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The Cross of Lorraine: The Fingerprint of God or the Mark of Cain?

Oct 26, 2004
Author: Boyd Rice

The most prominent symbol associated with the Grail bloodline, aside from the pentagram and the rose-cross, is the Cross of Lorraine. As has been said elsewhere (see the article in Dagobert’s Revenge, Vol 3#2), this cross was the heraldic device of both the Angevins and the Knights Templar. The symbol can be dated back to the early deified kings of Sumeria, where it had the title of “Kad”, a term denoting both king and lord. Over the years, this symbol has been presented in many variations, perhaps the most well-known being the one used by the French Free Forces in WWII, patterned after a configuration favored in medieval alchemical/Hermetic texts (See illustration on next page.) This particular representation of the cross seems to embody specific geometric relationships between the component parts of the configuration - and indeed it does. It, like the pentagram, is a symbolic representation of the golden division principle, with its dimensions defined by the famous Fibonacci spiral. The Cross of Lorraine, then, like the spiral that characterizes it, is another configuration of “the fingerprint of God.” Not only can the Fibonacci spiral be super-imposed over it, the bars from which it is composed bear a golden division relationship to one another; the top horizontal bar is to the bottom as the bottom bar is to the vertical bar. And too, the elements which comprise the cross define two irregular pentagrams, both of which are central to the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.

As if to emphasize the hermetic nature of the Cross of Lorraine, an image of the sun (the eternal male principle) crowns it, and an image of the moon (the eternal female principle) is to be seen beneath it. In alchemy, the cross represents a crucible, a place in which opposites are dissolved and combined, and matter transformed. We see a christianized equivalent of this idea in the crucifix, emblematic of Christ’s suffering on the cross, and his subsequent death, resurrection, and transformation. Upon the middle pillar of the cross is inscribed (in Latin): “The blessed stone contains everything within itself.” The “blessed stone”, then, would appear to be the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, a melding of the eternal male and female essence, as forged within the crucible of the Cross of Lorraine. Could this same blessed stone bear some relation to, or in fact be synonymous with, the Rock of Sion?

Further examinations of this medieval etching indicated that a code of some sort might be hidden within the Latin inscriptions that cover the cross. For instance, on the endpoints of the cross were six letters, three of them vowels, a seemingly perfect selection for generating any number of words. Yet the odds of discovering words bearing any relationship to the Grail mystery would be astronomical, unless someone purposely put them there!

Almost immediately upon examination of this picture, we began to discover a series of words encoded in the cross. The first, HOSANI, would appear to be a Latinized version of the more common Hebrew word, Hosanna. The second, IANOSH, was obviously a Latinized version of Enoch, a figure whose name recurs incessantly in regards to our research. We had encountered many variations in the name Enoch (Enosh, Enos, etc.), so to find yet another wasn’t at all unusual, especially given the fact that this version of it was discovered within the context of a Latin text. This alternate spelling was also interesting in that it was highly suggestive of the connection between Enoch and Oannes, two figures who were often said to equate to one another. Both were said to have taught writing, etc. to mankind. One is intimately associated with water, the other, the Flood.

The first two words, Hosani and Ianosh, were found by connecting the letters of the six points at the ends of the crossed bars by means of an irregular (albeit symmetrical) zig-zagging line. The first line starts at the top and ends at the bottom. The second line mirrors the first and originates instead at the bottom. A third word can be found by connecting just the five letters on the cross’ lower section. The line that co-joins them forms a kind of irregular (yet again very symmetrical) “M” shape. And the five points thus defined are pentagonal in nature. The word thus created is ASION. Obviously, the name Sion is of central importance to all those who adopted the Cross of Lorraine as their sacred symbol. Yet we had never encountered the term Asion. There are a number of names that turn up in various mythologies that seem to bear some sort of relation to Sion. In esoteric Judaism, there is a fallen angel named Sihon. There are figures connected to the Flood named Saon, and Iasion. Scion, a word still in common usage, has a pronunciation identical to Sion, and its most well-known definition is “descendant , son or heir.” And its most often used in regards to powerful or well-known families (those perceived as dynasties.) A less well-known meaning of scion pertains to the grafting of vines, particularly in relation to grape vines and the production of wine - a recurring symbolic theme for the Grail bloodline, as it alludes to the intermarriage of sacred and royal pedigrees.

