Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic witchcraft for years and years.
You may wonder, “What are sigils?” Well, they are personal symbols that you create yourself to make change happen. And that explanation, of course, leads to many other questions. Let’s start at the beginning.
Magick, or spell work, or manipulating energy is about creating a desired change. You might want to attract love, lose weight, have more fun, or get more money. Whatever it is, it requires a change. Several changes, in fact: change in the outside world and change within yourself.
That’s where sigils come in. By creating, charging and releasing a sigil to represent your desire, you cause tiny ripples in reality. Ripples which work on your behalf to bring the particles, atoms, people, and events into alignment in order to achieve your intent. And, because we are witches, we are going to create magickal witch sigils.
All you need is a pen and paper. A notebook would be best. By the way, ‘sigil’ is pronounced ‘sij-ill’.
What Is Your Desire?
What do you want? It’s best to start with something that’s almost within reach, rather than something that seems impossible. So it’s better to ask for that book you’ve been wanting than for JK Rowling to turn up to your birthday party. That doesn’t mean you can’t progress to ‘impossible things’ later on, of course. It’s just that you need to start small in order to learn how to work it.
State your desire and transform it into a positive statement as if it has already happened. This is important. Time for an example.
Let’s go general and say your desire is to laugh more and have fun.
"I want to laugh more and have fun," becomes, "I laugh and have fun."
Reduce Your Statement
The next step is to reduce that statement by crossing out ALL the vowels and repeated consonants:
I LAUGH AND HAVE FUN
Ends up like this:
Draw Your Witch Sigil
Create your sigil by taking the letters and twisting them into a doodle, like I've done above.
Keep re-doing the letters until they don’t resemble letters anymore. Pick out the bits you like and discard the bits you don’t. After a few attempts, you’ll produce something that feels right.
Don’t copy mine, it won’t work. You have to do your own. When you are happy, copy it onto a piece of card. Draw a circle around it if you want to.
And please don't worry one bit if it's a little scruffy. It doesn't matter—only you will see it.
Charge the Sigil
To charge a sigil, or indeed any magickal tool, you need to focus your energy onto it. And to do this, you need to feel a strong emotion. It doesn’t matter if the emotion is positive or negative. I find the best way to do this is to delve into my memory bank for a time when I was really happy.
Another method is to feel appreciation for the desire having come true. So, using our example, visualize yourself with your friends or family or lover. See yourself laughing and happy and having lots of fun. Feel what that would be like. Really feel that happy energy. Now feel appreciation for being able to be like that. How fantastic to have such great friends. How free it feels to laugh. How uplifted you feel having all that fun. Can you feel it?
As soon as you think you are at peak emotion, stare at the sigil and imagine all that emotion pouring into it. In your mind’s eye, see the sigil glow with life and energy. You might actually see it glow.
Release the Sigil
When the moment passes, and you’ll know when, destroy the sigil or throw it in the trash. You released it. Now, do something completely different and distracting. In other words, go about your day and forget about the sigil.
Don’t constantly check that the magick is working. If you start wondering when the laughter and fun will begin, let the thought go. At the same time, be open to any invitations and opportunities. You have to meet the magick halfway by taking small actions towards it. You aren’t going to laugh and have fun stuck in your room, are you? Well, you might, but the idea is to put yourself in situations where it can happen naturally.
It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Letters
The above method of reducing a written desire into a design isn’t the only way to create a sigil. You can incorporate other symbols too. And, in many ways, symbols are stronger than words because they can hold an awful lot of information within a few tiny lines. Consider these:
What If I Can’t Feel the Emotions to Make the Sigil Spell Work?
If you have ever felt any emotion, you can do this. It might take a little more practice. Some people find it easier to manifest a sad emotion. And that’s okay. The Universe doesn’t care what sort of emotion you charge the sigil with. What most important is that you really feel it. Because that’s how magick works.
Should I Burn the Sigil?
Yes, if you can do it safely. Otherwise, tear it up, drown it under the faucet, or simply throw it in the trash.
Can I Use a Sigil to Get Money?
You can if you really believe you can. And that’s the thing. Your belief in A. The magick works and B. You can actually have that thing in your life. Without belief, the magick is weak. It may still work, but is less likely to be effective.
Can I Use a Sigil to Curse Someone?
Yes, you can. But, being a witch, and thoroughly understanding that what you give out can come back and bite you in the backside, means you will think twice. What you can do is to get an unwanted person out of your life. Like this very simple sigil. And, yes, you can copy it.
