While sigils have esoteric roots, they are not as unfamiliar as you may think. You may have never heard the term "sigil" before, yet you are undoubtedly familiar with some common sigils. Below are four examples of sigils that you know already.
If you're familiar with astrology, you know that each celestial body or Zodiac sign represents ancient archetypal energy woven into the fabric of human consciousness. These archetypes are the building blocks of human mythology and meaning-making frameworks.
The symbols representing the archetype of each Zodiac sign or celestial body are considered sigils.
In Medieval times, noblemen initially created family crests to represent their energy to others. Often placed on armor, these crests developed the name "Coat of Arms." These emblems became hereditary, and families passed them down through their lineage.
Flags and National Emblems
Also in Medieval times, cities and states began developing their symbols to represent the energy of their land. This practice continues today with crests on many countries' flags and national emblems representing governments, like the United States Seal.
Arguably the most widely recognized sigils in our current reality of late-stage capitalism are those of the corporate logo. When you see the Nike logo, you immediately think: "just do it" — calling in the energy behind the ethos of their brand. Apple, Starbucks, McDonald's — all of these logos call in an emotional tie to the energy they wish to emit into the world. These are present-day sigils, taking up space in all of our consciousness.