The Pillars of Jachin and Boaz, Kundalini, and the Shekinah

by Joshua Tilghman on August 2, 2012

In the last blog post we discussed why Solomon’s Temple could not be literal; instead it was meant to represent the human mind. Today we are going to focus on two structures built with the temple to help you better understand what the Bible teaches about consciousness and reality. We will also discuss a little about kundalini and DNA. But most importantly, we are going to focus on what the Bible has to say about having the proper balance, both physically and spiritually, in order to manifest Christ consciousness within you.

The two structures we are going to discuss are the pillars on the porch of the temple. Collectively, they represent the entire mystery of BEING and consciousness itself!

We learn of the pillars from a few different books of the Bible. I am going to quote a few at a time and then discuss the importance of each one.

And he set up pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar and called the name thereof Boaz. And upon the tops of the pillars was lily (opened flowers) work…” (1 Kings 7:21-22).

The exoteric interpretation of this passage explains these pillars as the gateways to the temple, and most importantly, to the Holy of Hollies where God dwelled. But the Apostle Paul affirms many times that God never dwelled in a temple; it was all symbolic. Therefore it is the esoteric interpretation that we need to understand. Let’s explore this interpretation by first understanding why the Biblical author would name them Jachin and Boaz.

The Hebrew name Jachin means strengthened, upright, firm and stable. The Hebrew name Boaz means strength, power, and source. When you put these names together, you would get something like:

“My house will be established in source and strength.” Remember, this house is you!

Also notice that the scripture states Solomon put the pillar Jachin on the right and Boaz on the left. This is correct when one is facing the building during construction. However, as the temple represents you (body and mind) as it faces east, Boaz would be on the right side and Jachin on the left. Why is this important?

The two pillars signify the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Boaz is symbolic of the right hemisphere. This hemisphere is associated with the intuitive, abstract, and creative principle. In other words, it represents our higher, spiritual natures. The left hemisphere is associated with logic and the intellect. I also tend to associate this hemisphere with physicality and concreteness.  Now let’s see how this ties in to the two pillars.

The pillar of Boaz symbolizes the animating (source) energy in creation.  The Pillar of Jachin not only represents our intellect, but also our concrete, physical, earthly natures. And please understand that the lower nature is not a negative aspect of creation. Quite the contrary! Just as darkness is not a negative aspect of creation, neither is the physical. It is only when the physical aspects of our dual nature do not have a redeemer and guide (spiritual aspect) that the balance becomes compromised. As Jesus said, a man does not live on bread alone!

So what’s the real significance of these two pillars? The answer lies in the space that is created when the two pillars are esoterically and symbolically ONE. Just as the subconscious and conscious natures of our mind are married and joined to form the bride of Christ who is one with God (resulting in Christ consciousness), so these two pillars as ONE symbolize the pinnacle of man’s spiritual evolutionary journey in a physical body. The result of that journey is the healed and balanced individual.

Jachin and Boaz together then are symbolic of the balance, or equilibrium, between the two forces, active and passive, in creation. These two forces are symbolized in many different ways in many different cultures. Some of the more known are male/female, yin/yang, fire/water, spirit/matter, conscious/subconscious, higher / lower nature, divine man/earth man, etc.

The point is that the Fusion of the two brings balance between the passive and active forces of duality. If you are familiar with the Biblical story, think about what happens after Solomon dedicated the completed temple: the Shekinah glory of God falls. This is a manifestation of God’s presence.  Now think about is this way: the temple represents you!

Important Side note: In this post we are only discussing the pillars of Solomon’s temple. There are other portions of the temple as they relate to your mind and body, but to go over all of them would take too much space for a blog post. Keep that in mind as you read below.

How long did it take Solomon to build the entire temple?

“…so he was seven years in building it” (1 kings 6:38)

Why 7? Because there are seven energy centers that consciousness must flow through in order to reach the consciousness level that correlates to the Shekinah glory of God. Just as it took Solomon 7 years to build the temple, so consciousness has to ascend upward through the 7 energy points of the holy temple which is your body in order for Christ consciousness to be realized. In eastern religions, they are known as chakras. The invisible and subtle energy that flows up your spinal column and through your seven energy centers is known as kundalini.

