how to use magical sounds during spells and rituals

i know of witches who practice their craft without spoken words and those who shout their intentions and incantations as loudly as possible.

i think either way is fine, as long as your intent is pure and communicated clearly.

but what about other sounds in spells and rituals?

some of the things that can be used to produce meaningful or symbolic sounds during spells and rituals are:

  • bells
  • gongs
  • flutes
  • cymbals
  • clapping
  • finger snaps
  • music (pre-recorded)
  • other instruments
  • humming
  • anything else you want, really

sound can represent several things during a spell or ritual. it could be symbolic of an element, it could represent an animal, person, or thing, it could simply amplify your intent, or it could be used to increase and amplify your energy during the process.

let’s take a look at the first part of that statement – how sounds can represent elements, because this is really interesting and i’ve found that in this context, sound really enhances my spell work.

earth

  • percussion is ruled by the earth sign
  • clapping
  • drums/drumming
  • tapping
  • these are associated with fertility, career, money

water

  • bells are associated with the water element/sign
  • in addition to a brass bell, try hand bells or blowing on a windchime for something different
  • you could also use actual water sounds, like a small fountain or pouring water from one vessel to another
  • these are associated with healing, fertility, friendship, psychic powers, love, beauty, and happiness

air

  • naturally, air-based instruments like flutes, reed instruments, and brass instruments are associated with the air element
  • whistling
  • singing
  • humming
  • these are associated with business, intellectual pursuits, education/learning, and thoughts

fire

  • stringed instruments like violin, viola, cell, bass violin, harb, lyre, and dulcimer are associated with the fire element
  • think of the reverberating sound of the string’s vibration after being drawn or plucked and the flames moving outward from a central spark
  • these are associated with creativity, passion, sensuality, sexuality, enlightenment, inspiration, self-confidence, and energy

how do you incorporate sound into a spell or ritual?

i don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do this, and i’ve given some suggestions based on what has worked for me in the past, but play around with these and see what feels and works the best for you.

open your spell or ritual with a sound or sounds to call in the element(s) you wish to work most closely with; example: *slowly drumming on an overturned pot or cup* “i call the element of earth and ask its energy to lend me…”

you can also use a sound throughout a spell or ritual, marking pauses or to emphasize important words or statements; example: *plucking a harp string and letting it vibrate* “goddess of inspiration, guide my work” *pluck the string once again* “reveal my path through your wise counsel” *pluck the string once again* …and so forth.

use a sound as a background noise or foundational element in your spell or ritual, symbolizing the element most important during your work; example: playing a recording of wood flute notes during your spell or ritual to enhance the energy of the air element.

there are probably many more ways to use sounds during spell work or rituals, and the ones mentioned here are only a few suggestions specific to the elements. sounds like chanting and humming can also be used to build one’s own energy, or that of a larger group. if you have more ideas and suggestions, share them! i’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

what is scent magick? (and how do you do it?)

i started out writing this talking about how i ended up here in my magick practice, but that became a whole other post on where i started and where i’ve ended. you can read my (re-)awakening story here.

knowing that bit of background on me, let me just start out by saying most of us experiment with many different modes of magick and our craft before we settle on a few we use most of the time, a few we use sometimes, and a few we use rarely – like special occasions only.

scent magick quickly became one of my primary forms of practice, because it is so so simple for me. i have been making perfumed oils for some time. what started out as a hobby eventually became something i realized had some real value to me in my craft.

Scent magick

this is what i call the practice of magick with the use of scents or smells as powerful visualization tools to either directly bring about your intended outcome, or to amplify your energy and intention during your spell or ritual.

scents can come from probably an unlimited number of sources:

  • incense
  • oils
  • body oils/perfumes
  • burning herbs/plants/etc
  • candles
  • real plants/flowers
  • and so on

but what i specifically do is create a spell oil that contains the elements necessary to create an entire setting in which i want my work to function.

let me explain.

if you’ve ever watched a movie or read a book and thought to yourself that the director or author really made the experience real for you, the setting really felt like you were there, you could virtually smell the scents, feel the textures, and so on, you’ve had a potent sensory experience.

and within that sensory experience, there is a bit of magick. much like Disneyland is universally adept at creating sensory experiences for the guests at their park to forget they are in an amusement park and feel as if they are literally in another world, we too can use sensory elements to create something that functions like a very specific setting in which we feel our magick is most potent.

