I’ll admit that sigils are the one bit of magick that I avoided for a long time. This wasn’t due to disinterest on my part, sigils speak to the fantasy-loving witch in me. No, my hesitation came from the belief that I’m not artistic enough to make them. I grew up knowing, deep in my bones, that I couldn’t draw, couldn’t sculpt, couldn’t paint, couldn’t make any kind of art. I spent a lot of my life telling myself that I was an artist with words, that the only thing I can draw are stick figures.
Over the past couple of years I’ve managed to shake that notion. Sketching clothing designs and doodling in my journal helped me to gain confidence. It has gotten to the point where I don’t automatically reject the label of artist. I’m not trained, and I have no desire to make “fine art”. Sigil drawing, though, that is within my skill set.
In conjuction with that shift in my self-perception, I’ve made a resolution to work more magick into my everyday life. I’m a firm believer in casual magick. Casting spells when one is cooking dinner, or gardening, or heading through the drive-thru are all valid and necessary, I think. Witchcraft, the kind worked by ordinary people, is rarely formal with casting circles and waiting on moon phases. Sometimes it is as simple as lighting a candle. Or marking your cup with a sigil. Which brings us to today’s witch craft.
By marking my mug with a sigil I then charge everything I drink from it with those energies I want to bring into my life. And dear reader, I drink a lot of tea. Magickally speaking, the return on investment is substantial.
There are several ways to create a sigil. For this project I used the letter reduction method. I wanted to amp up the magick by writing my sigil in affirmation format. I then removed the dublicate letters and reduced them further down to their various parts. Using those parts I drew my sigil.
Despite my newfound assurance, marking up a curved surface like a mug isn’t easy. To help make sure my sigil looked as nice as possible, I made a stencil by drawing it first on a piece of paper the size I wanted it to be on the mug. I then used an X-acto knife to slice through the lines. Then I taped the paper to the mug.
I then go over the stencil with the permenant marker. This draws an outline on the mug. It’s not perfect, but it gives me a good guide to follow. A note on the marker here. There are a lot of pins on Pinterest and elsewhere that says you can use a regular sharpie to permanently mark your ceramics. You are better off spending extra on the oil-based sharpies that are meant specifically for ceramics. The set I bought cost $13 from Target and that got me five markers in black, white, silver, bronze and red. I expect there are other projects I’ll be using them on. (simpleDIYs has a good video going over the two different sharpies and why a regular marker just won’t do.)
Once I am done and before I pop it into the oven to fix the paint, I charge my sigil. I visualize the achieving my dreams, how it feels, tastes, smells and what it sounds like. I transform that visualization into golden light and see that light pouring out of my hands into the sigil. That positive, affirming energy will then seep into my tea every time I use my mug. Simple, effective manifestation magick.
Then I pop the mug in the oven and turn the temperature to 425 degrees. The mug needs to heat slowly along with the oven to avoid it cracking. Once the oven has reached that temperature, I let the mug “bake” for 30 minutes and then turn off the oven. I allow the oven to cool completely, and the mug with it, again to avoid cracking or breakage due to a sudden change in temperature. After all that, the paint is set and the mug is ready for use. It is dishwasher safe, although I would steer clear of using abrasive scrubbers on the design.
One great thing about is project is that it is versatile. You could add your sigil to the outside bottom of your mug if you wanted it to be less obvious. You could also mark the bottom of bowls, plates and other ceramics (although the paint is not deemed food-safe so don’t mark a surface that would touch food or drink). The artistic nature of sigils also allows you to cast covert magick. If anyone asked, you could just tell them it is an art design and leave it at that. Additionally, this is the sort of witch craft you could do either in a group (perhaps as a coven craft) or with children as an introduction to magick.