KUNDALINI SYMBOLS

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Flail / Whip

Symbol for: the purifying effect of the kundalini energy

Ancient Egypt

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The FLAIL (nekhakha) and the CROOK (heka) were the attributes of the god Osiris in ancient Egypt. Pharaohs were also depicted with them to emphasize their divine status. Both the FLAIL and the CROOK refer to a kundalini awakening.

A STAFF/CROOK symbolizes the spine with the awakened kundalini flowing in it. Click here for more information about, and examples of, the STAFF as a kundalini symbol.

The classical Egyptian FLAIL has three strands, which represent the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening (see the index page for an explanation). The image of a FLAIL reflects that a kundalini process can be arduous and painful. The kundalini is a purifying energy: old pain and fears are brought to the surface to be felt and processed.

In esoteric circles the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are compared to the death and resurrection of the god Osiris; a myth that, on a deeper level, is a metaphor for a kundalini process: the death of the ego and the resurrection of the new man born again in God. Below a number of paintings of Jesus, depicted similar to the classical image of Osiris, with a STAFF (reed) and FLAIL.

Egyptian flail (nekhakha) and staff (heka)

The three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening.

Osiris

Albrecht Durer, 1509.

Jan Mostaert, 1st half 16th century.

St. Thomas Church, Prague.

Germany, 1510. The serpent skin on Osiris’ upper body refers to the kundalini serpent.

Jan Mostaert, 1st half 16th century.

Switzerland, 1565.

Examples from Christian art

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Throughout the ages there have always been initiates, artists and mystics who knew that Jesus was not born as ‘the Son of God’, but experienced a kundalini awakening, after which he was one with his Divine Father. The Gospel writers have hidden this spiritual truth in their texts in inventive ways, including the use of imagery and wordplay (see my book). Because of the rigid attitude of the church, the truth could not be spoken aloud, but underground, through esoteric groups such as the Freemasons, it found its way onto the canvas.

Bartholomeus Spranger. Showing only ONE LEG symbolizes the merging of the two polar energy channels (2=1). An extended MIDDLE FINGER represents the awakened spine.

Master of the Karlsruh Passion (Hans Hirz), circa 1450. Showing two legs as one refers to the merging of the two polar energy paths (2=1). The drinking man on the right symbolizes the kundalini process. Both the colors RED AND WHITE (click here for more information) of his clothing, and the colors GOLD and SILVER of the cup and jug, stand in alchemy for the polar energy channels/duality.

James Tissot, 19th century.

Peter Paul Rubens, 17th century. A man points with two fingers at his HEAD: this is where the (inner) ‘flogging’ takes place.

Heinrich Lutzelmann, 1485, Old Saint Peter Church, Strasbourg. The alchemical symbol of the DOUBLE CIRCLE (click here) represents the merging of the polar energy channels/duality. An outstretched MIDDLE FINGER symbolizes the awakened spine.

Rueland Frueauf de Oudere. The posture of Jesus refers to a rising kundalini serpent. An outstretched MIDDLE FINGER (man on the right), pointing at the pelvis, represents the awakened spine. The flail with the three strands (energy channels) is held in front of the red PILLAR: Click here for the PILLAR as a symbol for the spine with the awakened kundalini.

Onbekende kunstenaar, 1505, Germanisches Nationalmuseum. The posture of Jesus, as well as his extended MIDDLE FINGER, represents the awakened spine. The red stylized TREE OF LIFE refers to a kundalini process.

Cimabue (Bencivieni di Pepo), 13th century, Frick Collection, New York City. An extended MIDDLE FINGER represents the awakened spine. The flail with the three strands (energy channels) is held in front of a PILLAR: Click here for the PILLAR as a symbol for the spine with the awakened kundalini.

Hans Holbein. Showing only ONE LEG symbolizes the merging of the two polar energy channels (2=1).

Hans Rottenhammer (attr. to)

Antonie Wierix, circa 1610.

Louis Cretey, 17th century.

Stuttgarter Psalter, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod.bibl.fol.23, f. 43v. The two men point to the HEAD: this is where the (inner) ‘flogging’ takes place.

Giramolo di Matteo da Gualdo. Jesus is depicted in the characteristic posture of Hermes, the god whose staff the CADUCEUS (click here) represents a kundalini awakening. This posture symbolizes an ascending (kundalini) serpent. The KNOT OF ISIS (click here) stands for the polar energy channels and the pineal gland.

Master of Messkirch, 16e eeuw. The eight-pointed MORNING STAR (click here) is a symbol for the kundalini energy. The colors BLACK, WHITE AND RED (clothes man on the right) represent the three alchemical phases of the ‘Magnum Opus’: nigredo, albedo and rubedo.

Austria. Click here for the PILLAR as a symbol for the spine with the awakened kundalini.

Frans Francken de Jongere.The KNOT OF ISIS (click here) stands for the polar energy channels and the pineal gland.

Bernardo Zenale. A SCORPION (click here) is a kundalini symbol. The red spiral FLAG refers to a kundalini awakening.

The Cleansing of the Temple

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The inner turbulence caused by the entrance of God/the kundalini in man, is also beautifully depicted in the story of the Cleansing of the Temple, which occurs in all four Gospels: when Jesus enters Jerusalem (read: our hearts), he chases the money changers, merchants and pigeon traders out of the temple with a WHIP. The money changers and merchants symbolize materialism, and the pigeon traders symbolize ‘selling out’ the Holy Spirit/the kundalini (the dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the Bible).

Scarsellino. The spiral PILLAR (click here) is a symbol for the spine with the awakened kundalini.

El Greco. The woman points to her PELVIS, the abode of the kundalini energy.

Jan Sanders van Hemessen. An extended MIDDLE FINGER represents the awakened spine. At the far right a man points with two fingers (2=1) at his HEAD: this is the place where the (inner) ‘flagellation’ takes place.

Bernardino Mei. One hand of Jesus is placed on two doves: 2=1. The DOVE is the symbol of the Holy Spirit/Kundalini. The raised MIDDLE FINGER represents the awakened spine.

Cecco del Caravaggio, 1610. The rope in Jesus’ hands is folded into SEVEN LOOPS: a reference to the seven chakras that are purified and activated by the kundalini.

Giovanni Paolo Pannini. The spiral PILLARS (click here) are a symbol for the spine with the awakened kundalini.

Quentin Matsys

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