Festival of Saravati (India)
Themes: Learning; Wisdom; Communication
Symbols: White Flowers (especially Lotus); Marigolds; Swans
About Saravati: A
Hindu goddess of eloquence and intelligence, Sarasvati extends a
refresing drink from her well of knowledge to complete the month with
aptitude. In Hindu tradition, Sarasvati invented all sciences, arts
and writing. In works of art she is depicted as white-skinned and
graceful, riding on a swan or sitting on an open lotus blossom.
To Do Today: Today
is an excellent time to embark on any course of study or to reinforce
your learning in a specific area. In Hindu tradition, Sarasvati's
festival is held on or around this date. During the celebration,
students gather in the Katmandu Valley (Nepal) bearing gifts for the
goddess, who visits here today. Traditional offerings at the temples
include lotus and marigold blossoms and incense, while students often
bring pens or books to invoke Sarasvati's aid with their studies.
Adapting this a bit, try dabbing your personal tools or educational
books with a little lotus oil, and burn any sweet-scented incense to
improve your awareness (rosemary is one good choice).
generate Sarasvati's assistance in matters of communication, find a
white flower and remove its petals. Place these in any moving water
Sarasvati, let my words bear gentle beauty and truth,
falling lightly on others' ears, even as these petals to the water.
Let the water (which also represents this goddess) carry your wish.