The Witch’s Pyramid is considered to be the foundation and four pillars of all practical and esoteric magick. The building blocks are the same regardless of what magickal practice you follow: To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent. When all four powers are gathered together the fifth power occurs: To Go. Without the solid foundation, the cone of power will fail and manifestation will not occur.
To Know means that you will strive to learn as much as you are able in this incarnation and that you will apply this knowledge to your daily life. You will seek truth in all things and be willing to change your perception to align with the knowledge you gain.
To Dare means that you will push past all fear and that you will be courageous and proactive in all you do. You believe in yourself, your knowledge and abilities and have faith that what you are about to do will manifest.
To Will means that you will learn to focus your thoughts on your practice of meditation and visualization and that you have the motivation and drive to work toward manifesting your desires. You will meet obstacles and challenges finding a positive solution to overcome if necessary.
To Be Silent means that you will think before you speak and that you share information with those who truly want to know. You listen more than you speak and learn from all that you hear from not only the people around you but your complete environment. It means that you follow the etiquette of the witch and do not reveal any oath bound information.
To Go means that you will master the four pillars (energies) of the base of the pyramid and use them in a positive way to help yourself and others. To Go is known as the ultimate meaning of the Witch’s Oath of Service.
To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent, make up the four principles to what is known as The Witches’ Pyramid. These principals are very important to successful spell working. But what do they actually mean?
1. To Know
Know your correspondences. Research what kind of spell you are going to perform. What the spell requires. Why you need a certain candle color or oil, or why you are using a particular herb. Different Traditions do have different correspondences for color, plants, oils etc. Learn the moon phases and timings. The more you learn the more focused your energy will become. Adding to the power of your spell work.
2. To Will
This relates to you. You must have confidence in your spell for it to work.You must believe that magick does work.You need to be focused on what you are doing totally. Your spell needs your energy to work, if you do not provide your spell with the right energy, then your spell may not work, even backfire. Just having the props, without the will, will give you unpredictable results.
3. To Dare
Make a list, before doing the spell on exactly WHY you are doing the spell. Are there mundane ways of reaching your goal. Will the spell actually accomplish what you want? If you have mixed emotions or purpose than this can compromise your spell working. Know exactly why you are doing the spell. Be very clear in your own mind why you believe a spell will achieve the result you require.
4. To Keep Silent
Once you have performed your spell, you should not mention it or dwell on whether your spell has met its objective. Let the spell, do its work. Don’t waste energy worrying if a spell is going to work. That energy can be better used elsewhere. Don’t talk to another about your spell either. This may weaken the strength of the spell if the other person, questions or undermines your ability or whether the spell will work.
These principals may differ from tradition to tradition, but basically, what it boils down to, is having the confidence in the power within you. Believing in your magick. Follow the basic principals and your spell work will succeed every time.