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How to Create a Sigil to Manifest Your Deepest Desires

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“Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky

A sigil is a symbol used in magical rituals as a means of manifesting a specific outcome by “imprinting” desire into form, in order for that desire to become manifest in the form of your reality.


This practice derives from the “Chaos magick” tradition, which places emphasis on a more pragmatic approach to magick by using/creating new or unorthodox methods.

Creating a sigil is relatively easy, and the results are incredible if youallow and (most importantly) believe in what you are wishing for. Sigil Daily has a great methodology for creating your own sigil to manifest your desires, and the proper ritual to give it power…

How to Create a Sigil via: Sigil Daily

A “sigil” is a symbol. In this context, it’s a symbol that represents a specific goal, desire or ambition that you’d like to bring into your real life. Although sigils are powerful tools, it’s important to understand that there’s nothing inherently supernatural about them. They simply give a concrete form to an idea, and help to focus all of the power of your unconscious mind on making that idea a reality.

The method for creating a sigil is simple, creative and generally a lot of fun. It can be done alone, or with a small group of like-minded friends.

You will need:

  • Something to write with. Any normal pen or pencil will work.
  • Blank paper, at least three or four sheets.
  • A comfortable, distraction-free place to work.
  • About 30 minutes, including prep time.

Step 1: Create a quiet, distraction-free environment. There’s a simple reason why traditional magick rituals are done at night, by candlelight, or under the light of the moon. It’s not that one time of day is inherently more powerful than another, it’s simply because it’s easier to focus your attention when you’re not distracted by the normal activities of daily life. Chaos magick is all about bringing a desire or intention one step closer to reality, and the less distracted you are when you’re creating and activating the sigil, the better the results will be. Turn off your phone and your TV. Turn down the lights. Unplug or cover up anything you find distracting. Sigil rituals rarely take more than half and hour (and often considerably less than that), so don’t worry about missing anything.

Optional: Create a focus area. One of the practical reasons for things like the “protection circles” you see in popular occult fiction has very little to do with anything supernatural. It’s about creating a physical area where everything around you reinforces the ritual. Creating a rough circle around you composed of things that are important to you, or which strongly relate to the sigil you are about to create, helps keep your mind focused during the creation process. Along the same lines, turning off the room lights and working under the light of a few nearby candles helps to keep all of the distracting everyday world in the shadows, at least for the duration of the ritual. Some people find that certain music helps them focus, while others find it too distracting. As long as you’re feeling focused, the specifics don’t matter.

Step 2: Quiet your mind. Just like you’ve removed the distractions from your environment, you must now to the same for your mind. You don’t need to meditate or go into a trance. You just need to close your eyes, and take a dozen or so deep breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts, just for a moment or two. Once you’re done, you should be able to focus a bit more on the task at hand.

Step 3: Write down your goal or desire as a sentence. Be clear, succinct and specific. It’s important to write down the thing you truly want, rather than the thing that you think will give you want you want. Writing “I want a raise at my job” is much less effective than “I want to make $50,000 a year.” This is particularly true when it comes to love. “I want Brian to ask me out” is far less potent a statement, for instance than “I want to be deeply in love with a wonderful man.” You can also write these in the “I will” format, as in “I will open my own successful organic bakery.”

Step 4: Strike out all the vowels. Words are defined by their vowels. As long as the vowels remain in the words, it’s hard not to see them as words rather than symbols. Without the vowels, the letters can represent any number of ideas. We’re taking the sentence away from it’s role as a literal transcription, and making it one step closer to being a symbolic representation of an idea. What about “Y”? It’s up to you. If it looks or feels like a vowel, strike it. If not, keep it.

Optional: Strike out duplicate consonants. If you have a bunch of the same letters remaining, it can be distracting. You probably won’t be using them in the final sigil, so feel free to go ahead and remove them.

Step 5: Rewrite the remaining letters in a jumble. As you read the vowel-free sentence, you’ll find your eye drawn to certain letters, shapes and orders. We want to break that up a little bit more. An easy way to do this is to write them in a grid or a circle (you’ll see this method used a lot in various forms of sigil magick). Many people also write the letters in their capital form, which helps to blur the line between, say, the first letter of a name and some random letter from another word.

Step 6: Rearrange the letters until you have a new symbol. This is the fun part, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Let yourself play with the shapes until you have one symbol that, to you, looks right. Combine the lines of one letter and the loops of another. Place letters over each other. Drop letters that don’t fit. Make new shapes. Don’t think too much about any of it. You have lots of paper, so doodle until you make something you like. As soon as you make the right symbol, you’ll know.

