Transcending the Dharma
"Anyone who is worth their salt will be absolutely delighted when I tell you to scrap all the rules and discover their own."
Every astrological Dharma House has a Moksha House placed 12 houses from it. The twelfth from any house symbolizes the end or draining away of that house. In the case of the Dharma houses, it is Moksha which allows us to "break all the rules" and live in absolute freedom in accordance with our own individual nature. Ketu is the granter of Moksha among the planets. Among the Nakshatras, the height of Ketu energy is Mula, which rules the power to break apart and destroy. The Goddess of Adharma, Nritti, rules this nakshatra and Nritti essentially means "the one who does not follow any rules". This makes her the natural enemy of Yama, who rules the yoni in Bharani nakshatra. Yama is the protector of the Dharma and Nritti is the breaker of it. If we think of Yama meaning restraint, it makes sense that Nritti-- being the height of Ketu who is the liberator-- would be antithetical to the entire idea of rules or Dharma. Interestingly, in my study of 140 gay men in Hollywood, Mula moon was most prominent, and this makes sense because they have an inherent dislike for submission to the yoni which is "rules" (that sometimes manifests as homosexuality in men). Nritti, like Mula, rules people who like getting to the truth and core of things. People think "left hand path" teachings are scary because they want to cling to reality being simple, and shun and hate freedom. "Be vegetarian", "Follow this authority figure and put your own fate into their trustworthy, superior hands", "Follow these rules"... that brings enlightenment. The truth is far different, and this is what Mula and Nritti teaches us. The truth is that the most evil people pretend to be the most "virtuous" and obsess over controlling the behavior of others, and deny themselves their true passions (which are paradoxically the way to true liberation) pretending to be "holy" and clinging to external displays of piety. "What a good little boy/girl I am, I do not eat this or that, I do not drink alcohol, dress sexy, *insert pleasurable activity here*. In the Guhyasahaja Tantra it states:
"Those sentient beings who murder, delight in deceit, covet others wealth, who constantly have sex... are worthy vessels for siddhi (attaining perfection)."
This is an inversion of all Dharmic conduct and spiritual vows, and this is why Nritti and Mula rule sudden reversals and also liberation. The truth requires a person to learn that all external codes of conduct have no virtue whatsoever. Virtue is dependent on discovering and keeping one's own code, which Nritti teaches. To curse another, to eat meat, to engage in whatever consensual sexual activity one deeply desires... these are all virtuous actions depending on one's connection to their personal will. This does not mean uncontrollable surrender to animal desires or vices, however. On the contrary, a person must rigorously root out and destroy all false desires and weaknesses which threaten to override the "will" of an individual. "The way of mastery is to break all the rules, but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise, you are in no position to transcend them." We must "refine our rapture" and be confident that no true "God" would ever send a person their truest desires and enjoyments. This is why in Thelema it is said "all that ye do is right if so be that ye enjoy it". If you deeply search your soul, you will find your true "vice", which leads you liberation. Your Ketu becomes your Crown and rules your Sahasrara chakra, making you a "Holy Fool" an enabling you to live your own Law in total freedom. Never trust anyone who claims to be "spiritual" in the sense of highlighting their own purity, as it is only through the use of one's passions that once can achieve liberation. Those who admit their true nature and what they enjoy, and have the courage to enjoy these things, achieve liberation... but those who believe they can follow rules to become liberated, instead of following and obeying only their own, are falling to the enslaving aspect of Ketu out of their deep fear of their own freedom and satisfaction. Everything we describe contains within it the opposite qualities. Ketu is the liberator, but by law of antimony, also the enslaver. "The slaves shall serve", but by their own choice as they betray their own law and thus willingly enslave themselves to another. Only the virtuous accept the path of self-discovery and freedom; others view it with terror and wish for enslavement. To each their own.