Wisdom can come from the most unlikely of places. Take the quote of this sigil, for example. It reminds us that we have the power to create any kind of world we like, and that it can be as good, equitable, and benevolent as we can imagine. Just because happens to come from the fictional horse-headed alien cosmic superhero Beta Ray Bill doesn’t make it any less true.
This sigil was commissioned from Etsy-based sigilist Hala, and if you like what you see, it’s worth taking a moment to check out her shop. Thanks for the guest post, Hala!
Here’s a bit of modern sigil update to Alphonse de Lamartine’s famous quote, “Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.” If the language seems a little out of date, that’s probably because he wrote that in the mid-1800s. Perhaps we can forgive the language, given that he helped to end both the death penalty and slavery in France during the short-lived Second Republic.
I recently received an email asking my thoughts about one of the
“rules” of sigil creation, and I thought it worth sharing. Here’s the
relevant bit from the email:
I read your post about what makes a good basis for creating the sigil
and I wanted to ask if a specific phrase would be ideal got a sigil?
I’m not sure if it’s too vague, and it feels more like present
manifestation than using the “I will” format.
So the phrase is essentially “I Am A Bad Bitch”. Pardon the language.
Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Here’s my reply.
It’s important to remember that sigils are really just fancy symbols.
They only have the power and meaning that you give to them, so try not
to get too hung up on doing it “right.” It’s art, first and foremost,
and there are few forces in the universe that are more powerful than that.
Do you like the phrase? Does it have meaning to you? Will the symbol you
create from it resonate with you? Does the thought of having that symbol
accessible to you, whenever you need it, make you feel stronger, more
vibrant, and able to move about with newfound agency in the world?
If so, there’s not a person on this planet who can tell you that it’s
wrong, too vague, or incorrectly worded.
My opinion means less than nothing in this context. Your voice is the
only one that matters. If someone tells you differently, their world is
probably far too small to fit much magick inside.
I’m not the bad bitch here, you are. Own it. Use it. That’s the real magick.
Hope that helps.
I’ve made no
secret of my disdain for the “rules” of sigil creation that came from
this problematic era of occult study, and particularly the baseless 19th
century assertion that all sigils must use the “I will”
or present-tense formats. I’ve written about this weird, arbitrary
limitation before, and just how nonsensical it is from a chaos magick
Here’s the short version: The concept of “the
will” was very popular among
intellectuals in the late 1800s. It’s not based on very much, and
virtually all of the conclusions these people came to as a result of
this theory are laughable today. When someone says “This isn’t a real
sigil because it’s not in present tense,” or whatever variation, all I
hear is a pedantic “um, actually” that, in addition to being completely
outdated, brings very
little insight or value to conversation. Or to the art of sigilcraft,
for that matter.
We all know that intense feeling of heartbreak and pain. It seems to bubble up from an endless well, so cold to the touch that it burns. It’s a wound you can’t touch, and at time it seems like the ache will never fade. But it does. Numb at first. Then roaring back to life when even accidentally touched. Eventually, it becomes a dull bruise, reminding you to step gingerly around it.
And then, when you least expect it, the pain is replaced by something else. The memory of that pain will always be there — it’s a scar, and a part of you — but it’s no longer the burning thing it was. That’s healing, and while it always seems to take far longer than it should, it does happen.
Sometimes you may need a little help — someone to talk to, someone to reset the break, someone to help you stitch the wound — but as long as you’re still breathing in and out, you can heal.
Life is a dangerous, chaotic, and stressful experience. From that first disorienting moment of being pulled from the warmth and safety of the womb, to those final uncertain moments before the spark of consciousness fades, the whole thing is a hurricane of joys and heartbreaks. Thankfully, there’s also lot of downtime. But one of the things that makes it all manageable is the strength that comes from a solid, loving relationship.
Fires, flood, storms, droughts, economic collapse, pandemics, murder hornets … It’s all better with someone you love at your side. With the right person, this adversity and turmoil become bearable. In time, the become line items on a list of obstacles overcome. The bonds forged in those moments, however, remain strong.
That bond of love and partnership — romantic or platonic — is what this sigil represents.