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Graha * Bhava* Amsha * Rashi

Nakshatra of Ketuva

sacred tree for Mula Nakshatra


Sankara thesika saantha poorana annamoolathevi sahaayakrube|


Moola * Nirriti * Alaxmi

Vichruta * Vicritau

Chandra in Mula * comforted by witnessed emptiness * protectors of the eternal root vortex, philosophical watchers, galactic pilgrims

contributions coming to Earth

from the star-civilizations of Al-Shaula = The Cat's Eyes = Lesath (al-Ascha) and Shaula

the root

Thinks-and-Acts out of the Box (Ketu)

expansion without intention

smooth operators boundary-less, disregard-for-consequences, nebulizing arrhythmic Nirriti,

witness to the annihilating powers of Nature, reckless impulse, awareness of impermanence, sudden implosion of form


This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the Milky Way's galactic core , where massive stars are forming.

Credit for Hubble image : NASA, ESA, and Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Credit for Spitzer image : NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and S. Stolovy (Spitzer Science Center/Caltech)

the Nineteenth Nakshatra (previously the 17th nakshatra)

  • 00:00 until 13:20 Dhanuzya * Sagittarius

  • pada 73, 74, 75, 76 of total 108

Mula Nakshatra Celestial Location ~~ The Circle of Stars

The Scorpion's Tail:

  1. epsilon-Scorpii

  2. mu-Scorpii

  3. zeta-Scorpii (Grafias)

  4. eta-Scorpii

  5. theta-Scorpii

  6. iota-Scorpii

  7. kappa-Scorpii

  8. upsilon-Scorpii (Lesath = Al Las'ah = the Stinger)

  9. lambda-Scorpii (Shaula)

Regional Names for Mula nakshatra
  • Moola * Mulam
  • Mulabarhana
  • nairrita * belonging or consecrated to Nirriti, south-western, belonging to the Rakshasas, a Rakshasa girl, the Rakshasa-king
  • Prabhava
  • Vichruta
  • Minamref (Coptic)


Vanity Sounds the Horn and Ignorance Unleashes the Hounds Overconfidence, Rashness and Desire (from The Hunt of the Frail Stag)c. 1495-1510. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The animal symbol for Mula Nakshatra is the Male Dog

Shakti of the Mula Nakshatra

commentary by Pdt. David Frawley

"Prajapati desired, "May I find the root of progeny ."

One who makes the appropriate offering to Prajapati, to Mula, gains the root of progeny.

Here Mula is ruled by Prajapati, the Creator, who also rules Rohini.

  • This gives Mula a more creative energy.

Mula means root.

It gives the root of progeny or strong creative powers, somewhat like Rohini .

In the negative sense in the Vedas, Mula ruled by Nirriti takes away the root of one' s progeny or causes the loss of one' s first child."

Shakti of the Mula Nakshatra

QUOTATION from Dennis Harness:

"19. Mula: The Foundation Star

(Sagittarius 00 00 to 13 20 )

Mula translates as the root or original star, which is symbolized as a tied bunch of roots.

  • It is located around the galactic center of our universe.

The ruling planetary deity is Ketu, the South Node of the Moon, which reflects the mystical nature of this asterism.

The primary deity is Nirritti, the Goddess of Destruction. She lives in the Kingdom of the Dead and is associated with the powerful goddess, Kali.

  • The shakti revealed here is the power to ruin, destroy, and to break things apart .

The 9/11 tragedy occurred when Mars and Ketu were conjoined near the point of the galactic center in the middle of this intense nakshatra.

Mula has a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of kama."

Sacred Tree for Mula Nakshatra

see nakshatra gardens at:

  • western botanical name = Canarium strictum

  • Sanskrita namah:

  • Common names = Black dammar


Canarium strictum * sacred tree for Mula Nakshatra

Vocabulary for Mula nakshatra


  • "firmly fixed ", a root of any plant or tree;
  • but also fig. the foot or lowest part or bottom of anything
  • To take or strike root
A radish or the root of various other plants
  • (esp. of Arum Campanulatum,
  • of long pepper,
  • and of Costus Speciosus or Arabicus)
The edge (of the horizon); immediate neighborhood
  • basis, foundation, cause, origin, commencement, beginning;
    • rooted in, based upon, derived from
    from the beginning; right through from beginning
  • from the bottom, thoroughly
  • A chief or principal city
  • capital (as opp. to "interest")
  • A king's original or proper territory
  • A temporary (as opp. to the rightful) owner
  • An old or hereditary servant
  • A native inhabitant
  • The square root
  • A partic. position of the fingers (mUta-bandha)
  • A copse, thicket
  • name. of the 17th (or 19th) lunar mansion
  • herbs for horses, food
  • Asparagus Racemosus
  • A species of small bhava-lizard
  • Original, first
  • Own, proper, peculiar