when you think about a bit of magick you want to perform, where do you picture it happening? or where does the outcome manifest? or what things are present during or after?

let’s say i want to perform a spell that requires working with a spirit. when i think for some time and picture the setting i envision, a strong image of a graveyard comes to mind. we often associate graveyards with the spirit world or afterlife, so, naturally this makes sense for me (what you envision may be totally different, and that’s totally fine).

to me, a graveyard smells of earth, leaves, grass, decaying funeral flowers, maybe some smoky elements, as i associate those with spirits myself, and perhaps moss or other outdoor scents.

i would craft this spell oil over the course of a week or two, depending on how strongly i want the scent to sit. it may take me several mixtures to get the balance just right, but what i’m looking for in the finished product is this:

  • instant transportation in my mind to the setting
  • i can close my eyes and ‘feel’ that graveyard
  • i can picture the every detail very distinctly because of the image being conjured
  • i am somewhere else entirely

once i have achieved this, the spell oil is ready. i don’t have to be in that graveyard in order to perform my spell. i can be in my office, my basement, my backyard. it doesn’t matter, because i’m going to be taken there once i begin.

a well-crafted spell oil will take you there.

when it is ready, that spell oil will be so potent that not only do i feel as if i am there, it will call to the spirit i am working with (or the person i want to attract, or the money i want to receive, and so forth).

other scents used in ritual can potentially do this, but i personally have yet to experience the feeling of actually being transported elsewhere when just smelling incense or a candle burning. many scents are simply symbolic in nature, which is totally fine, and can still be used with intention to get what you want.

but, for my purposes, i want that be as real as possible, so that my intent cannot possibly be mistaken.

Make your own

if you’re into making your own scents for this type of practice, a really good habit to get into when you think about a setting is to note not just how it smells to you, but what it looks like. is it an old library? are you in a dark basement crypt? are you in a bathtub of rose petals with your intended lover?

what else is around you? is it dark? light? day? night? indoor? outdoor? sounds? animals present? think of every single element. these are all important details initially.

write it all down, sketch it out, whatever you need to do to create the entire picture, then start adding scents together.

these can be purely essential oils, but it is difficult to create more complex scents without using at least some fragrance oils (think about leather, tobacco, and smoke – these are all blends of other scents but can be difficult to make on your own if you are new to this).

when your spell oil is ready, it meets those criteria above, most importantly, it takes you there. dab a drop on your wrist and let it settle into your skin for a moment. then close your eyes and when you are still, inhale the scent from your wrist.

where do you go? does it conjure the right setting? are there inconsistencies like things that don’t belong? make sure its exactly what you want before you use it in a spell.

Can you use a spell oil as just a perfumed body oil?

why not? i’ve made a few that make me feel particularly empowered or sexy or otherwise just take me somewhere else when i need to escape reality for a moment. and there’s nothing wrong with that.

but again, a well-crafted spell oil will take you somewhere else. if you don’t need to be particularly present at work or hyperfocused on other things, then yeah, go for it. there’s no harm in that in my opinion.

i do find that my ‘lust spell’ oil makes for a potent aphrodisiac if i wear it out with my partner on a date night or if we’re just chilling around the house, (i guess that means it works?), so in that regard, it can be used as both an intention setting element for your magick in addition to a simple sensory element (if my goal is to create a lustful evening, i may only use this potent spell oil and not need additional ritual or spells, tbh).

i recently had a handful of people reach out to purchase some of the spell oils i have made, so i am working on crafting those into products others can purchase. here are the ones i will initially have available:

  • Love Spell (when you need Cupid’s arrow to strike hard)
  • Lust Spell (when you just need some heat, steam, and passion – love is optional)
  • Wood (for him, which is kind of also for you, right?)
  • Fuck me in the Forest (self-explanatory, really)
  • Grave Situation (for darker spells or work with spirits/daemons)
  • Thin Veil (for general work with spirits)
  • Rich Bwitch (for money or financial spells)

if you want to be the first to know about these as they become available, subscribe below to my email list because that’s where you’ll get initial access to purchase them. if you’re already subscribed, no worries – you won’t miss out!

what is a protection spell?

Protection spells may be one of the first types of spells you work when you’re new to witchery. And they are quite simple to construct, as spells really can be fluid and of your own making. They just need to include the items or words that are meaningful to YOU in order to be meaningful when performed.