Optional: Immediately activating the sigil. Creating the sigil is the first part of a two-step process. The second part, outlined below, is called “activation” (or sometimes “investment”), and it’s distinct from sigil creation. Some people like to activate their sigils immediately, others prefer to give the sigil’s meaning a little time to sink in first. Activation rituals are fairly simple, but they do require their own preparation and an additional time commitment. The sigil works the same in either case, so it’s entirely up to you.

Step 7: Congratulate yourself, then return to the world. This isn’t an optional step. Although it may not seem like it, you’ve just worked actual magick. Take a deep breath. Look at the sigil you’ve created. It’s a unique work of art, containing both form and meaning. It only exists because you invested it with your intention, and it was brought into the world by your hands. No one else in the world knows what this new symbol means. It’s powerful, and it’s completely yours. Embrace yourself and your new creation, if even just for a moment, and then slowly come back to the world, observing any differences in how you now perceive your surroundings and yourself.

Additional: Once you’ve gotten the hang of making sigils, you can simplify the process. The instructions above are intended for first-time sigil makers. Once you’ve learned the basic steps, you’ll probably find that you don’t need all of the prep work. You will be able to put yourself in a prime sigil-making mindset almost anywhere, even in middle of a noisy cafe. What’s more, you’ll probably be able to make outstanding sigils in just a few moments, rather than the half-hour estimate above. Well done! This is a great indication that you’ve mastered the basics of sigil creation, and on a path towards a richer, more vibrant life. Just remember to be mindful as you learn more about the mysteries of magick!

 

BASIC SIGIL ACTIVATION

 

A simple sigil activation.

When you create a sigil, you’re investing it with a certain amount of emotional importance. When you hear practitioners of magick referring to the “energy” of a sigil, ritual or spell, this emotional investment is often what they’re talking about. For a sigil to be effective, however, it requires more than just the energy invested in the creation. It needs to be “activated.”

 

In the creation process, you’ve built up a substantial amount of psychological, emotional and creative tension, all around a symbol. For the sigil (and your subconscious) to do its work, you have to release that tension. This is called “activating” the sigil, although you’ll sometimes hear this referred to as “consecrating,” “charging” or “discharging.” There are as many methods for activating a sigil as their are practitioners of sigil magick, but they all share a common theme of buildup and release.

As with the sigil creation, we’re presenting the most newcomer-friendly version of the activation process. It’s something anyone with access to basic household items can do in just a few minutes. We’ve also written the steps out in plain English, and with a bit of context for why you’re doing these specific actions. This isn’t intended to take the mystery or the “magic” out of the experience, it’s just to give you some basic idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, and to make you as comfortable as possible with the process.

You will need:

  • Something to write with. Any normal pen or pencil will work.
  • Blank paper, or tracing paper.
  • A candle, fireplace, or other safe, standing flame.*
  • A metal or ceramic bowl suitable for safely burning a small piece of paper.
  • A comfortable, distraction-free place to work.
  • About 30 minutes, including prep time.

Step 1: Create a quiet, distraction-free environment. There’s a simple reason why traditional magick rituals are done at night, by candlelight, or under the light of the moon. It’s not that one time of day is inherently more powerful than another, it’s simply because it’s easier to focus your attention when you’re not distracted by the normal activities of daily life. Chaos magick is all about bringing a desire or intention one step closer to reality, and the less distracted you are when you’re activating the sigil, the better the results will be. Turn off your phone and your TV. Turn down the lights. Unplug or cover up anything you find distracting. This method of Sigil activation should only take about 15 minutes, so don’t worry about missing anything important.

Optional: Create a focus area. One of the practical reasons for things like the “protection circles” you see in popular occult fiction has very little to do with anything supernatural. It’s about creating a physical area where everything around you reinforces the mood and emotional state you’re trying to evoke. Creating a rough circle around you composed of things that are important to you, or which strongly relate to the sigil you are about activate, helps keep your mind focused during the activation process. Along the same lines, turning off the room lights and working under the light of a few nearby candles helps to keep all of the distracting everyday world in the shadows, at least for the duration of the ritual. Some people find that certain kinds of music or incense helps them focus, while others find these too distracting. You’re doing it right as long as you can completely focus on the activation.

Step 2: Quiet your mind. Just like you’ve removed the distractions from your environment, you must now to the same for your mind. You don’t need to meditate or go into a trance. You just need to close your eyes, and take a dozen or so deep breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts, just for a moment or two. Once you’re done, you should be able to focus a bit more on the task at hand.

