January 2005


Tara © Aris Dervis

© Aris Dervis 2003


In light of the recent loss of 150,000 lives in the tsunami, we have chosen Tara as the Monthly Spirit to honor those whose names may never be known to us.

The following is from the indispensable book, The Goddess Oracle, by Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto.

       Tara, who originated in India and whose name means "star," is a major Goddess in the Tibetan pantheon. She is known to help those who call upon her in tumultuous times of need, to steer a clear path, to find the stillness and strength within. She is also the Goddess of self-mastery and mysticism. From the first tear of compassion, a lake was formed. From the middle of the lake, a lotus emerged. When it blossomed, Tara emerged. Although offered reincarnation in male form, she swore to be ever incarnated as a woman.

       Tara is here to remind you to center. It is time to nourish wholeness by going within and strengthening your center by focusing your awareness. Let the turmoil of life go on without you. It is hard to hear your own voice in the midst of the frenzy of life. Go into the quiet, into the calm. When you return you will be stronger and more capable of dancing with what life has to offer.