St. Andrew's Cross

The St. Andrew's Cross can be seen in mostly every dungeon, given how common it is when it comes to BDSM equipment.

You probably know the restraining points are for ankles, wrists, and waist. Then, all you need is a sub to tie to the cross, spread-eagle, for you to shine some dominance on that fool and have a blast. But aside from its basic function, what else do we know about it?

This style cross, a heraldic symbol, is also called crux decussata or saltire cross — the word saltire comes from the Middle French "sautoir", Middle Latin "saltatoria", meaning "stirrup" (in German: Schragen).

The association with Saint Andrew is due to his crucifixion: he was tied to an X-shaped cross in Greece, on November 30th 60AD, by order of the Roman governor Aegeas.

And since I love a good Saint, here's more on Andy:

Saint Andrew is the patront saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats (as well as the countries Scotland and Russia).

He was Jesus' first disciple; in the Greek Orthodox tradition, he is known as "Prōtoklētos" (Πρωτόκλητος) - literally "the first-called". He was the brother of St. Peter, and born in Bethsaida, in Galilee, which is now Israel, and. He is the patron saint of Scotland and of Russia.

As for the cross, it's actually everywhere: the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro (#MeantToBe) and Fortaleza also use a saltire on their flags. And so do the Spanish island of Tenerife and the remote Colombian islands of San Andrés and Providencia. Saltires are also seen in several other flags, including the flags of Grenada, Jamaica, Alabama, Florida, Jersey, Logroño, Vitoria, Amsterdam, Breda, Katwijk, Potchefstroom and Valdivia, as well as the former Indian princely states of Khairpur, Rajkot and Jaora.

Well, now you know: anytime you got a sore throat, give me a ring. 👋✨❌

Photo of cross at the old Crown by @elizabethdherman, for the @nytimes.

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