# Thread: LUNAR PHASES IN THE ALPHABET

1. The Alphabet is widely held to have been 'invented' once [cf, Diringer, THE ALPHABET: A KEY TO THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (1968: third edition) volume 1, p145]. Theories of its origin, however, remain varied and debatable.

In 1995 I discovered that several letters of the Alphabet correspond in their positions within the alphabetic sequence, to focal phases of the moon in the lunar sequence.

The lunar cycle begins with two nights of darkness, when no lunar phase is visible in the sky.

The first letter of the alphabet 'A' (ALPHA, ALEPH) when laid on its side as in the earliest alphabetic inscriptions, incorporates a vertex or sighting scope, with a cross-stroke through it -- arguably signifying 'nothing visible'.

The second letter 'B' (BETA, BETH) resembles a doubled vertex with a cross-stroke through it -- signifying 'nothing visible' on the second night.

The third letter 'C' (GAMMA, GIMEL) depicts the crescent moon -- which appears on the third night of the lunar sequence.

The waxing half-moon which occurs on the ninth night of the lunar cycle is figured in the eighth letter of the early alphabet, 'Θ' THETA (TETH in the Hebrew alphabet) -- constructed as a circle bisected, like the half-moon, by its diameter.

The first full moon occurs on the 15th night of the lunar sequence. The 15th letter is 'O' (OMICRON, AYIN).

Few people realize that two nights of full moon are evident in every lunar cycle. The 16th letter, 'Π' PI (PE in the Hebrew alphabet), outlines the square constructed on the idealized diameter of the full moon -- a 'squared' circle to distinguish it from the character used to symbolize the first full moon ('O'). The square was appropriate for the 16th night of the lunar cycle because the number 16 embodies a perfect square whose area equals its perimeter [4 x 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 4]. Which is why 'pi' continues to signify 'the relation of diameter to circumference' in mathematics.

Night 17 ushers in the first waning phase of the cycle, an ominous harbinger of decay for the ancient observer. Letter 17, our 'Q' (ancient QOPH or KAPH), depicts a full moon trailing a telltale descender -- figuring downfall.

And letter 22, 'X' CHI, presents an image of crossed diameters, reflecting the waning half-moon on night 23 (the 45-degree waxing oblique 'cancelled' by the 315-degree waning oblique).

The alphabet, in other words, appears to have been conceived as a mnemonic of lunar cycle.

These focal lunar letters display three key points of convergence:
FORMAL the letters appear to be drawn from their corresponding lunar phases;
ORDINAL both fall in the same places in their relative sequences; and
SPECTRAL they involve the only phases in the lunation identifiable on sight.

Those interested in further details will find nine free abstracts and a video seminar at Internet Archive [http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...ort=-downloads].

Responses to an earlier version of this precis at Naked Scientists may also be of interest [http://www.thenakedscientists.com/fo...&topic=34818.0].

This previously unrecognized (or at least unrecorded) insight has further been explored in greater detail in five volumes [currently out of print]:

GOD'S WAND: THE ORIGIN OF THE ALPHABET (2001)

SHROUDED IN SCRIPTURE (2004)

GOD'S SHADOW: A CHRONOLOGICAL SUPPLEMENT OF SAMPLE FIGURES ILLUSTRATING A CONTINUOUS TRADITION OF COVERT LUNAR NOTATION (2004)

MYTH AS MATH: CALENDRICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE MOSAIC CENSUS OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL (2007)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESTORING THE ANCIENT WISDOM: A PRIMER OF THE PYTHAGOREAN PRACTICUM (2009) a seminar guide among the above-mentioned freely accessible on-line abstracts [http://ia700109.us.archive.org/21/it...dom/primer.pdf].

Nick Drumbolis

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3. It's not surprising. In the time before video games, I am sure the ancients got very bored. Why settle for merely being able to write, if you can also make it relate to astronomy? Maybe even make some codes out of it, so you can put hidden messages in your writings?

4. Occam razor principle: law of parsimony.
Why looking for such a complicated explanation while there are some simple ?
The original alphabet is a series of mnemonics: A like aleph, B like Bet, G like gimel etc...
So to summarize:
A like alp: cattle, the head of an ox
B like bet: house, a symbolize house
G like gaml or giml, it depends: boomerang or camel
D like dik: fish, a fish (look at delta in greek)
M like mim: water, still very clear in our alphabet
T like tau: signature (yes they sign with a cross..)
K like kap: hand (The Simpson's were already there, with 4 fingers)
I can' remember the rest but it's the same story...
etc....

5. If you are going to apply Occam's razor then it would eliminate your list of random items in favour of finicky's list that relates to one specific entity.

6. Thanks, Ophiolite. finicky

7. F r o m
A t o Z

“Hi Aleph,” said Omega.

“Just call me ‘Alpha’,
I have converted.

“Hey, Alpha, you know,
Sometimes things just happen,
Little by little,
Unrigged by conspiracies.”

“But, Omega, I need someone to blame.”

“For what?”

“Well, for what people do,
Plus I have to work,
And suffer under a system,
Ever getting insulted.”

“That’s not what makes you
You do.”

“But I had to put out thousands,
Complaining for changes,
Looking everywhere for evil.
Will that do anything?”

“No, nothing,
For all is of a balance.
Nature always wins!”

“Thanks, Omega.
Where’s Zed?”

“Oh, he’s in Australia, on vacation.”

“So, what’s existence all about?”

“We reside as gleams in one of those
Shimmering paths of everything—
In our own lustrous, clayed pot of shining gold,
As the glitter within its sparkling rainbow.

We twinkle as real and glimmering rainbows,
The stable/virtual the same glint as the real—
The glowing differentiation of the balance.”

“Hey, cool, I think I’ll start living—
It’s the most important part of existing!”

(The alphabet was now complete.)

8. THE RAZOR

In the alphabet, Occam saw the unnecessary,
So he struck out ‘j’, ‘q’, ‘x”, and ‘z’,
Being rarities or duplicates,
And then even cut more,
Those being the vowels taking up space.

n th lphbt, ccm sw th nncssry,
S h strck t ‘’, ‘’, ‘’, and ‘’,
Bng rrts r dplcts,
nd thn vn ct mr,
Ths bng th vwls tkng p spc.

(But then one could only understand him almost)
(Bt thn n cld nly ndrstnd hm lmst)

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