reply to post by Verdex
Greetings again Verdex,
I'm kind of dismayed to see so many people completely misconstruing the intention of your eventual-tattoo. It's almost as if they see the word
"devil" and slip into some Christian-Fundamentalist mindset where the only thing that can possibly be associated with "devil" is some kind of
Such closed minds.
The most potent "devil's trap" has to come from within you. Taking the "trap bowl" or some Solomonian magic won't do a thing if you don't
believe in the power of those forces.
All of the Holy Qabala is useless drivel if you don't believe in God, His emanations, and His Holy Choirs of angels. The same goes for the Goetic and
Thaumaturge magic of Solomon. No personal belief, no power.
Now, that doesn't mean that these things can't effect you. They certainly can if your enemies have belief in the magics they craft. But in order for
a symbol, a sigil, or a talisman you create to have power, it needs your belief.
The rap-sheet of studies you've made listed in your OP —if true— tells me that you've got at least a layman's grasp of magical theory from
around the world and throughout time. So the next step is to determine where your own beliefs lie.
Do you believe in Solomonian magic?
How about grimoire magic?
Are you a Babylonian pagan?
Perhaps a Kemetic polytheist?
Are you gnostic?
Maybe you're Wicca?
Do you believe in the Holy Qabala?
How about Shamanism and Animism?
Do you put any stock in Voodoo and it's Veves?
Are you a spiritual person?
Are you a mystical person?
Dozens more questions can be asked too, but it comes down to defining what you believe in so you can craft the most potent sigil, tattoo, talisman, or
amulet catered to the beliefs which your own Will could give rise and power to.
My own sigil —the avatar I use— as I described to you, is built off of my beliefs, the lessons I learned, and the spiritual paths I pursued. It is
potent and powerful for me because of it's intrinsic value and meaning. The same for those who follow in my footsteps, they too find strength and
power in it because they adhere to the symbolism and meaning of it.
So, start with some introspective research into who you are, what makes you up, and where your beliefs stand. That will help you the most.
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Numbers aren't too difficult to figure out. A little research into numerology, the Qabala, or any culture's numerical orientations will help you
classify and define numbers:
0 - if used by a culture represents the potential to be. There is no such thing as "nothing" when it comes to magick and faith. In "nothing" is
always the potential for all things.
1 - is the first emanation, giving rise to concepts, ideas, thoughts and other unrestrained, unformed, and uncontrolled "potentials". On the
reverse, one is also the highest state a thing can attain as it means it has reached spiritual perfection.
2 - is obviously the unification of things, or, on the converse, it also represents the "potential thing" from 1 coming into being. The purposeless
"thing" attains direction, or Will.
3 - this is the first "balanced" number. It has the active/positive side of 2 (Will), and the resting/negative side of 1 (potential) as well as the
balancing neutrality. 3 is the number of Purpose, and all purpose is in one way or another holy.
4 - this is the number of the elements —Earth, Air, Water, Fire— signifying that Form has now been introduced. 4 is therefore a foundation for all
things to come, it is our skeletal structure, or the molten core of the planet, a star before the solar system, etc.
5 - this signifies intelligence. Spirit is the "5th element" which commences to give the form life. This would be our blood, or the first planets
forming in a solar system. This is an extremely mystical number because it is where all conscious life begins.
6 - this is a divine number signifying destiny, fate, or other Karmic conceptions. 1 + 2 + 3 = 6. Potential + Will + Balance = Purpose. 6 is the
number of man, the number of commonly mystical planets, the number of days of creation, and more. 6 is the number that gives life meaning.
The number 6 was also the final number required to define WHERE something is.
0- is the creation of existence in concept
1 - is just a simple point in existence
2 - creates a second point in existence, forming a line
3 - makes the first plane, a triangle
4 - gives it dimension (length, width, height, depth)
5 - creates a second "thing" in existence
6 - determines distance between the two "things"
So, we no longer need the numbers beyond 6 to define the characteristics of a thing. 7 therefore begins not an external, but an internal examination
7 - is the number of days in a week, the number of mystical planets of magick, the number of "hours to the Duat", the number of "Leagues to the
Underworld", the number of "Gates crossed by Ishtar", the number of "Steps on the Ziggurat". 7 signifies the cycles of a thing's existence.
It's coming, rising, balancing, decaying, sinking, death, and rebirth.
8 - this is where pairs of existence come into being. Two fires, two Waters, etc. Male/Female, Light/Dark, opposites form to create balance and
unification in all things. Dualities, which some people believe don't exist, but which I believe do.
9 - this is a triplicate of 3, so it's another one of those holy numbers associated with the rise, connectedness and foundation of existence. To some
this is representative of the ultimate state of existence: Holy Good (3), Holy Evil (3), Holy Neutrality (3). 3 + 3 + 3 = 9. Good, Evil, Neutrality
combine to make a meaning for life.
10 - this is a combination of 1 and 0, therefore it is the ability for new potential to come about. This makes sense since 9 was the conjunction of
Good, Evil, and Neutrality. There is now the ability for those 3 forces to be worked with to create a myriad of new forces.
I know numbers don't stop with 10, but, I am going to stop at 10 as I don't know if any of what I just typed is in any way relevant to you. I hope
that it is, and if it is, I encourage you to continue to study the symbolic nature of numbers on your own as well.
* EDIT *
[edit on 6/9/10 by Wandering Scribe]