  • uprooting
  • The Nakshatra Mula
Mula attributes

wikipedia = Mula

wikipedia: Nirriti

Mula nakshatra planetary regulator

  • Professor Ketu

Mula nakshatra Body Part

  • Left Torso of the nakshatrapurusha * Kala-purusha

Mula nakshatra Symbol

  • crouching lion
  • A bunch of roots tied together

Mula Nakshatra Gana * Group * Caste, Jati

  • Rakshasa (Demonic)

Mula nakshatra Tibetan tradition

  • Noop = Nub = root
  • Sokpa = Vitality

Topics of Mula nakshatra Return from the Brink of Disaster

  • "The Galactic Root" * Direct route to the Galactic Sun of the Milky-Way galaxy
  • "snake-oil salesman" * smooth operator * a charming person,
  • Mula nakshatra often unconcerned with consequences

Mula nakshatra protective Deity * bhapa * bheza

  • Nirriti * Goddess of destruction
  • Nirriti = Alakshmi denial of Lakshmi" (denial of abundance and prosperity)
  • Another name for Nirriti = Alaxmi = "Kali" the negative or inevitable effect of time

BPHS Mula nakshatra auspicious events:

  • "Making parks and gardens,
  • beginning war,
  • treaties and breaking treaties,
  • digging wells tanks or ponds,
  • agriculture."


  • Applies to nakshatra of radical lagna AND nakshatra of Chandra. For emotional relationships, nakshatra of Chandra is more influential in determining compatibility and ease of interaction.

Psycho-socially compatible with Mula * Nirriti

Nakshatra of Rahu or Ketu * whether highly exciting (Rahu) or deeply observing (Ketu) the fascinating yet disruptive nodal styles are well suited to partner with each other. Rahu-Rahu, Rahu-Ketu, and Ketu-Ketu pairings are found in environments that require irregularity, social non-conformism, opportunism, adventurous excitement, challenge to existing standards, cultural mixing, wandering patterns, and spiritual detachment..

Psycho-socially neutral with Mula * Nirriti

Nakshatra of Mangala * Kuja and No-contact Ketu are assigned to share governance of secret-revealing, therapeutically invasive Vrischika rashi. Mangala prefers to move vigorously and directly toward the goal, while Ketu's pathway tends to be nebulizing and foggy. Nevertheless, certain combinations of Ketu with Mangala can be temporarily yet profoundly healing within a narrative of active distancing, vigorous detachment, and energetically disconnected witness perspective.

Nakshatra of Brihaspati * Brihaspati's ever-expanding realm of inclusive doctrinal understanding can be supplemented by dissolving Ketu, and Guru-Ketu combinations can reflect a theoretically abstractive pair. However the principled methods of Guru's outreach preaching are typically incommensurable with the apparently aimless disorientation of Ketu. These pairings may have a temporary shared spiritual agenda, but they are typically not sustainable.

Psycho-socially uneasy with Mula * Nirriti

Nakshatra of Zukra = Zukra is all about equal matches, pleasures, and partnership. No-contact Ketu the chidrakaraka is all about disconnection, amputation, splitting. This couple is not adversarial. Rather, it finds no mutual point of contact. The Zukra partner seeks harmonious, wealth-accruing unions whereas the Ketu partner seeks pilgrimage, wandering, witnessing dispersion. Low potential for agreement.

Nakshatra of Shani * Shani imposes the rules and Ketu dissolves the rules Generally Ketu folk feel restricted in Shani's fixed-role, orderly environments. Ketu tends to find Shani as rather meaninglessly punitive, purposelessly strict, or uselessly authoritarian. Ketu wanders on.

