Simon Magus - The ‘death’ of Simon Magus, from the Nuremberg Chronicle
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Nurenberg Chronicles are not all that they seem. They contain within them quite a number of spiritual 'truths' that are recorded pictorially but not explained including for example the 'big foot' symbolism.
One of the more intriguing pictures in the chronicles purports to show Simon Magus's death, except that what it is portraying is a very classical rebirth experience - pierced with swords, out of body, evil looking spirit helpers, dismemberment and so on.
So the chronicler was actually recording the belief that Simon Magus gained his magician's powers via a rebirth experience.
A description of the experience
Simon Magus: (1st Century CE) From Samaria, he was thought to be one of the earliest Gnostics, and a follower of John the Baptist.
He interpreted the Garden of Eden, exodus from Egypt, and the crossing of the Red Sea as allegories.
(See; ”Jung and the Lost Gospels,” by Hoeller, Theophysical Pub., 1989.) http://www.gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/grsm_simon_magus.htm
Left The ‘death’ of Simon Magus, from the Nuremberg Chronicle or Liber Chronicarum, 1493