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(graphic arts)
All typographic images, from letters and symbols to Chinese and Japanese characters.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Astrological glyphs are symbols that represent celestial bodies, signs, or other components of a horoscope. Glyphs constitute a kind of shorthand that allows astrologers to concentrate a large amount of information in a small space. To many new students of astrology, these symbols seem to constitute an unnecessary and difficult hurdle: Why not just write the names of the planets into the chart? But, once memorized, they are easy to use and are far preferable to drawing in other kinds of abbreviations. The increasing use of asteroids by astrologers has led to the proliferation of new, not particularly memorable, glyphs, as well as questions about who should have the final say on adopting new symbols. One proposal is that an interorganizational glyph committee, parallel to the International Astronomical Union nomenclature committee, be created to standardize new glyphs.


Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1980.
Foreman, Patricia. Computers and Astrology: A Universal User’s Guide and Reference. Burlington, VT: Good Earth Publications, 1992.
The Astrology Book, Second Edition © 2003 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
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One wall of the structure, thought to be a house, is covered with tiny, millimeter-thick, red and black glyphs unlike any seen before at other Maya sites.
Though presented in a fairly naturalistic style, these glyphs infuse Maya art with a profoundly symbolic quality that also renders it largely opaque to the uninitiated.
It should be noted that there are appearances of <[??]>-type glyphs in the bone inscriptions for which context is too deficient or opaque for understanding (some of these will be encountered below); thus, it remains entirely possible that there are OBI uses of sui that lie beyond our current purview.