Many magickal spells you find on our blog, and other places, use anything from a few to a great many components in order to work effectively; however, sometimes less can be more when it comes to your witchery.
Simple spoken or thought only spells are easy to create, all it takes is a little time, imagination, and effort. As always, everything depends on the needs and desires of the witch doing the spell casting. Any problem a witch can address with a large spell they can address with a spoken spell or thought spell. Some of the major benefits of using spoken and thought only spells are that witches may use them anywhere, and on short notice. With no preparation needed, no physical components to compile or carry around, one cannot beat the convenience of simply speaking or thinking a specific set of words to achieve a desired result.
Whether you create a chant to speak, make a more extensive, or even a one sentence “spell”, you can use the spell wherever or whenever you wish. It allows a witch the opportunity to be private with spells in situations where the witch does not wish to draw attention to their spell casting.
Getting even more personal for the witch, they can create a unique one word spell by combining various sounds to express specific meanings, similar to creating a written sigil. Choose a goal and create a sentence. Play around with the sentence structure, choosing sounds that are pleasing from the sentence and combine the sounds in a new way. For an example, if you chose “I want a good job that suits me “, you may reorder the thought to create a single word, such as: sumejowango. To any other person, it sounds like nonsense, but the witch knows the ultimate intent behind the word. It can then be used, even on a current job around coworkers, or a boss that is making the witch miserable. Think it, speak it. The intent of the word is still occult. Once a verbal sigil has been created, it can be spoken once, or even chanted according to the witches will.
For those among us who were taught, or brought up with the idea that “proper” magick takes written components, candles, herbs, metals, stones, or other components, it can be difficult to make the jump to doing everything internally. Even though it simplifies the spells, it can leave an “otherwise trained” witch with the feeling that the spell is undone, incomplete, or useless. Nothing could be further from the truth. The energy and intent put into it, makes the spell. The spell, and especially the intent behind it, needs to be just as well thought out and focused as with any other magickal working. Just because a spell is simple does not mean you can throw it together with reckless or inattentive abandon and have it perform as you wish. Chaos begets chaos after all.
While more extensive spells and mid-range spells are preferred by many, including myself, a simple verbal spell can be just as effective when necessary. Mantras, affirmations, spell chants, wishing on a star, even making a wish as you blow out birthday candles are all great examples of spells, which need nothing but words, thoughts and energy.