It’s 16 pages but it’s only the introduction…to The Esoteric Alphabet.
Were letter symbols really originated solely to accommodate varieties in the expression of sounds?
If not, then what is the real meaning behind the letter shapes we use and what story do they and their sequence tell? Could their design and meter carry an underlying message?
Who was it that designed the English alphabet and its letters? Who was it who added and subtracted its letters and what was the purpose?
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Why do virtually all newspapers, the Bible and other major mechanisms of mass communication and control use the Roman style and close variations of it?
The alphabet has not always contained the same letters or followed the same sequence. Until much later in letter development, the small letters were virtually ignored. Many styles were tried.
All letters are ideograms, pictorial representations suggesting an idea. As with all written symbols, they are constructed from the egg (the dot) and the serpent (the line).
About 6,500 years ago the inhabitants of present-day Transylvania in Central Europe (part of present day Romania) were using impressed clay tablets to record their thoughts. These discoveries somehow escaped the censors and were published in the Scientific American, in May 1968. They bear extraordinary relationship to the discoveries made earlier in Mesopotamia, however the establishment set its mortar boards at Mesopotamia for the cradle of civilisation, so it is to the environs of Iraq that they resolutely chivvy their stew-eaters’ minds.
About 5,500 years ago, the people of Sumer in Mesopotamia were chiselling out vertically inscribed, pictorial messages in stone. Later they adopted and developed the use of cuneiform impressions made in soft clay and then baked. They clearly were not stupid and to believe conventional direction that they thrashed about at a heavy lump of rock for days on end to write a shopping list is bizarre. They used blood, dyes, and even just scratches on dried plants and skins, to send immediate messages. The Mason’s words, however, were intended to last and they were buried, or hidden, for exactly the same reason. That they devoted such attention to their writing means that they considered their content to be of significant importance for the generations who would eventually find them.
By 2100BCE, Egypt had adopted cuneiform and developed this into hieroglyphs, which they scribbled everywhere it seems, except the Great Pyramid. Our present-day ‘English’ alphabet derived first through Hellenic and later, Roman, sources.
According to ancient Greek historians, a Phoenician cad called Kadmus, left them holding a 22-letter alphabet which was in the same order as Hebrew. Later the poet Simonides of Ceos, increased the characters to 26.
This system ran from right to left but later it was rebounded to run from left to right. The Greeks also experimented with the Boustrophedonic system – whereby they alternated the directions of the lines – a name which means turning like an ox, and is an allusion to Venus, the Pleiades and Taurus, as we shall find out later.
From the very beginning, the Ancients had recognised the beguiling powers of letters. They hallowed them as privileged gifts from the god of writing and were the exclusive instruments of only a select few.
In the 7th century BCE, King Ashurbanipal of Nineveh learnt how to write, and he tells us:
“The god of scribes has bestowed on me the gift of the knowledge of his art.
I have been initiated into the secrets of writing. I can even read the intricate tablets
in Shumerian. I understand the enigmatic words in stone carvings from the days before the flood.”
– Zechariah Sitchin,
The 12th Planet,
Avon Books, New York