The Goddess Energy of Mother Tara.

Green Tara

 

I have a Green Mother Tara on my desk, by my computer. Today is clean up day in our area. A powerful storm with high winds uprooted and knocked down trees, limbs, roofing shingles, and blew yard decorations and debris into many yards. The storm left us without power the whole day and into the evening hours.

As I hear the chainsaws and clean up going on outside, I am reminded to connect with the trees coming down, giving them gratitude for their BEING on this earth plane. All the shade they provided and wisdom whispering in the wind to all those that would listen…. priceless.

I thought I would share more information on Mother Tara so that you may connect with her as well! Especially with all the Natural Disasters that are taking place all over the globe. Well, disasters to us… but cleansing and rebirth for Mother Earth. 

Connect with Mother Earth/ Goddess energy, Send Healing and Love and Pray… it is all needed at this time. 

Many Blessings ~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

Mother Tara has the power to remove all obstacles and problems and to help anyone who requests her help as long as all is done with good intention. I have personally connected with Mother Tara ever since I discovered her. Tara is also known as the “Swift Liberator” because she is the all-powerful goddess who acts very quickly.

In Sanskrit, the name Tara means ‘Star’, but She was also called ‘She Who Brings Forth Life’, The Great Compassionate Mother, and The Embodiment of Wisdom, and the Great Protectress.

Tara is actually the essence of the goddess energy within you …. the Goddess Tara arises from within yourself. This energy transcends religions, cultures, race, and is not just for women! It’s also for men because then you have the combination of yin and yang. Connect with Tara, and visualize her at your heart, in the form of a beautiful green goddess.

While Green Tara encompasses all the Taras, you may also feel drawn to White Tara, Yellow Tara, Red Tara, or Black Tara.  To me, Green Tara is another symbol of Mother Earth/Mother Goddess. Connect with which ever Tara you have a great affinity with and what you want to ask from her. So, I often visualize Tara in all the five colors. What are the five colors? Green, White, Yellow, Red, and Black.

You will find that by invoking good things coming to you, the combination of the five colors have greater strength and meaning. If you go to many of the Tibetan Buddhist high lamas, they give ‘blessing threads’ that come in five colors. The five colors actually represent all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the world and all the various spiritual Higher Beings.

White Tara, the pacifying one: If you are in pain or suffering from a severe illness, connect with White Tara and envision her sending healing energy into you. There is nothing better for illness than goddess energy! If you are sad or depressed, you need White Tara. She will calm all of your extreme emotions giving you peace of mind to enjoy your life. White Tara is very powerful.

Yellow Tara:  Increases wealth and prosperity, life force and spirit essence, knowledge, skills and wisdom. If you are anxious about your house value, money, assets, etc., connect with Yellow Tara. She is truly the Goddess of wealth and abundance.

Red Tara: The Goddess of Power and Authority. She increases your confidence and blesses you with the power of speech to influence those around you.

Black Tara: Identical in form and, no doubt, source, to Hindu Kali and is associated with power. Like Kali, She has a headdress of grinning skulls, like Kali, she is black, like Kali She has three eyes. Like many Tibetan deities in the wrathful aspect, She has the fangs of a tiger, symbolizing ferocity, a ferocious appetite to devour the demons of the mind. Her aura or halo is fiery, energetic, full of smoke symbolizing the transformation of fire. The Black Tara has been compared to the perfect guardian of the void, the Divine Mother of compassion and a firm Goddess to ward off any forms of evil.

The Symbolism of the Beautiful Lotus

 

 

The symbolism and meaning of the lotus flower is different between cultures, though in fact they share many similarities.

Nothing symbolizes purity and perfection more than the lotus. It also has spiritual and religious connotations… it’s petals are said to symbolize the doctrine of Buddha’s teachings. There is great love and reverence for the lotus flower in the east due to the importance of this symbol in many of the Buddhist traditions. And we often see that Buddha himself is depicted sitting on a sacred lotus with straight back and folded limbs in front… called the lotus posture.

This is a posture assumed by Buddhist monks and holy masters when they meditate and teach the sutras. Many Dharma students also sit lotus position when attending teachings or meditating. Even if it is difficult for you and you feel pain or cramping it’s good to practice as this position is very conducive to quieting the body thereby aiding in meditation and keeping your back straight helps with chi flow in the body.

