Ancient & Magickal Alphabets
(image can also be found in Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard)
- Hieratic (“shorthand cursive hieroglyphs”)
- Demotic (Egyptian; not to be confused with Demotic Greek)
- Hebrew alphabet (note that there are many versions of the Hebrew language, and this appears to be a mix of several)
- Greek alphabet
- Futhark (Proto-Norse runic alphabet)
- Ogham (early Irish & Old Irish; also referred to as the “Celtic Tree alphabet”)
- Pictish (note: The Picts used no such alphabet)
- Theban alphabet, aka Honorian alphabet or Runes of Honorius
- Chaldean (the Syriac alphabet?)
- Malachim alphabet
- Magi, Alphabet of the
- Celestial Alphabet/Angelic Script (not to be confused with John Dee’s Enochian alphabet)
- Passing the River/Passage du Fleuve/Transitus Fluvii
- Masonic/Rosicrucian/Pigpen Cipher/Tic-Tac-Toe Cipher
- Tengwar script (for Tolkien’s Elvish languages)
- Angerthas/Certhas/Cirth (for Tolkien’s Dwarven languages)
Celestial Alphabet/Angelic Script, Malachim, and Passing the River were made up by 16th century German alchemist/astrologer/lawyer/magician/occultist/soldier/theologist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. Theban was created by 15th century German cryptographer/historian/lexicographer/occultist/theologian Johannes Trithemius, one of Agrippa’s teachers. The Alphabet of the Magi was created by 16th century Swiss German alchemist/astrologer/botanist/occultist/physician/toxicologist Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (aka Paracelsus), another of Trithemius’s students, who rejected Agrippa’s magical theories.
Those, and the two Tolkien made, are entirely fictional and are good to use in most any context.
All the others are real alphabets from real cultures – some still used today. Appreciate, don’t appropriate.
More writing systems can be found at Omniglot.