Mercury Retrograde Rescue – Honoring Ganesha, Laxmi and Sarasvati – Saturday September 3rd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Mystic Journey Bookstore – Venice, CA


As Mercury Retrograde launches yet another onslaught of missed appointments, computer glitches and transportation troubles, Angelenos need not brace themselves or hide under the covers for the next 3 weeks. This week’s Magick Lab offering suggests a Vedic solution to a very modern problem that is light, fun filled and highly potent.

Our next class will bring down and center the energies of three powerful Hindu deiities that are all children of Durga (Shakti) and Shiva through beej mantras, candles, offerings and celebration.

ganesh-9The beloved Remover of Obstacles, the Eternal Child, Lord Ganesha or Ganapati is a popular energy at Mystic Journey Bookstore. Ganesha is renowned world wide by people of all faiths and spiritual paths as a friendly energy that removes the obstacles of daily life. During any Mercury Retrograde a good relationship with Ganesha is essential. Ganesha rules the South Node of the Moon and cannot be influenced by any other planets, hence he is impervious to Mercury’s backward orbit at this time.  His longer mantra AUM GUM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA can be shorted to a simple AUM without diminishing the potency of the results.

Lakshmi, Goddess of Fortune is the consort of Vishnu. Together they are classified as lakshmi ashtotra satanaamaavali“Preservers.” During the treacherous twists and turns of the Mercury Retrograde, this Goddess’ energy will “preserve” your sanity at the very least and protect you from incurring any serious losses at its best. Lakshmi is also very popular at Mystic Journey Bookstore as she presides in the front foyer back to back with her brother, Ganesha. The Lotus Flower is sacred to her. Students are encouraged to purchase or bring their own Lotus Oils to class for charging. Likewise, dried Lotus flowers can be purchased at florists for placement on altars. Fresh lotus flowers would be appreciated to lay at her feet. For this session she will be seated on rice and Turmeric which are her traditional offerings in front of an offering of sparkly jewels and accessories because this Goddess loves bling.

sarasvati2Goddess Sarasvati is a crucial energy for Mercury Retrograde protection. This Goddess of Wisdom, Art, Music and Divine Speech clears away the confusion that is typical during this astrological period. As the consort of Brahma, She is a creatrix and patroness of the Arts and Music. As the purveyor of Vak or Divine Speech Sarasvati’s energy is useful in rooting out the truth in otherwise confusing situations. Sarasvati’s mount or vehicle the Swan or Hamsa, will be discussed at length. Legend has it that the Swan has such a sensitive beak that it can discern the difference between water and milk. Proper discernment during the Mercury Retrograde is important when making decisions and purchases because these things cannot be avoided, but surely minimized.


Her readings are accurate, insightful, highly energetic and often transformative. Clients experience a palpable change in their energies that have been reported to raise their vibrations and banish bad vibes. This vivacious double Libra specializes in love, romance, career and all things ruled by the planet Venus. For the past several years, Marie has been working as a psychic reader for two of the nation’s hottest psychic phone lines. She has done research for paranormal shows and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight as a “Vampire Expert” and on Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger’s “Love and Sex Report.”

MarieheadshotFrom 2012 – 2013 her life was optioned by an Emmy Award winning television production company for a reality tv show about real witches. Today, Marie incorporates her knowledge of the occult, spellcraft, yoga and mantra in readings, spells, aura cleansings, hex reversals and curse removals.

At the tender age of 19 Marie survived a near fatal car accident and woke up in the hospital after being in a coma for 3 days. She was left with a scar on her left hand in the shape of a crescent moon and a star which she later found out marked her as someone with a close connection to all the powers and deitiesof the Moon which include: Diana, Hecate, Isis, Kali, Archangel Gabriel and Ganesha to name a few. That brush with death intensified her intuitive abilities and she accidentally discovered that she was clairvoyant.  From then on Marie has studied the tarot, crystals, the kabala, alchemy, witchcraft, the solfeggio frequencies, the mystery schools and metaphysics with some of the most popular authors and teachers of the past few decades including but not limited to:  Z Budapest author of The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries and Edward Fitch author ofMagical Rites from the Crystal Well. More recently she has been studying Kashmir Shaivism with John Hughes, the author of The Secret Supreme and the devotees of Swami Lakshmanjoo from the Universal Shaiva Fellowship in Culver City, CA and the teachings of Swami Kaleshwar with Paul Aryeh at the Shirdi Sai Temple in Tarzana, CA.

For more information please call Mystic Journey Bookstore at 310.399.7070.

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