KNOW WILL DARE KEEP SILENT

Unicursal KNOW WILL DARE KEEP SILENT Propaganda Poster from Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information

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To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions–an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE–such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolical forms of the sphinx.
Eliphas Lévi, Transcendental Magic


Wisely they have been kept in the forefront of true magical instruction. Even the tyro can always rattle off that he has to know, to dare to will and to keep silence. It is difficult to write on this subject, for these powers are indeed comprehensive, and the interplay of one with the other becomes increasingly evident as one goes more deeply into the subject.

But there is one general principle which seems worthy of special emphasis in this place. These four powers are thus complex because they are the powers of the Sphinx, that is, they are functions of a single organism.
Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice, Chapter XXI Of Black Magic of the Main Types of the Operations of Magick Art and of the Powers of the Sphinx