Place two dots or small circles right next to each other. The first is you, the second is the other person. It’s important not to think of the first dot as representing you, but that it IS you. Similarly with the other one. It IS the one you want out of your life.
You/The other person
Follow on with the other steps, as detailed earlier. Feel the emotion to charge the sigil. In this case, it might be a deep relief that they are gone. Release the sigil by throwing it away.
Okay, see what you did? You put distance between you, and then they just left of their own accord. Please don’t do this with a close member of your family, however angry you might feel. Only people that annoy you or bully you that don’t mean anything to you. Nothing bad will happen to them, just that they won’t see you or come into your personal space. To them, you won’t exist, and they won’t exist to you. The process may take days, weeks, or sometimes, months. You can customize this sigil spell anyway you like. Add sad/smiley faces, or use other symbols that mean something to you.
Any More Questions?
Please ask in the Q&A section below. Apologies, but I can’t respond to individual emails.
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.
Questions & Answers
Question: Can I use a sigil to make someone fall in love with me?
Answer: You could try. However, it is inadvisable to use magic to manipulate another person's feelings. For a start it's unethical. And, you could get yourself into deep trouble if the relationship doesn't turn out the way you want it to. How will you end it? What if you are stuck with them for life?
What I suggest is creating a sigil to bring love to you in a general way without mentioning anyone specifically. That means that if that person is meant to fall in love with you, they will think of their own accord. If they don't, I'm sure someone even better will come along in due course.
Question: Can I put a sigil on my body like a tattoo?
Answer: You can do that, but for working magic, it's best that they are 'let go'. If you want to create one as a charm or to be part of your personality, then go ahead, tattoo away.
Question: If someone finds the thrown away sigil or something disturbs wherever you've placed it (knocked over trash can, tempered with ashes) will that reverse its effects or at that point have you already released it and done your part?
Answer: No, it won't be affected by anything or anyone - it's a done thing.
Question: Pertaining to the sigil you explained for distancing a person who is a nuisance, should you draw all of the shown diagrams or just the one with the distance between the circles that feels the most right?
Answer: All of them. You need to do it in steps. In that way, real life will reflect the gradual distance growing between you. You can even use more steps over a period of time, if you wish.
It has to be natural and you have to make sure you don't get in the way. For example, let's say you feel guilty about turning away from this person and so agree to meeting them for coffee. By doing that, you are thwarting the distancing process. Put any guilt to one side and let the spell do its work.
Question: If I don't have a card can I make my sigil in my notebook and then rip it out and destroy it when the time comes?
Answer: Yes, you can do that. The reason for using a separate card or piece of paper is so you don't have to decimate a notebook.
Question: Do sigils have to be burned or thrown away? Or could I write one on my body and still have it work?
Answer: You can do either. And yes, you could draw one on your body, but understand that seeing it often keeps it in your mind. The point of throwing them away is so it's done and you don't have to think about the desire anymore.
Question: Why do I have to burn the sigil for the spell to work?
Answer: You don't have to burn it. You can tear it up and throw it in the trash. Have a read through the article again.
Question: Can I use the two-dot sigil for two different people?
Answer: Yes, you can, though I would do them one at a time so as not to 'muddy' the energy.
I didn't mention it in the article, but the best way to do this mini-spell is to work it over a week. Move the dots farther apart each day. You can do it on separate scraps of paper if you wish. Just focus on the goal of that second dot or circle getting farther and farther away from you.
Have faith that it will work, even if nothing seems to change. Just hold your mind to the idea that the person will not be bothering you much longer.
After the week has passed, throw the sigil away, and focus on the next one for another week.
Question: Can you ward evil things away with witch sigils? And if so, how?
Answer: It depends on whether you are referring to negative energy or real people. The best way to look at it is not as though you are fighting some kind of battle. Focusing on evil will attract it to you. Instead, fill your life and thoughts with positivity and evil won't bother you.
Should you feel low or tired and think it is because you have been in the presence of 'heavy energies', this article might be of use:
Question: Am I able to use the witch two-dot method backward to bring someone closer?
Answer: That's a really good idea. Try it and see what happens. Focus on the feeling of closeness, and increase it as you progress through the spell.
Question: Is there a downside to getting a sigil tattooed?
Answer: Yes, there are several. 1. You might not always want whatever the sigil represents. 2. Removing it is painful and costly. 3. Removal will leave you scarred. 4. If removal isn't an option, you'll have to put up with an unwanted tattoo for life.
Question: Are there other ways of using sigils? I've heard of, for example, sewing protective sigils into the lining of a loved one's jacket, or a power amplification sigil being kept at the altar for use during spellwork. Do sigils always need to be released physically to work?
