Originally Posted by Cado
Why use symbols or rituals when magic is entirely a force of the mind? Because symbols form archetypes which channel energy in a particular way, and ritual provides a predictable method for aligning your own consciousness with the desired goal. Polarity is no different-definition provides a foundation you can build upon. That some among the polarized work with a different set of labels and tools does not make them any less awake; they're still moving higher or lower along the spiral.
I guess it is similar to the reasoning behind the witch choosing her secret name, which helps her align with that magical self, as opposed to mundane reality.