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How to create a sigil in 5 easy steps

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 How to create a sigil can be a simple process but also a complex one. The complexity would lie in different methods available to create one and how the magician wants to create their sigil.

I can still remember the experience of creating my first sigil, the process was both intuitive and frustrating. However, I wanted to find a method I could explore then expand on. That’s how I stumbled upon Austin Osman Spare’s method.

Initially I followed the desire sentence method then after creating several sigils, I adapted the method to my own.

Today we’ll find out who was Austin Spare and what was his method on how to create a sigil.

AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE

The current use of sigil magic is the method of Austin Osman Spare. He was an English Painter and a sorcerer. He was born in London and was the son of a police officer.

Spare claims that at a young age he met a witch called Mrs Patterson who taught him magic however some believe that she might have been a part of his imagination.

He developed an interest for art when he was 12 years old and later ended up an illustrator and painter. Later his art gained a lot of attention and he received plenty of awards for those.

Theosophy was Spare’s first introduction into spirituality and occultism, he was an avid reader of the publications of the Theosophical society.

Aleister Crowley noticed the art of Spare and commissioned several artworks for his Thelema religion publication known as The Equinox.

Austin Osman Spare Portrait
Austin Osman Spare

Later Spare would be also initiated into Thelema but this journey was short lived, in fact he comes to dislike Crowley and his methods of leadership. Although Crowley claims that Spare was only interested in black magic.

SPARE’S SIGIL

One well known book published by Spare was The Book of Pleasure which mirrored his own mystical views about being human and how it is linked to the unconscious mind.

The book also contains the method to creating sigils, ironically this book never received any good recognition.

So what makes Spare’s method interesting? There is no right or wrong way to create a sigil in Spare’s method.

Most of the emphasis is on the magician (the one creating the sigil) and what feels right to them. After all the magician is the one desiring for the sigil.

HOW TO CREATE A SIGIL

    1. Write a desire sentence, you should write the sentence in capital letters. This will be considered as your intent.

      Example of desire sentence

      There will be some experimentation with the desire sentence you write, some sentences might feel stronger to you than others.

      Try to have a balanced approach when you are writing your desire sentence. You don’t want to be too vague for example, “I wish to have a lot of money” or too detailed “I wish to have one million dollars by Sunday.”

      It is preferable not to use negative sentences for example writing down what you don’t like: “I do not wish.”

      The unconscious programs itself with autosuggestion and using negative sentences might have the reverse effect of what you are originally seeking for.

    2. Delete all letters that appear more than once, you will then be left with one letter for each.

      Example of deleting letters that appear more than once.

      Some people would advice to remove all vowels and only use consonants. Is there one way that works better than the other?

      Personally I’ve tried both with vowels and without them and they both work great. Now my sigil do not contain vowels as you can see in the above example but when I started making them I used to include vowels.

      Maybe you could try both ways and feel which sigil feels stronger to you.

    3. Create the sigil by combining the letters together into a shape, make sure the letters are a little recognizable. Forget your sigil for some days or weeks (put it away where you wont see it)

      Example of sigil using letters in the above example.

      You don’t need to create a piece of artwork here. The rough quality to your design would be more appealing to your unconscious.

      Can you make out faintly some of the letters in the sigil above? If yes, then you get the idea for combining letters for example W and M can used as the same.

      You do want to be completely focused and concentrated when you are drawing your sigil.

      If you are wondering how much time you need to spend on your sigil design? Go with your intuition. Everyone is different.

      Some people might want to spend more time on the artwork refining it while others might be satisfied with an unrefined drawing.

      Do you need to put a border around a sigil? This is also up to you but here is one advantage of having a border around your sigil:

      It will facilitate the process of charging your sigil. The border keeps the shape in focus making it easier for you to internalize the symbol.

    4. Now that you have forgotten your sigil, you want to get back your symbol to begin the activation process.

      According to Spare the sigil can be activated in the following ways:
      (i) Using any means that would induce you in a state of Euphoria.

      (ii) By means of Ecstasy this also includes masturbation or sexual activity.

      (iii) When you are in a state of complete physical fatigue.

      When you are charging the sigil, it is preferable not to think of your desire sentence or imagine the symbol you created (this is also why in the previous step you are meant to forget about the sigil for some time).

      My personal method for activating the sigil is using tratak. I would focus on the center of the sigil until the lines begin to fade.

      Another technique that can help you when you activate the sigil is to repeat the desire sentence as if you’re repeating a mantra, while staring at the sigil.

      After activating the sigil you must now forget about the desire sentence and the symbol, banish it from your mind.

 

  1. Once you have activated the sigil using one of the method above, you must now destroy the sigil.

    To destroy the sigil you can use one of the four elements:

    (i) Burying the sigil in the ground.

    (ii) Tearing the sigil then flushing it down the toilet or letting it go in any stream of water.

    (iii) Burning the sigil.

    (iv) Tearing the sigil and letting the wind take it away.

    In some cases (depending on the magician) you might feel a need to carry your sigil with you instead of destroying it.

    If you choose not to destroy your sigil, you can then place the sigil somewhere where you won’t be constantly internalizing the symbol but somewhere passive.

    Finally, if you are working on a situation that seems to be quite problematic or you feel might take more energy, you can repeat those five steps again.

    How will know if your sigil worked? It might be good to give it a time limit. For example, if you are working on manifesting money through your passion, this might take more than 2 months depending on the energy and actions in line with the sigil.

    If you are working on a childhood issue and you are well into your adulthood then it might require more time than a week.

    The aim here is having realistic time frames based on what you are working on and your current situation.

TL;DR

Austin Osman Spare is considered the father of the modern techniques of sigils. He was an artist but also mystic that explored the link to the unconscious. “Sigils are monograms of thought” is how he expressed this view on sigils.

The 5 steps to creating a sigil are:

  1. Write a desire sentence, you should write the sentence in capital letters. This will be considered as your intent.

  2. Delete all letters that appear more than once, you will then be left with one letter for each.

  3. Create the sigil by combining the letters together into a shape, make sure the letters are a little recognizable. Forget your sigil for some days or weeks (put it away where you wont see it).

  4. Now that you have forgotten your sigil, you want to get back your symbol to begin the activation process.

  5. Once you have activated the sigil using one of the method above, you must now destroy the sigil.

You can also use this free infographic to help you create a sigil.

 

How to create a sigil Infographic

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