Archetypal qualities embodied by Lakshmi ~ Generosity, nurture, fertility, abundance, creativity, Light. appreciation of beauty, music and dance, mothering nature, marital happiness, luck, wealth in all forms, royalty, nobility, immortality, sensuality. She is associated with growth, moist fertile soil, even cow dung which is precious to agriculture.
Early myths speak of Shri as a goddess, who personified ten qualities coveted by other divine beings: food, royal dominion, holiness, kingdom, fortune, sovereignty, nobility, power, righteousness and beauty. The Vedic Shri transformed into later conceptions of Lakshmi as the matron of royalty and dignity. ~http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Lakshmi
Animals associated ~ Elephant, Owl (Strength, royal authority, wisdom and patience)
Plant associated ~ Lotus (Purity). She is sometimes known as Padma, which means Lotus.
Colours associated ~ Red, Gold
She was born of the ocean, like Venus.
Consort of Vishnu, the Preserver, and known to temper his strictness. Known as ''the Mother of the World''. Another name for her is Mata meaning Mother.
Lakshmi is said to ''shine like the sun'' and to be ''as radiant as gold'' and ''lustrous as fire''.
She is worshiped in Jainism and Buddhism as well as Hinduism.
“I am inherent in existence. I am the inciter, the potential that takes shape. I manifest myself. I occupy myself with activity and finally dissolve myself. I pervade all creations with vitality, will and consciousness. Like ghee that keeps a lamp burning, I lubricate the senses of living beings with the sap of my consciousness.”
~ Lakshmi Tantra
You exist as the earth,
As the waters,
As the winds,
And as the atmosphere.
It is you indeed who cause the five elements
To hold together in harmony.
Be gracious, O Lovely One.
You exist as little girls in their childhood,
As young women in their youth,
And as elderly women in their old age.
Be gracious, O Lovely One.
~ Kamala Strotram
Extra Notes : from http://www.mantraonnet.com/laxmi2.html
The goddess Sri-Lakshmi does not appear in the earliest Vedic literature ' The term Sri, however, does occur quite often, and it is clear that the meanings of the term are related to the nature of the later goddess Sri-Lakshmi. As used in the Vedic hymns the term Sri suggests capability, power, and advantageous skills.
Lakshmi is normally associated with Vishnu, but she is also associated with Soma ~ she attends to Soma after he performs his great rituals.
Soma is well known as the lord of plants and is often identified with the fertile sap that underlies vegetative growth. It is fitting that Sri-Lakshmi, who is similarly identified, should be associated with Soma in these texts. They complement and reinforce each other as symbols of the sap of existence.