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Online Etymology Dictionary

The Online Etymology Dictionary is an excellent source for traditional etymologies. As much as I like to criticize traditional etymologies, nothing I say about the etymologies published on the Online Etymology Dictionary site should be construed as a criticism of this tremendous, and greatly appreciated effort. My own work would have been greatly diminished without this resource.


We are truly blessed to have this resource. Wikipedia, despite some of the problems inherent within the wiki format, provides invaluable access to useful information that would be difficult, if not impossible, to acquire any other way. While I await the day that my own site is documented there (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), I thank my lucky stars for all the useful information I have been able to glean within its countless pages.

Plato's Cratylus

Plato's Cratylus was one of the first documents I stumbled upon when I went looking for prior work related to what I had discovered in relation to Olin. From within Plato's dialogue, one can easily see that he was struggling with the very same questions. Early in the dialog, Plato appears to have "seen the light", and he even manages to identifiy the meanings of two letters, r and l. But alas, as the dialog progresses, you soon discover that he falls back on the same suppositions that traditional etymologies have relied upon ever since. Still, for someone to gain a general perspective of the issue, reading it is a requirement.

Reference and Symbol in Plato's Cratylus and Kuukai's Shojijissogi by T. P. Kasulis

Kasulis provides an excellent comparison of Plato's and Kukai's philosphies of language. His analysis takes into consideration the historical context within which each philisophical perspective developed, and he provides an excellent framework for understanding Plato's Cratylus.


I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from the World-Mysteries website. It is sad that many in academia live their lives with blinders on. Too many will only support ideas that challenge the orthodox when they themselves are the ones that formulated the ideas. True learning and discovery, however, require a critical mind, but also one that is open to new possibilities. What is desperately needed are websites and institutions like World-Mysteries that have the backbone to support the ideas of others that otherwise might not see the light of day.

The New Alphabet

When I first visited this website, I didn't see anything there that appeared to contribute directly to what I had already learned. But after I was encouraged by a visitor to this website to visit The New Alphabet site again, I did. The timing was perfect, because I had been struggling with the letter t. I only translated it as "that". But then I discovered and later validated the "mouth/throat" meaning from The New Alphabet website. I also was impressed by the suggestion that the letter a could serve as a pictograph of the heart. Ultimately, the site helped me to free myself from some of the rigid meanings I had been adhering to and open my eyes to the possibility that many letters potentially serve as pictographs or represent ligatures of other letters.

Bethlehem Star and Star of Bethlehem

Christianity played a key role in the development of Western society. Our calendar system, countless words in the English language and our way of life in general owe much to the Christian faith. Whether you are an atheist or a devout believer, these sites can prove quite enlightening.

Margo's Magical Letter Page

Margaret Magnus has been a well established leader in the study of Phonosemantics, otherwise known as Sound Symbolism. I would be completely amiss if I did not provide a link to her website.

The Proto-Sumerian Language Invention Process

As presented in this paper by John A. Halloran, sound-meaning associations are evident in one of the oldest known written languages, Sumerian.

Celtic Twilight

This link is actually to the Rudmin paper on the Celtic Twilight website titled "Arhur, Cerdic and the Formation of Wessex". While I do not necessarily agree with everything said therein, the paper provides a vast amount of information on Welsh history and King Arthur (as does the entire Celtic Twilight website). If you are even remotely curious about the King Arthur legend and/or Welsh history, I encourage you to check out the Rudmin paper along with the rest of the Celtic Twilight website.

Symbolic Meaning of the Hebrew Letters

This rather short article published in February of 1901 in Universal Brotherhood Path presents some rather remarkable information concerning the Mayan language, the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, Jesus, and the Genesis flood. I would very much like to know if there is any truth to what this article presents.

Meru Foundation

Stan Tenen's remarkable work proposes that the 22/27 character Hebrew alphabet is mathematically based. According to his work, the universe and life processes essentially have an evolving/revolving toroidal construction and that the letters of the alphabet and their true meanings reflect that structure. Note that while the Hebrew letters each have a name associated with them (e.g., aleph means "ox"), the letters and their associated names actually represent higher order concepts that can, much like Olin, be combined to explain the original meaning of Hebrew and non-Hebrew words.