Answer: Yes, you can use them for long-term protection, attracting abundance, for anything really. The examples you gave are perfect.
The act of releasing a sigil by destroying it is both symbolic and adds to to the spell's energy, but that's just one way of working sigil magick.
Question: Can I keep a drawing of my sigil in my book of shadows?
Answer: Yes, that's what I do. I work them out on a piece of rough paper, then copy it into my journal. Then I make the final one to use in the spell and to 'release' (tear up and discard).
Question: Can I create two different sigils at once?
Answer: Yes. Some people make six or more over the course of a week or whatever, then they gather them up and charge them all at once. The benefit of doing this is that you tend to forget what the intention was behind each one and that means it's easier to 'let go'.
Question: Can I use the same witch sigil twice?
Answer: Yes, use your sigils as often as you like. I think I would make 'fresh' ones each time, but that's because I make them in batches and then don't remember what they were for... which can be part of the process.
Question: What is the difference between the ritual you just explained and the ritual, for example, if I were to look at my sigil for seven days straight in meditation and then destroy it? What about the ritual of hiding your sigil for seven days or so and taking it out and looking at it while experiencing a trance of orgasm, intense exhaustion, etc.? What's the difference?
Answer: The main difference is in the length of time it takes to perform the spell. However, it's about whatever works for the individual. So if you prefer the methods you described, then that's fine.
Question: "Please don’t do this with a close member of your family, however angry you might feel." If you don't mind, why exactly should we avoid this? For instance, if my brothers do not respect me or if my parents are abusive, why should we not do this? Will it carry deadly consequences?
Answer: The key word is 'close'. If you are not emotionally close to a family member in a positive way, and they have caused you distress, then go ahead, do the distance spell. However, if it's a flare-up of anger at someone you love, then don't do it... it may be impossible to heal the rift. And remember that all spells hold the potential for negative or unwanted consequences.
Question: When I look at the sigil I just made, do I have to have happy thoughts in order to be happy or I can also have sad thoughts? Would sad thoughts and energy make me sadder?
Answer: From the article, "To charge a sigil, or indeed any magickal tool, you need to focus your energy onto it. And to do this, you need to feel a strong emotion. It doesn’t matter if the emotion is positive or negative."
It's logical that wallowing in sad thoughts will make you sadder. However, when charging a sigil, you need to access the strongest emotion you can. So whether that's despair, anger or joy, it doesn't matter. The more you practice, the easier it will be to dismiss the emotion, or hang on to it according to your preference. You are using the emotion to achieve your will. Once the sigil is charged, normal service is resumed.
Question: Can you put a protection sigil in your book of shadows?
Answer: Yes. I do. But I make a copy to be thrown away as well.
Question: Do I really have to release the sigil? I don’t really understand why I need to do that and when to do that?
Answer: Yes, the act of destroying it ensures that you let it go. The best magic works when you turn it over to the universe to deal with. So once you have created it with intention and when you imbue it with your strongest emotion, just tear it up and throw it away.
Question: My boyfriend and I are both looking for jobs. Can I use and charge one sigil for the both of us or should it be done separately?
Answer: It's up to you. Personally, I would do your own and let him do his. I think it's preferable that people do their own magickal work. By letting someone else do it, things could go awry.
Question: Do you accept mentees?
Answer: I'm sorry, I just don't have the time. However, I am constantly writing new articles here, which may help you. You'll be fine if you explore your potential, keep an open mind and question everything.
Question: I feel drawn towards runic sigils, personally. I am not well-versed (yet) in the human-Aesir/Vanir relationship. Do you think it would be fine doing sigils from runes in a non-religious context?
Answer: I'm sorry, I'm no expert in runes. Tarot is my game. The sigils described in the article are personal and created by the person doing the spell. I'm pretty sure that runes don't have to be used in a religious way. They are used in a similar way to tarot to reveal the unknown.
Question: Can I effectively carve a sigil into a staff to imbue it with energy, or must sigils always be discarded?
Answer: Yes, you can do that. It's different from what I describe in the article, which is to use them in spell work to achieve an outcome. So you'd need to think carefully how to word it, then you would have to create the sigil and carve it. Once you are done and the time is right, you could consecrate the staff in whatever way feels right. Raise the emotional energy while holding the staff with both hands and gazing at the sigil. There will be a moment when you know it is done. End the ceremony as you see fit.
Question: Can I make a bunch of symbols to represent the words and use them on my sigils?
Answer: That's what sigils are; symbols to represent words and phrases.
Question: If I draw a sigil, meditate while focusing on it, and then let it go, would that work?