Om Mani Padme Hum is also known as the lotus mantra… the mantra of the Compassionate Buddha and reciting it many times is said to bring a shower of blessings. Since the Chinese manifestation of the Compassionate Buddha is the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin, this is therefore the Kuan Yin mantra. In India the Compassionate Buddha is known as Avilokiteshvara while in Tibet as Chenresig.

In feng shui the lotus is believed to symbolize the purity of love. For those of you who believe in and desire “old-fashioned” love with marriage and a good family life… I suggest you incorporate the lotus symbol – either the real plant or flower or artificial decoration into your surroundings to nurture a true feeling of peace and contentment.

It is not too surprising that the many different colors have come to be associated with  different aspects of Buddhism. The main symbolism of the lotus flower and their meanings are given here.

  • Blue lotus: The blue lotus flower is associated with a victory of the spirit over that of wisdom, intelligence and knowledge. If you get to see it a blue Lotus in Buddhist art you will notice that it is always depicted as being partially open and the centre is never observed.
  • White lotus flower: this color lotus is known to symbolize Bodhi (being awakened), and represents a state of mental purity, and that of spiritual perfection; it is also associated with the pacification of one’s nature. This lotus is considered to be the womb of the world.
  • Purple lotus: known to be Mystic and is associated with esoteric sects. It can be shown depicted as either an open flower or as a bud. The eight petals of the purple Lotus are representative of the noble eightfold path; one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. Following this path is thought to lead to self awakening, and is considered one of the noble truths.
  • Pink lotus flower: this is the supreme lotus and is considered to be the true lotus of Buddha.
  • Red lotus: this is related to the heart, and the Lotus flower meaning is associated with that of love and compassion.

 

Perhaps one of the strongest associations of the lotus flower with religion is that that is observed in Hinduism. In this religion the lotus flower meaning is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity. The most common lotus form seen in Hinduism is the white lotus flower.

Many of the gods and goddesses of Hinduism are linked to the flower, for example the goddess of prosperity, Laxmi, is usually depicted as being seated atop a fully opened lotus flower. Likewise Brahma, the god of creation is depicted as emerging from a lotus that crawls from the Naval of the sustainer Lord Vishnu.

The flower always looks so clean and pure against the background of the dirty pond. Because of this the lotus flower has come to be associated with purity and beauty in the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism respectively; the ancient Egyptians scholars observed that in the night-time the lotus closed its flowers and sank into the water, and came up with a different association with the flower related to rebirth and the Sun; in actual fact the Lotus slowly emerges from a pond over a three day period and then blooms in the morning until mid-afternoon.

Egyptian blue lotus

Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation. In many hieroglyphics works the lotus is depicted as emerging from Nun (the primordial water) bearing the Sun God.

As something that is associated with rebirth, it is no surprise that the lotus flower is also associated with death, and the famous Egyptian book of the dead is known to include spells that are able to transform a person into a lotus, thus allowing for resurrection.

Another interesting fact about the lotus flower meaning to the Egyptians was the way that it was used as a symbol for the unification of the two Egyptian kingdoms, that is to say the bonding of upper and lower Egypt. For a long time the lotus had been used in the hieroglyphics and art of upper Egypt, whereas in lower  Egypt the Papyrus plant was notably in abundance. Therefore pictures of lotus and Papyrus that had grown up together and become inter-wound with each other came to be a symbol of the bringing together of the two kingdoms.

It is very interesting how the open flower and the unopened Lotus bud forms are associated with human traits. The unopened bud is representative of a folded soul that has the ability to unfold and open itself up to the Divine Truth.

May the obstacles to your flight be few and the Blessings along your journey be many. Namaste,

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

The Holly Fairy

holly-flower-fairy

The Holly Fairy is the jolliest
Little fairy of them all
With her rosy scarlet cheeks
She brings her bright fruits after fall

In her little dress of green
And her shoes of ruby red
She makes the Winter cheerful
And keeps the birds well fed

She tiptoes through the prickles
And polishes all the berries
At Christmas time especially
She helps us to feel merry

When you hang your Holly wreath
Upon the entrance to your home
Know that good luck will come your way
For red and green are the colours of the Gnomes

The Gnomes they lend their palette
To Holly fairies one and all
They also tend to the trees from the ground below
And make sure all is well with roots and soil

These little Nature helpers
All work together as one everywhere
Wouldn’t it be lovely
If all humans worked together without a care

~ Joanne Kavanagh  28.Nov.16

(Thank you Joanne for this beautiful poem!!!)