frater u.d

Austin Spare’s Stele of Revealing

Sigil Magick is defined as a magickal system that makes use of occult characters, diagrams, condensed verbal intentions, geometric symbols, mystical alphabets, angular signatures of spirits and other kinds of symbolic or hieroglyphic representations. The word sigil comes from the Latin word sigilum, which means “seal.” Of additional significance is the Hebrew word SGULH or sagulah, which means “some kind of word or action” that has a specific spiritual or magickal impact. The use of sigils in magick has its roots in antiquity, possibly from Hebrew sources, since sigils often accompanied magickal squares, which were used extensively in the Jewish tradition of ceremonial magick. 

Most often, sigils, or specialized characters, were incorporated into grimoires and had a traditional use, requiring the wielder to copy them exactly as depicted, even though they had to have been invented by someone at some point in history. These kinds of sigils were carefully crafted using very specific techniques (and not derived from either imagination or revelation), but the methodology used for their creation is typically missing from those same works. (A good example that shows how these sigils were developed can be found in Donald Tyson’s version of “Three Books of Occult Philosophy” originally written by Agrippa - particularly Appendix V on Magick Squares (Llewellyn 1997).)

Some believe that magickal sigils or characters have a power and potency all to themselves, others believe that a sigil has to be activated, at the very least, by the imagination and will of a trained and competent magician. Some grimoires are notorious for the sigils and characters that they contain, lending weight to the superstition that sigils have an independent volition quite separate from whoever invented or wields them. Most often, sigils are reputed to be the specialized symbolic names of angels, demons or various spirits, and the sigil is used to summon and evoke them. This makes a sigil similar in some ways to the “Veve” as found in Haitian Vodoun. Still, sigils used as the symbolic name of a spirit assumes that the sigil is a more pure and direct representation of that spirit’s true nature, and of course, whoever knows the “true” name or nature of a spirit has direct power over it. 

When I perform an invocation or an evocation, I will employ a sigil crafted from the name of the target spirit. That sigil can be derived from a number of sources, but I generally use the Rose diagram from the Golden Dawn Rose Cross, which has the Hebrew letters drawn on the three concentric circles of petals, representing the triple division of those same letters (3 mother letters, 7 double letters and 12 single letters). One could also derive a spirit sigil from one of the appropriate magickal planetary squares, depending on the spirit’s hierarchical association, since there are different squares for each of the seven planets. There is also the Aiq Bkr magickal square that can be used to craft a sigil from a spirit’s name.

Essentially, a sigil is a visual magickal sign of some sort, whether it’s taken from some traditional body of magickal lore (grimoire or tradition), or created by the magician to represent the name of a spirit or to encapsulate a specific intention or desire. Manufacturing sigils became the hallmark of the famous British witch and sorcerer, Austin Osman Spare, who proposed a system of creating sigils by condensing and extracting the forms of the letters from a phrase that stated the magician’s intent. Spare called this methodology “sigilization,” and it was later adopted by Chaos magicians and others who use it as an independent system of magick. Sigilization is employed for casting spells, organizing and deploying an “alphabet of desire” for the same, or building up thought forms. However, it is probably one of the most direct and useful methods for creating a magickal link that I ever seen or experienced.

First, let me define what a magickal link is, and why it’s important in certain kinds of ritual magick. A link is employed whenever a magician seeks to make something happen in the material world. It is usually tangible in some manner and it should model or symbolize the magician’s intention. A link is a symbolic quality that establishes a connection between the magician, his desire, the magickal power raised and the intended target, whatever that happens to be. 

In archaic forms of magick, the link was usually something that was directly “linked” or attached at some point to the target, such as hair, finger nail parings, blood, jewelry or clothing, if the target was to be a person. If the target was more general, then the link consisted of herbs, power objects (stones, crystals, odd shaped pieces of wood), bird or animal parts (or even human parts), bits of metal (magnets, nails) or other curious odds and ends collected while on the hunt for internal occult connections. A table of correspondences would also help the magician sort out and select analogous items consisting of colors, incense, herbs, gem stones, precious and semi-precious metals - the list is nearly endless. 

These various objects would be put together in an artistic manner to symbolize the intent, such as piercing an apple with rusty nails, piercing dried organs or herbs with thorns, or creating a poppet or miniature human shape out of wax or some tuber, adorning it with bits of hair, finger nails or cloth, and then baptizing and naming it for the intended target. The objects would be blessed, charged, assembled, and the final product would be used in a spell to make something happen. The completed link object could be put in a metal container or a bottle, a leather or cloth pouch, and either kept, buried or burned. In some cases words could be printed on the object, or perhaps even a scrap of cloth or paper could be used to contain drawings and words or names. In antiquity, curses were drawn and written out on lead sheets, folded and dropped into a well or stuck between the stones of the victim’s home. 

Organic or inorganic links are called “gross links” because they are made from organic or inorganic materials, where the actual physical form and structure determines its use and intended purpose. Writing something down on a parchment, paper, cloth or a thin sheet of metal is a very different kind of link. A drawing or writing represents a transitional kind of magickal object, becoming more of what I call a symbolic link, since it uses symbolic forms to depict and establish the link. 

A symbolic link is more versatile than a gross link, which is normally used just once. A symbolic link often caries no trace of any previous spell on it, so it can be reused for other purposes. A link that could be fashioned to be used multiple times would require that the original intent was the same. For instance, you could fashion a symbolic link for acquiring money, use it for yourself, and then at another time, use it for a friend. So long as there were no identifying factors or names, a general symbolic link can serve multiple purposes.

