On some level, you could argue that these things are part of the collective storehouse of images, thus nothing we create is really our own. On the other hand, you could argue that sharing your creations allows others to tap into the energy work you've built up and thus, piggy back on your current which could be draining.
Am I making sense?
I'm not talking about this from an artistic copyright sense, I'm looking at this solely from a magical energy sense.
What school of thought do you ascribe to? Do you believe that every creation, be a sigil or an image, is tied back to you and thus sharing them makes them a possible siphon or channel of sorts? Conversely can we feed off of the energy that gets built up through others using them?
Or do you believe that you can cut the cord and be detached from your magical creations? That if you put them out into the universe they were either never really yours to begin with because they belong to the divine and are an expression of the divine or that once they are out there, they become an entity of their own, building up their own energy/life outside of you?
I'm not entirely sure that I'm explaining myself well with these questions.
Let's look at something more simplistic: a tarot deck.
All the images created for a deck like the Thoth deck (I'll use this one cause it's a younger and consciously created deck that you can read about in terms of the spiritual/artistic rhetoric behind it).
Obviously both figures involved in the creation of this deck created it with great intent. They funneled a great deal of energy, thought, and magic/spiritual intuitive working into the deck. The deck is their creation but was meant on some level to be a tool that is an entity in and of itself. At what point did the deck become detached from them, or is it? Has the deck taken on a life of it's own or are we funneling into a current that "feeds" it's originators.
There is an argument that spirits and demi-gods feed off of the energies, offerings, and thoughts of humans. The more we feed them, the stronger they become. Or rather, maybe they were always strong but need us to rekindle them on some level. (I know this argument is vastly more complex and that I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of ways of looking at it). What I'm getting at though, is this: do we feed our creations from our own energy, thus putting ourselves at risk when we share them or can others feed our creations and thus enable it to grow into something more than what our original creation was?
When or did the creators of the Thoth deck cut the cord from their creation and allow it to be a tool outside of them?
Or more significantly to me, when and how can I cut the cord to my workings, like my sigils for example, to allow them to be a force that works on it's own, without drawing from me? Or can a tool like this be that? Does it need to be awakened by the magician to be of any use?
If that's the case, is there really any power in a pre-made sigil if you don't awaken it yourself? Or, if there is, is that a safe energy to harness? Can a factory produced sigil be powerful without us energizing it? Does the image itself have a innate, collective energy that stems from years of built up history? Arguably they must. Think about any symbol that has become powerful in our world. The cross, the swastika, the star of David or the moon of Islam. Or flags. Or well, pretty much anything that has been collectively accepted and historied into the community's conscience. Is the power in the object itself or the narrative built up around it? At this point I think you can't really divorce one from the other anymore if the symbol has become that deeply embedded.
But what does that mean for younger images? Ones freshly created by individual magicians? If they work from a magical lexicon, building up on such a historical narrative, does said narrative innately infuse them with energy, independent but in collaboration with the magician?
And then here's the biggest kicker? If this is all just the play of the mind and all a spell of our creation, does any of it really matter?