Ancient sigils, modern symbols

Sep 2, 2023 | 1 minute to read

Tags: geeky, magic

I was just going down a rathole, learning about this image I stumbled across on Neil Gaiman’s tumblr:

72 Sigils of Goetia

I was stuck by how much these 14th and 15th century symbols resemble modern electronic diagrams, such as this:

Circuit example

I’m not sure what to make of that though, since the first image shows the 72 Sigils of the demons listed in the Ars Goetia. That was one part (of five) from a book put together in the 17th century, called The Lesser Key of Solomon. I learned a few new words as I read up on this.

  • Grimoire - A textbook of magic, often including instructions on creating things like magical talismans.

  • Sigil - A symobl used in magic. In the above example, these sigils are for demons listed in an encycolpedia from the same era.

  • Goetia - A European sorcery from the middle-ages, often using sigils and documented in grimoires.

The grimoire you learn, as they say…


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