How is the design of a sigil determined to mean what it does?

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How were the design of the sigils in magick determined by the people who first wrote them? Is it a geometrical thing based in the numerology of the name? Could you please give me an example as well or some type of link to such?

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BrokenEye Evoluted

Whoever designed and/or commissioned them decided what they meant. Same with letters, logos, crests, or any other type of symbol used to represent something. Its not really that complicated a concept.

Scarlet MacBlu

The way I heard sigils could be designed was by taking all the letters of a word (or all the first initials of a sentance) and superimposing them over each other, then erasing the duplicate lines.
I’ve never seen this in action, so I can’t say, and I’ve seen sigils that don’t look anything like they come from modern lettering methods. I’m sure there are other systems.
-Scarlet

Abomination of Desolation

93,
That depends mostly on the symbols. They are formed in multiple ways- for example the Sigilium Dei Aemeth is mostly the result of number squares- the square is made of specific words, and then that is read in a few ways to determine several names. Some of the points of the sigil are a cipher, too.
Other symbols are made to represent an object, others are formed by drawing letters over each other.
Perhaps the most known method is the Rose-type one, where one draws a 22 petalled rose, puts a Hebrew letter in each petal, and then draws a line connecting them, until certain points, etc.
That is much of the difficulty in occultism- learning how each important symbol was made, and for what. Of course, different schools will teach different lessons.
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