Let's start with the essence of Tara energy to help understand the best feng shui use of her symbol. Tara has many forms and appears in many colours and differentiations of her energy. There is Green Tara and White Tara (most popular forms), then there is also the Red Tara, Black Tara, Yellow Tara and Blue Tara. (Notice the colours are the same, with the exception of black, as the colours in the Tibetan Prayer Flags.)
One specific school of Buddhism mentions as many as twenty one forms of Tara! So, how do you make the best feng shui choice for your home if the energy of Tara really speaks to you?
At first glance, the energy of Tara is very similar, if not identical to the energy of Kwan Yin. Tara is called the goddess of compassion and the mother of liberation. However, the energy of Tara also encompasses action as reflected in success or specific achievements. These are not necessarily worldly achievements, although some aspects of Tara, such as the Yellow Tara, are associated with wealth and prosperity.
One might say Tara is more result, as well as process oriented. For example, the result one might strive for can be power - inner or outer - which is the domain of Black Tara, and the process might be releasing the energy of anger (Blue Tara helps transmute anger.)
What specific process (or results) does the Green Tara help accomplish? And, since the energy of Tara seems to be colour-coded, can the feng shui of green help you understand her better?
As green is the universal colour of healing, regeneration and growth - think of nature - the Green Tara embodies the healing energy of release from fear and ignorance. Human ignorance comes in many forms - from jealousy to pride - and it is the healing energy of Green Tara that brings awareness and relief from these negative aspects.
Green is also the colour of vibrant energy and activity, which explains one of the aspects associated with Green Tara as the goddess of action. She is often depicted with her right leg extended forward, which symbolizes the action aspect - ready to spring/move forward at any moment.
Another aspect of green colour is the freshness and new-ness of energy, which reflects Green Tara's youthfulness and playfulness.
However, the main feature of all Taras - no matter which colour expresses their specific energy - is Tara's pledge to being in female form.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned this about Tara: "There is a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tara … she vowed, "I have developed bodhicitta as a woman. For all my lifetimes along the path I vow to be born as a woman, and in my final lifetime when I attain Buddhahood, then, too, I will be a woman."
So, now that you know more about the Green Tara (and if you feel strongly drawn to her energy), here are the feng shui guidelines for the placement of Green Tara symbol in your home:
- East and Southeast bagua areas are excellent for the placement of your Green Tara statue, embroidery or art image.
- Never place your Green Tara statue on the floor, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. A height of at least 3 feet is recommended for the good feng shui placement of Green Tara.
- A personal altar can be an excellent space for your Green Tara.
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