A sign/abbreviation for "magister"

Philippe Verdy via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Sat Oct 27 22:02:55 CDT 2018

I must add that the Masonic 3x3 grid alphabet has been proposed as an
alternative to Braille, easier to learn and memoize, easier and faster to
draw with a pen on paper without any physical guide, and easier also to
recognize using only tactile contact by a finger tip, but more difficult to
form without cutting the sheet of paper while tracing the strokes. But it
was seen on some manufactured Masonic objects.

To note digits with the same shapes (like does Braille with its 2x3 dots
grid), the same 3x3 grid is used for digits 1 to 9 (digit 0 uses the same
square where it is significant as 5, but with a central dot, or use a
space), but additional symbols "+" and "-" are used (without central dot)
to switch between letters and digits. The placement of digits 1 to 9
(except 0 and 5) on the 3x3 grid varies (horizontally first, or vertically

Le dim. 28 oct. 2018 à 03:40, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr> a écrit :

> More interesting: the Masonic alphabet
> http://tallermasonico.com/0diccio1.htm
> - 18 letters of the Latin alphabet (or Hebrew), from A to T (excluding J
> and K), are disposed by group of 2 letters in a 3x3 square grid, whose
> global outer sides are not marked on the outer border of the grid but on
> lines separating columns or rows. Then letters are noted by the marked
> sides of the square in which they are located, the second letter of the
> group being distinguished by adding a dot in the middle of the square.
> - The 4 other letters U to Z (excluding V and W) are noted by disposing
> them on a 2x2 square grid (this time rotated 45 degrees), whose global
> outer sides are also not marked on the outer border of the grid but on
> lines separating columns or rows (only 1 letter is places by cell).
> They are also noted by the marked sides of their square only.- Finally (if
> needed) the missing letters J, K, V, W use the same 4 last glyphs, but are
> distinguished by adding the central dot.
>    AB | CD | EF
>  ------+-----+-----
>    GH | I L | MN
>  ------+-----+-----
>    OP | QR | ST
>      \  XK  /
>  UJ  >  < WZ
>      /  YV  \
> So:
> - "A" becomes approximately  "_|"
> - "B" becomes approximately  "_|" with central dot
> - "U" becomes approximately ">"
> - "X" becomes approximately "\/"
> - "J" is noted like "I" as a square, or distinctly approximately as ">"
> with a central dot
> The 3x3 grid had some esoterical meaning based on numerology (a legend now
> propaged by scientology).
> Le dim. 28 oct. 2018 à 02:59, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr> a
> écrit :
>> Do you speak about this one?
>> https://www.magisterdaire.com/magister-symbol-black-sq/
>> It looks like a graphic personal signature for the author of this
>> esoteric book, even if it looks like an interesting composition of several
>> of our existing Unicode symbols, glued together in a vertical ligature,
>> rather than a pure combining sequence.
>> Such technics can be used extensively to create lot of other symbols, by
>> gluing any kind of wellknown glyphs for standard characters.
>> Mathematics and technologies (but also companies for their private
>> corporate logos and branding marks) are constantly inventing new symbols
>> like this.
>> Le sam. 27 oct. 2018 à 22:01, James Kass via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org>
>> a écrit :
>>> Mr͇ / M=ͬ
>>> An image search for "magister symbol" finds many interesting graphics,
>>> but I couldn't find any resembling the abreviation shown on the post
>>> card.  (Magister symbol appears to be popular for certain religious and
>>> gaming uses.)
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