there is a funny saying in zen buddhism “either you get it in 3 seconds or will take you 30 years” lol, is not a discouragement but a nice koan
anyway, for the moment sigil opening has been almost my complete magickal practice (beside some candle magick and few presence evocations) and my resultas have been both good and not good (no accuarate results or not results at all) and I’ve been aiming many aspects of my life from health, to love life, money, getting rid of people, astral senses, etc etc etc…
what have I learned:
“Less is more”… I used to put candles and offerings before, but oddly enough my best results were with sigil opening involving less ritual characteristics and also less important wishes (in terms of emotional detachment). so… my advice, don´t do offerings for sigil opening, do them either for thanksfulness after the results or keep them for more specifics works such as evocation.
Demons, angels, their offerings is their work… or lets put it this way… they’re not hokers, they do what they do without payment… and many times offerings were given -by me- not on a from of respect but as a way to deal of my own fear of not getting results… I know blood is used to create a link wich is necesary to work with the energy current of entities, but is not offering in it self, at least not in sigil opening, I don’t know about evocations.
second advice… pick an issue and stick with it until you’ve solve it… either money, love, health, ascent, baneful workings… if you try to cover all the aspects without order you’ll make a mess with your emotions and lust for desires will arise without discretion, you need to be very organized, and do one work at the time.
So figure out what you need the most and give your entire focus (during magickal work) and then move on. If you can’t then a simple way to get to that is aks for “I want to see things clearly” or something like that (I did that with both Azazel and Lucifer, the results were clear in different but related aspects of my life).
I was very not-roganized and that was like trying to climb different ladders at the same time, wich is impossible even if you have an enough large member to call yourself a “tripod”.
Also, read (or re-read) this threads:
http://becomealivinggod.com/forum/new-magician-help/(newbies)-where-to-get-started-start-here/ (redcirlce actually has a lot of great threads for newbies)
for me, very simple, look at the sigil with a soft look, either focus on the air between you and the sigil or the point behind it. It will get blurry, you’ll see auras, it will flash (appear and dissapear) and then after all that it will get very weird and will “dance” or “float” above the paper, like a harry potter picture or as if you were on psichedelics.
After that, visualize what you want, then charge it with emotion until you fill with it. For example, you want a car, instead of chargin with the emotion “I want a car so bad!” you do it with the “I HAVE A FUCKING NICE CAR YEAH” kind of emotion, after you’re satured with it “send it” to the sigil, and if you want state your desire to the sigil… then burn the sigil, and observe how the energy and information of your desire gets into the other world as it turnet into ether by the alchemical fire…
after that you release the kraken! … I mean, the ashes and punch yourself in the face, or clap your hands or scream or pour cold water in your face and go to make an sandwich (or something fancier)… and move on.
also check this out… http://www.becomealivinggod.com/newsletter/ the newsletters are full of great info with detailed step by step process to do a lot of things.
Whatever is your desire make sure there are no guilt for it, fear of it, and an opposite desire, etc… because the emotions related divide your will and you need to be the nearest possible of “absent of doubt” or the entities will be like “yeah you say you want a car, but you really want a ponny” … it has happened to me (not with ponies and cars) but with woman (I want the heart of this lady… but this one’sass… and this one eyes… and this one charisma…) result… none. sad. turn the page.
and the last, and this of course is not an advice but an opinion, I’ve been or was, into buddhism for quite a while but really there are two ways of buddhism, either you find “the way” wich is zazen or inner godhood/satori/realisation/nirvikhalpa samadhi (from hinduism) wich is what zen is all about (that and laughter) wich is right here right now or the more esoteric current in wich you deal iwth invocation to buddhist deities such as I don’t know, blue buddha for healing, or the Taras for protection or Vajrapaani for strenght and power… you know… the thing is… that kind of buddhism is not about realization but about creating a live that is “worth living” …
and I don’t know about satanism but magick is also that, and maigck practice is not religion even tho it can derive to it…
and this was my own realization about the subject: take a path… a path, not many, or at least one at the time.
you can be a “guru” in a path, and bam! new path, a newbie with no experience but the skills that you’ve developed along the years of training and realizations that may or may not work in your favor in a new path