I thought I would post this because I have seen several people mention lately, those newer to sigil magick and consecration, that the sigil never does flash for them yet they see a colored aura like a glow around the sigil lines and then the lines disappear.
I think there is some misconception about what exactly sigil “flashing” means. I am not trying to single anyone out, just trying to be helpful because a few people messaged me that they were afraid they’d never be able to activiate the sigil but from what they told me, they were doing just that and did not realize it.
Sigil flashing does not mean the lines will start to flash fast and erratically like a neon OPEN sign hanging in a business window. When you see the lines starting to disappear and then reappear on the paper, that is sigil flashing. So many people state they did not see the sigil flashing but the lines were disappearing, unaware that what they described is actually a form of sigil flashing.
Whether the entire sigil disappears all at once then reappears, or maybe only the top half fades out while the bottom half remains visible, or maybe only one or two lines fade at a time. Even if the lines fade very slowly then reappear, that is a form of flashing. When this happens some do see a glowing color behind the lines or maybe only behind one or two lines, usually the color is yellow or blue, sometimes green. It can be any color but those 3 are most common. I think that’s where the term “flashing” came from, because when the lines fade out and fade back in, some do see colors which reminds them of a flashing sign or a blinking christmas tree light.
Even if the lines do not “flash” for you, seeing a color glowing behind or around the lines is a good sign. It means you are in deed activating (consecrating) the sigil. That glow you are seeing, is your brains way of further processing the lines on the paper. Normally you see just solid black lines and your brain says oh that’s just writing. But by gazing lightly into the lines and concentrating on them for extended time periods, your brains say oh they are focusing on this for a long time, maybe this is more than just lines, maybe there is something more important here?
Your eyes then go into overdrive mode and begin over processing the lines, trying to find alternative importance and meaning in them. The yellow, blue, or green colors you see is your minds way of turning the sigil into an optical illusion. Convinced now, that it’s more than just writing because of the extreme amount of focus you are placing on it, your mind tries to turn the sigil into something 3 dimensional, because 3D objects are how your mind perceives that object as either being real and right in front of you on the same plane, or not real 2D and in the same plane but just a meaningless object.
By your mind perceiving the sigil as something 3D, it places importance in the object, thus activating it as a magickal sigil as all of your focus pours into that object. It keeps your mind from backing out during consecration and thinking why are you gazing at a meaningless symbol? By turning it into a more 3D object (hence the glowing and flashing lines) it is now a real object that is significant and should be focused on. Just some other tips I picked up on while studying about the eyes, and how they seem to be the number one reason for magickal failures. It’s not your brain letting you down during ritual, it’s your eyes, because your eyes are responsible for sending and receiving every signal to/from your brain.