Ancient & Magickal Alphabets

(image can also be found in Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard)

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.

The Witches’ Alphabet, also known as the Theban Alphabet, has long been used by practitioners of sorcery to encode their writings. The oldest surviving book containing the Theban Alphabet is Johannes Trithemius’ Polygraphia, c.1518. This exerpt explains how Trithemius learned of the alphabet from a pre-existing book on magick, now lost to time, which he attributes to Peter d'Abano:

“Sequitur aliud alphabetum Honorii cognomento Thebani, cuius ministerio suas in magicis fatuitates abscondit, sicut Petrus de Apono testatur in suo maiore libro quarto.“

Here follows another alphabet of Honorius surnamed the Theban, and the use thereof is for hiding the foolishness of his magic, as Petrus de Abano testifies in his greater fourth book.

Be a Better Writer Spell Bag.

What you’ll need:

  • Small bag/sachet. 
  • Small piece of paper, and pen.
  • Your favorite incense (mine is Dragon’s Blood).
  • A gemstone (I used Dragon’s Tooth Coral). 
  • Green candle wax: To represent success and abundance.
  • Peppermint oil: Promotes concentration and regeneration.
  • Cilantro: Brings peace to your home (or wherever you write), also helps attune yourself to your soul.
  • Dandelion: Increases psychic ability and opens the mind. 
  • Rose leaves or petals: Increases passion and motivation. 

What to do:

  1. Light your favorite incense to cleanse your space.
  2. Rub gemstone with peppermint oil. Remember, a little goes a long way.
  3. Hold gemstone over the incense smoke for a little while, then set it near by to charge.
  4. Gather the Cilantro, Dandelions, and Rose. Place them into your bag. Shake it up a bit.
  5. Take your small piece of paper and write “Writer” on it, along with any symbols/sigils you’d like to use if applicable. I wrote the word in both Theban and English. 
  6. Fold the paper, then seal it with green candle wax.
  7. Place your charged gem into the bag along with the paper. Shake it up again.
  8. Now get to work! Start that novel, or that blog you’ve been contemplating. Good luck!

Thanks for reading! And as always, you can personalize this in anyway you’d like. And if being a good writer isn’t something you are trying to achieve, with a little research you can work this spell to fit your needs. For any questions, or even suggestions, please feel free to visit my ask box. 

- carbonlyingnexttome 

The Theban Alphabet

  • The Origin is unknown, But appeares in the 16th century in The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Cornelius Agrippa
  • Also called “The Witches Alphabet
  • Agrippa states that an 13thcentury Italian magician attributes the alphabet to Honorius (  Western Roman Emperor )
  • Used today by Pagans, Witches, And Wiccans to write spells and other texts (Like Talismans)
  • It is used to disguise the meaning of a text.

Leonidas, Spartan military king

Leonidas was a Spartan military king in 5BC, who is famous for leading his 300 Spartans, as well as Thespians and Thebans, against the Persian army of Xerxes in 480BC- this was the Battle of Thermopylae. 

Leonidas was defeated by Xerxes’ much larger army and killed, with the Persians mangling his corpse. According to Herodotus, the Thebans surrendered when Leonidas had been killed, as they had never wanted to be there in the first place.

Fun fact. There was an Ancient Greek army called The Sacred Band of Thebes or The Thebans which was composed of 150 male couples. The generals believed that men fighting alongside their lovers would fight harder and die for rather than betray each other. That is so hot and awesome.

I demand an AU.

The Witches’ Alphabet: Theban Script.

Also called ‘’The Runes of Henorius’’, these letters are used to write spells and incantations in a ‘’Book of Shadows’’, and to inscribe one’s Craft name on ritual tools and Witch jewels. Their origin is lost in the mists of antiquity.

Today I took the time to translate the script on my Book of Shadows - around the edge it is embossed in Theban Alphabet (or witch’s alphabet) with the words: ’That life upon this earth is not a burden to be born but a joy to be learned and shared with others’ - I love that!

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