I've been getting a few of questions about how I 'charge' sigils...and I pretty much don’t, at least not in the old school chaos magic sense. I shoal almost everything (do a search on Rune Soup if you want more info on shoaling sigils) now. Each morning, I offer a candle to the shoal, and incense. I shuffle the sigils with the oil from consecrating the candle still on my hands, as well as any materia left over from that process. I lay out the shoal like a card reading of sorts, face down. Then I slowly flip the cards and sit with each of them for a few moments, whatever seems right. This might be ten seconds or ten minutes, it’s all intuitive. I look at the sigil, enjoy the lines, and simply feel whatever I feel or don’t feel. At the end of the day I ‘shuffle’ the sigils and set them aside until the next morning, and repeat the process. I add sigils to the shoal whenever the mood strikes me, and remove sigil ‘cards’ just the same. In the last few months, the shoals have been between ten and twenty cards deep.
I have shared this elsewhere before, and I was surprised to see I had never shared it in my blog! This is a call to Michael I use frequently in protection work. It's a bit harsh for some people, so (it should go without saying!) feel free to rewrite anything to better suit your needs and personal approach.
By the Stars in the East and the Stars in the West
By the Stars in the North and the Stars in the South
By the Stars Above and the Stars below
Michael, Archangel, Flaming Sword, Divine Messenger
Come to me, Aid me, Guard me
Cover me with your wings
Protect me with your flaming sword
Wrap me in your fury at evil
Repel all that would harm me & mine
Drive them from me
Drive them from this place
Drive them from this time
Burn them with the light of the Maker
Burn them with the Fire from Heaven
Come unto me, Michael Archangel
Aid and guard me in this work
Aid and guard me in the here and now
Aid and guard me in the past and future
As it was, as it is, and as it shall be
Flaming Sword, Fire from Heaven
Be with me now & always
As it was, as it is, as it shall be.
As mentioned elsewhere, pieces fresh from the shop are not ‘fully consecrated’ in the traditional sense. However, as they are built via magical practices in my working space with continuous input from those who I tend to call ‘my people’, they are not typical, inert objects either (as if such a thing exists)! Many note this ‘charge’ that their pieces arrive with. This charge is an intended side effect from the process of creating them, and one of the reasons I work the way I do, building each piece from the ground up rather than mass producing them.
Lately I have had requests for a more formal consecration of pieces towards a specific intention. And so I am opening that service as an add on to the building process. As I am always working in my own way, there are of course a few rules and guidelines. We can start with those.
- I am unable (obviously) to ‘guarantee results’. So don’t ask. There is never such a thing in any kind of magical work.
- I am totally unable to tell you if you 'should' have me do this work for you. That's between you and your spirits, I will honestly not have a clue or an opinion on this.
- I do no cursing, hexing or crossing work. If you are looking to fight, do it yourself, I am not a mercenary.
- I reserve the right the choose not to perform the requested work & refund your money for any reason. I probably won't be inclined to discus the reasons, as they are most likely intuitive anyway and so not easily explained!
The longer form of the above is that I will only do work that makes sense for me to do. I also only do the work in the way that I work and that works well for me! So I’ll use the timing and methods that makes sense to me to consecrate the piece. What you will provide is a short intention, and if needed a longer explanation of it. There may be a bit of back & forth on that front, but probably not a lot.
The work that I do to consecrate a piece in no way replaces the reality that you should also consecrate on your end, and that talismans are happiest with regular attention. If you are unsure of how to go about this, here is a brief excerpt from Six Ways that details a simple approach to both initial consecration as well as regular upkeep:
"To consecrate something is to make it special. We can do this in a variety of ways, either separately or combined together.
For example, let’s say I am burning a candle to enfold someone in protection. I have a scribe (like a big iron needle for marking lines on metal) that I use to carve sigils or runes into the wax of the candle. Perhaps I am using the Algiz rune for this. Algiz is a good protection rune, and looks like this:
How I do this is pretty straightforward. I inscribe the rune into the wax with the scribe. I lick or spit on the rune to moisten it and link it to me (only done for work I want directly linked or connected to me). I may anoint it with an oil to bring another influence to the work. I may add powdered herbs or dusts of some sort, and I may redden the rune with red sandalwood powder. I then put the candle in the holder and speak whatever 'spell' I am using, which for me is usually plainspoken. Rhymes and poetry are great, but I find that I am more clear and honest if I just speak (or I may just be a poor poet!). Let us pretend that I am doing this work for a person named Julia.
