This is a continuation of my SIGIL drawing explorations. A sigil is a symbol used in magic. The term usually refers to a type of pictorial signature of a demon or other entity. In modern magic a sigil refers to a symbolic representation of a practitioner’s desired outcome. Sigil comes from sigillum, Latin for seal. It may also be related to the Hebrew word segula, meaning word action, item of spiritual effect, or talisman. A sigil is used to conjure a thing or desire into being.
The repeating hand icon is a metonym for the body; distilled into the gesticulation of a spell being cast. Like the Hand of Fatima, Psychic Cross, or sacred geometry, these sigils become the symbols of larger mythologies of beliefs, desires, behaviors and practices. As magic has been persecuted throughout the centuries, art has become one of the remaining public repositories for esoteric exploration.
4-color letterpress printed with Bullhorn Press
14 5/8” x 10 3/4”
100% cotton paper
edition of 40