Most catalytic (challenging) nakshatra for Mula * Nirriti

Nakshatra of Chandra * Ketu and Chandra form an inherently uncomfortable union. Chandra stabilizes, settles, cultivates, harvests, and nurtures. Ketu blows through Chandra's settlements like a dust storm, desiccating the nurturing waters and pulverizing ancestral roots. Chandra the Sustainer can withstand most of Ketu's disconnective effects but even so, Chandra is wary of amputation, decapitation, and root-destruction. This pairing is rare, and when it occurs the Chandra partner may perceive No-Contact Ketu as a nuisance.

Nakshatra of Surya * Ketu and Surya often cannot recognize each other. Surya's brilliant light overpowers Ketu. This pairing is exceptionally rare, and when it occurs the Surya partner may perceive Ketu as insubstantial, unintelligent, or disoriented.

Nakshatra of Budha * Ketu and Budha work at cross-purposes. Budha repeats a script of message delivery that depends on a logical mental process. Ketu is speechless, off-script, non-sequitur, clueless, and ungrammatical. If this pairing is required for some karmic reason, logically argumentative Budha may express resentment toward Ketu's proclivity toward wandering non-thought.

Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. "Mula" p.82. "Ruled by the Dragon's Tail. A sharp asterism belonging to the butcher caste and favorable for punishment, torture, imprisonment, exorcism, mesmerism and separation or union when containing the Moon. Those born on the lunar day will be druggists, dealers in flowers and fruit, rich and fond of gardening. With Moon here at birth native will be conceited, wealthy, luxurious, kind-hearted, happy and resolute. Rules stables and the left side of the body. "

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativity

Mula * Nirriti

BPL commentary:

For Mula nativities, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, wandering, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

Spirit guides, astral beings, cutters, winds, flags, tails, cloudy figures, agents of impermanence and release, of forgiveness and surrender, freedom from conventions, disregard of consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance from the civilizations of Al-Shaula

BPL note: in the modern era, 'husband will die' is much more likely to result in 'husband will exit the union via separation or divorce'. Also, despite their tendency toward lengthy widowhood, many Mula women maintain decades-long marriages to suitable men especially men with Azvini or Magha in lagna.

Like all Ketu-ruled nakshatra, Mula is greatly strengthened when Ketu occupies Mula - and even it is helpful when Ketu occupies PurvaAzadha or pada-1 of UttaraAzadha

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 98

"... very little happiness through the life ...

  • due to the secret and destructive thoughts of the native

  • and her proud and stubborn nature.

To understand this is a help.

  • But a determined effort must be made to rectify it.

The fault lies entirely within herself,

  • her nature preventing her from being happy in any relationship.

She will have many love affairs and trouble through them.

If she marries, she will be unhappy

  • because of her inability to compromise

  • and her husband will die in seven years from the time of the marriage.

She has a weak constitution and her health will be uncertain,

  • due again to the destructive thoughts

  • which she harbors continually."

Feminine Nativities

Mula lagna:

see also: Chandra in Mula

  • Total Surrender 1910-1997 Mother Teresa of Kolkata

  • televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker

Feminine Nativities:

Mula * swamsha

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Mula * Nirriti

BPL commentary:

For Mula nativities, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, wandering, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

Spirit guides, astral beings, cutters, winds, flags, tails, cloudy figures, agents of impermanence and release, of forgiveness and surrender, freedom from conventions, disregard of consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance from the civilizations of Al-Shaula

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 86.

"... a shrewd and capable character - an organizer,

  • who is able to handle people

  • and make them serve his needs through tact and diplomacy.

A politician.

An orator who is capable of swaying his audiences

  • yet who is not sincere

  • but may even be unfaithful to his constituents

  • and ungrateful and unappreciative of favors received if the occasion arises.

The type of person who, while one is still in his presence, holds one spellbound;

  • but who when he leaves, also leaves a lurking distrust behind him.

Extremely clever and capable."

Masculine Nativities

Masculine Nativities:

Mula in swamsha

General Description of Mula characteristics


General results of being born in Mula Nakshatra :

1. Physical features:

  • You have a good physical appearance.

  • You will have beautiful limbs and bright eyes.

  • You will be the most attractive person in your family.

2. Character and general events:

You possess a very sweet nature and are a peace loving person.

You have set principles in your life.

  • You can stand against any adverse tidal wave,

  • you have the capacity to penetrate that wave and reach the destination.

You are not bothered about tomorrow nor are you very serious about your own matters.

You keep all the happenings in the hands of God and become prey to optimism.

