In the above image, we see Chinnamastā. She copulates with Shiva as she severs her head with her fingernail. Three streams of blood flow from her head. The streams flow to feed the goddesses on her left and right, as well as her own head.
Carl Jung speaks of the “negative side the mother archetype” (CW 9i, para. 158) For many this image of Chinnamastā would certainly be a dark, foreboding, negative image. Yet, taking in its own context this image reveals the very nature of the ecstatic non-dual. There are many ways in which the image reveals such truth, most readily in the symbolic severing of the head. The severing of the head may represent moksha (liberation), as an image of non-dual ecstasy associated with the release of our individual identity.