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The Wiccan Rede

I was really excited about the prospect that there are other Wiccans blogging here, so I went and did some perusing. And what I found was a whole community of Wiccans, Witches and several other people following different paths and it warmed the cockles of my heart. But as I started reading their blogs, my heart was sinking.

Having been able to study Wicca and living Wicca and now teaching Wicca, for the last seven years,  I would say that I know some about it.  It saddened me the more I read. There are people who truly have been living the Wiccan Rede. But most, got it all wrong. First of all, you cannot have Wicca as a religion and have witchcraft as a lifestyle.  Wicca is your lifestyle. We don’t do witchcraft. (anyone can learn a craft) Wicca is not about the spells that can be cast or how much power you can yield in a circle. It is not about being the centre of attention or even being ‘in’. Yes, they are out there, the ones that call themselves Wiccan because it is the ‘in thing’ to do.

Wicca is about living a life of sprituality. It is called a religion because we have divinity, Gods and Goddesses that we work with. You take that away, then we may as well be just pagans. Wicca is about the balance of things, not the positive and negative, yes it is important but it is not what is about.  We believe in the balance of the male and female in all things. Father sky, mother earth, Mother moon, Father sun. We believe that everything, anything and everyone has male and female.  Wicca, most importantly, is about acquiring knowledge about the self. Getting to know yourself. The dark and the light within. It is about learning to take responsibility for oneself and to understand cause and effect.

Being able to call yourself Wiccan, you must have gone through first level or first degree at a Coven.  This is because, the mysteries of Wicca are taught within these covens. It has been brought down from generation to generation.  No where in books will you find this. Even those who have written books will not add all they know. A self initiated ‘wiccan’ does not have this knowledge. How can you then call yourself a Wiccan?

The first thing people are taught in coven is that, you can read all the books you want, it does not make you a Wiccan. You need to join a coven for at least a year and get your first initiation. In doing that, you have now started learning the mysteries.  The initiations itself also prepares you for Wiccan life.  After you have done your first year, you then have a choice to either become solitary or stay to do your next level or degree.  It also depends on the coven itself. Some only have two levels, others have three and then there are those who have four.

We live by the Wiccan Rede.  Our bible if you will. We believe in not harming anything or anyone and that includes oneself.  This is where the Rede starts. Within yourself.  We believe in what you put out there is what you get back. We believe in karma.

I am proudly Wiccan..

There is nothing wrong with following a path you have set for yourself. Whatever your belief, whatever your path, it is of your own choice. Live it in truth.

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With true mind and heart do I hereby state that I believe:

 

  •  in a single mysterious source of all existence.
  • in the division of the one source into two equal and complimentary entities who I call Goddess and the God and whom    I honor through my deities.
  • in honoring, respecting, and revering the source of all by celebrating the cycles of nature through joyous ritual.
  • that the cycles of nature teach me about the cycles of life including the cycle of life and death. Therefore, I believe that life can be renewed through Spirit, that I can learn from the experiences of the past and that what I do now affects the future lives of myself and others.
  • that the physical world is not the only reality and that other realms may be explored and engaged.
  •  in the power to focus and direct the will in order to enact transformations for the good of self and others.
  • in free will which requires me to understand the responsibilities inherent in acting in accordance with this freedom.
  • that good and evil are the result of consequences of free will. Thus,I seek to act and lead my life in ways which, to the greatest degree possible, do not cause harm to myself or others.
  • in the application of ethical principles such as the Wiccan Rede, the Threefold Law and the Five Principles to my daily life.
  • that all sacred paths and practices which do not cause harm to others are worthy of toleration and respect and that I can learn and grow from the wisdom of the world’s religious traditions and philosophies.
  • that spiritual truth can be sought in modern as well as ancient knowledge; that the theories of quantum physics and jungian psychology are as inspiring as the ancient mysteries and the ways of magick.
  • in celebrating the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days (sabbats) in public ritual, the full moons (esbats) in small group ritual, and the dark moons (astors) in personal ritual.
  • that each person has the ability and the right to become a member of the clergy and that no single person has the right to dominate the spiritual life of another.

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