Sigil crafting is one of those practices that is widely used but little understood by many of those who use it. Due to this, there are some huge misconceptions floating around about how sigils work, what you can actually do with them, and how transferable their power is. Before we dig into how to actually create sigils, we need to clear up these ideas and make sure that you’re starting off your sigil journey with all of the information you need.
When working with a sigil, the power comes from the act of creating the symbol itself. The process of taking an intention and transforming it into a magical symbol encodes the meaning of that symbol and its magical potential into your subconscious. The point of doing this is to be able to bypass the doubts, restrictive beliefs, and self-consciousness of the conscious mind and tap directly into the power of the subconscious, where your power isn’t restricted by those limitations. This is powerful stuff! The activation of a sigil is like using a password that gives you access to the fullest extent of your power in one quick burst.
This brings us to the first major misconception that we have to debunk. Unfortunately, due to the necessity of this coding process to actually get the symbol embedded into your subconscious, using a sigil created by someone else just doesn’t work. Or, at least it won’t work the way a sigil is supposed to work. When you use a sigil created by someone else you’re essentially just using a random symbol to focus your conscious mind’s intention. This can still work and produce results but it is not tapping into the subconscious in the way a sigil is supposed to and it won’t be nearly as powerful.
To really use sigil magic you MUST make your own sigils. There’s no way around it. Using someone else’s sigil isn’t sigil magic, it’s just some intention setting with a pretty symbol.
Beyond this key point, there’s very little that’s set in stone about sigils. Sigil magic stems from chaos magic and by its very nature this kind of magic is highly experimental and tends to evolve quickly. What this means is that are tons of right ways to use, activate, and create sigils. While this can seem overwhelming at first, it’s actually a wonderful thing! The sheer number of ways that you can create and use a sigil and have it work means that it’s a very easy form of magic to do correctly. You’re not likely to screw it up! It also means that there’s a lot of room for personal experimentation and figuring out how to optimize the practice for you and your craft. As long as you’re creating the sigil yourself, you can’t go wrong.
One thing that trips a lot of people up when it comes to sigil crafting is a lack of confidence in their creative skills. If you search sigils on any social media site, you’ll turn up page after page of gorgeously designed sigils with artistic flair, personal style, and something about them that just makes them feel witchy. Being able to create these kinds of sigils is great and if it’s something that appeals to you then definitely work toward that but if you’re not an artistic person or you don’t feel confident in your ability to make symbols like that, it’s ok! Your sigils do not have to look a certain way.
Remember, a sigils power comes from the coding process, not from how it actually looks. It doesn’t have to be pretty! If you’re not artistic, don’t feel like making it pretty, don’t have time to put that much work in, or plain old don’t care about making it look “witchy”, then don’t! Your sigils will still work even if they’re scribbles done in pencil on the back of a receipt. Don’t worry about the aesthetic value of the sigil unless that’s something that you think would benefit your magic.
Now that you’ve got a better understanding of how sigils function and what it really takes to make this amazing form of magic work for you, it’s time to dig into the process of sigil crafting. For those of you who want a little extra help while you’re learning this process, I’ve created a free PDF workbook to guide you through sigil crafting step by step. It also includes a bonus method for you to try!