The relationship between a sigil and a symbol is perhaps best represented by the story of Icarus. The symbol is Daedalus, while the sigil is Icarus – he is given wings that he uses so freely, but flying towards the Self that same Self knocks him down; the rational mind looks down on him and sends him into oblivion, he falls into the sea disappearing in the waves for good. Daedalus, as a symbol, survives by following a path far from the Sun, but his nature remains unfulfilled even though his life is long. As much as he is the hero of the story, we will not follow his way at all. We will dare to reach the goal by daring to use the means. We will ascend to the Sun at the expense of complete failure and death; we will even consciously provoke our fall in order to awaken the subconscious and silent currents of our Self. For, in fact, at first, the Sun was not our goal at all, but the dark waters of the soul; we do not ascend to the heights but descend deep into the darkness of our own existence ruled by primordial laws of chaos. Far away from the Ratio and the Ego, deep down is our quest. Deep down, in deepest depths; true Sun-Self is never in divine hights, but it is resting deep in the universal and Primordial waters, quietly in their deepness. This story is equally fantastic and impossible. This story is counter logic, and all we need here is to become children again and use that knowledge which characterized our childhood. This magic is so effective because it is so chaotic, there are no rules in it because the rules serve to tighten and limit, but the chaos we consciously create here is like an energy storm shaped by our Will and our Selfhood.
This story describes the whole point of practical work with a sigil quite well, and realizing such work, a magician gets one precious lesson in our art – a lesson about unconscious instincts, about acting by silence, as well as about the mechanism of the rational censor of reality that governs our life and instincts; we discover how we bypass our own neurosis that so passionately affects the flow of our happiness and desires. The model of the mechanism has similar nature to the one that drives the Enochian affairs; first of all, it is a different and completely lively opinion that deviates from the usual rules, all its liveliness is equally different and out of the system. This is not a model to take up and go along, but rather sneak and slide along so that this movement does not attract the attention of the guard of the harem.
A sigil must never and in no way be a symbol. A symbol is associated with a higher idea, it is a link to a logical sequence of circumstances – precisely those circumstances that destroy our before it even begins to come true. This sequence of disastrous circumstances always starts from the same center of power – from ourselves. Therefore, a sigil is a mechanism that we activate in such a way that we are not aware that we have activated it in addition to the fact that we are not aware of how we have done that at all. It is truly a perfect way of self-deception for the ultimate benefit – wish-fulfilment. Some of us find this a great place to separate the Will from the wish, but we are so disgusted by these distinctions. It is enough that we are that far from both desire and Will, so it is unnecessary to dissect and measure this already vast area of failure.
The motto of a sigil is circumvention; it does not fulfill desires but simply circumvents the mechanism of their failure. The extent to which they will really materialize will depend on many factors, but, seemingly, on our inventiveness mostly. However, this inventiveness has nothing to do with the learned or acquired transfer of knowledge. This inventiveness is based on the freedom to use completely new things and avoid repeating even those most successful elements that have previously proved their complete triumph. Repetition here is the worst spice that can turn an entire charming evening with a pastor’s lovely daughter out into a lonely and spooky walk and regret.