A sign/abbreviation for "magister"
Philippe Verdy via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Sat Oct 27 22:29:26 CDT 2018
If it was encoded in Unicode, it would use a single column and the encoding
x0 = MASONIC SQUARE SPACE
x1 = MASONIC SYMBOL A B OR ONE
x2 = MASONIC SYMBOL C D OR TWO
x3 = MASONIC SYMBOL E F OR THREE
x4 = MASONIC SYMBOL G H OR FOUR
x5 = MASONIC SYMBOL I L OR ZERO FIVE
x6 = MASONIC SYMBOL M N OR SIX
x7 = MASONIC SYMBOL O P OR SEVEN
x8 = MASONIC SYMBOL Q R OR EIGHT
x9 = MASONIC SYMBOL S T OR NINE
xA = MASONIC SYMBOL U J
xB = MASONIC SYMBOL X K
xC = MASONIC SYMBOL Y V
xD = MASONIC SYMBOL Z W
xE = MASONIC COMBINING DOT
xF = MASONIC COMBINING DOUBLE DOT (?)
Le dim. 28 oct. 2018 à 04:21, Garth Wallace via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org>
a écrit :
> I learned that one as a kid, as the "pigpen cipher". I'm not aware of any
> numerological significance (which is easy enough to "find" in anything).
> On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 7:43 PM Philippe Verdy via Unicode <
> unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
>> More interesting: the Masonic alphabet
>> - 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 \
>> - "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?
>>> 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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