The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus)

The Three-Fold Law

The Three-Fold Law is the belief and principle on which magick is used.  This law relates to the use of power and energy, for when used, power is returned to the sender, three times the level it was sent out.

Used in relation with the ethos, “Do what thy wilt, though it harm none” (as stated in the Wiccan Rede), witches take great care when preparing and casting spells that no harm should come to others because of it.

The nature of this three-fold return can perhaps be better understood when considering the cause and effect principle of a spell.  Let’s take an example – someone comes to you in distress with a problem, you help by sending out positive energy and the problem is successfully resolved.  This automatically makes you feel good about yourself and influences your thoughts; thus your state of consciousness is altered.  In turn your thoughts stir the emotions, which has a physical effect in the body by causing glandular secretions to enter into the blood stream.  The resulting state of mind and body lifts your spirit, which is what makes you feel good.  Thus with the act of a single good deed, you have been effected three times, in mind, body, and spirit.  This then is your three-fold response to the return of positive energy.  Now consider your response had you sent out negative energy or something went drastically wrong?


  The Law of Power

1.  The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or to control others.  But if the need arises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.

2.  The Power is used only as need dictates.

3.  The Power can be used for your own gain; as long as by doing so you harm none.

4.  It is unwise to accept money for the use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker.  Be not as those of other religions.

5.  Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and Magick.

6.  Ever remember that the Power is a sacred gift of the Goddess and the God, and should never be misused or abused.

7.     And this is the Law of the Power.


 The Four Powers of the Magus 

The Four Powers of the Magus are the personal attributes traditionally necessary and required for the successful use and practice of magick.  These are – To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent.  Without these four attributes combined, the individual will never be successful in magick.

The reasoning is quite simple; none of the attributes mentioned are enough in themselves, as all four attributes must be present to balance each other out.  For instance:

To Know – Knowledge is no good, without the will and audacity to see magick done.

To Dare – Audacity is no good, without the knowledge and will to see magick done.

To Will – Will power is no good, without the knowledge and audacity to see magick done.

To Be Silent – What good are the above, without the discretion to remain silent until the magick is done?  To reveal your magick before it is done, dissipates it’s power and effectiveness.

So, anyone aspiring to use magick, he/see needs a knowledge of what he/see is doing, the audacity to use it, the will power to control it, and the discretion to remain silent till the work is done.


Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  – By Raven Grimassi

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present – By Doreen Valiente

Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner  – By Scott Cunningham

Originally published on the website, Controverscial.Com