The Alerion, the Fleur-de-lys, the House of Lorraine, the Evil Eye, and the Flying Penis God who spawned a royal race

The Alerion is supposed to be a bird with no beak and only one eye. It is associated with the region of Lorraine in France, and with the royal house that famously ruled it, related directly to the Merovingians, Angevins and Plantagenets. The name “Alerion,” spelled properly in French, is, by design, an anagram of the proper French way of spelling “Lorraine” (Loraine). It is often featured alongside the Cross of Lorraine. In The Complete Guide to Heraldry by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, published in 1909, the author writes that:

[I]t is difficult to conjecture what may have been the origin of the bird in this debased form, unless its first beginnings may be taken as a result of the unthinking perpetuation of some crudely-drawn example.



[This is an excerpt from “Meet Mete,” my introduction to my recently-published English translation of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum.]

But in Historic Devices, Badges, and War-cries, by Mrs. Bury Palliser from 1870, we are told that this symbol is traced to the mythos surrounding Godfrei de Bouillon, the first of the Christian “Latin Kings of Jerusalem” and one of the leaders of the first Crusade. Writes Palliser:

It is related of him, that he, ‘At one draught of his bow, shooting against David’s Tower in Jerusalem, broched three feetless birds, called Alerions, upon his arrow, and thereupon assumed in his shield, or, three Alerions argent on a bend gules, which the house of Lorraine, descending from his race, continue to this day;’ adding to it these words from Virgil, Dederitne viam casusve deusve, ‘Did chance or God direct way?’

Left: Godfrei de Bouillon. Right: His royal device, the alleged inspiration for the Alerion


Godfrei de Bouillon dying, from William of Tyre’s History. What is going on here?

To me, the Alerion is quite obviously a sanitized version of a winged fascinus, a phallus worn for good luck, or to protect against the evil eye, what Pliny the Elder called a medicus invidiae (“remedy for envy”). In Worship of the Generative Powers, Thomas Wright claims that these are all votives belonging to the cult of Priapus, stating:

The first of these is the figure of a double phallus. It is sculptured on the lintel of one of the vomitories, or issues, of the second range of seats of the Roman amphitheatre, near the entrance-gate which looks to the south. The double and the triple phallus are very common among the small Roman bronzes, which appear to have served as amulets and for other similar purposes. In the latter, one phallus usually serves as the body, and is furnished with legs, generally those of the goat; a second occupies the usual place of this organ; and a third appears in that of a tail.


Fascinum, most with wings

Only a few writers have commented on this obvious connection, as far as I can tell, and only in the form of hints. But more scholars have commented on the phallic appearance of another symbol associated with French royalty, and specifically the first dynasty, the Merovingians. I am speaking of the fleur-de-lys, which I think may derive from the fascinus as well. Purportedly, as I mentioned before, it was handed down from Heaven to Saint Clothilde, the wife of King Clovis I (who converted him to Catholicism), and became the national heraldic device from then on. In the context of all the myths we’ve examined, this would almost have to be interpreted as the severed penis of “Heaven” himself: Oannes/Uranus, the “Perfect Man.” (The Cathar heretics of France, by the way, called themselves “The Perfect Ones,” and the rite that made them “Perfect” was the consolamentum, which, as I allude to later in this essay, may have, in my opinion, been a castration rite.)

The Legend of the Fleur-de-Lys

Interestingly, France, and Lorraine in particular, is home to many places with names similar to Mete and its variations, including the town of Metz in Lorraine, spelled “Mettis” locally. It was known as Mediomatrici “in ancient times,” according to Wikipedia, a name which the same source says means “the people between the Matrona (Marne) and the Matra.” There’s also the Meurthe river, after which the department Meurthe-et-Moselle in Lorraine is named. Also, the town of Stenay, in the Meuse department, was once the capitol of the Merovingian kingdom, and used to be called “Satanicum.”

Left: Arms of Meurthe-et-Moselle. Right: A Merovingian coin inscribed with letters from which Hammer-Purgstall could surely form the name “Mete.”

One figure said to be personified by the fascinus was called Mutinus Titinus. Mutuniatis is a term for a well-endowed male, but let us also not again the presence of the syllable “Mut,” interchangeable with Mete in the present context. Like Baphomet’s head, the fascinus was considered capable of “saving” those who believed in its power. According to Wikipedia, scholars think that “Mutinus” comes from the Latin muto or mutto, which they say was a slang word for a penis and which, in other contexts, is defined as a “cognomen,” and as something like a surname, but also a nickname.

But when I looked up muto and related words in my Latin dictionary, I also found it to be the root of the English “mutual” and “mutation,” because it means moving, shifting, changing, or exchanging one thing for another. When I read this, I immediately thought of the inscription on one of Hammer-Purgstall’s idols that I had translated to “revenue through easy return.” Also, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “mutton, ” from the Old French moton, has been used as slang that meant “food for lust, loose women, prostitutes” since the(1510s, which “led to extensive British slang uses down to the present day for woman variously regarded as seeking lovers or as lust objects.”

