“My temple is my body, my world around me my altar, my words are spells, every thought an intention, my actions are rituals, to manifest all that will be, I am sacred, I am divine”
From Skye Alexander’s “Your Goddess Year” book: Dates for inviting her: June 12-18 Usually shown as a beautiful young woman, the goddess Tara is one of the most important and revered of the Hindu deities. During this beautiful time of the year, we honor this goddess who, among her many variations, symbolizes the hope of springtime as well as the abundance and fertility of summer. The beloved goddess Tara is worshipped by not only Hindus but also Buddhists throughout southeastern Asia, Tibet, and Nepal. Her name means “star” a universal symbol of hope and also “crossing” which signifies her ability to aid humans as the cross into the afterlife. This compassionate deity demonstrates infinite kindness for all beings and shows the way to escape the suffering of physical existence. A number of legends exist about Tara´s origins. According to one, she was once a gentle and generous princess, the essence of goodness and piety. She chose to devote herself to guiding human kind to enlightenment, in order to eventually end the karmic cycle of life, death, and reincarnation on earth. Another story says she emerged from the tears of the enlightened being Avalokitesvara as he wept at seeing the pain mortals endured. Mythology tells us the goddess presents herself in twenty one ways, or emanations, which show her myriad natures, powers, and functions. The different colors in which she appears, white, green blue, and more, symbolize her many roles. Thus, she combines the diverse characteristics and virtues of the feminine principle. As white Tara, this goddess is the all seeing divine mother, she has seven eyes and personifies the qualities of pure love, wisdom, and peace. She also possesses healing power and promotes longevity. Artists paint her with smooth white skin, wearing white garments and rich jewels, and holding a white lotus blossom. Green Tara represents the youthful aspect of the goddess, active, and vital, with green skin, splendid jewelry, and holding blue lotuses. In this emanations, she´s also a protector deity and savior who brings freedom to her followers by removing obstacles, fears. and attachments. As blue Tara, she remind us of the wrathful destroyer goddess Kali who thwarts her devotee´s enemies with her ferociousness. She´s also portrayed in numerous other forms including yellow or gold, which are associated with wealth, red, related to love and passion, black indicating power, purple indicating magic. Sometimes she has two arms, sometimes four, sometimes more. The objects she holds in there hands depict her many facets and responsibilities. She´s an individual expression of the Divine Feminine. Tara has many faces in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, symbolized by the different colors of her skin. If you seek forgiveness or compassion, White Tara will shower you with unconditional love. If you feel a need for safety, Green Tara offers protection and guidance. She´ll also give you a little push when you need to take action. Yello tara can help you attract prosperity. Blue Tara shows you how to stand up to adversaries courageously, Purple Tara helps you connect with the third chakra, wisdom and psychic abilities. Lotus flowers are her favorite and many images show her seated on an open blossom. Each day this week, choose a different version of Tara and get to know her better. For this ritual you will need: . A table cloth, preferably and Indian one. . Candles in colors that correspond to the colors of the Tara you have chosen to honor. . A candleholder. . Matches or a lighter. . Gemstones in colors that correspond to the colors of the Taras you have chosen to honor.
Spread the table cloth on your table
Fit a candle of the appropriate color into the candle holder and light it.
Ask the goddess for assistance in an area related to her powers and attributes. Sense her willingness to help.
Commune with her for as long as you like, then extinguish the candle.
Repeat each day, focusing on a different aspect of Tara