posted on Feb, 22 2004 @ 08:33 PM
The info you gave about the symbol and the inscription are included in Albert Pike's book of
Freemasonic 'Morals & Dogma'
. The statement is relevant to the 18th (Knight of the Rose Croix) degree of Freemasonry.
X. et P. Christi. Nomina. Sancta. Tenei
The CROSS, X, was the Sign of the Creative Wisdom or Logos, the Son of God
The Tau Cross represents a more historic and accurate representation of the cross on which Christ would have would have been crucified.
Resh is the Hebrew word meaning 'Head' or 'The Highest'
According to Pike "We constantly see the Tau and the Resh united thus P .
So it looks as if the X and P relate to Christ, as does the word Christi. Nomina, I believe means 'Name' and 'Sancta' usually mean 'Holy'
I was unable to work out what 'Tenei' is, but the rest possibly means "The logos and the cross. The holy name of Christ". (My Latin is somewhat
rusty, so any Latin scholars, please feel free to corect me if I am wrong)
[Edited on 22-2-2004 by Pisky]