There’s an adage in magick circles that you shouldn’t talk about this stuff openly. I don’t agree with that entirely (obviously), but I also absolutely think there’s something to it. This article stresses the importance, but it never really gets into why exactly, which articles like these seldom do as far as I can tell.
Here’s my take: there’s an aspect of our conscious reality that I like to call the unpredictability principle. This posits that our realm is art, and is good art typically super predictable? Nope. So if you have a vision about a series of events you’d really like to see transpire in the world, by constantly talking about how it’s absolutely going to happen, you’re actually lessening the potentiality that it will because of all that. Not killing the odds per se, but lessening them. Why? Nobody likes spoilers is the best metaphor I can come up with there really. The plot’s going to potentially change to correct itself around the ideas you’ve exteriorized, because if not, Snoresville. Anywho, here’s the article that made me think of how I should probably write an incredibly brief intro covering this concept superficially. (From Patheos Pagan):
“The witch’s pyramid is a concept with a lot of mystery around it. The actual origins of the witch’s pyramid have been hotly debated, but the first writings come from Eliphas Levi in his Transcendental Magic. The pyramid is made up of four corners or pillars. These four pillars come together in a point, just like a pyramid, as a focus. Combined the pillars direct the power of the witch – the power of magick. The four pillars or points of the witch’s pyramid are: to know, to will, to dare, and to keep silent.
Exploring the energy of these points is a lifetime of work and could easily infuse all of your magickal exploration. Each point of the pyramid is important in and of itself, possessing its own deep magickal information. Of the four points the one taken for granted, the one point social media has ruined, the point that is the most important, is the fourth pillar; to keep silent.
One theory on the pillar – to keep silent – being born is due to the dangers of being a witch. Secrecy was (and is) required for the safety of the coven and the witches involved. Many covens today still have a requirement of not speaking about who is in their coven for the protection of its members. Yes, silence is needed for the protection of the witches, but it is also more than that.
First Rule of Magick – Don’t Talk about Magick
Talking about your magickal workings diffuses the power of that magick. When you first complete a spell, the power of that spell is potent, pure, and strong. Talking about that activity, sharing your spell, or posting about it on social media, drains that power. Just like poking a small hole in a balloon, the power begins to leak. It may be a slow leak or the whole balloon may just rip apart; either way it weakens your spell.