3. Education, sources of earning/profession:

  • You need to be very cautious of recording your finances or you will find yourself in debt.

You may give advice that you may not even use.

  • This peculiar characteristic

  • generally fits you for the profession of financial advisor or religious advice.

Since you are skilled in several fields there will be frequent changes of profession or trade

  • but stability in this direction seems to be a very rare phenomenon,

  • this may put you in constant need of money.

Watch the tendency to spend too much on your friends.

You will possess the utmost sincerity in all you do.

You may earn your livelihood in a foreign place,

  • where it is indicated that you will have much more success in business.

You are capable of shining in all walks of life,

  • particularly in the field of fine arts, as a writer and in the social work .

4. Family life

Excepting a few cases, it is seen that Mula born cannot have any benefit from parents

  • whereas they are self-made .

Your married life will be satisfactory.

You will have a spouse with all adequate qualities.

5. Health:

Even when you are sick you will look well.

You may not in the habit of taking care of your own health.

  • With the result, some severe health problems can be noticed

  • in your 27th, 31st, 44th, 48th, 56th and 60th age.

You must try not to have any association with intoxication

  • as you may suffer from the grips of addiction.

When the Mula Nakshatra rises, great relief is felt in lingering diseases."

Description of the Pada (quarters) of Mula

also applies to Chandra in Mula

Mula Pada-1 = Mesha swamsha

BPL commentary

Makara rules the 10th navamsha suggesting careers in governance, over-seer, legislation, policy and law, executive decision-making, bureaucracy, social ordering, hierarchies, stepwise processes, protocols and procedures, imposition of rules and consequences, elder judge, graduations and grading, professions of aging and antiquities, geriatrics, old things

Masculine Nativities

Feminine Nativities

-- from Das / Behari

QUOTATION: For Masculine Nativities ONLY, Description of the Four Pada (quarters) of Moola, QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 105.

"A self-made man who is very independent and ambitious.

  • In the middle part of his life, will be highly respected.

Due to his own efforts and ability,

  • he will be very well known in business circles.

Will never remain in a subordinate position very long.

At the age of thirty-five or thirty-six, he will have an accident

  • either in connection with machinery or by fire,

  • and may have broken bones.

At the age of six or seven, will receive a sear or burn."

Mula Pada-2 * Vrishabha swamsha

BPL commentary

Kumbha rules the 10th navamsha suggesting careers in scientific systems, regulated networks, distribution networks, economics, ecologies, communities, friendship linkage, weaving, knitting, knotting, making of nets, marketplaces, associations, large-scale gatherings, marketplaces, bazar, social participation, gridwork, framework, conceptual exchange grids, social and electro-magnetic connections

Masculine Nativities

Feminine Nativities

-- from Das / Behari

QUOTATION: For Masculine Nativities ONLY, Description of the Four Pada (quarters) of Moola, QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 105.

same as pada-1

A self-made man who is very independent and ambitious.

  • In the middle part of his life, will be highly respected.

Due to his own efforts and ability,

  • he will be very well known in business circles.

Will never remain in a subordinate position very long.

At the age of thirty-five or thirty-six, he will have an accident

  • either in connection with machinery or by fire,

  • and may have broken bones.

At the age of six or seven, will receive a sear or burn."

Mula Pada-3 * Mithunaya-swamsha

BPL commentary

Meena rules the 10th navamsha suggesting careers in charity, spiritual guidance, divination, water-gazing, dream-interpretation, clairsentient visions, imagination, sacred symbols, astral bridging, invisible environments, sleep, subtle sounds and vibratory patterns, private prayer, meditation, seclusion, cosmic cycles, reflective thought, philosophical theory, ancestor spirits, telepathy, empathy, cetaceans and cultures of Sirius

Masculine Nativities

Feminine Nativities

-- from Das / Behari

QUOTATION: For Masculine Nativities ONLY, Description of the Four Pada (quarters) of Moola, by Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 105.

same as pada-1

"A self-made man who is very independent and ambitious.

In the middle part of his life, will be highly respected.

Due to his own efforts and ability,

  • he will be very well known in business circles.

Will never remain in a subordinate position very long.

At the age of thirty-five or thirty-six, he will have an accident

  • either in connection with machinery or by fire,

  • and may have broken bones.

At the age of six or seven, will receive a sear or burn."

