My early spell cards were plain. Quick brush strokes on manila paper. I included them as free presents along with orders of magic scrolls.
While the artistry was simple, the enchantments were strong. It felt good to give them away.
These were all for protection. I loved making them. They just feel right in the hand.
Once I returned to the United States I cut up big sheets of heavy duty watercolor paper. The stuff is stiff, thick. Feels more like card stock. I made a new set.
You can see the paper wasn’t the only change. I started to make the sigils more complex. I got more free and loose with them. Early sigils were relatively straightforward constructions of traditional magical symbols, but now I made modifications.
The great thing about sigil magic is you can lose the shapes of the different symbols + combine them into a completely new form, without losing the meaning or effect.
I started to push the bound.
I also laid down color washes before adding the sigil to the paper. It gives an illusion of texture and depth. Most were blue-on-blue, but some had yellow or gray backgrounds. Those are all gone now!
I give these spell cards to friends, family, and people I meet along my travels. When someone offers me hospitality they are likely to be given their very own spell the next day.
I love the look when they see these cards. They reach out and hold the card with wide eyes. When they touch it there’s an exhale. Sorcery + art, that’s what we do here.
My favorite is to fan out all the cards face down and tell someone to pick one. The one they draw is the one they keep.
Hint: make friends with magicians. Life is way more fun.
I knew I wanted to focus my practice more around enchantment cards. Today’s lot of spell cards are made on reclaimed vintage playing cards. Previously they were used for fortune telling and gambling. Now, they bear my signature magic sigils. Acrylic paint, Mexican potions, layers of color.
Above are two custom jobs and the sex charm. I pre-sold several (shipping today!) and have others ready to go. I also saved a number of blanks, carefully catalogued by what suit and number hides beneath their new white coat.