John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

For two thousand years John the Baptist has been seen as the one who first predicted the coming of the Messiah and then recognized Jesus as “the Lamb of God” at his baptism in the Jordan River.
John the Baptist, however, was not merely the herald of Jesus. He was Jesus. He became a Christos, an anointed one, after his process of God-realization, symbolized by his baptism in the Jordan.

He became the very Messiah for whom the Jews had waited so long. But this Redeemer was expected to fulfill a long list of prophesies that had been penned down by ancient prophets. John the Baptist did not correspond to these prophesies. The evangelists, therefore, gave him posthumously a new name and a new identity, one that referred to a character from the Old Testament: Joshua son of Nun, which translated liberally, means Son of God.

This book shows how this volatile concept is covertly woven into the fabric of the gospel stories — for “those who have ears and want to hear.” And when we unravel this grand secret, we also find solutions to many other inexplicable Biblical mysteries. The reader will discover the true identity of the enigmatic Manna, which God caused to come from heaven to sustain the Israelites on their forty year trek through the wilderness. The rather unbelievable story of Jonah, who emerged alive and well after three days in the belly of a great fish, will be clarified. And we’ll learn why the disciples of Jesus were told to cast their fishing net on the right side of their boats. And much more!

Through the ages there has always been a small group of initiated who guarded the secret that John the Baptist was Jesus. This book contains many paintings of old masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Correggio, in which this knowledge is secretly expressed.

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Relevant book data

Title: John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ
978-90-825023-2-9 (epub)
978-90-825023-1-2 (paperback)
205 pages, full colour!
With many full colour illustrations
Publisher: Magdalena Publishers, the Netherlands
Publication date: June 15th 2017

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Kundalini symbolism in the bible
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In this book 25 paintings by famous painters like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Correggio, in which they showed that John the Baptist was Jesus!

The Holy family, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1863.

The 2=1-code in the fingers of Mary.

John the Baptist in the desert, by Domenico Veneziano, circa 1445. (Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington)

John takes off his garment of camel hair and puts on the (red) garment of Christ. The ascending mountain path, which is emphasized by the loose pebbles, represents the (narrow) way to God, which John has traveled.

John the Baptist, by Bernardo Strozzi, 1620.

John has the Ecce Agnus Dei-banner (see the Lamb of God) in his hand and points at himself.

Diego de Sanabria, 1549.

John looks like Jesus. He is positioned in front of the cross. The banner is wrapped around his staff like a (kundalini) serpent. The rose bouquets on the foreground have the (pinecone) form of the pineal gland.

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About the author

Anne-Marie Wegh writes books about spirituality. She specializes in the symbolic imagery of the Bible. Through the centuries, much of the symbolic meaning of the Bible has been lost in translation. Her mission is to expose the deeper layer of the Bible and to share this with her readers.

Many of the Bible stories center on a process of spiritual rebirth which eastern traditions call kundalini awakening. Anne-Marie combines her insights into the deeper layers of the Bible with firsthand knowledge about this spiritual path of transformation.

In her own words:

The Bible can be regarded in several distinct ways. Many readers prefer to take the stories of the Bible literal and aim to live their lives according to the example of Jesus and the instructions he left us. Others see the Bible as a wholly human product and study it scientifically and anthropologically, or admire it as the great depository of narrative archetypes that still carries artistic expressions today. Many, however, have abandoned the Bible and seek solace in Far Eastern traditions.

I want to show you an additional and exiting way to look at the Bible. In my books you will discover amazing parallels between the stories of the Bible and the esoteric principles of other spiritual traditions. Hidden in gruesome stories about war, slavery and animal sacrifice, we find a universal roadmap to self-actualization and spiritual awakening.

The deeper layers of the Bible rise to the surface when we review the figurative and symbolic qualities of the Biblical stories. They teach us how we can realize the Kingdom of God. Not after death, somewhere in another dimension, but here and now on earth, within ourselves; how we can make of ourselves a temple for God to live in.

