Theban Alphabet (Wiccan alphabet, Witches’ Runes)

The Theban alphabet is used almost exclusively by Wiccans as a substitution cipher to protect magical writings from prying eyes. It originated as a magical alphabet; the exact origin of the text is unknown. The Theban alphabet first appeared in print in Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s Third book of Occult Philosophy in 1531, where it was ascribed to the legendary magus Honorius of Thebes.

This alphabet is occasionally referred to as the “Runes of Honorius,” although Theban is not a runic alphabet. While it resembles some ancient alphabets, it is unknown before Agrippa’s publication. It is little used as a magical alphabet, except as an occasional substitute for Anglo-Saxon runes, or for making charms and amulets. Theban was introduced to Wicca by its founder, Gerald Gardner. To use Theban as a cipher, simply substitute Theban letters for English letters as shown below:

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Janet Bevis June 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

a friend wishes to have a tattoo showing the date of her birth using wiccan/theban symbols. Any ideas?

Anonymous February 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm

There aren’t translations for numbers, so you may need to spell it out EX: January First Two thousand one instead of 1, 1, 2001

Classic August 5, 2018 at 8:38 pm

It would seem to me that each letter could also represent a number similar to other alphabets such as Greek or Hebrew

Monika June 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I’ve noticed on some sites that the the w character is the same as the u/v character and I’m wondering, which is the right way?

Anonymous September 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

I’m probably to late posting this but here you are anyway. The modern characters J, U and W are not represented, and in modern usage these are transliterated using the Theban characters for I, V and V. So in other words I and J share the same symbol and so do U, V, and W.

Matt January 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

Is there any type of Theban number system? Or would one use Roman numerals instead?

Malou M August 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

I found this, they are supposed to be the numbers in the Theban alphabet :)

Michael McCord December 29, 2014 at 12:15 am

I came up with my own logo, but i didn’t know it had some aspects of the Witches’ Runes. (It combines the “m” with the “p” so the line crosses the line between the 2 m’s of the “m”)

I’m being honest when I say this. I had no idea this alphabet existed…

Syneshealer December 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Theban is hard to learn by heart, but once you do, you’ll realize its worth! Its beautiful and definitely keeps prying eyes away from your personal writings and such :)

Finnshaman November 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Someone here told about his initiation with a wiccan group. The first thing to learn is Never to reveal you are even a wiccan initiate. Fog Moon just went by a couple of nights ago, and it was Very interesting. Have a nice coming Yule-time everyone, and make the most of it!!

charles downey March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Blessed Be my brothers and sisiters! I hope that all of you have had a blessed day and are learning the ways of the Ancient Ones!!

Tessa March 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Learning about Wicca is fasinating. It brings excitment and mystery and the nerve to learn more. Runes fascinate me the most and numbers so i’d like to learn more, Anyone know any good websites?

Juanita November 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Im learning bout this and we r are in nombs and we get points for people who bring in stuff. I know no one cares lol so……

Cjhloe July 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm

heey, i think that if you have any more questions about wicca, join stardoll-it’s free. It’s not about wicca, but stardoll members have clubs sometimes about wuicca witch really helps.

xxx thankyou

Cjhloe July 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

wow, i’m trying to find a site about wicca with a chat room like this and i just can’t find one. oh well, good luck!

xx, Cjhloe

Cjhloe July 14, 2011 at 2:57 am

I thing wicca is a great experience. but were is the rest of the alphabet? You should put more in you page. I was thingking of going down to thew beach and collect some sand, sea-water and shells and put then in jars. I don’t know why, the thought came to me last night.

Syneshealer January 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

If it came to you ‘randomly’ and you have an urge to do so, definitely do it! It could be extremely important. Maybe not so much putting the jar together, but perhaps the experience itself. The water is very healing. Could be to meet someone who will be of great help to you in some (or maybe even many) aspects of your life. That’s what comes from listening to your inner voice: great things :)

ali March 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

I am just learning the runes and spells we need initiated witches in Enid oklahoma to teach us magick!

Ali March 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hey this is pretty awesome I am facinated :)

britt November 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This is not the full list of characters. Here is a full list:

Logan Cable April 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I’ve always found witchcraft so interesting. I just recently began practicing magic not long ago. I decided to research a bit more. Like the site. You have a nice variety of info. Keep up the good work!

Chris November 12, 2013 at 4:38 am

How good are you at using magick?

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