# 3 ways to write with Freemason cipher

When you write with the Freemason cipher, your texts seem indecipherable and produced by aliens, but in reality this is quite a simple code and fun to learn. Also known as “Pigpen code” in English, this is a substitution cipher, so it consists of replacing each letter of the alphabet with a different symbol. Maybe you have a secret message or you just want a fun way to write to your friends. Regardless of why you want to use it, this code is easy to learn and create while being difficult for other people to crack.

## Steps

### Method 1 of 3: Create a Basic Code

#### Step 1. Draw a grid pattern and an X

The grid should look like the pound sign ("#") or a tic-tac-toe board, with two horizontal and two vertical stripes. Make sure there are no lines outside. This should have 9 spaces, while the X should have 4. Both pictures should be large enough to fit 2 letters in each space.

#### Step 2. Write two letters of the alphabet in each space (not including the ñ)

Fill each square and triangle with two letters. The lines immediately next to each letter will be the symbol that represents it.

• Each symbol on the grid should look like a two-sided, three-sided, or closed rectangle. In the X, the symbols will be "V", "" or "^".
• For example, if the letter "A" is in the upper left corner of the grid, it will be represented by the symbol “_|”. If the letter "U" is in the left corner of the X, it will be represented by the symbol “>”.

#### Step 3. Put a dot in each space to indicate the letter to the right

In English, these points are called “pigs” (or pigs, in English); hence the colloquial name "Pigpen". Its function is to specify which letter each symbol corresponds to. If there is no period, it refers to the letter on the left, while if there is a period, it refers to the letter on the right.

• On a grid where the letters A and B are in the upper left corner, _| represents A, while _.| represents B.

#### Step 4. Rewrite the code as a list

Once you finish assigning symbols with and without periods to each letter, it is a good idea to create a list where you can re-indicate which symbol corresponds to each letter. This will be your password. Make sure to keep it well-guarded and share it only with people with whom you plan to communicate via code.

### Once you finish writing the code in a list, destroy the sheet with the original patterns. If someone discovers it, they could decipher your texts

#### Step 5. Practice writing with the code

The best way to memorize the code is to use it. Try writing a letter to a friend or copying a piece of news or a book. Replace each letter of the chosen text with the corresponding symbol.

• You may have to review the key at the beginning, but as you continue practicing you will notice that you are memorizing the code naturally.
• A good text to practice is “The swift Hindu bat happily ate cardillo and kiwi. The stork played the saxophone behind the straw palenque”, as well as other examples containing all the letters of the alphabet (called“pangramas”).

### Method 2 of 3: Use Multiple Patterns

#### Step 1. Draw two grid patterns and two Xs

For this version, the idea is to create the code with multiple patterns. This way you will be able to alternate the order of the alphabet a little more than with a single grid and an X. Also, it could be more readable for you.

### Usually the order of the patterns is Grid, X, Grid, and X (“# X # X”). However, you can change the progression as you wish to make the code more complicated. You can use the order "# # X X" or even "X # X #". Remember that what you choose will also determine the order of the symbols in the key in list form

#### Step 2. Write a letter in each space

You can do it in alphabetical order, or if you want to be more careful, in reverse. However, in this version you only have to put one letter in each space.

#### Step 3. Place points on a grid and an X

One of each pair of patterns will have the dots in each space. That is, a grid and an X must be without points while the other grid and the other X must have them.

#### Step 4. Separate the symbols into a list

As with other Freemason ciphers, the lines surrounding the letters will become the symbols that represent them, while the dots will help to differentiate between each pair. Writing the code in a list with each symbol separately will help you remember which letter it corresponds to.

### Method 3 of 3: Make your code more complicated

#### Step 1. Alternate the order of the letters

When creating your code, instead of putting the letters in alphabetical order, try writing them randomly in each space. In this way, people who know the Freemason cipher will not be able to immediately guess which symbol corresponds to which letter.

### The more you "mess up" the code, the more difficult it will be for others to crack. If you are going to use it to chat with friends, make sure they have a copy of the password

#### Step 2. Replace the dots with other symbols

If you have dots in the code, others might recognize that it is the Freemason cipher immediately. A good option is to replace them with other symbols, such as 0, X, *, or +. Also, if you really want to confuse people, use more than one symbol to encode each pattern.

#### Step 3. Write three letters instead of two in each space

If you are going to use a single grid and an X to create the code, you can make it more complicated with 3 letters per space instead of 2. For this model, each symbol will be differentiated by one or two dots, or none at all. A symbol without a dot corresponds to the letter on the left, with a dot to the center and two to the right.

### In this version you will have some additional spaces. You can fill them with numbers or punctuation marks (!,?, &), Or just leave them blank

#### Step 4. Convert the numbers into a cipher

The tic-tac-toe grid is a type of cipher used for numbers. Draw the grid and fill each space with a number. It is not necessary to add points. Just use the shape that surrounds each space. Finally, replace the "0" with an X.

• For example, 101 would look like this: _ | X _ |.