Green Tara is a female Buddha and one of the most well-known goddesses in the Buddhist world. You can find her image in many feng shui adornments, from embroideries to colorful sculptures.
Tara has many forms and appears in various colors—with each hue representing a different aspect of her energy. The most popular forms are Green Tara and White Tara. Then there is also the Red Tara, Black Tara, Yellow Tara, and Blue Tara. Notice the colors are the same (with the exception of black) as the colors in Tibetan Prayer Flags, cloth rectangles that are strung and hung to bless their surrounding areas.
One specific school of Buddhism mentions as many as 21 forms of Tara. Now all you need to do is make the best feng shui choice for your home with the energy of Tara that most speaks to you.
Using Green Tara Energy
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 and process-oriented. For example, the result one might strive for can be power—inner or outer—which is the domain of Black Tara. Or, the process might be releasing the energy of anger, which is a specialty of Blue Tara.
As green is the universal color of healing, regeneration, and growth, 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's the healing energy of Green Tara that brings awareness and relief from these negative aspects.
Green is also the color 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—ready to spring/move forward at any moment.
Another aspect of green color is the freshness and newness of energy, which reflects Green Tara's youthfulness and playfulness. However, the main feature of all Taras—no matter which color expresses their specific energy—is Tara's pledge to being in female form.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned this about Tara:
"There's a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tara…she vowed, 'I've 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.'"
Guidelines for Using Green Tara
If you would like to place a Green Tara symbol in your home, these feng shui guidelines will help you determine an ideal location:
- 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, and you can include your favorite candles, essential oils, and crystals.