Symbol for: the kundalini energy


The POMEGRANATE stands for fertility, abundance, rebirth and eternal life in ancient cultures. It is a fruit full of seeds, so associations with fertility and abundance are understandable. The POMEGRANATE, in the esoteric traditions, also stands for the “divine seed,” the kundalini energy, dormant at our sacrum. This is also related to the red color of the fruit, which corresponds to the color of the first chakra, where the kundalini is located. These qualities provide a plausible explanation for its symbolic meaning of rebirth and eternal life.

Greek mythology


The POMEGRANATE plays an important role in the well-known Greek myth about the kidnapping of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, by Hades, the god of the underworld. A story that is seen as an explanation for the changing seasons, but on a deeper level represents a kundalini awakening.

Persephone (the kundalini) is taken against her will by the god Hades to the underworld (the kundalini is ‘locked up’ in the pelvis). Demeter is inconsolable and goes into mourning, as a result of which all greenery on earth stops growing (spiritual barrenness, no longer experiencing a connection with God). Zeus, Persephone’s father, orders Hades to bring her back. Hades, however, tempts Persephone to eat six seeds (the sacred marriage takes place at the sixth chakra) of a POMEGRANATE, forcing her to return to the underworld for a few months each year. Persephone is freed from the underworld (the pelvis) by the god Hermes, the god with the caduceus, who represents a kundalini awakening.

Right: Artist Frederic Leighton has captured the deeper meaning of the story of Persophone in this painting (1891). We see Hermes holding his staff the CADUCEUS – the classic symbol of a kundalini awakening – in one hand, and the other arm around Persephone an image of the merging of the masculine and the feminine. This interpretation is confirmed by the two hands of Persephone, which make the SIGN OF THE SACRED MARRIAGE (2=1).

Left: Artist Hendrick Goltzius has deliberately placed Proserpina (the Latin name for Persephoné) in a posture reminiscent of an ASCENDING SERPENT. Next to Proserpina lie pomegranates. (1588-1590, The Met Museum)

Examples from Christian art


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 imagery 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.

Two common interpretations for the POMEGRANATE in paintings with Mary and Jesus are:

  1. In Catholic symbolism, the POMEGRANATE, as a rule, refers to the church because of the inner unity of countless seeds in one and the same fruit. Because of the many seeds, it was also a symbol of fertility and resurrection. (http://www.catholictradition.org/Saints/signs4.htm)
  2.  The fruit, broken or cracked open, is a symbol of the fullness of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate)
From the rest of the symbolism in the paintings below, we can infer that the POMEGRANATE, in the hand of Jesus or Mary, has been used by the artists as an esoteric symbol referring to a kundalini awakening.

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.

 Sandro Botticelli, circa 1488. An outstretched MIDDLE FINGER (click here) symbolizes the awakened spine. 

Sandro (Alessandro) Filipepi called Botticelli. ONE LEG (click here) of the baby Jesus is pulled up; this is a reference to the merging of the duality/two polar energy pathways (2=1).

Pietro di Domenico

Hans Holbein. The EIGHT POINTED MORNING STAR (click here) is also a kundalini symbol.

Fillippo Lippi. Only ONE LEG (click here) of Jesus is visible; a reference to the SACRED MARRIAGE (2=1). 

Read more about the KUNDALINI in the Bible in my book ‘Kundalini Awakening in the Bible’.

Saint Agnes, Francesco de Mura. The MIDDLE FINGER (click here) symbolizes the awakened spine.

Neri di Bicci. Mary’s SCARF runs from the pomegranate, which lies on the lap (PELVIS) of the baby Jesus, to her HEAD.

Master of the Castello Nativity, circa 1448 and 1450, Lower Saxony State Museum, Hanover, Germany. The baby Jesus holds a POMEGRANATE in one hand and his other hand under his mother’s dress, at the level of the SPINE: the place where the pomegranate/kundalini is located. Standing on ONE LEG (click here) refers to the merging of the duality/two polar energy channels (2=1).

Donatello o Luca della Robbia. Only ONE LEG (click here) of Jesus is visible; a reference to the merging of duality/two polar energy channels (2=1). 

Bernardino di Mariotto. The RED CORAL (click here) necklace refers to the kundalini energy. The GOLDFINCH with its colors BLACK, WHITE AND RED refers to the MAGNUM OPUS (click here) of the alchemist.

Bartolomeo Montagna. The CROSSED LEGS (click here) of the baby Jesus also refer to SACRED MARRIAGE (2=1).

Master Of The Castello Nativity. The baby Jesus is holding both a POMEGRANATE and a RED STRAND of his mother’s hair: they both symbolize the kundalini. The THREE BRANCHES with flowers in the foreground represent the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening.

Benozzo Gozzoli (follower of), circa 1450-1500.