Think about the last big idea you had in your life and how you shared it with a person who immediately made you feel bad about it. They criticized it, found mistakes in your plan, and they cause you to doubt all that you worked hard to do. How did that make you feel? It probably caused you to doubt yourself and your big idea. And you may have stopped going forward with your excitement before you even began. But what if you had kept silent? Would you have felt the same way? Magic is the same way.
Why Things are Secret
In the past, spells were kept quiet because those who practiced magic could be killed if they were uncovered. People needed to be private and discreet in order to be safe. No one ever talked about who the practitioners were and who cast spells. Later, magic was kept secret for privacy, but also as a part of some spiritual traditions. Some information was meant only to be known by certain people in a group of practitioners. And it would only be from years of study and challenges that the information would be revealed.
Today, it’s clear that spells and practitioners and witches are more public than they have been in the past, but silence is still revered and practiced. When you are silent, you keep the spell sacred. When you maintain silence, you show that you trust the spell to work without needing to be shared with the world.
The Power of Silence
A tenet in some practices of witchcraft is ‘To Keep Silent.’ This is held as a core practice because it allows spell work to maintain its power. When you are silent, you do not allow other voices to enter into the conversation, voices that could be problematic and dismissive. You also allow the spell to work on its own, without any other input from yourself. You allow the magic to be the thing that carries your intention to its end result. You can simply let go and let things happen as they do. The magic of the universe sees further than humans can, and it knows how many steps are needed to create the outcomes that are desired. It needs time and space and trust to move ahead with the things that are asked of it.
Silence allows magic to grow more potent. When you share a spell with others, it becomes a part of more people’s experiences. When only you and the spell caster know about the spell, then the power is contained and able to grow deeper.
How to Remain Quiet
If you’re ready to remain silent about your next magical working, then you need to simply keep the spell to yourself. It is ideal that you not share it with anyone, not even that you’re doing magic. Just allow the magic to work on its own, and don’t bring anything up in conversation. On your own, you might write down what is happening and what you notice about your life since the spell started. But you don’t want to share that information with anyone else. You might also want to avoid talking about anything to do with the spell until it’s completed. Once it is completed, you might want to talk about the spell, but some don’t. Some will keep it secret for a year and a day – or forever.
No matter what you choose to do, it can help to remain silent for some period of time. Let the magic be powerful and without input from anyone. Let it be the spell that can manifest all that you want.
Frequently Asked Questions about Spell Secrecy