As mentioned, the story of Adam and Eve and the Serpent is another allegorical tale which points to the source of these early shamanic beliefs and the experiences and knowledge that developed alongside them. (See presentation: The Inner Cosmic Serpent).
It was believed that the ‘serpent knowledge’ and ‘serpent wisdom’ – i.e., the processes associated with the Kundalini, is found within the female, or through her, and this is why she personified the rising Kundalini energy as symbolised by a serpent.
Now that we understand this, it will now be easier for us to grasp the Kundalini-related symbolism conveyed in the Biblical story of the execution of John the Baptist.
In Hinduism, Shakti is also called Devi or Mahadevi and assumes different roles as the goddess Lakshmi who is the energy of the god Vishnu.
Likewise, the goddess Kali (also known as Durga, Parvati, Sati) is the energy of the god Shiva.
We can see that the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis would be the Shakti (prana) energy of the god Osiris, and that in the Gnostic scriptures and esoteric Christianity it is implied that John the Baptist and Jesus had their own Shakti in Salome and Mary Magdalene respectively, as we will see.
As those who are familiar with the Rennes-le-Château mystery will know, both the goddess Isis and Mary Magdalene are referred to as “Le Serpent Rouge”, (“the Red Serpent”,) in one of the Priory of Sion documents of the same title.
People are of the opinion that the “red serpent” is symbolic of a “holy bloodline” and perhaps on one level this may be correct.
But again, we cannot rule out the possibility that this is also a clear allusion to the Kundalini serpent that is said to lay “coiled-up” 3½ times around the coccyx, (also known as the Os Sacrum) at the base of the spine – the location of the Root Chakra, also associated with the colour red – hence “red serpent”.
This connection that the Magdalene has with the “red serpent” would also imply that Mary Magdelene was the Shakti of Jesus – a “shining one” based on earlier pagan ‘resurrection gods’ like Osiris and ‘Solar/Sun gods’ like Horus and Apollo – and that like these pagan gods, his spiritual knowledge, wisdom and teachings were the result of the enlightenment one attains through Kundalini.
In any case, this belief that the aroused Kundalini energy is feminine-related, brings to mind the Biblical serpent in the ‘Garden of Eden’ story that spoke to Eve and persuaded her to tempt Adam to take a bite of the apple from the Tree of Knowledge – the tree being symbolic of the human spine.
It would appear that in the esoteric sense, Eve and the Serpent were really one entity – Eve being another version of the Kundalini Goddess,* and that in taking a bite of the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, Adam, like the earliest shamans, had become enlightened, having absorbed profound knowledge about God’s creation, the true nature of his existence and his own divine potential.
* Some researchers are now coming to these connections.
See Eve, Snake & the Awakening of Kundalini by Sheila Foster, (2010).
The Kundalini Goddess is also the Shekinah, a feminine Hebrew word, meaning 'the dwelling' or 'settling of divine presence' (divine energy at the base of the spine), “to the effect that, while in proximity to the Shekhinah, [at the point of enlightenment due to raising of this energy to the centre of the head] the connection to God is more readily perceivable”. See here:
The Shekinah is said to also manifest inside the Holy of Holies; the Altar within the Temple in Jerusalem where the sacred Ark of the Covenant was kept.
And this would be correct because like most ancient temples, the Temple of Jerusalem was metaphorically based on the human body (the real Temple) and the chakra centres – with the ‘Holy of Holies’ representing the central chakra power centres in the head associated with the central Optic Thalamus in the brain – the real mystical ‘Third Eye’ according to the older and more reliable esoteric sources.
There is also the tradition of the Shekinah as the “Sabbath (Shabbat) Bride”, which continues to this day, and this is interesting because in the Gnostic scriptures the symbolic “Bridal Chamber” is again, an esoteric reference to the central Thalamus in the brain.
See also my presentation Gate of God.
The Hellenistic, Gnostic and esoteric Christian concept of Sophia (also a goddess) – meaning wisdom – is yet another expression of the “Kundalini Goddess”.
