People like to hide things. We all have secrets and the better hidden the secret the safer it is. What if you have secrets that you need to share with others though? Long before computers and their high tech 256 encryption methods, there were ciphers. Seemingly bizarre symbols reconstituted into an almost verbal language. What would you do if you were part of the largest Fraternity with secrets in the world and needed to share info with higher ranks? Why, you would use a cipher of course.
The Freemason’s have long been held as an organization out to rule the world. However if you ask any Mason they will say they don’t have any secrets and you can find any alleged secrets on the internet. This is true but there was a time when they did keep things hidden. Otherwise why would they have a cipher?
The tombstone has on it a Masonic Cipher which translates as “Thomas Brierley made his ingress July 16th 1785, His Progress was ____ Years And his Egress___”. The bottom of the stone can be interpreted as “Holiness of the Lord.” Why encrypt such a thing though? Surely the translation is not offensive or was it? During the time there was much speculation of Thomas and his death. So it seemed only logical to further encrypt things. What about the Cipher how does it work?
The cipher itself has come to be called the pigpen Cipher and works by setting up the alphabet into four separate grids. Each grid has a different representative letter.
This cipher became a frequent tool to be used by the Mason’s in much of their hidden work. The cipher can still hold practical use for someone today. Despite this however it does cast quite a shadow on an organization that says it has no secrets.
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