What exactly is a sigil?

What exactly is a sigil? how do you come up with one, do different patterns symbolize different things? Are they always black and white, or can you use colors/

Thank you
Malinda

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This is a wonderful set of questions, malinda. Thank you.

While I can’t answer the color part, I know Megan and Francisco have some excellent replies here: Sigils, What to do? I can’t wait for the other responses to your questions because I don’t work with sigils and this is an excellent time for me to learn more.

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It’s like a little magickal symbol that you’ve created~if you’re feeling daunted there are online free sigil creators that can help you to get started!

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thank you! I’ll look for a sigil creator, that may help me understand.

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I have a very basic understanding but I wouldn’t know about creating them or anything. I think @MeganB or @Francisco work with them. I haven’t because I don’t fully understand them. I am going to pay attention to the answers as well!

Thank you @AliceInWonderdab, I have seen sigil engines in the forum but I never thought to search for one on my own. I like to have a good understanding of what I am searching for though. I’m kind of picky.

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The link that @praecog29 provided above has some useful methods to work with sigils.

Regarding what they are exactly, here’s my reply another topic where we were discussing deities and sigils:

Historically, noblemen had a “sigil ring” which was a seal (stamp) built into a ring. This sigil was a sign of authority which they could use to stamp (wax) on important documents as proof of authenticity.

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The Seal of Solomon, for example, comes from the legend of the signet ring attributed to King Solomon in medieval Arabic tradition. There are many versions of it, here’s one:

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The term sigil derives from the Latin sigillum, meaning “seal”.

The word sigil… has a long history in Western magic. The members of the Golden Dawn were perfectly familiar with it (″combining the letters, the colours, the attributions and their Synthesis, thou mayest build up a telesmatic Image of a Force. The Sigil shall then serve thee for the tracing of a Current which shall call into action a certain Elemental Force″) and it was used in the making of talismans. The sigil was like a signature or sign of an occult entity.

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Thank you its all starting to make sense now!
malinda

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I agree with @malinda, now it’s starting to make sense. I have seen those rings elsewhere. So it’s sort of like the crests in other parts of Europe that, just it was on a ring that could be used with a wax seal. So that acted kind of like a notary does with their seals. (I’m a notary in MA & remember having the seal to do on documents. Now they allow you to use a regular stamp)

Thank you so much for the information @Francisco!

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I made a lot of sigils during the pandemic :slight_smile: for the protection of loved ones. I like to take the traditional approach and put a spin on it. So, for example, I wrote “Beverly is safe.” Beverly is my sister. I struck out all the vowels. I struck out repeating consonants. I had a little group of letters that still kind of looked like Beverly is safe :slight_smile: I count the lines and the curves in the letters. Here is the fun part. I make the lines or letters as big or small as I want but try to use the exact number. Now this just…happened. I was making my sister’s sigil. I was using pink because that is her favorite color. It turned into…a depiction of a mouse! And what was cool about that was she was just scolding me for putting down mouse traps. I thought how funny that her protective sigil would look like a mouse (that she had been trying to protect). Then I did her wife’s sigil. She is very proud of her Irish heritage, so I used a green marker. It just evolved effortlessly into a shamrock! The others I did were more abstract but I was so tickled about those. I don’t know if sigils are supposed to represent something figurative but it just “happened” so I didn’t change it. I put them in front of their framed photographs after “cleansing” them. I would post the photo of the sweet little mouse sigil but I’m not sure how to do that yet :upside_down_face:

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this is all so cool!! Thank you for sharing

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