How to make sigils, a tutorial in my book of shadows.
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so let me get this straight, you’re going to steal an original idea of austin osman spare, an idea literally based on the autonomy and freedom of information, and then you’re going to completely neglect how to actually use the idea?
and then, despite the fact that sigilcraft is one of the underlying currents of chaos magick and chaos magick is a major ideological antecedent to the whole “intellectual property is a silly concept” thing, you’re going to slap your ugly fucking name on the bottom and tell people not to fix what might have been a kind of aesthetically pleasing image?
am i the only one who notices how narcissistic and silly this bullshit is? there is so much more to sigils than making cool looking designs, this is stuff you can change your life with!! why on earth wouldn’t you want to explain it as clearly as possible and spread it far and wide? why does it have to be a fucking ego trip?
i feel triggered i need an adult
Yo the thing is though
the method is arbitrary - making a sigil through artistic rearrangement of consonants has no advantage whatsoever over making one by connecting the dots via number grid. You could make sigils by throwing spaghetti at a wall while thinking about your goal, there is nothing special about the method itself.
The effect of sigil work, if anything, is psychological. In taking action towards making some result occur, you sharpen your mind and prime your body towards actions which help that end.
If you’re into this whole chaos thing, realize that it’s not a tradition - you’re not not gnawing the detritus off the fingernails of the ancient wise masters, you’re experimenting for yourself and figuring out what works. Its a process of self discovery. What other people have done is not an instruction manual, they’re just helpful road signs along the path.
For me, that path leads out of the woods entirely. Chaos Magic is little gimmicks and mental constructs that may be useful. Once you figure out why those gimmicks work, you don’t necessarily need them anymore. All the flash and aesthetic is hollow - charging a sigil is more or less the same thing as having an inspirational quote or piece of art on your wall, it puts you in a certain mental space. I think the important part is actually just vocalizing some motivation, declaring to yourself what you actually want out of this 3D hologram experience we live in.
So do it however. Austin Osman Spare has been dead for a long time, he genuinely does not care how you do it.