Words in Ritual

The other day I was unable to celebrate the Spring Equinox for personal reasons. So I thought I’d write a bit about words in ritual.

When I started out, I used to write everything down I would say on a piece of paper, but I noticed that at times the words would come out wrong anyway. So I now research the festival beforehand and when formulating the ritual I write (for example) “say a bit about how the Milesians landed in Ireland” when it is Beltane and then let the moment form the words in my mind.



There are those who say “wicca must be an ancient path, because the word’s been around for ages”. Yes, the word has been around for ages, but words change meaning through time.

For example, the word “alien” originally meant foreigner as in Sting’s 70’s pop song “Alien in New York”. Today’s usage of it means that an alien is someone from outside our planet.

I could give countless examples of this, but the fact of the matter is that Gerald Gardner used an old word to give his new path validity. The path of wicca dates back to the 1950’s and no further.

In Your own Words

It’s important to use your own words when consecrating items, doing spells or anything else of a ritual nature.

Because you have made these words, they are tied to you and thus the spell is tied to you.  If you use someone else’s words, then they do not have that tie and will not work as well, especially if you do not understand what they mean.

Making your own words can take a lot of work, but in witchcraft, if you want to get results, you have to put the work in first.  Witchcraft is not just two seconds of doing a spell that you see in the movies, it’s putting a lot of work in in the first place.