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Hermetica is the Helvetica of esoteric and occult symbols.  750+ esoteric symbols drawn with love in a consistent, minimalist style.
Hermetica is the Helvetica of esoteric and occult symbols. 750+ esoteric symbols drawn with love in a consistent, minimalist style.
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Hermetica is a comphrensive library of esoteric symbols, lovingly crafted for design enthusiasts. 

I started this project in 2012 when I couldn't find a set of both astrological and astronomical symbols that matched a flyer typeset entirely in Helvetica, or one another.  So I started to draw symbols, and it ballooned into a massive project of now over 750 symbols in categories ranging from Alchemy and Astrology to Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian Mythology, to Cults and Hobo Code. 

The current version, without the webfont format, is available for purchase on my website.

Stage 1: Hermetica

I've already finished the entire set in the dark weight, and all that's left is to finish making it into a webfont.

Stage 2: Hermetica Light

Next I will produce the 'light' weight, a hairline version of all 750+ symbols in the 'dark' weight.

Stage 3: PostersI will design a poster as a reward (see below), as well as 25 custom posters as a more expensive reward.

 and... T-shirts!  XS,S,M,L,XL. Screen printed on American Apparel tees.  Available in white or black.

and the Hermetica screen-printed canvas tote bag!

Stage 4: (Stretch Goal: $10,000)
If I raise more than $10,000 I will research and produce an oversize coffee table book that you can buy.

Not the real layout - mock-up only!
Not the real layout - mock-up only!

Why are you making this?

Before I made Hermetica, I couldn't find a single complete, cohesive set of symbols to use for my projects. Other symbol resources were an ugly hodge podge of different styles and qualities, scattered across many different sources. What's more, sources often disagreed on the name and design, and no one offered these symbols as vector artwork.

"There ought to be a 'Helvetica' of Symbols", I thought - standardized, simple, beautiful - and vectorized. And so over the course of a few years I devoted myself to researching and designing these 750 beautiful symbols to share with you - graphic designers, artists, tattoo artists, fashion designers, ceremonial magicians, activists, and aesthetes and symbol-lovers of all kinds.

B007 Celestial Objects › Saturn
B007 Celestial Objects › Saturn

What about symbols of Hate?

This was an ethical question I asked myself while creating Hermetica. I decided to keep a select few symbols that have come to be associated with hate groups, because the symbols can also be useful to people who are using them to fight hate groups. For example, an anti-fascist group has just as much need for a Nazi swastika as does a neo-fascist. And in some cases, symbols with a long cultural tradition and different meaning in another culture were later appropriated by hate groups.

D007 Alchemy › Sulfur (Alternate)
D007 Alchemy › Sulfur (Alternate)

Why didn't you include __________?

I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but after working on this for years, I needed to draw a line (no pun intended) and just finish it. In the future I would like to add more American Indian/Mesoamerican, African, and Indigenous Australian symbols.

I also found that a lot of these symbols don't lend themselves to the "Helveticization" that I employed in creating the other, mostly 'western' symbols.

I003 Celtic › Triquetra
I003 Celtic › Triquetra

Thank you for your support!

K001 Egyptian › Khephra
K001 Egyptian › Khephra

Risks and challenges

I've already completed the first stage, and I'm on my way with the second. I've laid out many books before, so the third stage will not at all be difficult for me. I don't anticipate any challenges. The hard work of collecting and researching all of these symbols is done.

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    Hermetica

    A digital download containing all 750+ Hermetica symbols (dark weight only) delivered as raster (JPG), vector (SVG), and webfont formats.

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    Hermetica Plus

    A digital download containing all 750+ Hermetica symbols in both the dark and light weights, delivered as raster (JPG), vector (SVG), and webfont formats.

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    Hermetica T-Shirt (White or Black)

    The Hermetica T-shirt, in either white or black. I will ask for everyone's color and size at the end of the campaign. XS,S,M,L,XL, and 2XL. Screen printed on American Apparel tees. Photo in project description.

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    Hermetica Tote Bag

    The Hermetica Tote Bag, in white. Screen printed on canvas tote. Photo in project description.

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    Hermetica T-Shirt + Hermetica Download

    The Hermetica T-shirt, in either white or black. I will ask for everyone's color and size at the end of the campaign. XS,S,M,L,XL, and 2XL. Screen printed on American Apparel tees. Photo in project description.

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    Hermetica Plus, digital download of Hermetica in both the Dark and Light weights.

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    Hermetica Tote Bag + Hermetica+ Download

    The Hermetica Tote Bag, in white. Screen printed on canvas tote. Photo in project description.

    Also includes a digital download of Hermetica (both dark and light weights) in JPG, SVG, and webfont formats.

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    Screen Printed Poster + Hermetica

    A screen printed poster with 64 Hermetica symbols. 18"x24", one color.

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    Custom Screened Poster + Hermetica Plus

    You can choose any amount of symbols for me to include on a custom screen printed poster made just for you. The layout is similar to the poster in the project description, but you choose which symbols to include. Square numbers will work best: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, etc. You can ask for as many as you want of the 750 or so, but beyond 144 they will probably be too small. 18"x24". one color. Limited to 25 backers.

    Also includes a digital download of Hermetica (both dark and light weights) in JPG, SVG, and webfont formats.

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