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Publius Enigma Glossary

Here's a glossary of terms that should help fellow Enigmatists. Feel free to contribute or update these entries.


A

ABSENCE:

ACRONYM:

ACROSTICH:

ADAMS, Douglas

A GREAT DAY FOR FREEDOM: song number 5, on page 11 (ELF-ELF). illustrated by a collage of two images, daisies floating on water on the left side, and two facing heads made of crumbled newspaper on the right side. This song is a reference to the Fall of the Wall of Berlin on October 9, 1989, that marked the end of the COLD WAR.

AMLOR: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

APOCALYPSE: The Unveiling, the REVELATION. Biblical Antithesis of the book of GENESIS

ASTERISK: A typographical sign used by both Publius and Genesis. It may be a clue to ignore the first letter of the sentence, or, on the contrary, a way to stress its importance. In the word asterisk we have ASTER, the Greek word for STAR.

B

BALLOON: Two balloons can be seen on TAKE IT BACK artwork. Latin word for balloon is follis, a bag full of air, related to madness. The lyrics of TIB seem to speak of mankind's mad attitude toward the Earth.

BOUNCING OBJECTS: Typographic clues left by Genesis in his messages. They look like this: ~ooOo0oo^~oo. A reference to the BALLOONS seen in the High Hopes video, or the the planets? (read more)

BOATMAN: the weird symbol or pictogram printed on page 3 of TDB. It looks like a P and a L intertwined, or a T and a G when looked upside down. A possible explanation is it stands for Chris Thomas and David Gilmour, who mixed the album. (more here)

BRACKETS: (also see flags)

BRICKMAN, Mark: Pink Floyd's Light Designer. (more here)


C

CA IRA: Roger WATERS long term opera project on the French Revolution. (Ça ira website)

CHARLIE: Polly Samson's first son. At the end of High Hopes we hear a short phone conversation between him and Mark Brickman. See HH LYRICS.

CHIASMUS THEORY: A theory proposed by Eric Spierings based on the symmetrical structures of TDB. (link to website)

CIRCUS: see also WHEEL. A sound effect in ...

CLUSTER ONE: song number 1, on page 3 (TRES). Intrumental. Illustrated by a picture of three or four telescopes. the image also contains the THREE DOTS and the BOATMAN pictogram.

CODE:

COMING BACK TO LIFE:

COMMUNICATION:

CRANK:

CROWLEY, Aleister: British occultist born in 1875 (read biography). Some Enigmatists think Pink Floyd are directly inspired by Crowley occult theories.

CYCLE(S)

D

DOME: Cluster one. The PANTHEON in ROME is a DOME with an Eye (oculus). Greek word for HOME (domus).

E

ELF-ELF: The word means Eleven in German or Dutch. The duplication of the page number of AGDFF is still a mystery. Possibly related to 22 and solar eruption cycles. The total duration of TDB album is 66:33, a multiple of 11.

ELLIPSIS:

ENIGMA: (RIDDLE, PUZZLE)

EQUINOX:

EQUINOX LOGO: Other name of the "Talking Heads" pictogram. I believe the logo represents the Equinoxes. The bottom of the logo probably depicts stone alignments or a stone circle like the one at Stonehenge. A monu-mental device built to measure Time by observing the cyclical movement of the Sun, the Moon and the stars.

EYE: Ely's Cathedral OCTAGON. The SUN. The STEEL HEADS eyes look like TARGETS. In the TIME VIDEO, ARROWS are seen pointing in the direction of a RED TARGET. The LONDON EYE is a BIG observation WHEEL.

F

FEEDBACK: Quite possibly the leading concept behind TDB album. Read a detailed analysis here.

FLAGS: The artwork on the back of the TDB booklet shows three FLAGS or Banners or Emblems. A reference to the catholic concept of Trinity, (Father-Son-Holy Spirit)?

FORTUNE: (It could take years to build a fortune). Genesis posts 20 April 2005, 8 May 2005, 8 August 2005.

G

GENESIS: Pseudonym used by the Messenger. Some said it was Jon Carin.

GILMOUR, David: Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist. Husband of Polly Samson. Born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge. (Read biography)

GATES: The STEEL HEADS can be viewed as a GATE. (ref. the PIPER at the GATES of DAWN)

H

HEART: The shape formed by the two STEEL HEADS look like a HEART. (Genesis mentions LOVE and PASSION, which are emotions related to the HEART. the HEART is also the CORE.

HIDDEN MESSAGES: Genesis mentions three MESSAGES in his posts. The third one is contained in a specific post. In his post dated April 21, 2005, Genesis lists some of the elements which have to be taken into  account to decipher the three HIDDEN MESSAGES.

HIGH HOPES: TDB song number 11 (RUSSIAN: DVADTSAT DVA)

HIPGNOSIS: Storm Thorgerson's design studio. A possible anagram of PHI GNOSIS.

