The Witches’ Pyramid
also known as the 4 Powers of the Magus

To know, to dare, to will, to be silent

The Pyramid refers mostly to the practicing of magick.

To know -The begining of the 13 goals of a Witch to know oneself to know ones craftI belive you can not achieve success in your craft till you know your true self and yet we are always in a process of evolving growing and developing 

Ceremonial magick, especially that which survived through the Christian era, requires extensive knowledge of numerology, astrology, mathematics and more. While such studies have little place in Wicca, we still value knowledge. Everything we learn contributes another piece of the overall picture. It’s why so many of complain today of Bunnies who “read one book and think themselves expert.” Wicca also requires knowledge and understanding of the gods – not book learning, but personal experience.

To dare – One must be willing to take risks, to approach their tasks boldly and face the mysteries we investigate and experience. Wicca is not all goodness and light. One must be willing and able to face down the bad as well as the good, embracing the whole. However, this does not mean we should enter into things brashly or without thought, for that would negate the first phrase, “to know”.

To will – If you do not believe you can succeed, you will not succeed. This is more than a simple acknowledgment – it must be a deep and heartfelt belief. You cannot fake you way past the gods. And yet, you should not shy away from those things that might contradict your belief, as that would negate the first two phrases, “to know” and “to dare”. Crowley’s Thelema centers solidly around the concept of power of will.

To be silent – The Wisdom of the Crone teahes us the more we know the less we need to brag and the wisdom to know when it is best to keep hush. It is not wise to share everything wiht everyone

There are several meanings attributed to this phrase. The one I find most appropriate in this day and age is that one should not brag or threaten others concerning their magick. Magick is a divine gift, not some big, shiny stick to wave in crowds for attention.

Magick loses its potency when it is openly discussed before the it has worked