Sigil Magick: How to Create & Activate

Sigil Magick: How to Create & Activate

One of the greatest misunderstandings of magick in the modern world has to be that it has to be some long, drawn out, complicated effort or that you need a ton of obscure ingredients, put together in a very particular way, whilst chanting out an ancient text. I mean, if you want to practise magick like that, then I guess you can but actually I find magick to be most effective when it is simple and powered by the personal touch. Creating a sigil then is the perfect way to inject some personality into your magick.

What is a Sigil?

In simple terms, a sigil is a magickal symbol that you create using nothing more than a pencil, paper, an intention and a little imagination. Once created, it just needs to be charged and activated to start to work.

How to Create a Sigil

Start by choosing your intention. Intentions are powerful thoughts so it is important to pick carefully. The key thing is to frame your intention as if it is already yours so use the present tense rather than the future tense e.g. “I have the perfect job” instead of “I want the perfect job” or “I am with the perfect partner” instead of “I wish for the perfect partner”. Framing your intention in the future has the unfortunate effect of leaving you in a perpetual wanting phase so make sure your intention is phrased as if whatever you want is already yours.

I also strongly suggest avoiding intentions that focus on a particular person or object – by keeping it general we trust that the universe will manifest the best possible person/object for us, who will no doubt be a thousand times better than what we had in mind! We also avoid binding ourselves to someone or something that we later regret…

Now write out your phrase using your pencil and paper. Next, cross out all of the vowels. If we use the sentence:

“I HAVE THE PERFECT JOB”

Removing the vowels, this becomes:

“HVTHPRFCTJB”

Now take out any duplicate letters – in the example above, there are two “T’s” so we can take the second T out so we now have:

“HVTHPRFCJB”

Take these remaining letters and use them to doodle your sigil. You can use all or only some of the remaining letters from your intention phrase. Play around with writing them upside down, back to front, joined up, add in patterns if you wish, literally don’t think just move the pencil round the paper. If you don’t like the first sigil, try a different one until you find one that you feel symbolically represents your intention. It does not have to look like anything you’ve ever seen – that’s the beauty of it – it can be as random and crazy looking or as simple and basic as you please.

If you check out these sigil examples on Pinterest you’ll soon find that some have real artistic flair whilst others really are pure doodles. Personally I prefer the raw unique power of a doodle – there’s something of the primeval about those types of sigil.

Activation

Finally, it’s time to activate your sigil. Much of this will happen in the course of creating your sigil in the first place but to add some extra power and potency to your spell, you can also place it on your altar, surround it with crystals, leave it to charge under the moonlight, burn it or simply sit and meditate on the symbol you have created.

You have now created and activated your sigil.

Some like to leave their sigil in a prominent place where they can see it regularly whilst others prefer to dispose of theirs. I like to keep mine in the same box as I store my favourite tarot cards. This helps me forget it about it most of the time except for when I take out those cards when I always take a moment to look at my sigil and contemplate it briefly.

But Will it Work?

Like most things in life, if you really want it to work, you have to believe it will or there is little point in creating a sigil in the first place. Much of the power of this little symbol lies in the setting of the intention and trusting in your own ability to work with the universe to manifest your desires. You have to believe, not just wish, that you are powerful enough to create the life that you desire.

Creating the intention and then using your powerful imagination to turn it into its own unique symbol, is itself symbolic of your innate ability to turn your own goals and dreams into your own reality.

It’s also important to be realistic when it comes to timescales. You’re unlikely to wake up the next day, week or even month to the new reality you’ve decided to manifest. I created my last sigil when I was made redundant last year. Unsurprisingly I focused on finding the perfect job, hence the example above. I found a couple of temporary jobs that were far from what I had considered “perfect” when I created the sigil, but they were without a doubt, a step in the right direction. Fast forward 10 months and I’m now about to start a permanent role with a firm less than 3 miles from my home, on an increased salary that I had pictured at the time, doing the very job that I had envisioned at the level that I had hoped.

Sure, some might say that’s just coincidence and that all of this may have happened without the sigil being crafted but where’s the magick and the fun in that? I much prefer to live a life like Disney’s Peter Pan, one filled with “faith, trust and pixie dust”.

Happy crafting!

Want to Learn to Read Tarot?

Top Tips to Get You Started

Whenever I tell someone that I read tarot, responses can be mixed. Some give you that strange look that very clearly tells everyone in the vicinity that they think you’re not quite firing on all cylinders. Others look at you as if you’re the very definition of evil and the spawn of the devil. Each to their own. They’re entitled to their beliefs, just as I’m entitled to mine.