Mula Pada-4 = Karkata-swamsha

BPL commentary

Mesha rules the 10th navamsha suggesting careers in championship, first-arrival, innovation, engineering, competition, challenge, conquest, dueling, domination, pioneering actions, use of force, hunting, muscular action, athletics, new birth, insemination, obstetrics, pushing, blood chemistry, inventions, novelty, singularity, winning

Masculine Nativities

Feminine Nativities

QUOTATION from Das / Behari

QUOTATION from Masculine Nativities only, Description of the Four Pada (quarters) of Moola, by Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 105.

"the fourth part alone causes unhappiness in the home,

  • but much respect and admiration outside,

  • particularly in work of an official character.

Must be warned against relying too much on subordinates

  • as he may be betrayed by these

  • and by his associates."

from BPHS, Ch. 94 shloka 11-13

"Remedies from the Effects of Birth in Jyeztha Gandanta" (Ranjan edition, 1995, p. 1035 Vol 2.)

"A boy or girl born in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter of Azlesa Nakshatra

destroys his/her mother-in-law

And a boy or girl born in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter of Moola Nakshatra

  • becomes the destroyer (cause of death) of his/her father-in-law.

Therefore, suitable measures, as may be possible within one's means,

should be taken at the time of the marriage of such boys and girls.

There will be no evil effect if the husband has no elder brothers."

BPL commentary:

Mula has a reputation for failure leading to annihilation * Nirriti * due to misconstrued spiritual confidence = "blind faith". Lacks practical restraints and cannot retain accrued values (Alaxmi).

  • However. in daunting circumstances, Mula can inspire others with a curious delight in the hopelessness of the human condition.

Mula natives are found in all industries and roles. Mula are often particularly attracted into situations that contain large-scale dissolution of focus, structural collapse or widespread failure.

Mula are often intensely committed to a doctrine, theory, or ideology which contradicts material reality. This belief woven into its supporting paradigm tends to guide Mula's interpretation of reality.

For example, a memorable Mula female from my files was a deeply inspired elementary school teacher. She taught in one of the most violent, drug-and-crime ridden racial ghettos of the USA. Unlike many of her fellow liberal-progressive colleagues who experienced tremendous job stress and could not continue, this intrepid Mula educator never "burned out".

She was a believer. A woman born into social privilege, every school day she used her own salary to buy breakfast foods for each of her 19 students. She believed that they would succeed in life if she could install a stronger foundation into their third-grade experience, which she described as the most important and high-potential year in the entire K-12 sequence. After 35 years of pursuing this practice, she cannot point to a single one of her former students who has graduated from college.

Notably descriptive of Ketu-context thinking, she was not interested in learning research-based behavioral techniques for managing these largely learning-disabled students. When she attended the mandatory annual professional continuing education classes necessary to maintain her teaching license, she reports that she (and many of her colleagues) skipped class. They simply signed-in to create a record of attendance that would satisfy government licensing requirements, excused themselves (Ketu = excuse) to the restroom, and went to a bar or restaurant to relax for the duration of the required professional skills trainings.

According to her, research-based skills training was worthless because "they don't understand how to inspire my kids". Most of her male students are dead or incarcerated. She personally adopted three crack-babies, raised them with every social privilege, paid for tutors, dentists, and doctors, and kept looking for that miracle result in which Mula deeply believes. All three babies became convicted felons before age 25; two are serving life sentences because their drug-fueled crimes involved murder. Despite the heinous nature of the crimes, she insists that her sons should not be held accountable because of their crack-baby histories.

This Mula native is a master schoolteacher (Dhanuzya teaching) who has sponsored innumerable younger teachers. She emphasizes positive thinking. The only thing she hates is testing, because she believes that test numbers defeat the inspiration which is the real heart of learning (Budha numbers, Budha adversarial to Guru).

End of career is a splendid Ketu story.

After decades of teaching, the district supervisor (who was her friend) suddenly asked Mula-woman to accept early retirement. Apparently there was video showing mishandling of the students' annual state exams. According to Mula, the video showed her seated at the teacher's desk on "planning day" carefully and systematically erasing her students' wrong test answers and filling in the correct answers.

It is a beautiful example of the way of Mula folk. First, Mula are distinguished by "disregard for consequences". They follow the truth of their theory-doctrine-ideology-credenda, unconvinced and unimpressed by material reality. Secondly, Mula are rarely harmed by this attitude of disregard, and often do quite well in life. Actually this Mula profited by an early retirement with full pension and benefits. With her three kids safely in prison, she is free to enjoy many travel holidays.

