There are several reasons why magical alphabets come in handy in your [magickal] work. Besides making your own, it can be surprisingly powerful to use some of the more famous scripts existent in occult history throughout the ages. These alphabets appear in pop culture time and time again; some of which you may recognize from movies.
Here are six magical alphabets to inscribe your implements with, conceal writings and more.
The Enochian Script of John Dee and Edward Kelley was received through numerous visions during their work, which consisted of invoking and commanding spirits. This 16th century system was later to be described as Enochian magic. Dee’s journals contained the script as well as numerous tables of correspondences that documented their search for the secrets hidden inside the apocryphal Book of Enoch. According to these journals, this language was supposed to have been the language God used to create the world, for man to speak to God, and to name all things in existence.
It wasn’t until late in the 19th century that the script was rediscovered and utilized by members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society of ceremonial magicians. Contemporary occult organizations and solitary practitioners still utilize Enochian script in their rituals today.
Unlike the Enochian alphabet, the Theban alphabet cannot be traced back to a known origin although it first appeared in Polygraphia, a book written by Johannes Trithemius in 1518. Today, it is considered the “witches’ alphabet” due to its usage in Wiccan grimoires. There is a high possibility that the Theban alphabet was created by the 16th century occultist and student of Trithemius, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, who included it in the third book of his Three Books Concerning Occult Philosophy.
Agrippa’s work was a major influence on later thinkers such as Giordano Bruno and John Dee. He argued for a synthetic system of magic that combined both the spiritual and natural world by human participation. Also featured in his third book of Occult Philosophy is the Celestial alphabet, also known as Angelic Script, that some ceremonial magicians use for inscribing magical instruments that work with the element of Air. Agrippa derived these three scripts (Celestial, Malachim, and Transitus Fluvii) from the Hebrew alphabet, to which is attributed the element of Fire.
The Hebrew word, mal’ach, is translated as “angels” or “messengers.” The name of this alphabet is taken from the plural form of mal’ach and was also created by Agrippa in the 16th century. Like the Celestial alphabet, this script is also attributed an element (Earth) for modern occult practices.
The name of this last magical alphabet translates to “passing through the river” in Latin. It also consists of twenty-two letters and is similar to the Malachim and Celestial alphabets. As one can guess, this alphabet is probably best suited to the element of Water. This script was depicted in The Blair Witch Project (1999).
Alphabet of the Magi
The origin of this last magical alphabet is often attributed to Paracelsus, even though the Alphabet of the Magi is not found in any of his writings. It has been associated with the angel Raphael by Theseus Ambrosius, Claude Duret, and Edmund Fry. The Alphabet of the Magi is included in the 1888 edition of the Key of Solomon by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, and the script is used by some contemporary occultists to represent the element of Spirit.
This article was originally published on EvolveandAscend.com and has been republished with permission.
About the author, HELEN KIRKBY:
Helen Kirkby, otherwise known as Soror Nihil Obstat, is a part-time artist and full-time occultist currently living in Los Angeles. She has an upcoming book on the Thelemic Qabalah from Nephilim Press. Her personal blog is https://alephnull429.wordpress.com and you can reach her @Kirkby_Helen or facebook.com/nihil0bstat.