Monthly Archives: July 2015

Green Tara

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Category: Deities (individual)

Buddhist Bodhisattva

Buddha of enlightened activity, savior goddess of compassion

Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

The word “tara” means star. The taras are a group of Buddhas particularly popular in Tibetan Buddhism, representing various spiritual attainments.Green Tara is a compassionate helper in difficult and dangerous situations. In her role as a savior, she is able to overcome despair in even the most hopeless situations. Modern Tibetans pray to her when they are sick, beginning a journey, or looking for success in some venture. But the first Dalai Lama also identified eight symbolic perils, representing negative thought modes, that Tara can help us overcome: lions (pride), wild elephants (delusion and ignorance), forest fires (hatred), snakes (jealousy), robbers (wrong views, including fanatical views), prisons (greed and miserliness), floods (desire and attachment), and demons (doubts caused by delusion).



  • Her lotus seat represents the purity of emptiness.
  • Her right hand gesture is the mudra of granting boons
  • Her left hand gesture is the mudra of refuge
  • Her left leg is relaxed in a pose of contemplation, while her right leg is outstretched and ready for action.
  • She holds a blue lotus, symbolizing purity and power.

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Kwan Yin

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Buddhist Pantheon (Chinese origin)

Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy, protector of women, children & sailors, patron of vegetarians

Also known by Guan Yin, Quan Yin,  Kannon (in Japan)

Kwan Yin is a goddess of compassion, whose name means “One who hears the cries of the world.” She is regarded as a feminine bodhisattva, an enlightened being. Her worship took its current form when Buddhism came to China. As the female analog of The Buddha of Mercy, Avilokiteshvara, she’s loved by all. One variation is Kwan Yin of 1000 Arms, who has vowed never to rest until she has freed all humankind from mortal suffering. People of certain walks of life and situations traditionally seek her  favor, and many of the symbols we see on statues reflect this. Here’s a key to some symbols and other features of statues, along with their meanings:

  • dragon for ancient wisdom and spiritual transformation
  • with a baby, giving strength and blessings to mothers and children
  • lotus for contemplation and purity
  • bottle of medicine, sometimes with a stream of water, for healing
  • sea serpent, as a protector of sailors
  • waterfall for tears of compassion
  • sprig of foliage from the weeping willow, also signifying tears of compassion
  • rice bowl, for having one’s material needs met
  • hand cupped in the yoni mudra representing the universal feminine
  • pearls of illumination

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Current Transits: Astrology Report for August, 2015

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by Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.

Having satisfied our need for love and belonging in the soul-baptising waters of Cancer, we now turn ourselves outward with a radiant shine of pride and warmth, knowing we are a child of “Creator”, ready to share our “special” gifts with those around us. Oh what joy – it’s Leo.

Just as the Sun radiates warmth into our solar system, so our inner Sun shines our inspired individuality into the physical world through our ego/personality. It is by expressing our creativity, playfulness, passion and joy that we fulfill the ego’s limited sense of purpose in life. This is generally very different than our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, but is necessary for the soul to reach it’s goals. To lend our unique talents to the collective creation, we must first know how to actually manifest our own vision and talents.

When we are conscious in this expansion into Leo, we learn to strengthen our individuality, follow our heart’s desire, be willing to take center stage, increase our willpower, enthusiasm, and self-confidence.  By being willing to take risks and look at life as a game, we learn how to have fun and relate to the childlike qualities in others.

Our unconscious Leo might insist on getting its own way, make changes just to show its power, become addicted to taking risks. We might demand others’ attention, create melodrama, or be overly prideful in the face of fear. At times, we might be overly concerned with what’s expected instead of following our own heart.

Blue Moon on July 31

When there are two Full Moons within one calendar month, we call the second one a Blue Moon. This Blue Moon falls in Aquarius. Uranus squaring Mars and trining Mercury, it’s a good time to let your rational mind be open to the intuitive influences that can inform and perhaps redirect your choices in taking action. Your actions tend to spring from emotions right now, while your mind is more tuned into your authentic and creative expression. Trust that Saturn will guide your actions toward a responsible and productive outcome, if you can resist impulsiveness.

Jupiter squares Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn square each other through most of August, so expect to feel a struggle between your need for fun-loving adventure and play and your need to remain disciplined and responsible. There might be a working vacation or an office party.


New Moon on August 14

During the August New Moon, Venus (relationship and values) conjoins with the luminaries, which trine with Uranus (individual intuition). This will be a good time to set your intentions for the following month to strengthen your ability to radiate your unique expression of love into all your relationships. Just be aware, as Saturn squares this new moon, that you are responsible for paying attention to the affects you have on others and being vulnerable to ask for and accept feedback.

Uranus-Pluto release

After the release of the five year Uranus-Pluto square in May, we’ve seen some of the results of the deep shifts in our societal landscape that have taken place behind the scenes during that time. Expect to see more evidence as the summer and year unfold and these transiting planets trigger yet more revealing events.

Good Leo questions to ask yourself in August

To heal and evolve your Leo self, notice if you have a fear of being seen, recognized, put in the spotlight. Do you feel unworthy of notice, lacking talent or any gift to share? Conversely, do you find yourself trying too hard to be seen, applauded or loved? Do you steel attention at the same time you are feeling unworthy? Do you have a hard time accepting accolades, compliments or attention? Do you live primarily through others’ achievements? Perhaps your children’s.

Good Leo things to do in August

Give yourself permission to shine. Let go of standards, comparisons and judgments. Just follow your creative urges. Draw, sing, sculpt, craft, write, perform. Make having fun the priority, as if you were a child, without regard for outcomes. Play a sport. Compete in a game. Laugh and feel your inner child radiate joy and warmth to those around you. Take pride in your self.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit for more information.