- Attributes: Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both mental and spiritual. She is also considered the embodiment of beauty, abundance and generosity
- Symbols: Lotus, gold coins, elephants spouting water
- Place: India
Considered the Goddess of Wealth by most Hindus, the name Lakshmi means "good luck" and she is revered every Friday at the altar inside the houses of her devotees as she brings fortune to the family. She is the Goddess who, through her representation, attracts and generates prosperity, purity, generosity, grace and charm.
Lakshmi had no children. At one point in her life, the Goddess found herself surrounded by riches but she felt something was missing in her life. Shiva warned her that she lacked the experience of being a mother in order to understand that only material wealth was not enough to be happy.
Without possessing a consort, Lakshmi appealed to the Goddess Parvati and asked to adopt one of her two children. Parvati found the request of Lakshmi strange since she was single and she traveled a lot, thus there would be no time to take care of a child. Lakshmi begged and promised to take care with all the love and affection that were needed. Parvati accepted and sent Ganesha to be the son of Lakshmi.
Lakshmi then became complete and all her wealth, which once supported her ego, came to sustain love and generosity. Lakshmi represents wealth and Ganesha represents wisdom. It is not possible to possess wealth without wisdom.
Prosperity and PerseveranceLakshmi has many names and among them is the name Shri, the feminine energy of the supreme being. Through her teachings, the Goddess shows how to achieve goals, material and spiritual prosperity with wisdom and purity.
Like other Hindu Goddesses such as Saraswati, Lakshmi is also often associated with the lotus flower, which blooms in clean or dirty water. This is a symbolism for life itself: even though it does not possess favorable conditions to flourish, the lotus flourishes showing that with determination and perseverance everything can be achieved.
There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses' myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.Diwali is the most important celebration of the year for the Hindus, it is the celebration of the New Year, the festival of lights. It lasts for at least five days and it's known for the joy of the people and the intensity of the lights from dusk.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha will visit all during this period bringing peace and prosperity. It is common for devotees to dress in new clothes, to share sweets and food with the family, and to light oil lamps.
Summoned for love, abundance, wealth, power, physical health and harmony, Lakshmi spills her blessings at any time of year. You can summon her through one of her mantras:
"Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyay Swaha"
Which means: "Greetings to the one who offers abundance."
The Goddess Tarot
The Hindu Goddess of fortune and prosperity. It is believed that Lakshmi is drawn to brilliant jewels, which are like the riches she bestows upon her favorite worshipers.
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