Answer: The best way is to follow the instructions as given in the article. You can meditate on the sigil, but it is unlikely to raise the level of emotion necessary. It's your emotional energy that impresses your wish upon "universal energy."
Question: Must the sigil be thrown away/destroyed for it to work, or can I keep them in my notebook?
Answer: The point of disposing of the sigil is to remove it from your consciousness. In other words, let it go; turning it over to the universe. You can keep them - and I have my own notebook where I design the sigils, but I try not to revisit them once I've got rid of the final version.
Question: My mother language is not English, but I speak it fluently My question is, do I need to write the affirmation in my own language or in English?
Answer: You can create and write sigils in any language you like. It doesn't make any difference. The best language is the one that is able to boost internal intention and emotion.
Question: Does the room you're doing this in have to have specific things and does it need to be very quiet to use witch sigils?
Answer: No, you can do sigils anywhere. Outside, indoors, in a car, wherever is convenient and you can perform the short process without interruption. As long as you can concentrate, it doesn't have to be very quiet either.
Question: I recently found a spell where you put a piece of paper under your pillow. It starts with, “I don’t want ...” and the opposite is supposed to happen. So if I write, " I don’t want money" will I receive money?
Answer: Unlikely. It sounds as though there is not enough emotion in that kind of spell. When casting spells of any kind, you need to put a little bit of effort into it. A sigil would be much more effective, and putting it under your pillow once you have charged it is a good idea. Throw it away in the morning.
Question: Concerning witch sigils, how will I know my energy has been put into my sigil?
Answer: You will just know. It's like a soft click in your head, or in your body. It's as if the emotion within has suddenly dissipated.
Question: Can I use a sigil just as an assistant to a specific spell? Say, if I carve it on the candles? If I decided to light the candles over a few days will it affect the power of the sigil?
Answer: Yes, that's a good use of a sigil. However, it won't have as much power as the method described here because you will be focused on the spell, rather than on the sigil. Again, that's fine because the two will have the same goal. Relighting the spell candle won't affect the sigil, but it might diminish the spell. It might be a good idea to use smaller candles for your spells.
Question: Can I make a sigil necklace/pin, as a protection charm and wear it? Or do I have to destroy it? Also can I use the same sigil multiple times?
Answer: Yes, you can. You can use sigils however you like, there aren't any rules. The article above is about working spells with sigils and shows the most common way of using them. The idea being that the sigil is absorbed by the sub-conscious in a way that the ego and conscious cannot interfere with its working. What you describe is a charm, not a spell, so as long as you believe in it, it will work for you.
Question: I would like to make a sigil for me and my loved one and tattoo it. I understood the steps of making one. When I am going to make the tattoo do I have to do anything else? Or do I just give the man the sigil?
Answer: No, you don't have to do anything else, but I would say to be very careful. Sigils are spells and can be very powerful. What seems like a good idea now, may not be in five years time. However, if you are only creating a love token, then all should be okay; just avoid doing a 'binding together' sigil.
Question: Do I always have to destroy the sigil or can I keep it for future use?
Answer: Personally, I'd only use it once. If I wanted to repeat the spell, I'd make another (and different) sigil. You can keep it if you really want to, but you won't have that same 'sending it out there' vibe.
Question: Is there a way to make sigils you can keep?
Answer: It's my personal belief that destroying a sigil releases it from your consciousness and sends it out to universal energy to deal with. However, you can use the method to create a charm or a personal representation of something that is important to you. Sigils don't have to be spells or intentions.
Question: Can a sigil be created to absorb people's magic into like a strange storage place like a battery?
Answer: You can try, but you'd have to word it carefully. If you are concerned about someone sending you negative energy, there are simpler ways to deal with it than trying to 'store' it. Try a strong protection spell to deflect it.
Question: How often can I create a sigil? And how important must the intention be? For example: If I have two tests tomorrow, can I create two around the same time that say something like "I will have a good grade"?
Answer: You can create as many sigils you want to at one time, and as often as you like. However, you must always write your intention as though it has already happened, 'I passed my math test with top marks'. Don't use 'I will', always 'I have' or 'I got'. State it as if it exists in the present.
There's another trick you can use: create a sigil for something that is already a thing. Something like, ' I am in my room', or 'I live here'. Group your sigils together when following the directions. The certainty of the extra sigil imparts certainty to the others.
As far as the intention goes, if it's important to you, then it's important enough.
Question: Can I use a sigil to get my family back and all be happy and loving?
