There are a number of ways to incorporate breath into your magickal practice.
Breath in itself is viewed as magickal, as it is the drawing in of the air element to the physical corporeal body, filling the body with a necessary life-sustaining requirement. Breathing it back out, the air is now transformed to carbon dioxide and expelled from the body.
In many spiritual practices, it is viewed as something which connects the spirit to the physical. Even in passages of the Christian Bible, babies are not viewed as alive until the breath of God is breathed into them upon birth.
In yoga, there is significant focus on breath. Practitioners are guided when to move on a breath in vs a breath out. Breath expands and collapses parts of the body. It creates force on us, moving energy throughout important chakras and nerve/circulation centers.
So, breath symbolically, spiritually, and physically carries some pretty important meaning.
Here are some ways you can use magickal breath in your practice:
Breath During Meditation
I wrote a longer post on a breathing exercise that I have found helpful to calm a chaotic mind, but breathing itself is generally a recommended focus during meditation because it provides your mind with something tactile to focus on, while not focusing on anything else at all.
The deep inhalation and exhalation of breath can still and calm the heart, as well, which helps to ease you into a more relaxed physical and mental state.
There’s good reason why the majority of books and written guides for magickal practice emphasize breath work in meditation, due to its ability to create a calm state of mind and body.
Breath is also how we expel energy from the body and how we can visualize expelling energy we no longer want to hang onto.
Visualization during meditation may often start with breathing in a clean white light and breathing out frustrations, negativity, and anything else bothering you.
Breath to Consecrate
As humans are part of the divine, however you view that divinity, we have divinity within us, and as such, our own breath is that of the divine manifested in physical form.
When consecrating your magickal tools or other items, it is common in many traditions to present the tool or item to all four elements. This might include passing it over a flame, placing it in a bowl of salt or soil, sprinkling a bit of water on it, and…breathing on it.
Our own breath is obviously the element of air, and given that it comes from within us, it is also a divine breath.
Magickal Breath on Sigils
When invoking a spirit or deity, you can use your breath to breathe on the sigil you have drawn. You can also use your magickal breath to blow on a sigil that you have created for anything else, to activate it.
It is this divine nature of our breath that we can connect to symbols and images to bring us closer to the energy of the spirit we’re attempting to invoke, as if we’re communicating more on the level of our spirit or soul.
You can try this after creating a sigil and meditating on it or the entity associated with it, and when you feel ready, gently blow on the sigil to activate it, visualizing your own energy connecting and meshing with that of the sigil, ‘lighting it up’ so to speak.
There are probably many other ways you can use breath in magick, so get creative! You could explore combining breath and sound, such as singing, humming, chanting, or other ways to breathe magickally!