reply to post by Lux Fero
Personally, I believe that the idea of performing sigil magic 'by the book' is a contradiction in terms.
Failure is possible only if one does not place sufficient faith (and please remember that this faith is temporary, used as a tool in this technique
rather than demanding long-term and unquestioning commitment) in the act of sigilization to make an impact on one's subconscious mind.
This, ultimately, is the purpose of the act-- to brand the intent symbolized in the sigil in lines of white-hot fire onto one's atavistic mind. Sigil
magic is an internal process, not an external one; it aims to alter one's basic thoughts and perceptions, aiding one in working with clear and
unified mind and purpose toward the realization of their intent.
Normally, our subconscious minds' tendency is toward self-doubt; its nature as host to a dozen simultaneous and often contradictory lines of
thought, opinion, or belief, each of which has a subtle but significant effect on the end product of our conscious minds, works at cross purposes with
a person striving for single-minded pursuit of some goal.
Generally, far less of what we think on a conscious level is the product of true free will; instead, our surface thoughts are a pastiche of the
instincts, memory, belief, fear, and selfishness which roil in our subconscious, loosely bound by a veneer of self-determination. The construction and
application of a well-formed sigil helps to break through this self-negating, obstructive murk, to focus the subconscious mind and make it an ally
rather than an enemy in working toward the achievement of one's intent.
Sigil magic is not about paranormal forces and ancient ritual. It's about directing the powers of one's own consciousness in a more efficient,
useful way. It affects how we think, which determines how we interact with the physical world, rather than affecting the physical world directly as
some magical systems would claim.
[edit on 12-3-2010 by The Parallelogram]