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Astrological Sigils: An Ancient Practice

 

Astrological sigils are as old as astrology itself. In essence, a sigil is a symbol used in magic, usually representing a specific entity, concept, or intention. Their roots are intertwined with astrology, a practice nearly as old as human civilization, tracing back to Babylonians in the 2nd millennium BC. 

Unveiling the Sigils: Celestial Symbols

 

Each astrological entity, such as a planet or zodiac sign, has its corresponding sigil. For instance, the sigil for Mercury represents the spirit and matter connected, reflecting Mercury's role as the messenger of the gods. The sigil of Scorpio depicts the lethal sting of the scorpion, resonating with the intense and formidable energy that the sign embodies.

Mercury & Scorpio

If you're interested in learning more about the meaning behind the sigils for the zodiac signs and their rulers, click here.

Sigils and the Astrological Renaissance

 

The Renaissance period witnessed a significant revival of astrology and astrological sigils, primarily due to the rise of Hermetic philosophy. The connection between sigils and astrology was strengthened further with the development of the 'magical alphabet' or 'Theban script' by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, a prominent occultist of the time.

Theban Alphabet by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

Theban alphabet from De Occulta Philosophia 1533, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa,


Astrological Sigils in Alchemy: Transmuting Symbols

 

In alchemy, the link between sigils and astrology was underscored. Each alchemical process was associated with an astrological sign, and its corresponding sigil was used to denote this process. The sigils were not just symbolic; they were believed to contain the essence of the astrological energy they represented, facilitating the alchemist’s transformative work.

"A Table of Mediaeval Alchemical Symbols" from Basil Valentine’s The Last Will and Testament, 1670 ce.

"A Table of Mediaeval Alchemical Symbols" from Basil Valentine’s The Last Will and Testament, 1670 ce.


Modern Interpretation: Sigils in Contemporary Astrology

 

In modern times, astrology has evolved from an art and science of prediction to a tool for self-understanding and personal growth. Astrological sigils, too, have evolved, serving as potent tools for introspection, manifestation, and transformation.


Crafting Your Personal Astrological Sigil

 

In today’s practice, one can craft personal astrological sigils based on their natal chart. These personalized sigils can help harness the energy of specific planets or signs, aiding in personal development and spiritual growth.

Example of a Natal Chart



The Future of Astrological Sigils: A Galactic Tale

 

The history of astrological sigils is a testament to the human fascination with the cosmos and our relentless pursuit to understand and harness its energy. As we venture further into the universe and uncover its secrets, there's no doubt that astrological sigils will continue to evolve and remain an integral part of our cosmic exploration.

 

From Ancient Symbols to Galactic Sigils 

 

As our knowledge of the universe expands, so too does the repertoire of astrological sigils. The discovery of new planets and cosmic entities leads to the creation of new astrological sigils, enriching the astrological and sigil-crafting landscape.

From their ancient roots to their current role in self-discovery and transformation, these celestial symbols have proved to be a significant aspect of human culture and spirituality. As we look towards the future, it is clear that the evolution of astrological sigils is as limitless

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