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ISAAC: As of now, we have been able to establish strong historical connections between the Toledo Cross and the Crista. We know that the Toledo Cross is the object represented on the Merovingian coins, and that Childebert had the first coins of this type stamped, in Arles, upon his return from Toledo.
Let me explain: the Croix-de-Camargue looks very similar to an anchor.
This does NOT mean that the Croix-de-Camargue doesn't derive from the Crista and the Tau.
Indeed, originally the Tau used to be shaped like an anchor.
And it is also said that the Crista depicted on Merovingian coins was shaped like an achor as well.
On the other hand, the Crista has a quite unique shape, a shape of its own:
the two curled branches which fall back downwards on both sides of the Crista are clearly the symbol's main characteristics, since they surround the Crista almost entirely, and take up considerable space.
Inside the dome of Notre-Dame de la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard), the angels are the ones who carry this very peculiar "cross".
Two things have yet to be said:
- This church was built in neo-Byzantine architectural style,
- The church itself was built during the XIX th century, at a time when there was a whole club of priests searching for the Crista.
One has to know that, as I said earlier, the Crista is an object that is always meant to be placed at or on the top of something:
- on top of Constantine's war helmet,
- on top of Saint Eloi's mausoleum (tomb).
Now, the cross that is represented inside Notre-Dame de la Garde is exactly ON TOP of the church, at the culminating point of the dome.
So, since the word CRISTA is used to designate a PAX symbol ON TOP OF something, in a literal sense (the word "crista" also means "summit", "top", and "crest" in Latin), the most peculiar "cross" that is present at the top of Notre-Dame de la Garde's dome is a Crista.
You recall well about the design in Saunière's church, because there is indeed a representation of the Crista in the Rennes-le-Château church, and it is actually the same symbol that is also depicted in the "Le Serpent Rouge" booklet. But obviously, a picture of would be more evocative.
"""[*]Are you saying that the cross that was plundered by the Visigoths from Rome and taken to Toledo that was then plundered by Childebert and taken back to Paris is the same cross that was allegedly made for Solomen???"""
That is precisely what I am saying, and you understood my reasoning perfectly. We have very strong and clear historical evidence pertaining to the Crista object's entire travel across various countries as time passes by.
That cross-like object is called "Crista" "Cross of Toledo", "Holy Cross", or "Serpent Rouge" ("Red Serpent").
Some Christian theologians, in Constantine's time, saw the Crista as if it were composed of two serpents with their heads and necks rolled around a vertical stick. So from that they thought that it looked vaguely like Moses' staff.
They also confused the Crista with the two fire crests that Moses wears above his head.
Those Christian theologians were led to make all these unfounded assumptions, because the Crista was found in Toledo, i.e at that time the Wisigoths' capital, which was famous for being the place where they had brought with them the splendid treasures looted from their invasion of Rome many years earlier, i.e the Sack of Rome. Hence the connection they made to the treasure of Solomon, which was supposed to have been brought there along with Rome's many other ancient treasures. So they erroneously thought: perhaps this "Crista" comes from the treasure of Solomon?
Regarding your second question:
"""[*]That this is the same pagan object/cross that Constantine acquired in Gaul at perhaps a temple of Apollo and could have placed on top of his helmet as a crest???"""
Tina, you just are spot-on again here, the Crista is indeed the object that was found by Constantine in the temple of Apollo in Gaul, i.e at the "Champ du Lendit" (Lendit Field), near the town of Saint-Denis, amid the plains surrounding nowadays Paris.
The object Constantine wore on the top (i.e the crest) of his helmet was obviously smaller than the genuine Crista object he found in the sanctuary of the Lendit, but still large enough to be visible and attract attention.
At that time (the IV th century), the crest decorations that were customary were sometimes very large compared with today's headcovering standards, especially for the most high-ranking person in the empire.
We are talking about a Crista-like crest decoration for Constantine's helmet, that would be approximately as tall as the length of two hands, without counting the height of the helmet itself, of course. That is quite big for a helmet ornament.
Now, what will be most attractive to nowadays' treasure hunters, is the fact that the Crista was accompanied with many solid gold objects, such as golden chalices incrusted with precious jewel stones, golden plates, golden shields, various other jewels, and other treasures.
The full inventory of the huge treasure that was found along with the Crista can be seen in the descriptions made by historians of Childeric and Childebert's possessions, because they were the ones who took these treasures as their own.
