johnally8 wrote:Hello everyone.
I have a quick question. Do spells need to be said out loud to have effect, or can they be said in your head or by whispering?
There's this spell I want to work that says to chant the name of Asmodeus from a whisper to a shout, but I live in an apartment with thin walls. I dont want to be heard.
Thanks to all who help!
Yes and no.
In early Scandinavian magic there are accounts of spells being sung or screamed very loudly and with a high pitched voices.
However towards the end of the 18th century and onward, most magic was performed in absolute silence. Some of those that went to the old healers said that they could sometimes here them mutter words underneath their breath but never loud enough to be heard or understood.
In most religions around the world spells, prayer and curses are said out loud, except for the original christianity that always prayed silently and in private.
So if you believe that the gods have to hear your voice then by all means speak the spell out loud, but if you think the gods can read your mind, then you can pray or cast spells in silence.
It also depends on the particular spells. if your doing a spell that involves spirits than it should probably be spoken out loud, and if you are doing a spell that is more geared towards energy work or psychological means, than you can do it in your head.
However, if the spell specifically mentions that it has to be performed that way, then yes, you should perform it the way that it is written.
Always try and break down the spell into smaller pieces and analyze why the spell is written that
way and what it is trying to achieve. If the spell calls for a soft sound growing louder and louder as a crescendo, it is probably meant for you to reach a higher level of ecstasy. So now you have to ask yourself: Can you achieve the same heighten emotional response by just saying it in your head, or do you need to shout it out loud to get that effect?
Think about your own level of energy, mental state, vibration and body language. Do you need to do something to get the reacting out of yourself that you are trying to get, or can you do it with smaller movements. Is brushing your teeth in your head the same as brushing your teeth in real life? What makes them two different, and what do you need to do to translate the physical action into a mental one, OR do you perhaps really need the physical action to correspond to what you are trying to achieve?
Don't practice magic in your own home, that's just asking for trouble. Go and find some place where you can be alone and private.