People who are newly come to their path are often confused by the wealth of information available, explained differently on every website, in every book and from each person they meet. Take for example the Witches Pyramid. You can find the pyramid everywhere on the Internet. It is one of those pieces of information passed around from site to site, book to book, and memorized by almost every new witch. The most important thing to remember about the pyramid, or any other information you find, is that it is just as open to interpretation as everything else.
Our interpretation of the pyramid:
To know: to have the knowledge that the craft imparts.
To will: to have the capability to use the knowledge.
To dare: to put the knowledge to use for yourself and others.
To be silent: not to force the knowledge upon those who may be frightened by it or unwilling to learn.
Some witches and even some groups will act as if they are the “one true way of witchcraft” and that anyone practicing in a different manner is wrong, foolhardy, dangerous or even fake shudder evil for not believing the way they do. Certain traditions and groups are known for touting themselves as the purest, the best, or the most powerful, others are more accepting of differences. They know that there is no such thing as “one true way” and they do not pretend otherwise. If you want to follow a specific path, even one that claims to be the one true way, and be inducted into their membership, if it feels right to you, then more power to you, it sounds as if you have found the correct path for yourself. However, if it does not feel right, if you feel uncomfortable with their ways, the practices seem “off” to you then do not settle for their way of doing things just because they say it is the proper way. Seek further for your special path. It is there, you just need to find it.
As my late husband used to say, “Everyone is born with a built in bullshit detector”, use yours! Learn to trust your instincts. You know when something does not feel right. You can tell if someone is feeding you a line. Even if you really want to belong to a certain tradition or certain group, it would be better to be a solitary practitioner than to tie yourself in with a group that does not suit your true needs. A brilliant man once wrote:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
These words teach us a valuable lesson; they are words for everyone, in my opinion, especially witches, to live by in order to achieve happiness in our own lives.