This is a post that has been on my mind for some time now. Knowledge, Wisdom, and Intelligence: Are they interchangeable? Equal to one another? Additionally, what do they have to do with Magic and the Craft? I want to take some time to write about each of them so I am going to make this a three part post. Please keep in mind that these are musings, meaning that what I am going to write is mostly based of my own experience and from my own heart. You may very well feel differently about these subjects then I, but I welcome our differences and would love to hear you thoughts in the comments section. I am also going to share what affect these ideas have on magic and in Craft work. Then I leave it up to the reader to share with me how these ideas affect their own magical work.
For me each of these stand out in their own way and each hold huge uniqueness over the others.
Walk with me on a path of exploration. This place that we travel to is one of worship and learning. It exists in all of us and at its very core holds the answers to all of our questions. Take my hand and listen not only to the words that are spoken but also to your own heart.
I have found these three words in conversation quite often recently. I start with knowledge because I believe that it deals with the base of our conversation. Knowledge for the basis of our conversation is the micro.
As we start our journey we start the path at the opening of a great field of flowers. With each step of your feet you are overcome. You feel your mind filling with the information of your surroundings. The names of the beautiful flowers flow through your consciousness , and close behind you feel their colors pass through you. You can taste, and smell them all at once. With each breath you gain even more then you thought was possible from the breath before it. You stand in this field and know what it is that surrounds you. As you gain an inner peace you feel a calm breeze that calms your spirit and lifts your heart.
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines knowledge as “the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association.” The word “know” is defined as “to perceive directly: have direct cognition of.” When I myself tried to define what I consider knowledge the best I could come up with is ownership of true facts, abilities, or experiences. I wanted to add abilities because I have the knowledge how to do certain things like play the guitar or swim, and I think that is different then facts and experience.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is important to separate information from knowledge. Information is all around us it is not until we have some familiarity with it that we can consider it knowledge. In my web searching to research the subject I ran across this. Check it out here http://www.tdan.com/view-articles/5108/, or read below:
Knowledge adds understanding and retention to information. It is the next natural progression after information. To have “knowledge” requires information in conjunction with patterns between data, information, and other knowledge, couples it with understanding and cognition.
I really like that as a definition as it really encompasses the idea between understanding and retention. To know we have to get the information and then retain it.
Information is not knowledge. – Albert Einstein
So how can apply this to our Craft. I found myself in my youth of witchcraft a real information whore. I couldn’t get enough of it. Every book, and person I met meant that I could grow in what I thought was knowledge and power. I started buying books, and writing my favorite things down in a Book of Shadows. It really meant nothing. I was going through the motions of what I thought was the right way to go but it was shallow because my growth was not from knowledge of the subjects I was studying. If you were to ask me what half of it meant I couldn’t really tell you. I was really good at the “This is what Witches are not” conversation but not so good at what Witches are. There was a certain depth that was missing and so was true magic also missing. The first two goals of the witch are 1. Know yourself, and 2. Know your craft. I knew I wanted to be a witch but although I had gathered the proper information, I did not know my craft because I didn’t feel it and had little familiarity.
Own what you want to know and make it yours. Don’t just right down the definitions and correspondences, live them. Meditate over the true meanings and how they move you. Only when you do this will you truly gain understanding and broaden your knowledge of such things. It is a journey that may mean hardship, but your magic will reap the benefits.
What the Tarot says about Knowledge: A Single card pull from the Tarot
Eight of Swords. Do not be confined to your current skill set. You must strive to know the things you do not know.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius
As we step from the field of flowers you ground yourself on the tiny gravel stones of the small walkway. Your feet feel lighter as we continue down the path. Just ahead is a hill. “Just ahead is learning to apply the knowledge you have.” You wonder about what is ahead but is yet unknown.