I like working with paper and a pencil but if you prefer to work in another medium you should absolutely experiment with other methods. Digital art, paints, creative collage, ink pens, whiteboards, and more can all make excellent sigil mediums.
Your first step will be to figure out what the intent of your sigil is going to be. This is the most important step, your intention should be well thought out and very clear. A half-assed intention will lead to a half-assed result!
You’re going to turn this concept into a sentence, make sure you’re being specific and precise with your wording. You want the sentence to be relatively short and it needs to be phrased in the present tense, i.e. phrase it as though you’ve already got what you want.
Ex. “I have self-love” instead of “I will love myself”
While this distinction seems small, it’s actually huge. One aligns your energy with the result you want, the other aligns you with the state of wanting itself. In other words, when you phrase your intention as something you want in the future, it will remain something you want in the future… indefinitely.
As I said before, be precise and clear in your meaning. Wording can make all the difference. “I have the job of my dreams” could have significantly different results than “I am a journalist for National Geographic”. Neither is inherently better than the other but make sure you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish with your wording.
Additionally, try to avoid negative words such as “I do not”, “I will not”, “I have no”, etc. These negative words tend to get lost in the grand scheme of things and the intention “I do not smoke” can very easily lead to the result “I do smoke” instead. To avoid this, always phrase positively. (To rephrase this positively you might say something like “I replace my unhealthy vices with healthy habits easily”)
As an example, I’m going to use the phrase “I am mentally healthy and happy”. This is a sigil that I could use any time I’m struggling with anxiety or depression to help tip me back into a more solid headspace.
Write out your intention sentence (otherwise known as the power words or power phrase). Erase or cross out all of the vowels in the sentence. When you’re left with just the consonants, you’ll remove any repeating letters so that you have only one of each letter present. These letters are the base symbols of your sigil.
“I am mentally healthy and happy” becomes the series of consonants “M M N T L L Y H L T H Y N D H P P Y”
When you remove all of the duplicates, you’re left with the letters “M N T L Y H D P”. These are your base symbols!
Now start to fit your base symbols together into a single glyph. At first, it’s probably going to look weird and nothing like a symbol of power, that’s ok, just keep messing with it and moving things around. This part can take some time, the key is to play around with it a lot. If you don’t like the way a particular letter is fitting in anywhere, you can break the letter down into pieces, something like a P would become a line and a half circle that you can use independently within your design.
The most important thing about how it looks is that you like it. It doesn’t matter if it looks like just a jumble of letters or if none of the symbols even resemble the letters they were originally or if it doesn’t “look like a sigil”. If it looks right to you then it’s right!
After I get all of my base symbols arranged how I want them I like to take some time to stylize it, even out any symmetry and draw a few drafts just to get used to the symbol.
This is the finished first draft of my mental health sigil. As you can see, some of the letters are still pretty clear like the N and H while others have become so a part of the symbol that they’re hard to pick out. I’ve also added some aesthetic flair just for the fun of it.