Ddespite working with a financially desperate, chemically deranged, and often violent population, Mula-woman was never physically harmed at any time. She has remained cheerfully faithful to her principles. She continues to preach her doctrine to anyone who will listen.

Importantly, lagnesha Guru (belief) occupies Simha-9 supporting her buoyant optimism, while Budha (logic) is heavily oppressed by Shani suggesting her ability to ignore logical evidence while sustaining a long career in heavily institutional conditions.


Exemplifying a distinction between Rahu (whose fall can be public and dramatic) and Ketu (abandonment, severance or surrender) this Mula's fall from grace was never disclosed to the public nor was she prosecuted due to protections in her employment contract.

  • Shambala1939-1987 Tulku Chogyam Trungpa exemplifies the unique characteristics of Mula. Born and educated into a historic wisdom lineage, Trungpa became a brilliant celebrity teacher who used "shock and awe" to challenge the stagnant paradigm of conventional thinking about dharma (reality). His pioneering mission to eradicate (Mula vichruta root) a millenium of barnacle-like cultural accruals stuck to the Vajrayana Buddhist wisdom-teachings, so that its wisdom could penetrate the western consciousness, would be adjudged successful. But he also acted distinctively without regard for consequences toward the limitations of the physical body, developed self-encouraged alcoholism, and died of the drink.

Mula can express great genius through its eccentric sense of possibility; they are very good at thinking out of the box and getting great insights from traveling around the world (Dhanushya, the wealth-of-wisdom). Mula may travel widely during Ketu mahadasha.

Open-minded and unencumbered by practical concerns of consensual reality, Mula unhesitatingly takes on big projects based on their oddly arranged paradigm of belief. On the one hand the Divine will guide (generous Guru) and on the other hand, nothing matters anyway (apathetic Ketu).

Mula the Galactic Root = direct route to center of this universe, but often swayed by Others

One of the primary challenges faced by one born into a Nakshatra of Ketuva (Azvini, Makha, or Mula) is that Ketu tends to provide a blank screen upon which others may project their desires. It may be beneficial to meditate upon one's authentic preferences and secure one's choices by writing them or speaking them. Without a conscious awareness of the need to ascertain one's own true preferences, the natural apathy of Ketu may lead the native into inauthentic choices based on the will of more ambitious, more opportunistic Others (Rahu).

less benevolent wealth-accruing human civilizations (Alaxmi) because Mula lacks both preparation and follow-through. Yet, complete openness to experience and lack of preconceptions opens the way to tremendous, cosmic-scale insights.

  • Mula's wisdom about human nature and its frailties may be considerable at times, but insights are ephemeral (Ketu). Other more materially grounded placements are necessary to preserve the insights in memory -- e xempli gratia, a strong Budha for writing.

  • Unassisted, Mula tends to make the same mistakes over and over again.

Through good times and bad, Mula remains quite neutral - taking neither credit nor blame. It is in many ways a very spiritual placement, albeit a frustrating one in the world of normal human endeavor.

  • In advance of starting the project (or marriage or employment) Mula shows little inclination toward self-assessment, evaluation of existing skills or resources inventories, consideration of previous experience or track-record in similar pursuits. Typically, Mula considers previous experience or skills training to be irrelevant to present challenges.

Amidst a project, Mula can inspire others with the seeming profundity of their faith in Providence and acts of unfettered courage.

  • Mula is well represented by the Tarot card"The Fool" which shows an open-minded fellow taking a big step right off the edge of a cliff.

  • There are indeed times in life when common sense (Shani) tells us to run but we must fight on anyway, and hope to live another day. In these desperate or irrational circumstances, Mula's foolish wisdom can offer a beacon shining hopefully in the darkest, most fearful night.

However Mula's bad reputation comes from Ketu. In the middle of a commitment, a battle, a job being done albeit with poor preparation and inadequate resources, Mula can switch from an icon of splendid risk to a suddenly disengaged traitor, abdicant, or coward.

Ketu = karaka for sudden disconnection. Mula has a tendency to"walk out" in abandonment of a commitment or simply surrender without warning. Ketu is a wanderer, and Mula will wander off to another battle, another relationship, another job, another project.

