A sign/abbreviation for "magister"

Philippe Verdy via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Sat Oct 27 22:16:55 CDT 2018

So in summary this Masonic "alphabet" uses 13 square "letters" and a single
combining mark (the central dot), possibly extended with the minus and plus
signs and space. It's possible that the central dot is used as a spacing
mark to note a punctuation.
The assignment of Latin (or Hebrew) letters to this alphabet varies (just
like Braille symbols depending on languages/scripts)
It may have extensions (like Braille outside its basic 2x3 patterns of
dots), such as a second dot in squares, horizontally as "··" or vertically
as ":"

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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