The words spae, spay sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do spae, spay sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: spae, spay are homophones of the English language.
To divine, to foretell
To remove surgically the ovaries of (an animal).
Definitions from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.