Songs as Spells: I ain’t got much book learnin’/ but I’ve got charms to win the race . . .

So, here’s where my Hollow Ones methods really come to light. True confession time, Charmers (that’s what I’m calling you from now on readers, hope it’s cool!), my biggest stumbling point with Hoodoo is the use of Psalms. It . . .just does not do it for me generally speaking and really doesn’t do it for me with the Psalms typically used. They just don’t resonate with me and if it doesn’t resonate then . . .how do I complete the spell?

Sure, as a writer I can occasionally come up with clever rhymes of my own but . . .it’s limited to a certain extent. It can be hard for me to really raise energy that way sometimes to put into the spell and to focus since I don’t have much of a meditation background. Well, you know what helps? Songs. Preferably modern songs. Think about things like Bards and how powerful their words can be. A really good song writer/singer/musical arrangement can be uberpowerful and really add a punch to your spellwork. It also really helps me focus because the song (I usually either “play” it in my head, actually play it or sing it, depending on the work) keeps my monkey brain busy enough to really focus on the work at hand. And as the words really crescendo, so does the spell. My suggestions are going to be v. based on what I’m into, you can substitute whatever you like and whatever works for you.

If you give this a try, drop me an email or a comment and let me know how it goes!

Florence + The Machine: Cosmic Love
Relevant Lyrics: The stars/ the moon/ have all been blown out/ you left me in the dark/ no dawn/ no day/ I’m always in the twilight in the shadow of your heart/ but in the dark/ I can hear your heart beat/ I tried to find the sun/ but then/ I was in the darkness/ so darkness I became/ The stars!/ The moon!

Florence + The Machine: Raise It Up (Rabbit Heart)
Relevant Lyrics: The looking glass, so shiny and new/ How quickly the glamour fades/ I start spinning, slipping out of time/ Was it the wrong pill to take/ Raise up it!/ We raise it up, this offering/ We raise it up/ This is a gift/ it comes with a price/ Who is the lamb and who is the knife?


Hole: Doll Parts
Relevant Lyrics: Yeah, they really want you, they really want you, they really do/ Yeah they really want you, they really want you, but I do too/ I want to be the girl with the most cake

The Tiny: Everything is Free Now
Relevant Lyrics: I could get a straight job/ I’ve done it before/I never minded working hard/ It is who I’m working for/ Or I could get a tip job/ gas up a car/ or try to make a little change/ down at the bar/ Every day I wake up/ Am humming this song/ and I don’t need to run around/ I can just stay at home/ and sing this little love song/ for the love in myself/ if there’s something that you wanna hear/ you can sing it yourself/ Cause everything is free now/ That’s what I say

Love/Lust Related Spells

Florence + the Machine: Drumming Song
Relevant Lyrics: Louder than sirens/ Louder than bells/ Sweeter than heaven/ And hotter than hell/ As I move my feet towards your body/ I can hear this beat/ and it gets louder and louder/ I run to the river/ I pray that the water will drown out the din/ But as the water fills my mouth/ It couldn’t wash the echoes out/ But as the water fills my mouth/ It couldn’t wash the echoes out/ I swallow the sound and it swallows me whole/ Till there’s nothing left inside my soul/ As empty as that beating drum/ But the sound has just begun. . . .

Fiona Apple: First Taste
Relevant Lyrics: I do not struggle in your web/ for it was my aim to get caught/ but daddy longlegs I fear/ That I’m finally getting weary/ of waiting to be consumed by you/ Give me the first taste/ heaven cannot wait forever/ Darling just start the chase/ but you must make the endeavor . . .

Rasputina: If Your Kisses Can’t Hold the Man You Love
Relevant Lyrics: Every time that I hear a woman cry ‘cos her man has left her flat
I just feel like saying, “don’t be such a fool, you fool.”/ Better dry your eyes, can’t you realize/ You gain nothing by that/ Well, that’s no way to keep his heart warm, baby,/ When his love grows cool/ Don’t cry for him or chase him/ Just go out and replace him/ With some good looking Tom, Dick or Jack/ ‘Cos if your kisses won’t hold the man you love / Then your tears won’t bring him back


The Pierces: Ruin
Relevant Lyrics: I do not want for you to be happy/ I do not want for you to be happy/ All that I want/ is for you to come to ruin/ all that I want/ is for you to come to ruin/ I want you to come to ruin/ I want you to come to ruin. . .

