Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Book Review: Sigil Witchery by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Title: Sigil Witchery
Author: Laura Tempest Zakroff
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: 8 January 2018
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Sigils are powerful magical marks, designed to invoke spirits and deities, influence people, provide instructions, or designate sacred places. This book breathes fresh life into the contemporary practice of sigil magick, showing you an innovative approach to using marks, lines, dots, and colors for manifesting your will in the world.
Learn how to create designs that best support your intention by exploring the traditional and contemporary meanings of shapes, the power of numbers in creating motifs and patterns, the meaning of letters and language, and the use of color. Sigil Witchery includes tips for choosing locations, materials, and surfaces, as well as important considerations for permanent, temporary, and wearable sigils. Sample scenarios, exercises, examples, and techniques for hand-drawing lines will help you build skills and insights as you develop your own style of sigil magick. (Goodreads Synopsis)
When I saw this book on NetGalley, I requested it because I am currently writing a novel in which magical sigils play a part and I thought this book would be of help. It certainly was; however, I also enjoyed it on other levels. Sigil Witchery offers readers an interesting study of symbols that includes a review of the history of symbols in different cultures and thoughts on symbols and cognition. As such, it has something to offer a wider range of readers than its subheading as a "witch's guide" suggests. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the meaning and use of symbols, whether for religious or secular purposes.