Messing Around with Space – Or, What you Think is Real, is Real

Picture this scene.

Me coming out of my office, I take a look inside my wallet and then find myself short in cash for my return trip home.

Luckily enough, I had enough money for the longest part of the trail, but still short of one more ride. I had not choice but to walk the rest of the goddam way…

I decided to try out something I haven’t tried before. It’s not that this is the first time I ever walked that kind of distance (it isn’t, I’ve walked farther under worse circumstances), I just wanted to add a bit more excitement to my self-destructively long walk. I sat down by a spot under the shade of trees, picked up my pen and a sheet of paper sigilized the heck out of my Statement of Intent, made a sigil, sigil-line and even a mantra to help activate it. Then I pulled out an old diary of mine where I had a poem written for such a purpose. In an impromptu ritual, I went ahead and visualized the LS and took some energy out of it, funneled the energy into the paper where I drawn the sigil and the mantra. Then, I folded the paper into a small triangle that would fit in the palm of my hand.

And I began to walk my way home, chanting the mantra as I go, lulling my poor, tired, dehydrated brain into Gnosis.

Le Space Warp Telesmansen!

What happened was I was eventually able to get home, but right near the end,  I realized that I remembered only crossing two bridges when I can swear there was supposed to be three.  When I went back to work the following day, there really was only two. Plus, some places got mixed up somehow, like the local hospital, was not supposed to be anywhere near the church there, but lo! It’s there for some reason! (Not to mention the fact I was seriously disoriented at specific points during the journey, though that one might be because of the hot sun beating down on my head.)

I shared this experience with the cool people at the Chaos Magick FB group, and one comment from the admin there said that “I hope you didn’t pop all those people in the houses near the third bridge out of existence, though. That would be uncool.” That thought got me thinking, did I simply compress reality into a shorter version of it, did I stretch reality to a critical point that it would result in it snapping back, causing irreversible location shifts, space compression, etc. Or this is just me slowly devolving into madness, my mentality, not my reality is being warped? What’s the difference? Are schizophrenics not living in hells they have created?

In any case, experience taught me that whatever you experience directly is the only truth that you could rely on. That puts a paramount importance on practical application. I love the occasional pontification or two on magical subjects, but it’s all meaningless if you don’t do it. It’s less fun too, so double whammy to armchair mages.

Anyways, I’ll post my space-warp sigil here the next time I get the chance. So long for now!

^ _ ^
The Black Squid

EDIT: Added Space Warp Talisman, finally! 04/19/2013

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Queen Ellis AKA the Linking Sigil

THE RED QUEEN APPROACHES as a quick and confident madness, carefully diligent and obscured as she spins the webs of discord between the cracks of an otherwise dull and unassuming monolith – the consensual reality. She appears to the uninitiated as brief doorways of spray paint or chalk upon street walls and corridors; a series of strange breadcrumbs and runic white rabbits which chart the way towards an unspeakable and alien wonderland.

-Excerpt from the Liber Sigilum by the AAO.

A global network of occultists bent on bringing down reality itself by placing cracks in reality, writing cryptic messages and sigils in plain sight, feeding an infant deity bound for godhood, until it has reached its full power. Sounds like something out of a Stephen King or HP Lovecraft novel, doesn’t it? Well, its more or less true. I mentioned her already in a previous post (read : A Weird Daydream), and yes, she is a fairly modern godform born out of a crazy magickal working where a group of occultists over at the pre-hack Occult Forums created a type of spell header to bind and mutually power their spells and workings together,  which they called a Linking Sigil.

The Linking Sigil (Ellis)

A fairly detailed, post by post record of the  original groups workings with the sigil, or Ellis, was contained in a book titled “Ellis – Assault on Reality”. The other uses of the linking sigil, or Ellis, by which it was known later, included using it not only as a spell header, but to also link their magickal spaces, Hauted places, Sacred Sites, Talismans and many other places where the “veil of reality” was said to be thin.

Another interesting development was its use in “glitterbombing”, where they “tag” the sigil, along with a message like “Ask Me How”, “Reality is Up for Grabs”, or something else along the same lines that’s equally mysterious. All the energy absorbed from all the magickal places and workings turned the Ellis into a veritable “crack in the fabric of reality” when drawn onto a fairly normal space. Magickal Energies would seep and affect anyone and anything that happens to be in the vicinity, maximize the effects of a haunting and wake up any dormant magicks in an area. This would then “pry open the eyes of a sleeping humanity to the terror and wonder of the worlds beyond”, and maybe even lead them to their own magickal practices!

That was one of the long-term goals behind the Ellis sigil in the first place, to create a fluid, magickal reality, where magickal workings would be much easier and even have observable results. “Damn it! We want fireballs!” Arjil, the one who originally designed the Linking Sigil (LS), cries in one post. It was a rebellion against mundane reality, an experiment to test the limits of what is possible with magick.

As the discussion drew on, they were able to gather more and more support from many occultists outside the US and UK, ultimately becoming a group bound by one single thing – The Ellis. Over time, it became attached to so many places and has gathered so much energy, and is quickly reaching a spiritual “critical mass”, forming what could only be called a sentience as it seems to act more and more on its own. Finally, people began calling “it” a “her”, a “she”, a “living being”. Ellis, instead of the Linking Sigil or The Ellis.

