Game Sigil

Posted on February 1, 2012
Filed Under Experiments, Magic, Taylor Ellwood | 8 Comments

The other day my family and I were playing a game of Triominos. This was the shape we’d put together toward the end of the game. As I looked at it, I was struck at how you could use the actual shape and tiles as part of a sigilistic working. The purpose of the game is to match tiles together by the numbers. You can get some interesting shapes as a result.

I figure you could approach this technique in two different ways. You could do a solo working where you lay all the pieces on the blank side and then start pulling pieces and matching them together until you get a shape that you can use for a sigil. Or you could do a group working, where instead of focusing on winning the game, everyone focuses their intent on building a sigil shape that they’ll use for the magical working. The entire activity could be focused on the actual working you want to accomplish, with the goal being to use the pieces to create the shape or appearance for the sigil to work.

I know it’s a little odd and different. Why not stick with the same old, same old, right? But I like having fun with magic and this has a lot of potential for fun as well as working as a focus tool.

Have you repurposed any games for magical purposes? If so, how?

Comments

8 comments
lughnagh
lughnagh

This is something I'm interested in, but I haven't fully explored. I once tried to create my own magickal language using Scrabble tiles, but I found that I was drawing too many consonants after a while and I couldn't pronounce any of the words that came out of the bag. As an avid board gamer and chaos magician, though, I'm always thinking of ways to implement gaming into my practice.

thesilverspiral
thesilverspiral

Clever. I use White Wolf character sheets to write up stats on spirits I'm working with. They weren't kidding about RPGs and witchcraft.

aartiana
aartiana

My daughter had just turned 12 when she wanted to do readings with me at the local ren faire. But rather than using Tarot or Oracle Cards, or even Playing Cards - she decided to use her CardCaptor Sakura Clow Cards! Her readings were quite accurate, and she read for all ages - I think it scared some adults that she read them so good!

Magicexperiment
Magicexperiment moderator

@aartiana Just goes to show that it's not the tool that makes the reader, but the reader who makes the tool!

lughnagh
lughnagh

@Magicexperiment Well, I haven't really used other games...I just thought of ways to :\But I've thought about any game that uses a world map and pawns as perhaps a way to focus, say, healing energy and whatnot to an area of the world. Like using the Pandemic board to aid in natural disaster relief. Or maybe the Risk board to try to bring peace in a war-torn area of the world. As I said, this is theoretical; I haven't tried it.I did once use my first 20-sided die as a material anchor for a servitor to help me stay focused while doing some freelance work on a Role-Playing Game.