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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ganesha: Opener of the Way

Picture The Hindu God Ganesha is one of a number of deities whose devotion and worship has crossed cultural barriers. He has been venerated by both devout Hindus, Buddhist and he has even entered into the practice of Hoodoo----by those who mainly identify as Christians. It is only fitting that he is known in various traditions for removing obstacles and opening the way. 

In Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. He is often depicted with the head of an elephant owning to a legend that his father once destroyed his original head in anger and quickly replaced it with that of an elephant. Ganesha is believed to have been the scribe for the Mahabharata and thus is associated with teachers, students, and writers.

Common symbols associated with Ganesha include his vehicle the rat, who can sometimes be seen stealing offerings of sweets left for the God, swastikas, his large rotund belly, books, and the elephant goad (noose).

Ganesha is associated with spirits who are known for removing obstacles and opening-the-way as well as for success in worldly endeavors. For this reason he is often petitions for success at the outset of any venture or undertaking. 

Working With Ganesha 

                                           New Moon Ritual to Open the Way

The new moon is traditionally observed as a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. Many spiritual practitioners often begin works of drawing love, prosperity, success, health, etc...towards themselves or their clients during the period between the New Moon and the Full Moon so that their blessings grow with the moonTherefore, it is wise to petition Ganesha to open the way for you before you begin your work so as to remove all obstacles to your success.

Begin by cleaning a yellow offertory candle with ammonia or holy water and then inscribing the words "open the way" in large bold letters on the candle. As you fix the candle, focus your thoughts completely on those objectives that you wish to accomplish in the coming month. Bring a vision into your mind's eye of your goal successfully manifesting.

When you are done, place the candle in a holder and anoint it with Road Opener Oil. Place the candle before an icon of Ganesha. Make an offering of sweet cakes or candy to Ganesha saying:

"Accept these humble offerings, oh Lord, in recognition of and thanksgiving for my many blessing. Pray guide me along my path so that I may not encounter those obstacles that would hinder my success! Amen."

Light the candle and say the following prayer a total of nine times.

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy way, O LORD; teach me thy path.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

When you are done, allow the candle to burn down. When it is spent, inspect any remains for signs or messages from Ganesha.

  • This prayer comes from the book of Psalm 25:1-5.
  • The "Lord" here refers to Lord Ganesha for the purpose of this working as does the enemy refer to anyone or anything that would prevent you from achieving your goals.
  • The prayer also asks that the seeker be not ashamed which to me means not being ashamed of you what it is that you truly want and desire. To achieve one's goal you must not hesitate out of a sense of shame or fear of failure to take advantage of opportunities when they appear before you. 

Happy Hoodoo-ing 

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