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SO YOU WANNA DO SIGILS, HUH?
23-Minute Guide to World Domination by Sigils
Sigilisation is an attempt to integrate and actualise thee processes ov desire. There are infinite theories behind thee techniques, usually with strong recourse to Freudian psychoanalysis and/or Jungian psychology. Yet, whether or not one attempts to rationalise thee mechanics that makes sigils work, one thing always remains- they do work. They work regardless ov whether you 'believe' in thee unconscious. They work regardless ov whether you 'believe' in thee possibility ov 'magick' etc. That is their advantage, or disadvantage, over other techniques. For, as we were allegedly warned when young, we must be careful what we wish for. . .
Let us begin by dividing methods ov sigil construction into four basic techniques-
This is debatebly thee simplest, quickest and most popular method ov sigil construction. One begins by writing down thee chosen desire or outcome in thee most constructive way possible. For example, instead ov "I DESIRE NOT TO BE SICK" use "I DESIRE TO BE WELL". It is also suggested that one uses thee same prefix for each sigil constructed, like "I DESIRE. . ." or "THIS MY WILL. . ." etc.
Mantra Method 1
From thee same sigil "THISMYWLOBE" can a mantra be formulated, simply by rearranging thee letters into a satisfying mantra-sentence. For this example, a possible mantra would be:
Mantra Method 2- Words Ov Power
If thee mantra is a bit cumbersome, or you just want to expand thee frontiers ov your sigil in general (!), thee initials ov each word or section can be combined to produce a formula or 'word ov power'. For example, thee formula for thee above example would be "L.M.W.E.". Thee pronunciation can be determined by substituting thee vowel sound ov thee Hebrew equivalent (in this case "La-Me-Vau-hE"), or simply using vowel sounds that seem appropriate and/or work.
This method is best suited to objectives that are better expressed by a diagram or drawing ov thee desired result. For instance, thee desire to acquire something might call for a picture ov that object to be used rather than a lengthy description ov it (at this point it may be useful to bear in mind that one can be too selective when it comes to using sigils. In other words, detailing specifics can limit your results rather than open up possibilities. For example, it is unwise to determine thee 'How' or 'Where' in your sigil process. Far better for you to focus on thee 'What', and let thee force ov your will act unimpeded by your expectations!).
There are a variety ov 'automatic' techniques for deriving sigils from words or ideas. Broadly speaking, they can be categorised as meditative or non-meditative. Thee former is achieved by contemplating thee word(s) or idea to be sigilised until a glyph is constructed that you are happy with. Thee easiest way to achieve this is to draw as many symbols that you can come up with that seem to somehow embody thee word(s)/idea you are dealing with. Then, this time more discriminating, select or combine thee most appealing symbols or pictures and so on until you have created a sigil you are satisfied with, ie: which represents to you somehow thee word/desire you are working on.
Two quite different techniques come under this heading. Thee first is similar to thee word method, except that instead ov using letters ov thee alphabet as inspiration for thee glyph, traditional magickal symbols are used (eg: zodiac, elemental and planetary symbols). This technique assumes that you have either used thee symbols before, or have a good understanding ov their use (thus it is not recommended that one uses symbols ov a system without a good understanding ov thee other symbols in that system, their meaning being heavily inter-dependent).
It is always a good idea to decorate your sigils so as to make them more pleasing to you. Dots, circles and triangles are old favourites, but use whatever feels right. Another good idea is to enclose your finished sigils in a border- a cicle, square, star or whatever seems appropriate. This helps to concentrate thee embodied desire (to stop it 'leaking' or escaping!), whilst also giving it a special, personal touch. This is also useful if one intends making a talisman ov thee sigil.
Variants on thee above categories should be considered thee norm, and thee categories themselves thee exceptions. Cross-pollination ov techniques not only makes thee sigil more diverse, but gives you a wider armoury ov techniques. Experimentation will determine which methods work best for you.
It is sometimes better to construct sigils for individual words, groups ov words, or images/ideas/things. This was hinted at above. Thee reasoning behind this is that sigils can then reinforce each other whilst you construct your own "Language Ov Desire". Thus, you might have a sigil for "THIS MY DESIRE" and use it in every sigil.
It is generally agreed that sigils are best activated during a period ov intensity- whether emotional, sexual, physical or whatever. Often such a state requires crossing a threshold, such as that implied by physical exhaustion. It thus follows that thee more one works in this area, thee further thee thresholds themselves are pushed. This is, by thee way, thee primary argument against regular usage ov pain in sigil activation- one may wind up doing more damage than good in trying to overcome a high tolerance. Thee same cannot be generally said ov physical or sexual thresholds!
With or without (a) partner(s), sexual exhaustion is arguably thee most popular method. For quick sigils, orgasm is hard to beat for a blissful trance-like state for sigilisation. Orgasm, however, is not necessarily thee most intense moment in sexual experience, especially willed orgasms. An orgasm that creeps up on you after hours ov consciously avoiding it is possibly thee best moment for sexual sigilisations. And an orgasm need not necessarily be genital, either, especially after prolonged sexual activity.
Other techniques include physical exhaustion, which is often characterised by attempting to maintain uncomfortable, strenuous and perhaps painful positions. Spare's 'Death Posture' is a good example. One version ov thee Death Posture involves blocking thee eyes, ears, nose and mouth with either fingers and/or other apparatus. This is held way beyond thee stage when you feel you can't bear it anymore, until you nearly pass-out. Ov course, this is cannot be recommended to anyone below thee peak ov physical health.
Emotional intensity is much harder to work with in thee sigil process. This is mostly due to thee fact that intense emotions are much harder to evoke than other forms ov intensity. Fear is probably thee simplest to work with for many, although one must take safety precautions if necessary. Bunjee jumping sigils are not unheard ov!
Thee quicker you get thee sigil out ov your mind after thee operation, thee better. Laughter is a popular and effective method- as loud and raucus as possible! More traditional methods are also useful if you are familiar with them and don't just use them for sigils (eg: thee lesser banishing ritual ov thee pentagram). Or, you could simply just go and do something completely unrelated- like thee washing up, a game ov chess etc.
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