Skull & bones

🏷  Semitic hidden ruler numerology pun · symbol   —   by Gerry · May 2020 · 445 words

The symbol of a skull & crossbones was allegedly used by pirates, and is also used by the infamous “Skull and Bones” secret society at Yale university. All these insitutions are heavily spook-infested (see Miles’ guest paper on “Jewish” pirates), so the symbol is very likely a pun. Perhaps it’s a pun of קרקף גרם qrqp-grm, one way for saying “skull & bones”, with קרקף קרם qrqp-qrm for “hidden leader”.

In many languages, words that mean “head” & “skull” also mean “leader”, as in English. It’s therefore irrelevant what word the spooks had in mind for this symbol to mean “skull”. We can take any of those to mean “head”, and by derivation “leader”.

The Semitic word for “bone” is גרם grm, which puns with קרם qrm for “cover”. This would make the skull & bones symbol one of many hidden leader puns.

The “Skull and Bones” society is also called “Order 322”. The Hebrew numerals for 322 spell out the word שכב škb for “lying down”. It’s a euphemism for “lying down to die”, but also for “lying down with each other”. The latter is probably the intended spook meaning here, given how much their culture revolves around a very specific idea of “fraternity”.

שכב škb is also near-homonymous with שגב šgb for “cover” & “veil”. I don’t know whether the spooks derive that through the homonymity or a different arrangement of the numbers, but frankly I don’t care.

(Note: The most common way in modern Hebrew of saying “skull & bones” is גולגולת ועצמות gwlgwlt wˁṣmwt, using the roots גלגל עצם glgl-ˁṣm, which would pun with “changed power”, perhaps also a way to say disguised. But the same word also means “revealed power”, and revealing isn’t what secret societies seem to be about.)

NumberHebrew numeral
300ש Šin
20כ Kaph
2ב Beit
322 = 300 + 20 + 3שכב škb = lying down = dying
NumberHebrew numeral
300ש Šin
20כ Kaph
2ב Beit
3ג Gimel
300 + 3 + 2שגב šgb = cover, veil
322 = 300 + 20 + 3שכב škbשגב šgb = cover, veil

Aramaic qdqd, qrqp, = skull, head, chief, leader

קודקד qwdqd : head, skull; leader — Aramaic (CAL)

קרקפה qrqph : head, skull, bald head; summit, gable; chief — Aramaic (CAL)

ריש ryš : head; top; beginning; capital funds, principal; chief, head of a group — Aramaic (CAL)

Aramaic grm = bone; qrm = cover

גרם grm : bone; self; (celestial) body — Hebrew (Klein)

גרם grm : bone; self; close relative — Aramaic (CAL)

קרם qrm : to form a skin; to cover, overlay; to form a film — Hebrew (Jastrow)

קרם qrm : to cover; to spread over; to be covered; to form a film — Aramaic (CAL)

🏷  Semitic hidden ruler numerology pun · symbol