To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Be Silent—these are the four cornerstones of the Witch’s Pyramid which is an integral part of both magick and manifestation. Much like a recipe each element must be present otherwise success is very low or nonexistent. Perhaps someone will get lucky and manifest a desire a couple of times without following all four of these sides but often it won’t happen continuously. Each part corresponds to an element upon which our magick must equally be balanced and built upon as everything within the universe is comprised of the five elements. I say five because I do count Spirit as one as it permeates everything in life. It’s the life within all.
We call it a pyramid though it really is represented as a star, the pentagram, which makes more sense given that it’s our religious symbol. That is why pictured above is a star and not a pyramid. It’s not a mistake. Promise. Let’s return to the elements and the correspondences for just a moment as this isn’t the point of the post but instead a side note (though a very important one at that!). To Know belongs with Air which makes sense as air relates to communication, knowledge, and thinking. We must have knowledge and learn on this practice. While intuition is great and ought to be used, we must also read to learn more about something before attempting to perform it. Of course, knowledge isn’t only gleaned from the printed page but regardless of how one learns, the point is one must.
Next, we turn to To Will. Most books and people would say this corresponds to Fire which while I understand the reasoning, it doesn’t sit well with me. Instead I think of it as Water. Why? Simply put, our emotions (ruled by water) are what cause us to desire something and it is through our desire that we will it into being. Before we even take any sort of action, we must possess an emotional response, an investment, in what it is we’re manifesting otherwise there’s no fire to it. There’s no need. I think we first think it then must involve our emotions. We have to feel it within before we can even begin to take actions towards obtaining it. This was actually the goal of the post—to discuss emotion and manifestation so I’ll return to it in just a moment.
Instead let’s continue to To Dare. This is where water is traditionally labelled but to me daring is all about courage and the fire within. You must truly find your inner strength and force to step forward towards your goal. Maybe I just picture a group of ancients around Yule alongside their bonfires and torches asking if you dare traverse the longest night of the year so that you may arise again. Regardless, daring to me is just something so fiery and primal that I can only decide fire for it.
Lastly, To Be Silent is earth. This is probably one of the hardest aspects for the new witch but there’s a reason to it. Some people say another as well. To begin with, the new witch may be bursting with giddiness or excitement and want to tell some of their friends and/or family. However, they may not be as excited and in fact could even work to negate your work—without even realizing it! Some people state that this also stems from the Burning Times when speaking about your craft could even become a death sentence and land a witch with the witch hunters. Earth is stable and secure which when you have enough belief and a firm enough foundation then you’re secure within your own work. This could lead one to not even feel the need to blab as sometimes insecurity or worry is why some feel the need to talk to another to figure out where they went wrong.
Now that we’ve covered the Witch’s Pyramid, which encompasses all magick, we can turn to the emotional investment that I was speaking about earlier. Have you ever tried to manifest anything only to have it completely flop? Going back, was your heart in it? Were you emotionally invested? We have to feel something for what we’re trying to attract—it creates a specific vibration—which helps send that out into the universe. We have to feel excitement, love, joy, bliss, or something like that. Without emotions is there really a desire? Would you care about the outcome? Your emotions are what charge the spell. That’s why there are some witches who say that if a need is great (which means you’re emotionally invested) then it doesn’t matter whether the moon’s in the right phase. If you’re strapped for cash and have a bill come in then I can guarantee you’ll have an emotional need to charge your spell. While all sides are important, I think this is one that some people could overlook—especially people who just want to do spells because that’s something witches do. They then get mad when the spells flop without realizing that their hearts and need were absent.
The next time your magick seemingly flops, ask yourself was your heart in it? Did you really need it? Did you really want it?
Remember: don’t hold too tight to it which being too emotionally invested can do. There has to be a balance and if you seek to control everything because you’re so invested then it won’t pan out. You’re not allowing the universe room to bring you something potentially much better. 🙂
Brightest of Blessings and Happy Manifesting!
The Autumn Witch