Letters have long held esoteric significance. This is especially true for the Hebrew alphabet. It also applies to the runes. In Norse mythology Odin gave the wisdom of the runes as a gift to mankind. What about our modern English alphabet? Could there be similar hidden esoteric meaning in the everyday alphabet we all use today?
Let us consider the first letter in the alphabet, the letter “A”. The earliest version of “A” was also the first letter of the ancient Phoenician alphabet, but their A lay sideways. The ancient Greeks turned the “A” upright as it still appears today. The current version of A is not a recent invention, but is thousands of years old.
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is aleph. The first line of the bible begins in Genesis with, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In the Bible’s last book, the Book of Revelation, God literally speaks, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last”. The Greek alphabet begins with alpha and ends with omega. In John 1:1 the bible said: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Words and letters seem to contain mystical, even divine significance. Words are symbols of thought turned into information, and then this information can transform matter. Writing can convey subtle and complex ideas, emotions, and concepts. It is the source of art and science. Language and writing are literality immaterial thought manifest into physical reality. It is an act of creation, from spirit into matter.
I suggest the letter “A” may represent God, but with an Egyptian influence. Ancient Greece and Egypt coexisted together. Could the letter “A” been partially inspired by the pyramids of Egypt? We can only speculate.
However, the uppercase letter “A” does look like a pyramid. And the lowercase “a” could represent the Eye of Horus, the famous Egyptian symbol. “a” looks like the circle of the eye with the eyebrow above.
If we place the lowercase “a” inside the top half of the uppercase “A”, suddenly we have a symbol that is recognizable today: the All-Seeing Eye of God, the Eye of Providence. Did the letter “A” influence the design of the Great Seal of the United States? This symbol appears on the back of the American dollar bill.
The reverse of the Great Seal portrays an incomplete pyramid symbolizing a nation yet to be completed. The Eye of Providence above suggests divine providence is guiding its completion. The symbolism is quite Masonic. The letter A suggests beginnings, as in the beginning of a new nation. And the Eye of Horus watches over us!