Sigils are a wonderfully simple form of magic and also one of my favorites. By and large, I find sigils to be an excellent place to start if you’re doubting your magic, short on time, or looking to dig a little deeper into magical theory.
A sigil is essentially a magical symbol that derives its power from the subconscious mind, there are many of these that exist within the greater collective consciousness but we’re going to focus on the ones that we can create for our own purposes. These symbols are typically visual; small glyphs that have been created for magical purposes but they can also come in other forms. Sigils can also be chants, phrases, or words that are written or said aloud, a series of musical notes, and many other things. If you can think of a way to encode meaning into it, it can be turned into a sigil.
These little magical symbols are each coded with a unique purpose, allowing them to be incredibly direct and powerful while also being a very fast form of spellwork for the adept witch. In the beginning, a sigil may take 15-20 minutes to design and activate but as you become more proficient and develop a style and process that works best for you, you’ll find that they become quite quick, taking as little as a minute or two from start to finish.
There is no single, definitive method for designing a sigil. The method I use is one of the more traditional versions but any method that allows you to condense an intention into a single symbol will work. The important part is that you feel that the symbol has power when you are finished. To this end, the choice of method largely depends on your personal sense of aesthetic and how much effort you need to expend to achieve it.
I will cover one primary method in this course but I encourage you to experiment with methodology! Sigils are a form of chaos magic and chaos magic is, at its heart, a wild and exploratory form of magic. It’s all about bending the rules, questioning the way things have always been done, and focusing on what gets you results. To this end, you definitely do not need to religiously adhere to these methods. There are a few underlying guidelines that you will be made aware of in the following lessons but past that, there are few hard and fast rules.