If Mula contains Shani or Guru there may be more substance to the native 's behavior, and commitments may last longer with more common sense or a more philosophical less annihilating type of religious faith.

Mula displays a general tendency to bite off more than one can chew, overestimate one's human abilities, and in the face of overwhelming circumstances to simply withdraw (Ketu)

"Opposite" or"reverse" of movement; forbidding movement or forbidding repayment; finite, limited, sticks to its base; does not exceed a narrow, pre-set range.

the native is charismatic yet insincere. Externally capable; internally unhappy.

Binding or restraint, root-bound; chained, bound or arrested.

Esoterically, Mula is considered the center of Earth's galaxy, the celestial"root" of our greater galactic civilization ( of which Earthly civilization is only one component)

Traditionally it is forbidden to make loans during the Moon's transit through Mula Nakshatra . The repayment of such loans would be difficult-to-impossible, as they are cursed by Mula's energy of bound-ness or movement without progress .

Detachment from Ketu + Expansion from Guru

  • Reckless yet religious

  • self-destructive yet self-regenerating

Mula = self-destructive, but not deadly . The Mula native seemingly destroys oneself"down to the root" -- but no farther.

  • The root itself is not destroyed. Vitality sustains.

  • In fact, the root almost always regenerates.

  • The subject matter of Mula's secretly self-destructive agenda will be found in the karaka portfolio of the affected graha, the bhava containing the Mula graha, and incoming drishti to the bhava.

  • As always, Chandra is most intensely characterized by the qualities of His Nakshatra . Chandra in Mula : yields more vividly self-destructive results than any other graha in Mula.

Accidents and life-threatening injuries

  • Mula is especially associated with dangerous burns . Also drowning, choking, violent accidents, broken bones, and dangerous sexual behaviors.

  • Mula behavior is characteristically negligent and oblivious to precaution. Yet, the Alaxmi native generally will not die from even the most catastrophic Mula-typical accident. Indeed, despite a lifetime which may look to outsiders like a chain of concatenated over-reachings and missteps, the optimistic Mula eventually recovers their vitality after each incident. Although not much the wiser for experience, they tend to be long-lived.

Sex and drug addictions

  • Mula = related to alcoholism and sex or drug addictions. Yet the addictions will not kill the native .

  • Addictive cycles begin with sudden and destructive power. Just as suddenly, the addiction is finished. In recovery, one may fill a priestly role in service to the addicted.

"Reckless disregard for consequences ".

  • The Mula-Soma native may engage in unsupportable or"senseless " risk.

  • Mula can also be cruel, due to the reckless detachment under rules of no-boundaries Ketu, which can blunt or even eradicate humane empathy.

Chandra in Mula is especially reckless with matters of emotional health and well-being.

"An accident waiting to happen."

  • Life seems to produce one"accident"after the next. Yet the native recovers from each and every crisis, no matter how apparently deadly.

  • After each recovery, the native begins a new cycle self-destructive choices which rather inevitably produce the next"accident".

Counseling the Mula Client

  • When counseling the Mula client, it is important to appreciate that the Mula native rarely realizes that one is making systematically self-destructive choices .

  • Indeed, Mula's choices follow a reckless, apathetic, Ketu-driven pattern that is easy enough for an outsider to detect. However, the Mula native subjectively perceives oneself as an innocent victim of a series of"Amazing accidents ".

Emotional distancing

  • Chandra in Ketu-ruled Nakshatra (Azvini, Magha, Kula) is generally characterized by an emotional distancing from others, even from one's own children.

  • Also Ketu imposes a certain blunting of the interpersonal awareness, so that one may be able to engage in intimate relationships only at the most primitive survival or sexual level.

Humble, religious nature

  • Naturally, Mula's fundamental disengagement from the world of"natural consequences " leads to a host of physical, social, emotional, and mental problems.

However, Mula influence is surprisingly good for the religious life. the native feels an ever deepening sense of"shock and awe"at the intensity of life's "random" events.

Mula is characteristically unable to comprehend the cause-and-effect ways in which one's own choices can attract the perfect conditions for a major life catastrophe. Based on a life narrative featuring crisis after crisis, the native may attribute great and glorious powers to a merciful God who seems to be wrathfully destructive -- and who yet offers salvation, time after time.

Although Mula does often demonstrate a lack of empathy (Ketu), one may have strongly spiritualized nature (Ketu) and provide surprisingly compassionate (Guru) support for others.

