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Vibration: A Key to Magick

This post was written by Donald Michael Kraig
on October 24, 2010 | Comments (13)

After several thousand years, scientific theory has caught up with occult theory to realize that all matter is made up of energy that vibrates. Thisresults in the conclusion that if we can control vibration, we can control matter. Luckily, there is a relatively easy way to do this, through what is called the Law of Resonance.

There are two aspects to this law:

1. An object will naturally vibrate more loudly at certain frequencies than it will at other frequencies.

The typical example of this takes place when you sing in a shower. Some notes will simply reflect off the tile walls while others will boom out quite loudly. The frequencies of an object where that increased volume occurs are known as resonant frequencies.

2. An object that oscillates at a frequency at or near the natural frequency of another object will cause that second object to oscillate.

The typical example of this is that of you play a violin note near a piano, strings in the piano at or near the frequency of the violin note being played will start to vibrate and produce a sound. This means you can cause a change in something without physically touching it. In fact, you don’t even have to be near it.

The trick to using this law in magick is also two-fold. First, you need to be able to say something loudly enough to have an effect on something else. Second, you need to be at the right frequency (at or near the object’s resonant frequency) to have an effect of the object on which you are performing your magick.

For example, lets say you are trying to work with your heart chakra. The sound that will do this (technically known as a bija mantra) is yam (pronounced “yahm”). You need to pronounce this loud enough and at the right pitch to cause the heart chakra to vibrate in resonance to your chant. You also need to open your psychic or spiritual senses so you can detect when your heart chakra is vibrating.

In ceremonial magick, there are certain terms that are meant to be vibrated during rituals. I have seen all sorts of explanations of this concept, but the only one I’ve been able to find that is regularly effective is simple: the “words of power” are meant to be said (or chanted) loudly and with a full breath.

Vibration of Words of Power

In order to accomplish this you have to breathe correctly. When you inhale, breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs completely. Your chest will expand you you should visualize the air and energy coming in, going through your head and filling it, then filling the rest of your body down to your toes and into the earth:


Now, as you exhale, feel the air and energy coming up from the center of the earth, through your body, your head, and then exploding out through your mouth as you vibrate the words:


During the exhalation, project the word or words you mean to say at full volume. Here is an example I recorded of myself vibrating the word “ah-tah,” the first word of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP). Click on it to hear it:


Now I realize that if you live in a modern apartment with thin walls, you are going to have problems with this! In that case, use what is called the Great Voice. To learn to use the Great Voice, find a place where you can practice vibrating a word at full volume. As you practice, get used to the way the vibration feels, not just how it sounds. As you practice, make sure that the object you want to resonate to your voice (the universe, with the LBRP) continues to do so as your volume gets quieter. Eventually, you should be able to vibrate a word with whispers or even silently and get the same result as with a full, loud vibration. Vibrating a word or phrase silently, while having the same result as vibrating at full volume is the meaning of the Great Voice.

How do you use the volume and pitch of your voice in ritual?
Do you pay attention to it at all?

Reader Comments

Written By Gordon
on October 24th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

Nice one.

Yeah, living constraints impact the amount of… ummm… ‘loud work’ I can actually do.

My workarounds for this are:

– working from home sporadically to get the place to myself.
– using what could potentially be called a kind of ‘sense memory’ to know when my silent vibratory work has reached the right resonance.

Written By AarTiana
on October 24th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

What an awesome post Donald Michael! 🙂 It is funny, with me it is sort of subconscious (or superconscious), because if I indeed do toning in my work, it is very intuitive, and I find that it just feels “right” when I find the right place, like the power is strong. Excellent technique with the Great Voice, to where anyone can learn from their body memory how to achieve that space without disturbing the neighbors! Thanks so much for sharing this!!

Written By Kyle
on October 26th, 2010 @ 3:18 am

Thanks for this post, Don. Working by yourself, it’s often tough to know if you’re doing this key part “right.” What helps me is saying the words loudly, and while I am chanting, bringing my breath and vocals down from my mouth to my vocal chords/lungs area. I feel my body start to quiver a bit, then, and I think that means I’ve hit the vibration!

Written By John santos
on January 30th, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

Um hi Mr. Donald,

How about repetitively vibrating the God Names in the LBRP? It seems more comfortable for me than a single round inhalation and then exhalation to bellow(vibrate) one God Name.

Is there any problem with my method?


Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on January 31st, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

Hi, John.

Thank you for your question. In fact, I think it’s such a good question that I’m going to make a post that responds to it. Please keep watching this blog!

Written By Roc
on February 1st, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

Wow! I listened to your atah and I felt my body vibrate. It calmed me down, soothed me and bought clarity and bliss. Does this happen to you? I feel the same effects when I chant.

Written By Pier
on May 9th, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

The audio really clarified for me how this should be done. Thanks! I have a question: During LBRP, while not vibrating the words, is it normal to feel vibration in your body? This is something I’ve been experiencing since Day 2 of starting the LBRP. I’m trying to really thoroughly work through Modern Magick. Amazing stuff!

Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on May 10th, 2011 @ 12:43 am

Body vibration is quite common and appropriate. Well done!

Written By Pier
on May 14th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I’ve almost managed to memorize the LBRP; I’m a long-time HPS, but this ceremonial work is energy-intense and I’m curious to see where it takes me. Thanks again!

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