In the energy model or theory of magick, a link is used to imprint the raised energy before it’s exteriorized to fulfill the magician’s intention. The raised energy can be highly qualified, or not, but it still has to be imprinted with the magician’s desire. In the system of magick that I use, a sigil is employed to facilitate the instrumentation of a link. The act of imprinting the energy is where the magician wills the link, in the form of a sigil, and the raised energy into a unified field. (This technique will be discussed in more detail later in another section.) 

Crafting a sigil to be used as a link doesn’t usually trigger it’s inherent effect or cause the desire to become manifest by itself. This is because one needs to charge or consecrate the sigil after fashioning it, and then apply it as a link within a magickal working where the energy is raised. Others may perform sigil magick as an independent magickal mechanism, so in that situation it’s possible that the act of crafting it might actually trigger the spell. 

Since it is my habit to always craft a sigil just prior to performing a working (and I have never, to my knowledge, crafted one without it being used in a working), it would be difficult for me to judge whether the act of crafting the sigil prematurely triggered a working. I just know that in order for a ritual working to be successful, a link must be fashioned and used to imprint the energy. The two magickal operations performed sequentially are being blended together, but it’s possible to fulfill a working with just the internalized application of the link. Now that I have explained how I use sigilization in my magickal workings, I should probably describe how to actually craft a sigil. 

The general rule for crafting a sigil is to start out by writing a phrase that encapsulates the intention of the rite. It should be written in upper case, then the phrase is reduced to a simple pictographic diagram through a process of reduction and simplification, where the curves, lines, and intersected forms of those actual letters are reduced to a unique set and reassembled into a kind of logo. 

Let’s go through the steps that one would typically follow to produce a sigil, keeping in mind that there are a lot of variations and methods used in this technique. How I do it may not be exactly the same as how others do it, but each practitioner will ultimately find a technique that works for them. 

1. Write out a phrase of your intent; make it as simple and specific as possible. You can also eliminate words like “I” or “desire” or “will” from the phrase since that would be redundant. Just state what you intend or seek to make happen. 

To make things easier, you will want to print this phrase out in all capital letters, but actually, I prefer to add the nuance of having larger and smaller letters in the mix. Using all caps actually helps to reduce the number of linear forms in the sample of extracted letters. 

The act of succinctly stating one’s intention also helps to simplify and refine the intention of a work. It’s better to reduce the intention down to one thing. If you are seeking to make more than one thing happen, then you should employ more than one phrase and then build multiple sigils from them. (It might also be necessary to perform separate workings for each sigil link as well.)

2.  Looking over the phrase, from left to right, eliminate all redundant letters - or letters that occur more than once. Now the phrase should just have all of the unique letters in the order that they first occur.

3. Next, eliminate letters that are variations of each other, for instance, “M” and “W” are analogous to each other. Break out of the letters the various analogous structures, like the cross bar in the “E”, “R”, “F”, “A”, “H” or “G”, the curve in the “B”, ‘C”, “D”, “G”, “J”, “P”, “R”, “S” or “U”, and the vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines that are found in the remaining letters. All of the these forms are reduced down to a single form, or dual forms facing left or right. The “O” can become a small circle or it can be fused with the rest of the curves, being a left and right curve joined together. What you have now are just single incidences of multiple structures (essential forms) arrayed in a line, like letters.

4. Assemble the line of essential structural forms together again to create a condensed linear form, which should look something like a pictographic representation or logo of the original phrase. This last step may require several attempts to find a final structure that “looks” elegant and interesting to the eye. You can fashion a single sigil form, or multiple sigils. Using multiple iterations to build a sigil makes for a less cluttered final sigil structure. If you are going to use a name in your sigil, then I would recommend making that a separate sigil form from the actual intention. 

The point of this exercise is to produce a final structure that is simplistic, looks something like a pictograph of the intention, and the letters used in the original phrase can still be perceived in the final shape, although this last condition is not as important as creating a memorable pictograph. 

I usually have to make four or five passes using this process before I am able to condense the form down to something that is esthetically pleasing and interesting to look at. Austin Spare was something of a graphic genius when it came to this kind representation (he could probably do it automatically and in one pass), but you don’t have to measure your results by that very high standard. 

While working out the sigil, I will use a pencil on a scrap of paper, but the final form will be rendered on parchment with a special water-proof ink. It could also be painted on a piece of board, cloth, etched on metal, or even drawn on the floor or wall of your temple. However it is finally done, it will become an important magickal instrument, so the act itself should be executed as if it were a magickal rite, with the intention of the sigil and its associated desire strongly fixated in the mind of the magician. 

Once the sigil is crafted, it will need to be consecrated if it’s to be used in a magickal working. This step is not followed by many who use sigilization magick, but this is how I do it, and it keeps the sigil from being too active until its intended use. I will consecrate the sigil with just a spot of lustral water (carefully applied with a wand) and then fumigated over an incense burner just before performing the working. For the sigil of a spirit, I would use consecrated wine, leaving a small stain on the corner as a sign that the sigil parchment has been activated. 

Although I don’t actually work sigil magick without also performing a working of some kind, the basic idea behind it is to fill the mind with an emotional charge associated with the desire or intention so that no other thoughts or feelings are possible. This is a type of powerful obsession, often accompanied with a deep focused trance. This mind state is gradually built up through the process of crafting the sigil and then it’s elevated once the sigil is committed to its final form, executed in ink on parchment, or in whatever media is elected. The magician holds the sigil before his sight, focusing on the image of the design (not the words that were used to build it), while the emotional sentiments associated with the spell are worked to a climax. Then the sigil is either destroyed or set aside and promptly forgotten, allowing the image of the sigil to work in one’s unconscious mind. The magician can generate an intensely focused climax in a number of different ways, such as an orgasmic release through sex magick, masturbation, or even assuming Spare’s Death Posture. Yet often just intensely focusing the mind for a period of time and then quickly releasing it, is sufficient to obtain a good result.  

