Joy, celebration, harmony
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: SHANA CINQUEGRANA
Ganesha and his wives are joyful. It is a time of celebration and gratitude for past efforts coming to fruition. Ganesha is widely revered in far eastern mythology as the remover of obstacles, a patron of arts and science, and as the as the god of new beginnings. Modern yoga culture (worldwide) embraces Ganesha as a most important figure, so to me he was perfect to represent the spirit of celebration and joy in the four of wands. I wanted to portray Ganesha and his wives in a playfully modern light. They seem to be enjoying a good post-yoga-hang while on a magical spiritual retreat. My hope as a yoga teacher is that we as a human family are moving toward a place of union.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Ganesha and his wives are celebrating time spent with one another. Work can wait for the moment, they’ve shaken off the pressures temporarily with yoga before joining another celebration across the river. Cut loose and enjoy yourself! You’ve been working hard, and it’s going well, so take the time to celebrate while you can. There’s not much more you can do right now, anyway. So don’t even try – instead, take the opportunity to indulge yourself with friends and family. Spend some time LIVING as well as working!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: GANESHA Ganesha is the elephant headed deity of the Hindu pantheon. He is widely recognised as a fun-loving character, and beloved as both the “”remover of obstacles”” and a god of new beginnings – so very few celebrations take place without honouring him first! His family is widely disputed in various myths, but he is oft en linked with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and luck. Given the joyful nature of the myths surrounding Ganesha, we felt that he was a perfect character for the celebratory aspects of this card.
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