(or an introduction to Sigil Magick)
What exactly is Sigil Magick? Well in short, it is a method of spell casting that has been gaining a lot of traction in the online occult community. It can take the form of a pictoral symbol, a mantra, or even a comic book (Everyone knows of the Invisibles). Some of the more well-known sigils include the Linking Sigil and Fotamecus.
Sigil Magick has been rising in popularity the last few years, primarily because of the ease in success associated with the primary methods used. It has actually been around for quite some time. For those of you searching for a more definitive history of Chaos Magick, you need look no further than Jaq D. Hawkin’s excellent article here, and the IOT Timeline presented here. So as you can see, Sigil Magick and Chaos Magick have gone hand-in-hand in the past, but one of the most beautiful things about the internet and the resurgence of interest is that there are lots of people out there that practice sigil magick who do not also practice chaos magick.
Sigil Magick was originally a system of magic created by Austin Osman Spare in the 1900s. Detailed instructions for his system can be found in the Book of Pleasure, and is one of the most common methods around. For further information on his methods, there is an article written by Frater U.D. that may help. It’s been covered in most of the introductory chaos magick books, as well as all around the internet, from disinfo’s introductory article, the chaosmatrix’s, Rune Soup’s famous articles, and just about every facebook group with fringe interests in the topic.
But it doesn’t always work. And anyone who tells you that it ALWAYS works is probably lying to you. There are a lot of variables to its success, and wanking it off isn’t the totality of it. In the next few weeks I will be covering some of the very basic aspects, sharing some of my experiences with sigils, and sharing some resources for the novice.
In the meantime, if you have never picked anything up detailing sigil magick, or would like to learn a bit more, Oven Ready Chaos, by Phil Hine is a nice place to start if you do not have access to his book, Condensed Chaos.