There is a very active cross section of racists, bigots, transphobes, xenophobes, misogynists, and other prejudiced people who look for convenient opportunities to hurt individuals they are prejudiced against. These end up being random encounters which result in anything from harassment to vandalism to beatings to murder. Random encounters are hard for potential victims to prepare for, and even harder to predict.
Just like a raped person never asks for it, none of us ask to be targeted by random hateful individuals. Sometimes we simply have the misfortune to simultaneously exist in the same space as those who hate us for existing, and they see an opportunity to create harm.
I am nerdy, so I got to thinking about how a huge portion of the most devastating hate crimes I hear about are essentially like D&D random encounters with monsters. There you are, just minding your own business and going about your life, and *BAM* random attack by some prejudiced person to ruin your whole day, and possibly your whole life.
This sigil is an effort to ward off those encounters, to encourage bystanders to provide aid to those who are targeted, and to reduce the severity of the damage caused by random encounters when they do happen.
The only difference between the two sigils on the worksheet is the number of lines on the two asterisks. One has six, and the other has eight. Use whichever you prefer.
This Sigil Ward is Charged with these Specific Intents
Protection – To provide whatever shielding or protection is needed for victims of random hate crimes.
Able to do Things Undisturbed – Those who belong to a group targeted by discrimination will be able to go about doing normal life things without being disturbed by discrimination and hate.
Overlook Potential Victims – That prejudiced individuals will fail to find random targets for their hate.
Especially Children and the Most Vulnerable – Those who are most at risk of serious harm from random hate crimes need extra warding and protection.
Harm in Minimized – In the event of a hate crime, the harm will be as little as possible.
Help is Accessible – That in the event of a hate crime, the victim will be able to reach help, and that help will be given.
Bystanders Intervene – Bystanders will notice the occurrence of hate crimes and discrimination, and will aid in any way possible.
How to Use the Sigil
You can use this sigil in any way that is in line with its intent and makes sense for your practice. This particular ward is built such that it can be used for personal warding, or for more generalized warding in an area, for a group of people, or as the focus for a more global protection working.
Some specific ideas are to:
* inscribe it on a candle
* print it or draw it on a piece of paper and place it on your altar or somewhere you see regularly
* put a copy in your wallet
* use it as the wallpaper, login background, or screen saver on your phone, tablet, or computer
* make something crafty and include the sigil in your creation
* use it as a focus for meditation
* draw it on the body using salted water, anointing oil, an herb blend, makeup, body paint, henna, markers, temporary tattoo pens, etc.
* put it in your glove box or somewhere else in your car
* post it in a spot overlooking a room or area which you want to ward
* and so on
Your rendering of the sigil does not need to be perfect. Intent is what matters, so do not worry if you don’t draw multiple perfect lines, circles, and spirals. As long as the elements are there, it doesn’t even matter if it looks like chicken scratches.
Like any sigil, it will be most effective when it is used in conjunction with real-world actions if any are possible. The sigil alone is not going to fix everything, but it can help you avoid random encounters, and hopefully reduce the severity of the encounters you do have.
If you wish you use this sigil as a focus in workings to help the world in general and anyone who needs it, you are welcome to do so. Instead of focusing the sigil for a single person/situation, send the intent to help anyone who is struggling and could use the benefits of the sigil.
If you share this sigil, be sure to link back to this blog post so others who see it can find out exactly what it is charged to do. Sigils are most effective when the user knows exactly what they were created to do, and that is also the only way they can be certain this sigil is right for them and their situation.
This sigil is Creative Commons licensed:
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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as they credit Sidney Eileen and license their new creations under the identical terms.
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