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Sigil: History, How to Create & Use it

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Written by: Morningbird & MS Team

A sigil is a symbol drawn for a specific magical purpose; to represent the scribe’s intent or a specific entity.

A Brief History of Sigils

The word sigil derives from the Latin sigillum meaning “seal” and is likely also related to the Hebrew segula meaning “word, action, talisman”. The plural of sigil may be sigilla or sigils.

In Medieval systems of ceremonial magick systems, a sigil was the symbol of a specific entity, an angel or a demon which allowed a magician to summon and control the entity. In modern magical systems, a sigil is often used in magical work to represent a specific intention or to give shape to a thoughtform.

In Chaos magic, a word or a statement may be reduced to symbolic form to create a sigil for ritual use using Spare’s technique. Sigils may also be created using someone’s name and used as a target for sympathetic magical practice.

Creating Sigils

A sigil may be drawn, carved or wood burned using any medium you like, but a pen and paper is usual.

When the sigil is no longer needed, it can then easily be destroyed by tearing it up and/or burning it.

While rituals surrounding drawing and activating sigils vary, the most important thing is to keep your mind on the goal while drawing the sigil.

It can then be carried, hidden nearby or hung up where people can see it as is appropriate.

Using Sigils

Once the sigil is created, it can be used in a number of ways. It can simply be placed in a spot where the practitioner will view it and recharge it periodically, raising energy through whatever means they prefer.

A religious witch may place the sigil on their shrine to deity where they can view it as they pray. Practitioners of sex magick may place it above their bed. Sigils can also be added to container spells, or carried, worn, or placed in a location to serve as talismans.

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About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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