William Henry



‘The Mond Crucifixion’, by Raphael, depicts Christ’s body nailed to the Cross, which bears the inscription ‘I.N.R.I.’, which stands for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’). Esoterically, I.N.R.I.stands for Igen Natura Renaventura Integra (‘By Fire, Frequency, Vibration Humanity is Renewed and Made Whole’). The sun and moon symbolized the eclipse that coincided with Christ’s death. The three nails point us to the Shroud of Turin.

In America, many experienced a new metaphoric Easter beating of Christ when the US Guv unilaterally declared Easter 2024, normally the day that celebrates the Transfiguration / Resurrection of Christ, the day of Transgender Visibility. In the view of some this was a slap in the face to people of faith. Prophetic types relish in this kind of abuse of Christians. They say it all part of the unfolding plan that culminates in the Return.

This coincides with the total solar eclipse in the USA on April 8, upon which many are projecting many hopes and fears, as well as dreams and desires, including the Second Coming of Christ.

An eclipse is a profound celestial moment when heaven and earth unite. The 2017 total eclipse was one of the most memorable events in my life. Nashville was on the path of totality and we gathered at the Parthenon. The moment the ‘lights went down’ was by far the most powerful celestial event I have ever experienced. One instantly knows that there is a higher Something in charge of our existence. Because the 2017 eclipse traveled from northwest to southeast and the 2024 eclipse will travel from southwest to northeast, the two paths cross each other and form an X over an area spanning parts of Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.

An X is the symbol for the unknown or the mysterious. In Christianity, the X is a sign of the cross where Christ was crucified, or for Christ himself. But this symbol, or marker, can also be understood as a “crossing over” to another dimension: a transcendence, transformation, or transmigration. Apparently, by making an X across America God is indicating displeasure with the USA and is ‘X’ing out America. There is no doubt this eclipse will bring with it a revelation. Will it bring something more? If so, how do we prepare?

The ancients believed anything can happen during an eclipse, but mainly they were seen as a nudge to ‘get right’ with the world in preparation for the major change the eclipse can bring. Christian observers are seeing the 2024 total eclipse as a dire prophetic sign and the signature of God, like it is Judgment Day. Others see it as a time to release and surrender to the ‘Motherverse’ and let go of whatever is not working in their lives. It is a potent time for new beginnings. A moment of Amazing Grace.

But what about all the talk about the eclipse as a Sign of the Christ?

Jesus does not need an eclipse to return. This will happen in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). However, an eclipse saw him Transfigure. One may herald his Return. 

Raphael provides insight. Let’s take a look at the ‘hidden in plain sight’ symbolism in his painting.

Two angels (flying or dancing Starwalkers standing with one foot upon ‘clouds’) with swirling ribbons at their waists catch the blood flowing from Christ’s wounds in golden chalices, reminiscent of those in which wine would be served during Mass at the altar below which the painting was hung. 

The ribbons are mystical or supernatural umbilical cords used by the angels to phase into our realm and to fly within it. The golden cups have caught the transmuted blood and water spurting from Jesus’s body as he transfigures into light. 

One of these angels is likely to be Chamuel, who was also present in the garden when he brought Jesus a cup of supernatural oil that strengthened him. The gospels tell us that after the last supper, on the holy night of the Eucharist meal, Jesus went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, a place where he often met with them, across a winter brook in the ravine of the Kedron Fortress into a particular enclosed orchard called Gethsemane, apparently intending to perform something private or secret. Gethsemane means “oil press.” Apparently, there was some sort of production facility there. The oil that was made or manufactured there is called Christos or Chrism. Jesus’s younger brother, James, was an Essene high priest and leader of the Jerusalem church. 

In Luke 22, the Bible describes how an angel — who traditionally has been identified as Archangel Chamuel — met Jesus there to comfort and encourage him for the challenge ahead. For this reason Chamuel is known as the Angel of San Graal or Angel of the Holy Grail. 

By placing these Starwalkers in this scene Raphael is de-emphasizing the blood and gore of the Crucifixion, and emphasizing its purpose: to show humanity the way to Transfiguration via the production of a supernatural and entheogenic oil. I discuss this in detail here.

Raphael’s painting is a guide for transmuting the body into light and opening the gate to heaven. He focuses us on the promise of resurrection offered through the Eucharist. More specifically through the Oil of Joy.


The Virgin Mary, dressed in purplish blue to denote that she is wearing the Name of Christ and is cloaked in space time, stands to the left of the Cross. A knot of Isis is at her waist. John the Evangelist stands to the right of the cross with Mary Magdalene. S/he wears a green cloak shot with gold, indicating that s/he is radiating light. S/he looks straight at US. I denote John as s/he as the androgynous status of the beloved saint, who some believe is the child of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, appears to represent the image of a third or mixed gender. The idea that “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” also known as “the beloved disciple,” is a woman is controversial. So is the idea that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had an androgynous child.

Personally, following James Tabor and Robert Eisenman, I identify the beautiful young person in the shimmering green cloak as Jesus’s little brother, James. 

James is one of the myrrophores, or entheogenic resurrection oil experts. He is identified in Mark 15:40 as present at the crucifixion. 

40 There were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.

He was also among the first to learn of the Resurrection:

John 20:2 Then Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

Paul says he was the first person the resurrected Jesus appeared to:

James as being one of the persons to whom the risen Christ showed himself (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

James was specially mentioned as the purvey of the Oil of Joy or Shining Oil that transmutes the body into light. 

Raphael clearly knew the esoteric meaning of the symbols and beings present at the Crucifixion, especially the Shining Oil.

Join me for a full revelation of the mysteries of this oil on April 18 when I will present REALITY SWITCH: STARWALKERS, PSYCHEDELICS AND PSYCHONAUTS.

Until then, enjoy the eclipse!

William Henry is a Nashville-based author, investigative mythologist, and TV presenter. He is an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation and ascension


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