Goddess Saraswati of Knowledge



The essence of who I am flows effortlessly into everything I create.


Saraswati represents the self-knowledge of who we are so that nothing impedes the flow of creativity from the soul. Her name is a fusion of the Sanskrit words for “essence” and “one self.” Saraswati’s name translates then as the one who leads to the essence of selfknowledge.

She is a part of the Hindu goddess trinity, the Tridevi, together with Parvati and Lakshmi. All three goddesses help the trinity of Hindu Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to create, maintain, and regenerate the universe.
The earliest mention of Saraswati is in the Rig Veda, a collection of ancient sacred texts that date back to 1500 B.C.E. She is sometimes referred to as the Mother of the Vedas and is understood to be the personification of knowledge. Students appeal to her for assistance on exams, and writers and artists pray to her to remove all the obstacles that keep them from being a clear conduit for the creativity that wants to come through them.
She is considered to be a river goddess, or a feminine deity with healing, flowing waters. She is venerated as the goddess of music, the arts, and learning because of this association with waters that heal and purify. Her iconography often associates her with a white lotus, symbolizing the purity of wisdom her energy brings.


When we are aligned with the essence of who we are, then what needs to be communicated through us, whether with words, or music, or artwork, can flow. When our creativity feels blocked or stagnant, it isn’t because the waters have dried up. We might fear this. But the truth is that self-awareness is the key to unlocking our creative flow.
When we take the time to return to the essence of who we really are, and nurture that essence, we realign again with the river of expression that the soul generates. Saraswati is the reminder that anything we create that purifies us in the process of making it is a blessing. Our art should be judged not on popularity, but on its power to transform us.
Saraswati is a call to return to the essence of our true self. The energy of her card is a charge for more self-knowledge, more awareness of our own unique soul and what our needs are in this moment. She leads us back into that finely attuned space where we can express with ease and grace what the soul desires most to share. And that energy feels like a river moving through us. It heals. It liberates. And it inspires others to return to their own essence as well.


What is one word to describe the essence of my true self?

The essence of who I am flows effortlessly into everything I create

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