Step 3: Light the candle, ready the bowl. You’ll want the candle burning and the fire-safe bowl within easy reach as you go into the next phase of the activation. Make sure to remove anything flammable from the area.

Step 4: “Invoke” the sigil. This isn’t as arcane or mystical as it probably sounds. If you already have the sigil you created in hand (if you’ve just created it, for instance), you’ve already “invoked” it. If not, you’ll simply want to draw the sigil again on a new piece of paper. You can use a pen or pencil, although some people prefer the look of charcoals, crayons or oil pastels for visual effect. Don’t worry if you’re not much of an artist, this is about the intent behind the sigil, not being a perfect calligrapher. As long as it looks right to you, it’ll work just fine. You can also trace an existing sigil, which is a great way to activate a sigil that you didn’t draw yourself. (If you bought one from Sigil Daily, or found a perfect example in a book, for instance.) The act of redrawing the sigil helps to bring all of the emotional investment — the “energy” — back from your subconscious to the forefront of your mind.

Optional: Tear away the edges of the paper around the sigil. Don’t worry if you accidentally rip the sigil, or tear a small piece off of the drawing. Your goal here is to end up with a piece of paper that “fits” the sigil, and to reduce the smoke and flame for the next step.

Step 5: Focus on what the sigil represents. Look at the symbol you’ve created, and remember the reason you wanted it. Look at all of the shapes and angles. Does it speak to your core goal, desire or ambition? Now that you’ve identified what it is you want, are you ready to release that “energy” — as well as the psychological, creative and emotional tension it represents — and let the magick do its work? Listen to your emotions. There’s always a chance that what you actually want isn’t what the sigil represents, in which case there’s little point in activating it. (If that happens, use what you’ve learned and repeat the sigil creation process to create a new sigil. It should only take a few moments, and you can do it right on the spot.) Once it all feels right, move on to the next step.

Step 6: “Discharge” the Sigil. There are lots of ways to “discharge” the emotional investment of the sigil, and in this case you’re simply going to be burning the paper you’ve drawn it on. Light one side of it, and then place it carefully in the bowl, making sure not to singe yourself in the process. Watch as it burns, and imagine that all of the emotional investment you’ve placed in the sigil, as well as the idea it represents, is being transformed into a new form made of the universal forces of light and heat. Imagine that light and heat radiating out from this moment, into your past and future. Imagine the glow of the sigil’s tiny light spreading across your entire life. Watch it until the flame goes out.

Note: Don’t worry if the flame accidentally goes out during this process. It doesn’t mean that the sigil activation has has failed, or anything supernatural. Some paper burns better than others. Simply relight the remaining paper. The power of this step comes from the intention to release the tension behind the sigil, not on whether or not some wood pulp catches fire.

Step 7: Let it go. Once the flame of the sigil’s paper has gone out, the sigil is discharged. While the sigil may still be a fun thing to look at or think about, the magick itself has already happened. The process has started, and it no longer needs you attention. Let the sigil and what it represents go. It will work the exact same, even if you never think about it again. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid the sigil or anything. It’s a piece of art, and you made it! But now that it has been discharged, think of it as something like a souvenir.

Take a nice, deep breath, and then congratulate yourself. You just worked actual magick! If you feel the urge to laugh at how strange the whole idea was, do it. Put one some music or something, just to change your state of mind. Now it’s time to return to the world. You’ll probably feel a little lighter, and you may even notice that the world around you looks a little different. That’s perfectly normal, so enjoy the feeling.

Additional: Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride. In the coming days, you’ll start to see little things that are eerily evocative of the sigil you activated. Don’t deny these. Don’t dismiss them, even if they seem minor. This is the process starting to work, bit by bit, to bring your intention into reality. The more open you are to these changes, the faster the magick will come into effect.

It’s important, however, to note that your decisions play a hugely important part in how effective the sigil will be. If your sigil is about meeting a new romantic partner, for instance, you might want to think about going out to a place where that could plausibly happen. Staying inside your home, with curtains drawn and lights out, not answering the door, is actively working against the thing you want. Don’t count on the sigil to do the work for you. You’ve already bought the ticket, now you have to take that next step and take the ride.

If you’re uncertain about the whole “magick thing,” start with something minor and irrelevant. In fact, a great way to test the effectiveness of sigil magick is simply to create an activate a sigil that is of both fairly unlikely and of absolutely no consequence. “I will meet a jolly man wearing a furry hat,” for instance, or “I will overhear someone humming ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.” You’ll soon be surprised at how utterly powerful sigils can be.

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via Evolve + Ascend