Naga Kanya, though strictly speaking she is a Nagi or Nagini whereas the male is a naga. Found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Skihism. (more via Wiki).
Here she offers magic, protection, blessings, prosperity and aligned relationships all In all forms, in all planes of existence. She is the immortal, ultimate treasure bringing Goddess.
With her aquila wings, she carries the thunderbolts of Zeus/Jupiter (the beneficent Guru planet) and in my painting, She is penetrated by the dorje - the powerful
'male' thunderbolt in Tibetan Buddhism; the diamond like compassionate masculine energy of skillful means and enlightenment seeing both the relative and absolute forms of reality.
Notice her shape? Typically very similar to that of Caduceus, Isis (and her high magical powers, cleverly gained from a snake bite to Ra) the misunderstood and much maligned Lilith. But most notably, the uterus - the seat of creation. Our first home. There is a train of thought that it is in fact the uterus that is implied symbolically in many of these images, more so than the double helix and kundalini rising.
The Naga is the Sanskrit term of deity in the form of a serpent, essentially a water snake.
Ahh snakes! Ophiolatry is to be found ubiquitously throughout mankind's history in one form or another. One can even surmise that its fervent demonetization has been a form of worship and it is my contention that such zeal for condemnation comes from a deep seated place of fear. And a great fear is that of truth. And it is upon this 'truth' that I will elucidate some. Though I would always encourage anyone interested, to delve in deeper for themselves as there is a plethora of information out there.
So to dive in to the symbolism of the snake.The salvation from it's toxin lies within it's self. It sheds it's outworn skin revealing it's fresh new one in the world. It is the interminable cyclic nature of Ouroboros It is the Torus.
It is the energy rising, the awakening kundalini.
The naga is associated with water and typically would be found from small ponds to oceans. Water represents our emotional body.
The naga is an aquatic serpent into human form with eagle wings. Water, earth, air. But where is the fire to complete this foursome? In fact, She is her own fire.
The unfettered Dakini. She is kundalini energy.
Awakened, She is what connects us to higher consciousness.
In my painting the dorje is within Vajrayogini's phenomenal source double tetrahedron, (the source of what manifests as mundane reality) The alchemical symbols for water and fire, Shiva and Shakti - male and female. The union of opposites, locked in sacred embrace.
The colouring in this painting is muted, however there still lay hints of the mixing of red and white, another factor in ophiolatry as well as secret Tantra. Whether it is in the resulting psychoactive merging of blood and venom or the sacred marriage of (menstrual) blood and semen, a state of bliss is achieved.
The conch. In Hinduism and Buddhism and Bon, the conch has been used as both water (emotional body) container and trumpet, for announcing, calling and awakening to Buddhadharma and is Lord Vishnu's attribute (where his wealth giving Goddess consort Lakshmi resides.)
The conch is an ocean creature, living in the warm shallow waters, and though possibly unrelated in this historical context, I think of the nautilus and how it feeds in shallow waters of the night but descends to depths of nearly 2000 feet during the sunlight hours. It makes me think of the dark, hidden places - even in the 'mid day sun' - to assimilate the nourishment it has consumed.
Naga Kanya offers us this conch, this treasure of emotional nourishment, offered from
her heart of the womb, .
This painting is strewn with sacred union imagery. The endless knot, the red/white yin yang, marriage of the sun and moon, the Sri yantra with Vajrayogini's seed syllable BAM surrounded by her (3 OM ) mantra. Ningishzida in red and white, a Mesopotamian deity of the underworld and the earliest known symbol of snakes twining around an axial rod. It predates the Caduceus of Hermes, the Rod of Asclepius and the staff of Moses by more than a millennium. The transcended caterpillar, seed of life, the lotus flowering from it's dark depths and most significantly, the pomegranate. Festoon with fertility, love, resurrection and immortality symbolism. In fact I have painted the lotus springing from a held jewel like pomegranate.