Principles Of Wiccan Beliefs


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Principles Of Wiccan Beliefs

 Council of American Witches


  1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarter.
  2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
  4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
  5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. – and we see in the inter-action of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
  6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
  7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.
  8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, not the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.
  9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal roll within it.
  10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
  11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
  12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil”, as defined by the Christian traditions. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
  13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
The aforementioned principles are from the Council of American Witches circa 1974

The Daily Motivator for May 18th – Your own beautiful vision

Your own beautiful vision

No one is going to hand you a map that precisely directs you to the exact life you desire. Much of the joy of fulfillment comes from finding your own way there.

Others can be of great help to you. Yet you must take full responsibility for making the journey.

You have what it takes to fashion and lead a life of unique fulfillment. Look deep within yourself, honestly, sincerely, and you will see.

Don’t get trapped and frustrated by trying to live someone else’s dream. Have the courage and the commitment to let your life express who you truly are.

It is perfectly okay to love life in your own unique way. In fact, it is your responsibility to do so.

Let go of the worries, fears, false expectations and distractions. Allow yourself to see your own beautiful vision, and follow it joyfully forward.

— Ralph Marston
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The Daily Motivator

The Daily Motivator for May 7th – In this very moment

In this very moment

You don’t have to be experiencing an epic adventure to enjoy profound fulfillment. There is much joy to be found in even the most ordinary days.

You don’t have to own an impressive collection of possessions to be rich. Life’s true richness comes from the way you feel, and feeling great requires nothing other than your choice.

There is no need to place conditions on your joy. Simply, and wonderfully, live it, now.

Your life is unique and precious, so treat it as such. Delight in the deep, rich substance of being, not just in the meaningless tokens.

Right here, right now, is everything necessary for great fulfillment. Always within you is the power to experience life at its very best.

Choose to exercise that power now, and find new, original joy in this very moment. Feel the possibilities, and bring them to life with your presence.

— Ralph Marston
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The Daily Motivator

Daily Motivator for Jan. 15th – Purpose and fulfillment

Purpose and fulfillment

You cannot do it all, and you wouldn’t really want to. Yet you can do what’s  truly important.

There’s nothing to be gained from merely being busy. There are all sorts of  wonderful things to be achieved by being purposeful.

So very many demands are placed on you by the world and all its systems and  all its technology. That makes it more important than ever to make your own  choice as to what really matters.

Just because something is urgent doesn’t mean it makes a difference. Just  because something is colorful, exciting, trendy and enticing doesn’t mean it  will add value to your life.

Step back from the glittery commotion and remind yourself of who you are.  Remind yourself of what you truly love, of what really matters to you.

Plenty of things that seem important at first glance will quickly turn out  not to be, so let them go. All the while, hold steady to what truly matters and  build a life of purpose and fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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Daily Motivator for Nov. 20th – Creating fulfillment

Creating fulfillment

Your fulfillment does not depend on getting others to think or act in certain  ways. Your fulfillment does not depend on being impressive or successful in the  eyes of the world.

Your fulfillment depends on you. It depends on how much of yourself you  genuinely give and authentically express.

Governments, corporations, interest groups and institutions cannot give you  fulfillment or keep you from it. Regardless of your situation, you are  responsible for the fulfillment you experience.

People have all sorts of different abilities, resources, challenges,  opportunities and circumstances. Yet every person, in his or her own way, has  the possibility for true fulfillment at any time.

Don’t waste your time begging for help, assigning blame, or wishing that  things could be different. Wisely use every bit of your time joyfully and  gratefully creating the special fulfillment that is yours to create.

Stop imagining excuses and start experiencing the satisfaction of bringing  real fulfillment to every day. Now is your moment, so fill it with delightful  meaning.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator