There are as many iterations of Wiccan beliefs as there are Wiccans. If you were to ask any 5 Wiccans what they believe in, chances are, you will get a different answer each time.
It’s true, Wiccans have no bible, therefore there is no one governing body over Wicca. There are no guidelines but spiritual and magickal ones.
This is why Wicca is a highly personal path that allows you to embrace yourself wholly and completely.
As many Wicca beliefs and Wicca organizations, there are, they are altogether tied by common principles and beliefs.
In the autumn of 1973, 73 representatives from the many paths and traditions convened in Minneapolis and formed the “Council of American Witches.”
Weschcke was nominated as chairman of the council, and it was he who published a newsletter called ‘Touchstone.’ It’s the resulting document created after collating many of their differing Wicca beliefs.
By April of 1974, the Council of American Witches was able to unify a general set of principles loosely acceptable across the many traditions operating in America, thus creating the 13 Principles of Wicca:
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 Quarters.
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 the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We do not neglect one dimension for the other, seeing as 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 worldview and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself a “Witch” does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor 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 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 role 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 Christian tradition. 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 purpose of putting together the 13 principles of Wicca is not to be exclusive, but to be inclusive.
Many people are deeply misinformed about our beliefs and we want there to be something that stands for our values collectively.
Since our practice is spirituality in its purest form, we will not respond with attacks but with principle.
We do not want to deny any who is interested in learning about our beliefs, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national or cultural origins, or sexual preference.
Here are the 13 principles of Wicca. What do you think about it?
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