Mages begun contacting her, and she begun responding back. Her will? To do what she was meant for, mutual empowerment, “I help you, you help me”. To feed her by linking more places of power and spells to her, so she could become powerful enough to fulfill her lofty purpose of creating a truly magickal world.

(UPDATE: A further treatment of the subject could be found in this article)
(UPDATE: Mentioned in these articles – Theban1, Theban2)

A Weird Daydream

*** This Story, I originally related to some Cool Magickal Friends on the Chaos Magick Group on Facebook, this version just deals with it in more detail. ***

There’s this strange dream or vision that I had shortly before completely dozing off on my bed one day…

My thoughts were all over the place, thinking randomly and went from thoughts like the principles of magick, some attractive girls I passed by on my way to and from work, and Ellis (for those who don’t know, I’ll have a different post about that.) . Then Suddenly there was this gigantic white LS sigil right before me, pulling me into it.
 I appeared inside a “red” world, with only of what looked like floating strips of flooring or landbridges to step on. Then, I heard a weird ticking sound, like a whole lot of metal needles tapping their tips on stone really fast. I looked behind me and saw a HECKLOAD of giant spiders running towards me!

Definitely like these guys, just add x10 more FEAR
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There were these strange, grayish strings hanging from the floating bridges above me, grabbed on one of them, and for dear life I swung myself away, until I happened upon a dark landmass. It connected to the landbridges like a central point.
There I found several vary large, muscular men in business suits, shades hiding their eyes, and behind them, sitting on a ornate throne was an attractive and mysterious-looking redhead.
They discussed with me if I wanted to have a “share”. ‘A “share” of what?’, I ask. They never mention or explain whatever it was that they wanted to share with me, I felt like I know what they were talking about, and I dont remember what it was if I really knew. I told them that I’ll think about it, and began to walk away. Before I could turn around and leave, one of the large men came up behind me, made a dry tearing sound, and bit me with large fangs 
The shock of the cold bone piercing me woke me up…. I felt like there was a strong surge of electricity flowing down my spine from where the guy bit me. 
Do you guys think I accidentally astral projected?
-TheBlackSquid

Sigil Magick (AKA: squiggles that makes things happen)

Rarely is there anything more magical than seeing a large collection of mysterious symbols written upon a wall or worn-out book. Something at the back of your mind is simply expecting something awesome to occur. That’s why I love Sigil Magick so much, on top of the fact that it actually works!

Sigil magick dates back from antiquity when our ancestors believed that one can control an entity if one knew their true name, true number and sigil. Whole compilations of them were made, and with one spirit having at least one sigil for one purpose. The Ancient art of Kabbalah actually taught a system of sigilization where the letters of a spirit’s name were traced out on a Magick Square or Kamea that signified or embodied its general energies.

The 3×3 Magic Square, AKA the Saturn Square

But modern sigilization was devised by the English artist, mage and writer, Austin Osman Spare, who was the very first to proclaim that Chaos (he called it KIA by the way) was the only constant thing, that the only true freedom is to harness one’s desires instead of being devoured by it. His technique included writing down the specified intent, and, by using a variety of techniques, convert it into a graphic sign, or sigil. The most common process is to take away any repeating letters, combine the letters to form a shape, and simplify the shape up until the original letters can’t be recognized anymore, and of course, looks pleasingly magickal to your own eyes.

I’m sorry if this illustration looks a bit…
MS Paint, because it is.

The resultant could even have any type of embellishment or graphic decoration to make it look good. Nothing will make it lose it’s power, there’s no exact formula to making these kinds of sigils, just follow what feels right and you’ll do just fine.

Okay, so let’s say we’ve already got your sigil composed, and it looks all mysterious and magickal now. But its still really just a squiggle on paper at this point. The real magick is to charge or fire the sigil into wherever (usually the subconscious, but I just call it the Void, much cooler.), and that’s the tricky part. The goal is to reach the state of Gnosis* while staring at or visualizing the sigil.

This state of mind (or actually, no-mind), can be achieved by either two ways, by overexerting or inhibiting the consciousness by dancing, spinning, fervent chanting, meditating, self-choking, etc, until one reaches that point where their mind is TOTALLY BLANK. This is considered the key to effecting magickal effects, contrary to traditional beliefs that energies, spirits, etc, would power the magicks.

But, how about me, I’ve been working with spirits, deities, for a long time now, how is this useful to me?

This technique fits into absolutely any belief system, any tradition and any method. Let’s say that one usually calls upon the aid of spirits in their magick, they could present the sigil to their patron entities and ask them to empower the thing, before the mage actually charges the sigil with whatever method they use. I personally use the sigils as the primary symbols in my talismans, and enchant it like any other mage would charge a talisman.

Using these would actually make the intention of the spell, talisman, etc, much clearer and of course, you’d avoid the consequences of vague intentions, which include:

  • The effects weakening, because the “target” goal can’t be pin-pointed
  • Various unwanted or unintended effects to occurring (be careful what you wish for!!!)
Oh, yes, something as simple as this has totally all the potential to bring powerful effects, with enough practice and experimentation, I’m sure you guys will be able to find how to use this technique to improve your daily life, if not at least kill a few minutes of your boredom-time. 
Enjoy!
*Gnosis is the state of mind where the mind is completely void of any thoughts or mental action. Considered as the best state to perform magickal effects. 
**Further Reading :