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I’ve gotten a TON of asks about this lately, so I’ll go ahead and do this post tonight. This is NOT an inclusive list of ways to charge sigils, it’s what I know of/can think of at the moment.
Firstly, there’s two different schools. Destroying the sigil to charge and release it, and keeping the sigil intact. I’m going to note which school each method falls into.
- Destruction: Fire Writing a sigil on anything that’s safe to burn, and throwing it into fire to charge it, as it’s destroyed. This charges the sigil with the energy from the flame, and is a good method for adding passionate, strong, intense energy. (or any other things you associate with fire)
- Preservation: Fire Writing a sigil, carving, or engraving it somewhere, and placing it close to a flame where it can absorb the heat and energy from the fire without burning up. Has the same benefits as the above method.
- Destruction: Water Writing a sigil in something soluble, and then soaking it in a body of water. This charges the sigil, and more specifically the body of water that the sigil is charged and released into. It’s a good way to incorporate traits from the element of water, such as creativity, strengthened psychic abilities, and the like.
- Preservation: Water Writing or carving a sigil in/on something that doesn’t dissolve in water, such as carving a sigil into a chunk of wood. The sigil absorbs energy from the water while it is soaking. Again, has the same added properties as mentioned for the destructive method with water.
- Destruction: Earth Writing your sigil on something natural and biodegradable, then burying it. Such as writing a sigil on an acorn or leaf. It then absorbs energy from the earth as it slowly decomposes. A sigil charged this way may take on the additional energy and properties associated with the earth, such as strength, patience, and nurturing.
- Preservation: Earth Charge a sigil with a crystal grid, or similar set up, and keep the sigil intact afterwards. It has the same added properties as the above mentioned method for earth.
- Preservation: Light Charge your sigil in light, be it daylight or moonlight. The sigil is charged by the light.
- Destruction: Light I refer to this as destruction and light, because it deals with visibility and invisibility. Basically, write your sigil in something that will become invisible afterwards. Such as the fog on a bathroom mirror, lemon juice on paper, ect… This is my favorite way for creating/charging sigils dealing with spirits, communication, or “unseen” traits. In this method the sigil charges every time the surface it was written on is exposed to light.
- Preservation: Energy Work/Meditation You focus on your sigil, and charge it with energy. You are relying on your own energy for this, not energy from another source to charge the sigil.
- Destruction: Energy Work/Meditation Same charging method as mentioned above, but you destroy the sigil in your preferred manner when you’re done, in order to release the spell to work.
More “touchy” methods below the break. TW for a lot of different reasons. Each of these methods can be preservative or destructive, just depending on if you keep the sigil in tact afterwards.
Wow. This is a tough one because, as with literally everything, some people are going to have a different definition based on their experiences and knowledge. I can give my perspective on it though, so just remember to take it with a grain of salt.
We’ll start with what chaos is. Simply put, it’s creation. It is the unpredictable change in state caused by sensitivity of a given situation to stimulus. It is a non-linear dynamic, and the state of all things before observation and order. Chaos can’t persist, by nature, though unpredictability can. Therefor it’s perpetuation is cyclical in nature, with many overlapping cycles.
Chaos isn’t without balance, but where ordered, predictable systems are mixing black and white to get gray, chaos mixes orange and blue. It works with a different set of principles. One of two things must be unpredictable for the situation to be chaotic, either the outcome or the stimulus.
A fair amount of chaos magic is awareness of a sensitive state that can be manipulated and acting on it. Often times the outcomes, while clearly related and obviously a result of causation, are unexpected and of a decidedly unusual bent. The magic doesn’t have to be half formed or not thought out to still be chaotic. But doing chaos magic means there will still be blatant undetermined consequences.
It’s predicated by the idea that no amount of measuring and knowledge will give perfect predictability, so that the smallest of stimulus can have a far reaching effect. Similarly though, it may not. Chaos magic tends to be one and done because of the situational nature of it. While someone can then take a spell or such used and find the predictability and order in it, it no longer is chaotic at that point and, to some degree, may prove less effective.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying one is better than the other. Ordered magic works great, and strongly, when following its set rules and the knowledge necessary to make it predictable. Chaos magic is much harder to work with in no small part because while the intent may be clear, the events that will trigger it and the actual result may be a complete surprise, even to the magic user.
Working so in tune with the balance though, and having an awareness of when it can be tipped to facilitate a reaction that would not occur in a normal state can be very rewarding though. And I think that, in it’s essence is what Chaos magic really is. It’s introducing a non-constant stimulus at the pressure point, essentially finding the weaknesses in an ordered system, and exploiting it to create a new balance. It is a paradigm shift, where as a result even your own viewpoint is changed.
For me, I do tend to do a lot of it on the fly though and often have no clear idea of what the stimulus I’m creating is or how the outcome will play out. Usually the chaos magic I do is kind of vague, with very telling results that allow me to go back over it at the end. But that’s all just my personal experience with chaos magic.
I hope that helped a little. I’m not very good at explaining such complex concepts.
Oh, that is beautiful.
Witchy Tip: Use wax melts to seal spell bottles or paper components. Use the corresponding scent to compliment your spell. Just let your wax melt in the melter and once it does, very carefully pour the liquid over the top of a corked or tightened lid.
You can also take a small circle of cardboard and seal it to the bottle opening with wax if you have no cork.