A sign or seal for an occult entity. Sigils, especially those that
are the marks of angels, deities, or demons, are often used on
amulets and talismans. According to occultists, such signs are
like the signatures of gods and other supernatural entities, and
the inscribing of such sigils evokes the entities that they symbolize.
(See also Yantra)
In this century, the art of creating sigils was recreated by artist-magician
Austin Osman Spare. He saw in sigils a means of
concentrating the magical will. He would write his magic intention
or will down in a sentence or word, and then combine the
major letters (without repeating any letter) into a patterned
shape, the sigil. The symbolic shape thus created could be impressed
upon the subconscious for working magic.
Drury, Nevill, and Stephen Skinner. The Search for Abraxas.
London Neville Spearman, 1972.
Gettings, Fred. Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical
Sigils. London Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.