Witches Of The Craft
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To be a Witch
To be a witch is to love and be loved.
To be a witch is to know everything, and nothing at all.
To be a witch is to move amongst the stars while staying on earth.
To be a witch is to change the world around you, and yourself.
To be a witch is to share and give, while receiving all the while.
To be a witch is to dance and sing, and hold hands with the universe.
To be a witch is to honor the gods, and yourself.
To be a witch is to be magick, not just perform it.
To be a witch is to be honorable, or nothing at all.
To be a witch is to accept others who are not.
To be a witch is to know what you feel is right and good.
To be a witch is to harm none.
To be a witch is to know the ways of old.
To be a witch is to see beyond the barriers.
To be a witch is to follow the moon.
To be a witch is to be one with the gods.
To be a witch is to study and to learn.
To be a witch is to be the teacher and the student.
To be a witch is to acknowledge the truth.
To be a witch is to live with the earth, not just on it.
To be a witch is to be truly free!
Magick is present in all of us. Whether we typically decide to ignore the signs and get caught up in our daily activities, work, family, and any other obligations, we might have. It is still present. Just waiting for you to discover it and the power within yourself.
There are no one sentence I can give you to describe Witchcraft. The Craft is an ancient practice, a gentle, earth-oriented religion that seeks truth and understanding, and a way of life that is meant to affect not only you but your entire surroundings. Witchcraft is the oldest known religion on this planet. Though, the practices and beliefs amongst fellow witches differ. Some chose to worship ancient Pagan deities, and recognize the duality of the Divine as one force that incorporates both God and Goddess, male and female. Witchcraft encourages the respect for nature, stresses concern for our fellow man and the planet and acknowledges that ever life is precious and should be revered in all things.
Some believe Witches has no set rules to live by or follow. We have no dogma set in stone but we do have rules (as you will see on this page). You will also find out there is no “hocus pocus” involved in Witchcraft, no stirring, bubbling cauldrons or flying on broomsticks either. The true magick of the Craft life in your devloping your own inner potential and spirituality. Deep inside of each of us, you have the power to tap into the energy of Witchcraft, the energy of the universe and the natural world around you. All you have to do is recognize that potential and learn how to use it.
But before we move any further, let’s take a look at the Witch & Witchcraft, a real look (not what you have been led to believe by all the old myths and especially Hollywood)…..
Unfortunately, modern culture promotes many erroneous beliefs about who Witches are and what they do. These sorts of stereotypical myths and misunderstandings need to be dispelled in order to understand the true ideals, ethics, and philosophy of Witchcraft. It’s time to start thinking of Witches in a new sense— as people who are simply living their lives in a uniquely magickal way.
(The Witches Laws)
1. And ye harm none, do as ye will.
2. If you know the Rede is being broken, you must work strongly against it.
3. Watch, listen and withhold judgment; in debate you your silences be long, your thoughts clear and your words carefully chosen.
4. Never boast, or threaten, or speak evil of anyone.
5. Be truthful always, save when speaking would lead to a great harm.
6. Keep clean your body, your clothes, and your house.
7. Should you take a task upon yourself, work hard and well to accomplish it properly and in good time. Always do the best you can.
8. Do not haggle over the price of your ritual tools.
9. Witches know that there are no absolute truths.
10. Witches understand that the universe consists of perfect balance; therefore,
everything has an opposite.
11. Witches realize that for every action there is a reaction. (The Law of Three).
12. Witches know that we are all one, we are all connected.
13. Never lie to yourself for this is the ultimate act of deceit.
14. Witches understand that the ultimate act of spirituality is the act of positive creation through love.
15. Witches realize that the energy created through worship and rituals manifests as a circular stream of positive energy.
16. Witches should never close their minds to knowledge.
17. Never practice a magickal system that you don’t fully understand.
18. Do not set a price on your magickal work.
19. A Witch uses the magickal circle as a physical and non-physical representation of a temple on the earth plane.
20. Witches use the energies around them to assist in raising power.
21. Witches use common sense and do not share their mysteries with fools.
22. A Witch who knowingly breaks the Law (Ordains) will not be permitted to
incarnate on Earth again.
The Witch & The Magick
The word Witch is used to describe both male and female Witches. Keep in mind that a male Witch is not called a Warlock (Warlock: Oath-breaker. One who has betrayed his own or his beliefs. Name never to be uttered again. Shunned. In the 1400’s the definition became to be known as a liar). So a male witch is simply a Witch.
While folklore, literature, religion and other cultural influences through the ages have often portrayed Witches in a negative light, history indicates otherwise in most cases. Despite the ugly face that these points of reference have tried to put on Witches, few, in reality, used their knowledge and abilities toward negative ends. Their heritage is that of helping and healing individuals and communities.
Most Witches learned their skills as a craft— part of a family tradition in which they were carefully trained. Villages and cities alike had honored, cunning folk to whom people would turn for all kinds of help— from encouraging crops to grow to mending a broken heart. In exchange for such services, Witches might receive a chicken, a measure of grain, or other necessities.
