Combined with the Law of Names
is the Law of Words of Power. This law is greatly used today, some think its usage is over exaggerated. Words or terms like
teacher, professor, doctor, technician, priest, the Pope hold some people in awe.
For example, many, especially Catholics, are just as overwhelmed by the Pope as ancient people were of the village witch
doctor or sorcerer. They believe him to be holy and possess a higher power which illustrates the Pope or witch doctor only
possess the power which people give them. If their authority was not recognized by the people their power would be worthless.
In the above example the Pope who is widely recognized is given respect. But, the reverse can also be true, strange and
mysterious words can effect people differently. The word "abracadabra" can have a great effect on some people, especially
those uneducated or who believe in magic, particularly when it is spoken by someone they respect. The word "abracadabra" has
no meaning by itself; however, its significance comes from its mysteriousness to the listeners and the authority of the one
saying it. If the listeners have little or no regard for either the word or the speaker then "abracadabra" loses all effect
on the audience.
The power of the sound of words is demonstrated in chanting which was used by ancient peoples as it is by Neo-pagans. Chanting
is the repetition of words and sounds which usually are meaningful to the ones chanting them. It is employed in religious,
ceremonial and magical rites. Chanting, often combined with dancing, drumming, rattling and hand-clapping is generally performed
to alter the consciousness and raise power.