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Magical Alphabets: The Secrets and Significance of Ancient Scripts - Including Runes, Greek, Hebrew and Alchemical Alphabets Paperback – 1 Dec 1992

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; American ed edition (1 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877287473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877287476
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An authority on ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy, Nigel Pennick is the author of several books, including "The Sacred World of the Celts", "Secret Games of the Gods", and "The Ancient Science of Geomancy". He lives near Cambridge, England, where he follows the oral tradition and Pagan lore of his native East Anglia.


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This book is very well researched and goes into great detail (including history in most cases) about the Hebrew Alphabet, the Greek Alphabet, the Runes, the Celtic Ogham, the Bardic Alphabet, and Magical and Alchemical Alphabets. A must for all those who are interested in magical alphabets.
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I have had this book for a couple of years, and while it is a goldmine of fascinating information that has become well-thumbed, I certainly wouldn't rely on its information without cross-referencing with other works.

The main flaw (I'm sorry to say it's not the first time I have had this complaint with Pennick's work) is that the author does regularly make statements without backing up where the information came from. This is a bit annoying as you do feel you're being asked to take his word for it, which is so-so until the mistakes jump out and you wonder what others there are that you don't know about. In places he seems to confuse the order and/or value of several letters, and elsewhere (for all my further research has discovered) invented a couple more entirely, which makes me wonder where he got the interpretations from. There are also some numerology clangers I won't bore you with.

OK, this is a flawed book, BUT it's just the sort of book that encourages you to want to read further into the subject. It's very readable and the chapters end before you've got bored of it. So in that sense it's worth it - I've read a lot more since this on the subject of alphabets, and my enthusiasm for the subject is down to this book. Take it as a starting point, but please don't expect too much.
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I really like this book. There are some parts of it that I disagree with, and others where I would have liked more detail and explanation, but on the whole it is a good reference book for any library on letters and alphabets
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This is a good place to start if you're looking for magickal alphabets, but there's not enough information on each to really feel confident to use any of them. Also, the way it's laid out is a bit difficult, because rather than laying definitions out in a logical sequence, I found myself having to flip back and forth to see the picture of the letters I was reading about. There's not enough structure to the explanations.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent academic and mystical resource 6 Oct. 2005
By Julie Ann Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
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Words have power. It doesn't matter if you refer to it as positive thinking, as the modern self-help gurus do, or magic. There is no denying the power of well placed words to achieve a desired result. Nigel Pennick gets into both the historical and mystical power of the written word in his book Magical Alphabets. Pennick approaches the subject matter with equal parts scholarship and mysticism, creating an end result that is academically sound while also being highly useful for practitioners of the craft.

Pennick disects the power of language by focusing on the various mystical properties of ancient alphabets. He begins his commentary with the Hebrew alphabet, giving a brief introduction as to its origins, then diving into its importance in Qabalah. We are presented with clear and detailed explanations of each letter, and how the relate to each other. He also provides insightful information on Hebrew magic squares and grids.

Pennick then moves to the Greek alphabet, and effortlessly moves from explaining early Greek Gematria and the evolution into early Christian Greek Gematria. Again, the author provides wonderful detail for the magical purpose of each letter. And Pennick is able to back up his claims by citing an impressive array of academic, religious, and cultural sources.

The next part of the book explains the influence of the runic alphabet. He divides his explanation into the early runic alphabet (or, more accurately, The Elder Futhark) and the later true Gothic alphabet (which originated with the Goths on the Baltic island of Gotland). He explains the similarities and important differences between the two styles, then continues on with how the runes relate to trees. He then follows this is a chapter explaining the peculiar Celtic Oghams and the Bardic Alphabet, including the variations in Northern Europe. Much like the Runic alphabet, the letters corresponded to trees. These two chapters combined are of infinite use to pagans and wiccans who follow a predominately Celtic or Druidic path.

Finally, Pennick pulls all of the information together with an explanation of a host of obscure magical scripts and practices, everything from the secret alphabet of the Westphalia to magic grid ciphers tp Esoteric alphabets. The chapter is full of historical detail tracing the origins of these practices, as well as plenty of examples and illustrations to clarify points.

The book includes no less than nine appendices to organize the various alphabets explained in the book, as well as a short glossary of the most important terms. This book is a perfect starter for students interested in learning more about the subject. It would also serve experienced practitioners well as a handy reference guide.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this! 22 Oct. 2000
By Ivanovitch - Published on Amazon.com
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I have found this book because I was looking for some information about the secret meaning of hebrew letters. This time I've already known something about runes and with the same material I started to study the ogham.
Nowadays we have no idea about the original meaning of our alphabets. In many cultures they explain the presence of G-d in their (our) lives. According to Pennick "letters in an alphabet are metaphors of reality". Read this book and you'll understand why.
You'll find here basic information about the hebrew, greek, runes and ogham. In the last chapters the author write about alchemical alphabets and magic squares. I'd like to see something about the egyptian alphabet but he didn't write anything about it.
My main interest in this book is the secret/divinatory aspect of these alphabets but you also will find a rich cultural approach in each section and it's very instructive.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice overview. 20 Feb. 2011
By Literary Omnivore - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has given a nice overview of many different ancient scripts here. The only criticism I have is that it is only that, an overview. If you want in-depth discussion or to actually learn any of these scripts then you'll need another book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed very much reading this excellent book 8 July 2014
By C.J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed very much reading this excellent book. The erudition that the author shows in each of their pages is evident and has helped me clarify many doubts that I had on these questions. I highly recommend this book to all those who want to know more about ancient languages and history in general.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars education 8 Nov. 2012
By Lizzie Borden - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a pagan. I have been searching everywhere for more information to further my knowledge and this book has been amazing and everything that I have been searching for!
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