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To Know, to Will, to Dare...
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To Know...to Will...to Dare...to be Silent. These four actions comprise The Witches' Pyramid, also known as The Four Pillars of the Witch's Temple. It is the capacity to embrace these four actions and use them wisely that makes any act of Magick possible. Until very recently, this was just a statement I had memorized and could issue forth if asked, "What is The Witches' Pyramid?"
"Oh! To Know, to Will, to Dare, and to be Silent. That is The Witches' Pyramid!" I’d heard it mentioned in a class or two, but I never gave it much thought. I also didn’t give the matter of being a Witch much thought! I was a member of a Wiccan coven. Mostly, I honored the God and Goddess and celebrated the cycle of seasons. I didn’t do much of that stuff called “spellwork”…money spells, love spells, spells to get a job or a new car, spells to keep the nosy neighbor away. Since I had done a few things, so I thought I was probably a Witch. It didn’t seem like a very big deal.
In my tradition, we follow an initiatory system by which a member might work toward attaining as many as five degrees. With each degree comes a new title, and when one attains the First Degree, one earns the title of Witch. I have learned, more than a year after my First Degree initiation, that the initiate steps through a sort-of gateway onto a higher level of practice... a level upon which s/he will become a witch. The day one is first hailed as Witch only marks the first entry into this stage of becoming. Now I realize that I was not a witch before my initiation, even though I occasionally did spellwork that was sometimes effective. I also was not a witch on the day of my first initiation, nor the month after that, nor the month after that. In fact, I did not see the change happening. But just a few days ago I really saw it for the first time! I AM A WITCH. Sometimes when we are very busy becoming, we are too busy to see when we become!
So what is it that makes a witch a Witch? It is a mindset. We can think we are a witch, give it so much thought that we convince ourselves, and talk about it so much that we convince other people too. But early in our practice, while we are thinking we are witches, we usually fall into one of three categories. We might have doubts about how good we actually are. We don’t offer to do spells or readings of any kind for people very often, because we really don’t think we do those things very well. And we hesitate to do spells about any things that are very important, because even though we believe that SOME people can do that, we don’t really believe that WE can.
Or we might think we are totally awesome and know everything there is to know about magick! And we might constantly speak up, offering our “expertise” to just about everyone: both those who aren’t experienced enough to know whether or not we know very much, and those who actually do know a lot, and can quickly tell that we do not! (If we are in one of the latter group, of course, we see a lot of winking and nudging going on, but always assume it’s not about us!)
Then, of course, we might not give the whole matter of being a witch very much thought. Witch…Wiccan…Who cares? We are just happy as clams to be one or the other, or something akin to them! We are busy practicing the new stuff that we learn, and every last bit of it makes us all agog. We are having fun and we feel excited! Changes are happening, and we realize this, but we don’t really try to define it. I was in the first group and the third. I was happy and excited. I didn’t really believe I could do magick, though by coincidence some of my spells worked. But I was enjoying so many other things along my path that this didn’t bother me.
Within the past week, a friend wanted my help in doing magick to procure some things she absolutely needed to have, in order to continue her education. I was quickly able to think my way to the core of her dilemma, to discern the very fundamental need, the one that, if she could get it, would make everything else fall into place. I knew what items we could use in our ritual, and once we began the work, the right words just poured forth and the energy flowed. I could almost see transformation occurring. The next day, she went to a meeting with the provost of the college she wants to attend, and sure enough, everything fell into place. My friend often encounters struggle with things she needs to attain, but there was no struggle that day. My first thought was, “We are two kick-ass Witches!”
This thought became coupled with the fact that I had recently agreed to write the elemental quarter calls for an upcoming ritual in which we will invoke the Sun God Helios into The Temple of The Sun, which will be raised atop The Witches’ Pyramid. Since I’ll need to make my casting and calling fit the ritual, I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about The Witches’ Pyramid. To Know… to Will… to Dare… and to be Silent. What does it mean, exactly?
When we speak of “to Know, ” what we mean is that we have developed the capacity to differentiate what we DO know from what we DON’T know. We are no longer the novices who think we’re very good at everything, causing others to wink and nudge. On the other hand, we have been learning and practicing for a long time, and we do know many things. We become a Witch when we no longer hold back from acting or doing because we’re really not sure of our ability or our knowledge. We become a Witch when WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW… when we truly, with no doubt whatsoever, from our hearts, BELIEVE that we have the wherewithal to manifest change!
When we speak of “to Will, ” we’re referring to the way we have come to live our lives. We have matured well beyond the point where we might have once chased after every whim, having no clue as to what would bring us lasting fulfillment and joy. As novices, we did not fully know ourselves. We become Witches once we are able to whittle away everything that is “beside the point, ” and can at last see “THE POINT” very clearly. The rising flame of our True Will burns all that is secondary to the point away. With goals clearly in sight, and our path to them unimpeded, we are able to go out and accomplish anything!
“To Dare” refers to emotions, to the mastery of our fears. We can know what we know, and know what we will, but until we will it so much that no fear or reluctance of any kind holds us back from taking action, we are not Witches. A Witch is wise, a Witch is strong, and a Witch is bold!
Lastly, “to be Silent” has to do with the wisdom of patience and discretion. We become Witches when that youthful need to show off all the tricks we know is gone. We become Witches when we understand the time when it is important to speak out…but also when it is far better not to. Sometimes action must be taken, but other times we need to ride the tide and let things unfold, as they will. “To be silent” is about knowing when to act, and when to quietly stand by. Some things are our business; some things are not; some things are simply unnecessary distractions best ignored! There are secrets that are absolutely meant to be kept. Have you ever noticed how, sometimes, those who know the most, talk the least, and those who know the least, talk the most? A Witch-to-be can usually tell those who know from those who don’t. A Witch has no need to make a big show of her skills and knowledge! We also know that there is still much to learn, which we can best learn when we are not doing the talking!
I am proud to be a Pagan, a Wiccan, and a Witch! My progress on this path, both on my own and with my covenmates, enhances and enriches my life. What I WILL, is to give forth as knowledge to others, the things that following this path has helped me to learn! Blessed Be!
Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc
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