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
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility
towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological
balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary
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
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifest through
polarity--as masculine and feminine--and that same Creative power lies in all
people, and functions through the interaction of masculine and 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 energies used in magical practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds, known
sometimes as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes,
etc...and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for
paranormal phenomena and magical 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 courageously give of themselves in leadership.
7. We see religion, magic, and wisdom in living and being united in the way
one views the world and live within it--a world view and philosophy of life
which we identify as "Witchcraft--the Wiccan Way."
8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make one a Witch-but neither does
heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch
seeks to control the forces within themselves 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 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 the 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.
This is not in any way an all-encompassing credo applicable to all groups who
consider themselves Wiccans or Witches, but rather is the set of principles
adopted by one such group. As there are differences between various Christian
sects, so are there differences between those of Wicca. However, while the
specifics may differ, the general attitude and reasoning behind these
declarations remains relatively consistent.
View my FAQ database:
My Personal Beliefs
People always ask me what my beliefs are. Do I believe in
God? Do I celebrate Christmas? What are my
The first question is subjective, to which I typically respond
with a whole range of answers that don't quite answer the question.
I do this deliberately because I'm usually being asked this question
in terms of Wicca or Paganism once the querrant discovers that is my
religion. Faith is dependent upon individual experience and to
question it based on prejudice is disrespectful. So, I usually
don't give a definitive answer to this question.
Christmas is based upon the Scandinavian celebration of Yule, so
why shouldn't I celebrate it? I get to party twice in the same
month-woohoo!! Seriously though, Americans didn't make a
distinction between European Pagan and Christian practices until the
middle of the 20th Century. If you don't believe me, take a
look at 100 year old holiday post cards. Old timers who live
in the country never ask me this question. They've probably
seen some of these old cards in Grandma's collection so they don't
question the association of Pagan holidays with Christian ones.
And finally the sound of frustration when they still don't get
it. What are my religious beliefs? This a really
exclusive question that dismisses my spirituality and my personal
beliefs that tend to conflict with any religious ones commonly
associated with Wicca or Paganism. People simply ask me the
Now if one asked me what my general beliefs are, that is a
question that would more likely generate a definitive response.
So if you must know, these are my beliefs:
I believe that all concepts of deity are valid.
I believe that Faith should not be questioned.
I believe in the existence of spirit and that all living things
I believe that the Earth is a living entity and should be treated
I believe that the infinite creative force commonly referred to
as God is simply energy in its purest form and that it has no
I believe that the old Gods and Goddesses are our Paleolithic
ancestors who were once mortal and later deified after their death.
I believe that spirit is the electricity housed in our bodies.
The electricity in our spinal cord is the source of the human energy
field which will remain intact after amputation. I also
believe that the intelligence of spirit comes from the electrical
synapses in the brain. All of this electricity is released
simultaneously upon death and becomes a spirit, an entity of pure
energy with intelligence, memories, and free will.
I believe that this same electricity can be passed from one
generation to the next and this is how we are born with instincts,
memories of events we have not experienced, or knowledge that we
have not learned. This could also explain how a person can
possess psychic abilities or intuitive gifts that seem to be
inherited. The spiritual explanation is reincarnation.
Sometimes people feel that another person's spirit is inside them.
I believe that a thorough scientific investigation of human
electricity transferal may solve this age-old mystery of spirit.
I believe that this electricity can be directed in a manner that would
interact with and effect other electrical currents. This is scientifically
how witchcraft works. Electricity and energy are the same thing and when
one casts a circle or spell, this is essentially what is happening. The
caster directs his/her own electrical current outward. This electricity
can also be drawn inward and contained. Containing electricity is the same
as controlling one's emotions because emotions are made up of electrical neuro
transmitters. Releasing emotion also releases this electricity or energy.
Based on this premise alone, I believe that all people practice "witchcraft"
because we all release or contain emotion/energy that effects someone else.
I believe that the human body is not solely an object of
sexuality and should be treated with respect. I believe in
nudity, both ritually and as a lifestyle choice. I also
believe that certain rules protecting a person's emotional and
physical security should be observed and enforced during nudist
I believe that all life is sacred. I also support abortion
and euthanasia because I respect a person's freedom of choice and
the right to die.
I believe that all people should be treated equally and with
dignity and respect. I believe in the right of self-defense,
personal assertion, and autonomy. I believe that laws should
not be gender specific or discriminatory.
I believe that animals should be afforded the same quality of life as people.
I also believe that an animal should be slaughtered or euthanized humanely.
Kill it quickly and don't make it suffer. I believe that an animal should
only be killed for food, in self-defense, or mercy--not for sport.
Wicca was designed to attract and accept all the freaks and sociopaths who
are rejected by mainstream society. It is also a safe haven for flamers
and [drama] queens, certain members of the homosexual community whom I
define as sexually aggressive and emotionally misguided. I believe that
most Wiccans are rebelling against Christianity and that is their sole reason
for being involved with Wicca. Many Wiccans believe in polyamori, free
sex, and sexual deviancies which I am opposed to. Some Wiccans also
practice body piercing and mutilation, which I consider repulsive.
Wiccans I have encountered locally declare 'Harm None' and
proclaim that there is no right or wrong manner of practicing Wicca
until they encounter someone who is not a Wiccan clone of
themselves. Then, they change their minds and declare that
their way is the right way and the only way of practicing Wicca.
They also resort to using magic and religion to harm the person with
whom they disagree. I believe these Wiccans are wrong for
There is more than one kind of Pagan in the world and I dislike
being represented by libertarians whose practices and beliefs are
contrary to my own. I am a minority in the Pagan/Wiccan
I am a conservative
Pagan who harbors traditional values and morals. I believe in
the nuclear family unit. I believe in planned parenting and
that a person should wait until after marriage before having
children. I believe that one man and one woman make up a
married couple. I believe in the institution and sanctity of
marriage. I believe that cheating is wrong and should not be
tolerated. I believe in abstinence. I believe in strict
monogamy. I believe that children should be treated with
kindness and respect. I believe that spanking is an act of
violence. I believe in personal responsibility.