The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

The legendary Order of the Knights Templar was active during the crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries. Legend has it that the Christian knight-monks in the Holy Land obtained all kinds of mythical objects, including the Holy Grail, the cup in which the blood of Jesus was collected during the crucifixion. They were also suspected of Gnostic sympathies. This has never been proven. Nevertheless, many Templars were burned at the stake for “heresy.” During their imprisonment, the Knights Templar scratched religious images on the walls of their dungeons. Historians don’t think they mean anything special. They cannot be further from the truth: the seven centuries old relief drawings lead us to the secret of the Holy Grail!

Rise and fall

The Order of the Knights Templar was founded in 1118 by the French nobleman Hugh of Payns and initially consisted of nine men. The purpose of the order was to protect pilgrims from raiders on their journey to Jerusalem. The knights also wanted to live in imitation of Christ and took monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The for that time completely new combination of soldier and monk appealed to the imagination of the French. The order soon grew in number, wealth and power. They received money, goods and land from citizens and rulers. Their courage was legendary. The well-trained knight monks fought on to the death. They only surrendered if their commander decided to do so, and this seldom happened. In addition to protecting pilgrims, they also took part in crusades against the Muslims to keep Jeruzalem under Christian rule.

When Jerusalem was conquered by the Muslims around 1300, the Knights Templar withdrew from the Holy Land. The French King Philip IV was in need of money and devised a plot to amass the riches of the Knights Templar. On October 13, 1307, Templars were arrested across the country on charges of heresy, homosexuality and corruption. Filip had no evidence for these allegations, but the Inquisition’s torture methods provided him with the “confessions” he needed to confiscate the order’s assets. Many Knights Templar ended up burned at the stake. In 1312 the order was officially dissolved by the Pope.

In 2007 the Templars were cleared and restored by Pope Benedict. This as a result of the discovery of documents showing, among other things, how the confessions were obtained.

Gnostic views

Many of the accusations against the Knights Templar were fabricated by King Philip, but rumors of Gnostic beliefs have never dissipated, fueled in part by the secrecy surrounding the order’s initiations and rituals. Was some of this true after all?

If we study the scarce material that has been preserved from the Knights Templar, there appears to be a theme of (divine) oneness against (earthly) duality: a mystical concept that we also find in Gnosticism. An example is the famous Templar Seal with two riders on one horse (illustration 1). The meaning of this is unknown. Is it an expression of solidarity and brotherhood, or a sign of poverty? Didn’t every knight have his own horse? There are several arguments that make both answers unlikely.

1. Seal of the Knights Templar

2. Coat of arms of the Knights Templar

3. Flag of the Knights Templar

4. Tomb of a Templar (Temple Church, Londen)

It seems more likely that the two riders on one horse are a metaphor for the inner fusion of the polarities, as the way to an experience (the oneness) of God. Especially when we place other objects next to this seal. The Knights Templar’s coat of arms, for example, is a red cross on a black and white background (illustration 2). The equal-armed cross, or Greek cross, is a classic symbol of the fusion of the opposites. The esoteric meaning of the cross is confirmed and reinforced by its strategic position in the center of the black and white (yin and yang) background. The black and white flag of the Templars, called the Beauceant, fits seamlessly with the seal and coat of arms in terms of symbolism (illustration 3).

And then there are the tombs of the Templars. Some of these show the deceased with their legs crossed (illustration 4), a curious detail for which historians have no explanation. One of the theories is that the crossed legs refer to participation in a crusade, but this explanation is not conclusive for all cases where a knight is depicted in such a way. In esoteric traditions crossed legs symbolize the fusion of opposites into a divine oneness.

On the seal with the two riders on one horse (illustration 1) we find two more references to the fusion of the opposites: the two spears next to each other and the double cross on the coats of arms of the riders. The two crosses on top of each other form an eight-pointed star, the so-called Morning Star, an ancient symbol for the divine.

The Morning Star

The eight-pointed star is a symbol of the Sumerian goddess Inanna and her Akkadian counterpart Ishtar. These goddesses were also associated with the planet Venus, which is called the Morning Star because Venus, after the sun and moon, is the brightest of all celestial bodies and is visible in the east shortly before sunrise. Venus, as it were, heralds the sun and was therefore associated with the divine since ancient times. In line with this, the eight-pointed star represents in esoteric traditions the dormant divine energy in the pelvis of man; called the kundalini-shakti by the yogi (illustration 5). See also my article on tarot card The Star.

5. (right) All symbols in this alchemical illustration refer to the kundalini energy: the serpent, the woman on the moon (Sophia) and the eight-pointed star. From: Clavis Artis, late 17th / early 18th century.

The Templars placed the eight-pointed Morning Star on coins, on seals and on walls in churches and cathedrals built by them. An intriguing example can be found among the various frescoes in the Templar chapel of Cressac-Saint-Genis, in France (illustration 6). My interpretation is that all symbols in the circle refer to the divine in man, or the kundalini energy. The small circle with a dot in the middle is the symbol for the sun and for gold. The A(lpha) is the first letter of the alphabet and refers to the divine principle of our creation. The mysterious serpentine line on the top of the A is the (serpent) movement of the kundalini energy ascending through the spine.

A second esoteric symbol, also frequently used by the Knights Templar, is the Rose of Venus. During an eight-year cycle, the planet Venus orbits the Earth in the pattern of a five-petaled flower (illustration 7). This Rose of Venus has traditionally been a symbol of the feminine aspect of God. The pattern can also be seen as a pentagram. We find both the Rose of Venus and the pentagram on artefacts of the Knights Templar. Examples are illustrations 8 and 9.

7. The orbit that the planet Venus makes around the earth in 8 years.

8. The ornament above the entrance of the Templar church of Santa Maria dos Olivais in Tomar, Portugal.

9. A coin issued by the Knights Templar.

The Tower of Coudray in Chinon

One of the places where the Knights Templar have been imprisoned prior to their sentencing and execution is the Tower of Coudray in Chinon, France. The men left religious drawings on the walls of the tower (illustration 10). These provide us with much clarity about the Gnostic knowledge they possessed. The monks entrusted to the limestone walls of their prison what they kept silent about during the torture of the Inquisition. The rough drawings contain symbolism of which only “initiates” understand the meaning.

Illustration 11 shows Saint Catherine on the left, recognizable by her attribute: the wheel on which she was tortured. The wheel on this prison wall has eight spokes, that are more clearly worked out than the saint herself. That we may see this as a reference to the eight-pointed Morning Star, and thus to the kundalini energy, can be deduced from the planet Venus (circle with cross underneath), to the left of Catherine.

10. Graffiti left by the Knights Templar in the Tower of Coudray in Chinon.

Pineal gland

Fleur-de-lys

11. (Part) drawing of 10.

12. (Part) drawing of 10.

Illustration 12 fits in beautifully with the symbolism of 11. On the right we see the head of a monk with a halo. This halo results from the activation of the pineal gland, which is depicted to the left of the man as a large cavity with rays around it. The fleur-de-lys beneath the cavity confirms our interpretation. The fleur-de-lys is an ancient symbol of the pineal gland. A staircase with six steps is carved between the fleur-de-lys and the monk: these are the six chakras that the kundalini traverses to reach the pineal gland.

Inner crucifixion

From the graffiti left behind in towers of the French Bastide city of Domme, where Templars were also imprisoned awaiting trial, we can infer that they knew that many stories in the Bible have a symbolic layer. For example, the crucifixion of Jesus on the symbolic level represents the death of the ego during the process of spiritual awakening. Illustration 13 (below) shows a crucifixion scene left in Domme prison. A house has been carved around the cross and the two bystanders. The meaning of this is that the crucifixion, on a deeper level, takes place in man.

13. Crucifixion scene, Domme.

A small cross has been placed on the head of the crucified Jesus. This is a second clue, left for us, that the death of Jesus can be interpreted as an inner process. The ego dies when the kundalini energy has ascended into the head, and the masculine and feminine energies (the inner duality) merge. This so-called sacred marriage is depicted in illustration 13 by the man and the woman (the apostle John and Mary) next to the cross.

The inner meaning of the crucifixion is portrayed in a different way on the prison wall of Chinon. In illustration 11, next to Saint Catherine, we see the mountain of Golgotha with a cross on it. The pile of stones that make up the mountain looks very similar to a brain. The cross is carved in a hollow, which we may see as a second indication that the crucifixion takes place in the head. This symbolism is entirely consistent with the Biblical text, which explicitly states that Golgotha means “Place of the Skull”: And they took Him to the place of Golgotha, which is translated: Place of the Skull. (Mark 15:22)

For a more in-depth analysis of the symbolism in the Bible, see my book John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ.

Holy Grail

On the walls in Domme is also illustration 14: an depiction of the Holy Grail. My interpretation is that this represents a cup with a tree of life, and that this is a metaphor for the human pelvis (the cup), with the awakened kundalini flowing up to the crown chakra (the tree of life).

The cup is octagonal, a reference to the Morning Star. The tree has seven branches: these are the seven chakras that are purified and activated by the kundalini. A confirmation of this interpretation can be found in the Templar Church of Montsaunès: the tree of life that is depicted on one of the walls is executed in exactly the same way (illustration 15)!

14. Graffiti in Domme prison.

15. Fresco of the tree of life in the Templar Church of Montsaunès.

So the Knights Templar knew that the mythical Holy Grail is not a physical object, but a metaphor for the divine energy in our pelvis. According to the legends, drinking from the Holy Grail would bring healing and eternal life. These are characteristics of the kundalini energy that, when it awakens, purifies, heals and reunites man with God.

Right: Jesus hanging from a (life) tree. The seven ‘branches’ refer to the seven chakras. Engraving from: Hermetic writings, Vincentius Koffsky, 1786.

Spiritual testament

The Knights Templar fascinate and appeal to our imagination. Best-selling books are still being published on a regular basis, with the most incredible and unfounded hypotheses and conspiracy theories. For all these centuries, the truth about Templar spirituality has been visible on French prison walls: unappreciated by historians and unknown to the general public. A moving spiritual testament, left for us by heroic men, who were tortured and killed by the same Pope and King they had served so faithfully and passionately.

This article was published in the Dutch magazine Spiegelbeeld (dec ’20).
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2020

Anne-Marie Wegh is the author of the book
John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

The Knights Templar held great veneration for John the Baptist.

They knew that John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ were one and the same person. After going through a spiritual process of God-realization, John the Baptist became a powerful preacher, and captivated his audiences with his radically new teachings on the (inner) Kingdom of God.

After his crucifixion en resurrection, the Gospel writers gave him a new name and identity to make him more credible to the Jews as their long awaited Messiah: Jesus “the Nazarene.”

Additional illustrations

The esoteric meaning of the Holy Grail was not only known to the Knights Templar. In the Christian paintings below a connection is made between the Holy Grail and the process of kundalini awakening.

Below: in both paintings, Jesus makes with his right hand – from which his blood flows into a cup – the sign of the sacred marriage (2=1, the fusion of the polarities).

Right: this painting connects the dove of the Holy Spirit (the Christian name for the kundalini energy) to a rising (kundalini) serpent, the resurrection of Jesus, and the Holy Grail. The transparent scarf that – barely visible – is wrapped around the cross (from the pelvis tot the head of Jesus), also refers to the kundalini serpent. Bartolomeo Passarotti, 16th century.

With his left hand, Jesus points to his pelvis, the place in man where the Holy Grail, that is standing next to him, is located. A burning candle is placed in front of the cup. This candle refers to the divine fire (kundalini) running through the spine. Bernardino di Mariotto dello Stagno, circa 1520.

The apostle John holds a cup (the Holy Grail) next to the head of the baby Jesus: the place where the ascended kundalini energy connects man to God. With their hands John and Jesus make the sign of the sacred marriage (2=1). Boccaccio Boccaccino, circa 1507.

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Kundalini and the Tower of Babel

Kundalini and the Tower of Babel

Forever in search of health, good sex and longevity, the masses have discovered the mysterious kundalini shakti of the yogi. Books and 1-day workshops with titles such as ‘Becoming supernatural’ are in great demand, and anyone interested can participate in kundalini yoga classes without prior screening or in-depth explanations of the purpose and dangers of exercises aimed at awakening the kundalini energy.

Certainly, the kundalini has a healing, vitalizing and purifying character, but awakening her does not only have positive effects. The goddess in our pelvis has many faces: she is the mother and the virgin, the widow and the bride, the comforter and the destroyer. Whoever wakes her up from her sleep too roughly, or prematurely, has to deal with Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction!

Healing

Myths, such as those of Hinduism, Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Greeks, are narratives about forces in the outside world and – not everyone realizes this – in our inner world.

The symbol of healthcare organizations and medical practice is derived from the caduceus, the staff of the Greek god Hermes. The caduceus is also the universal symbol of a kundalini awakening. The staff itself represents the spine, the two serpents are the polar energy channels that merge during an awakening, and the wings symbolise an expanded consiousness.

The serpent, with its ability to renew itself through shedding its skin, is seen in almost all traditions as a symbol of the kundalini energy. The healing effect of the kundalini, however, is mainly energetic. For a union with God, the energy must flow unhindered, like in a young child:

Verily, I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Gospel of Matthew 18:3)

A kundalini awakening does not cure chronic illnesses or other physical distress!

The Greek god Hermes
with his staff the caduceus

The Hindu goddess Kali

Purification

One of the goddesses who represent the purifying effect of the kundalini energy is the Hindu goddess Kali. Her appearance is frightening: dark skin, wide-open eyes, wildly swinging arms with one or more bloody weapons, and a chain of severed heads around her neck. Like a (kundalini) serpent, she uses her protruding tongue to detect (smell) impurities.

Despite her fearsome appearance, she is loved by the Hindus, because her intentions come from a loving mother’s heart. Her goal is to free us from our ego (symbolized by the severed heads).

The wild and angry Kali is an apt metaphor for the first phase of a kundalini awakening, which can last for years! The severity of the symptoms you experience depends on how many unprocessed issues lie dormant in the unconscious, and the purity of your lifestyle. For the average western person it involves a major cleaning job. Bigger than most people realize!

A kundalini awakening is hard on body and mind. The spiritual seeker who longs for God will be happy to endure it. However, advising people with health issues to wake up their kundalini as a solution to their medical problems is misleading – the healing is mainly mental – and downright dangerous!

Kundalini and sex

Upon awakening, the kundalini can be channeled through any chakra. It flows automatically to the chakras that require energy. If someone is focused on sexual pleasure, the kundalini will stay lingering at the second chakra, instead of ascending to its final destination, the crown chakra. If someone is strongly ego-oriented, the energy will feed the third chakra.

In this regard, the kundalini can indeed intensify sensory experiences, enhance your energy level, and open the door to the supernatural. But this divine energy is not intended for this purpose, and this is the reason why the knowledge of this energy source has always been hidden from the general public. Only spiritual aspirants with a pure intention and lifestyle were initiated by teachers in the techniques that can awaken the kundalini.

Right: The goddess Tara (Nepal, 18th century) is closely related to Kali in her destructive form. Around her waist she wears a panther skin, symbolizing the conquered animal instincts, including the sexual urges. The tail of the panther skin rests on the abdomen of the reclining man: Tara’s abode in man. The fire around Tara and the man depicts the inner kundalini fire that burns everything that stands between man and God. The man’s nakedness represents his purified ego.

Sacred energy

It is very naive to assume that using this sacred energy for any purpose other than that for which it is intended will remain without repercussions; medical, spiritual or karmic. Misusing the divine will not go unpunished. The Bible story about the Tower of Babel warns against this.

Many Bible stories are not intended to be taken literally. They are metaphors for inner spiritual processes. This also applies to the well-known story about man who wanted to build a tower up to heaven. The deeper meaning of Bible texts is hidden in subtle word choices and sentence structures. In my book Kundalini Awakening I have included five pages with an analysis of the Tower of Babel. I will summarize the main points here.

Tarot card The Tower
is inspired by the Tower of Babel

Inner tower

The Tower of Babel is about man trying to awaken the kundalini fire and bring it, through the spine (the tower), to the seventh chakra (heaven). In other words, man wants to rise to the divine, motivated by the ego.

However, this gross self-overestimation has the opposite effect. Instead of ascending through the spine, the divine descends. This is literally stated twice in the text: in response to the audacious act of man, God comes down (Genesis 11: 1-9).

Also meaningful is the name Babel, which means Gate of God (Bab –El). The place at the bottom of the spine, where the kundalini begins its journey upwards, is called Brahma-dvara in the yoga tradition : the gate or door of Brahma. This door to God remains closed to man who has not yet done the required inner work.

The metaphor of speaking different languages refers to losing contact with the oneness of the divine. Instead, the inner world of mankind is divided into ego-fragments.

The moral of the story of the Tower of Babel is that the Kingdom of God cannot be acquired without His will. It is a road that you travel together with Him. The knowledge about the kundalini can only be found hidden in sacred texts. In the wrong hands it can lead to people insufficiently prepared and with the wrong motives forcing an access to this sacred energy. Jesus also notes this in the gospel of Matthew (11:12):

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

This path should only be pursued with a heart purified from the ego’s desires for grandeur. Only for a person who is willing to die to himself does the gate to God open.

This article was published in the Dutch magazine Spiegelbeeld (March ’19). Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2019

Anne-Marie Wegh is the author of the book
John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

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The Crucifix Code

The Crucifix Code

With his death on the cross, Jesus physically expressed the inner process of the death of the ego (“salvation”). The final stage of a kundalini awakening, where the old man is discarded (“dies”) and the new man, born again in God, “rises”.

Jesus himself had already completed this spiritual process, out of sight of the world. The Evangelists, on his behalf, and based on the esoteric teaching they had received from him, have written his life story as road map for the spiritual seeker’s inner journey to realize “the Kingdom of God.”

An explosive fact that can not only be found in the Bible, if you know how to read it, but has also been incorporated into countless Christian paintings by artists all over the world.

The Bible

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus makes an intriguing reproach to the scribes:

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge;
you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”
(Luke 11:52)

The word that Jesus uses for knowledge is the Greek gnosis. Gnosis is knowledge that is not obtained with the mind, but is based on experience. Spiritually speaking, gnosis stands for knowing God through direct experience. The knowledge of the heart.

The Pharisees hold the key to gnosis, Jesus says. They know the inner way to God, but they do not practise it themselves and they also prevent believers from “entering”. This key is the knowledge of what is called the kundalini in Eastern traditions. A power source of divine origin that is “sleeping” in our pelvis, at the level of the sacrum. The mystical branch of Judaism calls it Shekinah, the Gnostics Sophia, and Christians the Holy Spirit.

Jesus wanted to give this key to the Kingdom of God back to the believers. Not directly, because not everyone was ready to receive it, but concealed in metaphors and parables, “for those who have ears and want to hear”:

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”
“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”  (Matthew 13:10,11,13)

Not only the Gospels, the entire Bible, from cover to cover, essentially is about our potential for spiritual awakening. The story of Adam and Eve from the book of Genesis narrates why the kundalini energy is inactive, or “asleep,”  in most people. The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is a visual description of a kundalini awakening. All other Bible stories of wars, tyrannical kings, cruel occupiers and brave heroes are descriptions of the universal struggle in all of us between the hypnotic powers of our lower, animalistic nature, and the call of our higher, divine nature, in which the kundalini has a main role.

The process of kundalini awakening

At the left and right of our spine, two major energy channels are located. In the yoga tradition their names are ida nadi and pingala nadi. These energy channels connect us to the opposites (duality) of creation. Where ida-nadi stands for the feminine, dark, cold, passivity, the moon, and feeling, pingala-nadi stands for the masculine, light, heat, activity, the sun, and thinking.

When the kundalini awakens at the sacrum, it rises through the sushumna nadi, the central energy channel in the spine. On the way to the upper chakra, the crown chakra, all other chakras along the spine are purified and activated.

At the sixth chakra, ida and pingala nadi merge, opening the so-called “third eye” on the forehead of the spiritual aspirant. The ego “dies” and divine light pours in through the open crown chakra. The yogi calls the expanded consciousness that man now experiences samadhi.

From one to two

At first there was on earth only Adam, living carefree in the Garden of Eden. This paradise is a metaphor for experiencing a living connection with God. Adam initially was androgyn; he was both male and female.

Then God creates Eve from a rib of Adam: this represents an inner division of Adam into a female and a male half. This split can be found on the physical level (two hemispheres with different functions), on the mental level (archetypal character traits) and the energetic level.

The dichotomy immediately has consequences: Eve persuades Adam to eat the forbidden fruits and they are both sent out of paradise (man loses connection with God).

The serpent that tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruits is also punished by God. It must now crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14). This is a reference to the kundalini energy that retreats into the pelvis (the belly).

Right: with his right hand Adam makes the secret sign of the sacred marriage (2 = 1). Eve’s middle finger on the tree trunk refers to the kundalini energy. This tree has only one fruit: the pineal gland. (Peter Paul Rubens, 1628, Museo Del Prado)

The new Adam

Jesus “lifted” the serpent again and the details around his crucifixion have to make this clear to us. He is “the new Adam.” After a completed process of kundalini awakening, he returned to a state of androgyny and united with God: I and the Father are one (John 10:30).

Jesus himself confirms this interpretation by referring to the story of Moses and the bronze serpent: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up… (John 3:14).

Left: with his fingers, Jesus makes the sign of
the sacred marriage (2 = 1): in him the polarities
have melted into the oneness of the divine.
(Domenico Feti, circa 1600, Bavarian State Museum)

Moses and the bronze serpent

During their forty-year journey through the desert, the people of Moses encounter poisonous serpents whose bites kill. God commands Moses to make a serpent out of bronze and put it on a pole. Whoever looks at the bronze serpent after being bitten remains alive (Numbers 21:4-9).

The Hebrew words translated to poisonous serpents – nachash saraph – literally means burning (fiery) serpents. These serpents of fire represent the kundalini or Holy Spirit. This bible story shows the consequences if the divine energy in the pelvis is used for the desires of the (lower) abdomen; for sensory gratification and superficial pleasure.

If the “fiery serpent”, upon awakening, is not led upwards, but remains in the pelvis and “burns” the belly (“burning desires”), it acts as a deadly poison for the soul. Man dies spiritually. However, if the serpent rises through the spine, to the higher chakra’s (“placed on a pole”), man “lives”.

With his statement that he must be lifted up, just as Moses lifted up the serpent, Jesus wants us to know that his crucifixion should be taken as a metaphor for a kundalini awakening. He will physically express this inner process of God-realization. He will make the dying of the ego and the inner “resurrection” visible to the eyes of the whole world. A horrifying spectacle that makes you wonder if we could not have been presented this spiritual teaching in any other way.

In any case, the inhuman suffering and death of Jesus has not missed its effect. It has left deep marks in our collective consciousness and has made Christianity a world religion.

Jesus and the (kundalini-)serpent of Moses.
(Peter Paul Rubens, early 17th century)

Jesus points with two fingers (the sign of the sacred marriage) to his head: here the merger of the opposites and the crucifixion takes place. (Luis de Morales, 1566, Museo del Prado, Madrid)

The sacred marriage

The masculine and feminine energies in man merge into oneness when the kundalini energy, rising from the pelvis, has arrived at the forehead. This fusion is also called sacred marriage because it leads to a union with God. Prior to this mystical completion, the kundalini purified the ego (a process of years) described in the Gospels as “the way of the cross.” During the sacred marriage, the ego permanently leaves the stage; the new god-man is born (the “rebirth”).

A first indication that we should interpret the story of Jesus’ crucifixion as something that takes place in the head of man, is the location of the crucifixion: Golgotha, which means Place of the Skull (John 19:17)!

In the Gospel of John we find some more clues. Hanging on the cross, Jesus orders his disciple John to take his mother into his home (John 19:27). This is a reference to the sacred marriage. The Greek source text of this quote does not include the word home. Literally translated, it says: the disciple took her with him. A carefully chosen formulation that should evoke the image of an merger of the masculine and feminine.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus explicitly mentions this process:

Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female…
…then shall you enter [the kingdom]. (Saying 22)

In the esoteric traditions, the middle finger refers to the spine (the “center” of the body)
with the awakened kundalini energy. (Hans Holbein the Younger, 1521, Kunstmuseum Basel)

The spear

After Jesus has died on the cross, a soldier stabs him with a spear in his side (John 19:34). This too is a reference to an inner merger of the polarities, and goes back to the story of Adam and Eve. Jesus is stabbed with the spear in the same place where a rib was taken from Adam. Symbolically, the rib (Eva) is replaced: the state of androgyny is restored.

The two “criminals”

The two men crucified with Jesus – one on each side (John 19:18) – also depict the energies that sustain our dichotomy. Symbolically, in the crucifixion scene the inner duality (the two men) and the ego (Jesus) “die”.

These are just a few examples of the symbolism that pervades the life story of Jesus. The great secret of his kundalini awakening has been guarded through the centuries by a small group of initiates, artists and mystics. This “herecy” is hidden in countless Christian paintings.

An angel points to the head of Jesus: this is where the birth of the divine child takes place. (Hans Baldung, 1539, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe)

Peter Paul Rubens
(first half 17th century, private collection)

Mary Magdalene, to the right of the cross, shows with her hands the rising the kundalini energy from the pelvis to the head. (Stained glass, church unknown)

On this painting the sacred marriage is also expressed by combining the colors red (the masculine) and blue (the feminine): the clothing of the angels at Jesus’ left hand, and the clothing of Mary and John. Jesus’ loin cloth is shaped like a serpent (Josse Lieferinxe, ca. 1500, Louvre Museum)

The crucifix code

One of the ways in which artists have incorporated the deeper meaning of the crucifixion is with “the crucifix code”: Jesus hanging on the cross with one and / or two outstretched finger(s). He has made the two one; in him the sacred marriage has taken place.

Also in paintings with Jesus in a different context we see this “sign of the sacred marriage” (see above). When the middle finger is extended, this is a reference to the spine – which is in “the middle” of man – with the awakened divine energy flowing in it.

Whoever types “crucifixion Jesus” on google can easily find dozens of examples of paintings hanging in museums and churches all over the world. So many, that it is surprising that no one has noticed it before (as far as I know). Perhaps the drop of this article in our collective consciousness is going to cause a large ripple?

Juan de Juanes, 1550, Caylus Anticuario, Madrid

This article was published in the Dutch magazine Spiegelbeeld (Nov ’18)
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2018

Anne-Marie Wegh is the author of the book
John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

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