Now for the people who want to chant, learn chants, or make your own here are some tips. Keep these in mind when wanting to write your own chant,
Figure out the goal or intent of the working. What is it you wish to accomplish?
Determine what material components you’ll need to achieve the goal. For instance if you wish to have a gathering or full ritual to go along with the chant.
Decide if timing is important. Do you want to chant in the morning about self-motivation before a hard day? Do want to dance under a full moon chanting for a certain goal? Or it a simple chant for wherever you are?
Figure out what wording, do you want formal?To call on the elements? Spirits? Deities? Do you like rhymes, or melodies? The wording should have personal meaning to you and feel powerful. Decide what aspects you want to incorporate into the chant.
Now put it all together, just find way to write it down, and take your time to write words that will meet your goal and fulfill the various aspects you wanted to incorporate.
For example I will write an original chant right now for you, let’s say my goal is to be calmed. I wish to call on the element of earth. Timing for whenever I feel stressed, so I best keep it a short chant. If I can I do prefer rhymes.
Banish my stress
I call thee earth
End this mess
I know my worth’
Not very complicated chant is it? Chants are versatile and can be made to match your goals. You can be as in depth and complicated in the writing of a chant as you want or as simple as you want. The power behind a chant is your will, and visualizing. The words above are worthless unless I give them meaning and visualize myself calming down and the element of earth ground me.
In case you are self-conscious is chanting or singing out loud, I wish to tell you that culturally speaking we tend to tell the people who aren’t the best to move over, but that is not the case in Wicca. If you think you are bad singer/ chanter, bear in mind practice makes perfect. Even so, it isn’t how good you at it, how in tune you are, it is the intention. So if you want to belt out a chant full volume, do it. What others may think is not your concern. Being spiritual is about how you feel and connect, if chanting in a sing song voice while doing the dishes or during a ritual makes you happy and focuses your energy, do it.
Wiccan’s and Pagans come in varied paths, and just like any other group of people will have various personalities, but remember ‘do what ye will long as it harms none’ if someone bullies or is mean to you for your chanting, it only speaks of their personality, not yours. Chanting and Wiccan music-songs, it is for your benefit, to bring your goals into reality, to help keep you motivated. I encourage everyone who want to use chanting or make their own chants to speak them loud and clear, to let the energies flow.
Wiccan Chants and Incantations: Witchcraft for the Solitary Practitioner
Chanting, The History
Music has been around a long time in varying forms, chanting has been used for as long as Pagans have been around. The reason for chanting is energy building, focus, and even uniting together at gatherings. Chants come in long or short forms, can rhyme or not, and can even be made up. Though there are some common chants known that have been shared over and over among Pagans and Wiccans.
Chanting can hold a symbolic meaning, of becoming more in tuned with nature or deities, trances, spells. Can also be used to invoke powers, spirits, deities, and build our own energies. The reason songs and chants are important in ritual is that they help to control both breathing and thought. Using a song or a chant is a good method for focusing your mind. It is also particularly effective for building a group mind, since it is a good method of getting everyone breathing together and concentrating on one stream of consciousness, the important thing is the concentration, focus on the words and energy. This is how it builds. The type of song or chant you could use will depend on what you are trying to do. If you were doing power raising, you would want a song or chant that builds in strength until it reaches a climax. You would start off slow and gradually build up the tempo, driving it by swinging your hands to push the energy unto the center of the circle, until the level of energy has been achieved, and then release it. This is a basic and easy form of magic. Visualizing a goal or intention and chanting to bring the energies forth to make it happen.
Songs that are meant to be songs of worship or adoration may be solemn or they may be joyful, depending on the situation you want to create. For grounding, farewells or banishing’s, you should use slower songs that wind down the energies. Chanting is very versatile and can be used for any goal or cause. Chanting is used by Pagan’s, Wiccan’s, and Witchcraft. Not only that, but many other faiths use chanting as well. Even Christians sing hymns at Sunday worship. Music has been a great influence on how people worship.
Sometimes chants can be used instead of the usual spoken invocation for elements during casting circles, or other spell casts. Chanting may be something you do while alone, working out, making dinner, the great thing about it is how simple and versatile it is. Chanting is not only for ritual work, but self-motivation, calming, or prayer.
You may want to use chants made by others or make your own chants.
Wiccan Chants and Incantations: Witchcraft for the Solitary Practitioner
A GENERAL CHARGE FOR SPELL WORK
Witches power burning bright, tarot, rune and blade,
Charge the spell, enfilled with might, here and now the magic’s made.
Wave and tree, hedge and flame, strength of the elements gather here,
to bless this work and charge it well, to complete the spell now far or near.
Mystic Moon and Brilliant Sun, send your power here this way,
Gracious Lady, Mighty Lord, bless this charge that I lay.
Powers that are, powers that be, gather round this spell I cast,
empower my working three times three, send it forth to see it last!
SPELL TO CLEANSE MAGICKAL SPACE
Incense, air of high refine, purify this space of mine.
purged and purified be this place that I have chosen as magickal space.
Herbs of Mother Earth give blessings here to me, this rite, this sacred sphere.
Protect and cleanse this sacred place Hallow it now as my magickal space.
Walk around the space you’re cleansing with the lit incense chanting this,
hands up to the moon/sun/sky moving clockwise in a circle.
Do this at least 3 times or until you feel all energy is positive.
MAGICK CLEANSING CHANT
Uphold the rules of the Wiccan Rede.
Be high in spirit ye shall succeed.
Power of the Elements Five,
Will help Mother Nature stay alive.
From grains of Earth to the moving Air.
Past the burning Fire that magick flares.
Flow with Water, lakes, and streams;
Around the Spirit’s aura and dreams.
Great Spirit, Mother Earth,
Powers of the four directions,
And all those who love me,
hear me now.
This is a prayer of thanksgiving for the miracle of life.
When I awake in the morning, Great Spirit, And I take a breath of morning air, I look toward the sky, searching the morning light For your face,
And when I find it, a radiance comes to me, So beautiful and so blissful That I cannot put words to the gratefulness That is in my heart.
There is much pain and confusion in this world, And oftentimes I lose my way, And I know not what to do.
Then I sit in silence, and I listen To the high north wind in the pine trees,
And you sing to me.
I open my eyes and I look at the flowers And the miracle of beauty that they are.
Again I see your face, And I wonder at my ignorance.
So days go by, and I follow my path of heart,
And I pray to you, Great Spirit, Grateful and strong from your grace.
The four-legged and the winged ones Bring joy to my life, And I thank you for their presence all around me. Their purity of being reminds me of you, And I know that they are mirrors, Shiny and brilliant with your reflection.
I know that much gives away so that I may live. The sacred give-away I receive and return,
Ever grateful for your flowing power within me.
Without you, I could not see the beauty That you have given us.
I feel the sun on my face, and I know your warmth,
And I know that somehow everything is perfect.
I give thanks as I walk my path of beauty.
For you I live all the days of my life.
Chant for Calling the Elements
I call upon Earth, the power to make.
I call upon Air, the power to take.
I call upon Fire, the power to grow.
I call upon Water, the power to flow.
(Circling deosil, chant)
Green power and gold,
red power and blue,
Here the power we do unfold,
Quarters’ might, strong and true.
Four the winds to weave the round,
‘tween the worlds the power be bound.
Till we send it at the last,
Guardians keep it strong and fast.
–From Rhiannon Ryall’s West Country Wicca