The anchor form, based on , the symbol of
receptivity open upward toward the spiritual world, is crowned
with the cross of matter, representing the actual and continuous
existence in the material world. This combination creates the
anchor cross, the
crux dissimulata, the un-similar cross, a Christian symbol of
hope from the time when
the Christians in the Roman Empire had to practice their religion in
secret because of the persecutions.
Compare with the combination of the old pagan cross with to form .
For synonyms, and for more historical facts, turn to in Group 26.