Feng shui is a practice that has been influenced by other Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Depending on the school of feng shui, or even the practitioner, these spiritual influences may or may not be a part of their feng shui expression. Feng shui can be applied in a secular manner and using Buddhist iconography is not required. However, if you are attracted to Green Tara, she can be a powerful way to bring feng shui into your home if she resonates with you.
Who Is Tara?
Tara is one of the most adored and well-known goddesses in Buddhist and Hindu pantheon. The name “Tara” comes from Sanskrit and means the one who takes you across. She is a female deity that can take you across the ocean of samsara, which is a Buddhist concept of our continual cyclic existence of life and rebirth. Samsara is sometimes likened to a hamster wheel, where we keep mindlessly running around in circles. Tara can offer support to take you across to enlightenment.
She is considered the mother of all Buddhas, or awakened ones. Tara is also a bodhisattva, which means she has dedicated her life to end the suffering of all beings. A bodhisattva takes a vow to remain in samsara until every being has reached nirvana. One story says that Tara was born from a tear from Avolokitshevara (another bodhisattva). Ultimately, Tara represents compassion for all beings.
Green Tara and Feng Shui
There are many Taras, but Green Tara and White Tara are the most popular. They are depicted differently, and as you might guess, they are of different colors!
Green Tara has green skin, and she has a specific posture that distinguishes her from other Taras and other female deities. You will find Green Tara with her right hand in the giving mudra of generosity and her left hand holding a blue lotus flower. A mudra is a symbolic hand gesture, while the lotus is a reminder that there is beauty within even the darkest of times. Most notably, Green Tara has her right leg outstretched, ready to spring into action. She is always available to help and assist anyone in need. It is said that you can simply call out her name or her mantra, Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Swaha.
In some schools of feng shui, Green Tara is evoked to uplift as well as invite support and compassion. Green is connected to the element of wood in the five elements. Wood element inspires rejuvenation, compassion, flexibility, and growth.
Feng Shui Placement for Green Tara
Some ways that you can use the energy of Green Tara with the feng shui of your home is to place her image in an area that connects with what you would like her assistance with. You can place Green Tara as a statue, artwork, or even chant her mantra.
If you're considering incorporating something like a Buddhist image inside your space, it should not be placed on the floor.
You can activate the Family room (or maybe you call this the den) with Green Tara if you would like more healing and harmony for you and your family. This room is connected to your family because this is where you spend time together.
Green Tara in the wealth area of the bagua map will help you to understand how to be generous and feel there is abundance in the world. You can find the wealth area by standing in your front door, looking in; it’s the corner furthest back on the left.
Health Area (Center)
The center of your home is connected to all the bagua areas, so it affects your health and overall well-being. Try placing Green Tara in the center of your home if you’d like to call on her support to improve the wellbeing of all the people in the household.
The entry or foyer is an ideal place for a spiritual reminder like Green Tara. Seeing her as you come in and out of your home will help you acknowledge her teachings on compassion and remind you that you are not alone.
If you have an altar or place where you meditate regularly, Green Tara will be a welcome addition. You can explore all the wisdom she has to offer into your spiritual life.