Here's how this might actually work in practice:
I have gathered a candle, a protection powder, red sandalwood powder, a lighter, an oil, and my needle-scribe.
I pick up the candle and say out loud: "Creature of wax and wick, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I take up the needle and say: "Creature of iron, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I etch the rune into the wax, saying: "Beautiful Algiz, bright and sharp, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I lick or spit on the rune and say: "By the water of my life do I give life to you that you may aid and guard Julia”. (Omit this step for any working you do not want linked directly to you!.)
I place a drop of oil on the rune and rub it in saying: "Creature of oil, bless this creature of wax, and join with it to aid and guard Julia".
I sprinkle the protection herbs on the rune and rub them in saying: "Creature of the fertile Earth, join with your brethren to aid and guard Julia".
I add the red sandalwood powder and say "I redden this rune, I consecrate this creature of wax with spit, with oil, with herbs, with iron, and with the breath of my body (breathe upon the rune). Creature of wax, I give you life that you may aid and guard Julia".
Mount the candle in a holder, and light it, saying: "Creature of fire, kindle the flame, awaken this creature of power to aid and guard Julia".
Simple and direct is usually the most effective method."
Now we can shift this process in a few ways to make it more clearly relevant to the consecration of a talisman, rather than a candle spell. We can dispense with the etching of the candle (if we are talking consecrating a piece of jewelry, we might however keep it if we are consecrating something like a bone or stone) and instead skip to the oils, powders, or other materia you intend to use. I tend to not rub the oils & such into the face of the piece unless I don't care that it will end up looking a bit muddy! It's fine to do all this work on the back of a piece to keep the front of your object looking pretty. I often do this kind of work on the back small talismanic paintings I make, or even sigils intended for display.
It is a good idea to perform a similar type of work fairly frequently to keep your talismans fat and happy. How often is totally variable, and it could be once a month or once a year. Feed your talismans with clear intentions and appropriate offerings, and they will take good care of you in return!
Working on finishing up Six Ways, taking apart and resetting the shop, washing the benches, tools, and spirit-vessels in sacred water, this has been a good few days. I’ve been feeling both good, and a bit ‘off’, that kind of ‘off’ where there is specific work to do, but you are not quite sure what it is yet. Have you had that experience?
It took me a couple of years of doing this work to get really comfortable with the reality of how I get to do what I do. Most of my ‘career’ working was either as (as Aimee Mann calls it) a Specialist in Retail or in some kind of Facilities Management. These are both zones of putting out fires, time constraints, deadlines, and contractual obligations to what happens, both how and when. I was good at all of this. But it was always a challenge, as my psyche really is wired to another kind of time, another kind of flow.
I never had the chance to step into that flow in a sustained way, until I began this talismanic jeweler path. And it is rather off-kilter as it relates to the more (apparently) ordered and constrained path of the modern ‘sales’ driven world.
There are days (and these things are discussed in depth by Blu here) where all I ‘get’ to do is cleaning and clearing work. I don’t touch a saw or other tool unless it is to move them aside to get at a surface to take care of or to wash them, thank them, and re-consecrate them. The same goes with design work or finishing. It happens when it is supposed to, when I am allowed to do it. Even the actual workflow, which is in theory purely occurring solely based on the order dates of pieces, actually varies quite a lot. Some pieces just say ‘not now’ or ’no more’ regardless of where I am in the process. They may be set aside with an hour left of finishing work, or before I make the first cuts. Some say ‘right now, today. This hour!’. This is a natural process when working with these creatures, these spirit vessels. Trying to work against it is not only counter-productive but disrespectful of the things-in-themselves.
Being able to do what I do, how I do it is only partially about me. It is equally about my fantastic clients, who not only put up with these peculiarities of mine, but in essence, demand them. Who come to me not in spite of but rather because of them! How cool are these people? Pretty damn cool, I think.
So here in Eclipse season, having my coffee and moving towards getting outside and feeding the animals, and looking forward to finishing two pieces that are telling me it's time to finish, I am feeling great appreciation for all of you. I send my blessings to you and yours. You are all very special to me. Thank you.
It has taken me awhile to nail down the proper tools so I can offer these runic rings. At the moment I can offer rings in the Elder Futhark and the Anglo-Saxon runes- essentially all the straight-line forms. The runes are all deeply hand chiseled into the silver. As I do not speak nor write the language, translations are up to you.
Price for this style of ring in sterling silver is a base of $150, and then it will depend on how many runes you wish to have on the ring, which will also be determined by the ring size. The ring shown would be a $150 ring at this time. Please contact me with your ring size and the inscription you desire, and I will get back to you with a quote.