The Goddess Lakshmi is celebrated for her connection to prosperity and wealth. Her statues are traditionally surrounded by gold coins, jewels and treasure is laying by her feet. She is the Goddess that embodies all that is naturally ours — the prosperity that we inherit as children of God/ Goddess.
Many people feel that their prosperity or wealth is the result of their hard work. They labor long and hard hours to get their payment from the employer’s paycheck. However, Goddess Lakshmi is our reminder that wealth is a result of our connection to God/ Goddess. It is true that in the United States, the truth of where wealth comes from can be confusing because those that have much wealth have connected it to their own personal power. Many of us have interpreted that to have money or wealth involves getting it from someone else — like an individual or employer.
Now the Goddesses are turning our attention to truly see who has the power and is taking the money out of the hands of those who are greedy and who feel the need to control through wealth. There is a shift happening in the world where the Goddess has said that it is time to return the true power of wealth to it’s rightful owners — which is you and God/Goddess.
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In India, there is a custom called “Deepavali or Diwali”, as it’s known among North Indians. This custom involves preparing as early as a month before and starts with a spring cleaning of the house. A traditional white rangoli called alpana, made from crushed rice powder, also adorns the doorways as Deepavali approaches. The cleaning and decorating of the house with rangoli and oil lamps are preparations to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi because we believe that lakshmi (wealth) may come from any direction of the house. So every nook and cranny has to be thoroughly spruced up.
As reported in the New Straits Times Online (www.nstonline.com) — “The five days prior to the festival, and the five days after, are also special times when various ceremonies are held. Two days before Deepavali, for example, dhanteres is observed. This is a day to seek the blessings of the Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, and it signals the first of the five days of Deepavali festivities. It’s common for people to buy silver or gold coins and jewellery, or some other precious metal, as a sign of good luck on this day.
A special pooja (prayer) is held with people placing these newly purchased items on the family altar.
The idea is to be thankful, cherishing what we already have and what we have newly acquired,” the special report offers.
Even though you may not celebrate Deepavali, you can use the overall message of this custom to create a universal language. The Goddess is reminding us that it is time to celebrate the true source of our prosperity and wealth by honoring God/Goddess. The invitation is to be mindful and truly grateful for the bounty of what we do have and to be intentional about celebrating the wealth that is ours to claim for the future.
Goddess Biz says to adopt your own ritual or custom and begin attracting the prosperity that is your birthright.