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The Malachim Script, from Agrippa's Of Occult Philosophy English 1651 edition
Script type
CreatorHeinrich Cornelius Agrippa

Malachim was an alphabet published by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century.[1] Other alphabets with a similar origin are the Celestial Alphabet[2] and Transitus Fluvii.[3]

"Malachim" is a plural form from Hebrew (מלאך, mal'ach) and means "angels" or "messengers", see Angels in Judaism.


The Malachim alphabet is derived from the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. It was created by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century.[4][5] It is still used by high degree Freemasons to a limited extent.[4]


This version of the alphabet is from Agrippa's Of Occult Philosophy, 1651 edition.

Aleph Beth Gimel Daleth He Vau Zain Cheth
Teth or
Iod or
Caph or
Lamed Mem Nun Tau Shin, Shim
or Shom
Samech Ain or
Pe Tzaddi or
Kuff, Qoph
or Quph
Res or


  1. ^ van der Poel, Marc. Cornelius Agrippa, the Humanist Theologian and His Declamations. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 1997: ISBN 90-04-10756-8
  2. ^ "Omniglot: Angelic Alphabet". Omniglot. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ Gettings, Fred. "Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils." London; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981. | ISBN 0-7100-0095-2
  4. ^ a b "Malachim alphabet". Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  5. ^ De occulta philosophia (version première en 1510, 1re éd. 1531 en 2 livres, 2e éd. 1533 en 3 livres). Trad. fr. A. Levasseur 1727, revue par F. Gaboriau 1910. Trad. fr. Jean Servier : Les trois livres de la philosophie occulte ou magie, Paris, Berg International, 1981–1982.