But my absolute favourites are by far the majority I’m pleased to say – the ones that are curious and interested in the secrets and mysteries the tarot has to offer. Often these folk would just like a reading and that’s fabulous of course, but every now and then I come across a person who would like to learn the tarot themselves, to do their own readings. As a reader myself, that’s always something of a thrill to discover about someone.

But Where to Start?

It’s the same with any new skill isn’t it – there seems so much to learn and it’s not always obvious where to begin. When I began, I was 12 and got a free pack in a magazine so that’s always a good place to begin looking, just to see if you’re interested without spending too much cash.

The tarot is, by its very nature, deeply symbolic being linked to astrology and its various glyphs, myths and legends and can be interpreted both upright and in the reverse. With 78 cards in a standard deck, that’s 156 different meanings to learn! That’s before we consider different spreads, how the cards placements affect matters and how the cards can even affect/be affected by other cards in the reading.

A good alternative then might be to invest in Angel Cards, Goddess Cards or Oracle Cards as these often come with their meanings literally written onto the card.

If you’re interested in seeing how this works in practice, I have recently uploaded a video on this very topic to our YouTube channel which I’ve included a link to here:

A good way to get yourself started as a reader…

If you enjoy the video or find anything helpful in it, please do like, share and subscribe to help support the channel and of course feel free to share with anyone you think might enjoy the content themselves.

And, if you’d be interested in more of these “How to” videos, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

Until next time…

What’s Your Greatest Asset?

How to Make the Most of Your Best Feature

Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, articles like this could regularly be found in every young girl’s magazine – how to maximise your bewitching eyes or contagious smile, master a timely hair flick or use make up or clothes to highlight your fantastic face or body shape.

With the arrival of the internet, nowadays, these articles can just as easily be found online but most articles continue to push this idea that your greatest asset or best feature has to be something physical. It’s a rare occurrence, relatively speaking, for it to be suggested that your greatest asset could in fact be unrelated to your physical appearance.

I personally love the following quote:

“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset”

Joss Whedon

I love this quote because it doesn’t really say whether that asset is a physical attribute or a personality trait, a talent or a skill. It could well be your dazzling smiling that people find captivating or maybe your persuasive personality can charm the birds from the trees. But I bet there’s also something else about you that you’ve been told is “weird”, in a good way, at least once or twice.

For me, I think probably being described as “down-to-earth” a few times suggests to me that this could well be mine. Not that being “down-to-earth” is necessarily something weird but maybe there’s something about me that makes this side of my personality stand out. For instance, maybe it’s because I come across so down-to-earth that I find it incredibly easy to small talk with virtually anyone. The good thing about this skill for me is that, most of the time, I can put people at their ease and build a rapport which certainly makes my job as a further education tutor that much easier when I’m meeting new students all the time.

“You have to be odd to be number one”

Dr Seuss

“Weirdness” for me is just what makes you stand out from everyone else or something unexpected, what marketers would call in business your “unique selling point” so I have to say I completely agree with Joss Whedon and Dr Seuss on this. I suppose it really depends on whatever makes you weird or odd!

Once you’ve figured out what it is about you that is complimented the most, the next thing to do is to learn how to make the most of this feature. So, if you’ve been told you’re funny, whilst you wouldn’t want to overdo it, knowing when and where to make use of this skill might be a way to be more successful – whatever success means to you.

Or, maybe simply being more aware of your strengths so that you can combine and play to all of them is your greatest asset?

Taking even 10 minutes just to sit and think about what makes you tick can help you with this exercise. Take away the job you do, how old you are, whether you’re a parent or not, what’s “expected” of you – if you had the choice, what is it you enjoy doing? That may well be your “weird” thing. How can you now make the most of it?

Quit Smoking: Day 1

I’ve had better days!

To be honest, I’ve probably had worse days too, but if I could sum up Day 1 of quitting smoking in one word it’d be: “emotional”.

It feels like a particularly malignant bout of PMS.

So far, I’m about 22 hours into a cold turkey quit. Here’s what’s helped and what hasn’t.

Helpful:

  • Starting the day off with a power yoga session
  • Watching clips on YouTube of others who have been through it
  • Talking to family about it
  • Toothpicks!
  • Positive self-talk
  • Work distractions

Not So Helpful:

  • Work stress!
  • Getting upset and feeling guilty for smoking for so long
  • Being near family that smoke
  • Being in places I would normally smoke

I’ve tried quitting for years, usually with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). I’ve tried the tablets which in fairness did work until I stupidly went on holiday and lit a cig up.

