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Beliefs of a Witch
« on: July 09, 2011, 04:44:07 AM »
 First and foremost, I do not believe that there should be a set of rules for how a witch should live. Witchcraft is a highly personal path and interpretation and modification should be encouraged. That said, there are a few basic guidelines that are fairly core to the religion. Read and think about each of the ten goals below and decide if you could apply them to your life or if they would clash with something else you hold, but do not cast them off simply because they require change or difficulties.
 Below them you will find the basic rules and ideas behind the craft. Again think about each of them and consider how you might follow them.   
 The Goals of a Witch
  • Live in harmony with nature, the world, and people.
  • Respect all paths whether or not you agree with them. Do not impose your own beliefs upon others through acts of evangelism or conversion.
  • Respect your body, and keep it healthy and pure through practices such as exercise, healthy eating, and meditation.
  • Celebrate life and living. Don't just exist.
  • Attune with the cycles of the earth.
  • Respect all people, regardless of sex, age, race, culture, class and religion.
  • Respect and revere the God and Goddess in their many forms.
  • Always focus on learning and understanding for personal growth through reading, practicing your craft, and accepting the advice and wisdom of others.
  • Harness and develop your power and nurture a kind of union with the gods and powers of nature.
  • Create balance in your own life by embracing all the above.
  • Self-generated power can be sent in non-physical way, having real affects in the world.
  • Everything you do will be returned threefold, in some form. This is called the rule of three:
   "Ever mind the rule of three,
 Three times what thou givest returns to thee,
 This lesson well, thou must learn,
 Thee only gets what thou dost earn"
 [/c][/t]    [size=0pt]         [/size]This is heard in many forms, but this is the version I learnt. It implies if you treat others well you will be treated well in return, both by others and by higher powers. If you are cruel you will be punished or treated badly. This is not to say the return will necessarily occur in this lifetime, but may become evident in your next life or afterlife.
 
  • The Earth is our home and our Goddess. It is not a tool to be subjected to abuse. It must be respected and preserved, and there are healing rituals that can be performed to aid this.
  • We don't charge for private lessons or for initiation. Physical objects (pentacles, knives, wands, incenses, oils, books) and services (such as public classes and counseling) can and should be paid for, but not personal, private Craft instruction or initiation. Realize that there are people who may try to take advantage of you. Be very wary of things like private classes and private tutors. I've heard too many horror stories about some of these people. Just be careful and trust your instinct. It is the most powerful form of magick you carry.
  • We DO NOT sacrifice animals or people in rituals.
  • We do not accept the existence of a devil or hell. While their may be demons and spirits or evil or bad intent, they are not the personification of evil or sin as in Christianity. They are merely more beings in the universe we must learn to live in harmony with.
  • Witches do not cause harm to others. Unless in self defense, and this should be done with extreme caution. "An ye harm none, do what ye will" is the rede of witches. It is the primary beliefs and I strongly recommend you listen to the advice. When couple with the rule of three it is a very strong deterrent from doing wrong. However, it is not like the Christian devil who acts like a demigod bogeyman. It is not a system of punishment, just a guide to how you should treat others. Every religion has one of these, such as the Christian, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Unlike the Christian rede it is not an active guideline. It is not telling you to go to the world and do good deeds. Merely stay out of peoples' ways, don't tread on toes, and be kind when a situation arises. Every time you go to cast a spell, you should ask yourself whether its effects might harm someone, either through physical or mental assault, or by depriving them of something, such as taking away their property or loved ones or simply taking away their control of the situation. (This is one reason why love spells are a really, really bad idea.)
  • Just calling oneself "Witch" and buying the accessories does not make one a Witch, but neither does hereditary title or the collection of initiations or degrees. It is a life-long process of growth and understanding. This is a path you must actually live. Unlike many more established and dogmatic religions, followers can choose to just show up to church once a week and forget it the rest of the time. Witchcraft is a self-motivating pursuit. You must set goals for yourself and focus on always learning and incorporating the practices in your life.
May you be blessed in all you do, say, think and in your actions.

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