Asteroid 5863 Tara, an Amor asteroid, was discovered on September 7, 1983 by Carolyn S. Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. It has a period of 3 years, 113 days.

It was named for the Hindu star-goddess Tara, goddess of mysticism and self-mastery, a manifestation of Time, the absolute unquenchable hunger that drives all life along. She became the symbol of spiritual hunger for release from the physical world in Buddhism and Jainism.


Tara was also the name of the fictional Georgia plantation of Scarlett O'Hara's family in Margaret Mitchell's classic novel Gone With The Wind. In the book, the plantation was named by its Irish founder for the Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland, an ancient sacred site that by tradition is the seat of ancient Irish kings.

The Hill of Tara

The plantation house of the fictional Tara from Gone With The Wind

Astrologically, asteroid Tara seems to indicate returning or arriving at or trying to return to or being nostalgic for a real or imagined golden era.

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