Different levels of consciousness can be associated with different levels of awareness. All of this relates to the assimilation and integration of energy (more importantly, information). This may make more sense if you think of energy as information in motion. In its physical aspect, everything in the universe can be described as energy. But from a spiritual aspect, it can be explained as information! So it is more accurate to describe the universe as a vast sea of information interacting with itself rather than energy.

How else do the pillars of Boaz and Jachin relate to all this?

Human DNA is the vehicle for genetic information in the body. Chromosomes are bundles of this information, and human cells have 23 pairs of Chromosomes. With that being said, consider the scripture below:

For he cast the two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece…and he made two chapiters of molten brass to set atop the pillars; the height of one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits.” (1 Kings 7:15-16).

18+5 equals 23! The pillars of Boaz and Jachin are 23 cubits high, representing the 23 pairs of chromosomes in our DNA. This further confirms that these pillars represent what must happen in the body to achieve balance.

Symbolically, when the two pillars are combined, kundalini energy has risen through the seven energy portals of your being, representing the shekiniah glory of God manifests in the temple (your body!)

If you remember the first scripture stated in this post, you will notice that “lily flowers” were mentioned. The Hebrew meaning of this word denotes a flower that is opened at the top like a trumpet. In eastern religions it is the opened lotus flower that represents that awakened individual. But as you can guess, even though all of this spiritual information originally came from one source, over time different cultures express it with different symbols.

What other correlations can we draw from this?

It is interesting to note that ancient esoteric literature also says that fire rested at the top of Jachin and water at the top of Boaz. Symbolically, when fire and water are mixed you get fire-mist, representative of Kundalini (the invisible and subtle cosmic spiritual energy).

On a final note, I also want you to note the famous esoteric symbol, the Star of David. Millions of Christians wear this star almost as if it is a fad, but most have no idea what it really represents. The Star of David is comprised of two triangles, one pointing up and one pointing down. This is symbolic of “as above, so below.” It symbolizes the microcosm and macrocosm of being. This symbol also represents the cosmic man above and the earth man below. Again, you can see how this relates to our higher and lower natures.

How this knowledge helps you?

The purpose of this article was to teach balance, unity, and wholeness. This is the redeemed individual. It is the message of Christ in a nutshell. Jesus states:

Be ye therefore perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48).

The word perfect simply means whole. The esoteric paradigm of perfect is one of balance between our two natures, where the conscious implants good thoughts into the subconscious, and the subconscious then births a reality of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude. Your goal should be to achieve balance in life. Healthy eating, right living, and serious inner reflection (through prayer and meditation) are necessary. Folks, you usually do not receive this higher knowledge in “church.” I am not against church. Some people are only ready to receive spiritual education at this level. But if you are reading this article then possibly you are ready for the next level of awareness, which is why I can state the paragraph below:

Consider how ineffectual the entire concept of organized religion is. In most religious institutions (notice I didn’t say all), a man sets himself up as an Apostle or some type of leader who claims that God has given him or her authority over you. You are then expected to submit spiritually to them because it is God’s will. This is utter non-sense. YOU are the only one that can walk into balance and wholeness. And God would never have you give up your authority to another. We are each to rule over and have dominion of this earth (physical matter). This is accomplished by spirit. It is important to let source energy flow through you, bringing spiritual and physical healing. This happens as a result of being balanced.

As this blog progresses, we will be discussing more articles that delve into these subjects from a Biblical perspective. If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to spread it through social media. And don’t forget to sign up for my blog posts updates by email in the upper left corner of this page if you want to learn more about the true esoteric origins of the Bible!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine Hoeflich August 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Great article, Josh! I love your interpretation of the pillars and the left and right brain.

When the left brain is dominant (particularly when we hold a worldview that’s not even accurate; the world as we learned about it is full of lies and distortions, just witness all the scandals being exposed these days), life is not in balance. It’s only when we connect with our right, creative brain (our higher self, our subconscious) and LISTEN to the guidance from within (rather than what we’ve been told by the “priests” or “middlemen”) aa well as integrate this guidance that we attain the balance you write about.


