Collect your set of 4 Oreo Coasters in 1/4" sanded Cherry or Basswood. Why Oreo? We were intrigued with the geometry and symbolism embedded within its sweet dark cookie. Look deeper. Around the “OREO” centerpiece we find a strange symbol; an oval with a double-bar cross coming out of the top. This is an old alchemical symbol for ‘amalgam’, which is an interesting way to reference the black cookie/white icing mixture that is the crispy/creamy goodness of our beloved snack. The Templars were into alchemy. What about the twelve cross formée, favored symbol of Knights Templar and their alleged offspring, the Freemasons, which surround the name? Twelve is powerful in numerology, but according to the creator of the cookie’s design, William A. Turnier, there was no Masonic connection, although his father was a Freemason.
That still doesn’t explain the inverted square and compass that sits underneath the Oreo symbol. In fact, the dot/dash pattern around the edge is actually morse code.
E is a single dot A is a dot dash T is a single dash
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