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Symbol for: the “deadly” effect of the kundalini energy => the ego dies.

Examples from different spiritual traditions

Parthian relief carving of the Mesopotamian god Nergal, first or second century AD.

The hindu goddess Chamunda

The Egyptian goddess Serket, 6th dynasty.

The Egyptian god HR (Horus/Hari) as a child

Robert Ritner in ‘Through a Glass Darkly – Magic, Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt’.

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 expierenced 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.

THE SCORPION is a beautiful symbol for the kundalini energy. The tail of the animal is reminiscent of a spinal column, and it is not difficult to associate the raising of this tail – the moment the scorpion prepares for its deadly bite – with the rising kundalini, which, at the level of the forehead ( the sixth chakra), makes the ego disappear from the scene for good. The paintings below want to communicate to us that Jesus’ death on the cross in the Bible, on the symbolic level, represents a spiritual death: the death of the ego.

Albrecht Altdorfer

Veronese Painter (c. 1380-1390), Moretti Fine Art.

Bernardo Zenale

Fra Angelico, station of the cross.

Giovanni Pietro Crespi, 17th century, L’Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso.

Neri di Bicci

Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni,
Oratory of San Giovanni Battista.

Crucifixion of Elva, Hans Clemer.

Giovanni Boccati

Giovanni Donato Montorfano, 1497.

Michele da Verona

Defendente Ferrari,
Francesco Baglioni collection.

Antonio Vivarini, 1430-1435,
Galleria Franchetti.

Altarpiece ‘Retablo de Oto’

Chrysophore van Predis, station of the cross.

Hans Memling, or Maarten Van Nieuwenhove Memling, The Louvre.

Bernardino Luini, 1516, S.Giorgio al Palazzo, Milan.

Andrea Carloni, Oratorio dei Disciplini, Clusone

The Church of St. Barnabas, Vizinada.

Giovanni Boccati, circa 1450-80, Camerino.

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Bernardino Luini