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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chhau Festival

Themes: Protection; Overcoming; Prayer
Symbols: Masks; Drum; Prayer Wheel
Presiding Goddess: Maheshwari

Maheshwari is an epic mother-goddess figure in the Hindu pantheon and a protective aspect of Lakshmi, Maheshwari hears our prayers for assistance in risky, threatening, or seemingly impossible situations. When your back is to the wall, Masheswari opens a doorway for a clever, smooth exit.

To Do Today:

Consider following the Indian custom of dancing to drums while masked and enacting a pantomime in which you victoriously overcome some negativity in your life. If you're trying to quit smoking, for example, dance over your cigarettes and destroy them. To overcome a broken heart, jump over a paper heart, then carry it with you to manifest Maheshwari's life-affirming energy in your heart.

A fun version of the Buddhist prayer wheel can be fashioned from a children's pinwheel. Write your prayers to Maheshwari on the blades of the wheel. then focus on your intent and blow! The momement releases your prayers so Maheshwari can begin answering them.

Finally find something that can act as a drum in this spell for protection and victory. Sprinkle the head of your makeshift drum lightly with rosemary and powdered cinnamon. Then tap the drum, saying:

Away, away, Maheshwari
Take the problems away.

Continue until the herbs have been cleared off completely, symbolically clearing away that obstacle.

Source: 365 Goddess

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