Her name has many forms, and her influence spans continents. In Tibet she is “she who saves;” in Sanskrit, “star.” Tara is known among the druids, the Finnish and the tribal peoples of South America, but she is most prominent in Tibet where she is the mother creator, protector and bringer of wisdom.
The many shades of Tara (as she is celebrated in dozens of cultures) emerge in different symbolic colors; her two primary manifestations are green and white. In a popular legend, Green Tara and White Tara were born of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s right and left eyes.
Travel far and safely
Let your adventurous spirit walk fearlessly. Explore new places, new cultures and new people. Tara is protector of earthly travel, as well as travelers on the journey to enlightenment. Trust that people along the way will be helpful and that you are capable of navigating any challenges that arise. Open yourself to new experiences and ideas without fear or judgment. And as you welcome those who are far from their own homes, you can help promote Tara’s mission to protect and nurture those who wander.
Heal yourself and others
Known as the Goddess of Compassion, White Tara has seven eyes with which to see all human suffering. Both manifestations of Tara express gestures of protection, and she is widely celebrated for her role in comforting her followers and alleviating suffering. Notice the suffering of those around you, and know that you have the ability to change people’s lives for the better. Human beings have a profound capacity to heal themselves, but they are also fragile and at times need reassurance, sympathy and forgiveness. Treat yourself with the same care. Acknowledge that, while strong, you too need comfort and understanding.
Seek truth and wisdom
Don’t underestimate the power and satisfaction that comes with knowledge. Read, travel, observe and question. Learn as much as you can from others, while continuously challenging what is currently held to be true. Your curiosity and intellect are among your greatest gifts. Take full advantage of them as you pursue the path to wisdom.
Triumph over fear
Fears and insecurities are constants in our lives. Your self-doubts are part of your ability to self evaluate and make yourself stronger, but they can become crippling if you allow them to compromise your trust in yourself. Embrace Tara’s power over anxiety and her grace in the face of adversity. Trust in your own judgment and competence, and recognize your anxieties for the tools for self awareness that they are.
Green Tara is said to be teeming with the energy and ferocity of youth. Her pose depicts both contemplation and readiness for action. While both compassionate and pious, Tara is quick to respond to those in need. Don’t let weariness and disappointment slow you down. Though older than the earth itself, the earth mother draws on ancient reserves of strength and energy when needed, and you can do the same. You are only as tired as you let yourself feel. Trust that you have all the energy you need to realize your goals and to lend strength to those around you.
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