The word Asion, however, is very likely what is known as a patronym. The patronym is simply a name indicating an individual’s descent, or patrimony. They were very common in ancient times, and in numerous cultures. For instance, “Ailu” means simply, “son of Ilu”; “Amuru”, means “son of Muru”, and so on. Patronyms were most often used by kings and the aristocracy. Assuming Asion to be such a word, the three words encoded in the cross would produce the sentence: “Praise be to Enoch, son of Sion.”

Of course, we know that Enoch was the son of Cain. Could it be that Cain is the true esoteric meaning of “Sion”? If so, it would make sense. After all, Cain would have been the figure from which the Grail bloodline descended. (See this author’s article, Lucifer’s Children: The Descendants of Cain.) The pronunciation of many ancient words varied widely from time to time and place to place. The goddess Kybele, for instance, was later known as Cybele. The “C” in Cain can be pronounced with a hard “K” sound, or a soft “S” sound. And in fact, the word that served as the basis of “scion” was originally spelled cian, but was pronounced with the “S” sound. In another culture it was spelled cihan and also pronounced the same.

Sion could very well be an esoteric title for Cain, and the phrase we’ve decoded - “Praise be to Enoch, son of Cain” - seems to have a sense of internal logic to it. Cain would necessarily have been an important figure to his descendants, who, due to his less-than-auspicious depiction in the Old Testament, may have been preserved in their tradition, camouflaged beneath a code name. Sion constitutes the axis about which the Grail mystery revolves, yet remains the traditions most sub rosa aspect. If Cain is Sion, the oft referred to “Rock of Sion” could merely represent the seed of Cain; the stone which had fallen from Heaven, and the rock upon which the bloodline had been founded. How often have we heard the enigmatic assertion that the rock which the builder rejected “shall be the cornerstone”? Certainly, the figure most rejected by God (Lucifer excepted) in the Old Testament was Cain. And certainly Cain was the cornerstone of a dynasty of deified kings, his name even serving as the very root word from which our modern word ”King” derives. In an alternate reading of “the stone which the builder rejected”, it is said that it shall serve as the capstone. Given the very real traditions of Cain’s purported Luciferian heritage from fallen angels, this would put a whole new spin on the well-known symbol of the illuminated eye atop the pyramid.

Lastly, there is yet another bizarre pattern to emerge from the sentence “Praise be to Ianosh, son of Sion.” The Oannes connection to Ianosh/Enoch is of interest in that Oannes is the basis of Johannes, from whence we derive the name John (yet another name that recurs incessantly in regard to the grail mythos, the life of Christ, and particularly, the Priory of Sion.) And strangely, we have come across more than a few instances in which the name John has shown up as an anglicized equivalent of the word Sion.

It seems clear that the Grail family understood the significance of their descent from the figure known to history as Cain, Enoch and Oannes. It seems equally clear that they enshrined these figures in names at once both innocent-seeming and enigmatic. Like so many other aspects of the Grail mystery, they contrived to secret them from public view by hiding them in plain sight. This particular depiction of the Cross of Lorraine, it seems, serves a multi-faceted function. It is at one and the same time an iconic depiction of both the fingerprint of God and the Mark of Cain; a repository of sacred knowledge, and a secret genealogy.

Addendum: The foregoing theory represents one possible interpretation of what we’ve found. As with most things grail-related, there are often many possible interpretations, and more often still, multiple layers of meaning existing simultaneously. For instance, both the names Ianosh and Asion seem to be compounded from two words, each of which appear to be derived etymologically from the same sources. The “ian” and “ion” portions of the name contain “An” and “On”, both Mesopotamian names of God. the “as” and “osh” portions of the name relate to Ash, a word meaning “Lord.” Therefore, Ianosh and Asion may be titles in addition to being proper names, both meaning either “the Lord God”, or “God the Lord.” Returning briefly to the hypothesis that Asion is a patronym, indicating linear descent, another intriguing possibility exists. Asion could be a metronym, a name indicative of matrilineal descent. Since Jews placed great emphasis on matrilineal descent, this possibility cannot be ruled out. And the figure of Iasion remains both fascinating and mysterious for a number of reasons. Not only does it encompass the word Sion, but also Ia, the first deified king of Sumeria. Iasion was one of the many names of Meraton (or Metatron), a figure equated with the Demiurge, with “little IAO”, and with El Shaddai, the Lord of the Mountain who is synonymous with Jehovah/God throughout much of the Old Testament. El Shaddai is also sometimes known as El Shaitan, which means simply “Lord Satan.” And it is said that when the most ancient prophet Enoch died and ascended to heaven, he became Meraton (Metatron).





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