General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men commonly used the symbol “X” in marking most of their hidden treasure deposits in the Philippines. Many “Filipinos” and THs (Treasure hunters) actually claims that they often encounter this type of particular sign more than any other signs around.
When it comes to the meaning of the X symbol, it generally means “this is the spot”. It actually emphasize that there is something worth checking on that portion. However, it does not guarantee that the deposit is hidden on that spot. You may just probably find another sign leading you into another different location.
The meaning of X is best interpreted through the help of other “nearby signs”. Assuming for example that you found an “arrow sign” marked on the surface of a nearby rock pointing directly towards the location of the X. The arrow is actually emphasizing the significance of the X sign stating that “you should definitely check that portion”. Thus, presence of other nearby signs increases your chances of being able to “accurately interpret” the meaning of a certain sign.
If it happens that you searched and explored the nearby surroundings but you did not find any other signs around then the X sign is just a “dud” or “fake” intended to confuse THs. Working on it will only get you disappointed to find nothing. Worst, you will encounter dangerous traps.
At some point, there are instances where other signs got lost due to some natural calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes. Others are caused by man such as logging trees, harvesting rocks and improving the lands. Thus, encountering one single sign does not automatically mean that it is a dud or fake. On cases like this, “detectors” plays an important role in trying to confirm the presence of the hidden object.
Dowsing tool experts can confirm if an object is buried on a certain particular spot while MD (metal detector) operators can also do the same with their own deep penetrating equipment. If you do not own such kind of tools then the best suggestion is to dig just a shallow depth of around 3 to 5 feet deep. This depth should be good enough for you to make assessment of the ground and some possibility of uncovering buried signs.
The X Sign Based on the Japanese Treasure Codes
As stated above, the X sign is one among the most commonly encountered treasure signs used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army). Although, it can be confusing for THs to interpret due to its several different meanings especially when there is no other signs nearby that can support its existence.
Here are the following different meanings of an X sign according to my Yamashita Treasure Codes:
When speaking about “target”, this refers to the hidden “object” or the “item”. It is actually the best meaning of an X that every THs are expecting.
On treasure maps, the X symbol often represent an important spot on the site or the exact location of the hidden deposit itself.
It is important for you to know that some of the JIA soldiers were tricky enough that they also left plenty of fake signs. Many THs especially beginners often fall victims on these signs wasting most of their time and effort digging for nothing. Unfortunately, the X sign is one of the commonly used fake signs left behind by the JIA. Thus, this is the reason why X can also be interpreted as “Stop” which means “do not dig”.
Majority of amateur THs would never expect that X can also be a “danger sign”. In relation to the meaning above which means Stop, you should definitely stop and do not attempt to dig because of the presence of dangerous traps.
4. 10 feet Deep or 10 Steps Away
An X sign has something to do with the value of “10”. First, it means “a depth of 10 feet” to dig before reaching the buried item or to uncover another important sign. And second, it means “10 steps away” from the X sign itself is the correct digging spot of the hidden treasure.
To explain the relationship of 10 to the X sign, it is actually the equivalent “Roman Numerical” value of an X symbol.
5. 24 feet Deep or Distance
X also represents a value of “24” which is used to denote depths and distances in terms of “feet”. But unlike 10 above, the relationship between them is due to the letter X being the 24th letter of the English Alphabet.