A sigil is a specially created seal or symbol that can be used in your magical workings. You can create a personal sigil - your personal hieroglyph - to use on your written record of spells, on letters and packages, and whatever else you wish.
In your magical practice, you also can use sigils much like macros in Word or Excel. Such sigils can be used as phrases, sentences or incantations. You determine the intent and purpose of your sigil - but keep the meaning constant.
Think about handwritten notes and letters you’ve received from friend in which the author has drawn a loopy line (sort of like an infinity sign, the numeral eight drawn sideways
under their signature), or perhaps added “xoxox” (representing hugs and kisses) after their name. If they do this consistently, they are basically using a sigil to say “This is me” or “I’m happy to have written this” or “You are a beloved friend” or whatever.
"BB" for Blessed Be or ")O(" for the Triple Goddess might form the basis for a sigil. Perhaps you could top the BB with your zodiac sign. If I were to use one of these for my sigil, I might turn the O in the )O( into an ankh - to represent my joy of living - by adding a little cross at the bottom.
I like the idea of creating personal “macro” sigils. One idea is to create one that says “So mote it be” or “It is done” and make a little flourish of it in the air with your wand, athame or pointer finger of your dominant hand upon completion of a ceremony, prayer, spell or ritual. Another idea might be to create one that represents “Earth-Air-Fire-Water” or “As Above, So Below” to you. Keep it “line drawing” simple though, otherwise, you might as well just say or write the phrase.
Ideas for Sigils
There are numerous magical symbols from which you can choose in designing your personal sigil or “macro” sigil. Consider your goals when designing sigil, and let the symbol reflect those goals. Make your sigils personal: if you like dragons or fairies, for example, add a set of wings to the symbol. Incorporate your Zodiac sign if that is meaningful to you. Honor your clan or coven, your familiar, or your spirit guides in your sigils if it pleases you.
Here are some ideas:
The circle is used as a symbol of balance. It represents oneness, safety and enlightenment.
The crescent, representing the waxing or waning moon, symbolizes lunar energy. It represents those things over which the Moon has influence: dreams, Goddess energy, psychic ability, the night and water. The points of the waxing (getting larger) crescent point to the left. The waning (getting smaller) crescent’s points are to the right.
The equal-armed cross symbolizes the union of magical forces, the nexus through which energy is drawn. This symbol represents control of natural forces, the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west) and the classical elements (earth, air, fire and water).
The eye represents secret knowledge and clairvoyance. This is the symbol of our ability to see psychically.
Eye of Horus
The eye of Horus (the “Egyptian Eye”) is known as the Ujat or Wadjet, meaning “Whole One.” This symbol stands for healing, protection, prosperity and wisdom. It also represents restoration and resurrection.
The infinity symbol, which resembles a figure eight turned on its side, is a symbol of infinity, eternity, timelessness and spiritual power. It also represents interconnectedness and divine perfection.
The symbol for the planet Jupiter represents abundance and luck. It is used in influencing those in positions of authority.
A spiral represents life, growth and eternity. The core of our being is expressed through spirals – consider the DNA molecule, an intertwined double spiral. Various places of power – standing stones and stone circles – are said to have magnetic fields in the form of spirals. And the “cone of power,” that magical energy raised during ritual, takes the form of a spiral as well. A clockwise spiral represents the positive polarity of the life force, much like the pentagram. A counter-clockwise spiral symbolizes the life force’s negative polarity, similar to the inverted pentagram.
The Sun symbol (a circle with a dot in the middle) promotes spell work relating to success, strength and protection.
A triangle is a threefold symbol of manifestation. Pointed up, it represents ascent, the element of fire, the sending of energy out to create change, and growth. Pointed down, the triangle symbolizes the element of water, descent, decline and the drawing of things to you. Pointing up with a horizontal line through the middle, it symbolizes the element of air. Pointing down with a horizontal line through the middle, it symbolizes the element of earth. Use the triangle to help draw in the elemental energies. Draw, paint or inscribe the symbols on flat stones or disk and place them at the cardinal directions of your magic circle.