The Power of Magickal Sounds

Sounds are an important part of magick. Most occult systems require you to say words, phrases or call on spirits using your voice. If that’s the case, why do I always tell people not to worry about the pronunciation of magickal words? Surely the sound has to be absolutely correct if the magick’s going to work.

If bad pronunciation actually had an effect on magick, very little magick would work. Hardly anybody gets it right. My pronunciation is far from ‘correct’. Also, if you cross-check between different primary sources, every angel, demon or other entity usually has several names, all pronounced differently. There are typos in the original grimoires. Bad typos and rushed writing and lots of reinterpretation. And yet the magick works.

People worry about pronunciation so much that I think they imagine some great angel sitting on a throne, listening to every magickal act, and only letting through the correct pronunciations. Thankfully, that just isn’t the case.

It’s better to get the magick wrong, but to do it with conviction, than to get it perfectly right, because there’s no such thing as ‘right. You don’t even have to say the words out loud in many cases. If you whisper them, or imagine them, you can call them out with your imagination and that works just as well. Many occultist disagree with this, saying that the physical vibration is essential, but I’ve done years of silent magick without any problems.

Most importantly, we have simplified pronunciation in the books as much as possible, so there is no need for audio recordings, although people still ask for them every now and then. I asked readers on the Facebook page whether they wanted them, and only a tiny minority showed an interest. It’s my belief that audio recordings could easily confuse the issue. Everybody has a different voice, local accent and a different way of using their voice. If we put out a female voice with a New York accent, saying the words, how are men from the North of England going to react? Everybody would want something different. It’s better to spend some time attuning yourself to the words, by finding your own pronunciation, than to listen to somebody else.

We have also made the books Pronunciation Proof. In most of the books, the spoken words are also written out in the sigils, meaning that you don’t need to get the pronunciation right, because the written words are there. This is especially true of Words of Power and The 72 Angels of Magick. These books are based on saying words out loud, where possible, so many people assume that the pronunciation has to be spot on. Nothing could be further from the truth. The magick involves you seeing the words, even if only subconsciously, before you say anything. This means you can get the pronunciation absolutely wrong and it will still work. This is what I mean by Pronunciation Proof, and it’s one of the reasons the magick works so easily for people.

No pronunciation in my books is ‘correct’. Sometimes the pronunciation looks wildly different to the spelling of the original word. This is sometimes down to traditional pronunciations that have been passed down to us. At other times, the suggested pronunciation is a guide to getting a sound that is closest to the ideal sound, even if it looks incorrect. And sometimes, the pronunciation is one we adopted a long time ago, and we use it because it works for everybody who uses it, even though a scholar may say it’s not the ‘correct’ pronunciation.

The books contain the pronunciations that have worked for me, for other members of The Gallery of Magick, and that have worked best when tested in a wider groups of people. Getting it right seems to be unimportant.

Interpreting the phonetics is really quite easy. If you look at a word like VEE-AH, then VEE obviously just sounds like the letter V, and AH sounds like the English word Ah! It can get more complicated with sounds such as TZ, but even that, if you just sound it out, is the sound of T and Z pushed together, a bit like the end of the word CATS, but as though spelt CATZ. Mind you, this paragraph shows that when you try to explain pronunciation, it can start to look way more complicated than it is. If you just make an educated guess, you’ll be doing a good job and getting it right.

I know this is true because there are so many times when I said a name incorrectly, for years at a time, and still made contact with the right entity and got a good result. You intent is more important than the sound you make, and if you use my books, the visual part of the magick makes them truly Pronunciation Proof.

Sounds are clearly an important part of magick, but somehow they don’t need to be exactly right in an objective sense. It’s far more important to know what you really want and carry out your magick with confidence and joy – then let go and allow the manifestation to occur. This is the process that matters. Pronunciation does not.

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11 thoughts on “The Power of Magickal Sounds

  1. I have read the magickal seduction book and I want to know whether or not is it imperative to perform the ritual 1 at night. Can it be done in the morning hours? Please let me know.

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    1. I’m repeating this from an earlier answer as I’m on vacation, but it’s accurate. “Most rituals are fine at any time. Some people find it easier to get in the right mood at night. Others seem to work best in daylight but before sunrise. In short, it’s better to do some magick imperfectly, than to wait for the perfect time. The seduction rituals are all described as happening at night, but this is an ideal and is not required.” Do it when you can and all will be well.

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  2. Dearest Damon, Teacher, I appreciate you for caring for others! Wanting to share knowledge! Is admirable! I seek direction on how to help a sweet part of The USA and its people to be protected from poverty to much illness and death! The region is filled with the most honorable people principled goodness kindness deep faith loving! It is near where there are too many tragic tornadoes! With highest regards, Most Sincerely, Linda

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    1. I have worked with magickal groups to protect whole areas, or groups of people, but it is difficult – magick can not stop every disaster or problem. I have found that the best way is to empower individuals to protect themselves, as shown in books such as Magickal Protection, and to fight poverty by using magick to obtain more money. It is beyond the scope of my books, however, to change the fate of an entire area of the USA, I’m afraid.

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  3. hello damon just want to know when will your books on darker magickal workings be out and will their be any wealth operations.in them. regarding your wealth magick book I have been getting incredible results from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants surefire results..james byrne.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about your results. That’s great news. As for other books, we now have a policy of not mentioning release dates, because we are always wrong. Also, it’s a group decision, in every case – the truth is, I never know when a book will be released, even when all my work is done. So, it may be soon, or it may be a year away. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but thanks for your interest, and the books will come eventually, and yes, they will cover wealth.

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  4. Well I keep getting results so the angels and Nikita apparently has no issues with my approach…thankfully.

    My latest result: Over the years I have played with trying to become skilled with using a pendulum, for getting accurate answers to important questions, dowsing for lost objects, checking for compatibility of foods and supplements with my system, clearing negative energies from spaces, checking if I am being lied to and more. However I never reached an accuracy level I was pleased with and gave up years ago. Until I came across an expert dowser and pendulum user who educated me (and all on her email list) on the fact that the quality of a pendulum is very important with achieving high levels of accuracy. Any ole object dangling on a string will not get correct answers with deeply seated emotional and health issues for instance.

    She travels the world holding workshops on dowsing and is highly respected in the pendulum/dowser world. Now that you have the background, she sells some of the worlds highest quality pendulums from Europe and Egypt. They are hand crafted and not cheap. I expressed to her I intended to buy one of her best pendulums in April and asked if she would consider offering me a discount as things have been tight for some time. I figured she would say Yes, No or ignore my request. After three days with no response, I figured her response was to ignore me. On the 4th day she replied, apologizing for her late response because she is on the road teaching and could not easily access the internet. She offered to gift me the pendulum and wished me many blessings moving forward! She’s sending it to me after she returns home.

    Thank you Nitika and Angels!

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  5. I have talked about this a lot, but many people write, every day, asking about pronunciation (because they’re new to this site or haven’t see the Facebook posts), so from now on I can guide them to this post. Your approach sounds perfect!

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  6. Damon, you have expressed many times how not that important pronunciation is and intent, genuine effort and perhaps focus during a ritual is the real special sauce to getting desired results. I do however appreciate you reinforcing your point with this post.

    I just started doing an eleven day working with one angel in Magickal Angels and the ritual words pronunciations are my most challenging yet. I actually chuckle a bit inside when I trip and my throat knots a little trying to pronounce some words. Reminding myself doing them that my effort over pitch perfect pronunciation will still get me desired results is comforting.
    So I just do the best I can with the words and then let go.

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