The power of words is indisputable, especially spoken words. They have sparked war and paved the way for peace. Words can cause great emotional pain as well as convey the deepest and richest love. The idea that words have power is one key to understanding the power of magick. From dirt-worshipping neo-Pagan to the greatest practitioner of High Magick, words hold power for all of us. That is especially true of words spoken during spells and rituals.
Knowing this, I am often surprised at the number of Solitaries who practice only silent rituals and spells. While even silent rituals often use words, they are thoughts and not spoken aloud. There was a time that I also performed rituals in virtual silence, perhaps only speaking to cast my circle. Sometimes not even then. One day while explaining the power of words to someone, it struck me how wasteful most of my silent rituals were. Don’t get me wrong – there is a place for silence within rituals and also a place for completely silent rituals. I was just surprised at all of the opportunities I had squandered with my silence. Since I was alone, as is the accepted norm in American culture, I tended not to speak aloud. After all, nobody else was there to hear the words, right?