The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Nakshatras – The Journey of Soul Part-2’.
Moola nakshatra is 19th among 27 nakshatras. All four quarters of Moola fall in Sagittarius. It marks the beginning of the third set of nakshatras ranging from Moola to Revati.
The literal translation for the word Moola is ‘root’. Root is the most important and the innermost part of a plant or tree. A root also conveys the sense of being grounded and holding. The ability to look at the root of a matter means recognizing the most important aspect of an issue. Significant amount of curiosity, intelligence and energy is required to reach to the root of a matter.
Root of anything is as deep as it gets. Hence such root indicates the approach to look at things as they are in their purest forms. Combining all these attributes, Moola nakshatra exhibits characteristics like being rooted, curiosity, intelligence, energy and direct or straight forward approach in dealing with issues.
Vedic astrology assigns a tied bunch of roots as the main symbol of Moola nakshatra. This tied bunch of roots again conveys various meanings. A tied bunch of roots indicates variety, versatility and strength through unity. Hence Moola nakshatra exhibits characteristics like versatility and strength through union. It means natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra may be good at connecting with their roots and they may gain strength through such connections.
Hence Moola natives may have closely formed bonds with their parents, siblings, relatives and childhood friends; and these relationships may be at the root of their strength. A connection with roots also suggests affinity with family line. Accordingly, natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra may feel deeply connected to their ancestral lineage and family traditions. Moola natives may be straight forward in their approach and they may not care for social norms. It means a Moola native may say things as he sees them and he may not care about the kind of reactions his words may bring back.
Since Moola natives may be gifted with the ability to reach to the root of matters; their speech patterns may often offend other people. This is because they may not only speak out loud when they find something is bad, they may also tell why it is bad. For many people, adding the root cause may only mean adding insult to injury. For example, a Moola native may say something like, ‘this dark yellow doesn’t suit you because of your dark complexion’.
Though this Moola native may be telling the truth according to his understanding; he may be hitting the affected person with double strength. The first blow is that dark yellow doesn’t suit him and the second blow is that his complexion is dark. Though it is an honest comment according to such Moola native, the other person may get offended.
It should be noted that Moola natives may also be good at giving complements and that too with details. For example, a Moola native may say, ‘you look beautiful today and this new hair style enhances your beauty’. Hence Moola natives may be straight forward with their approach though such attitude may often cause problems for them, unless there are corrective planets in their horoscopes. Such direct approach may not be limited to their speech or opinions and it may also reflect through their actions.
Roots are directly related to strength of trees or plants they represent. It means various plants having roots receive strength and growth through roots. Hence stronger are the roots, stronger is the tree or plant. Accordingly, natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra may try to achieve power and authority in their lives and they may take help from their roots in order to do so.
It should be noted that the root of a plant or tree is always hidden and it is covered in mystery. Hence Moola natives have tendency to connect to the hidden, mysterious and occult side of nature. Therefore many Moola natives may resort to faiths like astrology or tantra, in order to gain success and power.
Some natives under strong and specific influence of Moola nakshatra may also engage in professions related to such fields. These natives may become astrologers, tantrics, psychics, spiritual gurus and other such professionals; depending on their overall horoscopes. Since roots are always hidden in mystery, this characteristic may also be exhibited by Moola nakshatra. It means natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra may be skilled at hiding their strengths, their sources of power and their intentions.
Vedic astrology assigns Nritti as the ruling deity of Moola nakshatra. Nritti is considered as the goddess of destruction according to Vedic mythology as the word Nritti literally translates into Calamity or destruction on a large scale. Accordingly, many characteristics of Nritti like the ability to destruct, aggression, anger and violence are relayed through Moola nakshatra. These characteristics make Moola a difficult to handle nakshatra.
As a result, placements of unsuitable or malefic planets in Moola nakshatra in a horoscope may cause serious problems for the native as well as for other people. It should be noted that destruction represented by Nritti is on large scale. It means natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra are capable of waging wars and other such acts; which may end up causing destruction on large scales.
For this reason, many Vedic astrologers fear Moola nakshatra and they paint it in very bad colours. However, any type of energy in its purest form is innocent and it doesn’t have a wish of its own. It means whether the characteristics of Moola nakshatra are used in accordance with universal theme or such characteristics are used for selfish motives; depends on the overall horoscope of the native under consideration.
Vedic astrology assigns Ketu as the ruling planet of Moola nakshatra. Ketu is known as a planet associated with past, mysteries, troubles and destruction. Many such characteristics of Ketu are relayed through Moola and they make it an even more difficult to handle nakshatra. Ketu is known as a fiery planet and it has the characteristic of bringing good or bad results in short periods of time. It means the fire of Ketu may cause destruction in no time.
These characteristics of Ketu are also exhibited through Moola, making it a more fearsome nakshatra. Due to all these characteristics exhibited by Moola nakshatra, natives under its strong influence may have strong urge to destroy. Whether such urge is converted into positive destruction or negative destruction depends on placements of benefic or malefic planets in Moola nakshatra as well as on the overall horoscope of the native under consideration.
All four quarters of Moola nakshatra fall in Sagittarius which is a fiery sign ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius is considered as a lucky, optimistic and prosperous sign. Jupiter is known as the greatest of all natural benefic planets. Therefore, influences of Jupiter and Sagittarius add characteristics like optimism, faith, prosperity, intelligence, creativity and positive outlook to Moola nakshatra.
These much needed characteristics tend to bring Moola nakshatra back to balance. This way, Moola becomes a battlefield for conflicting characteristics of different energies. Some of these characteristics look very good whereas some others look horrible. Due to such conflicting characteristics, Moola is one of the most difficult to handle nakshatras, among all 27 nakshatras. Therefore, whether the energy of Moola nakshatra is used positively or it is used negatively, largely depends on the overall horoscope of a native under its strong influence.
Moola natives are generally very focused on their goals. They may keep trying until they have achieved their goals or they have completely exhausted themselves. Moola natives may be neither troubled nor bothered by hindrances on the way and they may keep moving relentlessly to achieve their goals. Moola is an impulsive nakshatra due to strong influences of Ketu and Nritti on it. Hence it may be very quick in taking actions, many times without proper consideration. As a result, Moola natives may have to suffer in the end. However, Moola natives may not learn from their mistakes and they may keep repeating same mistakes.
Moola natives may have good sense of financial management and they may spend their resources wisely. In its extreme form, this tendency may make them spend as little as possible. Hence they may try to save as much money as they can and they may not be willing to spend it; even when it should be. As a result, they may end up creating a number of problems; especially in the sphere of relationships.
Looking at professions, natives under strong influence of Moola nakshatra may be seen practicing as kings, heads of states, dictators, administrators, powerful political leaders, police officers, army officers, air force officers, naval officers, astrologers, psychics, tantrics, exorcists, healers, spiritual gurus, historians, librarians, doctors and especially surgeons, dentists, lawyers, judges, scientists, analysts, IT professionals, sportsmen, gangsters, criminals, arms dealers, murderers, professional killers, serial killers, militants, professionals who sell weapons of mass destruction, drug dealers, pest controllers, professionals dealing in weapon and arms industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, gardening industry, pest control industry and many other types of professionals, depending on their overall horoscopes.
Let’s look at some other facts associated with this nakshatra. Moola is considered as an active and harsh nakshatra. It is considered as neutral in gender. Vedic astrology assigns Butcher Varna and air element to Moola nakshatra. The Gana assigned to Moola is Rakshasa and the Guna assigned to it is Tamasic. It is a downward nakshatra and its Yoni or animal symbol is Dog.