Soon, in just a few short months, it will officially be two years since I encountered St. Cyprian in a dream and accepted his call to work with him. Steadily, he's become one of my most potent spirit allies; a partner in sorcery, and an erudite teacher of Christian, pagan, and goetic gnosis. Just like how my HGA is always making sure I'm not slacking off, that my mind is open, flexible, and discerning, so too has the good saint, in our relationship, ensured that I ever seek a greater command over my life and a more sagacious understanding of its mysteries.
In addition to studying and reflecting on the material from the Order of St. Cyprian and my own learning under the saint's auspices, I've also been, thanks to the Rune Soup premium membership, involving him far more directly with a wider breadth of magical techniques, including sigils. Now that through the course I've come to a better understanding of what sigils are useful for and how they (seem to) work, I've started actually using them far more often and with greater effect. Before Rune Soup I would rarely, if at all, craft and activate sigils in my magic. Now I have multiple shoals up and running passively in my life all the time, keeping momentum going and making things more interesting in general. They also serve as excellent road maps for workings—with a shoal I can set boundaries without restricting the ability to approach targets obliquely and with wiggle room for surprise blessings, and then layer on top of them with witchcraft, spirit conjuration, and other spell castings.
As a result, there have been a lot of sigil papers lying around my home. Originally, I was planning on just sticking them around in low attention zones—just off the side of the television, pinned against the fridge with magnets, stuck into the sides of bathroom mirrors—but the results didn't exactly vibe with me. Instead, my spirits advised me to have a more unified place for them to "cook"; a place which itself can be enchanted to further amplify and manifest them. On my Senut shrine I have a "prayer jar" which holds, alongside a lock of my hair, numerous written prayers and petitions to the Netjer. Whenever it gets full I burn them, hair and all, in an outdoor ceremony. I considered making something similar, only under St. Cyprian's patronage, and for the purposes indicated above, but when I pitched it to him he instead presented a vision of a book of manifestation: a blank journal consecrated under his name, in a particular manner, to be filled with sigils drawn in the appropriate planetary colours and activated in the correct combination of lunar days, planetary hours, and under the auspices of the Hygromanteia spirits and himself. Within a few days I purchased a fresh journal and set to work, completing the book's enchanting process in the middle of April.
Ever since then, I've been sigil-ing away constantly, and they've been activating like never before. Getting the "spirit timing" right has been a massive boon and I owe it to the Rune Soup course for taking me beyond just planetary hours, but the book has ensured an even more compact and smooth manifestation process, incorporating all the elements into a single seat. It's like the whole thing is a "robofish" now; every time one sigil activates it just pulls all the others together with them into materialization. I've done a fairly equal split between sigils for things I really want and those which are just for fun. The latter are those kinds of things which just make life interesting and convenient, like always having a seat on the subway or bus, my packages always arriving safely and as soon as possible into my hands, people giving me discounts and free stuff in stores, or running into more people who speak the non-English languages I speak in public. Sigils are a free, infinite resource, after all, so if I'm not going to add a fuller ceremony to it with appropriately-oiled candles, incense, evocation, and so on, it's usually because it's something like that.
As soon as the book was created I ended up dreaming of a number of different project ideas pertaining to the saint. One was to create a kind of travelling fetish for St. Cyprian—something much smaller than my 12" altar statue—which could be taken along into outdoor workings alongside my Cyprianic rosary to seat his essence. At the time I was considering making a mojo hand or maybe even trying to carve something simple, yet within a few days I came across a pair of 4.5" statuettes of the good saint from Mexico for sale on Etsy. I thought they were perfect, so I bought both with the intention to split them between myself and Ziia.
I chose the one on the right, of course; that sassy raised eyebrow paint job really spoke to me ,':).
The statuette—alongside a wooden disc I had painted red, with Cyprian's ponto over it in black—began their nine day enchanting process on a Saturday and just recently finished. During the novena three major sigil groups created directly under the saint activated. The more coherence my magical practice and spiritual relationships gain, the more momentum my workings acquire, chaining off each other like the pages of shoals in the book.
It needs a name, I've realized. I'm tempted to call it something like "Cyprianic Activation Tome", just so that the acronym ends up being CAT.