TARA STAR WOMAN
THE MAHAVIDYA GODDESS TARA
Tara, you whose name means Star.
Goddess of twilight blue complexion.
You who nursed Shiva with your healing milk
When he suffered for drinking too much poison.
You are the twilight sanctuary
that heals the most poisonous of places.
To you we bow.
Tara is a frightening Goddess to behold.
The fear that she induces though, gives the wisdom of converting poison into medicine.
She appears only at night, just like her name implies,
Tara means Star.
Tara fed Shiva with the healing blue twilight milk of her starry breast.
The story tells us, when Shiva suffered great turmoil for drinking the Halahal poison,
Tara came to him in maternal compassion and offered the milk of her breast which healed him.
Her’s is the twilight milk that dissolves the sharp definitions of dark and light, of pleasure and pain.
Tara’s annual ritual Moon takes place upon the first rising half Moon after the spring equinox. The half illuminated, half darkened Moon reveals the balance of the opposites that Tara is.
Tara’s Jayanti, falls under the celestial influence of the Moon in the Nakshatra (Lunar Mansion) of Pushya.
This is a motherly constellation of nourishment that sharing parallel symbols with Tara, of a flower and a nurturing milk filled udder or breast.
Her Puja (ritualistic worship) works with the star portals that shine between the known and the unknown… she be the one to nourish the great mystery.
She is the twilight place between light and dark.
Her Jayanti calls the soul to a tantalizing voyage of discovery
within the mysterious cleavage between opposites
THE ASTRAL STAR PLANE
Tara grants us the vision of the invisible world.
She whose name means Star,
is the doorkeeper to the astral world.
She is the doorkeeper to the astral world of spiritual energies and insight. Working with Tara grants us the vision of the invisible world.
If we look, we see many Star goddesses across cultures.
Sometimes we find striking similarities to the Mahavidya Goddess Tara when we look at the cross-cultural Goddesses of the Stars.
We find the Greek Goddess Astraea, for instance. She is the Virgin Star Girl who gives her name to the Astraea asteroid of the asteroid belt.
She is daughter to the astrological god Astraeus who fathers her along with the planets as his sons.
We also find Asteria. She is the Ancient Greek Goddess of the stars, her daughter is Hecate, who is the goddess of the dark side of the Moon.
Hecate is a grand witch who shares many similarities with Tara – both are connected with ghostly occult matters, both dwell in far-off liminal places, and the crossroad of opposites, both are connected to poisons and to dogs, just to name a few…
We can continuously find Star configurations of Goddesses and gods across cultures if we keep looking.
It appears that the ancients read the stars and had a comprehensive language that we might term mythology nowadays.
Tara is the crossing of the middle line,
Tara is the crossing of the middle line,
She traverses borders both visible and invisible.
She dells in places not usually traversed
where dark & light, pleasure & pain,
life & death meet
and pass each other’s thresholds.
& the Hidden View of the Witch
Mistress of the starlight and natural dark.
Tara is fear inducing and exciting
because she is a leap of faith.
Tara is the grand witch who looks into the unseen view.
Her Mudras are many involving some of the most challenging aspects of Hatha Yog, where the body is twisted, along with the gaze being taken to the most unusual and unfamiliar places.
By looking into physically unfamiliar places, the unfamiliar psychic levels of our being, are glimpsed. This is the law of reflection and correspondence.
Though Tara Mudra, one is able to access the hidden view of the Witch.
Working with Tara is very much an investigation into pleasure and pain, by twisting past the limits of comfort and familiarity is a painful yet magically rewarding pursuit.
In Tantric practice, there are many variants of Tarasan… this is the star position of Tara, that makes a star-like-shape of the body.
Kamal-Tara-Asan is the Love Star, Padma-Tara-Asan is the Star Flower,
Vajra-Tara-Asan is the electric star…to name but a few variants.
Each star position has different effects, and activates different astral forces.
The Mudras of Tara are a form of invocation, for they open us up to the celestial forces by exposing the astral body to the starry world and its healing astral beams.
The stars are located in the human astral body in a mirror-like replica of the macrocosm.
The energy junctions and places where they intersect in the body are the points of power, which, when opened up in our microcosm, start to receive the celestial forces from the macrocosm.
Tara is the twilight star Goddess in which there is no separation between the microcosm & macrocosm.
The Tantric, on the starry path of Tara dissolves the veil between the microcosm and macrocosm.
Drinking the dark blue milk of the breast of Tara, is the healing Elixir that melts the borders that divide.
These borders are known as Granthis (psychophysical knots). The ritual worship of the Goddess Tara, helps us in melting the most tenacious of Granthis, but she requires us to tread into unfamiliar, forgotten and even frighteningly unknown places.
Remember that the very action of the Mudras of Tara involve twisting the physical gaze into places we don’t usually look. By doing so, we take the energy body into the secret places of starry treasure.
SHE LIVES OUTSIDE
She dwells on the outskirts,
like a star in the sky,
but only seen fully in the natural
and unpolluted dark.
Mistress of the starlight and of the natural dark. Tara is fear inducing & exciting because she requires a leap of faith.
