I’ve seen so many books in the market that fill the description about introducing the reader to the subject of magic, divination, paganism and so on that I seriously thought there was a lack of interest and creativity in all of the content people were writing about, that everything was just being discussed with little novelty, if any.
It was a pleasant surprise to see it wasn’t the case, at least not yet, when I discovered “Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols,” by Laura Tempest Zakroff, a woman you could say is becoming one of my favorite writers and most trustworthy reference when it comes to magic and witchcraft.
The book offers first a simple, yet juicy introduction on the history of symbols, symbolism and their meanings in different cultures. Zakroff offers an entertaining trip through different believes, forms of expression and how meanings themselves make their way into the society they are born in.
However, the really interesting content comes in the next chapters, where the author describes her own method to create sigils and encourages the readers to do the same, both try her way and find one on their own, describing how symbols work, what should be considered and different aspects of sigil witchery.
What surprised me the most about the book was the lack of religious content or affiliation, which makes this a perfect fit for any witch interested in the topic, with just a few references to certain deities and aspects Zakroff works with as mere examples.
This proved to be one of the best aspects I could have found in Sigil Witchery, as it made it all feel a more organic, genuine class about the topic, and not just another “something” being taught by an specific tradition under their own laws, point of view and rules. Paganism needs more books that highlight knowledge and avoid belief just like this one does.
Even better is the fact that she writes it all with a sense of professionalism but jokes on the book itself to make it all easier to understand and digest in case this is the first time for the reader approaching the subject, which was my case and worked perfectly fine.
Filled with different scenarios, stories and examples on how to craft a working and powerful symbol, Sigil Witchery encourages the reader to try different ways in order to find a personal practice, working with both sides of the brain and helping creativity to flow when the need arises.
Then only one thing I didn’t enjoy that much were the pages specifying which materials the authors uses when working with symbols and sigils, which were only for those interested in traditional art. There were some valuable glimpses of information now and then, but in general terms it slowed down my reading process as I’m not that specific public.
In the end, “Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols” proves to be a great addition for actually any witch’s personal library and a great guide for those who just discovered sigil magic. It has certainly opened a whole new chance for me.
Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols
Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2018)
Expected Publication Date: January 8, 2018
About the author:
A practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over 20 years, her early days were defined by being a community leader and public spokesperson for Paganism. Laura was the Associate Editor of Crescent Magazine, A Pagan Publication of Art, Philosophy, and Belief from 1998-2004, founder of the Cauldron of Annwyn Pagan Society in New England, and the youngest attendee of the Pagan Leaders Summit in Bloomington, IN in 2001. After nearly a decade-long hiatus from being publicly active, Laura began to get involved again in 2014 – and now can be found teaching, performing, and participating at numerous events and festivals all over.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a writer, blogger and alternative journalist. He has worked with specialized publications on entertainment, comics, witchcraft, Gothic subculture and any other topic that he discovers on the Internet and finds interesting. You can visit him on his personal, bilingual blog: https://tintanocturna.blogspot.com/