Recently, I was invited to a small full moon ritual hosted by a solitary I’ve known for years. I have never practiced with her or any of her other Pagan friends, but I was excited to attend. We gathered around the altar she set in her living room and one of her friends cast the circle. The woman casting the circle wrote an incredible circle casting chant, yet she delivered it in a monotone voice. It completely nullified the beauty of her words. This was only the beginning. The people asked to call the elements read the invocations from index cards in a similar monotone voice. Finally, the Charge of the Goddess was read by my hostess from a spiral bound notebook in, you guessed it, a monotone voice. It was hard to get into a spiritual mindset when everything felt forced.
This experience made me think back to one of the last Real Witches Balls I attended in Columbus. Raymond Buckland presented a workshop during which he spoke about the use of voice in magick and ritual. Like candles, gems, and herbs, the voice is a magickal tool and it can be used to enhance magick and ritual.
For example, when casting the circle, I like to use a commanding voice when possible. This voice is loud and confident. It commands respect and intention. This signals to myself and those I might be practicing with that the ritual has begun. I also use this voice in magick for protection and banishing.
When calling to the elements or Deity, I use what I call a compelling voice. It’s confident, such as the commanding voice, but is calm and respectful (since, you should not command primal energies). I also use this voice for spellwork involving love and friendship.
Finally, I use whisper when working magick for retribution, as whispering allows me to keep any anger-based energy bubbling just below the surface until I am ready to release it. I also use a whisper when calling a spirit guide or a thoughtform back to me.
How do you use your voice in ritual?