The science of letters is a fairly obscure element to many contemporary folks who are interested in gnosticism, but it forms an essential aspect of it. Gnosticism is born alongside the alphabet, most specifically with the abjads, and its relationship to knowledge and understanding is shaped by it. The alphabet also anchors gnosticism in a cultural time and space, distinguishing it from a family of spiritual and linguistic practices that take other forms of writing as their point of departure.
As I consider how I have made use of sigils, I have been trying to recall when I first came across chaos magic. It was probably sometime in the mid-1990s. I was living in Reno, coming out of high school and starting college, and had found a few magical bookstores to explore.