Farther Exploration of the Word Method
The article "Austin Osman Spare and His Theory of Sigils," contained in the last chapter, has already covered the basic principles and backgrounds of sigil magic, but it could not go into more depth due to the limited space characteristic of magazine articles. Also, Spare's sigil magic has seen some further evolution during recent years, especially by English Chaos magicians as manifested in the various publications of the IOT order (IOT today = The Magical Pact of the Illuminates ofThanateros). Thus, ever-growing divergences from Spare's own methods and intentions have become quite common.
To illustrate the word method (i.e., the construction of sigils employing the letters and words of a sentence of desire), Figure 1 of the preceding chapter gives some examples. The whole procedure occurs as follows:
1. The sentence of desire must be formulated and written down in capital letters.
2. Repeated letters are deleted so that every letter will be used but once.
3a. Several parts of the sentence are sigilized into several single sigils.
3b. All letters of the whole sentence are combined into one general sigil.
4a. Single sigils are combined into one general sigil.
4b. The general sigil constructed in 3b is simplified/ stylized.
5. The sigil is internalized/activated. (Specific techniques are discussed in the following chapter.)
6. The sigil is banished and forgotten. (Specific techniques are discussed in the following chapter.)
Further Examples for Constructing Sigils Using the Word Method a) Using the same sentence as in chapter 1, "THIS MY WISH TO OBTAIN THE STRENGTH OF A TIGER," the following letters remain after deleting all double or multiple ones: T, H, I, S, M, Y, W, O, B, A, N, E, R,G,F.
Combined into one general sigil:
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