A World Alphabets and their Deeper Meanings

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 in ancient symbols, history, parallels

It is not uncommon for letters, pictographs and symbols to have deep hidden meanings—even magical power, for cultures around the world have rich histories and stories connected to symbols, letters and written words. Other countries and cultures too have symbols and writing systems that were multi-dimensional, that is, their writing systems in application could not only be read as words and every day messages or chronicles, but also could convey that meanings that were profound, sacred or even used as divination. 

I found Margo’s Magical Letter Page. Margo specializes work in dictionaries and in the process she discovered that sounds and syllables within words had shared meanings. She writes on her homepage:

I read dictionaries. And I write dictionaries. It was an occupation… one which over the years I have come to love deeply, one which I now practice fervently at my economic peril. It has taught me to experience words and language quite literally as living beings, as beings who outlive each of us, who are recording within their very selves the patterns of our thoughts, as beings who care a great deal how they are employed. I wander into their dominions ever more deeply moved, ever more faithful that there is after all a reason behind this chaos of experience.

She took the time to create charts and matrices with various alphabets from around the world and their meanings. Please use the following list to view her findings:
Towards the bottom of the page Margo also lists charts and images of various traditions that find meaning in symbolism. These links are fascinating and eye-opening. I will explore these, research them and share what I find in addition to her short descriptions.

Finally, Margo also took the time to provide an extensive bibliography on sound symbolism literature and icon interpretation! here is the link for your and my perusal: http://www.trismegistos.com/MagicalLetterPage/AnnotBiblio.html#anchor33414

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