Protection is considered a ‘constructive’ magick, which means it is most powerful when performed during the waxing part of the moon cycle, but, certainly, you can do it at any time of the moon cycle you feel necessary and it will still be productive.

These types of spells can be used to clear away negative or harmful energy or to protect your space, item(s), or a person/people from negative or harmful forces.

Most protection spells have the follow elements to consider:

  • timing
  • strong feeling/emotions/will/intent
  • a flame (candles, sage, palo alto, etc can all be burned to produce a flame)
  • a scent (can be incense burning, a scented candle, scented oil, fresh or dried herbs, etc)
  • a spoken direction, request, intention, or incantation,
  • other optional items:
    • a charm or talisman to imbue with protective qualities
    • crystals

A note on timing, because I know some people have strong feelings one way or the other about this:

Both timing and feeling are important, but feeling or emotional will far outweighs the affect that timing can bring to a well-constructed spell, or can even enhance the effectiveness of a poorly constructed spell performed on the wrong night.

In other words, its more important that you use your emotions and willpower or intent in a concentrated way to manifest the outcome of your spell than it is that you perform it on exactly the 11th hour of the 2nd full moon of the 14th year preceeding the return of Jupiter.

Protection spells don’t need physical items or elaborate rituals.

Try simply casting a circle around yourself and/or your intended subject(s) by visualizing a bright light starting from your heart chakra or third eye chakra, and allowing it to grow larger and brighter until it surrounds you or those you wish to protect.

Visualize the negative things around you deflecting off your shield, or simply disappearing as they come in contact with it, like a force field zapping them into oblivion.

This simple technique can work to create a barrier that allows in the positive and beneficial things you want, but filters the negative or harmful vibes, things, or people you wish to keep away. Picture it like a sieve or pasta strainer in which most things run off, but a few good things remain.

Remember to allow for this barrier to be fluid enough not to block absolutely everything that may come your way. This can yield an exceptionally heavy protective spell to carry around and will not be sustainable to keep up at all times.

all the women in my life were witches

Everyone has their own kind of magic. I don’t mean like Harry Potter and wingardium leviosa. I mean like the kind of inner magic that other people can just feel. They can tell that there’s something really exceptional and amazing about you, but can’t always put it into words.

This isn’t charisma and it isn’t charm or beauty. It’s just…magic. It’s your inner energy and will, making itself known and establishing itself in, on, and around you.

My grandmother on my dad’s side had magic that made you feel comforted and loved and cared for. She ran a farmhouse full of kids, cooked for everyone, and kept things tidy. There were always fresh muffins or bread or lemonade in her kitchen. And she had a way of making you feel special, even if you were helping her do chores.

My grandmother on my mom’s side had magic that broke social barriers. She was a microbiologist in the 60s and 70s when women just didn’t do those things. She got her PhD and traveled the world. Grandma’s apartment was full of curiosities and information and science. She inspired you to learn things and never told you that your idea would never work or that you couldn’t be whatever it was you wanted to be that week. She inspired at least one little girl to be strong, passionately pursue her goals, and never care what others thought.

My mom’s magic was togetherness. She managed to bring the family together around the dinner table at the end of every single day. Even if we didn’t want to eat the canned spinach she put on our plate, we were still a family and we learned about each other’s days. We did things together and we learned the value of that contact and family connection.

Plenty of other women in my life had their own magics, as well.

And none of these women considered themselves witches. Indeed, my grandmothers would have panicked at being referred to as such, one being devoutly Catholic and the other a staunch atheist. My mom, tattooed and neon spiky hair in her 70s, would likely smile and embrace it, honestly.

But, to my point, magic is not always flash and spells. Its not a grimoire of incantations or a ritual practiced in secret. Its energy and how we use that energy with our will and intention. And some of us do so without even realizing it.

I have been a healer in one way or another all of my adult life. That is my magic. I have helped people stay physically fit, overcome physical barriers or limitations, and finally, as a clinician, heal from chronic diseases they had given up hope of finding answers.

I rarely take new patients these days, but I believe that its still my duty to contribute to the greater good and health of the people around me.

My own practice is kind of all over the place, really. I can’t call myself only one or two types of witch. I love herbs for their potent healing properties; I love energy concentration; I love divination; I love using my will to concentrate on bringing about the change I want to see; And so many more ways my craft has evolved.

So, here’s to the women in all our lives who were witches, even if they didn’t know it. And to their magic, be it emotional, physical, metaphysical, or any other kind.

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