or “Sigillise your wishes”
written by Ræveðis, June, 2015

Note from Author: This is a quick translation to English, from an article I wrote for the Danish magazine “Skyggebladet” (Shadowpages) – It’s a members magazine for the Danish association for practitioners of witchcraft and magic: Hekse.

Many people know about magic symbols, and use them in various forms in their witchcraft. But how do you actually make a magical symbol yourself, and how does it work?

There are so many theories in the field, and many different approaches to this. So I decided to take a look at one of the most personal, and in my mind, most effective modern solution. The techniques I discuss here, arise from the postmodern magical tradition, commonly known as Chaos Magick.

The method is quite simple, and very potent. Essentially it is based on the principle of implementing a conscious thought into one’s subconsciousness. Here the sigil will be able to work unhindered to achieve the goals you set. Depending on how you comprehend this system, the symbols may also be implemented directly into other people’s subconscious, or directly into what Jung describes as “the collective subconscious”. If you work your way towards magick to come in contact with the collective subconscious, you can expect to gain huge results out of very simple implementations – But here we will only be focusing on working into your own subconsciousness.

In all its simplicity, the technique can be boiled down to a few simple steps. There are several other ways to do this kind of work, but the method I describe here is the most used, and the best starting point in my opinion. If you work with rune magic, one can also use this technique to create potent binderuner.

Define your intentions:
To do this, you need to sit down and think about what your objectives are. Then express it in a sentence, one that’s not too ambiguous. For example: “Jeg vil gerne have mere success med mine kreative projekter” (“I would like to have more success with my creative projects”).

Once you have written your intentions down, read it through a few times, just to make sure that it can not be misunderstood or misinterpreted in any way.

Shorten the phrase:
Once you have formulated your intention in this way, you start on the real work to sigilise. Start by removing all the letters that repeats itself in your sentence, so only one remains. eg. the letter “e” appears several times in the sentence, so all “e”’s exept the first one is removed. You can do this by starting from either side of the sentence. I often feel that I get the best results from letting the first letter stay, and then removing the others. If anyone is familiar with regular expressions, you can use the formula:
(.) (? =. *? \ 1)

Thus the sentence: “Jeg vil gerne have mere success med mine kreative projekter” now becomes, “Jeg vil rn ha m suc d i ktv po”. It is important that you check the sentence several times, to make sure that there are no identical letters left.

There is more than one reason for this. The obvious reason is to eliminate mistakes. But the most important reason, and less obvious one, is that this allows time and opportunity for your subconscious to connect the new string with the original intention.

Once you’ve ensured that there are no recurring characters in the sentence, continue to remove all the vowels . Thus, the sentence is now: “Jg vl rn h m sc d ktv p”.

Side note: Before removing the vowels from the phrase, you may want to use words to put together a chant. For example. could take the sentence: “Jeg vil rn ha m suc d i ktv po” and in the same way as with the sigillising, try and work towards a chat. An example would be: “Ja’virn he’smiv kvo” or “Je’vi ha’su i’po”. Again, there are many approaches to this, ant this is just an example.

Sigillise the sentence:
Now things should start getting exciting. You take your remaining letters, and start drawing them on top of each other. The goal here is to reduce the intention to a simple sign. One that your subconscious mind will connect with the intention. This is the most difficult process for some people, but with a little practice it should be a breeze. The important thing is that you stop focusing on the letters as separate glyphs, and allows them to “devour” each other. After some time, and a few sheets of paper, you should reach something that feels magical, and done. Once you have this, then you have indeed made a stylized sigil, now symbolising your intention. Often I notice that I reach this stage, when I am able to reproduce the sigil without looking on previous copy.

Once there, you are ready for the next step:

Induce Gnosis:
Now, it’s time to work the sigil down into your subconscious. To do this, you have to bypass your consciousness first.

This is best done by achieving some kind of trance state, and then by focusing fully on designing your sigil in your subconscious mind, and if you feel ambitious enough, and now what you are doing; into the collective subconscious. There are various practical techniques for working with the collective subconscious, but as mentioned before, the technique I will describe here, is only focused on how to send your intentions into your own subconscious.

In Chaos Magick, the state of trance is often called Gnosis. And there’s two forms of Gnosis: Inhibited Gnosis (passive) , and excited Gnosis (active).

Inhibited Gnosis is the kind of trance that we experience by inhibiting ourselves. For example. in the form of meditation, sensory deprivation, hypnotic sleep and so on. Many use techniques where they focus on a light, a crystal ball, a psychedelic fractal, a black mirror, or the likes. The important thing is to choose the method that you are most comfortable with, and have the most experience with!

Excited Gnosis is the kind of trance gained by actively raising energy. This can for instance; be in the form of chanting, gjalder, joik, drums, dance and so on. This method is well suited for use in ritual work, and like with Inhibited gnosis, I can only recommend that you incorporate the techniques that you feel most comfortable with.

Achieve focus:
At the exact moment when you feel your gnosis state is peaking, stop and turn all your focus onto the sigil. You may stop completely whatever you where doing to obtain the gnosis state, and perhaps paint the sigil onto a piece of paper with a brush, or something like that, while you are in the focused state. The important thing is, that you don’t break concentration when doing this. You can also choose to visualize it, or if you have developed a chant; say it loud and clear for one last time.

Releasing the energy:
As soon as you feel you have achieved total focus, and worked the design into you subconscious mind, then you need to discharge quickly. It’s really important that you release the energy by interrupting your focus totally. This is best done by an act of aggression followed by immediate grounding. For example, by screaming loudly and let yourself fall on the ground. Or by tearing a piece of paper with the sigil into pieces, and burn it in a bowl or on a fire.

Now you have completed your work!

From here on, you should be able to use the sigil to motivate your subconscious. If you, for example where working towards a goal of eating less, or more healthy, you can draw the sigil on a scrap of paper, and hang it on your refrigerator. If your intention was to gain more focus at work, you can use it as desktop background on your PC, and so on. From there, your subconscious should automatically remember intention, and thereby allow the magick to work for you. If you feel the effect diminishes over time, you can also choose to meditate on sigil regularly, to keep it “fresh”

Good luck!

Side note: There are quite a few examples of people who are actively working with this kind of magick. The musician Richard David James, is known to have prepared his logo to “Aphex Twin” in this manner. And this is probably one of the better known examples of chaos sigil, that many people recognize when they see it.

Celebrities that are known to work with chaos magic:
David Lynch, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Anri du Toit & Watkin Tudor Jones (Die Antwoord), Grant Morrison, William S. Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan McGee and Richard D. James (Aphex Twin).