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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