Christine Hoeflich August 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I meant to write “as well as” in the last sentence…


Joshua Tilghman August 4, 2012 at 9:30 am


Excellent points! Thanks for making this known.


Erin January 5, 2013 at 5:56 am

Hi Joshua! I’ve recently found your sight and have been thoroughly enjoying reading your words of wisdom. I am now looking at Scripture, as well as Mythology, in a very different light. I’ve recently become interested in the 12 Labors of Hercules. Seems there are many hidden messages in the story. Do you know of any blogs that might discuss ancient Myths in a mystical sense?


Erin January 5, 2013 at 5:58 am

Ha! Meant to say “site”, not “sight”, but maybe “Sight” is actually a better word for your website….


Joshua Tilghman January 5, 2013 at 11:47 am


To see scripture and myth in this light opens many spiritual doors, doesn’t it? As to your question, I am not personally aware of any blogs that focus on this. I have seen many websites over the years that touch on this subject, but it would be nice to find a central location for it. It’s funny that you mention the 12 Labors of Hercules. I recently had a blog reader state he would do a guest post on comparing Hercules and Jesus. Maybe it will be posted soon?

It’s a pleasure having you here. And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.


anny April 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

Hi Joshua, I have seen the comparison between the pillars Boaz and Jachin and the Ida and Pingala before, though I never knew which is which, but now I suddenly saw a connection with the biblical story of Boaz and Ruth too. Also there there is a wedding at the end of the story between Boaz (same principle as the pillar) and Ruth. Ruth is written as 200-6-400. She can be interpreted as creation or human at the point which is at the farthest point away from her origin. As such she of course is also symbol for the lower nature. 200 is the greatest measure of separation and 400 is the deepest point of descent into matter, slavery, suffering. As such this also means the turning point and in the story Ruth has returned to the land that stands for unity and finally the wedding to Boaz can take place.

You write: ‘The Star of David is comprised of two triangles, one pointing up and one pointing down. This is symbolic of “as above, so below.” It symbolizes the microcosm and macrocosm of being. This symbol also represents the cosmic man above and the earth man below. Again, you can see how this relates to our higher and lower natures.’ I also see the triangles as symbols of male and female and the Star of David as such as both (and all opposites) being in total balance and integration.


Nancy Terrell August 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

In the Star of David, it is the female who is above – just look at the down pointing triangle – two breasts on top with the genital area on the bottom. The up pointing triangle represents the male, with the upward point going into the downward triangle. Patriarchal religions have always stated that the man represented heaven and the woman earth. This can be easily debated as the right hemisphere represents the spiritual/woman – nothing is more spiritual that the act of creation/giving birth. Just another way of looking at The Star of David ~~~


austin May 13, 2014 at 1:46 am

Dear Sir,
Thank you very much for explaining hidden meanings of scriptures. Will it be possible for me to ask you specific questions through mail? ‘Star of David’ Hinduism it is called as Sudarshana Chakra, a powerful tool.
Love, Peace and Joy..


Joshua Tilghman May 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm


Sure, no problem. And thanks for the encouragement. If you contact me through the contact page it will get through to my e-mail. Blessings.


mike December 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

This is pure, nutty foolishness!


Joshua Tilghman December 27, 2014 at 11:48 am


Any more foolish than a talking snake?


martina December 27, 2014 at 4:47 am

Thank you , Joshua , for your excellent posts! I really love them.
Boaz and Jakin represent the two pillars of Qabalah, Severity and Mercy , respectively. The first is female ( Severity ! yes! pillar of form !) , representing Eve , the Archangel Sandolphon , the cloud of Water, while the latter is male , Adam , Metatron , the pillar of fire and of force . Both together reconcile in the Middle Pillar. These tree pillars are analogous to Ida Pingala and Shushumna. They form the macrocosmic Hexagram , or Star of David , the triangle with apex down is blue , representing water , while the one with apex up represents fire and is red. Interesting are the 23 cubits of height , referring to the DNA. Love and Light ! Martina


Joshua Tilghman December 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thanks, Martina. Wonderful info in that comment.

