The word sigil means a seal or device (like a personal seal, a printer’s mark, etc.), but the word today usually denotes a magical sigil, a glyph used in ritual or sympathetic magick as a focus, or for summoning angels, demons, or spirits. Sigils as the signature of ‘mark’ of a spirit began in antiquity and reached a peak of popularity during the Renaissance.

The seal or signature of an angel, spirit, or demon was thought to contain the essence of that being’s name, and give one power to summon that entity.  These sigils were often thought to be concealed.  In a common example, the sigil of a planetary spirit could be discovered in the planetary kamea, or magick square. The detailed center of the Golden Dawn Cross is such a pattern, as are John Dee’s Enochian tables.  A modern method involves reducing alphabetical characters into a single glyph.

Pronunciation: Sij-ill • (noun)

Sigil of Goetic Spirit Sigil of the Archangel Michael Sigil of the intelligence of Mercury

Sigils from Levi’s “Transcendental Magic.”


Jennifer May 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

It is, yes.

pheonix November 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

Crowley was once a great researcher into the occult alot of his works are accurate and helpful. Although from reading his version of the necronomicon I personally wouldnt try anything from them because of accuracy. But from what I know in my studies he is accurate enough to use as references just not precise enough to actually practice. When using symbols to create a desired affect the slightest of errors can be detremental.

Occultist December 21, 2014 at 1:59 am

Crowley was a spoiled little boy who was wealthy and invited into the Order of the Golden Dawn and was removed for his disbased sexual practices and pervisons of their Rituals. It is true that he had a remarkible gift but he took things to a dark and terrible place out of his want for power that eventually isolated him…he abused women and used anyone who got closeto him. He died from liver failure and called him self the “Beast 666″ in his own memoires. He became obssesed with the occult, his name is remmebered because of the religon that he dedicated to him self “thelma” it’s central holiday crowly-mas, their symbol a perversion of the Star of david.

Grey July 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

Most sigils and symbols are employed in a manner similar to that of an altar, athame or candles.

These are tools used to create a focus for your will and visualization.

If you are focused wholly, and the symbols or tools you are using allow you to direct your will toward your intended goal, then their accuracy in relation to another’s belief or system is irrelevant.

Doubt is dangerous, so when using an established system, accuracy is very important, because one can second guess themselves leading to unplanned consequences.

In this same manner, a practitioner could create their own system of symbols and sigils based entirely on what the images mean to them and use them with incredible effect.

Or use none of these items at all, if they are a skilled visualizer.

In short: Accuracy of symbols is only important if you have doubt. Or if you are using someone else’s rituals. :)

Colton Price October 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

@Darren Brice… Then in fairness if it’s what he believes in,then what right do you have to talk down upon his statement? If you think it is really necessary to judge people, atleast be sure you judge yourself first in a rational manor, and dont let bias and emotion control your actions, like there going to when you see this. Besides, he was simply trying to help him, like if you were about to unknowingly consume somthing toxic, and I stopped you. I just hate when i see failures in communication, nothing personal.

Nicholas G October 28, 2011 at 2:53 am


There are many of us with many different beliefs but simply because our beliefs are our own does not mean we must feud over them. I like to look at the beliefs of others in an enlightening way to see the differences as well as the similarities. If we isolate ourselves to a particular set of beliefs, then they are all that we know. Some may say “that is all that I care to know” and to them I send this-”A mind is like a parachute, it only functions when it is open”. Be carefull though as an open mind is not always a good thing, if you pack your chute in a hury things can spiral out of controll faster than you can immagine. There are positive and negative forces in the universe and which ever paths we follow are our choices, but make sure that you follow you and noone else. The answers that WE seek are inside us, we just simply have to search for them.

Darren Brice July 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

@Brian Sledge… Why do you care what people read. A VAST majority of this planet is NOT of Christian faith. If someone wants to read the teachings of Alister Crowley over the teachings of a two thousand year old mythological tale then that is their prerogative. To say “Make sure you are reading what came from (lowercase g) god an not just so guy who wants lucifer to rise.” seems a little authoritative and selfish I think. Many of these symbols are much older than the symbols of your faith and should be given the same amount of respect out of simplest form of fairness.

brian sledge June 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

solomon proclaimed it as the symbol for the conjuration of michael the real book that solomon wrote not that devil worshiper alister crowley make sure your reading what came from god an not just so guy who wants lucifer to rise.anyways its a grimorie of the sun .it does stand for michael the archangel but there is no angel that wants his name over the fathers

K May 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

It comes from the Key of Solomon. I dont know much else about it, I’ve only thumbed through the key…

anneka July 21, 2010 at 5:01 am

Can anyone tell me more about the Archangel Michael symbol? Where is it from etc?

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