by Gina Leslie
Sigils have been around since humans first started making marks on cave walls. We often think of sigils only in terms of magick and spells but have you considered that they have a wider potential as not only inspiration for creativity but as artwork in and of themselves? I’ve been making sigils for over 20 years and in the past few years mine have evolved from simple drawings used in my magickal practice to full-fledged art pieces just for (or mostly for) the sake of art and creativity.
Are you’re one of those people who yearn to “be” creative but think you don’t have what it takes? Do you see artwork and it “speaks” to something inside you? I’m not talking about looking at something and thinking “oh, this is nice” or “that’s really beautiful”, but that feeling that has no words to describe it, that feeling that makes you want to experience art, not just passively look at it. I see sigil making as a gateway to experiencing and participating in the creative process. It’s also a great way to move past/through whatever might be blocking your creative process if you’re already an artist.
I truly believe that most people are creative on some level, but our society so actively devalues art and creativity, in all its forms, (unless it can be monetized) that many people stifle their creative spark around the same time they put away their toys and strive to be seen and accepted as “grown up”.
If you do any amount of research on sigils, as I have, you will find all manner of equations and formulas for creation, some of them can be quite complex and intimidating. My process is very simple: I start with words that have meaning to me and experiment with the shape and arrangement of the letters until I come up with a design that “feels’ right to me. I let the shapes that emerge inform the design.
All of the images below started out as sigils and are “finished” in that I got to a point where I was satisfied with the overall design even though I could refine and change them endlessly. One of the tricky aspects of art or design is knowing when to stop fiddling with it and walk away. I hope you enjoy them.
I don’t always stick with and refine my first attempt. Here the two designs from the same original concept are quite different.
You can see that the original sigil is only a starting point to creating art. The third design only has a general resemblance to the original sigil.
This one came about because I was looking for something creative to do but I didn’t know specifically what I wanted to do. So I just started playing around with letters and fonts.
This is my most recent piece
I hope this inspires you to tap into the creativity inside yourself. It’s there and it’s waiting for you to come out and play.