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I think I've hit upon the underlying method that will help decode the symbols from the Book of Spells that I wanted to share with the group: the Sun's Wheel and the Moon's Wheel.

The symbols of the Hest language have N/S components, E/W components, and circles. Even the name 'HEST' is a combination of those three things as I posted in the other thread.

The Hest language is spoken forwards, then backwards. Turns out their alphabet appears to do the same thing.

The Moon Wheel is comprised of two complete A-Z alphabets: forwards, then backwards. The top half of the circle contains the forwards alphabet, and the bottom half of the circle contains the reverse alphabet.

This wheel provides the number substitution keys for the symbols.

If this wheel is bisected by a horizontal line, the top half of the circle contains the forwards alphabet that ranges from A = 1 to Z = 26. This is the ARISE numbering system. The bottom half of the circle contains the reverse alphabet that ranges from Z = 1 to A = 26. This is the DESCEND numbering system.

If the wheel is bisected by a vertical line, the left half of the circle contains the numbering system such that M = 1, L = 2, K = 3....K = 24, L = 25, and M = 26. This is the left CREVASSE numbering system. The right half of the circle contains the numbering such that N = 1, O = 2, P = 3....P = 24, O = 25, and N = 26. This is the right CREVASSE numbering system.

I'm referring to this alphabet wheel as the 'moon wheel' based upon the clues from the moon arches on p. 12 in the book. The thirteen phases of the moon between the new moon and full moon represent the thirteen letters of the alphabet in each quadrant of the circle. The new moon and full moons represent the points of bisection of the circle.

The Sun Wheel acts as the key for the Moon Wheel.

The Sun Wheel is a clock face--its 12 divisions represent 12 months of the year. It's populated with new moons and full moons, namely 1's and 0's.

We'll use the following example:

12:00 = 1

1:00 = 1

2:00 = 0

3:00 = 0

4:00 = 1

5:00 = 1

6:00 = 0

7:00 = 0

8:00 = 1

9:00 = 1

10:00 = 0

11:00 = 0

As one can see, each quadrant of this clock contains a binary numeral.

The upper right quadrant of this clock reading from 12:00 - 3:00 = 1 1 0 0.

1100 is binary for 12. Since 12:00 = north, the upper right quadrant is defined as 'north'.

The lower right quadrant reads 0 1 1 0 from 3:00 - 6:00. 0110 is binary for 6: South.

Likewise, the lower left quadrant = 0011 = 3 = East, and the upper left quadrant = 1001 = 9 = West.

This wheel can be turned. At each setting the binary equivalents assigned to each quadrant change. However, north/south, and east/west will ALWAYS be adjacent to each other. This means that N/S and E/W always comprise two halves of the circle. It will either be top/bottom halves or left/right halves of the circle.

Putting this together: the Sun's Wheel acts as the key for the Moon's Wheel.

Using our example of the above Sun Wheel:

North/South = right half of the circle = right CREVASSE numbering system

East/West = left half of the circle = left CREVASSE numbering system

The symbols of the Hest language are comprised of N/S components, E/W components, and circle components.

We would collect the N/S components and convert them to a letter using the right CREVASSE numbering system. Likewise, we would collect the E/W components and convert them to a letter using the left CREVASSE numbering system.

I think the circle components are collected to set the Sun's Wheel each time.

I hope this is making sense.

To decode each symbol clump, one would have to properly set the Sun's Wheel to determine the appropriate numbering systems on the Moon's Wheel for that particular symbol clump.

Using the Moon's Wheel in this fashion is a circle divided by its diameter: the definition of pi--the Code for Infinity.

The next step would be deciding the numerical equivalents to each component--I should think that would stay constant throughout the code block.

This might also explain why the code block is listed as 'Just moons and suns'--the components interact with either the Sun or Moon wheel.

If you're looking forward a bit to the Eclipse spells, I think we'll probably flip the Moon wheel 180 degrees depending if the moon or sun is on top: LIGHT SPELLS LIGHT and DARK SPELLS DARK. The DESCEND would be on top and the ARISE would be on the bottom.

In context of the clues, I think there's a possibility this is the underlying mechanism to help decode the symbols. The two wheels are very easy to construct: one is a clock face with alternating pairs of binary numerals and the other wheel is simply two complete alphabets, forwards, then reverse.

I'll try to work on assigning numbers to the N/S, E/W, and circle components of the Hest symbols in the coming days.

Good luck, and keep hunting...

Doc

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