Markwardk does not offer any additional explanation or further elucidation regarding the Cathar three-nail Cross mystery.
Speculative though this may be, I have found an explanation for the meaning of the three-nail cross in the Land of Ak, not in France, but in the Kingdom of Ak-kad, mentioned in the Bible (Genesis) as existing in Mesopotamia (mostly now Iraq) before Babylon.
Historians contend that Ak-kad was the first great empire in history. Sargon who, after an affair with the goddess Inanna, became the 'Righteous Ruler' founded it. He built his empire in Mesopotamia during the 2300's BC and gained control over much of southwestern Asia.14
Beginning in the early 1900's teams of archaeologists discovered the remains of Akkad. They began stocking the world's museums with the remains of Akkad: ceremonial gates, bas-reliefs of winged-bulls, chariots, gold jewelry. The most valuable of their artifacts, as far as we are concerned, was their writings. Thousands upon thousands of records written in cuneiform (from "cuneus," Latin for wedge) script were recovered. Cuneiform is a triangular, pyramid-shaped language.
"Like bird tracks on wet sand." This is how cuneiform script struck the first Europeans to lay eyes on it. Once deciphered archaeologists learned these records contained cosmological myths, epic poems, histories of kings, astronomical tables, mathematical formulas, grammar and vocabulary school texts. Most prized of all were their recollections of the comings, goings and doings of the gods.
Here is the connection to the Cathar three-nail cross. Whenever archaeologists discovered remains of the early Sumerian civilizations, including Akkad, the symbol of the "Planet of the Gods" was prominently displayed. The name for their home was Nibiru or NAM.TILLA.KU, "the god who maintains life." Nam.Tilla.Ku literally means Name or Destiny (NAM) of God (KU) is Tula (TILLA). Tula was known to the Akkadians as the:
• "bestower of cultivation,"
• creator or grain and herbs who causes vegetation to sprout,"
• who opened wells, apportioning waters of abundance," and
• irrigator of Heaven and Earth." 15
The Akkadian astronomical and religious beliefs maintained Nam.Tilla.Ku was a twelfth planet in our solar system. They sometimes called it the Lord.
The pictographic sign for this planet was a three-nail cross.16
The cuneiform cross sign was composed of three wedgelike symbols that resemble nails. This three-nail cross sign, says Sumerian scholar Zecharia Sitchin, meant "Anu" and "divine." It evolved, he says, in the Semetic languages to the letter T or tau. Anu was another name for the ultimate a-tom of the Theosophists. If the a-tom is the sun, Tula, the Anu, is the sun behind the sun.
The three-nail cuneiform Akkadian cross, symbol for 'god.'
What, I must ask, are the odds that the Cathars, who spoke the language of Ak, would revere a three-nail cross that precisely matches description of the divine three-nail cross of Akkad twenty-three centuries before them?
The Cathars are thought to have possessed the Grail: the secret of peace, the secret of transforming the wasteland into a garden, and a powerful palladium.
In an identical tradition, recorded in Mesopotamian texts, when the "Planet of the Gods" appeared it would usher in a new era. "Peace would descend on land... Akkad would overflow with plenty and the king of Akkad would grow powerful," say the texts. Like the Grail, the appearance of Nam.Tilla.Ku gave the King virility.
The similarities between the Mesopotamian prophecy of the return of the Planet of the Gods (Tula) and the transformation of humanity and Earth with the return of the Grail are an extraordinary coincidence. The Hebrew prophet Isaiah's prophecy of peace that would wash over the Earth after the Day of the Lord bears more than a passing resemblance to this theme: "And it shall come to pass at the End of Days... the Lord shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many peoples. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation."
For some strange reason, the pope was seeking to eradicate the three-nail cross symbol of Peace that brought balance to humanity.
One other point is meaningful here. The gods from Tula were called A-nun-naki. Sitchin interprets this name as "those who came to Earth from Heaven."17 In the Language of the Birds, the A-nun-naki may be interpreted as the holy (an) fish (nun), of Light (aki).
The "sons of Anak" were the ones from whom Joshua son of Nun stole the cluster of grapes. The fish-suited gardener who came from this land brought his remarkably creative Pillar with him. The sign of the Fish-god who tended the I-link and the Net between Heaven and Earth was an H.
To me the surprising correspondences between the Cathar three-nail cross and the Anunnaki three-wedge cross suggest that the Cathars were reviving an ancient religion based upon the worship of a group of gods, including E.A., who came from a 'missing' planet in our solar system.
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