Sigil making is a way to focus and sustain specific intentions, to manifest definite outcomes and/or to represent something in a magical way. They are also usually cryptographic in some way, meaning that there are specific and sometimes highly elaborate ways of coding information within them.
If you search online you can find some very complex looking ones used for general spells and often with a mysterious and feverish aura. This might put some people off because they don’t want to lean into other people’s systems, energies, beliefs, etc., especially when they are riddled with complexity. When it comes to intention on a personal level, however, complexity can be undervalued and/or misconstrued because of how it sometimes contrasts with the principle of “allowing” a manifestation, which requires us to “get out of our heads” and be open to new realizations and experiences. When it comes to being able to have a healthy and personal relationship with sigil making, probably the most important factor is developing an understanding of where meaning exists and how it is created.
In this blog, I’ll outline one of the easiest ways of making sigils and suggest that it’s a valuable practice in itself that doesn’t always need to be done for the purposes of manifestation, that it nonetheless can be very powerful and furthermore that it need not be vague or nebulous.
One of the easiest ways of making sigils is to simply write down a statement, select the consonants without repeating any and turn those consonants into pictures while the whole time observing your statement. Here I took the letters M, C, N and T. The ambiguity between the symbols as definite letters and definite pictures (the picture being of a person with arms joyfully outspread) is part of what gives the sigil its power in the subconscious.
A strong memory is a great asset to sigil making and can also result from it. You could make a simple sigil like this one and then close your eyes and try to bring it to mind as clearly as possible before opening your eyes and experiencing the subtle differences between your imaginative image and what you see with your eyes.
Try to imagine as vividly as possible before looking at the drawing. Really commit to it. You may think of your visualization as a loving offering to the reality of what you see with your eyes and the world to which it belongs. Honour what you see with your eyes for what it is—no more, no less. If you do this process a few times, you’ll probably find a sort of conversation happens between the sigil, your consciousness and your intention/affirmation etc.
This experience is often one that you can feel in your whole body as a form of tension and balance. For me this is very tactile and sculptural, but everyone is different.
If you experience morphing and shifting of different parts of the drawing within your visual field this is very good, and it is very beneficial for you to use the original image with its definite proportions and shapes etc., as a grounding point for this intensive movement and fluidity—have faith, honour and trust in the external reality of the physical drawing.
If and when your imagination becomes so strong that it seems as if the unified being that is your sigil is something that exists in our consciousness as an image in your mind’s eye, keep the image there in your mind’s eye and maintain the subtle awareness that “there is a drawing, this image that I see in my mind’s eye relates to something definite and concrete.”
After a little while, go do something else while holding this awareness for a few moments. Being keenly aware of the physical reality of the sigil is important, and it is a visceral experience which is key for developing a strong memory and imagination. After a short while, take a deep breath and let the image go.