You are consciousness, ether, air, fire, water, and earth.
You are the universe, O Mother.
But in order to perform your play as the universe,
You take the form as the wife of Shiva
And appear before us as exquisite happiness.
Shankaracharya "Ananda Lahari" ("Wave of Bliss")
Shankara described Lalitha as the one "who dwells in a forest of bliss, whose ornaments glisten with gold, who wears a great pearl necklace, whose mouth rolls with wine, who is the giver of great compassion, who has wide eyes and wanders free..."
It's that last phrase, "wanders free," that hints at the radical quality of Lalitha's femininity. On the one level, of course, her freedom is the absolute freedom of the primordial Shakti, which can create anything or dissolve it at will. But as an archetype of the feminine, Lalitha's freedom offers a concrete example of queenly sovereignty. Lalitha appears to me to personify the fully alive, balanced, unashamedly feminine who is never subordinate and is supremely confident that her love can easily join the erotic with the holy. More than any of the forms of the great goddess, Lalitha is "allowed" to embody the feminine as the primordial source of everything, without sacrificing the softer qualities of erotic delight and partnership with the masculine.
Sally Kempton "Awakening Shakti"