I should probably mention two other methods that are used to create a sigil device. These are the methods of fashioning a mantra or using condensed pictures. The mantra technique is similar to the word based sigil, except the reduced set of letters and vowels are arranged to spell out a magickal word or formula. It will most likely (though not always) be a nonsense word, but it will symbolize a specific intent. It will function as a barbarous magickal word of power, which can be used in a chant or as a mantra. A sigil derived from a picture or symbolic images (such as the symbols for the elements, planets, astrological signs, alchemical symbols, or even international traffic signs) uses the same methodology as stated in steps 3 and 4 for building a word sigil, where the forms are broken apart, condensed and reassembled. 

That’s briefly how to formulate and use sigils as links in the discipline of ritual magick. This is based completely on how I do it, so of course, there will be a lot of possible variations. I doubt that two magicians who use this technique do it exactly in the same manner, but I believe that I have revealed the basic steps that most would follow. A more thorough resource on the art of sigil magick is to be found in the book “Practical Sigil Magic” by Frater U.D. (Llewellyn, 1990), which I heartily recommend.

© Frater Barrabbas

crystalsnsigils  asked:

Do you know of any good witch books that have spells, meanings, that sort of thing?

Depends on what subject.  For spellbooks there are a lot of them out there like the  Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells.  
For meanings on crystals and metals I recommend scott cunningham crystal gem metal magick, because it is the only book I have come across that doesn’t get into cultural appropriation and misinfo about chakras in their crystal book.
For sigils I recommend Frater U.D. practical sigil magic.
It really depends on what you want to learn.

-Robin

My Magical Library

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

The illustrated signs and symbols source book
-Adele Nozedar

Encyclopedia of black magic
-Cassiel

The encyclopedia of magickal ingredients
-Lexa Rodéan

The encyclopedia of magical herbs
-Scott Cunningham

Complete book of correspondences
-Sandra Kynes

The encyclopedia of Witches and witchcraft
-Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Encyclopedia of astrology
-Nicholas Devore

ASTROLOGY

astrology for the Aquarian age
-Alexandre Mark

Eyewitness companion
Astrology
-Julia & Derek Parker

Astrology
-Jeff Mayo

DIVINATION

the Mythic tarot
-Juliet sharman-Burke & Liz Greene

Shadowscape companion
-Stephanie pui-mun law & Barbra Moore

Complete book of tarot spreads
-Evelin Burger & johannes Fiebig

Designing your own tarot spreads
-Teresa Michelsen

The Crowley tarot
-Alester Crowley

The practical pendulum book
-D. Jurriaanse

Lovers guide to palmistry
-Jon saint-Germain

DREAMS

dream magic
-Sirona knight

The dream book
-kemp

The illustrated dream dictionary
-Russell Grant

The dream encyclopedia
-James R Lewis

10,000 dreams interpreted
-gustavus miller

SPELLS & CHARMS

Crowns book of magical words
-Valerie Worth

The book of charms
-Elizabeth villiers


Charms spells & formulas
- Ray T Malbrough

Crowns book of charms and spells
-Valerie Worth

The complete book of charms and talismans
-Migene González-wippler

Wicca love spells
-Gerna Dunwitch

The good spell book
-kemp

Spells for the solitary witch
-Eileen Holland

CANDLE MAGIC

magical candle crafting
-Ember Grant

Candlelight spells
-Gerna Dunwitch

Practical candle burning rituals
-Raymond buckland

CRYSTAL MAGIC

the book of crystal spells
-ember grant

Cunningham’s encyclopedia of crystal, gem, & metal magic
-Scott Cunningham

Crystal balls & crystal bowls
- Ted Andrews

The crystal bible
-Judy hall

NATIVE MAGIC

earth Medicine
- Kenneth meadows

The way of the shaman
-Michael Harner

Zuni Fetishes
-Hal zina bennett

KITCHEN WITCHCRAFT

A WITCHES BREW
-Patricia Telesco

The real witches kitchen
-Kate west

The Wicca cook book
-Jamie Wood & Tara seefeldt

A kitchen witches cook book
- Patricia Telesco

SYMBOLISM

Signs & symbols
-Philip Wilkinson

Practical sigil magic
-Frater U.D.

Destiny
-Rowena pattee kryder

The secrets of high magic
-Francis Melville

A dictionary of symbols
-J. E. Cirlot

Ritual body art
-Charles Arnold

The element encyclopedia of secret signs & symbols
-Adele Nozedar

Signs symbols & omens
-Raymond buckland

Sacred art sacred earth
-Heyoka Merrifield


GRIMOIRES

witch crafting
-Phyllis curott

Moon magic
-D.J. Conway

Wild witches don’t get the blues
-Ffiona Morgan

Making magic
-Edain McCoy

Practical Protection magic
-Ellen Dugan

Wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner
-Scott Cunningham

Pure magic
-Judika Illes

Book of Witchery
-Ellen Dugan

Cunninghams book of shadows
-Scott Cunningham

Celtic lore & spell craft of the dark goddess
- Stephane Woodfield

The Egyptian book of the dead
-E.A. Wallis Bugge

The fourth book of occult philosophy
-Donald Tyson

The book of grimoires
-Claude Lecouteux

Everyday magic
-Dorothy Morrison

Mrs B’s guide to household witchcraft
-Kris Bradley

Grimoire for the apprentice wizard
-Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

GREEN WITCHCRAFT

WylundTs book of incense
-Steven Smith

Magical herbalism
-Scott Cunningham

Earth air fire& water
-Scott Cunningham

Green witchcraft
-Ann Moura

Green witchcraft II
-Ann Moura

Green witchcraft III
-Ann Moura

Cottage witchery
-Ellen Dugan

The way of the green witch
-Ann Murphy-Hiscock

Incense oils and brews
-Scott Cunningham

Spell crafts
-Scott Cunningham& David Harrington

The herbal alchemist
-Karen Harrison

The green witch herbal
-Barbra Griggs

MISCELLANEOUS MAGIC

drawing down the moon
-Margot Adler

The Kabbalah Decoded
-Duckworth

The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
-Frances A. Yates

Monsters
-John Greer

The Enneagram
-Helen Palmer

The Occult a history
-Colin Wilson

Space Clearing
-Stella Martin

Book of spirit communications
- Raymond buckland

HERBAL REFERENCES

The out door world
-Jo smith & peter j Hayes

The complete Medicinal Herbal
-Penelope ody

Mother natures herbal
- Judy Griffin PHD

The doctors book of herbal home remedies
-Varro E Tyler PhD ScD

The folk remedy encyclopedia
-the editors of FC&A medical publishing

The Rodale Herb book
-Rodale press

This list is ever growing and never ending, it will be added on in the future.
Books owned by The Witch Darkest Of Lights.

Do not remove my SOURSE for my photo.
Most  of the magical literature available today is written like a ‘recipe book;. Instead  of explaining the basic laws that govern magic, most authors - even the older ones - usually just provide individual 'recipes’. […] Unfortunately, what’s often misunderstood here is the fact that such recipes are not effective 'automatically’ by themselves.  This is a mistake that many people, especially beginners, continue to make again and again. They constantly search for the 'real, true, 100 percent effective ritual’ or the 'ultimate magical formula’. 
Now I’m not saying that all such recipes are completely useless. But if we’re not able to understand the basic formula of magic first before we use them, they’re not even worth the paper they’re written on.
—  High Magic, Frater U.D

anonymous asked:

hi, I'm new to the craft and just wanted to know if you could point me to the right place or a book I could read about Sigils. I'm very interested in learning more .... thank you!

Well, THIS blog is definitely the right place to go, you know, being theSIGILwitch ;)

Anyways, I have this [sigil FAQ masterpost] that I like to pass around, where I answered lots of common questions about sigils as well as provided a large majority of links for further reading. Long post, but tons of information, covers lots of areas, and I am always okay to expand upon that.

If you just want a bunch of resources, I’ll copy-paste it from the sigil FAQ:

Links and Resources

Have fun ;)

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Got inspired to make a list of my magickal and magickal related books.  :)

Alchemy

*The Alchemist’s Kitchen: Extraordinary Potions and Curious Notions by Ogiluy

Astrology

*Astrology by Burk

The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Cheung

*Personology by Gary Goldschneider 

*The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Woolfolk

Celtic

*Magic of the Celtic Otherworld by Blamires

*By Oak, Ash, & Thorn by Conway

*Draoicht by Corrigan

*The Fire & Well Spellbook by Corrigan

The Druidry Handbook by Greer

*Druid Magic by Mann

*Celtic Inspirations by Wilde

Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess by Woodfield

Celtic History

The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom by Matthews

Celtic Myth

*Celtic Myths and Legends by Ellis

Defense

*Magickal Self Defense by Cuhulain

*Protection and Reversal Magick by Miller

Curses, Hexes, and Crossing by S. Connolly

Divination

*Psychic Palmistry by Ahl

*Numerology by Barrett

*Complete Book of Tarot Spreads by Burger

*The Book of Ogham by Thorsson

Runecaster’s Handbook by Thorsson

*The Runes Workbook by Wild

Draconian 

Aegishjalmur by Kelly

Apophis by Kelly

Dreams

Symbols, Signs, & Dream Interpretation

The Book of Dreams

The Dream Dictionary

*Psychic Dreamwalking by Belanger

Egyptian History

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Mertz

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Everyone by Scott

Fables

Aesop’s Fables

Fae and Other Creatures/Beings

The Encyclopedia of Fairies

The Lore of the Unicorn by Avenel

*Fantasies and Other Realities by Eriksen

Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, & Goblins by Rose

Fairy Tales

*The Random House Book of Fairy Tales

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

Fiction

*The Book without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic by Avi

*So Mote it Be by Bird

Merry Meet by Bird

*Second Sight by Bird

*What the Cards Said by Bird

*Witches’ Night Out by RavenWolf

*Witches’ Night of Fear by RavenWolf

*Witches’ Key to Terror by RavenWolf

Folktales

QPB Treasury of North American Folktales edited by Peck

Greek Myth

Greek Gods and Heroes by Graves

The Greek Gods by Hoopes

The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology by Michael Stapleton

Handfasting

*Handfasting and Wedding Rituals by Kaldera

Healing

Healing Mantras by Ashley-Farrand

Practical Feng Shui: Arrange, Decorate and Accessorize Your Home to Promote Health, Wealth and Happiness by Brown

The Joy of Reflexology: Healing Techniques for the Hands & Feet to Reduce Stress & Reclaim Health by Gillanders

Introducing Spirituality into Counseling & Therapy by Khan

Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Miles

Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas by Villoldo

Herbs

The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia: Olive Oil, Vinegar, Honey and 1,001 Other Home Remedies by Beasley

*Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs

*Magickal Herbalism by Cunningham

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies by Fiedler

Back to Eden by Kloss

Hermetics

The New Hermetics by Newcomb

History

The Story of Man III.  The Middle Ages by National Geographic Society

The Story of Man IV.  The Renaissance: Maker of Man by National Geographic Society

History of Witchcraft

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe by Clark

The Golden Bough by Frazer

Ritual, Myth, & Magic in Early Modern Europe by Monter

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages by Russell

Irish History

A Short History of Ireland by Wallace

Irish Myths and Folk Tales

Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Curtin

Magick

*The Magickal Household by Cunningham

Enochian Vision Magick by DuQuette

*Practical Sigil Magick by Frater U.D.

The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic by Gonzalez-Wippler

Foundations of Practical Magic by Regardie

Meditation/Insight

*The Soul’s Book of Answers by Bolt

The Power of Concentration by Dumont

Book of Tao translated by MacHovec

Yoga and Mysticism by Prabhavananda

Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart by Seaward

*Trance: From Magic To Technology by Wier

Myths and Legends

Minute Myths & Legends by Schubert

Handbook of Classical Mythology by William Hansen

Nonfiction

*Book of Shadows by Curott

Occult

Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Agrippa

*The Kybalion by Atkinson

*Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

*The Mystical Qabalah by Fortune

The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by Greer

*The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King by Mathers

*The Key of Solomon the King by Mathers

The Golden Dawn by Regardie

Oils

The Art of Aromatherapy: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Health and Relaxation by Allardice

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews by Cunningham

Past Life

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Discovering Your Past Life

*Sun Signs and Past Lives by Ashman

Search for the Soul Time-Life

Psychic

Quantum Psychics: 2nd Edition by Kelly

*Change Your Aura Change Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Unfolding Your Spiritual Power by Martin
Karma and Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment
by Martin

You Are Psychic! by Sanders

*Mind over Matter Time-Life

Transformations Time-Life

*Psychic Energy by Weed

Santeria

*Santeria The Religion by Gonzalez-Wippler

Scandinavia History

A Brief History of the Vikings by Clemens

A History of Denmark by Lauring

The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D. by Reston

King Harold’s Saga by Sturluson

Scandinavian Myth

*Beowulf

The Sagas of Icelanders

*A Handbook of Norse Mythology by Mortensen

*The Poetic Edda by Sturluson

*The Prose Edda by Sturluson

Scottish History

The History of Scotland by Fry

Spells

*Witches Brew Healing Spells

*Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook by Blake

*The Element Encyclopedia of 1000 Spells by Illes

*Spell Casting by Sister Moon

Wicca

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft

*Simple Wicca by Morgan 

*Gothic Grimoire by Konstantinos

*Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos

Witchcraft

*Enchantment: The Witch’s Art of Manipulation through Gesture, Gaze, and Glamour by Paddon

*A Grimoire for Magickal Cunningfolk by Paddon

*Visceral Magick: Bridging the Gap Between Mundane and Magick by Paddon

*Books I have read.

anonymous asked:

How do you make sigils and seals? I'm new to this.

This is a good question. However it is a rather involved one.

Sigils take many forms. Primarily in Western occultism a sigil refers either to a symbol that is considered the ‘signature’ of a specific spirit, OR a symbol created by a magician/witch which represents a desire.

In the latter example, the must common way this is done is by formulating a phrase of desire. For sake of example

I DESIRE A NEW CAR

All repeating letters are then reduced, for instance

IDESRANWCR

Then the remaining letters are used to create a glyph. This is done by connecting and combining the characters and then modifying them as appropriate to make the glyph more abstract and aesthetically pleasing.

The final image becomes the sigil.

There are then various methods by which the sigil is activated, charged, or employed.

This is a VERY basic description of this method of sigil creation, and there are many other styles and methods for creating sigils, including auditory sigils, sigils created with the use of kameas, and pictographic sigils.

I would normally include a few photos to demonstrate these methods but I am answering this with my phone so my abilities are limited.

I HIGHLY suggest that you acquire a copy of Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D. It is straightforward and as the name implies, practical.

Some of my sigils are created using the above method. Many are instead gathered directly from my work with the spirits I serve, either through scrying, automatic writing, or journey work.

The way I design seals is spirit led and somewhat difficult to describe without revealing aspects of my practice that I’d rather not share at this point.

I strongly suggest for people who are interested in creating seals, sigils, or amulets and talismans to get some good books on symbolism and use those as a starting point for inspiration. You may also find the book The Magician’s Reflection by Bill Whitcomb to be interesting.

Look at existing magical seals from sources such as the Key of Solomon and the Goetia, as well as other magical seals. Really study the seals and learn how they are designed. What shapes, letters, and words are used in existing magical seals and what is their role in the seal? Once you understand this then you may wish to use it as a starting point to inspire you when crafting your own seals.

More often than not people just look at a magical symbol and think “that looks cool” but they don’t spend a lot of time trying to understand the mechanics behind why it was designed the way it was. That is, if there is anything to discover.

Some magical seals are clearly just crafted as the magicians aesthetics dictate as opposed to following the symbolism of a particular system.

I will tell you this though. Sigils are one of the easiest, and most effective forms of magic to learn and employ.

However this art is a difficult one to master. Developing a good relationship with spirits, creating seals which effectively employ their aid, and crafting functional magical alphabets can take years to achieve. It is a pursuit that I am still exploring and developing on a daily basis.

symptomsofsociety  asked:

No specific subject just witchcraft in general

Hello, first I would like to let you know that one never stops learning or changing so don’t be afraid of new things or ideas. You may also find that there are many forms of witchcraft and spiritual paths out there, but it is normal to want to make your own path. This is a sampler of some beginner info.

Remember One does not need tools for witchcraft , but they do make the job easer. :)

A list of tools and ingredients that you may be interested in.
BASIC HERBS
BASIL (Ocimum Basilicum)
Gender: Hot
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Deities: Krishna , Vishnu 
Basic powers: purification,protection, exorcism, love
CAMOMILE (Anthemis Nobilis) 
Gender: Hot
Planet: Sun
Element: Water 
Part used: Flowers
Basic powers: Prosperity, meditation, money, induces sleep when burned
CATNIP( Nepeta Cataria)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deity: Bast
Part used: leaf
Basic power: love, animal connection, relaxation
HONEYSUCKLE
(Lonicera Caprifolium)
Gender: hot
Planet: Jupiter
Element: earth
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: prosperity, clairvoyance
LAVENDER(Lavendula Officinal) 
Gender: hot
Planet: mercury
Element: Air
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: love, protection, purification
MUGWORT( Artemisa Vulgaris)
Gender: Cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: Air
Deities: Artemis, Diana
Part used: herb
Basic powers: protection, clairvoyance
THYME ( Thymus Vulgaris)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: Air
Part used: Herb
Basic powers: clairvoyance, purification
YARROW(Achillea Millefolium)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: water
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: love, clairvoyance, exercisum
Via:Scott Cunningham

BEGINNERS OIL APOTHECARY >
Almond oil
Gender: masculine
Planet:mercury
Element:air
Powers: love, prosperity, wisdom
Bergamot oil
Gender:masculine
Planet:mercury
Element:air
Powers: prosperity, protection
Eucalyptus oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:moon
Element:water
Powers: cleansing, healing, Protection
Frankincense oil
Gender:masculine
Planet:sun
Element:fire
Powers:Peace, protection,exorcism, spirituality
Jasmine oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:moon
Element:water
Powers: love, sexuality, goddess
Lavender oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Venus 
Element:water
Powers: cleansing, purification, relaxation, healing
Patchouli oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Saturn
Element:earth
Powers: love, healing, passion
Sandalwood oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Venus 
Element:water
Powers: dreams, divination, enhancing psychic abilities
Via Phyllis curott , Scott Cunningham

I have a list of great beginner books that I suggest .
Candlelight spells 
-dunwitch
Spells for the solitary witch
-Holland
Mrs Bs guide to household witchery 
-Kris Bradley
The way of the green witch
-Murphy-Hiscock
Book of Witchery
-Dugan
Wicca a guide for the soliary Practitioner
-Cunningham
Cunninghams book of shadows
-Cunningham 
Practical Protection Magic
-Dugan
Pure magic
-Illes


A book of shadows is a book that one uses to wright about there experiences, there path, and anything they feel is important to add.

Some info for your Book of Shadows
(BOS) and you can put anything you’d like in it. :) few subjects you can go over in the book:
lunar calendar
Info about Your deities 
Herbs
Crystals
Sabbaths 
Correspondences
Tool info
Symbolic info
A bio
Book protection spell
Spells
Charms
Potions
Recipes
Notes from your craft
You can wright about anything in your book as each book is individual to the owner who wrights it. You can also have many BoSs and it’s ok to keep your old ones. :)

~THE BASIC TOOLS OF A WITCH~
**tools do not need to be used but make casting easer and this is not a complete list, as different paths have there own lists.
THE CHALICE 
the chalice is often made of silver, tho it can be made of any material. It is associated with water, and feminine energies.
THE CAULDRON
A tool of fire, often used to burn offerings , fire magic, or mixing potions. Many use cast iron cauldrons as cooking vessels.
DOWSING RODS
A divination tool often used to find lost objects or find underground water for well making.
MAGICAL JOURNAL
A magical journal often called a book of shadows due to pop culture , often used to keep a log of magical experiences, practices and recipes. 
Many believe the power of the written word, I personally believe that there’s more power in writing down it all by hand. You can use you book any way you want and name it what you want. It’s supposed to be personal and over the years you may have a series of books written by you.
THE WAND
A can be made with a verity of materials as well, many use certain woods and crystals while others use copper. They have masculine energies and considered tools of fire/ air. They are used to direct magical energies.
WILLOW: lunar magic
OAK: fire magic
APPLE: love magic
To name a few woods and magical uses.
THE ATHAME 
A double sided blade that is never to be used to cut any physical surface. The Athame is usually considered to be a tool of air/fire. Used to direct energy , it is masculine
THE BESOM
A broomstick it combines both masculine and feminine energies, used to “sweep away unwanted energies” never to be used for mundane but only for the magical, or else you risk loosing any magical power stores in it.
THE SMOKE FAN 
Used to move magical energies in a space, a tool of air as it can be used in combination with sage for a cleansing ritual.

~BASIC TOOL CONSECRATION~
Prior to consecration I rub the wand with fresh lavender ,eucalyptus or mint leaves.
When I consecrate my tools I hold the tool (wand) in my hand and visualize it absorbing my energies, then I purify the tool( wand) from its old energies with the elements , I choose to use the smoke method. While I smoke cleanse the wand I usually say aloud a blessing of the elements.
Elemental blessing: 
I HOLD IN MY HANDS THE (tool), WHICH I DEDICATE AS A TOOL OF THE (name of element) ELEMENT. I DEDICATE IT TO POSITIVE USES AS I WALK THE PATH OF THE WISE


ENCYCLOPEDIAS
The illustrated signs and symbols source book
-Adele Nozedar
Encyclopedia of black magic 
-Cassiel
The encyclopedia of magickal ingredients
-Lexa Rodéan
The encyclopedia of magical herbs 
-Scott Cunningham
Complete book of correspondences 
-Sandra Kynes
The encyclopedia of Witches and witchcraft 
-Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Encyclopedia of astrology 
-Nicholas Devore
ASTROLOGY
astrology for the Aquarian age
-Alexandre Mark
Eyewitness companion 
Astrology 
-Julia & Derek Parker
Astrology 
-Jeff Mayo
DIVINATION
the Mythic tarot 
-Juliet sharman-Burke & Liz Greene
Shadowscape companion 
-Stephanie pui-mun law & Barbra Moore
Complete book of tarot spreads 
-Evelin Burger & johannes Fiebig
Designing your own tarot spreads 
-Teresa Michelsen
The Crowley tarot 
-Alester Crowley
The practical pendulum book
-D. Jurriaanse
Lovers guide to palmistry 
-Jon saint-Germain
DREAMS
dream magic
-Sirona knight
The dream book
-kemp
The illustrated dream dictionary 
-Russell Grant
The dream encyclopedia 
-James R Lewis
10,000 dreams interpreted 
-gustavus miller
SPELLS & CHARMS
Crowns book of magical words 
-Valerie Worth
The book of charms
-Elizabeth villiers
Charms spells & formulas 
- Ray T Malbrough
Crowns book of charms and spells
-Valerie Worth
The complete book of charms and talismans 
-Migene González-wippler
Wicca love spells 
-Gerna Dunwitch
The good spell book
-kemp
Spells for the solitary witch
-Eileen Holland
CANDLE MAGIC
magical candle crafting 
-Ember Grant
Candlelight spells 
-Gerna Dunwitch
Practical candle burning rituals 
-Raymond buckland
CRYSTAL MAGIC
the book of crystal spells 
-ember grant
Cunningham’s encyclopedia of crystal, gem, & metal magic
-Scott Cunningham
Crystal balls & crystal bowls 
- Ted Andrews
The crystal bible 
-Judy hall
NATIVE MAGIC
earth Medicine
- Kenneth meadows
The way of the shaman 
-Michael Harner
Zuni Fetishes 
-Hal zina bennett
KITCHEN WITCHCRAFT
A WITCHES BREW 
-Patricia Telesco
The real witches kitchen 
-Kate west
The Wicca cook book
-Jamie Wood & Tara seefeldt
A kitchen witches cook book
- Patricia Telesco
SYMBOLISM
Signs & symbols
-Philip Wilkinson
Practical sigil magic
-Frater U.D.
Destiny 
-Rowena pattee kryder
The secrets of high magic 
-Francis Melville
A dictionary of symbols
-J. E. Cirlot
Ritual body art
-Charles Arnold
The element encyclopedia of secret signs & symbols 
-Adele Nozedar
Signs symbols & omens 
-Raymond buckland
Sacred art sacred earth 
-Heyoka Merrifield
GRIMOIRES
witch crafting 
-Phyllis curott
Moon magic
-D.J. Conway
Wild witches don’t get the blues
-Ffiona Morgan
Making magic
-Edain McCoy
Practical Protection magic
-Ellen Dugan
Wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner 
-Scott Cunningham
Pure magic 
-Judika Illes
Book of Witchery
-Ellen Dugan
Cunninghams book of shadows
-Scott Cunningham
Celtic lore & spell craft of the dark goddess
- Stephane Woodfield
The Egyptian book of the dead
-E.A. Wallis Bugge
The fourth book of occult philosophy 
-Donald Tyson
The book of grimoires 
-Claude Lecouteux
Everyday magic 
-Dorothy Morrison
Mrs B’s guide to household witchcraft
-Kris Bradley
Grimoire for the apprentice wizard
-Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
GREEN WITCHCRAFT
WylundTs book of incense 
-Steven Smith
Magical herbalism 
-Scott Cunningham
Earth air fire& water
-Scott Cunningham
Green witchcraft
-Ann Moura
Green witchcraft II
-Ann Moura
Green witchcraft III
-Ann Moura
Cottage witchery 
-Ellen Dugan
The way of the green witch
-Ann Murphy-Hiscock
Incense oils and brews 
-Scott Cunningham
Spell crafts
-Scott Cunningham& David Harrington
The herbal alchemist 
-Karen Harrison
The green witch herbal
-Barbra Griggs
MISCELLANEOUS MAGIC
drawing down the moon
-Margot Adler
The Kabbalah Decoded
-Duckworth
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
-Frances A. Yates
Monsters
-John Greer
The Enneagram 
-Helen Palmer
The Occult a history 
-Colin Wilson
Space Clearing 
-Stella Martin
Book of spirit communications
- Raymond buckland
HERBAL REFERENCES
The out door world 
-Jo smith & peter j Hayes
The complete Medicinal Herbal 
-Penelope ody
Mother natures herbal 
- Judy Griffin PHD
The doctors book of herbal home remedies 
-Varro E Tyler PhD ScD
The folk remedy encyclopedia 
-the editors of FC&A medical publishing
The Rodale Herb book 
-Rodale press

Charging a sigil that was made using the word method is done in a spasmodic (convulsive or jerky) way. It involved exertion and there are many methods for storing the energy required for this. […]

Please note that the word “charge” in relation to sigil magic means something entirely different than energizing of talismans and amulets. In the latter, magical energy is directed into an object (sometimes spasmodic as well), which turns it into a storage medium for this polarized power. The charging of a sigil, on the other hand, can be compared to a computer program that’s loaded or stored into the memory of the computer. In other words:

A  sigil is charged by implanting it into the subconscious mind.

—  High Magic, Frater U.D

warriorthiefclericmage  asked:

How do you in particular make your sigils?

My method is extremely loosey-goosey nowadays. 

  • I come up with a statement of intent
  • I cross out the letters that repeat more than once
  • I break down the remaining letters into basic shapes
  • I put my pencil to paper and start drawing, mostly letting the sigil come to me on its own, though sometimes I have pre-determined ideas
  • I scan my sigil into my computer
  • I make the lineart in SAI
  • I make the background transparent, add the outer glow, and add my watermark in Photoshop
  • I post it on Tumblr

… Yeah. Not really helpful to a lot of people. xD It’s really “me.” I used to have a more strict method, that you can find [here], but it’s evolved in such a way, and my sigil crafting skills have grown so much, that for the most part I just let them happen, I don’t really have to do much.

Here are some other detailed instructions on making sigils that may help you as well:

I hope that helps you!!

anonymous asked:

do you recommend any books or even reliable sites for me to get educated on the craft? i can never seem to find the right material :c

Hello, I can give you a list of the books I own by there subjects. I enjoy these books so you may too.

My Magical Library
ENCYCLOPEDIAS
The illustrated signs and symbols source book
-Adele Nozedar
Encyclopedia of black magic 
-Cassiel
The encyclopedia of magickal ingredients
-Lexa Rodéan
The encyclopedia of magical herbs 
-Scott Cunningham
Complete book of correspondences 
-Sandra Kynes
The encyclopedia of Witches and witchcraft 
-Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Encyclopedia of astrology 
-Nicholas Devore
ASTROLOGY
astrology for the Aquarian age
-Alexandre Mark
Eyewitness companion 
Astrology 
-Julia & Derek Parker
Astrology 
-Jeff Mayo
DIVINATION
the Mythic tarot 
-Juliet sharman-Burke & Liz Greene
Shadowscape companion 
-Stephanie pui-mun law & Barbra Moore
Complete book of tarot spreads 
-Evelin Burger & johannes Fiebig
Designing your own tarot spreads 
-Teresa Michelsen
The Crowley tarot 
-Alester Crowley
The practical pendulum book
-D. Jurriaanse
Lovers guide to palmistry 
-Jon saint-Germain
DREAMS
dream magic
-Sirona knight
The dream book
-kemp
The illustrated dream dictionary 
-Russell Grant
The dream encyclopedia 
-James R Lewis
10,000 dreams interpreted 
-gustavus miller
SPELLS & CHARMS
Crowns book of magical words 
-Valerie Worth
The book of charms
-Elizabeth villiers
Charms spells & formulas 
- Ray T Malbrough
Crowns book of charms and spells
-Valerie Worth
The complete book of charms and talismans 
-Migene González-wippler
Wicca love spells 
-Gerna Dunwitch
The good spell book
-kemp
Spells for the solitary witch
-Eileen Holland
CANDLE MAGIC
magical candle crafting 
-Ember Grant
Candlelight spells 
-Gerna Dunwitch
Practical candle burning rituals 
-Raymond buckland
CRYSTAL MAGIC
the book of crystal spells 
-ember grant
Cunningham’s encyclopedia of crystal, gem, & metal magic
-Scott Cunningham
Crystal balls & crystal bowls 
- Ted Andrews
The crystal bible 
-Judy hall
NATIVE MAGIC
earth Medicine
- Kenneth meadows
The way of the shaman 
-Michael Harner
Zuni Fetishes 
-Hal zina bennett
KITCHEN WITCHCRAFT
A WITCHES BREW 
-Patricia Telesco
The real witches kitchen 
-Kate west
The Wicca cook book
-Jamie Wood & Tara seefeldt
A kitchen witches cook book
- Patricia Telesco
SYMBOLISM
Signs & symbols
-Philip Wilkinson
Practical sigil magic
-Frater U.D.
Destiny 
-Rowena pattee kryder
The secrets of high magic 
-Francis Melville
A dictionary of symbols
-J. E. Cirlot
Ritual body art
-Charles Arnold
The element encyclopedia of secret signs & symbols 
-Adele Nozedar
Signs symbols & omens 
-Raymond buckland
Sacred art sacred earth 
-Heyoka Merrifield
GRIMOIRES
witch crafting 
-Phyllis curott
Moon magic
-D.J. Conway
Wild witches don’t get the blues
-Ffiona Morgan
Making magic
-Edain McCoy
Practical Protection magic
-Ellen Dugan
Wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner 
-Scott Cunningham
Pure magic 
-Judika Illes
Book of Witchery
-Ellen Dugan
Cunninghams book of shadows
-Scott Cunningham
Celtic lore & spell craft of the dark goddess
- Stephane Woodfield
The Egyptian book of the dead
-E.A. Wallis Bugge
The fourth book of occult philosophy 
-Donald Tyson
The book of grimoires 
-Claude Lecouteux
Everyday magic 
-Dorothy Morrison
Mrs B’s guide to household witchcraft
-Kris Bradley
Grimoire for the apprentice wizard
-Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
GREEN WITCHCRAFT
WylundTs book of incense 
-Steven Smith
Magical herbalism 
-Scott Cunningham
Earth air fire& water
-Scott Cunningham
Green witchcraft
-Ann Moura
Green witchcraft II
-Ann Moura
Green witchcraft III
-Ann Moura
Cottage witchery 
-Ellen Dugan
The way of the green witch
-Ann Murphy-Hiscock
Incense oils and brews 
-Scott Cunningham
Spell crafts
-Scott Cunningham& David Harrington
The herbal alchemist 
-Karen Harrison
The green witch herbal
-Barbra Griggs
MISCELLANEOUS MAGIC
drawing down the moon
-Margot Adler
The Kabbalah Decoded
-Duckworth
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
-Frances A. Yates
Monsters
-John Greer
The Enneagram 
-Helen Palmer
The Occult a history 
-Colin Wilson
Space Clearing 
-Stella Martin
Book of spirit communications
- Raymond buckland
HERBAL REFERENCES
The out door world 
-Jo smith & peter j Hayes
The complete Medicinal Herbal 
-Penelope ody
Mother natures herbal 
- Judy Griffin PHD
The doctors book of herbal home remedies 
-Varro E Tyler PhD ScD
The folk remedy encyclopedia 
-the editors of FC&A medical publishing
The Rodale Herb book 
-Rodale press