Furthermore, we do have proof that this Crista was indeed the same Crista that was discovered by Saunière in his Rennes-le-Château church.
I am sending you, embedded within this message, a picture of the Crista Saunière found in his church.
This representation was painted there on the recommendations of Saunière himself, it is an integral part of the church's decoration which he had entirely re-designed. He was just describing his discovery here!
Here is a picture of the Crista fresco's immediate surroundings (sorry for bad picture quality).
Here are the English translations for the captions I wrote inside that picture:
Reading from top to bottom:
First caption: "There is a fleur-de-lys heraldic symbol right on top of the Crista fresco"
Second caption: "Concerning the outer right edge of the Crista fresco, it was designed to look just like a serpent's body, covered in scales. Notice it is literally zigzagging, curled around the fleur-de-lys as well."
Third caption (in the lower left part of the picture): "Concerning the outer left edge of the Crista fresco, we can see that it was also meant to represent the body of a serpent, and that this second serpent's body is also zigzagging, and it is interlaced around, or interwoven with, the first serpent's body."
Not coincidentally at all, that kind of feature is also stronly reminiscent of a caduceus. Two serpents facing each other, with their bodies zigzagging around... something. The symbolic connection between the Crista, the caduceus (and also the fleur-de-lys) is what Saunière had in mind when he designed that fresco.
Fourth caption (in the lower right part of the picture): "Here is the object that is to be found. CRISTA. It is actually a type of TAU which has been compared by theologians to the red serpent of Moses" (i.e. in Biblical symbolism, Moses' staff, which, once changed into a serpent, devoured the two serpents unleashed by Pharaoh's magicians).
From Sauniere's church
You seem to be doubtful about the necessity of surrounding the Crista with a high level of secrecy. That is because you are underestimating the power of this object.
Upon this Crista object or "talisman", was founded Emperor Constantine's entire power, and also the Catholic Church's power, afterwards.
This Crista talisman also contributed a great deal to the Merovingian dynasty's prosperity and might in Europe.
It enabled Charlemagne's dynasty, the Carolingians, to become an emperors as well, just like it had done for Constantine.
This Crista talisman is said to be imbued with huge magical powers, among which, notably the power to resurrect the dead
According to the tradition of the French royalists, the Crista will be the sign by which the Great Monarch will be recognized as such.
And furthermore, this talisman would be accompanied with an enormous fortune, a treasure of gold and jewels.
Just imagine: the sanctuaries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Denis were originally built specifically for the sole purpose of harboring and hiding the Crista talisman from the rest of the world!
These two churches are the tangible symbols of the French monarchy's might and power.
Look at the huge loads of money that have been spent just for protecting the Crista. That kind of money did not just get thrown out of the windows for no reason, especially not in old times.
There are historical and scientific evidence with regard to:
- the Cult of the Dead,
- Bérenger Saunière's penitent friends, and notably among the members of the "Sanch" confraternity,
- the Cult of the Dead specifically in Rennes-le-Château,
- and about Bérenger Saunière's reaction immediately after he discovered the Crista, which was one of undiluted joy. To put it in a nutshell, he had just found what he was looking for.
I have two big files full of substantial evidence on these topics...
Do you know that there are well-known historians who wrote descriptions of the Crista in their books?
When you enter the church of Rennes-le-Château, you can see near the entrance the statue of the devil Asmodeus carrying a stoup.
On top of it, one can read the following inscription: "PAR CE SIGNE TU LE VAINCRAS", which means in English: BY THIS SIGN YOU WILL OVERCOME HIM". This is a re-use of Constantine's motto, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES ("By this sign you will overcome"), which is itself related to the Crista.
Now, on top of the stoup, there are statues of four angels, who are making gestures with their hands. Their gestures, when combined, form the sign which the inscription refers to.
No convoluted interpretation is needed here, since the symbolism is quite straightforward. The "In Hoc Signo Vinces" IS Constantine's Crista.
It also designates the same Crista symbol which is printed on the first page of the "Le Serpent Rouge" booklet.
And this very same symbol can be found, in turn, in several places inside the Rennes-le-Château church, whether painted or sculpted.We are the only researchers who have managed to find out about the existence and meaning of this object, which was Saunière's real treasure, and the source of his wealth