Last week, as I continued with Lisa Michaels’ Prosperous Priestess Initiation, and integrating it into my consulting practice, I began coming to greater awareness of prosperity, magnetizing wealth, and the laws of attraction. Lisa is super talented at explaining the elements, and how they are important to prosperity.
Lisa likes to go into great detail about the elements and how to work with them to increase your wealth. I've read and listened to some of Lisa's material. In my opinion, it's a little simplistic and repetitive; however, that is how some people like to learn, and she seems consistent in her approach. I am an affiliate for her programs, so if you're thinking about doing this anyway, I will make some money if you go through a Lisa Michaels banner ad on this website.
While Lisa really works into the elemental and astrological dance of prosperity, the rest of this article really isn’t about Lisa and her program. It’s about enlightnment I’ve received during the initiation process that I want to share with you.
To be honest, I have also followed a number of similar pathways which opened the door to enlightenment into issues that are of great importance to women. Many of these issues are represented by Goddesses who offer a timeless window into our past and present as women.
Many of these Goddesses are only available to us as books, sculpture, artwork and ancient architecture. However, there are other Goddess traditions that are living and part of our contemporary world. In the Goddess community, regardless of whether we open prayers with the Hindu deity Ganesha, we often receive the Goddess Lakshmi as representing wealth.
However, in respect to the idea that She is a Hindu Goddess, and Hinduism is perhaps the only living polytheistic Goddess religion surviving since ancient times as a traditional religion, are we more at liberty or less advised to interpret honoring traditional Hindu Goddesses as we please, as New Age era Goddess followers, either of Wiccan, NeoPagan, Goddess Spirituality or other traditions which emerged in the second half of the twentieth century?
Do we, in fact, have a treasure trove of knowledge we can and should tap into with a greater understanding and acceptance of traditional Hinduism when we invoke and/or evoke the Hindu deities within a NeoPagan ceremony? Of course, there is an understanding that the western version of Hindu concepts is quite distinct from traditional Hinduism, is there in fact a benefit to inviting a more traditional viewpoint into our ceremonies?
This idea comes up, after many years of following in the path of honoring Lakshmi in NeoPagan circles as the Goddess of wealth. And, of course, She does represent wealth. However, from information recently coming my direction She may specifically represent the wealth of men, and women who are married to men.
In traditional Hinduism, it does not appear that the worship of Lakshmi is particularly sought by single women who have left home and are responsible for their own bank accounts … despite not being in a traditional marriage in which the man wins all the domestic bread and butter.
I am certainly not saying that honoring Laksmi does not work for NeoPagan women. I have seen this honoring work very, very well … and today I am realizing that those women who are reaping the benefits are often presently married, or divorced from a married situation. I will be quite frank about this … honoring Laksmi has not worked very well for me as a single woman.
I will not go into great detail on this; however, I will say that this particular path I’ve been on tends to reward the men I am in business with more often than it rewards my either my personal or business bank accounts or even corporate bank accounts I am associated with.
I have seen single male coworkers in competition with me in sales and marketing ( who pay nothing of my bills, btw ), my married neighbors keeping their homes, married/divorced office managers keeping their jobs while the single female professionals like me are out the door for the slightest thing, and left to scramble for a living.
I could go on and on. For ages, it seems, I’ve been trying my darndest, and watching all that energy just going into someone else’s pockets. Could it be … that honoring Lakshmi just doesn’t work as well for single women? (single, in Lakshmian terms, defined as women who have never married nor carried the title ” Mrs. ” at any time in their lives. Marriage virgins
Recently, in several off and online networking situations, the Goddess Lakshmi may have actually decided enough was enough, and for whatever reason, several spiritual female mentors and I have gone separate ways. Although I do not feel to discriminate, these mentors were all either married or divorced; women who had the experience of being ” Mrs. “.
The most recent separation followed right on the tails of reading yet another book on Goddess prosperity which suggested that Lakshmi would be the Goddess of wealth. Could Lakshmi, Herself, have come into these relationships to sever the ties?
I’ve spent the past week in a ritual for Lakshmi, and the enlightenment I received this morning, while putting away candles, Goddess images and so forth … was to look to the Goddess Sarasvati; perhaps as a Goddess of wealth for single women who are studious or artistic, as are many single women who are drawn to the Goddess Spiritualities.
According to many articles online, Sarasvati does not represent wealth, per se; as a Goddess She represents studies, talents and arts. From perspective of wealth earned through business transactions, which may attract clients who are willing to do business with a single woman; particularly a woman who is intelligent, educated and/or talented in some way.
Apparently, from a traditional Hindu standpoint, Laksmi may only represent wealth to the men, to the married and, perhaps, even divorced women. To a woman who has never married perhaps Sarasvati, and not Lakshmi, would be the traditional single woman’s Goddess from a Hindu perspective. And, because Hinduism continues in a long tradition as a thriving polytheistic religion, is it appropriate to absorb some of those traditions? You know, if it works better for us?
Would it be considered appropriate and effective for single NeoPagan Goddess women to substitute the Goddess Sarasvati for the Goddess Laskmi in wealth prayers, to underscore our unique needs to pay bills in the absence of a male household provider?
Okay, that is my enlightenment for the day, and although this blog post does not necessarily represent the views of Lisa Michaels, the writing of it was inspire by Lisa's Prosperous Priestess Initiation.