April March: Chick Habit
Relevant Lyrics: hang up the chick habit / hang it up, daddy, / a girl’s not a tonic or a pill / hang up the chick habit /hang it up, daddy, /you’re just jonesing for a spill / oh, how your bubble’s gonna burst / when you meet another nurse
she’ll be driving in a hearse / you’re gonna need a heap of glue / when they all catch up with you and they cut you up in two / now your ears are ringing / the birds have stopped their singing /everything is turning grey . . .

Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
Relevant Lyrics: He left no time to regret / Kept his dick wet / With his same old safe bet /Me and my head high / And my tears dry / Get on without my guy / You went back to what you knew / So far removed from all that we went through / And I tread a troubled track / My odds are stacked / I’ll go back to black / We only said good-bye with words / I died a hundred times / You go back to her / And I go back to black

Dresden Dolls: Backstabber
Relevant Lyrics: you always struck me as the type to take it lightly /but now you’re gonna have to shut your mouth or fight me/ backstabber, backstabber/ show us what you’re good for / stick it to the noise board / come on join the bloodsport/ backstabber, backstabber, backstabber . . .

Spell Sealing

The Pierces: Sticks and Stones
Relevant Lyrics: Seven times I pierce my heart/ and now you feel the magic start/ bind thy heart and soul to me/ As I do will/ so let it be. . .

Evanesance: Bring Me to Life
Relevant Lyrics: Wake me up inside/ wake me up inside/ call my name and save me from the dark/ bid my blood to run/ Before I come undone/ Breathe into me and make me real/ Bring me to life/ wake me up/ Wake me up inside. . .

Thoughts? Additions?

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
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In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


8 Responses

  1. onceinspired

    I love The Pierces and always got a strong spell-vibe from "Sticks and Stones" and "Ruin" as well. A lot of their songs, or at least parts of them, work very well for this purpose.

  2. Faerie Sage

    I wanted to pop over to your blog and thank you for all of your kind words, it is comforting to know that something up there isn't just screwing me! Thanks for that viewpoint its really quite refreshing! Thanks so much for the hugs and thoughts they are so kind and needed!

  3. catvincent

    Always a powerful set of tools.
    (It probably says a lot about me that I mostly use instrumental music – and then, mostly soundtracks!)

  4. I LOVE using modern music in spells!

    I've always felt my life was full of soundtracks, and have an easy time identifying with song lyrics, so I have entire PLAYLISTS of songs divided into spells and meditation themes.

    If I'm going to be working within a certain time frame, I'll program a list to correspond with gathering energy, with the Trigger song being the last one to set the spell.

    Once the spell is over, every time I hear the Trigger Song, I reinforce the spell and feed it more energy. Works great for long-term spells, and things that need results ASAP.

  5. a) Emerald Rose "Come to the Dance" and "Freya, Shakti"
    b)S.J. Tucker "Witches Rune"
    c)Catherine Madsen "Bring Back the Light"
    d)Blackmore's Night "Fires at Midnight"
    e)Marianne Faithfull "the witches song"

  6. I love song lycrics but never thought of using them in spell work. Fantastic idea – especially as they usually carry so much emotion behind the words. Thanks for sharing!

  7. BlackberryGirl

    As usual, one thinks one is the only person that does something and then! Wow, another person does it too.

    I started this long long ago…and one of the most powerful songs for me now is "The Battle Of Evermore". From the very first time I heard it, this song resonated in me so strongly and it was so natural to *use* it, borrow it, and then have very strong results.

    And I totally understand not using anything that doesn't feel right or resonate with your own self.

    Thank you for a wonderful entry.

  8. 2 Beyond the Paradigm

    Found your blog in my search for a chant to use at my altar. My goal is to reach out and connect with my twin soul as the clock strikes this eve… I am new to, and part of a pagan group here in South Dakota; we are online as Black Hills Pagans and Heathens. With your permission I would be honoured to have your blessing to browse your chants and use one of them in my search for my twin…
    Humbly, Thomas

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