OK, so you haven't read Liber Null, Practical Sigil Magick, the Grey Book, Visual Magick, or anything else on Sigil Magick, and don't have any money and/or hate books anyway. May this brief bit of fluff aid you in some way.
Sigilization, or Sigil Magick is generally attributed to Austin Osman Spare. I feel he got the idea from drawing up monograms as a child, or perhaps from looking at watermarks on paper.
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The general idea is that Magick functions on a subconcious/deep mind level, and that the logical/discursive mind only hinders the manifestation of results. It does this by 1) 'Lust of Result', and 2) constantly denying the possibility of manifestation. I.E., 'I can't get laid 'cos I'm a bastard!', or 'I'm stupid and clumsy and have no social graces, therefore I can'e be a waiter, even though I really really want to be one". There are other reasons, but I'm not going to go into them here.
Therefore Sigil Magick seeks to implant and embed directions and/or desires into the deep mind in a way that goes unoticed/unopposed by the rational/discursive mind.
Take a statement of Desire, containing no negative words, and write it out.
I WANT TO FUCK BOOTSY COLLINS (used as an example only)
But no, that's not quite right...too vague...
I WILL FUCK BOOTSY COLLINS
Yes, thats better. Forcefull is good.
Eliminate repeat letters.
Now make the letters into a monogram of sorts.
___________ \ /|\ / \ / | \ / \/ | \/ diagram simplified for ASCI (|) ___________Anyway, you use all the letters left over and make a little picture.
This is your 'seed', if you will.
Now, forget all about Bootsy for awhile, and take you little picture and PLANT IT!
There are a variety of ways to do this, and we'll look at some.
I will also be heretical here, and say one should not record their experiments with Sigil magick, and if they do, keep the records extremely vague. One good way to do this is to seal the paper used to work up your Sigil (perhaps the finished and charged sigil as well) in an envelope marked only with the date performed. Don't open the envelopes for at least six months. Still, I think that fast create/embed/destroy cycles work best.
Let me know of any questions, as well as fun or especially painful tales that arise from these practices. These will be collected in a future article, called 'Sigils as Harbingers of Personal Apocalypse' to be assembled when enough tales of mindrending horror amass.
This has been the Fireclown,
for Curious Yellow (Z)
Book of Results- Ray Sherwin
Practical Sigil Magick- Frater U.D.
The Grey Book- TOPY
Visual Magick- Jan Fries
Stealing the Fire From Heaven- Stephen Mace
and the Papa Zos Sigilicular Masterwork,
The Book of Pleasure (Self Love)- Austin Osman Spare
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