BP Lama viewpoint on Mula Nakshatra:

Mula (moola, the root) causes unusually self-destructive psychic and spiritualized reasoning patterns.

  • Mula natives suffer more than their fair share of accidents, indignities, and loss.

  • Yet Mula folk typically remain surprised and bewildered about the roots of their condition.

  • The chain of repeating misfortune is a mystery to them.

  • How this pattern could be anything else than a strange and magical series of random, terrible accidents?

Indeed there is no random accident. Yet it is the rare Mula native who can discern the Root of the problem!

The Galactic Sun


The image at left represents a stylized top-down view of the Earth's larger region, our "Milky Way" (white) galaxy. The galactic Sun is a bright star which resides at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The image shows the relative position of Earth's Sun (Savitra).

The swa(s)tika symbol, before it was demonically appropriated by the Nazi regime, served as a many-millennia-old map of our home galaxy. (Draw an anti-clockwise Vedic swa (self, home, root) tika (map, marker) upon the photo to right and you can see the old map.]

The "rose" flower, sacred and symbolic to many traditions, bears the map as well. So naturally does the lotus flower. The sacred Tibetan-pronunciation-Buddhist mantra Om Mani Peme Hung [om mani padme hum] = "hail to the jewel in the center of the lotus ".

Mula influence suggests that a part of one's divine consciousness still harkens back to a previous incarnation, not in Earth, but in the sacred-but-terrifying world of the Galactic Sun.

In between Earth incarnations (which are rather demanding although quite desirable for karmic purposes) our souls may take intermediary incarnations (which is rather a misnomer because only in Earth do we get these famous "meat-bodies "!)

  • One of the potential locales for a stop-over lifetime is the realm of the Galactic Sun.

This brilliant star is the center of our galaxy and it is a wonderful place in many ways. If one has the privilege to linger there, one becomes more god-like for the duration of one's stay.

The physical-body form is long-lived while in this realm; stupendously strong, alert and perceptive but not suspicious (suspiciousness is a component of the animal bodies we utilize here in Earth); and glamorously attractive as only the gods can be.

The consciousness here is much closer to the core of divine intelligence and Con-fidence runs very high. Of course, ego-membrane runs pretty high too, and there are social issues of competition for attention and dominance, proportional to godly life - on a large scale!

Returning to Earth, one has only the barest background memory, never fully conscious, of this previous incarnational experience. The lingering subconscious memories do however cause polarizing catalysis for anyone with graha in Mula Nakshatra, particularly Chandra in any of the Mula pada (see Shil Ponde's description of the Mula quarters, above.)

The polarizing catalysis is worst when Chandra (Moon) occupies Mula, but a strong Sun in Mula will also show some effects. Essentially, the native takes crazy risks, believing that the risks have much less destructive potential than they really do have for humans.

Scattered, optimistic Mula = associated with catastrophic events and failures after taking too-big risks .

Due to Mula memories overflow from the galactic center, one subconsciously believes one has the ability, the strength, the determination, or the intelligence to overcome the obstacles which others rightly fear -- or survive the risk.

Mula measurements in all departments of life - but especially the emotional areas - tend to be unrealistic (Ketu). The Mula issues will depend on which graha and which domain.

  • The Mula mind tends toward overestimation of human capabilities, and the results are often catastrophic.

  • However Mula generally gives a happy attitude of bewilderment, rather than resentment or guilt.

Mula reasoning produces very sensible conclusions for a god or one with a god-like body and god-like access to divine rejuvenating powers.

But we puny humans are much more vulnerable to forces of Earth Nature and the backlash of human social punishment than we sometimes appreciate.

Mula memories signal to the native that one can"beat the system" through one's (super) natural endowment and the power of Faith.

  • Ketu-ruled Mula = Intuitive Faith in one's own centrality.

  • Unfortunately from an Earth-based perspective, the greater center of our loka is very difficult to see or even imagine. Modern science has not quite matured enough to confirm the vision of the rishi.

  • Mula people have a powerful sense of their core importance to the welfare of their group however the group often finds Mula's leadership style to be misinformed, incomplete, over-confident, lacking core strength or core viability.

"And now my friends,

all that is true,

all that is noble,

all that is just and pure,

all that is loveable and gracious,

whatever is excellent and admirable -

fill all your thoughts with these things."

~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8


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