What is a sigil?
- Simply put, a sigil is a symbol, marked onto something else, that is believed to have magical properties
- Sometimes thought of as “high magick” by ceremonialists and occultists cf. the Lesser Key of Solomon, a widely known set of sigils used for controlling demons.
- Often much more organic and basic. The simple pentagram is one such sigil. Hex signs, often seen on old farms, are sigils.
How do you make sigils?
There are many methods of designing sigils
- Write intention statement, cross out vowels, repeating letters, or both and use remaining letters to write a design. Take your time, make multiple drawings, and use the one that “feels” right.
- Use shapes, patterns, etc that resonate with your intention. Points, dots, horizontal lines, vertical lines, wavy lines, zig zag lines, dashed lines • Circles, crosses, stars of various types, anchors, polygons, spirals etc.
- Any sort of symbol, shape, logo, or anything that speaks to the creator regarding their intent statement.
Charging your sigil
Once the sigil has been created, it should be charged or empowered. This is how the sigil is ”powered up” and can be done in any number of ways. For example:
- Sun/Moon charging
- Ecstatic dancing
Letting it work
Once the sigil has been created and charged, release the magick into the world. This can be either by destroying the sigil (e.g. burning the paper sigil), like how a mandala is done away with upon completion, it can be done by putting the sigil away (out of sight, out of mind), or by displaying the sigil somewhere.
The important part is that you ” let go” and allow the sigil work it’s magic.
Thanks so much to Geordon VanTassle for sharing his class note on his presentation “Sigil Magick: What it is, how to use it, how to make your own” given January 2020 for White Oak Grove CUUPS, Rockford IL.