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, after the sun and moon, she is the brightest of all the celestial bodies and is visible in the east shortly before sunrise.Venus, as it were, heralds the sun and because of this she has been associated with the divine since ancient times.
Interesting, and meaningful in this context, is that the Sumerian word for god/goddess – Dingir – is an EIGHT-POINTED STAR, see wikipedia and image on the right.
In line with the above, the EIGHT-POINTED MORNING STAR in various spiritual traditions represents the divine energy in the human pelvis: the kundalini.See also the article on tarot card The Star.
The eight-pointed star of the goddess Ishtar/Inanna (source: wikimedia)
The goddess Athena, with an EIGHT-POINTED STAR on her shield, and Heracles on a Greek amphora.
The eight-pointed star of Inanna/Ishtar, here alongside the solar disk of her brother Shamash and the crescent moon of her father Sin on a boundary stone of Meli-Shipak II, dating to the twelfth century BCE. (source: wikimedia)
The Greek Mother Goddess Rhea (Manual of mythology, 1875)
From: Clavis Artis, an alchemical manuscript from the late 17th/early 18th century. The naked woman/GODDESS, as well as the SERPENT, and the eight-pointed STAR, symbolize the KUNDALINI energy.
Throughout the ages there have always been initiates, artists and mystics who knew that Jesus was not born as ‘the Son of God’, but had 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 symbolism and wordplay (see my books).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.
In the Book of Revelation (2:26-28) Jesus promises:
He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.
He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels –
as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.
One of the honorary titles of Mary in the Catholic tradition is ‘The MORNING STAR’ (Stella Matutina).Mary is therefore often depicted with a star on her cloak.In this regard, the (EIGHT-POINTED) STAR is part of the official iconography, and as far as the Catholic Church is concerned, it has no esoteric meaning.However, in Christian art we also see the EIGHT-POINTED STAR in a veiled way.On floor tiles, as a window grille, or just anywhere in the interior.It is clear that in this case the artist wants to point out the deeper meaning of the Biblical staging.
On a side note, there is much to be said for an esoteric explanation of the title ‘The MORNING STAR’ for Mary, and it is my conviction that this title of honor also has Gnostic roots.Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is seen as the mother of God.The kundalini energy is seen in most traditions as the feminine aspect of God, or ‘God the Mother’.On the symbolic level, Mary often fulfills the role of the divine in man (the kundalini) in Bible stories, which ‘gives birth’ to the new man, born again in God.Read more in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.
THE SIGN OF THE SACRED MARRIAGE(two fingers together: 2=1) is incorporated in many paintings, in one form or another, often in combination with other esoteric symbolism. This hand gesture refers to a fusion of the polar energies/duality, and with this to a process of kundalini awakening.
The Ascension of the Prophet Eliah on a ‘Chariot of Fire’ (Russian Icon). Read about the kundalini process of the prophet ELIAH in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’. The RED SCARF, wrapped around Elisha’s body (bottom right), from PELVIS to HEAD, refers to the ascending KUNDALINI SERPENT.
Barthélemy van Eyck 1445, Eglise de la Madeleine, Aix-en-Provence. The BOOKS on the reading stand have the colors BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW AND RED, which in alchemy represent the four phases of the MAGNUM OPUS (click here).The hexagonal BASE of the stand is a reference to the HEXAGRAM (click here), the symbol for the fusion of the polar energies.
Girolamo di Matteo da Gualdo, circa 1510.
Hans Memling, 1479. On the SKIRT of Saint Catherine (left) and on the CANVAS behind Mary symbols for the PINEAL GLAND (click here) are painted.
Bernard van Orley. The SERPENT STAFF of the god Hermes, the CADUCEUS (click here), is the symbol for a kundalini awakening.
Mary Magdalene. Mary has experienced a kundalini awakening.Read about this in my book “Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved.” She holds her jar with OINTMENT (symbol for AMRITA) at head height. She points to her PELVIS with her little finger.
Orazio Samacchini, circa 1575.
Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni d`Alemagna, circa 1500. The yellow HEADGEAR of the man on the left, with the flag with eight-pointed stars, refers to the alchemy symbol for DIVINE ONENESS: the DOUBLE CIRCLE (click here).The SCARF hanging down symbolizes the path the kundalini travels from PELVIS to HEAD.
Vitale da Bologna (Vitale dAimo de Cavalli). The colors BLACK, WHITE AND RED of the two-pointed (fusion of polar energies) CAP refer to the MAGNUM OPUS (click here). The CUP next to the PELVIS of Mary refers to the HOLY GRAIL (click here).
Circle of the Master of Pedret, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Sant Quirze de Pedret.
Early Christian inscription with the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ (ICHTUS), an acronym for Jesus, carved in marble in the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus in Turkey. The EIGHT-SPOKE WHEEL is a reference to the Morning Star. ICHTUS (Greek for FISH, click here) refers to a kundalini awakening, read about this in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ.’
The Wedding Of Cana, Master Of The Catholic Kings.Symbols for the PINEAL GLAND (click here) are painted on the woman’s dress. She holds her hand on her ABDOMEN, the abode of the kundalini. The man in the foreground points to the wine jars with his MIDDLE FINGER (click here), which represents an awakened SPINE.The colors BLACK, WHITE AND RED of the skirting boards (ceiling) refer to the MAGNUM OPUS (click here).