Updated: Jun 12
“ It was June and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
-Maud Hart Lovelace
From Skye Alexander´s “Your Goddess Year” book:
As we move through the late spring and into summer, the golden days of June unfold in a blaze of beauty. Like the earth at this time of the year, the goddesses offer us their gifts of pleasure and fruitfulness.
Dates for inviting her: June 5-11
This week we honor the Japanese goddess Benzaiten. Like many others spring goddesses, she personifies love, creativity, and beauty. Myths connect her with knowledge, music, art, and the good fortune that spring, in its fullness, promises.
Benzaitens roots lie in Hindu tradition, but she´s revered in the Buddhist and Shinto religions as well. Also know as Benten, she came to Japan somewhere around the sixth century and promptly took her place of honor as the only goddess among the male dominated Seven Gods of Good Fortune, or Shichi Fukujin, aboard their Treasure Ship (Takarabune). So beloved is she that legend says the island of Enoshima emerged from the sea for the sole purpose of honoring her and giving her a place on earth to stand.
The ancients considered Benzaiten a water goddess, but over time her dominion expanded and her popularity grew. In addition to providing inspiration to artists and musicians, this wise goddess protects children and brings good luck to her followers. She also serves as patroness to Japan´s geishas, teaching them grace, knowledge, seduction, and the arts.
Legends connect Benzaiten with dragons, she´s often shown riding one, as well as snakes, which she employs as her special messengers. As one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, her name had the power to attract blessings. Writing one´s intention was considered a magical act, and if a person wrote down his or her monetary objectives, Benzaiten could aid that person in gaining riches.
With all these responsibilities, it´s a good thing she has many arms, sometimes as many as eight, to handle them all. Usually artists, render her holding a biwa (a type of mandolin or lute) a spear, a key, a bow, and arrow, and a wheel. Two of her hands are pressed together in prayer. She is said to possess a valuable gem, most likely a piece of jade of pearl because both are considered fortunate in Japan, the gem magically makes wishes come true.
Are you an artist or musician? Ask Benzaiten to inspire you to expand your talents and reach greater heights. If you seek knowledge or are embarking on a new course of study, this goddess will share her wisdom with you, she’s fond of students and truth seekers. She can teach you to make the most of your abilities and to project and image of beauty, grace, and sophistication. She’ll guide you in the process of sharing your gifts with the world. If you’re searching for love, she can assist you in finding the right partner. Her creative powers can also bring good fortune and happiness in any endeavor.
This potion infused with goddess energy can help you attract good fortune, especially if you seek prosperity, love, or creative success. You’ll need:
.A tea bag or loose tea leaves
.A clear glass or plain white cup
.A pearl or piece of tumbled jade
1.Brew the tea with water and allow it to cool
Pour the tea into the glass or cup
Drop the pearl of jade into the tea and invoke Benzaiten.
Let the glass or cup sit overnight to absorb the goddess positive energy
In the morning, remove the pearl or jade and drink the tea. Feel Benzaiten´s power flowing into you, filling you with her blessings.
Carry the gemstone in your pocket or purse to attract good fortune.