The phallic god’s second name, “Titinus,” is based on yet another old Roman slang word for a penis, “Titus.” This, in the present context, reminds me of the Titans of Greek mythology, the race “giants,” “dragons” and “monsters,” ruled by Ouranos and Gaia, then by Chronos and Rhea, before the overthrow of Chronos by Zeus. I also think about the fact that in Lydda (Lod), Israel, Eusebius reports that during the reign of Constantine the Great (the fourth century), a church was dedicated there to an ambiguous “man of the highest distinction,” designated there as the titulus, meaning patron. This man was later considered to be St. George. George’s father’s name, Gerontios, means “old man,” bringing to mind both Chronos in his role as “father time,” and also his even older father Ouranos, whom he castrated. According to The Birthday Book of Saints, “Riding Saint George”—that is, sexual intercourse with the woman on top—was long considered a certain way of begetting a bishop.”[9]

Woman riding a green penis-shaped dragon

The Wikipedia article for Mutinus Tintinus mentions that this figure, being a disembodies phallus, is comparable both to the fascinus, and also to Servius Tullius, the sixth king of Rome. Like Meroveus of the French dynasty, he also had divine parentage, possibly even with dual human/divine insemination, just like his French counterpart. The Wikipedia page for Servius Tullius states:

Most Roman sources name Servius mother as Ocrisia, a young noblewoman taken at the Roman siege of Corniculum and brought to Rome, either pregnant by her husband, who was killed at the siege: or as a virgin. She was given to Tanaquil, wife of king Tarquinius, and though slave, was treated with the respect due her former status. In one variant, she became wife to a noble client of Tarquinius. In others, she served the domestic rites of the royal hearth as a Vestal Virgin, and on one such occasion, having damped the hearth flames with a sacrificial offering, she was penetrated by a disembodied phallus that rose from the hearth. According to Tanaquil, this was a divine manifestation, either of the household Lar or Vulcan himself. Thus Servius was divinely fathered and already destined for greatness, despite his mother’s servile status; for the time being, Tanaquil and Ocrisia kept this a secret.

Interestingly, in the non-canonical Protovangelium of James, it says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, been given over by her parents at age three to temple priests, just as Ocrisia had been forced to serve the priesthood. The author Mark Gibbs, in his book The Virgin and the Priest, points out that this would have been highly unusual for a female child. This sort of thing would only have happened with male children, who were sometimes given to the temple, essentially as slaves, as a form of ransom payment by the family. She would have been raised solely by men not related to her. When she was approaching age 12, the priests decided she could no longer stay there, but she went directly to the home of Zacharias, described as “high priest.” Shortly after that, she was engaged to Joseph, but before that was consummated, became “miraculously” pregnant. More on this in a bit.

A denarius issued by Quintus Titius allegedly featuring Mutunus Tutunus

In Richard Payne Knight’s A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus, he writes:

. . . [T]he celebrated bronze in the Vatican has the male organs of generation placed upon the head of a cock, the emblem of the sun, supported by the neck and shoulders of a man. In this composition they represented the generative power of the [Eros], the Osiris, Mithras, or Bacchus, whose centre is the sun. . . . The inscription on the pedestal [says] . . . The Saviour of the World . . . a title always venerable under whatever image it be presented [with].

Fascinus ejaculates into the Evil Eye

The fascinus is ejaculating into the Evil Eye in counter-attack. The eye’s poisonous effect is symbolized by the presence of the scorpion. In the rites of Mithras, the scorpion was associated with the grade of Perses, the Persian, which was dedicated to the Moon goddess. According to their mysteries, when Mithras slayed the Bull, its testicles were cut off by a scorpion and offered to the Moon, as she was the goddess considered to be in charge of sexual generation. The Moon was thought by the Romans to be the gate through which souls passed into physical incarnation, and also how they exited this realm.

Perseus, by Cellini

You realize, now, that a caduceus, which is now commonly used as a symbol of medicine (the “remedy,” with the etymology of “med” being related to metis), is really a winged fascinus entwined with snakes. In alchemy and other arcane traditions, a crucified snake or impaled serpent or Dragon is symbolic of poison used as an antidote, like the poison Zeus gave to Chronos, causing him to vomit up his children.

El Greco’s John the Apostle, showing John’s symbol, a serpent in a cup. The story, according to Our Christian Symbols by Friedrich Rest, is that “an attempt was made to poison John, but the attempt was unsuccessful because the poison vanished in the form of a serpent.” The image below is from the same book.

Bohemian coin featuring Christ crucified on obverse side, brazen serpent on cross from Numbers 21 8-9 on reverse. The latter healed the Israelites from the bites of “fiery serpents” when they gazed upon it. The former was compared to this in The Gospel of John 3:14-15: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


It is also said to be symbolic of fixing the volatile. Consider the fact that the “Evil Eye” can caused someone to freeze, like the stare of the head of the Gorgon, Medusa, a dragon. This is what it means to “fascinate,” and what a fascinus is really supposed to do. It points the Evil Eye right back at the aggressor. Like a gargoyle used to scare away evil spirits, it takes a demon to slay a demon. This is what St. George and the Archangel Michael slaying Dragons is all about. They themselves were both viewed by Gnostics as symbols of the Demiurge.

Left: Gorgon head on Byzantine Gnostic amulet. Inscription reads: “Holy, holy, Lord of hosts, in the highest, Blessed!” Right: Medusa by Carvaggio

[This is an excerpt from “Meet Mete,” my introduction to my recently-published English translation of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum.]

2 thoughts on “The Alerion, the Fleur-de-lys, the House of Lorraine, the Evil Eye, and the Flying Penis God who spawned a royal race”

  1. Another good one thank you so much.I have to decipher most of what you talk about.A very long time ago I read Holy Blood Holy Grail before that I was already very attached to France.My mother is French.

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