– Anne-Marie Wegh –

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Kundalini symbolism in the bible

In the pelvis of every human being, at the level of the sacrum, slumbers an energetic power source, called kundalini-shakti in eastern traditions. One of the universal metaphors of this transcendental energy source is the serpent. The Sanskrit word kundalini means “coiled,” which refers to the fact that with most people this “serpent” remains coiled up asleep (i.e. not active).

The image of the serpent, with its ability to renew itself by shedding its skin, represents the transforming aspect of the kundalini. Once active, the kundalini initiates a process of purification and healing, which results in a state of detachment, great inner peace, silence, and joy. This healing and self-emptying is a required condition for the next step in the process: the unification with God.

The kundalini can become active through deliberate spiritual exercise (meditation and prayer and such) but can also awaken spontaneously. Special exercises aren’t really necessary and direct stimulation is not recommended. The kundalini becomes active when the spiritual aspirant is ready; when there is a genuine interest in growing toward God, a willingness to renounce the personal self, and when some level of purity has already been achieved at the level of the body, thought and action.

Staffs and trees

When the kundalini energy awakens, she rises through the spinal column to the crown of the head.
A physical symbol which appears frequently in the Bible is the scepter, rod or staff, which possesses magic or miraculous powers. This physical attribute, often in the possession of a Biblical hero, refers to the spinal column through which kundalini-energy freely flows. The prophet Moses, for instance, had such a staff, and with it he was able to perform miracles. He was able to transform it into a serpent (Ex 4:3). When he raised it, the Red Sea parted (Ex 14:21), and when he hit a rock with it, water poured forth (Ex 17:6).

Another much used metaphor of awakened kundalini-energy in the spinal column is a tree or shrub. The book of Genesis tells of the Garden of Eden with at its center the Tree of Life whose fruits give eternal life. In the New Testament we read in the parables of Jesus of trees that bear fruit, or that should if they don’t. Even the very Kingdom of God, Jesus said, is like a mustard seed that grows into a large tree (Matt 13:31-32).

The sacred marriage

When the kundalini arrives at the crown the unification of man and his Creator takes place. This is referred to as the “sacred marriage.” Following this internal marriage, the Divine child – the Christ child – is born in our soul.

Also at the psychological level a transformation takes place: the ego is definitely renounced; the old man “dies.” The purified, new man experiences an expanded consciousness and subsequently a living connection with God. In Christian terms this is called being born again.


This process also has an important physical component. Our human brain contains regions called the epiphysis (or pineal gland), the hypophysis and the hypothalamus whose job it is to excrete hormones and endogenous opiates. When the kundalini arrives at the crown, these areas of the brain are stimulated into producing chemicals that contribute both to the experience of God and an overall vitalization of the body. Eastern traditions call these excreted substances amrita, which means “immortality”. The Bible speaks of an “anointing” by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus the Christ

The deeper meaning of ancient anointing rituals is the transformation of brain fluids into amrita. The pouring of oil on the heads of kings and priests symbolizes the internal, spiritual process by which a person becomes an anointed one. This ritual is a remnant from the time that kings, priests, and prophets were assumed to be connected to the Divine.

The word Messiah stems from the Hebrew Mashiah and means “Anointed [one]”; someone who underwent an anointing ritual. The Greek word for this is Christos. This title is of course most obviously connected to Jesus the Christ of Nazareth but certainly not limited to him. In fact, every human has the ability to share in the anointing (1 John 2:27), that means to become a Messiah, an Anointed one, a Christ!

Our lower and higher nature

Humans have basically two natures: an animal nature that connects us to our biological origin, and a Divine nature that connect us to our potential destiny. Our actions are partly directed by our animal instincts (our lower nature), and partly by the longing for Divine union, which is the birthright of all humans (2 Peter 1:4).

