Child of a New Day said:
I am learning the Theban. Does anyone know why are there two different ways to write it? Or is there even more? I thought I was doing pretty good learning until I found out there was another style. So it's back to the drawing board.
I would appriciate any info you can give me even regarding history of the Theban. I know it's also called the runes of Honorius, after an inventor and very little history.
P.S. We need more activity on the neo-paganism part of the forum. The Monothiestic people are having a ball.
I agree with Ben that the first link is closet, and the second a modern personal rendering.
The Theban script bears a strong resemblance to the letter style of the Etruscan alphabet, which like the Theban is missing the English equivalent of the letters U, J, and W.
Upon examination, the Theban appears to come from a period prior to the 11th century, and seems to be based upon the Latin alphabet equivalents. This is suggested by the absence of U, J, & W, which do not appear in old Latin. Latin cyphers containing the letters U and J arise from the introduction of those letters in the late 15th century.
As already noted, the Theban script is popularly associated with Agrippa's 16th century work of Occult Philosophy. In some circles of occult tradition, the script is said to have originated in the ancient Greek city of Thebes, hence the term Theban. We do find the Theban script in use among certain traditions of Italian Witchcraft rooted in Tuscany (the former region of the Etruscans).
It is interesting to note that Agrippa spent time in Naples (circa 1509) and lived in the Tuscan city of Milan from 1512 - 1515. His Occult Philosophy was first published in 1531, and translated into English in 1651.
Best regards - Raven