Snowflake Sigils: The Hidden Meanings in Snowflake Art

Snowflake Sigils: The Hidden Meanings in Snowflake Art January 6, 2019

Every winter, my city puts up big snowflake sigils on the main road.  Whether they know it or not, they’re using sigil magic to create a sense of community.

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Sigil snowflakes along the main avenue in my home city. Photo copyright the author.

Something about the giant snowflakes lining the main road seemed magical and whimsical. They lifted my heart!  It wasn’t until I went to Tempest’s workshop about her Sigil Witchery book that it all came together in my mind.  These giant snowflakes are magical symbols, or a sigils.  Six arrows point inward, to form a circle.  These sigils promote a sense of community and coming-togetherness.  They might also encourage spending in the area.

After this clicked in my mind, I started noticing ‘snowflake sigils’ everywhere.  On business doors.  On products for sale.  On signs at work.  They seemed to have very different meanings.  Let’s take a look…

The snowflake sigil below looks like it’s composed of six Algiz runes.  One of these runes represents higher spiritual energy and awareness, divine protection, alignment with the sacred, and a blessing from the gods.  Phsew!  That’s a lot!  And six of them bound together is even more of a powerful statement!

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But not all snowflake sigils are positive.  Others appear to have barbed parts, such as the one below.  These may be more protection-based.

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The sharp barbs in this snowflake make it seem dangerous. I wouldn’t want to enter any business that posts this sigil on their door. Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.net, CC0
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Stubby, cropped ends don’t seem welcoming, either. Wikimedia Commons

These snowflake sigil above has stubby parts that appear to have been pruned to an extreme degree.  This sigil may also be somewhat protective, or at least restrictive of growth. It says, “don’t get too comfortable here. We cut things.” 

When I look at snowflakes to see if they might be sigils, I first look for iconic shapes.  What recognizable designs are there, and what do they represent? 

I then look at the outer ends. Are they rounded (friendly), solid (normal), or pointy (with a sharp, needling quality)?  

Lastly, I look at the center.  What is unifying these images?  Is it a circle, representing the whole?  Or a diamond, representing wealth?  What about a star?  I associate different meanings with how many points are present.  If there’s nothing at all, the focus shifts to interpret the bound images. 

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However, take this insight with a container of Himalayan sea salt.  You can read into things, and they may not be true.  For example, the snowflake sigil above appears to be homes stacked on top of fenceposts, which meet in the middle with a six-pointed star.  Is it a Jewish home/community protection sigil?  Or just a weird design?

The next time you see a drawing of a snowflake, take a look at the deeper meaning.  What is really being said?  If nothing else, it’s a fun practice to help you get through the winter.

If you’re interested in learning more about sigils in general, I highly recommend Tempest’s book on Sigil Witchery.

 ~ Align with Starlight Witch ~

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About Astrea
Astrea is a polytheistic pagan witch, fire dancer, new ager, and writer of fiction. Check out her social media accounts to see all her blog posts and extra special witchy / artsy / personal content. You can read more about the author here.
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  • Adie |

    Oh, I love this! This is a great way to use sigil witchcraft publicly during the winter without attracting too many sideways glances (I live in a pretty conservative area, so I’m always wary of showcasing too much witchiness).

    • Astrea Taylor

      Thanks Adie. I live in a similar area and feel the same way — any witch way I can be discreet about it works for me. 🙂