Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bind Sigil Besom

A new pretty thing-a-ma-bob for the front door! A bit of magical protection against that big bad virus that is wreaking havoc on the world.

I've added charms and beads, flowers and some knot work to my besom too. My focus was on creating something gentle, calm and hopeful. Although those things might sound a bit namby-pamby, they're powerful forces of good! I don't know about you, but I could do with a bit of positive focus right now... making pretty things helps.

The symbol I carved is a bind sigil created by Tommie Kelly, combining sigils from his divination/magic system The Forty Servants. Specifically the sigils for The Healer, The Protector and The Sun were used here. 

(Totally recommend checking out Adventures in Woo Woo if you're interested in modern magical discussion/thinking/ideas.)

I first carved the sigil and then stained it with red ocher. This is said to have been done historically as a replacement for blood in the charging of magical items and ritual. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I like the idea of taking this new symbol, from a new magical system, and mixing it up with old ideas.

Truly, I hope you're doing all you can to feel safe right now. I hope you're doing all the practical things like social distancing and making healthy choices. And, whether it's carving sigils, crafting, cooking comfort food, or Netflixing, I hope you're finding a bit of calm and hope in this crazy time.

P.S. Wash your hands. 

P.P.S. I love you.