When we know the path, there is a sense of safety and grounding, but when we are not even sure whether the next step will be upon solid ground or into a gaping abyss, then it is fear wrenching to venture forth.
Tara’s path is seldom trodden, and as a result many of her treasures are never found.
The path of Tara takes courage. Her route is not for the sailor who navigates the sea with a compass and auto pilot satellite navigation system, no!
Rather she stands for the pirate soul who sails out ruthlessly into a dark, howling night, not knowing what awaits, but called by a strange mystery, that whispers as it licks its red lips with the saliva of a luscious gamble.
There is no guarantee of safety with Tara, and that’s what makes the soul who follows the way of the star a courageous one.
Without the unknown, creativity runs dry. When we ‘live’ a life that has no room for the unknown, it may not feel like life at all?
Many aspects of life involve predictability as an indispensable component, but the unknown and the unpredictable are equally indispensable…. indispensable in meeting the twilight kiss of Tara.
Her residence is in the place where life and death meet. In Tantric initiation into Tara, the aspirant worships Tara in the Shamshaan (cremation ground), in a place where they are starkly confronted with the reality of both life and death.
Tara is a confronter indeed.
In the ritual worship of Tara, the Yogin investigates pleasure & pain by the application of her Star Mudras.
Tara’s Mudras are challenging physical and psychic maneuvers. Her Mudras can reach into far off places in our being, and help in melting the most tenacious of Granthi‘s .
The Granthi’s are the psycho/physical knots that bind the sacred heart.
The starshine of Tara provides a twilight vision where unseen knots are seen by her eye, loosened by her hand.
Tara is the grand twilight Witch
She is found in the unseen by those
who look into the unseen.
Indeed, she sees into the unseen
& herself is the unseen
Her Mudras involve some of the most challenging aspects of Hatha Yog… as the body is twisted and the gaze is taken to the most unusual and unfamiliar of places in both a physical and a psychic sense.
Through the law of reflection, gazing into unfamiliar physical places is transferred into revealing unfamiliar psychic levels of our being.
Tara teaches her lovers
the wisdom of seeing
through the eyes of the Witch.
involve working with stars & star portals
& the secrets of dark & light,
of life & death.
Tara brings that which is hidden into view. The Mudras of Tara, involve twisting and backbending at the same time, they confront the places where our inner worlds meet and divide.
Tara Mudras open up the Kala Bhand – (literally the dark bridge) this is the diaphram area of the body, a major junction of psychic energies that unites the instinctual Chakras below with their reflections above.
Tara Mudras are greatly challenging, but they are the Mudras that make us acutely aware of opposites and the place between.
On the outskirts Tara dwells, like a star in the sky on the edge of the spherical canopy of night. Always there, but only seen fully in the natural and unpolluted darkness. Tara is the Mistress of the starlight, and the natural dark.
Her annual Jayanti (birthday) is Ardha Chandra, the half Moon, for half of it lies within view, whereas the other half stays hidden in the shadows. Her Puja (ritualistic worship) works with the star portals that shine between the known and the unknown.
THE BLUE BLOOM
SHE HOLDS THE MYSTICAL BLUE FLOWER
Tara holds the blue flower
of the hidden wisdom of Twilight.
Drinking the dark blue milk of the breast of Tara
is the healing elixir that melts the borders that divide.
The Blue flower she holds is the Star flower of hidden twilight music.
‘Tis the blue flower around which the ritual worship of Tara revolves.
Tara is known as Neel Saraswati, the blue Goddess of the hidden musical wisdom of Twilight.
The Yogin turns into the song of twilight where the Neel Kantha (blue throat Chakra) awakens its inner ear, and aligns to the music of unity.
WHO IS SHE ?
The Mistress of the Blue flower
who guards the secrets of twilight.
Her’s are the secrets,
where elixir is tasted & divisions melted.
In appearance Tara looks like Kali Ma, but there are a few differences discoverable by the vigilant eye. For instance, Tara is often depicted holding the mystical blue flower of Neelkamal, a flower that if prepared in a specific way and imbibed, gives admittance to secret places, both terrestrially and ultra-terrestrially.
What can be seen by looking closely into her mysteries?
Tara, a frightening Goddess, who calls out the hidden fears lurking on the far side of crannies & nooks of soul, wears the original Mundamala, (necklace of skulls).
It is a deep subject of meditation as to why Tara has skulls, as opposed to the freshly cut heads that Kali Ma wears for a necklace. Ponder upon it if you will.
Tara gives the scent of the mystic blue flower when approached. Her flower that only blooms at twilight assists us with looking into those spaces where we don’t usually look… forgotten and out of sight places.
Just like the witch who dwells on the outskirts, feared and disdained by convention…… that which is perceived and easily disregarded as poison, turns into medicine under the twilight gaze of Tara.
Tara is she who holds the magical lore of lost and unfamiliar remedy.
The remedy that the straight eye of common convention fails to see, because it is not directly in front.
In the ritual twilight of Tara, we might find ourselves to be looking around some long lost corners for the blue magical flower that is Tara.