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What is an Incantation: A Short Rhyme

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

An incantation is the collection of words that are recited as part of a spell or sometimes as the spell itself, such as a short rhyme spoken to make a wish at the sight of the first star of the evening. Incantations often take the form of chants and sometimes songs.


Incantations are not always required to rhyme; their effectiveness depends on intention and energy.

Incantations serve various purposes in witchcraft, such as manifestation, protection, and spellcasting.

The rhythm and cadence of incantations can influence their potency, enhancing the practitioner’s focus and connection to the energy being channeled.

Crafting personalized incantations can amplify their power, as they resonate more deeply with the individual’s intentions and desires.

Does it have to rhyme?

Many witches prefer to have their incantations rhyme. There is some advantage to this in that it makes the incantation easier to remember, particularly if it is one that will be used often, for calling the quarters for instance, but it is not necessary.

It is also helpful for an incantation to have a rhythm as this seems to have a soothing and focusing effect, making the incantation more pleasant to repeat, focusing the mind to aid in reaching altered states of consciousness and helping to build energy.

However, more important than rhythm or rhyme is the clarity of the incantation; incantations should be very clear and specific. While poetic language is acceptable, the incantation must be difficult to misinterpret.

What is the purpose of an incantation?

The purpose of an incantation during ritualceremony or spellwork is to make clear the purpose and direction of your working, to define your intent and send it out to the Universe and into your subconscious.

An incantation may be used to praise, evoke or invoke a deity, to enchant an object or to focus the mind.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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