Answer: Yes, sigils can be used for anything, pretty much. Create a good sentence that perfectly encapsulates your goal and follow the instructions given above. You can also bolster the spell with Switchwords:
Question: I created a sigil for a friend. When it appeared ready, I drew the symbols on quartz crystal, threw away the initial work and gave her the sigil. The thought process behind it is that it is for her and therefore she should be in control of it. It seems that I treated the sigil incorrectly. Would it be best to ask her to destroy it?
Answer: No, it's fine. That's a lovely thought and there's nothing wrong with how you did it. You 'let it go' when you gave it to your friend.
Question: Does a witch sigil have to be written on a card or can it be any paper?
Answer: You can write it on card or paper, it doesn't really matter. I do them on paper in my notebooks when designing them, but transfer them to the card when I have decided on their final form. It's just to make them look attractive and feel like a small piece of art. The more effort you put into them, the more effective they are.
Question: What if I kept the sigil, and burn it or throw it away a few days later, would it still work?
Answer: Probably, although I find that the immediate disposal of the sigil is symbolic of turning it over to the universe to deal with.
Question: Can I put sigils into spell jars?
Answer: Of course, whatever works for you. I would think it would be a great way to use sigils.
Question: Can I draw the sigil, and charge and destroy it later, and have it work the same?
Answer: Yes, that is a good way to do it. Some people create batches of sigils, and when the time is right, they charge them all in one go and then dispose of them.
Question: Do sigils have to be charged with emotion? Or can they be charged with other energy?
Answer: Conjuring up an emotion is the easiest method. It is possible to use sexual energy; but that's something you will have to research.
© 2018 Bev G
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 31, 2020:
No, Jessie, you can pretty it up as you see fit.
Jessie on July 31, 2020:
Is there a specific method to adding dots and lines to sigils after they are made?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 24, 2020:
There are no rules, Liam :) Do it whatever way works for you.
Liam L on July 24, 2020:
Is making it into a doodle the only way to do it because my teacher taught me the same steps up until the doodle, and instead had her own way of doing it.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 23, 2020:
Use them for anything, Ronecca.
Ronecca Green on July 23, 2020:
Can I use the sigils for a abundant wealth spell
Jake eni on March 23, 2019:
Super helpful article, though I find it necessary to add that simply drawing and releasing the sigil isn't the best idea. You still need to do work, and the sigils are only a little boost, or push in the right direction. I'll be sure to try a sigil soon though!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 23, 2018:
Oh, poor Joe. There's no magick in his life :D
FloweryElly on June 10, 2018:
Thanks! :D And yes I did know that I did it myself
My good grades literally surprised my parents xD
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 07, 2018:
You are very welcome, FloweryElly. Congratulations on your grades -- you do know you did it all? The sigils just gave you the extra confidence boost you needed. Well done :)
FloweryElly on June 07, 2018:
Sigils Witch path is easy to digest.
Like seriously, I never heard or seen that they WOULD be MUTLIPLE paths for witchery to be honest with you
If it weren't for you, (Bev G) then I wouldn't have something that would help me a lot.
I drew and release the sigil about doing good in school subjects and school examinations since they were getting harder so I needed a little bit of help. Turns out it actually worked and I got good grades :D
Prayers (mostly school exams) from my mom isn't enough at all, sigil(s) can totally help.
Once again, thank you for sharing this article and if weren't for bunch of lists about witchy paths, then I would never know about it. ^_^
Robie on April 18, 2018:
Very intriguing, I never herd of sigils before, but it makes sense.
Amanda Wilson from New Hampshire, USA on April 16, 2018:
This was a great way of explaining sigils! I've attempted sigil magic before, but they never explained that you could manipulate it until you don't see the letters, nor did they explain that you could make it into a doodle you like - by adding swirls or dashes etc. Whenever I've tried I never liked the symbols I drew and ended up looking up bind runes for my purpose (like driving safely or overcoming writers'/painters' block). Thank you for the great tips!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 16, 2018:
Hi Donavon, why not try the technique I've given here to get your life back on track?
I doubt very much that you were bewitched at birth. The problem is that the psychic has placed a false belief in your mind. So the first sigil you work on should be, "I believe only what is real." BVNYWHTSR
Donavon Tolison on April 15, 2018:
Hi. Bev My name is Donavon Tolison I've been told alot that I was bewitched at birth I'm 45 year's old My Life is a mess I was told today by a psych I was bewitched at birth I need help please
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 15, 2018:
Thank you, Verlie :)
Verlie Burroughs from Canada on April 15, 2018:
Fascinating insight into Sigils, and ways to make change happen through visualization. Lovely page.