This duality yields a continuous internal tension, whether we realize this or not. The impulses of our animal instincts, which are rooted in our body (2 Peter 2:12), are often posed perpendicular to the desires of our soul, which is connected to the Divine (Psalm 42).

Animals are capable of immense cruelty. Weaker individuals are cast out, rivals wounded, imperfect offspring killed. But their behavior is instinctual and serves to preserve the species. It is not the result of a freedom of choice. Humans on the other hand have the additional ability to discern between good and evil and to empathize with others.

This may tempt us to see ourselves as far above the primitive animal realm, but much of our behavior can be clearly derived from our animal heritage. Arbitrarily open up a magazine and you’ll see that mankind is predominantly occupied with appearance (reminiscent of the flaunting and grooming of animals), sex and food. Watch sports games and you’ll see sublimated battles for territory and rivalry. Also qualities such as greed, aggression, jealousy and egoism are bestial tendencies. And let’s not forget our herd mentality. Whoever isn’t guilty of that may cast the first stone!

And through the chaos of our bestial tendencies, the gentle voice of our higher nature, seated in our hearts, calls us to compassion, servitude, justice and sharing with others.

When Adam and Eve were forced to leave Paradise, God clothed them in animal skins (Gen 3:21). This symbolizes what happens when we incarnate on earth. Man loses contact with his higher nature (Paradise, God) and receives in return a body with animal instincts. Virtually all Biblical stories about wars, tyrannical kings, cruel invaders and dashing heroes are descriptions of the universal battle within every human being: the clash between the hypnotic forces of his lower, animal nature, and the call of his higher, Divine nature.

The spiritual mission that every person is charged with is to conquer the bestial in order to realize the Divine potential. The key word here is “conquer”. Our mission is not to suppress or deny – a seductive pitfall on our path – but to master. These very primal forces – though purified and sublimated – can help us to accomplish the higher, and the kundalini is a God-given instrument to achieve this.

We don’t need to go this tough and long road alone; we do this together with our Creator. The kundalini is a holy fire that consumes everything that stands between us and the Divine.

Legends, myths and fairy tales

In spiritual traditions, the direct knowledge of the divine energy in our pelvis was shared only with a select group of initiated. The rest of humanity had to work their way through the veil of metaphor and symbolism in legends, myths, fairy tales and other folk stories, to obtain this information.

Not many people realize that the classic fairy tales we know so well, often refer to our potential for spiritual rebirth. Snow White, Cinderella, the Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel; all those timeless stories are metaphors for the process of kundalini awakening. The poor orphan with the evil stepmother, the prince and princess without kingdom, the lost child in the dark forest; that’s us. And all these stories want to teach us about the way back to our actual home, to God

By clicking on the following fairy tales you will find an analysis of the story by Anne-Marie:


The Tarot

Anne-Marie has writen a series of articles on the Tarot for a Dutch spiritual magazine.

The tarot has undergone an exciting development since its inception in the 15th century. Originally a card game designed for recreational purposes, over the centuries it became a medium for divination and a vehicle for esoteric knowledge.

Under the influence of occultists, the illustrations on the cards have undergone a true evolution. They are enriched with spiritual themes and symbolism from alchemy, the Bible, Judaism, the kabbalah, astrology, and the myths of ancient Egypt and the ancient Greeks.

By clicking on the links below you will find an in-depth analysis of all cards from the Major Arcana. What origin and meaning do the images and symbols used by the designers have?

In addition to well-known decks such as the Tarot of Marseille, Rider-Waite-Smith, Oswald Wirth, and the Thoth Tarot, a very special version of the tarot is also discussed. In the chapel of the enchanting castle Château des Avenières in France, the walls are covered with life-size images of the Major Arcana in mosaic. A beautiful work of art with partly traditional, partly unique, symbolism. A true treasure for the tarot enthusiast and the spiritual seeker!


I live in the Netherlands and divide my time between writing books and editorials, and guiding silence and other retreats. Both I do with equal pleasure!