I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.
What Is a Sigil?
A sigil is a symbol that has special significance. These can be used in magic as abstract symbols to focus your unconscious mind on a particular problem or wish. For example, sigils can be used to help you gain confidence, for protection or to draw money towards you. They do not need to be complicated or greatly artistic in order to be effective, as it is your desire and intent that give the sigil its power.
There are a number of methods used to create sigils for magical use, and these can be personalised to create a symbol and practice that resonates with you. The creation of the sigil is as much magic as its later use in spells, rituals or empowerment. Once completed, sigils can be used on paper or drawn, carved or otherwise marked onto items such as doors, books, walls and personal possessions. They can also be carved into candles and incorporated into candle magic.
Basics of Creating a Sigil Using Text
Before creating your sigil, you will need to decide on a clear positive statement that defines your intent. This should not be vague or in any way uncertain or unfocused. For example, statements such as 'I am a confident person' is far better than 'I would like to become more confident'. Some other examples include:
- To find a new job: 'I have found a new job that I love' rather than 'Please help me find a new job'.
- For business success: '<insert business name> is a successful flourishing business' rather than 'I would like to be successful'.
- To find love: 'I have a happy and healthy relationship’ rather than ‘I want to be in a relationship again'.
Some people also like to add a phrase such as 'it is my will' to the beginning of their statement of intent.
Once you have decided on your statement, you will need to reduce the number of letters. There are two commonly used methods for doing this. In the first, every duplicate letter is removed so that you have only one of each to create the sigil. In the second method, every duplicate letter is removed, and then all vowels are also removed from the remaining letters. The method you choose can vary from sigil to sigil, or you can use the same method every time. It can be difficult to work with lots of letters – especially when first starting out or if you aren’t a very artistically minded person – but the reverse is also true, and having too few letters can limit your design options.
Now that you have the letters that will be used in creating your sigil, you need to decide on how these will be represented. You can use standard letters, or you can use any other alphabet you choose – just take care to check that it features the letter you need to use. Runic alphabets could be used in your designs, or you could use the letters (or symbols) of a language other than your own. You could also use fictional alphabets, such as one from a favourite book or film. If you plan to work with sigils often, you could work on designing your own set of symbols to represent each letter.
While working on creating your sigil, try not to think of the letters in terms of words and instead see them as individual elements that are to be joined as one. Even when using basic letters, they can be styled and distorted in any way that feels right to you when drawing your sigil. Like with all magic, it is your personal energy and intent that creates the outcome, and the time spent creating a sigil also helps to embed it into your subconscious. The creation process is just as valuable in terms of magic as the ways you later use the sigil, so don’t rush yourself or keep any designs that you feel unhappy or uncomfortable with. Spend time designing your sigil, redesigning and refining as needed until you have a design that you feel happy with. Often sigils are enclosed in a circle, but this is not essential.
Once created, sigils need to be charged. There are several ways of doing this. During this, your focus should be kept on the symbol that you have created, and you should not dwell on the letters or intent statement used. It is the sigil as a symbol that you to plant firmly into your subconscious mind. Meditation, during which the symbol is used as a focus, is a common way of charging sigils; or, they can be left somewhere where you will see them every day. If using this method, do not try and look at the sigil or remind yourself that you need to, as this is not necessary and keeps the sigil in your conscious mind rather than letting it through to the subconscious. Once the charging is complete, you should switch to an unrelated task and not think about the sigil anymore. The image can be destroyed, or it can be put away out of sight.
Creating Sigils Using a Computer (Digital Sigils)
The process of creating sigils can also be carried using your computer. To do this, you will need a program such as Paint so that you can create and manipulate the letters or symbols you use. A program such as Publisher or PowerPoint is also useful as these have lots of options for manipulation of design elements such as aligning and rotational tools but this is not essential. It also allows you to have each letter as an indivisual item rather than having to keep reselecting each. In this tutorial, I am using Paint and Publisher.
1. First of all, create a text box and write out the letters that you are using, placing a space between each one. This makes it easier to separate them. If using Paint do not click off the text at this point.
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2. Now select the text and try out different fonts until you find one that you like. The font I am using is called MT Extra. Once you have decided, you can click off the text area.
3. Now select each letter and move it into a space. If you are going to use a second program, the letters should be selected, copied and pasted into that program.
4. You can now start designing your sigil by arranging the letters. If you are using Publisher (or similar) there are many options for stretching, grouping, rotating and aligning items. Individual letters can be duplicated if you wish and this is helpful if you prefer symmetrical designs.
5. Continue until you have created a sigil design that you are happy with. This can then be saved as a picture and printed or used however you choose. You could also copy the sigil by hand if you wish.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Claire
Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on April 17, 2019:
Thank you. I hadn't seen it done this way before either so wanted to share the idea with others. It's fun and great for anyone who isn't very artistic or for storing and reproducing sigils.Hope you have fun creating :)
Athena on April 17, 2019:
FIRST! This is super cool! I’ve never seen someone make sigils on a computer before!