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Magick and Consequences: My Experience with Sigils
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Some time last September, I started reading Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine. The core of this book is Chaos Magick. Essentially, Chaos Magick is a system of magick that allows for believing in whatever you want for the purpose of manifesting your desires. If you want to cast a love spell, then it pays to believe in a Love Goddess such as Aphrodite. If you want to reign down destruction on your enemies (assuming you have enemies) , then Mars, the God of War should by your deity. And, if you want forgiveness, and to love your neighbor, Jesus is the God for you.
Belief is the core of all Magick. I spell Magick with a K to distinguish it from stage magic, or illusion. Magick is defined by the magickian, Aleister Crowley: the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. This does not mean that we need lots of hocus pocus to cause change. If I want to lose weight, I might enroll in a gym, exercise more often, and go on a diet. If I want a new job, I will apply. But if there weren’t any hocus pocus, what fun would magick be?
And this is where Sigil Magick comes into play. Sigil Magick is a method of self-hypnosis and of casting spells. Self-hypnosis in that it works on the subconscious. Casting of spells in that it can have an effect on the outside world. The why of its effects on the outside world is a matter of debate. The theory is that the subconscious mind never forgets anything. The subconscious can be trained to act on command provided it is left to it’s own devices. This means that the conscious mind must not interfere. Problems with traditional mantras are that if we keep repeating, “I am thin, ” we may consciously think that that is not true because the mirror says I’m fat. The goal of sigil magick is to program our subconscious mind without our conscious mind thinking us to death.
This is how to make a sigil:
On a piece of paper, write out a statement of intent in capital letters.
“I WISH FOR LOVE”
Next, remove all the double letters.
Now, be creative, and make a picture out of the remainder of those letters. You can use any color, design, or method you wish. The letters can be hinted at or can be obvious.
Next Step is to make a mantra out of the outtake (“IWSHFORLVE”) of the original statement. We can do so by rearranging the letters to get something like: “LEVISH WORF”. It is important to rearrange the letters so our conscious mind forgets the original meaning.
Now, with the sigil in front of you, gaze into it and repeat the mantra over and over. Start slow, and gradually speed up. Speed up the mantra until your breathing is excited and you feel really into it. If you start to slur the words, that’s ok. Repeat the mantra until you simply stop.
Now, crumble up the mantra and throw it way or burn it. This part doesn’t matter as much. What does matter is that you dispose of it some way.
Finally, and this is important, laugh or act crazy. This is to shift the gears of your mind.
It’s also good to keep a record of your experience. I always keep a copy of the sigils I have made. Firstly so I can refer to them again in my journal and keep track of if they worked, and secondly to re-cast them if they prove successful.
Now that the background on Sigil Magick has been given, I would share with you some interesting circumstances I have had with a particular sigil.
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 22, 2013 (the Autumnal Equinox) , I cast a sigil for “ Beauty in Chaos”. Then I took a walk. Upon returning home, I looked down at my left wrist to discover that my expensive watch was gone. This has special significance with me, as I have always been obsessive with time. I studied physics in school to fuel my passion of time, and used to have every last clock and watch set to the exact same second. What could be more chaotic for me then not knowing what time it is? Since then, I have been less reliant on time and happier for it.
In fact, I have been wary of casting this sigil again, not knowing what might happen next. Yet, I had to know. So I cast this same sigil again last Friday night. Nothing happened until the following Sunday night. I was with a friend who needed to pick up a few odds and ends. As it happened she was prepared by having $50 in cash. In fact, I saw her count the cash 5 minutes before she lost it.
She frantically turned her car upside down without finding the cash. She didn’t remember having counted her money, and was quite hysterical when repeatedly asking when I saw her with it. I finally refused to answer her, because she didn’t believe me that I had seen her with it. All the time, my sigil kept coming to mind. I didn’t confess this naturally, because the non-magickally inclined typically don’t take magick seriously and this would only have made her more upset. We went back to my place with her feeling defeated and depressed.
The next morning, she confessed that she had found the money in her bra—someplace she hadn't used to stash money in so long that she never thought to look there.
The beauty here was just how upset people get when their realities are put to the test. While she was panicking about what happened to the money (a lot more so than the actual loss) , I was not in the least concerned about it’s where-abouts. I was focused on the simple fact that now the money is gone and lost. It didn't matter to me of where it was. Knowing where would not have helped me. Knowing that it is gone, on the other hand, gives me something to work with.
But don’t take my word for the effectiveness of sigils. I gave directions on their construction so that you, the reader, may try for yourselves.
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