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Red Coral

Symbol for: the kundalini energy



In the spiritual tradition of alchemy, red coral symbolizes the kundalini energy. A fitting metaphor: red is the color of (kundalini) fire and of the first chakra, the abode of this divine energy before awakening. Coral is precious and is located deep under water. Water is an archetype for the unconscious. In the picture to the right, an alchemist is fishing red coral from a river.

Through alchemy, the red coral as a symbol for a kundalini awakening ended up in the tarot (see image on the far right) and Christian art (below).

The alchemist fishes red coral (the kundalini) out of the water (his subconscious). The angel blowing air in the direction of the coral (top left) means that the coral represents something divine. (Atalanta Fugiens, 1617)

Visconti-Sforza Tarot (15th century).
For the meaning of the symbolism in this tarot card click here

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 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 Christian Renaissance paintings, the baby Jesus sometimes wears a red coral necklace and/or bracelet. The explanation that is usually given is that at the time it was believed that red coral offered a protection against witchcraft, disease and misfortune. From the rest of the symbolism in the same paintings, we can deduce that the artists used the red coral as an esoteric symbol for 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.

Bernardo di Stefano Rosselli, circa 1500. The red coral NECKLACE, which runs from the pelvis to the head of the baby Jesus, is a reference to a kundalini process. Ditto the transparent SCARF. Mary subtly makes the sign of the SACRED MARRIAGE 2=1 (click here) with both hands. The CROSSED LEGS (click here) of Jesus also refer to the SACRED MARRIAGE.

Tuscan school, late 15th century. The baby Jesus is holding his mother’s transparent SCARF. The scarf spirals like a SERPENT up to Mary’s head and ends in a KNOT (the pineal gland), click here.

Bernardo Zenale. A STAFF (click here) is also a symbol for the awakened spine.

Giovanni Antonio Licinio da Pordenone, 1500.

Colijn de Coter

Joos van Cleve, 1520.

Ambrogio Bergognone, circa 1500. The baby Jesus has a red coral NECKLACE in his hand, with his other HAND he makes the sign of the sacred marriage: “I have made the two one”.

Amico Aspertini. The baby Jesus points to the BIBLE and to the red coral NECKLACE: on a deeper level the stories in the Bible are about a kundalini awakening as the way to the Kingdom of God! Read more in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

Artist unknown

Masacchio, circa 1426.

Matteo di Giovanni

Joos van Cleve. The citrus fruit in the foreground is a reference to the kundalini symbol the EIGHT POINTED MORNING STAR (click here). 

Angelo Puccinelli, circa 1395. The two fingers of Mary with the piece of coral in between, symbolize the THREE ENERGY CHANNELS involved in a kundalini awakening.

Bernardino Zaganelli

Bernaerd van Orley. The young John the Baptist points at the PILLAR (click here). It symbolizes the awakened spine. The colors BLACK, WHITE AND RED of Mary’s clothing refer to the three phases of the alchemical MAGNUM OPUS (click here). 

Seville Cathedral

Ambrogio Bergognone, 1510.

Quentin Masyts

Matteo da Gualdo, 1477. The baby Jesus makes the sign of SACRED MARRIAGE 2=1 (click here) and holds his HEAD against that of his mother. This symbolizes the MERGER of the masculine and feminine energies/duality. He points with his HAND UNDER THE DRESS of his mother: the birth of the divine child is an INNER event, and the result of a kundalini awakening (the NECKLACE with red coral). 

Joos van Cleve, 1510.

Master of Sint Goedele, 1475. Mary Magdalene (right) points to her PELVIS. 

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Gerard David