👂 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - The Magick of Sound

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - A Witch’s Collection :dolls:

What a delight to see the many marvels of the Coven- a round of applause to all of the collectors! :clap: And so it is to a symphony of sound that we dance into a rather musical topic for the new week…

The theme for this week’s challenge is…

Magick of Sound Challenge

:ear: :drum: The Magick of Sound :notes: :wavy_dash:

Sound and song, vibrations and frequencies-
all are powerful tools in your practice!

Have you ever had a bad day, only to turn on the TV, grab your headphones, or listen along to the radio and felt better? Whether it is through a favorite song or listening to a calming voice, sound has the ability to soothe away worries and improve our moods. Studies have even shown that music has the ability to help release dopamine- the “feel-good” hormone (source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) :sun:

In magick, sound unlocks waves of potential for the practicing witch- from the power of the spoken word to cleansing bell chimes, music for visualizations to guided meditations and much more- sound can be used in many creative and powerful ways in the Craft.

This week’s challenge is a sister to the music challenge and cousin to the smell challenge- so grab your senses and listen up! :ear: :sparkles:

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This week’s challenge is all about using sound in the Craft - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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STEP 1 : Have You Heard? :notes:

This challenge is all about how the magick of sound- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.

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Exploring Sound in the Craft :loud_sound:

There are as many ways to use sound in magick as there are sounds out there- whether we can hear them, sense them, or not! Here are just a few suggestions of things you might explore during the challenge this week:

:wavy_dash: Vibrations and Frequencies

:bubbles: Cleansing with sound - sound is a popular and accessible way to cleanse yourself and your space

:person_in_lotus_position: Guided meditations - whether you wish to embark on an astral travel adventure, meet your spirit guide, or simply find peace and relaxation, guided meditations and visualizations can help lead you in the right direction

:place_of_worship: Devotionals, Prayers, and Chants - the collection of spoken works in the Craft is vast. Consider trying a prayer or chant this week, or consider writing your own!

:ear: Sounds as Signs - most sounds are simply what they appear to be, but some sounds- especially when a witch has recently cast a spell and is actively looking for answers- may be more than what meets the ear.

:magic_wand: Spells with Sound - have you cast a spell that involves music? Consider giving one a try, or making your own!

:drum: Instruments - Do you play an instrument? Tibetan singing bowls, witch bells, wind chimes, and many more instruments are common in spiritual practices, but any instrument that inspires and enchants is magickal in its own way! :musical_keyboard:

:dancer: Music - Consider sharing your favorite pagan or Craft-inspiring music as part of this challenge!

You can also visit the entries shared in the previous Magick in Music Challenge for more musical ideas and suggestions!

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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore the magick of sound in another way, please feel free to do so! :blush:

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:


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STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2023-08-29T11:00:00Z

(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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From Spells8: What are Witch’s Bells?

A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:

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Power is carried through the air
In song and tune and heartfelt prayer
You must have felt it, must have heard-
Of the magick in each spoken word

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Blessed Be! :ear::sparkles:

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I was just thinking about using music in my practice yesterday - this is perfectly timed! :clap: :heart:

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Mmm :thinking: this will be interesting. I don’t use alot of sound, like bells or the like, but I do have witches bells outside my frontdoor. I don’t write spells in rhyme, I just say what I want doing and do it. Although I love Hocus Pocus and the songs in that. She sings, “boooook”. Maybe put my singing and dancing shoes on for this one. It’ll be noisy that’s for sure. :partying_face::heartpulse:

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Challenge entry- These are my favorite witchy songs I listened to them at 5:30am every full moon :full_moon: when I go on a drive to get a better look at it and every dark moon :new_moon: on the way to drop a offering off to Hecate at the crossroads. :crystal_ball::sparkles:

Ohh and this one I love this one!!!

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Challenge Entry~

Ohh I have finally have something for a challenge!

I use my singing bowl before/after every meditation or any spell work. :sparkles:

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OOOoooooo I am doing a local event for sound bath next month! Here I am practicing in my home. My home is vibrating with radiant energy from all the practicing I have been doing lol.

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Weekly Witchy Challenge Entry for Amethyst:

Okay, every morning before I start my prayers, I play music from Awake Nation. Not only does it clear the space of negative energy but it kind of kicks my brain into morning devotional mode.

I’ll also play it all day on Saturdays if I feel the apartment needs to be cleansed. Where I use a rollator it’s difficult for me to use smoke to clear the house so I use sound.

When I do a full circle I’ll use a little bell signaling that I’m ready to start, and when I’m finished I’ll use it again.

So that’s what I do with sound. Can’t wait to see the rest of yours!

