Gods and Goddesses

instantkarmastorebudFINALAmitabah (Meditating Buddha) – The Buddha of infinite light, Amitabah is associated with the pure land of paradise. Amitabah symbolizes mercy and wisdom, belief in him is said to bring calm, peace and a contented life. The placement of the statue of Amitabah is used in Feng Shui as a remedy for any areas of lost chi. The stones for Amitabah are Apophylite, Amethyst, Geode, and Rose Quartz.

Daruma – Bodhidharma is the name of the Buddhist monk who brought Zen Buddhism from India to China and Japan. The Japanese call him Daruma. Legend says he meditated in a cave so long that his arms and legs fell off. Because of this, he is portrayed with a round body, and associated with perseverance. When you receive a Daruma doll or statue the pupils of its eyes will be missing. Make a wish and fill in one eye, when your wish comes true you fill in the other eye. It is believe that looking at your Daruma with one eye filled in will remind you of your goal, and inspire you to go after it. [Japanese] The stones for Daruma are Azurite, Epidote, and Sunstone.

Durga – One of the most invoked forms of the Great Goddess is her manifestation as the youthful, multi-armed deity who successfully battles the mighty buffalo demon that symbolizes among other things, the elemental powers of brutish ignorance. In this incarnation she is referred to as Durga, the ‘unattainable’. [Hindu]. The stone for Durga is Chiastolite.

Ganesh – This popular Hindu deity is the god of beginnings, and the remover of obstacles. He is the lord of wisdom, intelligence, education, prudence, knowledge, luck and fortune. Ganesha is invoked at the start of any endeavor. The Patron of business people and scholars, he is also a god of knowledge and writing. A happy god who brings success. [Hindu] The stones for Ganesh are Sunstone, Green Tourmaline, and Amazonite.

Hanuman – The monkey god is loved all over India as the greatest devotee of Rama. He is considered the god of power and strength. He could move – both run and fly – at the speed of the wind, and could also change his size at will. He has a tendency to be rather mischievous, but always presents himself as a gentleman, and honors all codes of warfare. He is also a skilled musician, an eloquent speaker, skilled grammarian, learned linguist, and a scholar of Hindu scripture. He is also well known for his great humility. [Hindu] The stones for Hanuman are Epidote, Agate and Aventurine.

Buddha Hotei (Hotai, Laughing Buddha) – Hotei is a symbol of happiness, wealth, laughter and contented joy. Buddha’s belly is said to signify bountiful wealth, and prosperity. Stroking his belly is believed to bring much luck. He is the patron of the weak, children, fortunetellers and bartenders. Buddha can be used in Feng Shi as a remedy for lost Chi. [Chinese] The stones for Hotei are Rose Quartz and Sunstone.

Kali – Kali frees us from the bondage of our illusions. She is the mother who purges us of fear, anger, jealousy and grief, then nurses us back to balance in the ultimate act of soul healing. She wears a garland of demon heads representing both her detachment from the world and her inner nature of deep compassion. [Hindu] The stones for Kali are Jet, Rose Quartz and Apache Tears.

Kuan Yin (Quan Yin) – Kuan Yin means “ one who hears the cries to the world, and comes.” She is known as the Goddess of mercy and compassion. She is the protector of children and a Goddess of fertility. Kuan Yin is believed to help with healing. When placed within a room she is said to cleanse the environment of negative influences . She will appear to bless those who simply speak her name. It is said that she may intercede to allow a soul to rise into a perfect and peaceful afterlife. [Chinese] The stone for Quan Yin are Moonstone, Rhodonite and Rose Quartz.

Lakshmi – The Hindu goddess of good fortune, beauty, luck and prosperity mother of Kama, the young god of love. She arose from the milky foam of the waves at the “Churning of the Ocean”. She is the consort of Vishnu, and is his wife during each of his incarnations. Also known as Sri. [Hindu] The stones for Lakshmi are Pyrite, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise and Amber.

Saraswati (Sarasvati) – Saraswati means “the one that flows”, she is the embodiment of culture, learning and the arts, especially music. Her personal charm is memory and divine wisdom. She inspires art, music, poetry and dance. Beauty always surrounds her. [Hindu] The stones for Saraswati are Apatite, Aragonite, Carnelian, Tibetan Quartz, and Girasol.

Vishnu – Vishnu, whose name means “All-Pervading,” is the protector of the world and the restorer of moral order. He is peaceful, merciful, and compassionate. He is considered the preserver of the universe with two other major Hindu gods Brahma the creator and Shiva the destroyer. He is the second god of the Trimurti, the Hindu Triad, while Brahma is first and Shiva is third. Vishnu is the embodiment of mercy and goodness the power that preserves the universe and maintains cosmic order. [Hindu] The stones for Vishnu are Rose Quartz and Jet.

Jizo – Jizo is one of the most popular Bodhisattva figures in Japan. He is considered the patron saint of women children, and travelers, and is said to rescue human beings from Hell. The function of this great Bodhisattva is to guide travelers in both the physical and spiritual realms. He answers prayers for health, success, children, and all manner of petitions, a friend to all, he is never frightening even to children. [Japanese] The stones for Jizo are Moonstone, Jet, Rose Quartz and Onyx.

Krishna – Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy that destroys all pain and sin. He is the proctector of sacred utterances and cows. In Hinduism and Indian mythology Krishna is the eighth avatar or reincarnation of the god Vishnu. Krishna was not only divine, but heroic as well. He is alleged to have defeated numerous dragons and monsters. Legend has it he may have had as many as 16,000 wives, but his favorite was Radha. [Hindu] The stones for Krishna are Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Rainbow Obsidian, and Tangerine Quartz.

Shiva – Shiva is the dissolving force in life, Unlike the godhead Vishnu, the Creator; but Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death alows rebirth into a new life. So the opposites of life and death and creation and destruction both reside in his character. [Hindu] The stones for Shiva are Shiva Lingam, Clear Quartz, Apophylite, Tibetan Quartz.

Tara – Goddess of the Underworld, Earth, and the Heavens. She represents the feminine attributes in all of us. As the Goddess of Earth, Tara is interconnected with humans, plants, and animals her green color is symbolic of nature and earth. As the Goddess of the Heavens, Tara represents all superhuman or spiritual states of existence, helping to rid us of our faults. As goddess of the underworld she can help us through Spiritual Transformation to be reborn and enter into the state of Bliss. [Tibetan] The stones for tara are Agate, Jade, Aventurine, and Clear Quartz.