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    Did anyone ever try looking at the HCB as two overlapping codes?

    The way the story in the book goes, Ana and Zak both have to figure out how to read the code. These little stories are on pages 81 and 103. In both cases, it says they close their eyes in order to figure the symbols out. It actually says that Zak opens his eyes.

    I got to thinking about the poem "Look inside yourself to see a code for infinity"

    To look outside myself, I open my eyes. This seems like another reference to closing.

    It got me thinking that when we are looking at the HCB, perhaps we are only supposed to look at the "closed symbols" as one puzzle, and the "open symbols" as another.

    It makes even more sense when you look at the morse code
    "Well begun is half done" - You only use half the symbols
    "One man's junk is another man's treasure" - While you discard one half of the symbols, those are actually part of another solve.

    It also would make sense that the darkened symbols would be read upside down (with the book oriented toward "dark") and the open (or light) symbols would be read rightside up.

    This would go a long way to reducing the code down to a reasonable amount of symbols. By my count, it would be 10 unique symbols. (I would guess that the thin symbols wouldn't be used at all because they are neither opened or closed).

    Maybe if there was an active hunt, I would try to decode using this method. I was just curious if anyone else ever tried this.

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    If you did break the symbols into "dark" symbols and "light" symbols, then the cipher method would be reversed too. For as much as I thought an XY grid would come into play, I don't think it is all that complicated. It might just be a matter of aligning the eclipse spells around each other and use the compass to point to specific letters. It would be like a combination lock. The symbols are probably instructions for how many times to turn the eclipse spells around the compass. The Dark code would have to be spun one direction, and the light spell in the opposite direction. Other than creating a cipher method out of thin air (which I tried), I don't see any other way.

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