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:thinking: I don’t know that I use much sound at all in my practice, but I do in my day-to-day. Going for a run with music makes things so much better. Listening to a cat purr while I fall asleep eases me. Listening to waterfall soundscapes helps me focus when I’m working on a challenging task. Have to brainstorm tomorrow on my entry as I’ve already fried my poor brain today trying to get PayPal to work in my WooCommerce shopping cart. :frowning_face:

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Those bowls are amazing :purple_heart: :goat:

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These are the largest singing bowls I’ve ever seen silver bear! Lol :laughing:
Also I wanted to say how I love so much music! Every day is new day to discover more possibilities! Music :microphone: is one of the scenes



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I am working on carrying a pattern


Lately I have been playing , I have been playing Lisa Thiel’s music! I am a turquoise woman. My face is of white shows my face is.


I go to some different place when I really get into it! It can be really fun!

These songs are just two chords that is it! Anyone can do it!
Also on insight times there is a section where you can hear
The Singing Bowls! Singing Bowls insight timer
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Jeannie

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Thank you for sharing Awake Nation. I will definitely be checking it out in the morning. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have. Because once my youngest set of twins go back to school, I’ll have my morning to myself again. :sparkles::blush::sparkles:

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They are a set of 7…they go from crown chakra to root! They are so LOVELY! My husband got them for me for my birthday! (early - not until sept 4)

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I hope you like it! Good luck getting the twins back to school!

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@MeganB It’s that Coven hive mind back at it again :wink: Can’t wait to see what you’ll do! :heart:

@tracyS I love Hocus Pocus! :mage: :closed_book: :eye: And it sounds like, between witches bells, spell writing (no need to make it rhyme, if you ask me!), and some fun and singing and dancing, you have lots of fun ideas in that creative mind of yours, Tracy! Hope you have fun- I’m looking forward to hearing what you choose do! :grinning:

@crystal59 YEAH! These are some great tunes- thank you so much for sharing, Crystal! :dancer::sparkles: :heart:

@berranda Your singing bowl is gorgeous, Berranda! What a beautiful accompaniment to your meditations and spellwork :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

@Silverbear A sound bath sounds so exciting- and gosh, I’m with Jeannie, those sound bowls are amazing! :heart_eyes: Your husband really knows how to get good gifts! May you continue to enjoy them :heart:

@Amethyst I was hoping you’d share about Awake Nation! Ever since you mentioned it a couple of years back, it’s been a favorite of mine. They have such an amazing collection of cleansing and meditative sounds :person_in_lotus_position: :two_hearts: I owe you one for the recommendation! :blush:

@Artemisia A cat purr is such a powerful sound! I swear it can chase away sadness and help to warm up the heart. Waterfalls and water sounds in general are really relaxing- I love them too! :ocean::sparkles: Sorry it’s been a challenge with WooCommerce- I’ve never tried to wrassle it myself, but I’ve heard it can be tough! That being said, you’re one strong and smart lady- I know you’ll find a way! Good luck! :raised_hands: :heart:

@Jeannie1 Look at all of your beautiful instruments and musical work, Jeannie! :star_struck: You are quite the talented musician- wishing you all the best with your future performances, keep on having fun! :drum: :microphone: :dancer: :sparkles:

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Challenge entry: This is my favorite challenge! Being a blind witch, I basically don’t do magic without sound. I have a bunch of music that I like to cast spells with, and my spells are almost always incantations. I’ve taken to recording my altar rituals to listen to how I did them and compare them to now. I so loved reading about everyone’s magical sounds! So fun❣️

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Awake Nation and other sites like it are Sooo relaxing to me. When I feel stressed or anxious, listening to them soothes “the Savage Beast” quickly. :people_hugging: :gift_heart:

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Challenge Entry

Sound doesn’t play a huge role in my Craft. But sometimes, I will watch meditation videos with music.
Then again, does the sound of my essential oil diffuser count? :laughing:

When walking in the woods, I think it’s not just the plants and the trees that calm you, it’s the sounds of the wind blowing through the leaves, twigs snapping from the animals, the birds signing.

If there is a creek or a stream… :heart_eyes: The sound of water has always been one of my favorite sounds in nature and makes for a relaxing environment. :droplet:

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So does my Tinnitus count? :rofl:

To calm myself, I often listen to youtube and the healing music. It does seem to sooth.

I also have bells haphazardly placed around the house and yard along with wind chimes that bring melodic sounds at random times. My singing bowls can fill the house with wonderful sounds and I often use them to begin or end a session of meditation or spell craft. I have a few ponds that enhance the experience when outside from the falling water. And of course the wonderful birdsong when I can leave the doors open or go outside.

As I age and put up with CHS (can’t hear S%&T) the sounds are becoming fewer, but no less appreciated. :sweat_smile: May we all appreciate the sounds of our Great Mother :pray:

:goat: :people_hugging:

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I had to! I love their music and it makes me feel so nice! Glad you’re still liking it, Bry!

I’m glad there are other fans out there!

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Oooh, I love engaging the senses as a means to connect. I look forward to exploring this and learning from what others have shared.

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