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On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my Goddess gave to me…

five golden rings. 

hands with rings

Today we will explore the relationship between different goddesses and gold.

The first goddess who comes to mind is Lakshmi, one of the most worshipped deities of the Hindu religion. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, purity and generosity, as well as the embodiment of beauty, grace, and charm. She is typically depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, dressed in red clothes embroidered with gold. She sits on a lotus flower – a symbol of the beauty, purity and fertility she portrays. From her hands cascades of gold coins can be seen flowing…suggesting that those who worship Lakshmi can expect to gain wealth.

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Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and as such is worshipped on a daily basis. She’s a particular favorite of women, who see her as a symbol of motherhood, and the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is not merely a goddess of gold or wealth…but more importantly, she is a supreme goddess – the Divine Feminine who brings good fortune, hope, happiness, friendship, increased well-being, and joy to everyone’s lives. Like the Mother she is, she aims to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and sorrows, and aims at the uplifting of all humans.

Another goddess to be considered for this day is Freyja, a goddess of Norse and Germanic mythology. Amongst her many attributes, Freyja is said to be associated with precious metals, in particular gold. She is described as having hair the color of gold, and when she weeps she sheds tears of gold. Around her neck she wears Brisingamen, a beautiful gold necklace that was crafted by four dwarves, from whom it is reputed she received this “treasure of desire” in exchange for sexual favors.

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Freyja is considered to be quite independent, being the leader of the Valkyries, a group of demi-goddesses who were responsible for selecting those noble dead who would be carried off to the Realm of the Gods. Norse legend says that Freyja shares these heroes with the god Odin – half these slain warriors going to live with Odin at Valhalla, the other half with the goddess at her hall known as Sessrumnir. She is the patroness of women who desire and successfully attain wisdom, status, and power – since the Valkyries themselves start as ordinary women, then become priestesses, and finally the Great Goddesses who weave the fates and histories of people and of nations.

Despite their connections to gold, both of these goddesses have an even greater connection to their devotees. Yes, they may have enjoyed beautiful things, but they also recognized their responsibility to humankind, and were generous with their gifts…whether they be wisdom or wealth, fortune or fertility, opportunity or immortality. They serve as a reminder that the most important things that glitter may be more than just gold.

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