A sigil is a symbol created to invoke an intention, and can be used for manifestation, protection, power, and much more as a quick and creative way to express magic. Some sigils have existed for centuries within history, others can be created yourself. Sigils are one of my favorite ways to practice magic, because they allow me to combine my two passions of art and magic. Below I will cover step by step how to create your own sigils.
Set your intention. Sigils are visual depictions of intentions. Decide what kind of energy you would like to invoke. Once you have decided on an intention, condense it to one word. Examples of this can be positivity, perseverance, prosperity, love, health, ect.
Get some supplies. Sigils can be drawn with whatever medium you’d like. I like to draw sigils in my sketchbook. You can also draw them in the earth, like in sand or dirt. You can even carve your sigil into a candle, like I have in the image above.
Write out your word and cross out any duplicate letters. For example if I am creating a sigil for prosperity, my letters would be P R O S E I T Y.
Create a symbol out of your letter! Be creative, there is no wrong way to do this. Trust your artistic ability and intuition. Be sure to think of your intention while you create.
Combine your other magical skills with your sigils. You can create your sigil coinciding with the moon phase. For our prosperity sigil example, the best lunar time to do this would be when the moon is waxing or full. To learn more about moon magic, check out my last article here. You can also combine color magic with your sigil. For our prosperity sigil example, the best color would be green. To learn more about color magic, check out my first article here.
Tips & Tricks
- Combine similar letters like R & P, O & E, ect.
- Combine upper and lower case letters.
- Use your intuition, if one letter isn’t working just leave it out! Like all magic, it’s all about your intention.
- Add stylized elements like hearts, swirls, and dots.
- Have fun!
Comment below with images of your custom sigils. Happy casting!
Emma Westbrook is a practicing witch and intuitive tarot reader. She has been following the religion of Wicca for five years, and has been reading divination cards for seven years. She creates her own tinctures, oil and herbal blends, spells, and meditations. She also works with crystals, moon phases, and seasons to connect and manifest with the natural flow of the universe. Emma writes a biweekly column on magic, as well as monthly tarot-scopes (tarot + horoscopes) for Blush online. Message her on personal Instagram at @emmawest.brook or her business instagram @weaving.witch for personalized readings, magical products, and other inquiries.