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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

From the Latin sigillum ("seal"), a sigil is a magical design or symbol, often representing a word or concept. It is, in effect, a focal point or visual stimulus. Many sigils are created from Magic Squares (examples of which are found in The Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage) by connecting the numerical values of letters throughout the square. Such a sigil gives the essence of the name or word that is being used. Others may be obtained by adopting and adapting traditional symbols such as pentagrams, astrological symbols, circles, squares, or triangles.

Once obtained, sigils are used on talismans and for marking magical tools, robes, and crowns in both Ceremonial Magic and Witchcraft. When properly constructed and consecrated before use sigils can convey great power.

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I mostly create embroidered decoration for some of the principal female cast, such as on the dresses for Cersei who was born into the House of Lannister, whose sigil is that of a rampant lion.
Although the Islamic versions (save Al-Asbahani's first story) do not refer to Solomon's sigils by which he controls the wind, four English poems identify Solomon with specific occult symbols that he uses as talismans or as variants of the Seal of Solomon.
Beyond strategic congruencies, Lissitzky and Nanney share a commitment to self-determination: the former with his likening of the artist's brushwork to a "symbol of a new world" and the latter as a practitioner of sigil craft's self-actualizing intentionality.
This applies to the editions printed between 1506 and 1556, which are indicated here with sigils referring to their printers' names.
The different sigils for the houses are given as the following: House Of Targaeryn: Dragons; House of Baratheon: Stag; House of Stark: Direwolf and House of Lannister: Lion.
Mystic sigils competed for crowded wall space with more modern scrawled messages, written by youths who have turned the temple into a drinking den.
Second, the circulos that Pineda identifies as an intrinsic part of cultres clearly refer to the talismanic sigils or magic seals that frequently accompanied the written text.
When she finds these glowing sigils (or glyphs), she must stab them and drain the colossus of its power.
Their tools include staffs, sigils, and gems, and they work through spells and knowledge, stored in books and libraries, but above all from the ability to "know [a thing's] true name and what it is" (Time 166): a more than scientific knowledge of reality.
Chapters describe how to use sigils to manifest multiple probabilities; how to use the DNA spiral to explore space/time; writing as a divination practice; how to use technology to enhance space/time workings; and much more.
The proof is that according to the authors, the exact same sigils - yes, sigils - of powerful magic used by the wizards of old are used in the book.
Like the narrator here, Dryden has filled his tales with "Charms and Sigils, for Defence," and we must guess the "secret meaning of this moral Show," his "mystique Truth, in Fables first convey'd" (606, 599, 601, Dryden's additions).