The Genius of Mirror Writing (Secrets Revealed)






This is the story of writing backwards. I suppose that I should start at the end by explaining that my journals—into which I unravel fleeting chimeras of dreams and churning conundrums of discoveries and spiritual nudges from the One Year Bible every morning, captured thoughts and ideas, book notes and quotes throughout the day, sketches and ticket stubs and other flattish mementoes or quirky brain ticklers—are filled with mirror-writing. If it’s an observation, I’ll write from right-to-left. Quotations and DO THIS NOW commands are from left-to right. Why?


Because I can. It’s not really about privacy, because those determined enough could hold this up to a mirror. And those who are courageous enough can ask me straight-out what I’m thinking. So then, how?


It was during a trip to Florence with friends in 2002 that we got into a discussion of Leonardo’s genius. I'd found it amusing that my daughters were learning to write, and often confused their ‘s’s and ‘e’s and’p’s, and so on. Yes, of course I know they’re geniuses, but only a month or so before that, I’d consulted an eye doctor over the concern of dyslexia. She assured me that it’s quite common for young children to make these errors, simply for lack of practice or experience with their letters. And what of those multilinguals whose writing runs the ‘usual’ direction for French or English, and the equally ‘normal’ direction for Hebrew or Arabic? What about old Korean and modern?


And can’t I read the coffee shop window even when I’m on the inside looking out? How about peering over a book in a friends’ hand? Or not. I remember being a tormenting little trickster at one point. Books were my drug early on, and I was willing to go to any extent just to disappear into the words—even if I had to stand on my head to get at them.


If you’d like to amaze your friends and foil your enemies, write a simple reference chart to begin:


abcdefghijklimnopqrstuvwxyz and then underneath that work out their mirror images.


Wow. That was surprisingly difficult, now that I’ve gotten the hang of the letters. You’ll notice, to your advantage, that the alphabet is loaded with freebies: i, l, o, t, v, w, x. The rest are fairy straightforward. I found the most difficultly in the maternal twins: db, qp, zs. It helps to keep your reference chart handy until all the letters flow naturally from your pen.


Knock yourself out, and please send me a postcard boasting your genius. If I can do it, so can you!


Comments: 8
  • #8

    Adria Sorensen (Saturday, 09 May 2020 15:19)

    You seem like a snazzy person. I love playing around with mirrors or concepts related to mirroring. I did this for reading music notes on a staff by flipping the music clef upsidedown... so for example, note middle c on a treble clef flipped upsidedown would become note a. Looking at musical scales, I found some interesting patterns by reading music this way. For instance, if you were to start with the note G and do the g scale on treble clef (for the octave that has middle c in it) on treble clef and flip it upsidedown, read it backwards on the bass clef and it becomes the F scale. G scale on bass clef (starting with the bottom line note on the bass clef for g) flipped upsidedown and read it backwards becomes the F scale on treble clef.
    I find it fascinating and believe that there is something very mystical about mirroring, especially when you start to play around with the mirror image mirrored off the mirror image of the mirror image... or you could say mirror^3. That is when twisted things start to happen... I am now starting to look into mirror counting and wonder if perhaps a mirror counting system was used in ancient civilizations.... ya never know. So mirror counting from 0 to 20 would be 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 01, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91, 02...

    Normally counting 1 to 20 is 0, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20....
    I love playing around with kooky concepts too in my mind (that is backwards and twisted inside out, then turned upside down), so yeah. You seem to be similar and the type of snazzy person I would like. : ) my email or username is my name backwards. Lol, my name is Adria, and airda6 is my username.

  • #7

    hardaat (Wednesday, 05 February 2020 17:02)

    Hi, just wanted to ask, how rare is it for a person to write in mirror English without any brain damage, that too with his right hand and in perfect cursive handwriting ??

  • #6

    Random Pineapple (Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:14)

    Ever since I heard about Leonardo's journals (2 days ago), I have been trying to write backwards, I never thought that it would be that easy! I can now write fluidly backwards! Thank you so much

  • #5

    Nikki (Monday, 28 October 2019 07:31)

    I am enough

  • #4

    eva (Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:59)

    It feels nice to know that there is someone out there who writes backwards (right to left). All my life I thought I was the only one. My writing is very fast i can write from numbers to letters to drawing graphs tables etc.

  • #3

    JWF (Wednesday, 03 April 2013 05:40)

    its really weird, i have always been able to write perfect mirror script, but i cant ever read it unless i hold it in a mirror

  • #2

    Alex (Sunday, 20 November 2011 20:14)

    I study psychology and philosophy.I was immediately intrigued by this ability and picked up a pen and started using and practicing with my left hand (backwards) about a month ago. Recently I started using my right hand. With no practice whatsoever, I am able to write clearly, fluidly, and even more so then writing normal with my right hand. I can also write upside down and upside down backwards, but not as fluid (with my right hand). I'm going to keep working on writing backwards with my left hand though. I'm sorry I haven't read your journals, but just because I have journals of my own of psych and philo study, an i just found your webpage. I'm thinking Ima read what you've written and compare. I have certain believes about writing backwards myself.

  • #1

    Shelagh (Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:08)

    Hi Apryl,
    I am so impressed with your journals, and your system of recording your inspirations in mirror text. You are a genius! I will definitely try this.
    I have been mirror writing and reading for 20 years, and like you, find it fascinating. But you've taken it to a new level! I invite you to check out Mirror Read games- I bet you'd be great! it activates key regions of your right brain not associated with regular reading. Check out Mirror