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:

INHALE

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:

EXHALE

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:

Ah-tah

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?

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Written by Donald Michael Kraig
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such ...