen if you perceive Tarot this way, it means you understood NOTHING about these powerful and magical cards. And if you understand NOTHING, it is not fair to sell it to people.

GODDESS/POWER ANIMALS/PLANTS/GEMS/NUMBERS ORACLE CARDS

On the other hand such decks as power animals, gods or goddesses, gems, numbers and trees oracles have their source not in author’s personal visions but in a longer and deeper traditions. They belong to the area of myths and symbols and therefore they convey deeper message, perhaps even as deep as the divinationary cards. If you follow my blog you can see that I interpret each card of goddess on a deeper level and I always try to provide as much mythological background as I can. Same goes for animals and plants, they have been present in the culture of tribes all over the world and studying them will reveal the divinationary layers you have no idea of.

ASCENDED MASTERS ORACLE CARDS

This type of oracle cards comes from the esoteric tradition which claims that some mythical and historical figures have achieved such high level of enlightenment that they have become the natural teachers. The cards represent men and women from different cultures and traditions, eg. Jesus, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Moses, Isis, Krishna, Merlin, Athena, Melchizedek, King Solomon and St. Germain. If you want to work with these cards, you have to accept this mixture of different times and places and to believe that the heroes and heroines have achieved the highest level of spiritual growth. If you don’t, you better find a different deck.

In fact I am a bit scared when I look at the search results that lead the readers to my blog. Apparently many people confuse types of cards and do not distinguish the differences between them. Here is one of the examples:

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Avalokiteśvara is a BUDDHIST bodhisattva of compassion and therefore is not included in EUROPEAN cards of Tarot. There is no such thing as ‘tarot reading of Avalokiteśvara’. I suspect the reader was searching for a further explanation of Tarot reading based on the deck where Avalokitesvara was attributed to one of the cards. But still I would rather concentrate mostly on the Tarot meaning of that card and then I would search for additional info about this particular bodhisattva himself.

Another examples of merging DIFFERENT energies:

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That is wrong. Goddesses have nothing to do with angels. I know that New Age simply love blending everything into one but this is not fair. You should never merge egregores. Do not get me wrong, I do not say you should always live according to the set of virtues, beliefs and myths which you have been brought up in. On the contrary, I stongly encourage you to search for your own way. However, I believe you should first examine carefully the egregore in which you have been brought up in, be it Christianity, Islam, atheism or any other set of beliefs. If it does not suit your inner needs then search and find the one which does. But do not mix them into one.  Taking a bit of this and a bit of that from any religion or spiritual beliefs which you have come across will not lead you far on your path. Children often enjoy really surprising mixtures such as a cheese, ketchup and chocolate sandwich but as they grow up they usually come to the conclusion that they prefer these ingredients separetly.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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