Symbols are the language of the Unconscious Mind. Every good psychoanalyst knows this. Every good Magickian knows it too. Abstract symbols manage to circumvent the logical chatter of the Conscious mind and speak directly to the Deep Mind. And that is why if one wishes to get a clear message to the Unconscious quickly and with relative ease...then Sigils are the way to go.
Now there are literally dozens of traditional ways to practice Sigil Magick and anyone with a minimum of imagination could easily come up with dozens more. We will not even attempt to cover them all here. Rather we will give an example of two fairly simple techniques which have been personally tested and found to bring marvelous results.
The first thing one must have to practice Sigil magick is a desire. A need. A sincere Want. Something very important (to yourself at any rate). We at Ambrosia are not of the opinion that it is a naughty thing to use magick to bring gain for oneself. Indeed, we can't for the life of us figure out what else magick could possibly be for. If you fear that using Magick to *get things* is going to earn you a karmic spanking, then by all means read no further. For those of you who share our belief that the Universe is a place of plenty with the capability (indeed the fervent desire) to bring you every single thing you ever wanted...we continue.
As we said...First there must be a Desire. This desire must be very clear. All magick, Sigil and otherwise, depends first and foremost on the Magickian's ability to visualize EXACTLY what is wanted in the minutest of detail. If you don't want whatever it is so bad that you can smell it and taste it and feel it in your hands, then what would be the point of going to all the trouble of creating a Sigil to obtain it? Magick is hard work, after all.
The next thing, is to be able to state the visualized desire clearly and precisely in one (preferably short) sentence. This is generally referred to as the Statement of Intent. Be very, very sure exactly what your intention really is. Many would-be Magickians leave just enough loose ends dangling about in their spells to hang themselves...DON'T YOU DO IT! Remember the first Universal Law...KNOW KNOW KNOW. If you don't know, please don't do it. If you don't know and you do it anyway...then don't say we didn't warn you.
You may construct the statement however you wish. We aren't big on those sorts of details here. Use a different language (so long as you are sure of what you're saying). But be very careful. Read your Statement over a few times. Walk away from it and come back with a clear head. Words are tricky critters. Many of them have two meanings and almost all are easily twisted.
One thing we will recommend at this point is using the preface 'My Will to-' rather than another we have read which goes 'My intention to-'. We all know what the road to Hell is paved with and besides, 'My Will to' falls rather neatly in line with the Laws.
First you Know what it is you want.
Then you state your Will to obtain it.
Next you Dare to construct a Magick Sigil that will do just that.
And last (but by no means least!) you Keep Silent about what you've been up to.
Let us digress here just long enough to say that Keeping Silent means much more than just not chattering to other people about your workings. It means you do not allow your Conscious Mind to chatter away to Itself about them either. You keep your Self silent and wait without worrying or monitoring or measuring or counting, utterly confident that eventually, usually in the most unexpected way, your Will shall be done.
Once you have constructed your Statement and are satisfied that it says EXACTLY what you want (and in some cases when you want it by) then write it out in full. We don't care how you write it. Use Greek letters, hieroglyphs or Runes. Whatever is close to your heart. If it speaks to your Soul, believe us, it will speak to your Deep Mind. However you choose to write it, write it proudly. Write it confidently. Smile while you write it. After all, in Occult belief you already have the desire simply by stating your desire for it. Now all you have to do is refocus yourself on the experience of Having it instead of Wanting it.
The next phase is the construction of the Sigil itself. There are any number of ways to break the Statement down from here. One is to cross out each letter after it has appeared more than once in the Statement like so:
Leaving these letters:
m y w i l t o b a n h e r s f p
And this sample sigil is the result:
But this often results in having a lot of letters to incorporate into a Sigil. A simpler method is to cross out any letter at all that appears more than once in the Statement. Like this:
Leaving these letters:
y w b r s f
And this sample sigil is the result:
However you choose to do it, the point is to make certain that the Sigil once constructed bears absolutely no resemblance to the original Statement. And that brings us to the artistic part. From here you must take the letters you have left and use their shapes to create a symbol that will stand for the desire. Do it any way you want. Use pens. Use pencils. Use parchment paper and dragonsblood ink. Paint it. Cut it out of construction paper. Design it on your computer. We're not picky. Neither is the Universe. It has no preference for medium. It responds to energy. Your energy. The more of it you put into your construction the more Power it will hold. As with everything else in life, you will get out exactly what you put in, so put in everything you've got. Just remember to border the Sigil to focus and contain its energies.
Once you have your Sigil. Your work of art. The physical embodiment of that which is your desire...Then you have to decide what to do with the thing. And this is where our Sigil magick splits into two separate techniques depending on the purpose for which your Sigil was constructed.
If your desire is for something which must be continually renewed...usually nonmaterial things like self-confidence or prosperity...then take your Sigil and hang it some place prominent where you will see it every single day. On the fridge or off your computer monitor. Doesn't matter as long as you will be sure to see it every single day. In a very short while your Conscious mind will cease to even notice the little charm. But your Unconscious will and its Magick message will be continuously reinforced.
If your desire is for something that will arrive once in your lifetime or at least one time at a time, like a new computer or a decent job, then you must implant the Sigil into the Unconscious by whatever technique you prefer be it meditation or orgasm or death postures (more on that later) and then you'll have to destroy it. A real bummer after all that effort, we know, particularly if it turned out really well, but necessary nonetheless.
Once you've destroyed it...(and we do mean completely destroyed it, preferably by fire which leaves the least recognizable remains behind)...then you have to forget all about the whole thing. Go do something mundane. Watch TV, that'll numb your brain into silence for sure. Whatever you do, don't think about it anymore. Be calm. Be confident. Be grateful. All good things come to those who wait.
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