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Theban Script

 

The writing in the book from Ecuador is written with the Theban Alphabet.  The Theban Alphabet, also called Runes of Honorius or Witch's Alphabet , emerged during the medieval period when Cabbalistic studies were prominent in the practices of European magicians and is often referred to as "Witch Writing," "Witches' Runes," or the "Witches' Alphabet. Although there are witch groups today that use this alphabet and claim it has a history with witchcraft, the language originally appeared in the 16th century in The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Cornelius Agrippa. Agrippa states that an 13th century Italian magician attributes the alphabet to Honorius.

The alphabet seems to be just that, an alphabet with no associated language. It was used write out messages either in the magician's own language, or more likely, Latin.

Many Pagans, Witches, and Wiccans use the Theban alphabet to encode their writings in their Books of Shadows or spell books. The Theban Script is also known as the "Witches' Alphabet". Many Witches use the alphabet in carving the letters on stone or wood to use as an amulet, or for candle spells.

 



The earliest known source for the Theban alphabet is as said above from Cornelius Agrippa's "Three Books of Occult Philosophy" first published at Antwerp in 1531.  Agrippa provided the Theban Script in Book III, Chapter 29 and wrote, "Of this kind of character therefore are those which Peter Apponus notes, as delivered by Honorius of Thebes". This is almost certainly a reference to the author of the early 14th century "Liber Juratus, or the Sworne Booke of Honorius".

However, it is believed that the Theban alphabet actually originated as a Latin cipher before the 11th-century. The origin of the letterforms is obscure, but all the evidence is consistent with an origin as an early alchemical cipher alphabet influenced by Avestan.  Others say that the alphabet first appeared in the book entitled, "The Magus" by Honorius II (Pope from 1216 to 1227) Users of this magickal alphabet often include a stylized character at the end of a writing. This character is translated as the Greek Alpha and Omega.

The Theban alphabet, is today, and always has been employed primarily for talismanic inscriptions and magickal spells and works and the letters can be carved on stone or wood as an amulet, or on candles for candle spells.

Here's another more clean-cut version of the script, rather than the written form above.  You will now be able to get the general idea from the two versions given above and below on how to write the script.

If you wish to utilize a Theban Font for writing your Book of Shadows or other writings, I have two Fonts which you can download to your computer and use for this purpose.

You can download the Theban Font Number 1 here

Regarding this subject of the Theban Font which can be downloaded to your computer and used with Word for Windows or similar, I wish to point out here that I had originally placed Theban Font Number 1 (above) for download, but interestingly enough I received a letter from someone visiting the site called Roy and he passed on an even better font I'll call Theban Font Number 2, with the following comments: 

"I have spent a long time searching for the Theban font and like many, found the font you have on your site. It is only the letters however, and some of them are not strictly correct.  I have therefore, taken the time to edit one of these versions so that it is now complete. I am sending you a copy of it and if you take a look at it, you will see it as a very usable and realistic font."   Roy...

Thank you Roy -  The download link is below. 

I've actually been unbelievably flooded with requests for the font and have had no less than well over three requests so far by email until I had to place it directly on the web site because it just got too much traffic.  It seems to be very popular and I didnít realize so many people were using it, or even wanted to.  So many people sent me emails back saying how happy they were with it, so I thank Roy once again for writing into me and giving it to me for the site. 

Of course putting it up on the web is definitely so much easier, but it was so interesting chatting with the people who wrote in asking for the font and although a little more effort was required in answering all the requests personally, it also had one lovely positive aspect to it all in that I have met such interesting and truly nice people in answering this way.  Hmm, food for thought, now that I've added it to the site. 

I will be placing more fonts on the web that can be downloaded and will include runes and lots of other magickal texts.

Good luck everyone and if you're interested in monitoring various conversations from our research Group, you might want to consider joining, listed below.  Check out the archives with lessons and food for thought.  Peace and B*B Azaz

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If anyone is interested in this Theban second font, Click Here to see, or right click on it to download.

I hope it downloads ok.  If it doesn't email me and I'll send it.  If I'm away on retreat at the time and don't get your email for a few months, I'll send it when I return.
If you would like more information on Theban Script, you would do well to visit the following excellent site and learn a little more. Go here THIS IS A DRAFT PROPOSAL to add the Theban Alphabet to ISO/IEC 10646 3. Requester type 4. Submission date 5. Requester's reference This is a complete proposal.

 

Keep checking back to see if I have placed the other runes and many other magickal texts here.

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