Reply February 11, 2015 at 12:01 am

I love the information! Keep me informed. Thank you. This is what I have been looking for.


Shawn October 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Wonderful, thank you.


Talal A Halbouni November 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Jachim and Boaz to me is a source of power like positive and negative ,here the thing we know that The Pyramid specialy Khefren is not a tomb for the Pheroes it is likely a great source of power from the subterrain water flows under the Pyramids through the tiny granit passage ,reaching the top conducting the energy to the Capsule ,in the capsule you have a rectangle kind of sarcofocos witch use to carry a rectangular gold box to keep the power initiated then comes the outer layer of the Pyramid with argyle stones that have the capability to preserve the power inside the Pyramid . I made the experience myself and went inside Khefren Pyramid until I reached the top Capsule I found the rectangle sarcofocus stayed inside and had this great undescribed feeling upon getting back outside the Pyramid I felt my real weight came back to me again ,I picked a piece of The argyle stone witch have been used 4000years ago the surface is Chrystal but when you hold it the colour change to dark from white witch means it absorbes the pwer of my hands .


Antonio April 4, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Do you like information? I will give you a real information about Jakin and Boaz.
Mathematical information:
Circumference pillars: 12 cubit Jakin – J or 10 (י) and Boaz – B or 2 (ב) 10 +2 =12
High 18 cubit + 5 cubit = 23 cubit
Radius pillars = 12 : 3,141592654 = 3,819718634 : 2 = 1,909859317
Area circle of pillar = (1,909859317 * 1,909859317) * 3,141592654 = 11,4591559
Circumference hexagon (Davids star) inside circle = 11,4591559
Volume of Solomons temple = 20 * 30 * 60 = 36000
Calculation: 36000 : 11,4591559 = 3141,592654 ( Pi = 3,141592654)
Do you believe it’s a coincidence or not?
If you play around with the number 11,4591559 (David’s star) and dimension of the Pyramids (Great Pyramid, Kefren and Menkaure), you will be surprised.
Go ahead!


Joshua Tilghman April 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm


Thanks for the insight. Looking forward to meditating on this.


Britany Phillips December 13, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Josh, please exscuse my being off topic. I just wanted to express my appreciation for this blog. I have fought with religion (mainly orthodox Christianity) for years. I always felt there was something more than what was on the surface. I do not know if you utilize or subscribe to Tarot, but I’ve gotten The heirophant, which symbolizes things like tradition, tried and true etc and another card telling me to change my perspective. For years, I could not decode the meaning of this. I was called to Google “esoteric meaning” and found your blog. It has helped to greatly expand my awareness. Especially the article about homosexuality. I am a woman who is in love with a woman. I could not rest on traditional teachings that stress this is wrong, purely based on the fact that i have so much unconditional love for her. I do not hate males, nor strive to be one. I embrace my innate female and male, and knew this chat to mean more than just genitalia. We both balance male and female aspects of our personalities, and mesh so well. I know there are people who discourage your interpretation, but please do not become disheartened as I prayed to All That Is for this information and truly feel that this is divinely inspired.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm

You are welcome, Britany!


Angel March 10, 2017 at 9:39 pm

Makes me wonder how did they know about the 23 pairs of chromosomes in our DNA!🤔


Gabor April 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Hi Josh
Kundalini sleeps spiral in form and coiled up like a serpent coiled upon itself three and one half times. Three and one half is in the Bible in form of 1 time , times ( 2 time ) and 1/2 time . When I analyze this it could be a date …. or could be mean the past , present and future ,and when apply the concept of life on this , became obvious that 1/2 presenting the future .
The evidence is in the number of chromosomes , we all have 46… in the act of creation of new life … we just participate with 1/2 .. 23 chromosomes.. Number 2 is the past , the number of parents .. Further is no wonder why Kundalini illustrated in two nadis looks like DNA . Every cell in our body have the same DNA … and share one mind..


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