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Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols

Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols
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Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols

By Laura Tempest Zakroff

Sigils are magical symbols that are designed to influence ourselves and the world around us. Tracing through history, art, and culture, this illustrated book offers an innovative and fresh approach to sigil magick that is accessible and intuitive. You don't need a degree in art or magick to make effective sigils!

Learn how to manifest your will through your very own designs. Explore traditional and modern meanings of shapes, symbols, numbers, letters, and colors, while receiving guidance on how to add personal meaning to your marks. Sigil Witchery includes methods of application, tips for choosing materials, and important considerations for both temporary and permanent sigils. This book helps you improve your drawing techniques, use sample exercises to challenge yourself, and gain deeper metaphysical insight and inspiration--all to guide you to develop your own powerful sigil magick.

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Contents

Illustrations and Photographs . . . xv

Foreword by Anaar Niino . . . xxi

Introduction............................................................................................................. 1
Our Journey Ahead 3
The Modern Tradition of Witchcraft 4
What Is a Sigil? 6
What Is Sigil Magick? 6

Chapter 1: A History of Mark Making......................................................................... 9
Eye--Brain--Hand--Art 9
Signs, Symbols, and Societies 17
Simple Yet Sophisticated, Sacred, and Secular 18
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words ... or at Least One 22
Embodying Symbols 27
Gateway of the Divine 31
The Timelessness of Tagging 34
Symbol Genesis 36

Chapter 2: The Meaning of the Mark........................................................................ 37
The Symbolism That Lives in Lines 38
Basic Shapes and Signs 39
Elements 75
Directions 76
Numbers 77
Zodiac and Astrological Signs 79
Letters 81
Colors 82
Other Symbol Systems 83
Finding Symbolism in Words: Building a Symbol Library 84

Chapter 3: Making Magick........................................................................................ 91
Understanding Magick and Spellcraft 91
How Does Drawing Sigils Work? 93
Uses for Sigil Witchery 95
Step by Step: How to Plan and Create Your Sigil 96
Applying Sigils, or Put a Sigil on It! 102
The Ritual Arts, or I Got That Witch a Ritual, Witches Love Ritual 103
The Vanishing Sigil 109
Sigils on Skin 118
Acknowledging Your Sigil 122
Devotional Sigils 123
Devotional Design Ritual 124
Sigils in Motion 125
Be Present in Your Body Exercise 127
Comparing Sigil Methods 129
Left Brain versus Right Brain? 131

Chapter 4: Design Guidance....................................................................................135
Setting Up for Sigil Witchery 135
An Instant Sacred Sphere 136
Getting Over Getting It Wrong 137
Simple versus Complex 138
Avoid Pictures and Pantomime 138
Why Draw Your Own Sigil? 139
Drawing Tech 140
About Tracing 141
Drawing Instructional 141
OMG Art Supplies! 148

Chapter 5: Practice Exercises...................................................................................157
Scenarios 157
Solutions 162

Chapter 6: Gallery...................................................................................................179
The Power Sigil 179
Festival Sigils 183
The Artist's Sketchbook 187
Mago Djinn Sigil 190
Custom Sigils 191
The Mother Matrix 199
Other Artwork 202

Conclusion . . . 207
Resources . . . 209
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Research . . . 211
Index of Symbols . . . 217



Biographical Note:

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author of the bestselling book Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, as well as The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels, and The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey). Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is her fourth book.

 

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