Can you work with the goddess Lakshmi to manifest wealth and abundance? Yes! In fact, one of the most popular topics with students of magick is working with gods and goddesses. This is such a primary pursuit in magick that it occupies the majority of traditional books on the subject. When you start to learn and master Magick, you'll very quickly come to working with gods, and it's often best to pick very popular ones—ones still worshipped by people all over the world. It's also a great idea to pick benevolent ones!
That's why you can't go wrong with talking to the gods and goddesses of India—like Lakshmi, Ganesh or Saraswati. So why not start with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth? Particularly for people with a busy, real-world schedule, you can't go wrong working with a goddess who will make your life easier! Let's go!
What is Lakshmi the Goddess Of?
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth. Consequently, she’s one of the most popular goddesses in India.
Here's a little bit about her from her Wikipedia entry:
Lakshmi is one of the principal goddesses in Hinduism. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, joy and prosperity, and associated with Maya ("Illusion"). Along with Parvati and Saraswati, she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses (Tridevi).
Within the Goddess-oriented Shaktism, Lakshmi is venerated as a principle aspect of the Mother goddess. Lakshmi is both the wife and divine energy (shakti) of the Hindu god Vishnu, the Supreme Being of Vaishnavism; she is also the Supreme Goddess in the sect and assists Vishnu to create, protect and transform the universe. Whenever Vishnu descended on the earth as an avatar, Lakshmi accompanied him as consort, for example as Sita and Radha or Rukmini as consorts of Vishnu's avatars Rama and Krishna respectively. The eight prominent manifestations of Lakshmi, the Ashtalakshmi symbolize the eight sources of wealth.
Lakshmi is depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed, prosperity-showering golden-coloured woman with an owl as her vehicle, signifying the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life, her ability to move, work and prevail in confusing darkness. She typically stands or sits on a lotus pedestal, while holding a lotus in her hand, symbolizing fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual liberation. Her iconography shows her with four hands, which represent the four aspects of human life important to Hindu culture: dharma, kāma, artha, and moksha.
As you can see, Lakshmi is one of the most popular and benevolent goddesses in the world—and who doesn't want a little more material comfort?
An Invocation of Lakshmi for Wealth
So! Let’s try a very, very simple ritual. So simple that you can do it daily! Let’s break down what you’ll need...
1. Procure a statue of Lakshmi. Go to an Indian grocery (they usually have them), order one off Amazon (here), or make one out of clay. Alternatively, you can draw or paint an image, or even just print out a picture from the Internet. Any of these options will work, as long as you have a very clear image of what Lakshmi looks like.
2. Next, procure a package of sandalwood incense sticks. You should be able to find these anywhere that sells incense, including most health food stores, or on Amazon.
3. Make a small altar somewhere in your house—it could be on a stand, a small alcove or some other place that you can leave the image at for a long period of time.
Each morning, as part of your routine—it doesn’t even have to be within your sacred space; you can do it without any banishing before or after as a simple set of actions right before leaving the house—perform the following small ritual:
1. Approach the altar. Put your hands in prayer position at your heart and take a moment to silently feel the blessings of Lakshmi. Know that while your image is only a representation of the goddess, that with enough invested belief and energy, it can truly become a link to the energy form we call the goddess “Lakshmi”—a goddess that is regularly worshipped by most of the 1.1 billion Hindus on Planet Earth.
2. Light a stick of Sandalwood incense and place a coin before Lakshmi—a penny or nickel is OK. Leave the coin there, it is an offering.
3. With your hands again in the prayer position, repeat the following mantra:
Om Shreem Mahalakshmiyei Namaha
Repeat it as many times as feels right to you. The traditional number of repetitions is 108, but for now just a few is fine to get the hang of it, though by all means keep going if you feel called to do so.
4. Say “Goddess Lakshmi, please teach me to receive and enjoy wealth.”
5. With your hands in prayer position, raise the top of your hands to your third eye and touch it with your index fingers. Lower your hands to your heart. Thank Lakshmi, and proceed about your day.
(Make sure not to leave incense sticks burned unsupervised. You can extinguish the incense now.)
Do this ritual every morning. Carefully note any thoughts and feelings in your journal, and note any changes that occur in your life.
Here's a few follow-up frequently asked questions, just in case you need a quick clarification:
Which Direction Should Lakshmi Face?
Traditionally, any images of Lakshmi should be placed in the north-east.
Which Lakshmi Photo or Statue is Good to Use?
It's up to you. You can use anything available to you. Any Lakshmi image can be good for the home, as long as you resonate with it and it inspires you to work with the goddess.
What Does Lakshmi Devi Like?
As mentioned above, sandalwood incense and representations of wealth are good places to start. Other great offerings would be flowers, jasmine perfume, and rose water. Most of all, Lakshmi loves when you share wealth—so make sure to give your own blessings by donating to charities and the needy!
(The above article is an expanded excerpt from The Magician's Workshop, a year-long, step-by-step course on magick that you get for free when you become a subscriber at Magick.Me, my school for magick, meditation and mysticism. Check it out!)