There was rarely any specific ethical or religious construct involved in Witchcraft unless it came from family or cultural influences, or from the individual’s own sense of right and wrong. Witches do not need to believe in divine beings in order to use magick. They do not necessarily have a particular “code” or tradition to which they adhere, unless it is dictated by familial custom.
This does not mean all Witches are without ethics or religion. Magick is simply a means to an end and is morally neutral (the spellcaster’s intent is what makes magick black, white or gray).
THE WITCHES’ REDE OF CHIVALRY
Insofar as The Craft Of The Wise is the most ancient and most honourable creed of humankind, it behooves all who would be witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods and Goddesses, to their brothers and sisters of The Craft, and to themselves
Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
Know well that thoughts and intent put forth will wax strong on many planes of existence and return, bringing into creation that which has been sent forth. For this reason the adept must exercise discipline over his or her thoughts. Remember, ” as you sow, so shall you harvest”
It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we may one day unite with the Godhead.
“This above all … to thine own self be true…”
A witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed document. It is only by developing such mental discipline that great power may be controlled and directed
It is well to refrain from speaking ill of others for not all truths of the matter may be known
Pass not unverified words about another. For the most part hearsay is a thing of falsehoods
Be honest with others. Have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them
The fury of the moment plays havoc with the truth. Strive always to keep your head
Harm not another. Think always of the consequences of your actions
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired
As a witch you wield much power. Therefore exercise much discretion in its use
Courage and honour endure forever.
Offer friendship only to those worthy of it. To associate with younger souls will only pull you down
Those who follow the mysteries must be above reproach in the eyes of the world
Keep pride in thyself. Seek perfection in body and in mind
Misconceptions About Witches
Perhaps the most pervasive myth is that Witches are Satanists— not true. In addition, they’re more likely to wear a business suit than a pointy black hat. Most drive cars rather than ride broomsticks and prefer pizza to eye of newt any day . Here are some other common stereotypes:
Witches sell their souls to the devil in return for special powers: False. This folkloric image is erroneous yet has been fostered by some mainstream religions.
Witches are humans who have psychic abilities: Sometimes. This assumption may or may not be true. Some psychics may be Witches; some but not all Witches are psychic.
Witches are sorcerers: Yes. This term is accurate from an anthropological point of view.
Witches are modern worshipers of ancient Gods and Goddesses: Sometimes. This description is fairly accurate for Wiccans but not always for Witches.
Witches cast evil spells on people, either for fun or revenge, such as turning men into toads: False. Although Witches do cast spells for people (with their permission), these spells are done to help others, not to harm them. And if they could, most Witches would rather turn frogs into princes!
Witches are old, ugly hags: False. Witches come in all shapes, sizes, and ages—many are quite beautiful, and young women are eagerly joining the ranks of Wicca. This stereotype is inspired by the Crone, a woman whose child-rearing responsibilities are behind her and who can now devote herself to her Craft.
Only education and understanding can uproot misconceptions and prejudices about Witches. Many universities now offer classes in the history and practice of magick and Witchcraft. The Craft is the fastest-growing religion in America.
Finally, Witches believe in religious tolerance and respect every path as having potential for human enlightenment. Since people are different, it only stands to reason that the paths they choose to walk are different. In keeping with this outlook, you will never find a Witch standing on a street corner preaching about magick or faith. Both groups believe that people must choose their own path. In fact, by virtue of coming from other religious backgrounds, many Witches have done exactly that.
This brief overview is a broad generalization at best . Each Witch relies heavily on his or her inner voice or conscience in decision-making and in the way he or she wields magick. Witches believe that each person creates his or her own destiny by action, inaction, karma, and so on. There is no cut-and-dried answer, Witches strive and hope to be the best Witches they can be!
A WITCHES MANIFESTO
Adapted from The Wiccan Bardo by Paul Beyerl)
I DEMAND THESE THINGS OF MYSELF AS A WITCH:
I must pursue my highest ideals
I must aspire to the highest of ethics
I must demand integrity of myself
I must always keep my word
I must cultivate self-discipline
I must LIVE the Hermetic Principle
I must seriously contemplate the ramifications of Reincarnation & Karma
I must respect the astral realms
I must approach ritual with reverence and care
I must respect ritual work as an act of love and beauty.
I must take sole responsibility for all the events and circumstances in my life, in the knowledge that I have created them all for my own development.
I must strive to cultivate a sense of humour and of humility.
I must avoid all negativity, firstly in my thinking and as a consequence, in my life.
I must live in harmony with the Earth Goddess – Gaia.
I must cultivate a global perspective.
I must serve my community, both locally and globally, being of help to all people.
I must be willing to defend my religion.
I must provide for the safe future of my ritual tools, should I be taken by death
Written & Designed by Lady Of The Abyss
With Excerpts from the Book:
The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need
Marian Singer; Trish MacGregor
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