5 Secrets Every Witch Should Keep (for Members Only)
For Members Only. Witchcraft is out in the open these days. You can find a myriad of information online about witchcraft written by witches and for witches. There are books and witchy paraphernalia in the stores and malls. I guarantee you’ll even run into someone at the store wearing a crystal or patchouli oil. Magick is everywhere it seems. And while we want to scream our witch-hood from the rooftops, sometimes there are things a witch should keep secret. Here are five sacred things only a witch and her spirits should know.
Noscere Auder Velle Tacere: To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silent. (Four Powers of the Magus)
1. Spirit and Familiar Names
Traditionally, a witch was either given or attained a familiar spirit (or two) to aid in her magical workings. And, also traditionally, the witch should never give away the name of her familiar. ESPECIALLY not to other witches. Why? Names have power. Go back and read the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin if you don’t believe me. If another witch knows your familiar’s name, your familiar could be bound and/or used against you. So, for your power and your familiar’s sake, keep his or her name between the two of you.
2. Fine Details of Spells and Rituals
While we find spells and rituals in step-by-step tutorial online (and even on this website), there are fine details of a personal spell and/or ritual that should not be given away to the general public. The fact of the matter is your spell or ritual will lose some (if not all) of its power if not kept between you and the forces that be. This has been known for centuries. So talk about that spell you did, but maybe don’t give out every single detail. And if you share with others, leave a few things out or change them to keep them between you and your craft.
3. Initiation Process and Experience
Today there aren’t many witches initiated into a coven. Many are solitary. BUT if you are a witch who’s been initiated into a coven or a certain tradition, you might be asked to keep the initiation ritual and experience to yourself. Again, it was custom in covens of the past to keep this process secret and sacred. If word got out how a witch was initiated, then it could be used against the coven and/or lose its mystical powers. Similar to how fraternities and other secret orders keep their initiation processes secret.
4. Magical Names
When you’re initiated into the craft, via coven or on your own, many of us choose or are given magical names. This is a name that is separate from your given birth name. Your magical name typically honors a particular deity or aspect of nature. While you don’t have to keep your magical name only to yourself, you should keep it between you and other witches ONLY. This means don’t tell your non-witch friend your witch name. It should be used only in ritual and around other witches.
5. Energy Raised
There are many different ways to raise energy for spell-workings and ritual. Dancing, singing, chanting, visualization, sexual energy, etc. are all ways to raise the needed energy to cast for a magical intention. While we can talk about how to raise energy, we shouldn’t necessary tell the world how we personally raise energy for certain rituals and spells.
It’s Up To You.
While it’s totally up to you what you share or don’t share with other witches and the world, these are things that I have learned to keep secret and therefore sacred. These are things that covens and solitary witches have known for years. Share with others about your craft, but know what to share and what not to share. Noscere. Auder. Velle. Tacere.