Moola – The Lion
Moola (00.00-13.20 Sagittarius) is the first of the last 9 asterisms and is considered as being ruled by Nirriti, the Goddess of Destruction. The term Moola refers to the ‘root’, which is symbolized by a bunch of roots tied together.
Moola is a term that also refers to the ‘center’ or the ‘innermost core’. In essence, Moola is a straightforward that prefers not to beat about the bush and hence is always direct, emblematizing the natural essence.
Moola has a fundamental approach towards life, which is getting to the core of things. In fact, the very word ‘relentless’ applies to Moola as it ceases to stop at anything unless it has had its fill and will. One of the key functions of this asterism is to uproot things that to them have lost their significance. As an impulsive constellation, the natives of Moola often regret their actions. The Jupiter influence is best brought out when the will of Moola is in harmony with the Universal will. This is where individuality, in synchronizing universality, attains its apex.
It is believed that the drive for individuality starts in Ashwini matures in Magha and concludes in Moola. Despite exceeding the limitations of ego and selfishness, Moola remains an arrogant nakshatra which fails to understand its potential. Sometimes, this is good though as it stops them from inflicting injustice on others in ignorance. The reason as to why Moola sometimes gets negative and dreadful is due to the influence of Ketu.
It is an influence that sows the seeds of ego and vanity, as is evident from Ravana’s example in the Hindu epic Ramayana. This is where power and fame climax in material accomplishment. Moola relates to the feet which can bear the weight of the entire body. Moola however also indicates non violence and protection of that which is good. The natives are characterized with a prominent nose and ears and a thick lip. In terms of behavior, Moola may be reserved, sarcastic or bold, which makes them easily noticeable in a crowd.
Padas or Quarters
The first pada falls on the Aries
Navamsa which is ruled by Mars. It is associated with all sorts of probes on
the material or spiritual plane depending on the evolutionary status of the
individual. A well-placed Ketu makes the native optimistic and hopeful. Natives
may be self-centered or egotistic if the quarter works through the lower realm.
The effect of the Moon can affect the father’s health. Ketu, Mars, Jupiter and
the Sun are strong.
The second pada falls on the
Taurus Navamsa which is ruled by Venus. Occult and material aspects are present
here. The native can become hard working and have material objectives in mind. Their
resolution and tenacity are evident when planets influence immaterial aspects. The
individuals are creative and interested in the arts, music and other Venusian activities.
Planets might lead to obstacles and strife. Bad results can affect the mother’s
wellbeing. Mars, Moon, Venus and Jupiter are beneficial.
The third pada falls on the
Gemini Navamsa which is ruled by Mercury. Natives believe in word play. The
lightest of padas, natives are experts in relationships, wordplay and communication.
This is where Mula’s need for power is transformed to an intellectual level. Planets
are able to strike a balance between spiritual and material values here. The
pada is opposed to acquisition of material commodities with planets causing
poverty. Ketu, Rahu, Mercury and Jupiter lead to positive results.
The fourth pada falls on the
Cancer Navamsa which is ruled by the Moon. A very tumultuous pada, the natives
experience constant struggle to relate on an emotional plane. This emotional nature
is easily disturbed here. This is why natives should let go of their emotions
to attain their higher objectives. Ancient texts describe this pada as destructive
for the wellness of a native. Certain purifying rights are required so that the
energies of the pada can be appropriately harnessed. Jupiter is helpful in
energizing the pada beneficially.
Shamans; healers; medicine
experts; doctors; people administering poisons; ministers; dentists; policemen;
preachers; investigators; judges; soldiers; researchers of genetics and
microbiology; morticians; astronomers; autopsy performers; public speakers; rock
artists; debaters; herb sellers; voodoo practitioners; sellers of root
vegetables like potatoes and carrots; wrestlers; bodyguards; politicians;
homicide squads; nuclear physicists; professional agitators; gold diggers;
equine sportspersons and trainers; treasure seekers; ascetics; coal and
petroleum miners; professions involving destruction and investigation
Tracing of roots, singing, oration, search for knowledge, planting, gardening, herbs, medicines, construction and foundation work, sexual expression, occultism, self-exploration, meditation, death, adventure
Balance, tactfulness, marital events, diplomacy, lending or borrowing, materialism
Moola natives should worship the deities of fierceness like Rudra and Kali and chant the root mantra “Om Nam”, “Om Pham” and “Om Pam” 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing dark, earthy colors or red and gold is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Moola an arrogant and compassionate appearance, and makes them happy and prosperous. The titan king Ravana is a typical Moola native.