I


J

JANUS: Ancient twin-faced Roman God, KEEPER of the DOORS (janua). JANUARY.


K

KAIROS: Greek word for the Instant, the Now, the opportune moment. (read more) Sometime synonymous with CRISIS. See "Kairon Gnothi" on Ely Cathedral's sundial.

 

KEEP TALKING: song number 9, on page 19 (FRENCH: DIX-NEUF). Illustrated by a drawing of 12 BLUE MONKEYS.

KEEPER: Genesis said "The key has a Keeper". 

L

LOST FOR WORDS: song number 10, on page 20. Illustrated by a picture of a pair of BOXING GLOVES on a wooden BOX.

M

MAROONED: song number 4, on page 8 (OTTO). Instrumental.

MASON, Nick: (read biography)  (TOP)

MODULOR: A figure found on the PULSE CD. Created by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. a Canon of proportion linked to PHI and the Golden ratio.

MOON:

N

NEW BEGINNING: several of Genesis' posts are entitled with this name. Can be associated with January 1st (NEW YEAR), with the VERNAL EQUINOX.

NUMBERS: (see also PAGE NUMBERS)

NUMERESE: One of the many techniques applied to decipher the Enigma. Mostly used by MMDDLL a.k.a. 1984.


O

OBSERVATORY: Page 3 of TDB (CLUSTER ONE). GALILEO. TELESCOPE.

OCTAGON: (8 directions - Rose of Winds - Architecture - Ely's EYE)

P

PERIOD: (typographical elements lacking in some of Genesis posts. a hint?) Related to TIME and CYCLES. See also ELLIPSIS.

PHI: The Golden Mean, Golden ratio, Golden Number (1,618 or 0,618) (read more) The golden ratio is typically symbolized by the Greek letter φ (phi), with τ (tau) being less common. The Architect Le Corbusier used the golden ratio as the basis of his Modulor system of Architecture (The Modulor is printed on the Pulse CD). DIAMETER, from the Greek diairo: divide, and metro: measure).

POLES APART: TDB song number 3, on page SEVEN (Indhi: SAAT). illustrated by a picture of the "EQUINOX" motif printed on a texture of GOLD. Number Seven is related to SATURN, the Seventh planet of the solar system, and SATURDAY. (see also KEEPER, TIME)

PAGE NUMBERS: One of the characteristics of TDB is to have page numbers written in WORDS, not NUMBERS. Page "numbers" are written inside tiny "heads", which are oriented in several directions. Page "numbers" are written in several languages. (3: Spanish; 5: English; 7: indhi; 8: Italian; 11: German or Dutch; 13: japanese; 15: Swahili; 17: chinese; 19: French; 21: Hebrew; 22: Russian). Page number 8 & 22 are the only EVEN numbers. Both add to 30, the average number of days in a month. 8 times 22 = 176.

PUBLIUS (94):

PUBLIUS ENIGMA:

Q


R

RACECAR: a member of the Publius Enigma Forum. some people think he is Nick MASON. It has recently (January 2006) been pointed out that it was one of BIG's many pseudonym on PubliusEnigma.com forum.

ROT13: also called Caesar Chipher (read more)

S

SAMSON, Polly: Journalist and writer. Coauthor of several lyrics of the Division Bell. Born in London in 1962. Wife of David Gilmour (read biography). here name means SUN in Hebrew.

SATURN: Seventh planet of the solar system. As the last visible planet, Saturn is the KEEPER of TIME. The Greek name for SATURN is CHRONOS. In the TIME video... Saturn is often represented with a SCYTHE, as the man in AMLOR.

STEEL HEADS: Sculptures on the front cover of The Division Bell. Made by Aden Hynes and John Robertson from drawings by Keith Breeden.

STONE HEADS:

SUN: One of the most important symbol of TDB, also mostly absent graphically from the album. (See EYE, TARGET, ECLIPSE) (TOP)


T

TAKE IT BACK

THORGERSON, Storm: Graphic Designer of The Division Bell and many other Pink Floyd albums. Co-founder in 1968 of the design studio HIPGNOSIS with Aubrey Powell. A trickster. He is deeply involved in the Enigma despite his denials. (read biography)

TIME: (see also KAIROS, NOW, JANUS)

TIME VIDEO: A place containing many clues to the Enigma.

TRIPOD: on page 3 of TDB booklet (EMI version). Three feet.

TYPOS: One of Publius and Genesis ways to code messages. (Missing or additional letters in words or phrases, out-of-place letters or words, (see also HIDDEN MESSAGES)

U

UMMAGUMMA:


V



W

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME: TDB song number 3, on page FIVE. (TOP)

WHEEL: A theme clearly visible in the HIGH HOPES video. (see also BICYCLE, ROUE, ROTA, CIRCUS)

 

WRIGHT, Richard:


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Z

ZODIAC: