There is a tenet in some magical practices that talks about a witch’s pyramid. In that pyramid’s points are ‘To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silent.’ It is said that a witch should be willing to keep all those things in balance and to follow the tenets in all they do. The idea of keeping silent is one that has continued across magical traditions, helping practitioners and believers not only with the protection of themselves and the work, but also of the magic they want to bring into being.
Protection of self
While there are many people who want to let everyone know they are practicing magic, not everyone is the same way. There are many who might persecute someone who was ‘out’ as a witch, so the very practice of secrecy is a must. The person who is casting the spell cannot talk about who they are doing the work for and the person having the work done cannot tell anyone who is helping them.
In this secrecy is the ability to keep everyone safe from outside problems. And it creates a bond between the two people. If one person tells someone else, then they immediately implicate themselves too. But if the person keeps the secret, everyone can be safe and know they are not going to be found out.
Protection of teachings
Another reason why spell secrecy is so important is to protect the integrity of the teachings. If the teachings can remain secret, the people who are practicing the magic can continue without the teachings being misrepresented. But if the teachings are spread around, there is a greater likelihood of the teachings being corrupted for less than ideal purposes.
In addition, some traditions hold it sacred to keep teachings secret unless the person has been trained and initiated in the tradition. Once the training has been completed and the student has deemed themselves worthy, the student can then learn how to perform certain rituals and rites. And outsiders will not be given a glimpse into the secret workings of the group of witches or magic workers.
Protection of magic
The most important part of the secrecy of spells is the protection of energy. When you talk about a spell, you release the energy of its intention into the world. There, it can be criticized or it can be interpreted by someone who has no idea of the original intention. Those thoughts and opinions might be well-meaning, but if you hear nothing but negative feedback about your spell, then you might start to doubt that it’s going to work. And when you begin to doubt, the spell can begin to weaken.
If you keep your spell to yourself, you’ll also be able to maintain the energy that you used to create the spell in the first place. The spell will be safe and sound with the person that truly understands its purpose and its goal. You can know that magic is working and that it will work in the time that is best for the outcome.
When you trust in magic, you don’t have to tell anyone what you did or why you did it. You can simply believe in the magic and know it will work. You might decide to tell someone after the spell has been completed, and that will not impact the spell’s effectiveness.
Secrecy protects the spell caster and secrecy protects the teachings and secrecy protects the spell. Keeping the magic to yourself will empower you, fortify you, and it will hasten the magic you seek. You don’t need to tell a soul to make something real.