Friday, April 29, 2011

Sigils of Norse Magic

Sigils are also known as seals. They are specific geometric or visual designs usually enclosed in a circle and are used for various magical and spiritual purposes. 

Commanding and Compelling makes much use of sigils: each spirit, weather an angel (higher being) or demon, is believed to possess a specific sigil. Allegedly if the sigil is created perfectly, the spirit must answer it's summons. 

Traditions similar to sigils exist round the world. Although the designs are unique, purposes and concepts are closely related. 

Sigils are also used for various magical purposes. Seals are incorporated  into candle magic and are used to create protective talismans. Sigils can also be used to create personal defensive shields. 

Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs are another form of sigil. Hex signs are often considered nothing more than Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, however they are actually magical signs and sigils. They are most commonly found painted onto building facades or gable ends of barns. 

Designs have historically also been included on furniture, documents, tombstones, pottery and ceramics and written amulets. Hex sign literally means "Witch Sign." Hex signs are also known as "Hexafoos" or "Witch foot." 

Their origins are mysterious. Jakob Grim and other scholars recognized the geometric patterns as deriving from pre-Christian spiritual and magical traditions. They were first used in Medieval Germany and Switzerland and may be based on the runes. Another school of thought, however, insists that Hex signs are nothing more than aesthetically pleasing adornments.

Hex signs consist of simple and colorful geometric designs that require relatively little artistry. If you can draw a straight line, you can draw a simple Hex sign, although perhaps not the elaborate ones. 

Different Hex signs have different names, meanings and powers. For instance, to keep lightening or hail from striking or prevent animals from becoming bewitched.  Explanations dating back to the 1920's, especially geared to tourists, suggest the Hex signs are decorations intended to ward off malevolent witchcraft or evil influences. In other words, they are "Sigils."

Brightest of Blessings,

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