Spirit Correspondences

Goddess, transcendence, immanence, omnipresence, the void, 
all and nothing, within and without, the center of the
universe and the Self.

Location/ Direction: Center; up, down and all around.

Colour: Purple or white, rainbow, black.

Season: The cycle itself.

Season of Life: All life, life beyond death, rebirth.

Time: Beyond time, the Lunar and Solar cycles.

Magickal Tool: Cauldron.

Animal: Owl and Sphinx.

Gems: Diamond and amethyst.

Sense: Hearing.

Goddesses: Isis, Cerridwyn, Shekinah, your personal
matron deity.

The Theban Alphabet 

The Theban alphabet otherwise known as the witch’s alphabet or runes of Honorious is believed to have emerged in the medieval period when cabbalistic practices were prominent among European magicians. Theban was first published in a book called the Polygraphia in 1518. This book was written by Johannes Trithemius. Before the first book was published, there were other evidences of the Theban Alphabet in the 14th century. This was in the Sworne Book of Honorious or the Liber Juratus. Most of these evidences attributed Honorius as the creator of the Theban Script. However, Honorius was not a witch, but a mogus. The language also appeared in the 16th century in Cornelius Agrippa’s book know as the Three Books of occult philosophy. Agrippa was Trithemius’ student and his book was first published in 1531 in Antwerp. According to Agrippa, the Theban script was initially attributed to Honorius by an Italian magician in the 13th century.

The Theban Alphabet is also believed to have been in existence in the 11th century as a Latin cipher. Compared to the Latin alphabets, there is a one to one correspondences between the alphabets with the exception of the letter I, v and w. When writing the Theban script, the letter I is represented by the same symbol as j, while letter v is represented by the same symbol as u and w. Despite the origin of the letter-forms being obscure, the evidence of the script’s origin is consistent with an early cipher alphabet believed to have been influenced by Avestan. Some magicians also believe the language to have originated from the book entitled The Mogus written by Honorius II. HonoriusII was the pope between 1216 and 1227.

The Purpose of the Script
The Theban script was used to lend an air of mystery to witchcraft writing and often referred to as the Witches runes. Runes were often inscribed on various items worm by a person for varying reasons such as wearer’s protection. This alphabet is popularly used in witchcraft as it enables witches to communicate among themselves and write their spells translating from their native languages. The script was used in writing the Book of Shadows used by witches to maintain secrecy. Since the alphabets and symbols used in writing Theban script were not familiar to the native languages, the witches could effectively write their spells without other people reading them. The Alphabets used in Theban script corresponded to the Latin alphabets with the only exceptions being for the letters I, J, V, and U. The symbols used to represent letter j were similar to that of letter I while the letter v and us used a similar symbol.

Pagans have also been recorded to have used various alphabets in their rituals and often in-scripted those on items used in magickal rituals such as candles and stones. Runes were also used in rituals by the Wiccans. Runes were often used for person protection and were similar to the modern Christian crucifix or the pagan Thor’s hammer. Ancient literature on various rituals recorded the runes as rune sticks. In Iceland and Norway, the runes were recorded in the form of scorn poles. Today, the Theban alphabet is primarily used for talismanic inscriptions and magickal spells. The letters and symbols are also carved on stones candles for candle spells as well as on stones as amulets. Besides spells, the Theban script is also used for charms in addition to creating a magickal feels to texts and writing.

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A Call for the Respect of your Fellow Witch

I respect the solitary witches who blaze your own trails, walk your own paths, and listen to your own gods. It can be a lonely, yet rewarding, life. It is not for the faint of heart. From the solitary we can all learn self-reliance and how to listen to our intuition.

I respect the witch who chooses a traditional coven. Whether it is Gardnerian, Alexandrian, reconstructionist, or another group, it requires an intense amount of devotion and time to learn a tradition. You have earned your titles and should be recognized by our community. From the members of groups and covens we can learn patience and determination.

I respect the kitchen witches who fill your homes with magick and tend the hearthfires. With the ancient elements you nourish your family and remind us all of our human history. From the kitchen witch we can all learn how to create magick from the mundane and appreciate the domestic arts.

I respect the hedgewitch who works with the spirits that surround us. It can be exhausting and misunderstood work. You have gifts that can help the living and the dead, and I admire that. From the hedgewitch we can learn how to communicate better and how to see different points of view.

I respect the sea witch who walks along the dunes at night and gathers kelp. The energy of the sea is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of magick, and is recognized in many cultures. From the sea witch we can learn to work in harmony with the elements and listen to the pull of the moon and tides.

I respect the gray witches who do not look at magick in black and white. Within magick, as within life, we are often called upon to use our own judgement in a situation. I do not condemn my fellow witches for not seeing things as I see them. From the gray witch we can learn to examine a situation from many points of view and realize that there are no rules but those we create for ourselves.

I respect witches of all genders and sexual orientation. Each person deserves to feel welcomed and comfortable in our community and does not need any more judgement than they already experience. From these witches we can all learn how to appreciate diversity and to practice tolerance and kindness.

I respect witches who are in tune with their local environment. It is important to learn about the creatures and plants who live near us and you have much knowledge. From these witches we can learn how to look closely at what is around us and how to be aware of the land we live on.

I respect the witches who are new to the craft and starting out. Most are willing to learn from elders and need to be guided by those of us who are older and have more experience. They do not need to be bullied or insulted, for we are all constantly learning. From the new witches we can learn to be teachers instead of judges and should remember the joys and mistakes of our youth.

I respect Christian witches. I support anyone’s personal beliefs. Perhaps we should view these members of the community as bridge builders. With their help we may be able to open doors and cross the divide that has separated the religions. From the Christian witches we can learn that religious tolerance applies to all spiritual paths.

I respect the witches who try to adhere to the paths of your ancestors. It is not easy to do that in the modern era and you are to be treasured. You truly connect the generations and help pass on information that would otherwise be lost. From these witches we can learn to honor our elders and ancestors.
I respect all members of the pagan community who treat others with respect. It is indeed a circle, and each of us is part of the whole.

For all the paths I forgot to mention, I respect them too, and I will probably add to this as the mood strikes me.
Most importantly, respect yourselves.