While I love me some witchy music, I can’t help but realize that modern music has just as much of a place in my practice. Don’t get me wrong, witchy music is great, but I think a lot of people do themselves a disservice by not including modern music in their practice. There are so many good songs out there that can be turned into chants, spells, or even ways to raise energy.
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my post a few months ago about two songs that played back to back while I was in the shower. I generally use my time in the shower to cleanse myself, especially if I have been feeling extra crappy, so these two songs playing back to back really put me in the right headspace to do a cleansing and protection all while taking a shower.
The first song that played was Linkin Park’s Castle of Glass. If you’re not familiar with the song, here is how the song starts.
Take me down to the river bend
Take me down to the fighting end
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again
Fly me up on a silver wing
Past the black where the sirens sing
Warm me up in a nova’s glow
And drop me down to the dream below
You can listen to the song you YouTube here.
Anyway, the song very much has a feel of just letting go and letting the Gods guide me. As I said, I had been feeling really crappy the night before and that entire morning. Playing this song in the shower (and subsequently belting out the lyrics like I was on stage too) was extremely cleansing and refreshing. It allowed me to just let go and release all of the pent up energy I had been holding on to. Being able to sing it and feel every chord, every note, every emotion with every breath is an all-encompassing and almost trancelike state, one that I definitely recommend to anyone doing this kind of work.
Now the next song that played was one that got me in a fighting mood, one that basically says I’m a badass bitch and no one can fuck with me. Which I mean, coming from this band is funny, but the song is called Stronger Than You Think by Fireflight. This song really put me in the mood, raised my energy, and allowed me to easily place protections around myself after I had cleansed and washed away the spiritual gunk that was holding onto me. Here is the beginning of that song.
I know your intentions
I’ve seen the way you work
You love destruction
You love pouring on the hurt
I used to chase you
But now I hate you
I’m safe inside the light
So go on do your worst, your worst
I am stronger than you think
I believe you’ll never get the best of me
No I don’t buy the lies you sell
My heart belongs to someone else
I am stronger, stronger than you think
You can listen to that song on YouTube here.
Having these two songs pumped me up and really were a great combination for a much-needed cleansing and amping up of my protections around me. This also just shows that it doesn’t matter what the song is about and I’ll tell you why. Fireflight is a Christian rock band and this song is actually about, and this is just my speculation, chasing sin and the Devil but realizing that you’re already protected under the light of God. While that may be what they intended while writing the song, that’s not the meaning that I give to the song when I sing it as a protective charm.
Another example is a song that isn’t entirely work appropriate so I’m just going to share the first few lines of the song, link it, and tell you about it. It’s called Another Way Out by Hollywood Undead (I have very eclectic taste in music, don’t judge me). Here is the first few lines of the song, and you can listen to it on YouTube here. This is your warning, though, that it isn’t work appropriate and it has vulgarity in it.
Voices won’t go away, they stay for days and days
They say some awful things, ways to make you fade away
I don’t think no one’s home and we’re just here alone
I better find you first before you find the phone
Better run, better run, better run, yeah, I’m coming after you
When you’re sleeping at night, yeah, there’s nothing you can do
There’s no place you can hide 'cause I’m coming after you
I wish there was another way out for you
Anyway, this song would be a great addition to any form of banishing or baneful work. Basically, use the song, the beat, the bass, and the energy to raise energy and chase something out of your home or your life. Simple as that!
Again, I really think more witches should entertain the idea of using modern music in their spellwork or daily practice. Want to attract love in your life? How about singing a really sappy country love song? Are you sad or going through something really tough? Not only is it cathartic to sing sad songs when you’re sad but it can also help you process those emotions, release that energy, and move forward in your day. Don’t let the fact that the songs are modern hold you back from using them. You can even take the chorus of a song and turn it into an incantation or spell that fits the words.
This doesn’t even cover those of us that would write our own music or play instruments! That’s an entirely different post altogether
Have you ever used modern music in your spells? I would love to hear how it went for you! And if you haven’t, would you ever consider it now? What song would you use and why?
Continuing the discussion from Weekly Witchy Challenge - The Magick of Music: