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anonymous asked:

Hey, could you please recommend me some books or information to read about sigils? Thank you so much

Ooh have I got a thing for you - [my sigils FAQ blog page]. If you can’t view that, you can find a rebloggable version [on my old blog], but some of the links might be dead / broken at this point. (I hardcore need to rewrite that for this blog, don’t I?) Imma copy and paste the links and resources section for you from my blog page, just in case:

Links and Resources

* = external links and resources

So yeah. Sigils. Enjoy, anon :D

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-Lady Midnight

anonymous asked:

Can you link a sigil drawing guide

There are a few! 

Please feel free to check out my [sigil FAQ] for more information :)

anonymous asked:

1. How do you make your sigils? They're different from other ones I've seen. 2. I have chronic nausea, I get nauseous twice a day, and I think it might be due to anxiety? Do you have any sigils that could help/could you make one? Thanks 😊

Hello there!

Well, that’s what’s awesome about sigils - even with the same creation method two different witches can end up with two vastly looking sigils. We all have our own aesthetics and artistic tastes, and they definitely show up in our sigil work.

As for what method I use, it’s really inconsistent, honestly. Sometimes I stick to a rigid set of rules, sometimes I only use a few steps, sometimes I just doodle and let the sigil come out on its own. The longer I work with sigils, the more I find myself experimenting with methods and styles, and I think that’s evident if you look at the sigils at @magic-for-the-masses, and even go through @thesigilwitch. (Conveniently, I just posted a masterlist of all the sigils I ever posted at thesigilwitch [here] if you wanna check those out!)

Anyways, I will try to give you a basic idea of what my sigil creation method is currently like. This post can originally be found [here], but I am rewriting some bits and further expanding on, so it can be a better resource for this blog.

The first thing I do when making sigils is write down my statement of intent, what I want the sigil to do for me. I always do this in present tense - ”I am” versus “I will”. (There is a post about this somewhere but gods be damned if I can find it right now.) I prefer to use longer complete sentences to make sure I get exactly what I need out of the sigil; only using a couple words or even just one can work just as well, and I have done this too. To help show you some of my process I’ll use the statement “I am safe and protected in my city" as an example - a sigil I made ages ago on @thesigilwitch.

From there I remove any letter that repeats more than once. I keep the first “instance” of the letter and remove any other times it’s used in the statement after that. Some people say you should or “have to” remove the vowels as well, but I keep them, and my sigils turn out just fine; that feels very much like a personal preference thing to me, so whatever works for you. From this step, our example of “I am safe and protected in my city" becomes “IAMSFENDPROTCY.” I always tend to write my statements in capital letters too, because I guess it feels it gives it more impact, makes it stand out and is more prominent, but again, personal preference.

Once that’s done, I break down the remaining letters of my statement into smaller, basic shapes. So A would become / - \, D is just | ), and I think you get the point. :p This is very much a personal preference step. I find my sigils more aesthetically pleasing when they don’t look like the English alphabet - they look more mysterious and arcane, which is a huge draw for me, and basically what made me want to start working with sigils in the first place. Well, besides the fact that they looked super easy, not so draining of one’s energy, and the least likely to cause negative backlash, but I digress. It is good to note, as well, that it is pretty important that you like how a sigil works when you use it. This helps to add a sense of connection with it, which is always a positive thing in magic.

After that, I basically just doodle. I keep my statement of intent in mind as I draw, constantly thinking and repeating it to myself, even sometimes saying it out loud. Sometimes I use all the pieces of the letters, sometimes I use only one of each “piece,” sometimes I just wing it and don’t use any of them…consciously, anyway. This is the part of my creation process that is the most fluid, the most random and sporadic, which I find sort of hilarious. I spend the time to write out the statement, break it down as far as I can, and then most of the time I don’t even use the pieces I end up with. xD There are times when I don’t even break down the statement of intent - like my [”Amulet Coin” sigil] on my personal blog - and others when I rid the duplicate letters but never break it down any further than that - the [”Bring Rain” sigil] is a good example of that. Again, sometimes I just write down a statement of intent, focus on it, then just put my pencil to the paper and let it design itself. Other times I just repeat the statement in my head as I draw it completely freehand on my computer. It basically just depends on my mood, and what I’m feeling for each particular sigil, and also time constrictions.

Anyways, back to the creation process. I generally get a design I like in one to three sketches, but that’s because I’ve spent over a year doing this and I’ve gotten my style nailed down pretty tightly. Sometimes it takes a while to get a design that you like - last year I spent an hour and something like thirty designs for one sigil, that was brutal. It’s fine if it takes some time, just keep trying until you get something you really like the look of. There is no rush, no pressure, and nothing wrong with you or your skills if it still doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s the universe telling us now is not the right time for us to be trying to use a sigil for that. But that’s a post for another time.

The design I went with for “I am safe and protected in my city" looked like this:

When I have a sketch that I like, I “digitalize” it. I draw a little bit outside of sigil work, and most of my artwork is done with digital art programs now, so I started neatening up my sigils that way as well. It’s super aesthetically pleasing to me, plus they look really nice uploaded to Tumblr when they’re digital. This step is another one of those absolutely personal ones, and has ultimately nothing to do with how the sigils works, just how it looks. I scan the sketch of the sigil, then use a mixture PaintTool SAI and Adobe Photoshop for making a final, digital my sigils. This sigil, “I am safe and protected in my city,“ looks like this when drawn in PaintTool SAI, and made to have a transparent background in Photoshop:

And that’s my process - for the most part. Lately I have been playing around with other creation methods, to see what sort of “looks” I can get, and to see if they’ll work as well. I find experimentation pretty important when working with sigils - they are a part of chaos magic, after all, which heavily recommends playing around and trying new things with magic. Personalization is a big thing as well, in all branches of magic. 

My creation method also really depends on the kind of mood I’m in, and how much time and/or energy I have to make a sigil. If I need to pump one out really fast, I generally just focus on my statement mentally and just let the pencil lead the way.

It wouldn’t be a post by me if it didn’t also include a ton of links for you to browse for further reading and comparison of other methods. ;) You don’t have to stick to one method - you can even Frankenstein steps from multiple methods to make one unique one of your own. It’s all about what you want, what will work for you, and what you like. :)

* = external links / resources

I also have to include [Sigilscribe.me] - an AMAZING sigil generator that I love and highly recommend to those who have difficulties crafting their own sigils!

I hope that is useful to you anon, and good luck in your sigil-y ventures!

~Richtor

deaderidan  asked:

how are sigils made?

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 ;)

kemetiwitch  asked:

may I ask what method you use to make sigils? I am constantly looking for new ones to try out

The method I have stuck with the longest goes something like this:

I write down my statement of intent, in present tense (”I am” versus “I will”). I prefer to use longer sentences to make sure I get exactly what I want and need out of the sigil, though just using a couple words can work just as well. I’ll use “I am safe and protected in my city" as an example - a sigil I made ages ago on thesigilwitch.

From there I remove any letter that repeats more than once. Some say to remove the vowels as well, but I like to keep them; that feels very much like a personal preference thing to me, anyway. So “I am safe and protected in my city" becomes “IAMSFENDPROTCY.”

Once that’s done, I generally break down those letters into smaller, basic shapes. So A would become / - \, D is just | ), and I think you get the point. :p This is very much a personal preference step. I find my sigils more aesthetically pleasing when they don’t look like the English alphabet - they look more mysterious and arcane, which is a huge draw for me, and basically what made me want to start working with sigils in the first place. (Besides the fact that they looked super easy, not so draining of one’s energy, and the least likely to cause negative backlash, but I digress.)

After that, I doodle. I keep my statement of intent in mind as I draw, constantly thinking and repeating it to myself. Sometimes I use all the pieces of the letters, sometimes I use only one of each, sometimes I just wing it. This is the part of my creation process that is the most fluid, which I find hilarious. I spend the time to write out the statement, break it down as far as I can, and then most of the time I don’t even use the pieces xD There are times when I don’t even break down the statement of intent - like my [”Amulet Coin” sigil] - and others when I rid the duplicate letters but never break it down any further than that - the [”Bring Rain” sigil] is a good example of that. It basically just depends on my mood, and what I’m feeling for each particular sigil.

Anyways, back to the creation process. I generally get a design I like in one to three sketches, but that’s because I’ve spent over a year doing this and I’ve gotten my style nailed down pretty tightly. Sometimes it takes a while to get a design that you like - last year I spent an hour and thirty designs for one sigil, that was brutal. It’s fine if it takes some time, just keep trying until you get something you really like the look of. 

The design I went with for “I am safe and protected in my city" looked like this:

When I have a sketch that I like, I “digitalize” it. I draw a bit outside of sigil work, and most of my work is done with digital art programs, so I started neatening up my sigils that way as well. It’s super aesthetically pleasing to me, plus they look really nice uploaded to Tumblr when they’re digital like that. I scan the sketch, then use PaintTool SAI and Adobe Photoshop for digitalizing my sigils. This sigil, “I am safe and protected in my city,“ looks like this when drawn in PaintTool SAI, and made transparent in Photoshop:

And that’s my process. Sometimes I play around with other methods, just to see what I can get / if they’ll work as well. I find experimentation pretty important when working with sigils (they’re a part of chaos magic, which heavily recommends playing around and trying new things with magic). It also really depends on the kind of mood I’m in, and how much time and/or energy I have to make a sigil. If I need to pump one out really fast, I generally just focus on my statement mentally and just let the pencil lead the way.

I’m including some links to other sigil creation methods, so you can get an idea of how they vary and how you can personalize your method to suit you and your needs. :)

Good luck, and have fun making your sigils! :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:

I'm a new witch and I was wondering how do I make a sigil? I have written down the runes and the meaning but they're a bit unclear to me.

Well, first of all, you don’t need to use the runes in creating sigils. You can, but that is just one way to go about things, and by no means is it absolute. If the runes are unclear to you, I suggest not worrying so much about using those for now, and focus a bit more on something you can relate to and understand better. This will make the sigils you create more connected with you, since you actually understand them and they make sense to you. Fortunately, there are a number of methods you can use to make sigils, and I will list a few of them here for you. Play around with them - if you find a method you mostly like, but don’t agree with a step or two, feel free to modify them. The best thing about sigils is how easy to personalize they are, how versatile. Also, you are absolutely encouraged to make your own methods and experiment with anything you want in regards to sigils as well; the branch of magic sigils originate from - chaos magic - is all about finding things that work for you, and playing around with things until you do manage to get something working the way you want it.

Good luck, and have fun! :D

anonymous asked:

I had seen a how to create a sigil illustrations post. I can't find it anywhere. Can someone help?

[This one]?

Or, any of these?: