Imagine if you could hack your reality as gamers hack the games they play. Changing outcomes and modifying situations quite literally at will. This is, in fact, the aim of many forms of magic and since long before the earliest computer games sorcerers, alchemists and mages have engaged themselves in this task. Or as one renowned practitioner once put it, “The science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will”
One of the most powerful methods for hacking reality began it’s development in Neolithic times, when humans first began to create and record symbols of power. The result of thousands of years of experimentation, learning and wisdom, this is where sigil magic has it’s roots.
Developing through rune magic, the Tantric Yantra and countless other expressions, the use of sigils exploded in it’s complexity and sophistication in medieval times due to the sheer volume of theological references contained within the glyphs of the mages of the Abrahamic religions. A great example of these elaborate symbols is contained within the work of Dr. John Dee, an advisor to queen Elizabeth I and dedicated scholar of the esoteric. This sigil is called the Sigillum dei Aemaeth and was said to allow the initiated to commune with entities of all realms
Sigilum Dei Aemaeth
Nowadays, as with many things, we utilise the power of simplicity, at least by comparison to the complex designs of John Dee and his contemporaries. We also, in line with much of modern esoteric thinking, place more emphasis on manifesting by means of our own intent or will, at least when it comes to sigil magic.
The methods we use today were first developed in the early 20th century by artist and esotericist, Austin Osman Spare, who described sigils as:
“ a means of symbolising desire and giving it a form that prevents thought on that particular desire… and allows it free passage to the sub-consciousness.”
As an artist he brought a wonderful new creative element to sigil design and as an esotericist he harnessed that creativity to greatly amplify the energy of our intent, the power of our will.
Sigils gain their unique power by bringing together multiple tools and techniques from a variety of traditions and encapsulating their combined, tried and tested efficacy in one, focused symbol. The very fact that the end product of theses techniques is a symbol is in itself significant. Part of the aim of any work of intent is to get the inhibited and at times self defeating conscious mind out of the way. In fact this is essential for any kind of work involving intent, the law of attraction, or magic. The truth is that you simply can’t achieve any of these things with the conscious mind. In fact it’s behavior as a kind of psychic censor will prevent any such endeavor from being successful, if it is allowed to.
The good news is, that once engaged, the unconscious mind will keep working away at whatever is your intention. According to C.G.Jung it doesn’t work in isolation either. If all of our reality is the product of our perception, then, through the collective unconscious, you have an interactive connection to the underlying fabric of that reality.
Symbols are not so readily comprehended or, more importantly, contradicted by the conscious mind but by contrast are the very language of the unconscious. By creating and working with symbols we are therefore bypassing the conscious mind and directly engaging that part of us that lives and works behind the shallow surface of perceived reality and beyond the realm of the mundane.
This, however, is only a part of the elegant beauty of sigils, for contained within them is a carefully crafted statement of intent. A will to manifestation that has been thought through, subjected to a process of reduction and purification and transformed into a magical object by means of a process that is almost alchemical in nature.
When such a creation is then cast by it’s creator, by building and then releasing a charge of energy into the sigil, by one of a number of methods, what results is a formidable tool for the focus and projection of intent into manifestation.
One of the qualities of sigil work that makes it so appealing is it’s ability to transcend the variations between different spiritual paths, traditions or beliefs. Whatever your path and however far you have come along it, the sigil can provide you with the means to enhance your development in both the spiritual and the material aspects of your life. In fact, it can greatly assist dissolving that illusion of duality and re-integrate these two aspects of your being. With the result that instead of living a life in which you practice spirituality and perhaps magic, you can live a magical life as a spirit enjoying a human incarnation.
If you would like to know more and have a chat with me about hacking reality by working with sigils, I will be at Baba Jaga, 260 SOUTHCHURCH ROAD, SS1 2NP Southend-on-Sea, this Sunday 12th March from 10:00 until 16:30. It would be lovely to see you there.
At a date yet to be announced I will also be holding a workshop at Baba Jaga where you can learn and get some experience of working with sigils. Please let me know if you’d be interested in attending.