The Wild Feminine:
Mula, is ruled by the dreadful from of Shakti – Nirriti, also known as Kali. Being the Karmic Knot, Jyeshtha and Mula are both associated with these dreadful Goddesses – Kali (Darkness of Time), Nirriti (Death and Destruction) and Dhumvati (Ashes and Smoke).
Nirriti means the one without Riti, the one without any structure or organization.
To understand better, we need to look at the nakshatra in exact opposition to Mula, which is Mrigshira. If we look at Mrigshira, it is a Nakshtra of vegetation and fruits which are cultivated by men into beautiful gardens from the previous nakshatra – Rohini.
Rohini shows the beauty of growth and flowers, Mrigshira shows the flexibility of feminine energy tamed willingly and grow where the water is provided, while Mula shows the darker aspect of mother nature and the untamed feminine in its destructive form.
Mula or Kali needs not a man’s caring and nourishing traits, but instead she strives to challenge all of us. Proving that nature doesn’t need men, men need nature.
Mula represents the deep, dark roots of trees and life itself, and is uncontrolled, wild and raw force of feminine energy.
Enchantment of Wild Goddess:
Mula is the 3rd and final nakshatra of the Spiritual planet Ketu, mystical, confusing and deep.
When we are under heavy influence of Mula, we think about cutting off everything and everyone from our practical reality and feel a need to strive alone, live alone and die alone. Taking nothing and giving nothing at the cost of losing our so-called freedom. Falling prey to Nirriti under the spell of total freedom.
Abandonment of all things material and shiny means being attracted by something “shinier”. And nature, is the most beautiful aspect of femininity but also the most harsh and non-discriminatory one.
Human race spent centuries building comfort and safety so that we can survive better and be more spiritually indulgent and practice unconditional love without having to worry about shortage of food, being bitten by a Snake or being eaten by a Lion.
The crazy notion of abandoning material comfort, emotional responsibilities, loved ones and living in wilderness of nature in total freedom and total survival mode is the ultimate Goddess, attracting us in form of Nirriti.
The Cost of Freedom:
This is the Goddess that allures us by giving total freedom, but do we really strive on freedom? Or we seek grooming of our negativity and cutting off of useless weeds from our minds and lives?
Nirriti – the uncontrolled roots of femininity and dangerous side of Goddess of Destruction tests us for how well we can survive, if not, she will consume us all back into Earth with her roots. After all, for nature, all children are equal and with lesser survival strategies we are nothing but small children ready to be consumed by mother’s bigger children.
Parvati and Kali:
The opposite Nakshtra of Mrigshira is vegetation and fruits grown under the cultivation and protection of men, getting best out of nature in alignment with nature. Grooming the feminine for mankind’s benefits.
Parvati was said to be born under the nakshatra of Mrigshira, total opposite of Mula or her dreadful form, Kali.
Mrigshira is a deer form of Rohini, running away from her father to be rescued and united with Shiva.
Mula and Tantra:
Tantra is the skillful usage of human energies to experience the oneness of ever-present cosmic Shiva Shakti.
It is interesting to observe that 9th portion of initial degrees of Ashlesha falls into Mula nakshatra and 9th portion of last degrees of Mula falls into Ashlesha nakshatra. Ashlesha is the energy of the serpent that holds our Kundalini energy.
The symbol of coiled serpent in Ashlesha shows the willful bondage with the beloved.
This inter-mingled energies of both Nakshatras represents the dance of kali and Parvati. Our constant desire to either individuate from or merge with the opposite.
Shiva is the ever-present masculinity and Shakti is his nourishing ever-present feminine aspect. Like without Prana, there is no life, only dead body. Similarly, without Shakti, there is no Shiva, only Shava.
Shiva was Shava – the lifeless wild man child, until he was united with Parvati (Rohini/Mrigshira/Sweet side of feminine) when she allured him into her embracing and loving form as Shakti and virialized him to be the ultimate Yogi, Shiva.
Shiva is said to be the ultimate masculine because he was the one who conquered Kali – the dreadful storms of Mula Nakshtra and married her in form of Parvati – the sweetness of Mrigshira Nakshtra.
Conquering here doesn’t mean destruction of Kali, but instead to bring her to a level of harmonious union and her willful surrender out of love. Like Kali strives to be conquered and pleased through passing her challenges and harmonious cultivation, the Feminine aspect of existence comes to life through penetrating consciousness of the masculine.