Tonight, it’s time to clean up the house and light a candle to welcome Diwali, the festival of lights. It helps to have colorful candy and to call your brother, too, as Diwali is a way to welcome luck and prosperity into your home, and also to bring harmony into your household.
Traditionally, Diwali is a Hindu festival that marks the end of the harvest season. In India, the celebration is a way of giving thanks for the abundance of the current harvest and for welcoming a prosperous harvest in the next year. In modern times, it corresponds with the close of the fiscal year in India.
Traditionally, Diwali is associated with goddess Lakshmi, the first of the gods to emerge from the “churning milk” of the cosmic ocean. She is also the goddess who triumphed in battle over the demons of darkness. So, women, this is a good night to meditate on the aspect of the feminine that is represented in Lakshmi, a major ass-kicking goddess who is said to be the power of material creation, the shakti that corresponds to Vishnu/creation.
Lakshmi is associated with abundance, inner wisdom, wealth, prosperity, fertility, luck, beauty and love. She is the feminine counterpart of the lord of creation, and it is said that in every incarnation of Vishnu (as in Krishna and Rama, etc.) so does Lakshmi, his consort also incarnate (as Rada, Sita, etc.) because the two cannot be apart.