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The basics to sigils

Sigils are one of the most basic forms of magick. Sigils are symbols that essentially represent your "desire" of some sort. They work with your subconscious to help you achieve a wish, goal, etc. A common misconception is that sigils magically make your wishes come true. This is however not the case. Sigils help you achieve your goal, you still have to do something. For example if you make a sigil to get good marks on a test, you still have to study and put in the effort. A sigil only assists you. Sigils are great for broom closet dwellers!!

In this article I will talk about how to make a sigil and how they work.

Things to remember when making sigils:

  • Avoid using words like "not" or "no"

Stating your desire in a negative way will affect your sigil because your subconscious has a hard time understanding those words. State your desire in a positive way, instead of "I'm not mean anymore" say "I am nice"

  • Avoid using tenses

Your subconscious also has a hard time understanding time and tensesso instead of "I will be nice" use "I am nice"

  • Avoid "want" statements

If you use want statements, you might never achieve your goal fully. For example if you say "I want to be nice" you will always feel like you want to be nice, never actually becoming nice.

How to make a sigil:

The most frequent way to make a sigil is as follows:

  1. Focus on your intent or goal
  2. Write it down in a single sentence (try to make it short but specific)
  3. Cross out all the vowels and repeating letters
  4. Arrange the remaining letters into a symbol
  5. Charge your sigil

One of the main concerns beginners have after making their sigil is "did I do it right" , "it doesn't look right". The thing is, you can't get it wrong. You may think your doing it wrong but you're probably not. Some concerns people have are "it doesn't look magical", "it looks too much like the original letters", "it looks nothing like the original letters", etc. Sigils don't need to look like anything specific but they work better when they look 'pleasing' to you- and only you will know when it looks 'pleasing'!

Activating a sigil:

There are many ways to activate a sigil, some of the popular ways are as follows:

  1. Meditate and focus on your intent, imagine the intent flowing into the sigil
  2. Charge it with moonlight or sunlight (this way is very simple, just place it buy your window!)
  3. Set it as your phone wallpaper and then charge your phone
  4. Burn it over a candle


Added to on Feb 06, 2020
Last edited on Feb 19, 2020
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Feb 07, 2020
Very well written! Nice!!

Jul 29, 2020
You seem to have forgotten one important step. Funny enough, the step is literally to forget about the sigil. After charging it, simply forget about it and don't think about the sigil for a while. If you've charged it properly, you will feel like it worked, one day. By ''one day'', I mean after about a month. You'll be doing anything in that moment and just stop and think about the sigil, out of nowhere. You'd be surprised and then think ''So did it work?'' and you'll get a feeling of satisfaction. If this happens, it means that the sigil properly activated.

Oct 14, 2023
Do I remove the letter y ?

Oct 14, 2023
If it is being used as a vowel, then yes. But, if you don't want to remove the Y, I don't see the harm since sigils are meant to be personal to you.

Oct 14, 2023

Ok, cheeky little vowel jokes aside, it really is up to you. Try drawing one with the 'y' and one without, and use whichever one looks more sensible to you. The whole point of the sigil is for it to be an -understandable- representation of the phrase you started from. You want to be able to look at it, and at a glance be reminded of your goal or affirmation.

Think of it like data compression. You are taking a phrase with personal meaning and squishing it down to a single shape.

Actually, if you want a perfect example of a constructed sigil, the logo for Toyota cars is a great example. If you observe it and particularly the shapes used, you can see every letter of the word 'toyota' as a part of it.

It isn't magical, because there is no such intent behind it, but it is perfect 'real world' construction. And it includes the vowels in this case, but that is because the word is small enough, and simple enough to get away with it. But with larger phrases removing the vowels is a fast way to compress what you need to work with, without removing its legibility.

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