In the last edition of this series I wrote about how I don’t honestly think the means by which you design your so called “sigils” is super important. I think you could do this a million different ways and as long as you’re attaching a meaning to an image or symbol and projecting it, it’ll have roughly the same effect. I’m of the mind to make them as arty as possible, but again, that’s just my personality. I think you could sigilize anything, and what I didn’t mention there is that I also sigilize music often. It’s funny because I’m sitting here like, I’m not even sure what the right word for that is. It’s like I want to say visualizing music but that’s seeing music in your head. This is hearing it. Willfully projecting auditory hallucinations into your mind’s ears? It’s as good as I’ve got and we just don’t have great verbiage for this sort of thing at this point in history. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the basis for most of my banishing rituals, which I’ll get to eventually here.
What’s critical is that in the few magick books I’ve actually read, the emphasis was always on technique and not purpose. In my experience, this is a fairly huge oversight as I don’t think technique necessarily means a whole lot and intent is pretty much everything. Again, this has just been my experience. It is a bit odd though. As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I got into magick roughly a decade after I started experimenting with astral projection. So I had a bunch of ontology shattering encounters with freaks from beyond the pale that shaped the way I framed the intent of my sigils from the jump (new book, tons of freaky stories, super cheap download, you know the drill by now). Weird, because I’d sort of forgotten this but in reading other people’s posts online over the last several years I’ve been like, wow, that’s what you’re doing with magick? Huh?
A lot of it seems like small shit if I’m to be quite honest. There should really only be one true goal of a magick practice: to elevate the consciousness of the species. The hermetic pursuit of godhood. The question is, how can you help the macroverse achieve this goal? How can you tap into the collective psi grid? The answer’s going to be different for everyone and that’d be my first tip and honestly how I think magick could be infinitely influential as far as becoming a more common religious practice. I think a lot of people find themselves directionless in life, lost in a murky sea of supposed family obligations and corporate mind rape psychology. Our religious and educational institutions sure aren’t helping move the spiritual narrative along. We’re ritualistically obsessing over the same “sacred texts” we have been for the last several thousand years, that’s an inarguable fact. So if you’re feeling lost or directionless, what you want to do is look at the map. You want to hit the pause button in the video game that is your life and see what the fuck you’re working toward. This should be the sole intent to your sigil practice until you get to the point where you think you’ve found this optimal plotline. Pick a sigil and visualize the thing constantly until you feel like you have an answer. Pick a few at the same time that have the same identical purpose and alternate between them if you’re getting bored. I think this might be the single most practical use for sigil projection. If I were to recommend an image to focus on, I’d say maybe pick an image of friendly grey alien face with the big eyes. The reason I’d recommend that has to do with something I was shown in a vision quite explicitly.
In my case I always sort of knew what I wanted to do, I was just simultaneously unconsciously trying to kill myself with booze and pills. That was sort of standing in my way more than a bit and magick pointed this out to me quite dramatically. But again, I knew what I wanted to do. If you don’t, use magick to tune into that. I mention this because I’ve know a shit ton of people that seemingly have this issue in life. And that’s the subjective nature of consciousness in general. I would not be able to tell you what the fuck it is you’re supposed to be doing with your practice to help move us toward godhood. I have zero clue what your high magick is supposed to entail. You need to figure that out by turning inwardly and finding the plot. It could be splicing genomes to make super people or being a really good mom. It could be performance art or app design. Don’t have a clue and it would vary for everyone.
If you feel you have this sorted out (or think you do at least), here’s where I’m really going to go off the rails for most Occult purists as far as intent goes.