5 of Diamonds: 20 Incantations (I)

So I have a lot to say about the manga/anime Bleach, most of it fairly negative, but there is one thing I can definitely say I love about it: the spell incantations used. They are just so poetic in seemingly unrelated ways to the actual spells, which tend to be fairly boring. Still, I love this style of incantations for spells, even without actually having a spell to go with them.

This is just a list of twenty incantations, written in the style of the Kido incantations from Bleach. I have ideas about what each spell does, which I might fill in in a later post, but I am curious about what other people think the spells might do. If you want to use the spell incantations in your own work, or want me to come up with an incantation for a particular spell, just ask!

1. “Freeze the fire and burn the seas. Clear the storm and cast over the blue skies. Soften iron, harden blood, sit below the crumbling cliff and cast yourself into the skies.”

2. “Thirteen locks, Thirteen screams, twelve puzzles, eleven hands, nine fingers, six flowers, one tomb. Reverse the sequence, swallow your pride, break the fourteen barriers of heaven.”

3. “The banshee stands silent, the dragon grounded, the mage labours in the fields. The vines eat the tower, the glass breaks apart. Metal, ash, stone. Life flows back to the sea, and the world spins and returns to its origin.”

4. “Starve the fed, let the seas become deserts, freeze the warm, awaken the sleeping. Feed the starving, water the thirsty soil, shelter the cold, let the exhausted rest. North becomes south, darken the sun, light the night, change the coin and cheat the dice.”

5. “We who plant seeds of hope, wander this changing forest. Birds fly left, rats run right, stand in the shade and eat the fruit of the poisoned tree”

6. “Judge of the 18 castles, pass your sentence. Four triangles, three pentagons, six circles. The ground cracks and the waters part. Separate the shadows and render the world as their jail cell.”

7. “The temple guards fail the priests. The altars turn to dust, the congregation choke on their hymns. Render apart your skin, scavengers in this hall, and become dogs howling in fear.”

8. “The silk worms sacrifice, the dye boils. Swing below me, wrap around my wrist, follow my fingers. Repeal, reflect, remain. The first verse of threads sings out in the clank of armour, the rustle of dresses”

9. “Gather the thousand spiders here. The copper is our foundation, the clouds our scaffolding. Build, Bend, Bridge. The second verse of threads sounds in the city’s chorus and the traveller’s safe footsteps.”

10. “A single wire cuts across the skin. Lightning imprisoned in two states of being. Power, produce, provide. The third verse of threads harmonises with the tongue of every human.”

11. “The blacksmith beats out the chain for her mistress. Six games, fourteen terrors. Control, confine, combine. The final verse of threads fills the new silence of your minds.”

12. “Take one step, dig a grave. Take two steps, build a shrine. Take three steps, empty a well. On the fourth step, bow your head, and wait for the executioner’s axe.”

13. “The compass spins twice, you cut once. Blue cairns, red fences, black heath. The mountain’s pass fills with snow, yet we leave no footprints.”

14. “The grasshoppers swarm and the locusts sing. On the hill, a farmhouse burns. Mark the boundaries with shells, bind the walls with teeth. Choke down soil and spread your arms in the sun.”

15. “Bonds break, jaws crack. A platinum hand stirs the sand and sapphire fingers build their castle. Hexagons of love within wheels of plots. Cast sand in their minds, blow our secrets to the wind.”

16. “Six tomes of knowledge, twelve tomes of memories, eighteen tomes of emotions. The library’s windows crack, the lock opens. Nineteen steps, thirty vertebrae, golden stitches. In the silence, we meet and I listen.”

17. “Below the city, the centipedes clatter, the millipedes shake. On the street, rats scatter and cats chase. The streets are unnamed, the glass windows open. Three hunters stand still, jewelled eyes fly.”

18. “Papers lie unread in tombs, diamonds breed in vaults. Three beads to the left, nine on the next row. The coins clutter the board, blocking the pawns. The hammer bends the metal, the bracelet binds the wrist. Scatter the idle objects, and bring their parts to the empty table.”

19. “To my right stands the sea, to the left the sky. Red clouds, flowing wind, spear of steel. Cloths rub the amber, the song sounds out late.”

20. “Understand your place, those who stand here now. Lift the children, step upon the old, watch the trees you planted grow, bloom and whither. Names are forgotten, bones are rock, and the stars watch on.”

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