Cross of Lorraine:
The Fingerprint of God or the Mark of Cain?
by 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 Dagoberts 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.) 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 Christs suffering
on the cross, and his subsequent death, resurrection, and transformation(1).
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 Philosophers
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 wasnt at all unusual, especially given the fact that 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 with
one another. Both were said to have taught writing, etc. to mankind. One
is intimately associated with water, the other with the Flood.
The first two words, Hosani and Ianosh, were found by connecting the
letters at 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 individuals 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 authors article, Lucifers
Children: The Descendants of Cain in Dagoberts Revenge Vol. 4#1.)
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 weve
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 of the Temple
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 tale of "the
stone which the builder rejected", it is said that it shall serve
as the capstone. Given the very real traditions of Cains
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.
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
It seems clear that the Grail family understood the significance of
their descent from the figures 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 mysterious. 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 weve 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, a
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 Shaittan, with means simply "Lord
Satan." And it is said that when the most ancient prophet Enoch died
and ascended to heaven, he became Meraton (Metatraon.)
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