The Theban Alphabet, also called the Witches’ Alphabet, is a system of writing which is thought to have originated in the 16th century.  It is first mentioned in medieval alchemical manuscripts by Polygraphia (1518) and Agrippa (1531), attributing the alphabet to Honorius of Thebes.  Thus, the Theban Alphabet is also called the Runes of Honorius or the Honorian Alphabet.  However some say the absence of characters such as ‘J’, ‘U’ and ‘W’ denote a possible connection with pre-11th century Latin, as those letters were not used until much later.


The Golden Dawn and Ordo Templi Orientalis used the alphabet extensively in the 19th century, which may have been the reason why Gerald Gardner adopted its usage in Wicca.

Whatever its origins, the Theban Alphabet appears to have been used as an alchemical cipher.  Because it abstracts the writer’s native language, it forces the writer to concentrate on the inscription and task at hand, making Theban useful for magic and ritual work.  The Theban Alphabet is used often for making talismans, and some Wiccans use Theban as a way to disguise the writings in their Book of Shadows.

Wiki – Theban Alphabet
Wicca For The Rest Of Us – Theban

© A Year And A Day (2013)


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