Inscriptions

I have talked about engraving and etching your working tools and putting your Craft name on them (more on your name and how to choose it, later). There are a number of different "Magickal Alphabets"* that can be used for this. * Most popular are various of the runic alphabets and the Theban form of writing found in Ceremonial Magick. Let's look at runes first.

The word Rune means "mystery" or "secret" in Early English and related languages. It is certainly heavily charged with overtones, and for good reason. Runes were never a strictly utilitarian script. From their earliest adaptation into Germanic usage they served for divinatory and ritual uses. The Seax-Wica use a runic alphabet which is as follows:

Figure 3.8
SEAX-WICA RUNIC ALPHABET

There are to be found more variations of Runes than any other alphabet, it seems. Adopted by Witches and Magicians alike Runic served as a very popular form of occult writing. There are three main types of Runes: Germanic, Scandinavian, and Anglo-Saxon. They each, in turn, have any number of subdivisions/ variations.

Looking first at the GERMANIC, there are basically twenty-four different runes employed, though variations may be found in different areas. A common name for the Germanic Runes is futhark, after the first six letters ("th" is One letter— p ;. 'In the SCANDINAVIAN (Danish and Swedish-Norwegian, or Norse) are _ found sixteen runes, again with (innumberable) variations.

The ANGLO-SAXON Runes vary in number, anywhere from twenty-eight to thirty-one. In foot by the ninth Century, in Norhumbria, we find thirty-three runes. A common name for the Anglo-Saxon Runes is futhorc, again from the first six letters.

The Tree: The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft Raymond Buckland, Samuel Weiser, NY 1974

'These forms of writing are also used in the making of charms and talismans and will be discussed further, in that context, in a later lesson.

It will be noticed that any of the glyphs can be written backwards (sometimes referred to as "mirror writing"). If there are double letters in a word (e.g. merry; boss) then one of the double letters would be reversed, giving the mirror image:

With the single symbols for "th" and "ng", for example, you can write a five-letter word like "thi^Tg" w^'only three symbols: Examples of names ^ ' in runes:

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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