Masonic Cipher (Royal Arch Cipher)

The Masonic Cipher is a simple substitution code once used to keep Masonic records hidden from prying eyes. It is borrowed from the aik bekar, a kabbalistic cipher. The code is sometimes referred to as the ‘pigpen’ cipher because the grid shape resembles an animal pen.

In the masonic cipher, letters are arranged in two grids:

Letters within the grid are replaced by the symbol for their position; the second letter in each grid is indicated with a dot:

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Ronald W. May 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

I used to be a Mason and a member of York Rite Masonry where I was taught that in the Royal Arch Degree the Royal Arch Cipher originated during the days of King Solomon of Israel and that it was used to hide or conceal the Grand Royal Word which was suppose to have used to decipher the “Tetragrammaton” or as they put it the ineffable name of God. I was tossed out of the Masons for a felony offence committed some 25 years ago. While I am no longer a mason I feel I can at last say that what I was taught was a complete fabrication; used to uphold and give credibility to certain masonic ritual and degrees. I was sworn to conceal all this but they feel I am no longer worthy to be a mason; Iwill at last say it. RDW

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