A Binding Spell in Eurynian Script: Calligraphy


Thiis is a sample of the script I had developed back in the 1970's writing out a binding spell I've offered to others to help them stop smoking. Some of you may already know the spell. I refer to this orthography as the "Eurynian Script" from the Greek ερύνω ("I make wide" or "I make broad") because it appears broad when looking at it. From the standpoint of calligraphy, I found it best for this purpose to set up a standard letter size page an inch from the top with half-inch increments, and beginning with the secone, divide in half, repeating every third increment. This provides a vertical rhythm of 3-1-3-1… and extending to 13 lines on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

Unlike Theban, Eurynian doesn't offer a graphological letter-to-letter correspondence. Instead, it pursues conventions comparable to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and with Semitic etymologies. Because of this, the script follows what is spoken, not what would be written in English, even if what's spoken is in fact, English as in this particular binding spell. Visually, it may give the impression of the Tengwar because the Tengwar follows some of the same conventions, but that script proved too limiting for what I intended.

I wanted a script that not only obscures my workings against looky-loos, but also flows rhythmically, captures whatever language I may decide to use in a working, can capture dialect and idiolect, and contribute to good articulation. One must approach this with a bit of humor because it forces one to question, "Do I really talk that way?" Yep!   :)

Though the script gives the appearance of being a syllabary, it's actually alphabetic. All vowels must be supported by a consonant in speech, even if that consonant is nothing more than a glottal stop (Think about it. When you say, "apple", the first sound is a consonant deep in the throat, not the "a" sound). A consonant, however, may stand alone.

There are 30 regular consonants in the Eurynian Script, arrayed after elemental correspondences applicable to the Pentagram: 5 Quads, 5 Pairs. There are 12 vowels corresponding to the zodiac: 10 full vowels and 2 half vowels. Further punctuations permit vowelation of certain consonants, pharygealization, retroflex, and clicks. 30 consonants x 12 vowels = 360, the number of degrees in a circle.

The vowels, when without consonantal support, also apply to numerals, either in base 10 or base 12. With further designation, they can also follow the Babylonian system of base 60 if one is inclined to use it.

Magickal scripts take many forms. Whatever you choose, you want to develop it well and turn it into an art form. The more you put into it, the better the working.

If anyone is interested in this script, I can provide a key, though a full description of its conventions take several pages.

7th November 2020, 10:03 AM