Vesica Piscis

Symbol for:
the merger of the polarities, inner unification => part of the process of kundalini awakening.

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.

The VESICA PISCIS is the intersection of two equal, semi-overlapping circles. The overlapping part is shaped like a stylized fish. The VESICA PISCIS has the same esoteric meaning as the hexagram: the fusion of opposites. In Christianity, the fish (Ichthus, ΙΧΘΥΣ) is one of the symbols for Christ. Historians differ on its origin. In my book John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ I show the roots and meaning of this symbol for Jesus. The VESICA PISCIS stands for inner oneness; the end result of the process of kundalini awakening.

The Ichthus of Christianity,
the symbol for Jesus.

Alchemical emblem with a (gold) fish as a metaphor for the kundalini energy.

Alchemical emblem with two fishes referring to the vesica piscis.

From early Christian depictions we can conclude that the fish was known to represent a kundalini awakening. Below a number of examples from catacombs (tombs) with, among other things, a fish like a (kundalini) serpent wrapped around a trident or an anchor. Both represent the spine. We see the trident in several spiritual traditions as an attribute of the gods, and it stands for the three energy channels that are involved in the kundalini process. An anchor is a metaphor for the merging of two energy channels (the two anchor points), the sushumni-nadi in the spine, and at the top of the pineal gland (the ring on the anchor). The anchor has, esoterically, the same meaning as the caduceus of the Greeks and the ankh of the Egyptians.

Catacombs of S. Sebastiano

Catacombs of Calixto, Rome.

Vault painting from the catacombs of Villa Torlonia

Catacombs of Sousse, Tunisia,
early Christian period, 4th century.

Epitaph from the Catacombs of Domitilla

On this stone box (probably a sarcophagus, current residence Konya Museum) we see several fish. At the bottom, a man is swallowed by a large fish. This is a reference to the Bible story of Jonah and represents a spiritual rebirth. Jonah’s fish is also a metaphor for a kundalini process. Read more on the story of Jonah 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.

In art, both one fish and two fish, whether or not positioned in opposite directions, can be a reference to the VESICA PISCIS.
Of course, not every fish depicted has to have a deeper meaning. Practice makes perfect in discovering and interpreting symbolism…

Lithograph from a Roman Missal, late 19th century. For the symbolic meaning of the crucifixion, read my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, British Library. Read about the BAPTISM of Jesus in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ.

Jos Speybrouck, station of the cross. The crucifixion is a metaphor for the death of the ego. Read more in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

The Baptism of Jesus, 1275-1300, Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The BAPTISM of Jesus is a metaphor for a kundalini awakening. Read more in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

Herrad of Landsberg (1125–1195), Hortus Deliciarum. Read about the deeper meaning of the story of JONAH AND THE WHALE in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

St. Christopher, Hieronymus (Jeroen) Bosch. A FISH is not one of the official attributes of St. Christopher.

Basilica of Santa Caterina D’alessandria,
15th century, Galatina, Puglia, Italy.

The Last Supper, 6th century, Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy.

Niccolò di Tommaso

Monastery of Santa Maria de Mur, Lleida, Spain. The EIGHT POINTED MORNING STAR (click here) is an ancient kundalini symbol.

The miraculous multiplication of bread, Ambrosius Francken I.

Evangeliar Ottos III, circa 1000, Munich.

The Baptism of Jesus, Khizan (Armenia, 1605 – 1651). Both the descending DOVE, and the ascending FISH, symbolize the rising kundalini.

Medieval Imagery, Roy 1 D X fol-7.

Saint Dignamerita,
Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, 1498.

Jacobello del Fiore, late 14th century- early 15th century, Accademia Gallery, Venice.

Sandro Botticelli

The Wounds of Christ with the Symbols of the Passion, woodcut, c. 1490.

Meister des Wittingauer Altars

Tobias and the Angel, Karel Dujardin. The angel points at his HEAD, the place where the kundalini energy (the fish) rises to.

Bonifacio de Pitati (Bonifacio Veronese) (attr. to)

Dieric Bouts, circa 1440. The ANOINTING of Jesus by Mary Magdalene is an aspect of a kundalini process. The PLATE the man points at represents the DOUBLE CIRCLE (click here), an alchemical symbol for the merging of the polar energies. 

The miraculous catch of fish, 5th century, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy. The TRIDENT TAIL of the fish refers to the three energy channels involved in a kundalini process.

The Last Supper, Alonso Vázquez. SILVER AND GOLD (the moon and the sun) represent in alchemy the polar energies. The plates also refer to the DOUBLE CIRCLE (click here), a symbol for the merging of duality. 

Armenian Gospel, 1455. Read about the BAPTISM of Jesus in my book ‘John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ’.

Christ in the Desert Served by Angels, Pablo de Céspedes, 16th Century.
Right: detail

Detail of painting on the left
The MELON refers to the alchemical ‘SQUARING THE CIRCLE’, a metaphor for the Magnum Opus. The NAPKIN, in the shape of a triangle with the point down, refers to the SACRUM, the abode of the kundalini.

Christ in the Desert Served by Angels, Francisco Pacheco, 1616. In the bottom right corner, John the Baptist points to himself: HE is Jesus! He is painted standing on ONE LEG. This is a reference to the SACRED MARRIAGE 2=1 (click here). Read more in my book ‘John the Baptist Who Became Jesus the Christ’.