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The Linking Sigil, abbreviated as “LS,” and called “Ellis,” is a sigil, (Template:IPAc-en; pl. sigilla or sigils; from Latin sigillum "seal") a symbol used in magic, particularly chaos magic. It was developed around 2004 to link locations believed to be imbued with magical power and create a network of energy that can be accessible and harnessed by magical practitioners of any paradigm. The Linking Sigil was later used in the "Assault on Reality" by a group of individuals, to rebel against, protest, and awaken those who are a part of the "consensus reality," and it is still used by practitioners for this purpose. The symbol is often found within artwork and seen as graffiti.
Assault on Reality
The Linking Sigil is used as a manner of protest of what Domus Kaotica Marauder Underground (DKMU), a decentralized magical community composed of magical practitioners of varying paradigms, calls the “Consensus Reality”. Many magical practitioners will have a different interpretation as to what this “consensus” reality entails, but many would agree that this reality would include mundane existence which reject or shuns the use of magic, unconventional thinking, and creativity. Prominent individuals active within DKMU have defined the assault comprehensively in their e-book Assault on Reality: The Field Manual for the Strange Psyche, which touches on paradoxical problem of exclusion in advocacy and social justice groups, presents the perceived situation pertaining to the individual’s relationship with the state and law, and offers critiques on the role of religion in suppressing the individual. In summary, according to the e-book, the reality under assault is any imaginary apparatus, such as the state or religion, which hampers an individual’s freedom of expression and freedom to practice magick.
This is further echoed through the Domus Kaotica Marauder Underground website:
For several years, we have existed on the periphery of the modern occult. Our primary activity has been to assault the consensual reality; insubstantia, the all-too-predominant paradigm that founds itself on the antithesis of creativity, imagination, passion, individualism and magick, itself.
According to a magician with the pseudonym "Mystic Cannibal," a creative form of protest which embodies all people of different cultural identities and classes while simultaneously representing all perspectives of an issue in a strategic, creative, and engaging manner would be the ultimate form of protest. The Linking Sigil, because of its decentralized associations within the magical community, has been used as a form of this kind of protest against the mundane world in particular.
The Linking Sigil was originally conceptualized by Arjil, a magician participating in an online forum community called Occultforums.org, with the intent to connect areas of intense magical power together, allowing the magical practitioner to access any magical location at will. The original group of 4–6 magical practitioners using the Linking Sigil were a part of what was known as the Marauder Underground before its fusion with Domus Kaotica. However, within a few months of its creation sometime in 2004, practitioners from a variety of magical paradigms began using the sigil.
Users of the Linking Sigil noticed significant effects within their respective communities including increased accidents within the mundane world and disharmony between magical groups. However, as nuanced techniques for its use began to develop, tensions were ameliorated.
Even though the use of the sigil has increased dramatically since its development sometime in 2004, many magicians like Arjil are continuously developing theories related to the Linking Sigil.
Each individual use of the Linking Sigil forms a node which connects to other locations where the sigil is placed. According to the DKMU, it is advised to "Use the Linking Sigil to tag places, things, or concepts that exude [magical] energy or have some resonance that would be a useful and productive resource for the LS network: sacred places, between places, places of power, or places where people release a lot of energy." The interconnected relationship between magical locations has been likened unto a spider's web or the internet, but it is also a power source for free use in magical operations; thus, the Linking Sigil is often used as an energetic boost from the magical locations from the web, and often acts as a "header" in spell work.
Early users of the sigil have noted that the magical intention behind one’s engraving the sigil will dictate the sort of effects one will achieve with its use. Engraving or drawing the Linking Sigil with no intent will cause chaos, and drawing the sigil with a focused intent will yield the result related to one's desire but with unexpected results.
While many have used the sigil as graffiti, others have subtly used the Linking Sigil by inscribing it onto rocks or pebbles and leaving it behind in a designated area to be linked. According to Liber LS Volume 2, "The Linking Sigil does not need to be visible to work, it only needs to be present. Rocks, coins, or even slips of paper with the Linking Sigil can be hidden at any location."
Thoughtform, Egregore, or Godform: Ellis
As the Linking Sigil grew, many magical practitioners began to detect the formation of a personality related to the web, and they began calling it Ellis, possibly in relation to the Discordian goddess Eris. Some describe Ellis as a spider, others have described her as a girl with similar in personality to Alice from Alice in Wonderland. However, the magician who developed the Linking Sigil concept affirms that the Linking Sigil and Ellis, while related, are not the same entities. There has been debates within the community as to the nature of Ellis, whether if she is simply a thoughtform created by the individual practitioner, an Egregore created by the users of the Linking sigil, or an egregore which has accumulated enough power to become a god form.
Artwork and Graffiti Using Ellis
- "http://dkmu.org/texts/category/2-general?download=5%3Aellis-the-assault-on-reality". Domus Kaotica-Marauder Underground (DKMU). http://dkmu.org/texts/category/2-general.
- Frater Isla (July 25, 2013). "DKMU’s Assault on Reality and the Ellis Sigil". http://disinfo.com/2013/07/dkmus-assault-on-reality-and-the-ellis-sigil/.
- DKMU (Unknown). The Assault on Reality: The Field Manual for the Strange Psyche. pp. 64–91.
- "DKMU". http://www.dkmu.org.
- "Linking Sigil Theory". July 13, 2008. http://www.occultforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=22130.
- "Introduction to LS (Ellis) Linking Sigil". Learning Annex. April 12, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A99sTPY5bK0.
- Liber LS: Volume 2. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2016. pp. 262. ISBN 1534860967. "The Linking Sigil does not need to be visible to work, it only needs to be present. Rocks, coins, or even slips of paper with the Linking sigil can be hidden at any location!"
- Liber Sigillum. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2016. ISBN 153553995X.