Monday, May 13, 2019

Colors For Kamea Sigils

One of the reasons there have been fewer Magick Monday posts up lately is that I am no longer sure what information I need to publish here. I've posted practical operations, initiatory rites, and a comprehensive model of how magick works that seems to stand up to the data I keep compiling as a practical magician. But I got a question from a reader yesterday about something that I have mentioned but not covered in as much detail as it probably deserves. The subject is how to use the four scales of color from Liber 777 when drawing sigils on the kamea squares for the various angels, intelligences, and spirits.

The basic method works like this. The four color scales represent the four Qabalistic worlds. King = Atziluth, Queen = Briah, Prince/Emperor = Yetzirah, Princess/Empress = Assiah. I'm not clear why Aleister Crowley decided to change Prince and Princess to Emperor and Empress in Liber 777, but that's how the scales are named in there and it can be a little confusing. It might have to do with the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Child, so the Prince becomes an Emperor or something like that, but it is also useful to point out that in the Thoth Tarot you do see Princes and Princesses rather than Emperors and Empresses.


However you want to think about it, the Qabalistic world associations still stand. So for example, with Asmodel, the angel of Taurus, the colors you have to work with can be found in Liber 777 under Key Scale 16. They are:

Atziluth = Red-Orange
Briah = Deep Indigo
Yetzirah = Deep Warm Olive
Assiah = Rich Brown


The sigil of Asmodel or any other angel represents the name of the entity traversing the four worlds, with the Lightning Flash representing the general case. When tracing the sigil on the kamea the way I do it, the line tracing the sigil itself should start out as the Atziluth color at the circle (unmanifest) and end as the Assiah color at the straight line (manifest). Note that there isn't necessarily a consensus about starting with the circle and ending at the line, but I do it that way primarily because circle = unmanifest and line = manifest are how John Dee defines those figures in the Monas Hieroglyphica.

As you trace you need to break the sigil line into four sections so you can color each of them for the corresponding world. The opening circle and the closing straight line can be treated as representing separate portions of the sigil or they can be colored the same as the line they connect with. This gives you enough flexibility to represent any name of more than two letters, as so:

3 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle, Briah color for line to first angle, Yetzirah color for line from first angle to end, Assiah color for the closing straight line.

4 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle, Briah color for line from circle to first angle, Yetzirah color for line from first angle to second angle, Assiah color for line from second angle to end, including the closing line. Alternately, Atziluth color for starting circle and line to first angle, Briah color for line from first angle to second angle, Yetzirah color for line from second angle to end, and Assiah color for the closing straight line. Whether you want your sigil to "lean towards" (that is, have more color associated with) Atziluth or Briah will depend on whether the intent of your operation is more practical (lean towards Assiah) or mystical (lean towards Atziluth). This is a general rule for names with even numbers of letters.

5 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle and line to first angle, Briah color for line from first angle to second angle, Yetzirah color for line from second angle to third angle, Assiah color for line from third angle to end, including the closing straight line.

6 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle, Briah color for line to first angle and line to second angle, Yetzirah color for line from second angle to third angle and third angle to fourth angle, Assiah color from fourth angle to end, including the closing straight line. Alternately, Atziluth color for starting circle and line to first angle, Briah color for line to second angle and line to third angle, Yetzirah color for line from third angle to fourth angle and line to end, Assiah color for closing straight line.

7 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle and line to first angle, Briah color for line from first angle to second angle and second angle to third angle, Yetzirah color for line from third angle to fourth angle and fourth angle to fifth angle, Assiah color for line from fifth angle to end, including the closing straight line.

8 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle and line to first angle, Briah color for line from first angle to second angle and from second angle to third angle, Yetzirah color for line from third angle to fourth angle and fourth angle to fifth angle, Assiah color for line from fifth angle to sixth angle and sixth angle to end, including the closing straight line. Alternately, Atziluth color for starting circle, line to first angle, and line to second angle, Briah color for line from second angle to third angle and from third angle to fourth angle, Yetzirah color for line from fourth angle to fifth angle and from fifth angle to sixth angle, Assiah color for line from sixth angle to end, including the closing straight line.

9 Letters - Atziluth color for starting circle, line to first angle, and line to second angle, Briah color for line from second angle to third angle and third angle to fourth angle, Yetzirah color for line from fourth angle to fifth angle and fifth angle to sixth angle, Assiah color for line from sixth angle to seventh angle and seventh angle to end, including the closing straight line.

Those should be enough examples to cover most of the angel, intelligence, and spirit names and to derive higher-number solutions if necessary for some particular working. For Asmodel, a name of seven letters, I would do the following:

Opening circle and line to first angle (Aleph, Samekh)- Atziluth (Red-Orange)
Line from first angle to third angle (Mem, Vav) - Briah (Deep Indigo)
Line from third angle to fifth angle (Daleth, Aleph) - Yetzirah (Deep Warm Olive)
Line from fifth angle to final straight line (Lamed) - Assiah (Rich Brown)


The kamea squares and numbers don't represent the manifest force, and I often don't color them. If I do, I use the Atziluth color for the numbers and the Briah color for the lines. For Asmodel, then, the Venus kamea would be drawn with red-orange numbers and deep indigo lines. Also, with the zodiacal angels I include the glyph corresponding to the sign. This should also be traced in King Scale (Atziluth). This is because Atziluth is the archetypal world, and the sigil represents the archetype matching the sign.

With all that, here's how it looks:


A couple of other important points: You don't necessarily need to follow a rote system like this one to color your sigils. The only real rule for using this system is that all four colors from the Key Scale be used. If you are an artist, you can probably come up with something better than this that is more visually appealing and more suited to your particular operation.

You also don't need to color them like this at all. The black and white images that I have here on the blog will work fine, and I have used them in the past without using the colors. The color just adds an additional layer of symbolism that may help you target your operations more precisely.

Hopefully that gives a good overview of the method, should you choose to employ it. As always, if you have questions about it feel free to ask away.

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