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Yasmin Boland is read by millions of people each week via her astrology and New Age columns in publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Closer, Red, Cleo and Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand. She’s the author of several books, published in Australia, Canada, India, Portugal and the UK. Her next book Angel Astrology 101, co-authored with Doreen Virtue, will be published in February 2014.

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I Love Lakshmi

Have you heard of the Goddess Lakshmi? She is the Hindu Goddess of abundance (among other things).

In our house, we buy “flowers for Lakshmi” most weeks! It’s not a big deal. We just go to the local market and pick up a lovely bunch and put them on the table for all to see. We say “Here you are Lakshmi, thanks!” It’s my way of honouring Lakshmi, who is also the Goddess of beauty and motherhood (hubby plays along!)

Without wanting to get TOO personal, I also had this picture of Lakshmi as my computer wallpaper in the weeks leading up to conceiving my son at the ripe old age of 39239842894892. Lakshmi is the Goddess of pregnancy, too! Thank you Lakshmi!

I found this post about Lakshmi on this gorgeous blog body divine yoga the other day and am totally in love with it.

Body Divine Yoga writes “Feeling a little strapped? Bills getting you down? Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, good fortune and prosperity can help. According to the Vedic science of Vastu (Indian Feng Shui) all you need to do is set up a shrine in her honour, light a few candles, intone a few mantras, offer a few treats, and voila, Lakshmi will pour blessings upon you.

A flower for Lakshmi

If this sounds well, a little materialistic – don’t worry. While most of us envision half-starved half-naked Sadhus smeared with ashes as embodying the yogic tradition, Lakshmi assures us asceticism is not the only path. Her two front hands stream with gold coins and material blessings, yet her back hands offer the lotus, symbol of spiritual realization.

According to the sacred Hindu text, The Rig Veda, Lakshmi’s name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, meaning ‘aim’ or ‘goal’ . Her four arms signify her power to grant the four goals (purushartha) of a successful human life; prosperity and wealth (artha) worldly pleasure (kama) harmonious or righteous living (dharma) and spiritual liberation (moksha).”

These four purushartha are “for the purpose of the soul” and all four must be achieved to realize a fulfilled life. In other words, our desire for cold hard cash and creature comforts are not sins, they are part of achieving our highest potential. So relax, we don’t need to don loincloths or renounce worldly pleasures to be enlightened – Lakshmi wants us to have our cake and eat it too!”

This post first appeared on the wonderful body divine yoga blog. I looked and looked for contact details on the blog to ask permission to reproduce a little bit there but found none! If you are the owner of this blog, I would love it if you would contact me – I looked and looked but couldn’t find your contact details anywhere: You can read the whole post here. There is a lot of other fantastic stuff on the site worth checking out, too!

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Are you God? Goddess?

I’m STILL reading Wayne Dyer’s new book Wishes Fulfilled. It’s really an amazing book and as I have said over on my Facebook page, it’s so rich, that I can’t just speed through it like I so often do when reading. It’s like a massive chocolate cake. Not only do you want to savour each morsel, but eating it all at once would do you no good.

In the case of Wishes Fulfilled, the issue is that there are so many astonishing and beautifully-expressed ideas, that I quite simply need time to digest each nugget.

One idea I wanted to talk about here – as much to get my ideas out on “paper” as for anything else – is Dr Dyer’s assertion in the book that “We are all God”. Or at the very least “We are all an aspect of God.” Or as I like to refer to God, God/dess (because that takes in the masculine and feminine and as far as I concerned, it’s inconceivable that God is only male or only female, God has to be everything.)

In one way, this idea is a relatively new concept to me. It certainly isn’t what I was taught growing up Catholic. God/dess was very much “out there” not “in me”. However when I first heard this idea, say 15 years ago, I took to it straight away. It sort of made me laugh. But I liked the idea and I could see it totally.

The idea that God is a man with a long white beard is clearly silly (well, in my world anyway). And the more I have tested the law of attraction over the years, the more I have seen that it really does appear that we create our reality with our thoughts – for better or worse!

So it stands to reason that we are all a part of God/dess. Dr Dyer goes to great lengths in Wishes Fulfilled to ensure that we don’t think he is being blasphemous by suggesting such a think but I didn’t find it at all offensive. For me, it’s a mega concept, but it makes sense.

As Neptune moves through Pisces, it’s the right time to ask this question.

PS If you’re a dyed in the wool Christian and this idea offends you, apologies. I’m not trying to upset anyone.

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Hagar Qim – a rare eclipse experience in a Goddess temple

A RARE OPPORTUNITY

For the past few years, I’ve been studying the Goddess. It came to me in various ways. Partly due to finding Narayani Amma, my spiritual teacher in India who represents Narayani, the triple Goddess made up of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga; partly due to my interest in (love, passion for) astrology.

In 2009, I was lucky (blessed?!) enough to be in Malta at the time of an eclipse. The July 7 Full Moon in Capricorn. I made my way to the obvious place – the world’s oldest building, Hagar Qim. It’s older than Stonehenge and older than the Egyptian pyramids. Yes indeed. And chances are you’ve never heard of it? Right?


The island of Malta, just south of Italy, is known by Goddess scholars as “the home of the Goddess”. One of the reasons for that is Hagar Qim, this amazing freestanding building which was once a temple used 6000 years ago for worshipping the Goddess.

I’d mentioned on my site that I’d be there to meditate through the eclipse and amazingly, a reader from Finland, Ebba, found me and introduced herself. Together Ebba and I sat down in the heart of the temple, closed our eyes and slipped into a 15 minute meditation.

I don’t know what Ebba experienced but my meditation was quite profound. I’ve never really told anyone about it, partly because I wanted to verify it before I talked about it, to try to work out if I was totally imagining things or if somehow the past was still resonating in the present.

What I saw and felt was a large number of woman dressed in gray clothes. Not at all bright. Nothing too sexy. A lot of women, moving and chanting together. A repetitve chorus. A little droning. It was a very strong impression. I could make out the words but the sounds were low. It wasn’t scary at all but it was certainly nothing “ethereal” either.

And that was that. I felt very moved. Afterwards, Ebba and I stood up and went to join our families who’d adjourned to the nearby cafe together, while we sat. Later that day, I came down with fairly acute tonsilitus which is all about clearing out toxins. That made total sense to me, given that I’d experienced the eclipse – associated with purging Pluto – in such an intense setting.

All in all, a wonderful experience and memory to treasure.

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