PBP Fridays: V is for Voice

PBP Fridays: V is for Voice

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

~ Maya Angelou

How do you speak when you’re in ritual, in worship, working magic, making prayers? Do you speak aloud, or does your voice stay between your ears? Is your voice whispery, mumbling, humming, projecting loudly, flat, crackling?

It took me months before I was comfortable speaking the words of ritual outloud, and even then, it took me months more—and a voice lesson on CD—before I used my voice’s strength and pitch to support the words I was speaking.

Now my breath and the sound that is me both support my heka and my prayers without conscious effort. It was worth the challenge of starting.

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The human voice is the organ of the soul.Have you ever sung in shrine, in circle, when you’re alone (with all the gods and ancestors and spirits watching)? Do you sing praises, or songs, or prayers, or the very words of magic as though spellwork and songwork are one and the same?

It was my sister who first had the idea to sing the words of purification and offering in the Kemetic Orthodoxy rite of Senut. It was Hethert-Nut Who first requested songs of me in shrine—not even Kemetic songs, but just any songs, because She liked the sound of my voice. It was hard for me to sing into the silence of Her expectations.

I sing for Her and my other Netjeru regularly now, songs I’ve made for Them and songs from others that They and I both love. It’s still hard to break the silence in shrine—and still so worth it when I do.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

~ Neil Gaiman

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