Cross of Lorraine (Cross of Anjou)

The Cross of Lorraine consists of one vertical and two evenly spaced horizontal bars. It is a heraldic cross, used by the Dukes of Lorraine (previously known as the Dukes of Anjou). This cross is related to the Crusader’s cross, the standard of Joan of Arc, and the six globes of the Medici family. The Lorraine cross was carried to the Crusades by the original Knights Templar, granted to them for their use by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Hermetic alchemists of the Renaissance used the emblem as a symbol of earth and spirit by combining the square earth cross with the cross of Christ.

When drawn symmetrically, it symbolized the hermetic maxim, “As above, so below.” The Lorraine Cross is used in Freemasonry as a degree symbol. In the Catholic Church, the equal-armed Lorraine Cross denotes the office of Cardinal.

In 1940, the cross of Lorraine was adopted by Admiral d’Argenlieu (commander of the Free French Forces) as a symbol of the French Resistance, chosen as a symbol to stand against the Nazi Swastika. A very old form of this cross, a depiction of a shepherd’s staff, was used in ancient Sumeria as an ideogram for rulership. The Cross of Lorraine is not a “Gothic” symbol, or a symbol of Satanism.

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Damon Walker January 18, 2016 at 6:47 am

Hey. I recently am having a lot of nightmares about the inverted cross of Lorraine drained in blood. I looked every where about the meaning of inverted cross of lorraine. But i didn’t find anything about it. If possible please help with the meaning. Thanks so much

Anonymous April 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

It would suggest as below so above. So your dreams could be seen as a warning that your fears and desires are drowning out your spiritual side.

Anonymous September 18, 2017 at 1:48 am


Spy in the cab January 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I do not understand why some must say that a symbol idols not mean this or that., in this case saying it is not a gothic symbol, etc.
Many symbols mean many things from different cultures and even more so a symbol can be adopted for other reasoning, be it for reasons that already exist , the fact that the aesthetic or shape of the symbol may attract them to give it other meaning or both.
One of the great things about symbols and symbolism is the research and branches it may produce in many different ways, directions and meanings.
No one owns any symbol and simply because some research may point to one particular time as being first does not mean it is the one true and only meaning.
The cross of Lorraine has many other meanings and has a deep and endless amount of secrets of its own.
Some see it as an image that symbolizes duality, opposites and the harmony between the two. The yin and yang, good and evil, etc. can be easily seen in this. Some even go further and say the symbol has meaning with Cain and Abel and the bloodline that some believe exist up to even present time.
As I’ve said, a symbol can have endless roads and veins that may connect to other meanings from both far and close and sometimes from complete opposite places and beliefs. Many have used symbols even without knowing others have used it, even bringing more mystery and excitement to how some may perceive something formed by lines and thought to symbolize so much more. Ownership does not apply to such things at least not in a child like way in where “I thought of it first” can bring or retain any form of ownership or level of importance. An adoptee of any particular symbol is just as much an owner.

Strawberry Angel August 11, 2016 at 11:55 am

It’s not a matter of ownership.

To say it’s not a gothic symbol means, there is no evidence for its common accepted use in this way.

There may be individual goths who have adopted it, and as you say, individuals can put their own interpretation of a symbol.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a commonly-accepted symbol among goths, i.e. a “gothic” symbol.

Sick of beating around the bush October 23, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Hey give it up. You know what it’s used for in movies and t.v., just like all the other signs. There’s only one cross and that cross also need not be put out as a symbol.

meso March 31, 2013 at 7:49 am

hey vladyka,
svatopluk was the godfather of another svatopluk, son of arnulf, the emperor. this svatopluk was the prince of lorraine in that time and the cross began to be its symbol.

Attil August 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I like to correct a small detail: In Sumerian it rather means saint or God. It is also a letter in the old hungarian runic alphabet, sounds like a soft “dj” and still means saint. It become also part of the Hungarian Coat of Arms.
In the times of crusades one of the Hungarian king gain it with the title of King of Jerusalem, and the power equal with the pope. At tis time was used also by the Knight Templars, and become symbolum in France.

D Munroe August 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

I see that E. F. Knight is yet another in a long line of extremists that think that stealing a Christian symbol will somehow give credibilty to a cause. Roszco was a drug-dealer, a car thief and a tax-dodger. How come, in any way, is a low-life, like this, a martyr to the cause of resistance against a lawful government?

I would also like to see references that support an “armed resistance”. It would appear to be nothing more than a beer and drug-induced fantasy of tiny minded no-hopers.

E.F. Knight April 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The Cross of Lorraine has recently been adopted by the armed resistance in northern Alberta, as a rallying symbol against orchestrated tyranny imposed on the population by the Edmonton-based government of Alberta. One of numerous evidences of dissatisfaction in public sentiment was the execution of four RCMP at Mayerthorpe by freedom fighter James Roszco, and ongoing sympathy now extended to the Roszco family for the martyrdom of their family member.

vlaDyka October 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Does anybody know a connection (maybe relationship) between this sign, its history and history of Great Moravian king Svatopluk I. and Saints Cyril and Methodius, who comes to Great Moravia in 862 ? In our history is this sign well know as symbol of these Saints, not as Lorraine origin.
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vlaDyka from Slovakia

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