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So, sigils. A lot of people use them, and there are a ton of different ways to do them. I’ve posted about this before, but, in case you’re new to sigil-crafting, here are a couple of methods:
You write out a simple declarative statement of what you want, cross out the vowels and duplicate letters, then rearrange what’s left over into a symbol. While not immediately readable, the process and final appearance of the sigil are designed to have a psychological effect as much as a magickal one.
You choose the appropriate square for the energy you want to invoke, come up with a simple statement of your desire, do some math to figure out which numbers correspond to the words in your statement, then connect the dots.
The Weird-ass-way-I-do-it Method
You write out a statement of your desire, but leave it in plain English (or whatever language you’re most comfortable using). Then, you follow the lines of crossed letters and curves of vowels to develop something that is easy to inscribe onto a candle, not immediately recognizable, but still able to be read with effort. This is helpful if, like me, you end up finding sigils months later and having absolutely no recollection of what they’re for.
After that, you take the (hopefully more artistically rendered than my MSPaint job above) symbol and use it for whatever you intend to.
There are other ways to do sigils, too. You can try automatic writing, where you essentially channel the energy of your desire and let your hands just do stuff with pencils until a sigil pops out. You can also try using one of the methods above, then allowing the finished product to serve as the basis for a simple abstract rendering of a plant, animal, or any other appropriate figure.
After creating it, a sigil can be empowered in any number of ways– pretty much the same way you’d charge a stone or other object. I usually like to light them on fire if I’m in a position to do so, but this time around I’d like the sigil itself to stay intact.
I’m not going to post a picture of the sigil I ended up creating, because it’s generally better not to do so unless it’s one you’re creating for public use. For example, the happiness sigil above is fine for anyone who’d like to use my scribbling as part of a general mood-lifting charm. This one’s for my S.O., though, so I’mma keep it between us. He’s starting a new job soon, and that plus graduate school have been pretty taxing. I wanted to make a simple, discreet (security checkpoints make it hard to sneak in tiny sachets of herbs, you feel me?) charm he could carry to help keep his days from becoming too stressful.
Do you use sigils frequently? How do you prefer to create them?