Sigil Magick Basics

Sigil Magick Basics are covered in just about any beginner/introductory book to Chaos Magick you can find. Each one has a slightly different take on it, but undoubtedly are covering the same material, as it is one of the major 3 techniques used in chaos magick (In my opinion these are sigil magick, servitor building, and the transference of belief). So I will be referring to the most commonly found introductory books in this post.


LIBER NULL, Peter J. Carroll

The section concerning sigil creation can be found on pages 20-22. He describes the process as well as WHY sigils fail so often. I think this is really relevant as a lot of people fail to recognize that a large portion of the success of a sigil is the process of forgetting it in order to suppress the fear of failure. As he says,” There are three parts to the operation of a sigil. The sigil is constructed, the sigil is lost to the mind, the sigil is charged. In constructing a sigil, the aim is to produce a glyph of desire, stylized so as not to immediately suggest the desire,” (pg 20). There is also a page of examples of the word method, the pictorial method, mantrical spell method.



For a lot of people, this is the first introductory book they can get their hands on, probably because it is available so freely on the internet. What a lot of people aren’t aware of though is that this book is almost just like Condensed Chaos. In particular, the sigil magick section is exactly the same, so please see the bit below for Hine’s info on sigil magic.


CONDENSED CHAOS, Phil Hine (Review coming soon; I will update this link when it is available!)

The section on sigil magic in this one is on pages 82- 88 (the rest of this chapter covers more advance techniques that we will discuss next week!).  Here he calls sigil magic “one of the simplest and most effective forms of results magic used by contemporary magicians” (pg 82). Hine uses a technique he refers to as S.P.L.I.F.F., an acronym that stands for:

S- Statement of Intent

P- Pathways Available

L- Link Intent to Symbolic Carrier

I- Intense Gnosis/Indifferent Vacuity

F- Fire

F- Forget

Your statement of intent is a precise statement that clarifies exactly what it is you want from this sigil. The pathways is a reminder that you have to put in work for the sigil to be a success- otherwise the universe will have it happen in a way you don’t necessarily want. Linking your intent is the part that most people think of as actual sigil making; creating the monogram or glyph, mantra, or hand gesture. The intense gnosis is your method to fire the sigil, either through sensory overload or deprivation. Fire is when you hit the peak of your gnosis and send it to the universe. (Hine discusses the ways of doing that through orgasm, which is a really common approach among newcomers who are men it seems). Forget is literally that; you need to try to forget the sigil, its intention, and why you wanted it or it will become unlikely that it will manifest.



This book is often confused with the other book of the same name, by Austin Osman Spare, however they are different. Much of this book is based on AOS’s writings, and it is commonly viewed as another great introductory book despite the difficulty one has in obtaining it in a physical copy (at least for a reasonable price). Mace views sigil magick as another form of elementary conjuring (pg 23-26); stating that “To conjure successfully, then, the sorcerer who uses repression must stifle his desire so it splits off from his ego, and then energize it so it can carry out his mission. And it must be energized; simple forgetting is not enough” (pg 23).  The method he describes as well is the ever-popular glyph method, as well as the use of vacuity to release the sigil.



Sigil Creation is covered in chapter 16, on pages 107- 117. The reasoning behind why sigil magic works is covered, as well as the problems with the desire of result. Remember, “a sigil is any encapsulation of a desire in the form of a statement of intent that is not immediately recognizable by the conscious mind” (pg 109). Your statement of intent typically should begin with “It is my will…” He discusses checking before you charge with a divination system (so does Hine), and then typical methods of sigilization, such as the glyph, mantra, and pictorial methods. He also covers Automatic drawing and other automatic sigil methods, which is typically considered a somewhat more advanced method. Chapter 17 is also a fairly basic sigil chapter, covering the fire-and-forget method, the wanking method (apparently popularized by Grant Morrison), as well as states of mind, props, and gestural sigils.


So here’s a basic overview:



For the pictorial method you want to start with a basic sketch of your intent, then reduce the lines to a simple sigil. I’d draw one of those, but I am far from an artist lol.


When you charge your sigil you will want to use your preferred method of gnosis. Some of the techniques I have used in the past are drumming, spinning in circles, drawing the sigil out on the ground with your feet while dancing, and seriously, just getting really worked up about something and then burning the sigil. I also use candles to charge/fire/forget sigils frequently with some luck.


Hope this helps you guys out, next week we will be covering some of the more advanced methods of sigil magick that are written about, as well as just other base-line information that relates. *shrug*

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