See OM, baby! A Pilgrimage to the Eternal Self by Jack Haas.
“Sophia can be described as the wisdom of God, and, at times, as a pure virgin spirit which emanates from God”. See here:
Sophia is in the word ‘Philo-sophy’ – meaning “love of wisdom” – and this is also interesting, because this would infer that ‘true wisdom’ (Sophia) is attained via the enlightenment associated with Kundalini.
But all-in-all, the origin of the ‘Shakti Kundalini Goddess’ finds its place in the Shamaness, the Shakti of the shaman, often portrayed as his sister or consort in the ancient myths worldwide, and who also plays her role as the “World Mother”.
As we have seen, the raised Kundalini energy is associated with the female and this has caused some confusion because the energy itself is not considered to be "positive" or "negative", or "male" or "female"; in fact, as we have seen, it is said that this awesome energy is released via the fusion of both opposites whereby each are cancelled out and neutralised.
Therefore this raised energy, which rises through the central and neutral, etheric sushumna nerve channel within the centre of the spine, is considered neutral.
So why is the rising Kundalini energy associated with the female – a female goddess?
The simple truth is, the shaman observed that all things are born into this world through the female.
Therefore the female was believed to represent the ‘Underworld’ or “otherworld” – the source or “home” of the human spirit – what we today would call the ‘subconscious’ or ‘unconscious,’ and it was this belief that really constituted her power.
The shaman knew that to probe the mysteries of life sex and death, he would have to "pierce the veil" of the "World Mother" and “re-enter” her – not physically, but psychically: unite with her, seeding her with his own consciousness so as to get right to the heart of the mystery and perhaps even make a change in himself, and in effect this sacred union is the reintegration of the psyche; the merging of the opposites in oneself, as in the fusion between the male-related conscious self and the feminine-related subconscious-self, also synonymous with the synchronisation of the left and right hemispheres of the brain as used today to access altered states of consciousness.
This is why in occult-esoteric imagery the goddess Isis is positioned between two pillars, each of which represent the dual opposites - the same two pillars that are said to have flanked the entrance to the Temple of Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon:
(Sol-0-Mon . . . Sun-0-Moon).
The name Isis is derived from the Hebrew ישע, Iso, and the Greek ζωω - meaning 'to save'.
The images below of the archetypal Virgin goddess Isis positioned between the twin pilars of Freemasonry - Jachin and Boaz - demonstrates that "understanding is always found at the point of equilibrium and that truth is often crucified between the two thieves of apparent contradiction". See here:
In the quote above, we read,“kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess”.
Why is it that the first initial stages of the Kundalini arousal or awakening is always symbolically depicted by a female?
According to the ancient Hindu texts, the body’s potential energy found coiled up 3½ times at the base of the spine, is symbolised by a coiled female serpent known as the Shakti goddess.
She is also known as the “Kundalini Goddess”.
Shakti means ‘creative energy’.
Basically, the Shakti represents the Kundalini energy – the life force from the Void (source-centre of all creation) – known as prana (Sanskrit) and is comparable with the Chinese energy Ch’i, also the aether, and relatively, the zero-point energy of contemporary theoretical physics - being the ground state energy of consciousness itself – the “nothing” that is also Everything . . . the limitless, infinite energy of the Void from which the material world is made manifest.
Is this connection with ‘zero-point energy’ justified?
Well the word ‘prana’ comes from pra meaning, ‘first,’ and na, meaning, “smallest unit of energy”.
So ‘prana’ means the “original smallest unit of energy”, and this is synonymous with ‘zero-point energy’, as well as the proto-atom that represents the source-centre of creation; the seed from which the universe first became manifest in the so-called “big bang”.
Prana is therefore the ‘first energy;’ the creative force, the primal, neutral energy of consciousness itself before it becomes divided into the positive and negative, polar opposites of which the physical world, in all its expressions of the same duality, is composed.
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Figure 1: The Kundalini Goddess as a serpent coiled 3½ times around the base of the Spine.
Note the illustration on the left of thegoddess surrounded by flames like the Phoenix of rebirth rising from the ashes of its former self.
“The kundalini rises from muladhara chakra up a subtle channel at the base of the spine (called Sushumna), and from there to top of the head merging with the sahasrara, or crown chakra. When kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva). Then the aspirant becomes engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss.”
“Shakti is from the Sanskrit shak – “to be able”, “meaning sacred force or empowerment – is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism.”
“Those who have turned their gaze inward and contemplated kundalini herself have found her to resemble a serpent that moves with the suddenness, brilliance, and zigzag course of a bolt of lightning and the indestructibility of a diamond. Traditionally, therefore, they have referred to kundalini with the term vajra, meaning thunderbolt, diamond, and adamantine. However, it is only the awakened kundalini that moves like this. For most individuals, she sleeps coiled up at the bottom of the body cavity or at the base of the spine, encircling an internal linga or phallus, drinking the vital energy that is wasted by those men and women who have not learned the secret of her nature. Once aroused, she rises up through the body to the cranial vault; and along her serpentine path she draws attention to a subtle body comprised of several “centers,” “chakras,” or “wheels” that remained closed or “knotted” in those who have not familiarized themselves with kundalini”.
Figure 2: Adam and Eve flanking the Serpent coiled around the Tree of Knowledge at the centre of the Garden of Eden.
Roman Mosaic, Sicily.
Figure 3: The Shekinah Glory Enters the Tabernacle.
Illustration from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons. Edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, (1908).
Figure 4: Left: Saitic Isis from Manly P. Hall’s Secret Teachings of All Ages.
Right: The High Priestess, card No. 2 from the Rider-Waite Tarot.
"The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine". See here:
Isis is positioned between the twin black and white pillars of Freemasonry known as Jachin and Boaz.
The pomegranates behind the High Priestess and the central pillar which she is concealing, forms the Kabbalah
Tree of Life based on the physio-kundalini-chakra system.
The adept shaman would achieve this ‘inner union’ and attain the inner knowledge and wisdom associated with the female, by again, finding that point of equillibrium between the masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon) halves of his psyche – what I call the Internal Eclipse.
As we will discover, this fusion was acheived through inducing the Hypnagogic trance state and by whatever technique or method available, and we find that it is the shamanic trance state – i.e., the regular practise of meditation and access of the hypnagogic state, that can initiate the arousal of the Kundalini energy and its ascent through the chakras to the centre of the head.
However, based on these shamanic insights into the mystery of the feminine, it was believed that when awakened, it was “She,” the ‘Kundalini Goddess,’ as represented by his shamaness (shakti,) that carried the subject’s ‘conscious-self’ inward and upward, through the different layers (several levels) of the ‘subconscious’ by going upward through the spine to the brain and to the bindu centre of all intelligence and creation.
The imagery above, showing the goddess Isis positioned between two pillars may have its source in the ancient Egyptian depiction of the goddess Hathor shown below who is shown between two pillars and the two serpent Uraei known as Wadjet and Nekhbet who are shown wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt - symbolising the opposites.
The goddess Hathor was synonymous with Isis, being the mother and consort of the god Horus.
Figure 5: "The Doorway Entrance into the Earth Mysteries of Hathor".
The lion goddess Hathor between two pillars and the twin Uraei serpents.
"Hathor’s energy always has an underlying feeling of excitation, of arousal. It may be sexual, but it doesn’t have to be. Hathor imparts the excitement of living, and thus She is the Great Lady of Love, Joy, Drunkenness, and Dance. Her symbol par excellance is the sistrum, the sacred rattle that is shaken to stir things up. In Egyptian, to “play the sistrum” is iri sekhem, to “do power”.
Isiopolis: A votive Work in honor of the Goddess Isis.