28 August 2005

Symbols from the Twilit Grotto Esoteric Archives

While perusing the tattoo journal INKEDBlog, I came across a link to the Twilit Grotto, an archive site of the Western esoteric tradition. This link takes you to a page full of graphics which may inspire both some peculiar, historical design or perhaps for any contemporary workings in which you can't find a particular glyph or symbol.

Pictured here (above) os the Holy Table, used by John Dee. It's been a while since I read any Enochian magic, but it's already inlaid with Enochian glyphs so I presume this came after he transcribed the sorcery down with Edward Kelley.

I wish I could get my hands on translations of all these traditional workings to vector file formats. I don't have the time to do it, personally. I know programmer and occult scholar Donald Tyson had worked on updating many, including the Enochian language and many sigils, to vector files. I have quite enjoyed Tyson's books in the past; his New Millennium Magic, now out of print, was one of the better books I'd read on the subject. I wonder if he'd be willing to share? It does not look as though he has a site up anymore, but this is the brief entry Wikipedia has on him (while on the topic of vector files and Enochian):—
Donald Tyson is an author of modern occult literature who has built a highly practical system of magic which delves into complex areas of the occult such as Enochian magic and sexual union with spirits.

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