What Are Magickal Symbols Used For?
Magickal, or magic, symbols are believed to have a specific meaning or power in both magical and spiritual practices. But what’s really fascinating about these symbols is that they have been around for centuries! Some magickal symbols even date as far back as prehistoric cave paintings and medieval grimoires.
Generally, these symbols are used to represent concepts, ideas, deities, or entities. They’re also used to enhance the effectiveness of rituals and spells. So, by recognising magickal symbols and using them effectively, you could enhance your own spiritual practices.
In some cases, a magick symbol may also be called a sigil (as long as they are charged with intention). Sigil craft is an increasingly popular practice, and as any modern witch will tell you, it’s one of the most rewarding creative endeavours you can undertake.
Magickal symbols can be really diverse and can change depending on your tradition, culture, and personal beliefs. However, creating sigils through various methods (like the magic square) can help to capture your own specific intentions and meanings.
Are you interested in the idea of creating sigils? Then you may want to check out Sigil Craft by Lia Taylor. According to Scribd, “Taylor shares how to charge your sigils, incorporate them into your creative endeavours, and heighten the power of your sigils through the shoaling technique.” Lia Taylor even includes step-by-step instructions to help you start your journey with sigil craft.
Recognising Magickal Symbols: Powerful Symbols And What They Mean
1. The pentacle
A pentacle is a star with five points and is usually enclosed within a circle. This protective symbol represents the different elements (fire, air, earth, and water), and is a sign of balance. Witches will typically work with this symbol and believe it to be one of the basic building blocks of witchcraft. You may also recognise this symbol as being featured on traditional tarot card decks.
It’s important to remember that a pentacle is different to a pentagram, which is the inverted version of this symbol.
2. The elements
The elements are symbolised by different triangles. For example, the earth element is an upside-down triangle with a solid line running through the tip of it. At the same time, an upside-down triangle without a solid line represents water. As we mentioned before, these are fundamental components in many cultures and can be very powerful for witches.
Each element has its unique attributes and associations, with many variations on their meanings depending on the intent in which they’re used.
3. The Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus is an ancient symbol that originates in the Middle East – more specifically, it’s a historic Egyptian symbol that represents protection. It may also represent healing and the power of the Egyptian god Horus.
The symbol, of course, looks like an eye. However, it shouldn’t be confused with the Eye of Ra (the sun god) or other symbols that may be similar, since they have different meanings.
4. The Triple Goddess
If you’ve ever seen a symbol that looks like two crescent moons with a circle in the middle of them, then you may be familiar with the Triple Goddess symbol. Many spiritual practitioners also use tools with this symbol, such as a Triple Goddess fragrance burner, to set clear intentions and enhance their spells. And to increase the likelihood that the magic spells will work.
This beautiful symbol represents the three phases of the moon – waxing, full, and waning – which also symbolises the stages of a woman’s life. These stages are known as the maiden, mother, and crone. Usually, this sigil is associated with femininity and the cycles of life.
5. The Evil Eye
The Evil Eye is a protective symbol used to ward off negative energy and can be used in ‘return to sender’ or curse removal spells. This specific magick element is common across several cultures and is believed to bring good luck and protection from harm.
While this symbol can easily be confused with the All-Seeing Eye, the distinction is very important.
The Evil Eye is often represented in different shades of blue and may look like a series of circles within one larger circle. On the other hand, the All-Seeing Eye is drawn as an eye within a triangle.
6. The Horned God
As much as the Triple Goddess represents the divine feminine, the Horned God is a symbol of masculine energy in many pagan and Wiccan traditions. The Horned God symbol is usually drawn as a circle with a crescent moon on top of it, which is meant to look like horns.
This symbol is traditionally used to represent the wild, untamed aspects of nature. It is also associated with fertility and the wilderness.
7. The Ankh
The Ankh is another ancient Egyptian symbol that looks like a cross with a teardrop shape on top. It’s believed that the Ankh has life-giving energy and represents eternal life. For this reason, some people use the Ankh for health and to protect them from illness and disease. However, it can also be used to ward off negative energy.
8. The triquetra
The triquetra is a three-pointed knot or Celtic trinity symbol. This emblem can be used to represent various trinities, such as the Holy Trinity in Christianity, or life, death, and rebirth in other cultures. In Wiccan practices, witches may use the triquetra to represent earth, water, and sky. Either way, the triquetra is associated with unity and interconnectedness.
9. The hexagram
The hexagram is perhaps most well-known as the Star of David and is a six-pointed star formed by overlapping two equilateral triangles. In some cases, it may also be known as the Hexagram of Solomon and is named after the biblical figure King Solomon. It’s believed that King Solomon wore a signet ring with a hexagram on it, which he used to summon spirits.
The hexagram has several meanings, including the balance between opposing forces and the integration of elements.
10. The Solar Cross
The Solar Cross, also known as the Sun Cross or Wheel Cross, represents the white light and the sun and its life-giving properties. The standard meaning behind this symbol is fertility, growth, and the cyclical nature of life. It also resembles an empty cross within a double-lined circle.
How do I choose the right magickal symbols for my specific intention or spellwork?
Here’s how to pick the right magickal symbols for your spellwork:
- Define your intention and goals.
- Research symbols that align with your desired outcome.
- Trust your intuition and your personal connection with these symbols.
Can magickal symbols be combined for more potent spellwork?
Yes, you can absolutely combine magick symbols! Combining symbols that complement each other can amplify your magick intent. However, you’re going to want to ensure that the energies of these symbols harmonise for the best results.
Recognising magickal symbols can help you on your spiritual journey, and can boost your spiritual growth when you know what they mean (and how to use them). Much like other spiritual tools, there is a lot of power behind these symbols, so it’s important to be sure of your intent and the meanings behind these symbols before you use them.