Talisman of Good Fortune
An Adoration of Laksmi

Background:

In Vedic Hinduism, Laksmi is knwon as the Goddess of Fortune. She is the consort of Vishnu and appears with him in all his incarnations. She is sometimes depicted sitting on a lotus is a sea of milk. Laksmi in her aspect as the Goddess of Beauty is known as Sri. Laksmi means, "She of the Hundred Thousands", the power of multiplicity. She is also the Goddess of Reality or Causation

Materials:

- A large chunk of clay (the kind that dries overnight)
- A flower for each participant
- Milk
- Chalice (for the milk)
- Loaf of bread

The Rite:

0. Open the space with ritual of chosing -- I recommend the Rite of Three Rays.

1. Enter appropriate state of consciousness with the repitition of the mantra:

AUM SRIM SRIM SRIM AUM (25 times or as long as desired)

Each participant should simultaneously pluck a petal from hir flower and place it in front of hirself. Then pluck one petal for Laksmi. Repeat, making two piles of petals.

2, Main Operator recites Evocation:

AUM AUM AUM
SRIM SRIM SRIM SRIM SRIM

LAKSMI, SHE OF GREAT FORTUNE
LAKSMI, SHE OF DIVINE BEAUTY
LAKSMI, SHE WHO BORE KARMA
LAKSMI, SHE OF THE HUNDRED THOUSANDS
LAKSMI, SHE OF MULTIPLICITY
COME TO US LAKSMI
SHOW US YOUR LOTUS FEET
WE BOW TO LAKSMI
MAY WE PLEASE YOU THIS DAY

AUM AUM AUM
SRIM SRIM SRIM SRIM SRIM

3. The sacrifice is offered to Laksmi:

Pass the bread and each participant takes a bite and passes it on. When it returns to the Main Operator, hishi says, " We bow to the lotus feet of the daughter of Videha," and places the bread in the center of the circle. Pass the milk in the same manner as the bread; the M.O. says, "We bow to she who is the daughter of the waves."

The participants then place the pile of flower petals for Laksmi in the center of the circle. The M.O. states, "We bow to the destroyer of the three kinds of pain."

4. The M.O. then holds up the clay in the right hand and states," This is our potential." The M.O. holds up a handful of of flower petals in the left hand and states, "This is our energy. May your hands guide ours as we create our fortunes."

5. The M.O. then kneads the petals into the clay and passes it along. Each participant will spend some time kneading the petals and clay together, All the while chanting the mantra.

6. When the clay returns to the M.O., hishi tears off a chunk for hir own talisman and the clay is again passed around for each participant to take a piece. The remainder is left in the center.

7. Each participant fashions hir talisman to hir liking. Put aside to allow to dry.

8. Banish with laughter and revelry.

The rite proper ends here. I would suggest that people recharge the talisman on the New Moon in any manner one deems proper. It is certainly a good idea to periodically recharge the talisman.

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