Wicca

An ye harm none, do what ye will.

Wiccan Beliefs

By Psyche | June 4, 1998 | Leave a comment

In most forms of Wicca, the Goddess and God are revered. This is central to Wiccan theology.

Wiccans also have a belief in reincarnation, which is one of the most wide-spread of Wiccan beliefs; although; precisely how and why one incarnates several times is open to mystical speculation and explanations vary between traditions.

It is also believed that power can be sent in non-physical form to affect the world in both positive and negative ways. Wiccans accept both the practice of magick and its effectiveness. There is also a strong belief in the Threefold Law; which states that whatever you to will return to you three-fold (this includes both positive and negative things.) Precisely how this energy is returned has been a matter of great speculation and there is no one definite universal answer.

Wiccans hold a reverence for Nature, and the Earth – as they are seen as representing the Goddess. That the Earth is a gift, not a tool that one can ruthlessly abuse. Ecological concerns are rather new in Wicca, but now pay an important role.

Wiccans aren’t evangelical. They do not believe they have the need to go out and ‘spread the word’. Wiccans believe that all the Gods are but one God and that all the Goddesses are but one Goddess; and that together, they form the (Mighty) One. Therefore there is no need to go forcing one’s beliefs on people; and most hold that all paths are equally valid.

Wicca accepts members from both sexes, from every race, national origin and, usually, of every sexual preference.

Wicca is a religion, not a political organization. Groups of Wiccan people can and sometimes do work toward a common case, and individual Wiccans may indeed become personally involved in the political system, but Wicca as a whole isn’t a religion that preaches issues or supports specific political candidates.

Wiccan covens don’t usually charge for private lessons or for initiation. Physical objects created by Wiccans and services can and should be paid for, but not personal, private Wiccan instruction or initiation.

Wiccans do not sacrifices animals or people in rituals! Wiccans do not cause harm to others. It goes against the Wiccan Creed: “An ye harm none, do what ye will”. This Creed is generally accepted by most Wiccans.

Disclaimer:

These beliefs are not held by all Wiccans, and there are, of course, many beliefs that are not presented here. This is just meant to give a brief overview of many ‘traditional’ Wiccan systems of thought.


The Wiccan Rede

By Anonymous | October 24, 1996 | Leave a comment

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must,
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Live and let live,
Fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about,
To keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind a spell every time,
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of the eye and light of the touch,
Speak you little, listen much.
Honour the Old Ones in deed and name,
Let love and light be our guides again.

Doesil go by the waxing Moon,
Chanting out the Witches Rune.
Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane,
And the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s Moon is new,
Kiss her hand two times two.
When the Moon rides her peak,
Then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North wind’s mighty gale,
Lock the door and trim the sail.
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the winds blow from the West,
Departed souls will have no rest.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes,
To represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might,
In the fire to bring the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power,
Causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand,
Ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify,
And to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning,
Adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of the Appple tree,
That brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine,
Giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen,
To represent immortality seen.

Elder be the Lady’s tree,
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark,
In the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane,
The new begins it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows,
Watch for flowers through the snows.

When the Wheel begins to turn,
Let the Beltane fires burn.
As the Wheel turns to Lammas night,
Power is brought to the magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall,
Use the Sun to mark them all.
When the Whell turns to Yule,
Light the log and the Horned One rules.

In the Spring, when night equals day,
Time for Ostara tocome our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height,
Time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all,
When Mabon on this day fall.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree,
By the Lady Blessed Be.

Where the rippling waters go,
Cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
When ye have a true need,
Harken not to other’s greed.

With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry ye meet and merry ye part,
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold Law you should,
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow,
Where the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be,
Lest your lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Creed fulfill:
An ye harm none, do what ye will.


The Witches’ Creed

By Anonymous | October 10, 1996 | Leave a comment

Hear now the Words of the Witches,
The secrets we hide in the night,
When dark was our destiny’s pathway,
That now we bring forth into light.

Mysterious Water and Fire,
The Earth and the wide-ranging Air,
By hidden quintessence we know them,
and will and keep silent and dare.

The birth and rebirth of all nature,
the passing of winter and spring,
We share with the life universal,
Rejoice in the magickal ring.

Four times in the year the Great Sabbat
Returns, and the Witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,
On Beltane and old Samhain.

When day-time and night-time are equal,
When the Sun is at greatest and least,
The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,
Again, Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen silver Moons in a year are,
Thirteen is the coven’s array.
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry,
For each golden year and a day.

The power was passed down the ages,
Each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other,
Ere time and the ages began.

When drawn is the magickal circle,
By sword or athame or power,
Its compass between the two worlds lies,
In Land of the Shades for that hour.

This world has no right then to know it,
And world of beyond will tell naught,
The oldest of Gods are invoked there,
The Great Work of magick is wrought.

For two are the mystical pillars,
That stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature,
The forms and the forces divine.

The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess:
Of this did our ancestors teach.

By night He’s the wild wind’s rider,
The Horn’d One, the Lord of the Shades.
By day He’s the King of the Woodland,
The dweller in green forest glades.

She is youthful or old as She pleases,
She sails the torn clouds in Her barque,
The bright silver Lady of Midnight,
The Crone who weaves spells in the dark.

The Master and Mistress of magick,
They dwell in the deeps of the mind,
Immortal and ever-renewing,
With power to free or to bind.

So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,
And dance and make love in their praise,
Till Elphame’s fair land shall receive us
In peace at the end of our days.

And do what you will be the challenge,
So be it in love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment,
By magick of old, be it done!

Eight words the Witches’ Creed fulfill:
An ye harm none, do what ye will!


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