Last week, we decided it would be fun to commission a few sigils from another Tumblr siglist. We decided to go with Italian sigilist alicepinocchio (AKA Sakuradew on Tumblr, whose work has a beautiful simplicity to it. The challenge we gave her was simple: Visit SigilDaily.com and choose a few of our sigils that spoke to her. Then, we asked her to take the same statement of intent and create her own unique sigils from them.
If you’ve ever had to take a public speaking class — typically in college, or for professional advancement — you know just how absolutely nerve wracking it can be. It’s often stated that many people are less afraid of certain than they are of speaking in front of a crowd, and while that may be an exaggeration, it can absolutely feel that way when it’s your turn to speak to a room. You can panic, your heart booming away, your palms sweating like a faucet. It’s weird, but as social animals that evolved with an extremely real need to be accepted by the group, the fear of possible social rejection is as real as any physical threat.
This sigil serves as a reminder that anyone can get over their fear of public speaking. Once you get the hang of it, and your inner primate brain realizes that you’re not going to die from giving a presentation or making a toast at your best friend’s wedding, it becomes much easier. In fact, people can kind of become addicted to it. Just visit any Rotary Club meeting, where people who were once absolutely terrified of public speaking now find excuses to do it — for fun!
Think of it like the safer version of skydiving. Once you get over the fear, all you think about is finding another opportunity to get that rush of adrenaline again.
It can be scary to start a new job. Starting a new job where everyone is going to be issued a firearm, go through intense physical training, and then be assigned to deal with various foreign threats where death is very much a possibility … Let’s just say that a little trepidation is warranted in that situation.
This sigil doesn’t seek to diminish the very real dangers of military service. It simply states the desire to come through that experience as safely as possible, and with the best possible results.
Another request from a follower of our Tumblr page. If you’re on Tumblr, please consider following the SigilDaily project there, as we tend to be a bit more socially active and engaging there than on the website itself.
Love and romance is a tricky business. It often seems completely arbitrary, with there being little about finding that special someone new that is in the realm of the predictable. One can actively look for that spark of romantic connection for years, going on countless disappointing dates and mindlessly swiping on dating apps, never making contact with the right person. Then, by sheer chance, often at a time and place where you were not looking and completely unprepared — folding your clothes at a laundromat, attending a friend’s casual get together, or simply having lunch — it happens. Maybe it starts with a smile, an awkward glance, or a silly joke. Out of nowhere, you’re in love. It’s new, it’s exhilarating, and it’s even a little terrifying. It’s just what you needed.