January 22, 2011

Pagan Alphabets

Symbols and Ancient Alphabets are a large part of Paganism and Witchcraft. They're used for encoding formulas, and other secrets, meant to be kept hidden or private within a Grimoire (also known as a Book of Shadows).

Witches sometimes create a unique symbol to signify their Craft Name by over-laying the Runic letters which spell their chosen or given name.

My teenage son and I keep a journal between ourselves to keep the lines of communication open. It is a way for me to pass on Motherly advice, as well as an outlet for him to "discuss" issues in his life which may be a little difficult for him to address with me face to face. Our journal is inscribed with several Anglo-Saxon Runic symbols representing Family, Overcoming Obstacles, Rewards and Tangible Results from Work, Gaining Ancient Wisdom, Home, Wholeness, Healing, Comfort, Harmony, Happiness, Love, Hidden Forces, Victory, Courage, Success, and more.

In the 16th century, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa published the Malachim Alphabet which is derived from Hebrew.

The Theban Alphabet is a system of writing with unknown origins. It was first published in 1518, and was attributed to Honorius of Thebes. It may have originated as early as the 1200's. It is commonly known as the Witches' Alphabet due to its use in modern forms of Wicca and Witchcraft.

The Enochian Alphabet is an occult or angelic language recorded in the private journals of John Dee and Edward Kelley in the late 16th century. The men claimed that it was revealed to them by angels.

 Anglo-Saxon Runes were used by the Anglo-Saxons, and descended from the Elder Futhark set of 24 runes. It was probably used from the fifth century onward for recording Old English or Old Frisian and contained between 26 and 33 characters. These Runes are commonly used today.

You can download various fonts to your computer from any of these links:

Robert's Rune Fonts (26 letters based on Elder Futhark)

Medieval Fonts at Fontspace

1001 Free Fonts

Alternatively, you can download Old English or Anglo Saxon "keyboards" that are compatible with Windows XP or Vista.

Known in the Pagan community as the “Green Witch”, Polly Taskey is descended from Mary Bradbury (Perkins). She utilizes her writing talents to bring you Pagan by Design Blog and Message Boards. If sharing this entry elsewhere, this byline must be included with a link back.


Sylvanna said...

Fun Fact: My high school friends and I wrote all of our notes to each other in Anglo-Saxon Runes.

Mina said...

I love the runes most. Has something to do with my Scandinavian bloodline I'm sure. ;-)

Green Witch said...

Sylvanna, that sounds like fun!

Mina, I love the runes too! My teenage son and I keep a journal back and forth to help us communicate when talking in person is tough...I drew a few runes on the cover of the journal with their meanings...to show him (and to "request" these things in our lives) the meanings. They include things like strong family ties, etc.

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