The Witches Pyramid, as seen through the eyes of SnowyOwl
Performing Practical Magick in an Impractical World
An old teaching, it has been said that it comes from ancient ceremonial magicians (magus, magi). These are the five basic laws of witchcraft, and what you'll find in the teachings of most any wiccan coven or tradition. They are derived from the "Magician's Manifesto", also known as the "Hermetic Quaternary". They each have an elemental correspondence:
1: To Know - (East - Air)
They say knowledge is power. I believe this to be true. Knowledge comes from reading, learning and understanding the powers of the many elements of magick. Read every book you can, but know that not all books will present the exact same concepts - especially when it comes to basic spell-writing structure. Take from them what resonates with you. Know your occult correspondences - numerology, moon phases, astrological correspondences, symbols & sigils, tarot, runes, etc. These are immutable and absolute. Learn them, know them, live them.
Most importantly: KNOW YOURSELF. You should know exactly what it is you want, what outcome you desire. There's also an old saying that "KNOWLEDGE IS POWER". A witches power comes from within, as well as from the universe. That power is enhanced by learning, seeking, and experiencing.
2: To Will - (South - Fire)
Now that you have all this knowledge, can you bring forth the desire needed to perform the act/spell/ritual? Believe in yourself, believe in your magick. That generates the desire, the will.
3: To Dare - (West - Water)
To explain this, I'll take the standard dictionary definition of the word "dare" and run with it. You need sufficient courage. Have the courage to contend against, venture or try (to perform that action). Challenge yourself to perform an action, especially as proof of that courage. You may have read all the books there are to read, and written the perfect spell, but if you don't DARE yourself to perform the act - you'll never manifest the outcome you are looking for.
4: To Be Silent - (North - Earth)
As I'm writing the above (#4), I pictured the earth - and more broadly the universe, that we live in. So much of the beauty of this earth is manifested silently. Seeds planted, roots take hold, trees and plants and flowers bud and blossom. Outwardly, stars and planets align. All silently.
But, To Be Silent means just that. It's going to hurt you in the long run if you finish your spell or ritual, and then go chatting about it with friends in the mundane world. All of the energy you built up and released during your spell work will dissipate - much like sticking a pin in a balloon. Think of all the energy you put out when blowing up a balloon. If there is one pinhole, that balloon will deflate. You may think that if you tell your best friend, he or she is going to just support you and infuse more positive energy. You don't know that for sure. Why take chances?
5: Love (Above - Spirit)
Didn't think about this one, did you? Well, I'm throwing it in here because it's a part of my belief. As I said earlier, a witches power comes not only from within, but from without. That's Spirit. The Universe, The Gods and Goddesses. Make sense? It's my belief that any magick born out of hatred, rather than love, will not only fail miserably - but more than likely backfire on you, creating an even BIGGER set of problems. Some call it "karma". You decide.
Now - you might say, "But Snowy, I HATE that person who hurt me, hurt an animal, hurt a child, etc., and I want to do something to STOP them!". Ok, I get it. But remember this: do your magick out of LOVE of the one who has been hurt, not HATRED for the one performing the mean or nasty deed. If the act was against you - do a spell for yourself that will protect you or change your way of thinking so that those actions do not affect you any longer. Remove the person from your life the mundane way and do magick to give yourself the courage to keep it that way. It's my belief that love really does conquer all.
I hope you find this both interesting and informative.
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In Her Service,