Sunday, September 19, 2010

John Dee

Dr. John Dee, alchemist, astronomer and all-purpose visionary to Queen Elizabeth I, spent years studying a mystical language and alphabet dictated to him by angels.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sint Holo

The great serpent Sint Holo was the spirit of inspiration, language, and writing for the Cherokee and other tribes.

Sint Holo at Encyclopedia Mythica

Sint Holo at

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Lady of Byblos

Baalat Gebal, goddess of books and libraries, was sacred to Byblos, the city where papyrus was exported to the centres of the ancient world.

More about the city of Byblos:

Friday, April 16, 2010


Jerome is patron saint of librarians, archivists and translators.

Lapham's Quarterly has a great essay about Jerome, "On Bones and Libraries":

More about Jerome:

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Muses

These illustrations represent eight of the nine traditional Greek muses. Depending on the tradition, their numbers vary.

Each of the muses here has influence over a form of writing. Only Terpsichore, the muse of dance, is missing, though if you put the shards together you’ll see she’s not entirely absent from the group.

The literary domains represented here include: Calliope, muse of epic poetry; Clio, muse of history; Erato, muse of lyric and erotic poetry; Euterpe, primarily the muse of music, also the muse of lyric poetry; Melpomene, muse of tragedy; Polyhymnia, muse of hymns and sacred poetry; Thalia, muse of comedy and bucolic poetry; and Urania, the muse of astronomy who also became the favourite muse of Christian poets, thanks to the influence of writers such as John Milton.

More about the muses:

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Ogma—the Irish god of eloquence—invented writing, embodied in the Ogham alphabet:

Ogma - Wikipedia

Ogham – Ancient Scripts

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Saturday, January 30, 2010


The iconography of the Hindu goddess Kali includes the Sanskrit alphabet, an embodiment of her divine energy.