The Witches’ Pyramid #4/4 – To Keep Silent
Silence is golden, according to the old saying. Remaining silent seems to be one of the hardest things that anyone can do, especially in the face of different pressures.
It’s human nature to want to brag about the accomplishments and choices that we make. I believe this stems from the desire for approval from others and validation of those choices. This desire is normal, but in magic it can be dangerous and counterproductive.
The major component of any spell is the willpower of the caster. Just about everyone can agree on that. Belief in yourself, your spell, the magick you raised, the inevitable outcome of the spell – all have to be absolutely trusted in to ensure success.
So why would anyone want to voluntarily give away their power and the success of the spell by talking about it to others? That’s the core of this corner, staying Silent – not to hide the spells from others, but to keep others’ disbelief from affecting the belief of the spellcaster.
I mean, the very act of casting a spell sounds ridiculous on the surface, to the layperson. I took this power out of the universe and tempered it with the knowledge with the goal that I would get what I desire. I lit candles and chanted words – basically, I did all this ritual stuff, and I will get what I want. Sounds nuts, right?
Well, it is, and it is all based on a faith that our Will cannot be denied. No matter how open minded some non-magickians are, they will refuse to see that they do the same thing (perhaps in a different way) with their rituals and religions. It is nothing but believing in something that cannot be proven. This comparison tends to make most people very uncomfortable.
Why? Most of us are raised in modern Western Society to be rational. We are encouraged to give up pretending and fantasy play at an early age, and encouraged to start living in the “real world.”
But even though the world of magick is a rational one, with rules and laws that need to be obeyed and which can be bent in very specific circumstances, it looks from the outside to be a world of fiction. Mummery, blue smoke and mirrors, wish fulfillment, hope and coincidence is all magick looks to be.
First, convincing yourself that magick actually works and that you can do it is a huge step, one that is absolutely necessary. This leads me back to this corner of the Pyramid.
Casting a spell, putting yourself in that mindset where you Know to the bottom of your soul that you will have this outcome is a major accomplishment and a critical step. Talking to your best friend about that is likely to lead to a conversation in which your friend questions your sanity. He will probably quiz you long and carefully to make sure that you haven’t slipped a cog in your brain.
This, then, will possibly make you question your own sanity. Maybe you really are just living in a world of fantasy? Perhaps it is possible that you dreamed it? Was there something in that ritual wine? Were you drunk?
This trend leads directly to you starting to doubt your own spell, and thus canceling your own power in the magick.
Honestly, it is incredible that any spell works when people often completely counter the spell by doubting it after the fact. One of the most common pieces of advice that I have heard given to new practitioners of arcane and esoteric paths is that you must continue to believe in the spell and the process of the spell after you finish.
Therefore, talking to a friend and discussing it with them will erode your belief. In fact, simply wanting to get their input can be a subconscious need for their approval, and thus their Will as part of your spell. If that approval is not forthcoming, it can have a tremendous effect and possibly cancel the spell entirely. You should strive to need nothing outside your own conviction.
Additionally, their belief (or doubt) now becomes a direct component of your spell, not just as approval. Their disbelief is now warring with your belief and it will cause problems for you in attaining your desires.
You will be setting yourself up for failure by inviting them and their opinions into your spell. It’s much easier to simply Keep Silent and not put yourself (or them) in that position.
One more thing to think about in this corner of the Pyramid: Think about every time you knew a secret or something that your friends didn’t. Remember how it gave you a sense of power, of control, of being better than everyone else? That’s an altered state of consciousness. Walking around knowing a secret about your spell puts you into that altered state of consciousness and keeps you there. This effectively puts you permanently in Sacred Space, in the same frame of mind you are in when casting the spell.
This makes any simple act of life a magickal act and a sacred act. Living in a state where everything is a magickal act is the very core of Crowley’s definition of magick, “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”
Holding a secret from everyone means that you will automatically be in that altered state. While in that altered state, things taken on a different hue, and you can see patterns you never noticed before. Everything changes around you, and you begin to see the interconnectedness of all.
When the mundane becomes the sacred and everything is an act of Will – that’s when magick is most effective. That is when the promise of “change in conformity with Will” becomes the tool to cause the world to move.
Knowing when to start the changes is paramount.
Willing the change into being is the next step.
Daring to begin effecting those changes to occur and then remaining Silent about those changes until they are fulfilled is the means of having Magick in your daily life, inseparable and one with you completely. Attaining that point is the alchemy of life, the way to transmute the base metal we start as into the Gold of a spiritual being.
The old magical masters knew this. The Magician’s Pyramid promised this, but like most of their advice, they had to hide it in common sense sayings that could mean anything to those who stumbled across them, hiding in plain sight the essences of magick.
It is only when we see that advice from the perspective of knowledge that we realize the hidden message in it.
A pyramid is a perfect shape for these corners. Each corner or point is dependant on each other, and each supports each other, none higher than any other and no part more important than any other part. The pyramid can be turned on any side, and it still supports itself and supports us.
I have enjoyed writing this examination of the Pyramid. I hope I have given you something to think about with regard to this old piece of advice.
©2007 Eric “Daven” Landrum. Edited by Sheta Kaey.
Eric “Daven” Landrum is a Seax Wiccan and the author of Daven’s Journal.