Transitus Fluvii

Infobox Writing system
name = Transitus Fluvii
type = Alphabet
time = 16th Century
languages = Derived from Hebrew
fam1 = Hebrew
creator = Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
sisters = Celestial, Malachim
sample = Transitus-aleph.jpg
imagesize = 75 x 90 pixels

Transitus Fluvii ("passing through the river" in Latin), or Passage Du Fleuve (in French), is an occult alphabet consisting of 22 characters described by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in his Third Book of Occult Philosophy (1513). It is derived from the Hebrew alphabet [Gettings, Fred. "Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils." London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981. | ISBN 0-7100-0095-2] , and is similar to the Celestial and Malachim alphabets. The name may refer to crossing of the Euphrates by the Jews on their return from Babylon to rebuild the Temple. [Haywood, H. L.; Mackey, Albert Gallatin. "Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Part 1 (1909)." Kessinger Publishing, 2003 | ISBN 0766147193] This alphabet can also be found in Giovanni Agostino Panteo's "Voarchadumia contra alchimiam", published in Venice in 1530, thus preceding the full publication of Agrippa's "De occulta philosophia" by three years. There Pantheus claims that while the Hebrew alphabet was entrusted to Moses and Enochian to Enoch, the Transitus Fluvii was entrusted to Abraham.

Appearances in popular culture

The alphabet is depicted in the movie The Blair Witch Project.


*Joannes Pantheus, "Voarchadumia contra alchimiam, ars distincta ab archimia et sophia, cum additionibus, proportinonibus numeris et figuris opportuni." n.d. [1] Gallica – Bibliothèque nationale de France. 1550.

External links

* [ Passing the River alphabet at Omniglot]

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