A friend of mine started talking about doing some “full moon magic” tomorrow. She wants to work a money spell, she said. Uh-uh, I said. Sure, go ahead.
And then she asked me for advice. “What would you do, and how?” Oh dear. Why do they have to ask that?
All right, I said. I always start with the astrology… What’s that, friend?? You’re working all through the day and cant be bothered to get up early? Sure, I’ll account for that. And look, all the planets are setting except Saturn and the Moon. How do you work with that?
Right… Ok here. Use the Saturn influence to increase your territory. Expand your boundaries, increase your realm. Grow the garden from which you can draw wealth.
Then on Wednesday to work magic to grow your cash flow. Then on Thursday work magic to increase your savings account. Here are the times you can work these magics, and the flavors of incense you can use. Here’s the colors of candle. Here’s the numbers of these powers and their sigils and their names.
What’s that? oh… Me, work the spell for you? Oh no, friend…. This has got to be your work. This is how *I* would do it… But I don’t want to do it. It’s your magic, here’s how I would do it… Take what you asked for, use it or not, and let’s leave it at that, shall we?
Sometimes I want to be a really rich occultist so I can have all these cool books and have a devils trap or a Sigillum Dei on my floor.
Devil’s Traps aren’t a real thing. Well, they are, sorta, but nobody ever calls them Devil’s Traps in the “real occult world” and nor do they work like they do in Supernatural.
Otherwise yup GPOY.
You don’t need to be rich to have the Sigillum. You need:
- Cardstock (for a small one)
- a large, round wax tablet (I made mine in a frying pan) for an authentic one
- a dropcloth, a skirrit and a straightedge string for a really big one.
None of these things are particularly costly.
Get really good with a skirrit, and a copy of Andrew Sutton’s book, Ruler and Compass (available from Amazon.com here) for the geometry, and a copy of Lon Milo DuQuette’s book on Enochian Magic for the lettering and symbolism. A skirrit is basically a long, heavy string, with a pencil tied on one end and a fairly sharp thumbtack on the other. It can be used for making long compass arcs… and for a Sigillum Dei Aemeth, you’re going to need one. Seven pointed stars like the Sigillum uses are a royal pain. Also, be prepared for disappointment. There’s no ruler-and-compass construction for a seven-pointed star… you have to use some rules of thumb and approximations, and a little fudging, for a practical one. Use a similar string to construct the straight edges.
Get a big tarp or large piece of cloth from Home Depot or suchlike, and practice before you lay out a sigillum on a hardwood floor, though. Tape the tarp down, and recognize that getting straight lines over long distances is tricky, especially doing it alone. Ask a friend to help you. (“Hey, wanna help me construct a symbol of awesome, cosmic power this weekend, that’s alleged to drive its mis-constructors mad? Come on, it’ll be fun! Did I mention that the geometry is impossible to get precisely right in our universe? It’ll be fun.”)
The Sigillum can be constructed on a white dropcloth in five or six hours by a team of two who have some familiarity with the tools and their vicissitudes, using Sharpie markers, some string, and some willingness to experiment in pencil before penning/inking the results. I don’t recommend filling in the symbolism and Enochian of the Sigillum until the geometry is correct.
Let me repeat/rephrase that: I recommend verifying your geometry before writing in the Sigillum’s symbolism and Enochian (replace the Enochian letters with the Roman alphabet during practice attempts).
Once it’s made, of course, you can try out its power for a while, get the heebie jeebies about it, and sell it to a rich occultist whose library is filled with amazing books, and whose mahagony display cases are filled with sanity-threatening artifacts he has no idea how to make for himself.
Meanwhile, you — armed with the knowledge that you CAN make a Sigillum, and that you can use it — will discover that there is both more and less to this “real occult world” than you had previously imagined.
thefallenandthelost asked: I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question, but what do you mean by muses? A few definitions come to mind, but none of them seemed to fit that conversation and I'm intrigued.
In this case, I mean the spirit or entity with which I have a working creative relationship. That is, I try to make something and she/he/it tries to inspire me to make something awesome with my creative time.
Thanks to a bunch of admittedly New Age-oriented writers and artists, I schedule time with this spirit. I try to make myself findable and available, so that the muse and I can work together.Wow, this “public post” thing is weird. If I privatize it, I can’t see it at all after I send it; and if I leave it public everyone sees it? Weird.