Today is Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebrating the Hindu New Year. It is a time to laugh, enjoy life, and be grateful for the abundance of the Earth. Along with Ganesha, Lakshmi is honored today. She is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. She is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows. May she shine on you! It is the new moon today and also a time for divination and introspection. As the days grow colder and darker use your down time to grow your inner garden - plant thoughts and dreams you would like to cultivate during the fall and winter months ahead. Blessed be!