darkemeralds: An old book whose spine reads Signsls and Cyphers, with the text DarkEmeralds (Signs)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
I've been working with sigil magic lately. I don't know if it works, but it's turning into a form of creative expression that I didn't expect.

The concept is that written words have power (they don't call 'em "spells" for nothing). You distill a statement of intention down to a simple clear phrase, then remove the vowels, then remove any duplicate consonants, so "My intention is to find a five dollar bill" becomes:


which becomes 

which becomes:

Then you take the remaining consonants and create a glyph from them, something that abstracts them enough that they aren't really "readable" anymore, like so.

Once you have your sigil, you launch or activate it through meditation, focused intention, ritual, etc. Then you're supposed to basically forget it. Let it go out into the world. It should be difficult to remember which sigil means what after a short time has passed. The idea is to let it melt into your unconscious mind, which will then act on it. Some magicians burn theirs.

But not me.

After a couple of dozen sigils, I began to develop a personal style. I got some paint pens and a stack of blank black business cards and a circular punch. My activation ritual morphed into the act of coloring, then photographing, cropping, and stylizing each sigil image with a drop shadow, then storing the image in a special file. I stick the paper original on my wall with Blu-Tac.

Pretty soon I had a collection.
So I decided to make magical house art out of them. In a further act of activation-consecration-launch, I'm now gluing them between glass bezels and hanging them on my front door jamb.

This house of mine gets witchier by the day.

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9/12/18 03:04 (UTC)
donutsweeper: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper
Oooh those look really neat!

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9/12/18 03:22 (UTC)
dine: (night tree - destina)
Posted by [personal profile] dine
those are gorgeous and make great decorative bits on your porch - and knowing that there's meaning behind them makes them even more intriguing

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9/12/18 04:15 (UTC)
sasha_feather: Horse Patronus from Harry Potter (patronus)
Posted by [personal profile] sasha_feather
Those are beautiful! how neat.

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9/12/18 05:46 (UTC)
firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] firecat
These are amazing!

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9/12/18 19:13 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] firecat
That must feel wonderful!

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9/12/18 14:52 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] panisdead
I love them!

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9/12/18 16:31 (UTC)
sporky_rat: A Bunny in Fremen gear  (bless the maker and his water.)
Posted by [personal profile] sporky_rat
Lovely! Those are super fancy.

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9/12/18 21:52 (UTC)
jesse_the_k: uppercase Times Roman "S" with nick in upper corner, text below reads "I shot the serif." (shot the serif)
Posted by [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Very nifty, and very well done.

There's a non-toxic goo that's sold for jewelry making--I can't remember its name, but one uses a premade bezel, then lays down a drawing or flower or wevs, and then glops this goo on and it dries clear and hard.

RESIN! That's the keyword

9/12/18 22:47 (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Elderly smiling white woman captioned "When I was your age I had to walk ten miles in the snow to get stoned & have sex" (old fogey)
Posted by [personal profile] jesse_the_k
does some explaining

If possible, I'd recommend consulting with someone in person--if you don't have a local bead/crafts store, then Michael's/Joann Fabrics &c. Because some of these products are toxic as all get-out!

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9/12/18 22:41 (UTC)
lizziebelle: (tree lady)
Posted by [personal profile] lizziebelle
What a neat idea! And they're beautiful.

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10/12/18 13:24 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ravurian
This is such a cool primer, and a really lovely means of artistic meditation and expression.

And that is probably the most banal comment I've ever left for you anywhere in the course of our entire friendship... <facepalm>

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15/12/18 19:06 (UTC)
tehomet: (Angel with orb)
Posted by [personal profile] tehomet
That is so cool. Art magic!

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15/12/18 20:50 (UTC)
bluemeridian: Bright red autumn olive berries (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] bluemeridian
I love the idea and they look gorgeous in the bezels!

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22/12/18 03:45 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] mangopip
This is so cool.

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1/1/19 04:41 (UTC)
lyr: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] lyr
Your sigils are so much more aesthetically appealing than mine!

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1/1/19 07:00 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lyr
Happy New Year! I think of Gudrun every time I see someone riding a bike to do errands, rather than obviously for leisure or racing, which is what most people here do. I'm well, and especially practicing magic on new Year's Day. I like to work little symbolic rituals into the first day of the year. I hope you're doing well, too!


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