So here I find myself back in this no man’s land; my purgatory which I fully intend to conquer this time around.

I know from past experience that days 2, 3 and 4 can see my emotional state turn from feeling sad to angry and back again pretty quickly so I’m going to really watch and plan for this by doing more of the things that worked today, as well as getting a good night’s sleep and drinking plenty of water.

Good luck to anyone else on their QS journey. One day at a time…

Ready to Unlock the Mysteries of the Tarot?

Ready to Unlock the Mysteries of the Tarot?

Introduction

Tarot decks, in some form or another, have been around for centuries, with some tracing their origins back to the ancient world such as Ancient Egypt, whilst others say that their use didn’t actually originate in a form recognisable today until more like the 15th century, most commonly linked with places such as Italy and France.

Maybe it’s the fact that the origins of the cards themselves cannot fully be explained that continues to create the air of mystery that surrounds tarot reading even now in the 21st century, along with the numerous myths, beliefs and superstitions relating to the subject.

To learn more about the basics of the tarot, feel free to check out the linked article:

https://myholisticliving.co.uk/astrology-divination/tarot-oracle-cards/

What Makes the Tarot So Mysterious?

Whenever I tell someone that I read the tarot, their reaction to this information can be quite fascinating itself. Some are intrigued and express an interest in having a reading, others tell me they think it’s a load of mumbo-jumbo, whilst quite a few inform me that they have heard that the tarot is “evil” and that it’s a type of black magic or satanic which, frankly, really surprises me in this day and age.

But maybe the real secrets of the tarot lie in its simplicity. Whether your question, query or problem is straightforward or more complicated, the images on the cards will always prompt a reaction of some sort. It does not matter if the issue relates to love, career, travel, family, friendship or something else, the images on the cards and their general meanings do not change.

The type of question asked, the deck and spread used as well as the card’s position in the spread, whether it is being read in its upright or reversed meaning and how to read the cards as a whole within the spread i.e. how they relate to one another, do of course change the messages revealed in a reading but the actual meaning of the cards themselves are constant when looked at in their general sense.

So, Can Anyone Work With the Tarot?

What I think makes the cards so mysterious is the belief that only “readers” can understand the messages of the tarot. Whenever I read for someone, I encourage them to be an active part of the reading, rather than passively waiting for the meaning of the cards to be dictated to them.

In this sense, my role as “the reader” is far more rewarding – the person being read for becomes able to read the cards themselves, guided by me on some of the more complex aspects of tarot reading e.g. the card placement, how each card relates to the other cards in the spread, astrological links and any additional information that is specific to the spread and deck being used.

Whenever I’ve used this technique, the querent (person asking the question) becomes able to tell the story revealed in the images on the cards themselves – who knows the querent and their particular situation better than they do? Often they start off visibly nervous and/or anxious about what the cards might tell them but, as the reading progresses, their confidence in understanding the general messages of the tarot also becomes apparent as they realise the power they hold in working with the messages received.

How to Unlock the Mysteries of the Tarot Then?

The quickest way to start getting to grips with the mysteries of the tarot is to buy yourself a deck and begin with the Major Arcana (the cards numbered from Card 0 The Fool to Card 21 The World) and jot down whatever comes to mind when you look at those cards.

You can then compare your own impressions with whatever it says in the guidance book accompanying your deck. Were there any similarities/differences in what you felt or thought when you looked at the cards and what the book says? It doesn’t mean that your insights were “wrong” so it’s important not to second guess yourself at this point. You have just picked up on some individual messages and energies that may well be unique to you. You may wish to start your own “tarot journal” where you pull one card per day from the Major Arcana and see if the messages you receive over time change at all. Jot it all down in your journal. In this way, you build up your knowledge of the traditional meanings of the cards at the same time as learning to listen and trust your own intuitive messages. I still get new messages coming through with decks and spreads I’ve used for years and that really is part of the mystery of the tarot.

Want to Learn More?

I suggest working with the Major Arcana first as these tend to represent more obvious energies or situations that we are familiar with than the Minor Arcana at first glance.

However, I do understand that many people prefer to be “taught” how to read the cards and their energies. As a result, I’ve decided to begin working on a Free E-Book which can be used to help direct you through the mysteries of the Major Arcana and, if this proves popular, this can be expanded on to include the Minor Arcana also.

If this is something that you think could be of interest to you, leave me a comment as I intend to make the first copy of this Free E-Book available to those who express interest in it first and foremost by setting up a regular, members-only, email subscription just for those who sign up for this exclusive content.

So, Are you Ready to Unlock the Mysteries of the Tarot?