"...the profuse use of special symbols and special operators..."
What special operators?
If sigils are not your thing, well I can understand that. But the operators are mostly identical to the operators of C, and are not confusing.
Most confusion that I see comes from using lists incorrectly. Okay, fair enough, if you fell into that trap, and it scarred you for life, I'm not about to try to convince you otherwise in a comments forum. But it's not difficult to work with.