Sigils (A Simple Way to Cast a Kick-Ass Spell!)

You know how they say every woman needs a little black dress in her arsenal? 

Hm, now I'm beginning to question the veracity of this analogy. I definitely don't own a black dress, little or otherwise. I'm more of a pastel kind of gal. And I'm fairly certain my best friend doesn't have a black dress either. Come to think of it, I've rarely seen her in a dress, which is a bit puzzling. She's one of those annoyingly beautiful women who just exude femininity. Like, leaves-a-glittering-trail-of-womanliness-as-she-saunters-into-a-room kind of dainty. 

So not the case with me. I enter a room like Kramer, knocking over houseplants and what not. I mean, I'm no Bella Swan. That chick needed to get her equilibrium checked. But I have been known to fall off sandals while bumbling through the troublesome task of walking. Not even the wedge kind of sandals. Just your plain 'ol sandal. 

....Oh, the late 90s were a rough one for yours truly. How I managed to avoid a broken ankle in those brick-ish, Spice Girl monstrosities is a question that remains as unanswerable as the quantity of licks required to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop. I had this sweet little pair made out of white canvas that were roughly 892 inches tall.  Because, I mean, *chuffs* who doesn't want white canvas platform sandals?! Just give me a moment to savor the butterfly clips and tattoo chokers before we move on.

...le sigh

Anywho, much like the ubiquitous little black dress that every woman *should* have in her closet, every witch absolutely, unquestionably needs sigils in her cauldron. Why? Because they are insanely easy (when you make your own), ridiculously powerful (especially when you make your own), and extraordinarily versatile. I get almost as excited talking about sigils as I do thinking about jellies.


Sigils (pronounced si-jels) are symbols infused with magickal purpose. They are also one of the first spells I learned to cast, but I still use them frequently to this day. And I'm about to show you why!

The simple art of a personalized sigils is this: You take the word you wish to invoke, like "protection" to be used on a front door or "health" to be traced into soup, and you connect the letters to form one interlaced symbol. It's much easier to visually explain, so I created this demonstration for you!

See? Crazy easy, right?! Simple but powerful, just the way I like my magick! And, of course, you don't need to follow my example. If that crooked "A" is driving you bonkers, incorporate it however you please. That's the beauty of personalized sigils, it's entirely in your hands.

Once you've created your sigil you can apply it to your desired medium (such as a candle), take a few moments to visualize your sigil hard at work on your behalf, and you're done!

The best part about personalized sigils is they can be used and created anywhere. Unlike runes or the Celtic Ogham (both of which I love), there's no memorization necessary. Say you just bought a car and you're about to drive it off the lot. You can immediately create a sigil for "safety" or "protection" and trace it on the glass using only your finger, offering you magickal shield until you can whip up a vehicle protection sachet.

And since I adore these wonderful little magick creations, I drafted a list of ten easy ways to use sigils in your everyday life! Hope you enjoy!

— Paint a sigil under a flower pot to bring desired energies to everyone who passes.

— Draw a sigil in the soil under full moon light (or lack thereof on a new moon) to set your intentions for the cycle!

— Use essential oils (such as rosemary or cedar) to inscribe sigils on windows and doors for protection.

— Use chalk to write a sigil under a door mat. Change your sigil with the seasons to invoke new energies depending on your current needs.

— Draw sabbat-appropriate sigils into cookies or pie crusts to celebrate the holidays. For example, you can create a "renewal" sigil for Yule. Or create a sigil with a departed loved one's name for Samhain! Are you a private witch? Carve your sigil into the bottom crust before adding filling. No one will be any wiser! ;)

— Using your finger dipped in moon water, trace a sigil under children's beds for protection or health. Battling the Boogie Man? Conquer nightmares by creating a sigil for happy dreams and involve your child in casting the spell.

— Mark the back of a pet's tag (rabies tags are usually blank on the back) with protective symbols. Because essential oils can be toxic to pets, use a marker or moon water to work your magick!

— Set your intentions for the day by tracing a sigil on your wrist with essential oil. 

— Keep a slip of paper in your wallet with a sigil for abundance or prosperity.

— Draw a sigil in the soil of your garden to encourage growth and fertility.

I could go on for hours, but that would be very Bubba Gump Shrimp of me, so I'll leave it at ten. Here's to hoping you find this enchanting little magickal symbol just as useful as I do!

As for platform sandals, those were never practical. I hang my head in 90s shame...

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Do you use sigils? What's your favorite application for sigils?

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